From Elaine Zacky <email@example.com>
August 6, 2002
Sandpoint, Idaho. News reports about threatened West Nile Virus (WNV) infections spreading across America have missed the much greater risks posed by chemical sprayings. This mosquito control program is "madness" according to a leading public health authority whose proof is in a new book being donated to libraries and legislators nationwide.
Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, a Harvard graduate independent investigator, and author of more than thirteen books including the national bestseller, Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola, says spraying pesticides to combat mosquitoes suspected of carrying the West Nile Virus (WNV) has not been scientifically proven to be either safe for humans or effective against the disease. Spraying malathion, a suspected human chemical carcinogen and known immune system blocker, or its alternate, Anvil 10:10, violates a basic tenant of public health practice that requires foreknowledge of the risks and proven benefits of the policy before it is implemented, he says.
There is substantial evidence linking exposure to these airborne chemicals to cancer and genetic damage, the doctor maintains. For this reason he has urged political andpublic health officials to stop what he calls "imprudent practices that are clearly lethal to people."
In support of his activism, the publisher of Dr. Horowitz's Death in the Air (Tetrahedron; 1-888-508-4787) has donated more than 1,000 copies to libraries and legislators. His documentation comes "highly recommended" in the July, 2002 issue of LIBRARY JOURNAL, the nation's leading academic library periodical.
Henry A. Wallace of the Institute for Alternative Agriculture has also voiced concern saying, "I think people, by now, would know that heavy applications of pesticide have not been the right way to go".... Spraying people with pesticide that do not want to be sprayed must be morally wrong."
Dr. Horowitz says, "This spraying policy violates ethical, moral, and scientific standards. To give people the proof and power to resist this madness, I've even lifted the copyright on the book. People should photocopy and circulate the stunning evidence at townhall meetings for the benefit of their communities and conscientious policy makers considering or debating this pesticide spraying issue."
Listen to Dr. Horowitz speak on this subject on the internet at this address:
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Date Mailed: Aug. 6, 2002
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