Why I Do Not Garden

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Cancer | 0 comments

There are many steps to maintaining a garden. One particular step is eradicating invasive species of plants. Invasive plants infest a garden and hoard nutrients meant for the other plants. Not only this, they are notoriously hard to get rid of. Simply pulling up weeds is inefficient; at this point, many species will have already spread their seeds around for the next season, turning gardening into a Sisyphean battle!

If the rhizomes are not properly dealt with, the time spent pulling up weeds was all in vain. Aside from pulling out weeds, some people rely on domesticated grazing animals to control the growth. Cows and goats can be beneficial for controlling invasive species — they eat weeds as a source of nutrition. Of course, once the land is clear, the rhizomes must still be cut. Grazing animals just help to clear the land more efficiently than one person doing it all on their own. However, the average person does not have enough space or money to purchase an animal whose sole purpose is weed eradication. Additionally, major companies cannot justify additional costs that come along with purchasing an animal. Veterinary expenses, in addition to the costs of housing the animals, make this a poor choice for many people.

This is why a lot of people like to turn to chemical warfare to eradicate pest species. A herbicide, a relatively new creation in terms of agriculture, can be engineered to kill off weeds and other invasive species while keeping the intended crops healthy. Roundup is one example of a herbicide created for this purpose and is now the most widely used herbicide in the United States.

However, herbicides do not come without their flaws. In recent years, many herbicides have come under fire for their effects on the human population. Roundup contains glyphosate, a chemical that was recently classified as a 2a carcinogen. This means that repeated and prolonged exposure to Roundup can lead to a lot of nasty side effects. Since Roundup’s invention in 1974, it has been adopted in over 150 countries. These means that a huge number of people have been exposed to glyphosate and its effects. One of the most serious side effects of prolonged exposure to glyphosate is cancer. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, and B-cell lymphoma have all been linked to glyphosate in Roundup. As a result, there are many Roundup cancer lawsuit attorneys whose main goals are to seek justice on behalf of victims.

If someone has had repeated exposure to Roundup and ended up with cancer, there is a strong likelihood that the two events are related to each other. Many lawsuits have already been filed against Monsanto for lying about the dangers associated with the most common herbicide in the United States. A lot of these have been combined into a Multi-District Litigation, although some choose to be treated on an individual basis.

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Mesothelioma Patients’ Eligibility to State and Federal Financial Benefits Programs

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Cancer | 0 comments

Mesothelioma is a rare form of malignant cancer that develops in the mesothelium, a lining that protects the body’s internal organs, such as the lungs, the abdomen and the heart. Every year about 2,000 – 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the US, involving workers who got exposed to the mineral asbestos – workers like asbestos miners and workers in manufacturing plants, power plants, construction sites, chemical plants, mills, railroads and shipyards, which include thousands of enlisted personnel, especially in the US Navy.

Asbestos’ heat resistance and elasticity have made it a perfect fire retardant component in the manufacture of thousands of different commercial and household products. Though extremely useful, this mineral is known to release sharp fiber dusts which can enter the body by mixing with the air we breathe or by contaminating our water and food. Once inside the body, dusts that never get expelled accumulate in the lungs, scarring and damaging these in the process.

Asbestos-related diseases take a long time to develop (the most common diseases caused by asbestos are lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma). Lung cancer and asbestosis take about 15 years to develop (from initial exposure to asbestos); mesothelioma, on the other hand, takes about 20 to 40 years (or more).

Besides being a rare form of cancer, mesothelioma has no known cure and is characterized by extreme pain, destroying the quality of life that still remains in the patient.

Mesothelioma totally alters the life of the victims and their families. Despite the latest treatments available, it remains painful and heat-breaking to know these, if successful, can only extend (for a little more time) patients’ lives since the illness is irreversible.

Many firms, which knowingly exposed thousands of their workers to the deadly effects of asbestos, have already ceased operations (some due to bankruptcy), but not before being mandated by law to set up a Mesothelioma Compensation Trust Funds for the purpose of compensating asbestos victims, who will never be able to enjoy again the kind of lives they used to live.

Besides eligibility to receive financial assistance from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program (if mesothelioma can be proven to have developed due to exposure to asbestos during work), anyone diagnosed with this deadly cancer may also qualify for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Mesothelioma so happens to be included in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Blue Book, which is a list of severe illnesses that serve as criteria for Social Security Disability benefits eligibility. The website of the Hankey Law Office happens to provide valuable and helpful information on how mesothelioma patients may be able to avail of Social Security.

The mentioned financial benefits, however, can never be enough due to the severity and eventual fatal consequence of mesothelioma. This is why lawsuits continue to be filed by victims and/or their families for the purpose of seeking justice, usually through financial compensation, for all the damages, pain and suffering that they were made to unjustly suffer. Clearly, employers chose to expose their workers to the toxic effects of asbestos for the profit they believed they can rake in.

There are many things that need to be understood about asbestos and mesothelioma, including who actually are at risk of developing the deadly cancer, its kinds, available treatments, symptoms, and stages. More information on this topic may be found at www.williamskherkher.com/practice-areas/mesothelioma-lawyer/.

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