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Cancer epidemic calamity awaiting Lebanon citizens in a couple of years?

Cancer cases increased by 5.6% this year in tiny Lebanon of barely 4,5 million.
14,000 cases are unable to secure the appropriate treatment and targeted medicine.
The cost that the ministry of health is incurring rose to 12% yearly
Within a decade, from 2006 to 2016, the increase was 3 folds, or 300 cases for every 10,000 citizens
The direct cause is the tons of imported cancerous waste (nuclear waste shipped by Italian boats) from Europe that were buried in landfills during the civil war. Militia leaders didn’t give a hoot as long as money was pouring in.
Mind you that Israel used depleted uranium bomb in most of its pre-emptive wars on Lebanon, especially in the 2006 war that destroyed most of Lebanon infrastructure.
Currently, there are 940 haphazard waste dumping locations and 150 incinerators Not satisfying standards.
Air pollution will increase by 20% lung cancer. Mind you that Lebanon has the heaviest concentration of cars since we lack public transportation and trains.
Almost all our water supply from rivers are contaminated.

لبنان على موعد مع كارثة سرطانية بعد أعوام

ارقام مخيفة قدمت ضمن تقارير خلال جلسة للجنة الصحة النيابية، أظهرت ارتفاع نسبة الاصابة بأمراض السرطان بحوالي 5,6 % هذا العام في لبنان.

ودعت خطورة هذا الارتفاع الى نقاش مطول حوله، خصوصا ان هناك حوالي 14 ألف مريض يعانون من المرض في لبنان ويعانون أكثر في محاولاتهم تأمين الدواء للمعالجة منه.

لم يأت هذا الارتفاع من عدم، بل نتيجة عدة عوامل تتعلق بنمط الحياة والوراثة، أضف الى التلوّث البيئي وازمة النفايات وتلوث المياه وكل ما يمر به لبنان.

أضف الى كلفة ادوية السرطان التي تكبد وزارة الصحة أكثر من 40 مليون دولار سنويا، والكلفة تستمر بالارتفاع حوالي 12% سنويا.

ارتفع احتمال الاصابة بأمراض السرطان في لبنان من 100 حالة لكل 10 آلاف مواطن في العام 2006، إلى 300 حالة للعدد نفسه في العام 2016، الذي سجل فيه 13 ألف إصابة جديدة والآتي أعظم. وبحسب منظمة الصحة العالمية ان عدد حالات السرطان التي يتم تشخيصها في الشرق الأوسط سيتضاعف خلال العقدين المقبلين ما لم تقم السلطات المعنية باتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة خصوصا سرطان الرئة والمثانة.

في السياق، لفت الاخصائي بالأمراض السرطانية الدكتور جواد مكارم في حديثه لـ “ليبانون ديبايت” ان معدلات الاصابة بمرض السرطان الخبيث ترتفع في كل العالم وليس فقط في لبنان. ويعاني هذا الأخير بشكل خاص لأكثر من عامل لأنه لا يمكن حصر اسباب الاصابة بهذا المرض بعامل واحد.

وشدد مكارم على ان السرطان ان لم يكن وراثي يحتاج لحوالي 10 الى 15 عام للظهور والتفشي بالتالي ما يتعرّض له لبنان من تزايد في حالات المصابين هو بمعظمه نتيجة الحروب التي مرت عليه، وما دفن في جباله من مواد كيميائية ونفايات نووية وغيرها.

من المتوقع تنامي مرض السرطان أكثر وأكثر في السنوات المقبلة بعد مرور حوالي 10 سنوات على الكوارث التي تحصل اليوم بحق البيئة، مثل تلوث الهواء الناتج عن محارق نفايات العشوائية

اذ ان هناك حوالي 940 مكبا عشوائيا وأكثر من 150 موقعاً تحرق فيه النفايات في الهواء الطلق أسبوعياً، بحسب مكارم. وحذّر من خطورة عادة التدخين التي أصبحت شائعة “وين ماكان” على حد قوله. ودعا الى التركيز على حملات توعية للحد من آفة التدخين خصوصا مع الرواج الذي تشهده على جميع الفئات العمرية نظرا لتحوّل النرجيلة الى رفيق دائم للجلسات في المطاعم والمنازل وكل مكان.

لم يقلل الدكتور من اهمية التشديد على خطورة التدخين على الصحة واعتبره سبب محتم للإصابة بالسرطان. وارفق تحذيراته بأرقام تؤكد ارتفاع عدد المصابين بسرطان الرئة وتظهر بأن معدلات المرض هي الأعلى في المنطقة عند كل من الرجال والنساء وتزداد عادات التدخين بين النساء والشباب.

ومن المتوقع أن يساهم ارتفاع التعرض لتلوث الهواء بنسبة حوالي 20 ٪ في حالات سرطان الرئة.

وأوضح ان المياه والهواء ليسا سببا مباشرا للإصابة بالسرطان، بل المواد الكيميائية المضرة ورواسب المعامل والمصانع والسيارات والغازات السامة المنبعثة منها والمواد السامة المرمية في الأنهر والبحر وغيرها من الأسباب مجتمعة وما يرافقها من اهمال وقلة وعي وإدراك لمدى تعاظم الأزمة تزيد من عدد المصابين سنويا لا بل يوميا.

وإذا لم يتم التخلص من التلوث والتكثيف من حملات التوعية، فان لبنان على موعد مع كوارث من حيث ارتفاع تفشي هذا المرض.

أكثر انواع السرطان الشائعة في لبنان هي سرطان الثدي عند النساء، وسرطان الدم، والرئة والرحم وترتفع نسب الاصابة بسرطان البروستات وسرطان المثانة الذي من أبرز مسبباته تدخين التبغ ومشتقاته. ووفقا لدراسات حول ارتفاع نسبة السرطان، ستسجل معدلات الاصابة بسرطان المثانة بحلول عام 2020 الى 43 حالة بين كل 100 ألف شخصا،

ويبقى التدخين السبب الرئيسي لهذا الارتفاع وتحديدا التبغ الأسود والنرجيلة، اذ ان المعدلات مماثلة لتلك التي سجلت في البلدان الصناعية في أوروبا والولايات المتحدة. وتعتبر نسبة اصابة السرطان عند الرجال في لبنان الأعلى بين الدول العربية خصوصا سرطانات البروستات، المثانة، اللمفوما لا هودجكن (Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma)، واللوكيميا.

ليس مرض السرطان وحده ما يشكل صدمة للمواطن، بل كلفة أدوية العلاج من المرض وعلى الرغم من ان هناك حوالي 14 ألف مريض، يأخذ 7500 منهم الدواء السرطاني الخاص بهم من وزارة الصحة أي أكثر من 50% منهم. وهذا مجهود مشكورة عليه وزارة الصحة رغم قدرتها المحدودة وامكانياتها كون الموازنة المخصصة للأمراض المستعصية هي 144 مليار وتمت زيادتها الى 156 مليار هذا العام.

لذا ومع استمرار ارتفاع معدلات الاصابة بالسرطان، هناك ضرورة لرصد موازنة اضافية لعلاج مرضى السرطان والأمراض المزمنة ذات العلاقة وعدم اخضاع هذه الموازنات إلى التقشف، لأن لا تقشف في صحة الناس.

أضف الى اتخاذ الاجراءات اللازمة والخطوات لمعالجة الكوارث البيئية المسببة بأضرار صحية مسرطنة، وإيجاد خطة بيئية ومستدامة لمعالجة النفايات ووضع الحلول حيز التنفيذ لتأمين بيئة سليمة للمواطنين، وتكثيف حملات التوعية للوقاية من مخاطر التلوث والتدخين والدعوات لإجراء فحوصات مبكرة للكشف عن المرض.

(ليبانون ديبايتكريستل خليل)

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“Depleted Uranium bombs”? Not that depleted at all…

What the US military calls Depleted Uranium (DU) are only 40% less active than the enriched uranium used in nuclear power plants. The DU are not that performing in generating power, but they are as toxic to people, soil and water contamination… for thousands of years.

The US hold 50% of the world reserve of DU, and it found an economical expedient to contaminate “other people land” instead of the very costly “treatment” and storing of these extremely dangerous residues.

This “Silent Chernobyl“, repeated countless time in modern warfare, is harvesting million of lives and babies born with serious anomalies.

In the preemptive war on Iraq, starting in 1990 and then in 2003, the US and Britain dropped over 1,700 tons of DU bombs.

In Afghanistan, in the few days of the start of the preemptive war of 2002, over 3,000 tons were infesting the landscape.

(In addition to DU bombs, cluster bombs and phosphorous bombs were used. The irony is that after flooding the land with yellow Coca Cola can-sized cluster bombs, the US dropped food stuff in yellow parcels in the same area. The children were rushing to eat and were killed by the 20% of unexploded cluster bombs…)

In Kosovo, the US dropped just 20 tons of DU bombs and missiles on 105 targeted sites: The rate of solid cancer increased 5 folds within a few years.

The soil contamination in these countries are 2,000 times higher than the normal average.

Research and investigation to the health consequences in Afghanistan are still hard to conduct, but in Iraq the results are opened to the public perusal.

The rate of leukemia is 38 times, of infantile cancer 12 times, breast cancer 10 times, infantile mortality 4 times more elevated than average.

In Iraq, the rate of babies born without eyes (anophtalmy) has increased 250,000 folds the normal occurrence!

Pr. A. Durakovic at the medical Georgetown center said that DU dust is the worst toxin that sciences have produced when inhaled or digested.

Usually, kids of veteran soldiers who served in these war ravaged countries exhibit much higher anomalies than ordinary soldiers who fought in “more civilized lands”

Do you know that the military budget of NATO represents 70% of the world military budget?

For further detailed information www.internationalnews.fr according to Joelle Penochet “Armes a l’uranium: 20 ans après, ou on n’est on”?

Note: Information extracted from the book “The devastation” of the French/Afghani neurosurgeon Ahmad Ashraf

What of the victims of the city of Fallujah (Iraq) During US occupation? Any health remedies?
Mariam Yasir was 6 of age in 2009 and she suffers from a birth defect.
Children of Fallujah

Photograph: Muhannad Fala’ah/Getty Images
Ever since two major US-led assaults destroyed the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004, the people in Falluja have witnessed dramatic increases in rates of cancers, birth defects and infant mortality in their city.

Are the victims of Fallujah’s health crisis stifled by western silence?

Is it a moral imperative to research a possible link between US bombardment (with Not just depleted uranium, but slightly enriched uranium bombs) and rates of birth defects and pediatric cancer in Iraq?

Ross Caputi published in The Guardian on Oct. 25, 2012:

“Four new studies on the health crisis in Fallujah have been published in the last three months. Yet, one of the most severe public health crises in history, for which the US military may be to blame, receives no attention in the United States.

Dr Chris Busby, the author and co-author of two studies on the Fallujah heath crisis, has called this “the highest rate of genetic damage in any population ever studied“.

In the years since the 2004 sieges, Fallujah was the most heavily guarded city in all of Iraq. All movement in and out of Fallujah was monitored by the occupying forces. The security situation made it nearly impossible to get word out about Fallujans’ nascent health crisis.

One of the first attempts to report on the crisis was at the 7th session of the UN Human Rights Council in the form of the report, Prohibited Weapons Crisis: The Effects of Pollution on the Public Health in Fallujah by Dr Muhamad Al-Darraji.

This report was largely ignored. It wasn’t until the first major study on the health crisis was published in 2010 that the issue received mainstream media attention in the UK and Europe.

To this day, though, there has yet to be an article published in a major US newspaper, or a moment on a mainstream American TV news network, devoted to the health crisis in Fallujah. The US government has made no statements on the issue, and the American public remains largely uninformed about the indiscriminate harm that our military may have caused.

The report presented at the seventh session of the Human Rights Council gave anecdotal evidence gathered at the Fallujah General Hospital. It included a stomach-turning collection of pictures of babies born with scaly skin, missing and deformed limbs, and horrifying tumors.

Two years later, Dr Busby and his team of researchers sought to verify the claims in this report. What they found was that, in addition to shocking increases in pediatric cancers, there had also been an 18% reduction in male births. Such a finding is a well-known indication of genetic damage. The authors conclude that:

“These results support the many reports of congenital illness and birth defects in Fallujah and suggest that there is evidence of genetic stress which appeared around 2004, one year before the effects began to show.”

In a follow up study, in which Dr Busby was a co-author, hair, soil and water samples were taken from Fallujah and tested for the presence of heavy metals. The researchers expected to find depleted uranium in the environmental samples. It is well known that the US used depleted uranium weapons in Iraq during the 1991 Gulf war.  And Iraqis, at least, are well aware of the increases in cancers and infant mortality rates in the city of Basrah, which was heavily bombarded during Desert Storm. However, what the researchers found was not depleted uranium, but man-made, slightly enriched uranium.

Dr Busby has been the most visible scientist behind these studies, and for that reason, a lot of criticism has been directed at him. He is considered by many to be a “controversial” figure, which only means that his research has often challenged official government positions. His studies on Fallujah have similarly earned the title of “controversial”.

Many journals were afraid to publish his second study because of “pressure” from “outside people“. “Outside people” means types like Roger Helbig – a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force who is well-known for publishing online attacks on those who take a critical stance against uranium weapons – and pressure groups with similar agendas.

Some have criticized the methodology of this study, and they have used this as an excuse to dismiss the entire issue. But as other experts have noted:

“The role of ‘quick and dirty’ studies like this one, conducted under difficult conditions, is not to inform policy, but rather to generate hypotheses about important questions when resources are not yet available and other research methods are not possible.”

Busby is not the only researcher who takes “controversial” positions. His findings are complimented by the work of Dr Dai Williams, an independent weapons researcher. Williams has been investigating what he calls “third generation uranium weapons” (pdf).

Dr Dai Williams has found patents for weapon systems that could use nondepleted uranium, or slightly enriched uranium, interchangeably with tungsten, either as a dense metal or as a reactive metal. Undepleted and slightly enriched uranium have also been found on other battlefields (Afghanistan (pdf) and Lebanon). These findings lead researchers like Dr Williams to believe that there is a new generation of weapons being used, possibly by the US and Israeli military, that could have serious indiscriminate health effects on the populations living near bombing targets.

Many people have dismissed these hypotheses as speculative, and with that, they dismiss the research, the issue and the suffering of the people on the ground. What these naysayers fail to understand is that hypotheses are always speculative to a degree – they are informed, but they are claims intended to be verified or falsified. This is the nature of the scientific method:

First, you observe certain phenomena in the world, then you come up with a hypothesis to explain those phenomena.

Second, you conduct an experiment to test your hypothesis.

Many of these naysayers have not responded to these studies by calling for more research and investigation to test the hypotheses of Dr Busby or Dr Williams. Rather, they dismiss these hypotheses because they don’t like their moral and political implications. In doing so, they show a great deal of antipathy for the scientific method and the pursuit of truth.

But more importantly, the  naysayers also dismiss the suffering of the people of Fallujah, and all people affected by these issues.

One weapon system that may use uranium, in some form or another, is the SMAW-NE (Shoulder-fired Multipurpose Assault Weapon – Novel Explosive). My former unit battle-tested this weapon for the first time in Fallujah during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004.

It is not my intention irresponsibly to lay blame on the US military, but there is a potential connection between this weapons system and the health crisis in Fallujah – and this connection needs to be investigated.

There are other avenues of investigation besides uranium weapons. One recent study examines the possible contributions of mercury and lead to the health crisis in Iraq. Metal Contamination and the Epidemic of Congenital Defects in Iraqi Cities, by Al-Sabbak et al, compared the levels of lead and mercury in hair, nail and teeth samples from Fallujah and Basrah. The study found that the population studied in Fallujah had been exposed to high levels of “two well-known neurotoxic metals, Pb and Hg“.

In Basrah, the authors found even higher levels of lead exposure than in Fallujah. Basrah has the highest ever reported level of neural tube defects, and the numbers continue to climb. The authors of this study note:

“Toxic metals such as mercury (Hg) and Pb are an integral part of war ammunitions and are extensively used in the making of bullets and bombs … the bombardment of al-Basrah and Fallujah may have exacerbated public exposure to metals, possibly culminating in the current epidemic of birth defects.”

The conclusion of this study is not abstract, and it is not merely an intellectual or medical issue. It has real world importance. The modern means of warfare may be inherently indiscriminate.

This is a scientific finding worthy of discussion at the highest levels of academia, politics and international affairs. While it may yet get some attention outside the borders of the United States, its “controversial” nature (its implications of the US military’s guilt in creating possibly the worst public health crisis in history) ensures that it will be ignored at all costs by the callous and corrupt US government and its subservient media establishment.

Ultimately, it may not be the case that either lead alone, or uranium alone, is the sole cause of the health crisis in Fallujah. It could be a combination of the two agents, or something different entirely. But this is an empirical question that demands further investigation.

Methodology and proper science are important, but we must remember that science is a means to an end, and not an end in and of itself. The welfare of the people of Fallujah should be our ends, and our goal should be to help them.

Those who choose misguided political allegiance over the pursuit of truth, and those who use methodological flaws to dismiss real-world suffering, have already lost their humanity.

What we need to do to help the people of Falluja is clear. More studies need to be done to figure out what is harming those poor children, and then steps need to be taken to ensure that this never happens again.

But first, we must find a way to overcome the stifling silence of governments.

Note: You may read details on Fallujah on https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/where-is-this-fallujah-in-iraq-what-the-us-marines-were-doing-there/


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