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>Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 15:21:09 -0700
>From: Ruby Rahn <rubyr@slip.net>
>MIME-Version: 1.0
>To: Charlie Cray <ccray@dialb.greenpeace.org>
>CC: keith@sustainusa.org, whudson@igc.apc.org, gcohen@igc.apc.org,
>        huntan@pilot.msu.edu, cacc@arbornet.org, jchristensen@iatp.org,
>        ifg@igc.org, jkarliner@igc.org, aleonard@essential.org,
>        bgl103@psuvm.psu.edu, russell@essential.org, sejoffice@aol.com
>Subject: Re:  March on Dow Chemical
>     Soft hair products.
>It should also be noted that Dow manufactures benzene, widely acknowledged as
>a carcinogen.
>Of course, all this information is faxed and internetted around the world,
>outside the U.S. will find the Dow subsidiaries in their countries and the
>they make. In the U.S. the reference text  The Directory of Multinationals
>is a good
>source for the names of these subsidiary corporations.
>So to this point, you have much more than sufficient evidence of massive
>toxicity to
>justify a boycott of Dow.  You can also see that boycotting their products
>is in some
>cases awkward, because wholesalers and companies, not individuals, are Dow's
>customers.  More reason to press disinvestment, making it unconscionable
>to hold
>stock of this company.
>We welcome additions and more complete descriptions of products entered by
>researchers. But don't accept any softening of the boycott stance or
>baloney about
>how Dow is improving its environmental responsibility.   Despite changes, these
>corporations are toxic from top to bottom.  Do you negotiate with them?
>Let other
>groups do that.  This is a global educational campaign to isolate the
>biggest chemical
>companies from the rest of us who want a world we can live in.
>E x p o s e   t h e   n a k e d   t r u t h .   P o i s o n   i s   p o i
>s o n.
>P l e a s e   S u p p o r t   o u r   B o y c o t t   o f   D o w   P r o
>d u c t s   &  S e r v i c e s
>Apple Pectin
>AVC Cream
>Citrucel Laxative
>Corning Glass Wear
>Corelle Dinnerware
>Curl & Go
>Curl Memory
>Dow Bathroom Cleaner
>Dow Oven Cleaner
>Dow Tough Act
>Glass Plus
>Grease Relief
>Janitor In A Drum
>La Muer
>Perm Soft
>Pine Magic
>Pine Power
>Resolve Saran Wrap
>Revere Ware
>Smart Scrub
>Spray & Starch
>Spray & Wash
>Stain Stick
>Syle Hair Care
>Tough Act
>Vivid :  bleach
>Wood Plus
>Ultra Yes
>Ziploc Bags
>S u b s i d i a r i e s
>Admiral Equipment
>Dow Brands
>Essex Chemical Corp.
>International Chempack, Inc.
>Film Tec Corp.
>United Agriseed
>S e l e c t e d   J o i n t   V e n t u r e s :
>Cormetech :  Mitsubishi/Dow Chemical  50%
>Destec Energy :  Dow Chemical 72%
>Dow Corning :  Dow Chemical 50%/Corning, Corp. 50%
>Dow Elanco :  Dow Chemical 60%/Ely Lilly & Co., 40%
>Samcor Glass : Samtel & Samsung-Corning 35%
>Pittsburgh   C o r n i n g :  Dow Corning 50%
>Samsung-Corning : Dow Corning 50%
>S i e c o r : Corning/Siemans 50% - Siemans sponsored CNN Fire and Fury,
>fall 1994.
>L a b   S e r v i c e s :
>Enesco Inc.,
>Hazelton Corp.
>G.H. Besselaar Assoc.
>P.O. Box 68511
>Indianapolis, IN  46268
>800.  428-4798
>317.  873-7319  FAX
>Dow Corning
>Houghton Park
>Corning, NY  14831
>607.  974-9000
>607.  974-8551-  Fax
>Dow Chemical
>2030 Willard Dow Center
>Midland, MI  48674
>517.  636-1000
>517- 832-1465 - Fax
>Excerpts from Revolt Against The Empire, Welcome To The Great Boycott
>by Jon Rappopport the complete boycott can be found @
>Some information from Hoovers Handbook of American Business.
>Information compiled by R M Rahn.
>        F A C T S   A B O U T   S I L I C O N E   I M P L A N T S
>  1.    No Breast Implant Has Ever Been Approved By The FDA.
>         The Breast Implant Industry Has Never Proven Breast Implants Are Safe.
>     -  No silicone breast implant has ever been approved by the FDA,
>         regardless of what's inside the silicone elastomer shell.
>         (silicone gel, saline or soybean oil)
>     -  No manufacturer of breast implants has ever proven their safety.
>     -  Dow Chemical Co. worked closely with its 50 percent-owned joint
>        venture, Dow Corning Corp., in the 1960s and 1970s to develop drugs
>         and even insecticides based on  silicone compounds similar to those
>         used in breast  implants as shown in internal corporate documents.
>  2.   Silicone  is  Silicone.
>     -  The facts about the dangers of silicone are not being told.
>     -  The morbidity and disfigurement resulting from liquid silicone exposure
>         led to the injections being made illegal by the FDA.
>     -  All silicone implants have liquid silicone inside them, the same liquid
>        silicone the FDA prohibits from being put into the body by injection.
>        The only difference is the method of delivery into the breast tissue.
>        One is injected directly into the breast, and the other is slowly
>         from a semi-porous elastomer bag.  The damage to the human body is
>         identical  whether the victim has been exposed through injection,
>         or rupture.
>  3.   Silicone  Migrates  To  Distant  Organs  And  Is  Irretrievable.
>     -  All silicone implants leak into the body.
>     -  According to the manufacturersº own internal memos, this leak begins
>        within the first 24 hours after the device is implanted.  With bleed or
>         rupture, silicone does not stay put, but travels, migrates and
>         the subcutaneous and cutaneous tissues.
>     -  It then spreads into regional lymph nodes and into the blood through
>         the lymphatic system.  Once in the blood, it travels and circulates to
>         every organ in the body including the brain, liver, lungs, heart and
>         kidneys  “   similar to the pattern of metastatic carcinoma.
>  4.     70%  Rupture  Rate  Within  1 -10 Years.
>          100%  Rupture  Rate  Within  20  Years.
>           All  Breast  Implants  Will  Rupture !
>     -  The average life-span of older implants is 10.3 years.
>     -  For newer implants, it ranges from 4 to 7 years.
>     -  All implants will eventually rupture.
>     -  Many ruptures are undetectable, and surgical intervention is the only
>        way to know for certain if a rupture has occurred.
>     -  It is not true that mammograms detect most ruptures.
>     -  The pressure that is applied to the breasts during mammography has
>         caused many implants to rupture.
>     -  The implant shell ages and degrades with time and its strength and
>         integrity are weakened.
>     -  The capsule that forms around all  implants often becomes hard,
>         deforming the shape of the breast.  These capsules commonly calcify
>         acting as an irritant to the elastomer shell.  This friction also
>grates on the
>         elastomer shell releasing tiny particles and fragments of
>elastomer.  The oil,
>         gel and fluids that bleed out of the shell act as a carrier for
>these non-
>         biodegradable plastic particles causing inflammation and foreign body
>         reactions, just like a splinter would in your hand or foot.
>  5.   There  Is  A Long  Latency  Period  Between  Exposure  & Clinical
>     -  It can take from 1 to 15 years before severe problems become clinically
>         evident, and catastrophic results are seen.
>     -  It is typical for there to be a lengthy latency period between
>exposure to
>         carcinogens and the clinical evidence of disease.  Due to this
>latency period
>         and to the increased numbers of women who have been implanted through
>         the past decade, we can expect to see the numbers of seriously injured
>         women grow dramatically during the next decade, eventually becoming an
>         epidemic.
>  6.    A  Foreign  Body  Reaction  Is  Progressive  &  Damage  Is
>         Medical  Devices  Put  Into  Healthy  Individuals  Create  A  Chronic
>         Diseased State.
>     -  The silicone liquid, oil, gel and particles from the elastomer
>shell migrate
>         into the body by rupture or bleed resulting in a chronic foreign
>body reaction.
>     -  A typical immune reaction to the presence of a foreign body is
>     -  With implant recipients, this inflammation is internal and chronic
>         the plastic particles are non-biodegradable and embedded in the
>         and circulatory systems.  Chronic inflammation can lead to
>connective tissue
>         destruction, including in dense connective tissue such as
>cartilage and bone.
>     -  Other known symptoms include organic brain syndrome, neurological
>         damage, paralysis, tumor formation, cancer, toxic shock and death.
>     -  Healthy, productive women are being permanently disfigured and disabled
>         due to the damaging effects of exposure to breast implants.
>  7.   Silica  &  Toxic  Chemicals  Are  In  The  Implant  Shell  and  Gel.
>     -  Documents obtained from the implant manufacturersº show that silica has
>         been added to the shell.
>     -  Silica is one of the strongest known immune stimulants.
>     -  Besides liquid silicone and silica, each implant also contains a
>mixture of as
>         many as 30 other toxic chemicals, including solvents, fillers,
>         adhesives and platinum.  Many of these chemicals have never been
>         for safety.
>  8.   Saline  In  A  Silicone  Bag.
>     -  The interior wall of all saline implants is lubricated with low
>         weight silicone oil used to prevent the shell from drying out.
>     -  This silicone oil is the first thing to bleed or leak out of the
>elastomer bag
>        when it is put into the body.
>     -  Eventually the saline dries out the shell, which creates cracks
>leading to a
>         rupture.  Saline implants have a notoriously high rupture rate
>because of this.
>     -  Any pharmacist will tell you the reason saline products have
>expiration dates
>         is because bacteria will eventually grow in it.
>     -  At 98.6, saline implants act like a petri dish for bacteria and
>fungal growth.
>     -  The elastomer bag is a two way street “ what's inside leaks out
>and body
>         fluids with bacteria travel in.
>     -  Some women with saline implants have died from toxic shock after
>their saline
>         implants ruptured injecting their body with massive amounts of
>bacteria and
>         fungus.
>  9.     Problems  Reported  To  The  FDA  Do  Not  Accurately  Reflect
>The  True
>          Number  Of  Women  Who  Have  Been  Injured  Or  Who  Have  Died
>          Breast Implants.
>     -  Poor compliance with the FDAºs manufacturers Ñmandatoryæ reporting
>        coupled with the FDAºs  inability to enforce this law contribute
>to a under-
>        reporting of injury.
>     -  As of February 1996, the FDA reported more that than 124,000
>people were
>         injured and 93 were dead from silicone breast implants.
>     -  The FDA received an additional 23,000 reports on problems concerning
>         saline breast implants.
>10.      The  Burden  Of  Healthcare,  Disability  &  Welfare  Payments
>For  The
>           Victims  Of  These  Medical  Devices  Will  Ultimately  Be
>Placed  On
>           State  &  Federal  Organizations.    It  Is  The  Taxpayers
>Who  Will Pay !
>     -  As implant victims become too ill to work they are forced to
>become state
>         welfare recipients.
>     -  There will be a tremendous increase in demand for State Healthcare and
>         Social Services, as well as Federal Social Security Disability Funds.
>     -  These programs are already operating with huge deficits.
>     -  It is wrong for the taxpayers to be forced into assuming this
>burden, when
>         it is the sole responsibility of the manufacturers.
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>T H E   L O V E   C A N A L   I N   M I D L A N D ,   M I C H I G A N
>MIDLAND, Mich., April 8 (UPI) -   Talk of Love Canal-like buyouts has surfaced
>in Midland after government soil tests detected high levels of the toxic
>dioxin in the hometown of Dow Chemical Co.
>Environmental groups are calling Tuesday for cleanups, health testing  and
>possible relocation of Midland residents after dioxin was found at local
>parks and
>The groups said they obtained preliminary test results from the Michigan
>Department of Environmental Quality which show dioxin levels as high as 0.2
>parts per billion -  a level that prompted pollution-related relocations
>in Pensacola,
>Florida last year.  The acceptable level for the carcinogen is 0.09 parts
>per billion.
>DEQ tests conducted a few months ago were federally funded as a follow-up to
>tests done by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in  Midland in the
>In 1985 the EPA declared Midland soil, area fish and mothers' breast  milk
>contaminated by dioxin and other chemicals.
>In the latest tests, soil was collected from along the route taken by
>trucks hauling
>chlorinated waste from the Dow complex.  Dow also incinerates waste.  The
>makes a variety of chemicals for plastics,  cleaners and industry.
>The local environmental groups - the Lone Tree Council, Citizens for
>Alternatives to
>Chemical Contamination and the Ecology Center - also called on Dow to stop
>Lone Tree Council Chairman Terry Miller said the groups wonder why health
>haven't discussed the latest results. "We haven't heard 'boo' from the
>Department of
>Community Health," he said.
>Copyright 1997 by United Press International.  All rights reserved.
>D O N ' T   L E T   D O W   C O N T A M I N A T E   Y O U R    C O M M U N
>I T Y
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