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- Date: Sat, 26 Apr 1997 04:37:42 -0400
>Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 15:21:09 -0700
>From: Ruby Rahn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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>Subject: Re: March on Dow Chemical
>Dow Chemical will be 100 years old on March 18, 1997. For Dow
>Chemical's centennial celebration ImPart, Inc. is organizing a march
>on the Dow Chemical plant in Pittsburgh, California. We have joined
>forces with Greenpeace, Toxic Links Coalition, Pesticide Action
>Network, the Vietnam Vets and the Women's Cancer Network
>here in the Bay Area. We would like to invite everyone to participate
>in an afternoon of information and actiism. Please see attachment
>for our flyer. Please print and distribute.
>When: Saturday, May 17, 1997
>Where: The Dow Chemical Plant, Pittsburgh, California
>Time: 12:00 pm
>Directions: In the San Francisco bay area go North on I-80,
> take Highway 4 turnoff (East) to Loverage Road exit.
> Go straight on Loverage to the end.
>Bring your friends and families, signs, posters and handouts.
>ImPart, Inc. (IMplant PARTners) is a nonprofit corporation located
>in the San Francisco Bay Area in partnership with families
>affected by breast implants.
>For more information contact: ImPart, Inc.
> 3377 Deer Valley Road
> P.O. Box 174
> Antioch, CA 94509
> Diane Stevens: 510. 798-3709
> Ruby Rahn: 415. 437-9160
> B o y c o t t D o w
> - Dow Chemical is number two in chemical sales in the U.S.
> - Headquarters: Midland, Michigan, U.S.A.
> - Employees: 68,000 approx.
> - Annual sales: $20 billion.
>Dow, the manufacturer of Napalm and Agent Orange during the Vietnam War,
>and now the target of a billion dollars worth of lawsuits over their highly
>destructive silicone breast implants, is partners with the drug firm Ely
>Dow Elanco, a spinoff company that is the largest producer of insecticides and
>fungicides in the U.S.
>Dow must have a magnetic attraction for severe defoliants. Having distanced
>itself from Agent Orange its partner Lilly now makes Tebuthiuron, an
>that kills soil so that no plants can grow on it in the future. Sounds
>like a weapon
>Of course Dow also tries to distance itself from dioxin (contained in itºs
>era Agent Orange), but Greenpeace reports that hugely produced chlorine based
>Dow products pesticides, solvents and PVC plastics are the single largest
>source in the world of dioxin today.
>Dow owns Marion Merrell Dow (MMD), a major pharmaceutical house. Like
>all drug companies, whether you know it or not, the commercial output of
>MMD is chillingly toxic. Let's start there.
>E x a m p l e s :
>MMD's vaginal suppository AVC cream is used to treat candida albicans.
>The PDR states that there is no data available on the long term potential of
>AVR for causing cancer or birth defects, but "deaths associated with
>administration of oral sulfonamides (such as AVC) have reportedly occurred
>form hypersensitivity reactions, agranulocytosis, a plastic anemia and other
>blood discrasias." . . . Comforting.
> Bentyl, Dow's drug for irritable bowel syndrome, also has in the PDR listing
>"no known data" for long term potential carcinogenicity or birth defects, but
>"psychosis has been reported in sensitive individuals." There are also, the
>PDR says, reports of deaths from respiratory collapse.
>Cardizem, the Dow drug for hypertension and angina, carries the PDR caution:
>"Worsening of congestive heart failure has been reported in patients with
>pre-existing impairment of ventricular function."
>Nothing could prepare a sane person for the PDR's description of Dow's
>Clomid, a drug that attempts to produce ovulatory stimulation so that
>pregnancy can occur in women for whom that would otherwise be unlikely.
>Here is a partial list of Clomid's post-marketing adverse effects:
> - seizure
> - stroke
> - psychosis
> - cataracts
> - posterior vitreous detachment
> - hepatitis
> - liver and breast and pituitary and ovarian
> and kidney and tongue and bladder cancer
> - brain abscess
> - tubal pregnancy
> - uterine hemorrhage
> - ovarian hemorrhage
> - arrhythmia
> - tachycardia
>In the babies born to the mothers taking Clomid, there have occurred:
> - neuroectodermal tumor
> - thyroid tumor
> - leukemia
> - abnormal bone development including skeletal malformations of the skull,
> face, nasal passages, jaw, hand, limb and foot joints
> - malformations of the anus, eye, lens, ear, lung, heart and genitalia
> - dwarfism
> - deafness
> - mental retardation
> - chromosomal disorders
> - neural tube defects
>Lorelco, Dow's drug aimed at lowering cholesterol, has this ominous PDR
>females should be warned not to become pregnant for at least six months after
>discontinuing Lorelco. Lorelco's adverse effects:
> - gastrointestinal bleeding
> - vomiting
> - low hemoglobin
> - fetid sweat
> - impotency
> - anorexia
> - diminished sense of taste and smell.
>Dow makes Norpramin, an antidepressant. The PDR states: "It is important that
>this drug be dispensed in the least possible quantities to depressed
>since suicide has been accomplished with this class of drug."
>Some of the effects of Norpramin are:
> - both elevating and lowering of blood sugar levels
> - heart block, myocardial infarction, stroke
> - sudden death
> - hallucinations, delusions
> - tremors, ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, seizures
> - dilation of urinary tract
> - bone marrow depression
> - vomiting, black tongue, hepatitis
> - impotence, painful ejaculation, testicular swelling
> - weight gain or loss.
>(Note: In these drug summaries I don't even bother to comment about the
>uniform unworkability of the drugs on the causes of the illnesses for which
>they are prescribed, nor will I comment on a further danger: the effects of
>combining several drugs at once. Nor on the fact that OTHER non-toxic
>remedies and approaches to health would eliminate the need for these drugs
>and their poisonous effects.)
> Dow makes Rifadin, a "semi-synthetic" antibiotic for the treatment of
>tuberculosis. The PDR comments, "Rifadin has been shown to produce liver
>dysfunction. Fatalities associated with jaundice have occurred in
>(previous) liver disease." The PDR further issues a bizarre warning "Rifadin
>can cause the urine, feces, saliva, sputum, sweat, and tears to turn
>" Permanent discoloration of soft contact lenses may occur."
> The suggested Rifadin dosage for people with TB is 600mg a day for
>nine months. Yet the PDR gives this warning: "High doses of Rifadin greater
>than 600mg given once or twice a week have resulted in high incidence of
>reactions, including leukopenia (abnormal decrease in white blood corpuscles),
>thrombocytopenia (abnormal decrease in blood platelets), acute hemolytic
>shock, renal failure." Among Rifadin's other adverse effects are
>and menstrual disturbances.
>I have tried in listing adverse effects to avoid dipping into the explicit
>"rare" and the category; "has been found to occur in less that 1% of
>drug and vanishes upon discontinuing drug." That leaves the open categories of
>"general adverse effects" or "we don't really know how many people on the drug
>suffer from these effects" or the "these effects are reported to occur
>after drug is
>marketed to the public and there is no way to prove the effects ar caused
>drug." I have relied for the most part on these three last categories.
>Dow and Ely Lilly and Company of Indianapolis are partners in a corporation
>called Dow Elanco, one of the largest producers of agricultural chemicals
>world. As a 40 percent partner Lilly falls within the purview of Dow and so I
>have justifiably include its drug products under the umbrella of Dow in
>Lilly manufactures Heparin sodium (derived form the intestinal mucosa of
>blood anticoagulant used to prevent clotting. Says the PDR, "hemorrhage
>at virtually any site in patients receiving Heparin. Patients on the drug
>an "irreversible aggregation of (blood) platelets . . (which) may lead to
>the extremities .. (and) amputation, myocardial infarction, pulmonary
>stroke and possibly death."
>Lilly's Nalfon is an NSAID for (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug).
>Every year in
>the U.S. seven to eight thousand people die from the administration of NSAIDs
>and between 70,000 to 80,000 are hospitalized from their use.
>Lilly's Prozac is the wildly popular "in" anti-depressant of the moment.
>Prior to its
>release, it was never tested on humans for longer than thirteen weeks.
>been associated with suicidal and murderous behavior, and the dampening of
>desire. Its other effects include insomnia, anxiety, and anorexia (in nine
>of the patients in clinical trials). Fifteen percent of the 4,000
>patients who received
>Prozac in pre-release clinical trials discontinued treatment due to "an
>Diethylstilbestrol, a Lilly drug, is a synthetic estrogenic substance used
>cancer and prostate cancer (as a palliative only). The PDR states,
>"Warning: Use of
>estrogens has been reported to increase the risk of endomerial carcinoma
>should not be used during pregnancy It's use may cause severe harm to the
>More PDR quotes on this drug:
> - "A recent study reported a two to threefold increase in the risk
>of gall bladder
> disease occurring in women receiving post-menstrual estrogen
>therapy . . . "
> - "In a large prospective clinical trial in men, large doses of
>estrogen . . . comparable
> to those used to treat cancer of the prostrate . . . have been
>shown to increase
> the risk of non-fatal myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism.
>. . " Adverse
> reactions to diethylstilbestrol include breakthrough bleeding,
>spotting and change
> in menstrual flow; vomiting; cholestatic jaundice; hemorrhagic
>skin eruption; corneal
> curvature; and migraines.
>All these effects for a cancer treatment that is admittedly only a palliative?
>(Note: The January 28, 1994, Congressional Quarterly in its report, Regulating
>Pesticides, points out that pollutants in the environment are being found
>estrogenic substances. And that several researchers have linked exposure to
>estrogens with cancer, including breast cancer. (Now read the above section the
>drug diethlystilbestrol again and if you mind isn't completely blown,
>breath on a mirror.)
> The above list and description of medical drugs is certainly not
>meant to be all-
>inclusive vis-a-vis Dow. It is just a bitter sample. If you find
>"Well, even if these drugs have some horrible effects, the doctors who
>them must know what they're doing", consider that once people said exactly that
>about the U.S. corporations who were busy spilling poisonous chemicals into the
>rivers of this land. "They must know what they're doing. They would never
>. . .
>" But they did. And these corporations are manufacturing the kinds of
>I've just been describing AND the industrial chemicals AND the pesticides.
>W a k e u p a n d s m e l l t h e p o i s o n s ! ! !
>Who could present a complete and specific portrait of Dow's yearly industrial
>wastes? Inform, Inc. (New York City) has done an analysis of quantity in
>Watch 1995 report. It culls the top twenty corporations from a total of
>companies in the U.S. Dow ranks sixth in "production-related toxic
>carcinogens and ozone depleting chemicals." How many pounds of waste are we
>talking about defecated by Dow into the world? 517.5 million pounds for 1992!
>Half a billion pounds !
>Susan Cooper of the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides names
>Dow's pesticide Dursban as a serious creator of health problems: Nausea, head-
>aches, behavioral changes in children. She told the Multinational Monitor
>that at least
>one out of every two phone calls that her office takes about pesticide
>concerns Dursban. The Pesticide Action Network states that Dow produced
>three pesticides on their "Dirty Dozen" list before 1980. One of these
>to be phased out by the EPA, now shows up being sold by Dow to the Dole
>Corporation, which has used it on its banana plantations in Costa Rica. DBCP
>contaminated ground water for several thousand square miles in the California
>central valley and caused sterility in agricultural workers.
>Four other Dow agricultural chemicals, Gallant, Verdict, Gauntlet, and
>by the EPA, have shown up in Africa, Latin America, Central America, Asia
>Beyond the products mentioned so far, what to boycott made by Dow?
> - Styrofoam labeled plastic products, agricultural herbicides (Starane,
> - The soil fumigant Telone, and two insecticides, Dursban and Lorsban.
> - It makes over-the-counter drugs: Norhistamine (cough), Cepacol, Gly-Oxide
> (antiseptic),Cepastat lozenges, Citrucel laxative, Delbrox (ear
> (antacid), the calcium supplement Os-Cal.
>Household products include:
> - Ziploc Bags, Fantastik Cleaner, Handi-Wrap, Saran Wrap,
> - Spray 'N Wash, Dow Bathroom Cleaner, Glass Plus Multi-Surface Cleaner,
> - Smart Scrub, Ultra Yes laundry detergent, Vivid bleach and Style & Perma
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