Vaxxed 2: Parents Talk Frankly About Vaccine Injuries

Vaxxed 2: The People’s Truth

Directed by Brian Burrowes (2019)

Film Review

Vaxxed 2 concerns the Vaxxed bus that toured seven countries (US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand) after the film Vaxxed came out in 2016. The tour was prompted by the massive response filmmakers received from parents of vaccine-injured children after their first documentary was released.

Fifteen doctors and several immunologists participated in the tour, and parents’ stories were broadcast round the world via Periscope TV. The documentary features commentary by prominent vaccine researchers Dr Suzanne Humphries, Dr Andrew Wakefield and Robert F Kennedy Jr.

For me, the most alarming segment of the film consists of interviews with a dozen teenagers who became paralyzed after taking the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Kennedy provides some really interesting background on the vaccine trials that preceded its release. The randomized controlled trials were conducted without a true placebo. Instead the manufacturer (Merck) used the neurotoxin aluminum (believed to be the cause of HPV paralysis and other neurological injuries) in the control group. Death rates (in both the control and the experimental groups) were 37 times the death rate from cervical cancer (which Gardasil is meant to prevent).

Then there were the heart wrenching stories of parents whose infants died (usually of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) after receiving MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine.* In several of these cases, child protective services opened a child abuse investigation (against the parents).

In 2014, a CDC study reported that the US (which vaccinates more infants than any other country) had the highest infant mortality of 34 industrialized countries.

When I reflect on all the chronic health problems in my family (starting with my  mother’s generation) with allergies, asthma, ear infections, eczema and digestive problems, the most discouraging part of the film featured the thousands of unvaccinated children who also came to greet the bus. The chronic health conditions that plague so many US children were totally absent in the unvaccinated kids. The effect was especially striking in families in which the eldest vaccinated child suffered constant ear infections, colds and allergies, while their younger unvaccinated siblings experienced none of these conditions.**


*Where parents took these cases to the federal Vaccine Court (see https://www.thevaccinecourt.com/), they received the maximum compensation of $250,000)

**A number of controlled research trials support findings that unvaccinated children are healthier. See https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2050312120925344 and https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/research-reviews/fully-vaccinated-vs-unvaccinated-a-summary-of-the-research/ One of the pediatricians who accompanied the tour declines to vaccinate infants under three and has no history of SIDS deaths in her practice.

Vaxxed 2 can be viewed free at https://www.bitchute.com/video/vEeZ1z2qpQag/

What They Don’t Tell You About Tetanus Vaccine

Lecture on Vaccines, Disease and Health (2014)

Dr Suzanne Humphries

Film Review

These three videos contain a two-hour talk vaccine researcher Dr Suzanne Humphries gave in Sweden in 2014. A board certified nephrologist, Humphries is regarded as one of the foremost experts on the long term safety and efficacy of vaccines.

At the request of her hosts, in this talk Humphries provides a summary of the peer-reviewed research into the tetanus vaccine, the adverse effects of DTP (diptheria, tetanus, pertusis) vaccine, particularly in infants, and the pathophysiology* of autism.

Humphries begins by describing the history of tetanus vaccine. Tetanus is caused by clostridium tetani, an organism naturally occurring in the large intestine of horses. Cases of tetanus dramatically declined when the horse was replaced by the automobile. As tetanus toxin (the cause of lockjaw) is only created in anaeorbic** wound conditions, improved wound care has nearly eliminated the condition in the developed world.

Tetanus vaccine has never been studied in randomized controlled trials to determine whether it actually prevents tetanus. A Finish study from 1969-85 revealed that 80% of the children who died from tetanus had been vaccinated.

For this reason, Humphries stresses that everyone (vaccinated or not) needs to have good knowledge of appropriate wound care. The specific principles Humphries stresses are

  • Ensuring all foreign bodies are removed from wounds (if you can’t get a splinter out yourself, get your doctor to do it).
  • Don’t stop bleeding – allow wounds to bleed freely until blood clots on its own.
  • Flush wounds with water followed by sodium ascorbate and/or colloidal silver (200-500 ppm). void using peroxide as this kills cells.
  • Where possible use steristrips (rather than stitches) to close wounds, as they don’t seal off wounds AS stitches do.

Studies show high doses of Vitamin C (one gram per kilogram) are also helpful in preventing tetanus following a deep wound.

DPT Vaccine

Humphries goes on to talk about serious side effects associated with the DTP (and the newer DTap) vaccine, especially in infants.She also cites studies revealing studies showing a decrease in asthma and sinus infections in children who postpone starting DTP injections until after one year of age, as well as studies showing less asthma, need for antibiotics or autoimmune disease in children who don’t receive the DTP at all.

She attributes the link between DTP and DTap and asthma, allergy and autoimmune disease to the neurotoxin aluminum, used as an adjuvant in nearly all vaccines.

The Pathophysiology of Autism

For me her comments regarding autism (in the second video) were the most interesting to me. Humprhies doesn’t believe vaccination in itself is sufficient to cause autism. According to her research, in most cases the pathophysiology of autism (as well as schizophrenia and major depression) involves maternal immune activation (“inflammation”) triggered by high maternal stress during pregnancy. Epidemiological studies suggest that exclusive breast feeding for six months suppresses this inflammation, whereas exposure to high doses of aluminum during the first year tends to aggravate it.

Studies show the US (as of 2014) had the highest rate of neurodevelopmental disorders, autism and ADHD in the developed world. Interestingly as other industrialized countries  adopted the US childhood vaccination school, they, too, would note a steep increase in these disorders.


*Pathophysiology refers to the study of the disordered physiological processes that cause, result from, or are otherwise associated with a disease or injury.

**Anaerobic means living or occurring in the absence of free oxygen.

 

 

Right to Fail: Abandoning the Mentally Ill

Right to Fail

PBS Frontline (2018)

Film Review

I disagree with the title of this documentary. It gives the impression the filmmakers disagree with a 2014 ruling in federal court granting New York mental patients the right to live independently (even if it leads to serious adverse consequences) – instead of being warehoused in poorly funded and managed group homes. The main adverse consequences the film identifies include homelessness, incarceration, physical abuse and death.

In my view, the problem isn’t that chronic mental patients need to remain in restrictive settings for their own good (as the title implies). The problem is New York is no different from any other state. No state lawmakers are willing to spend the necessary funds to ensure patients with chronic mental conditions receive the treatment and support they require to live meaningful lives.

In the film, ProPublica reporter Joaquin Sapien blames the decision to empty US mental hospitals in the fifties and sixties on their reputation for “warehousing” patients who could function better in the community. The real reasons for closing state mental hospitals were far more complex than this. In addition to a small patients’ rights movement, there was a much stronger movement by conservative state legislators to “privatize” mental health care. They saw an opportunity trim state budgets by closing state-run hospitals (and shutting down powerful the state unions that ran them ) and relying mainly on pharmaceutical control (newly created antipsychotic drugs) to control patients in the community.

In New York state, many were moved into for-profit “adult homes” or group homes, where their carers were poorly paid and received negligible training or oversight. During the ten years (2003-2014) the the lawsuit was in federal court, there were many examples of unchecked drug and alcohol abuse, pest infestation and physical abuse.

Following the 2014 ruling, approximately 4,000 residents became eligible to move into independent living with various non-profit organizations providing minimal support in the form of case management.

By 2018 when this film was made, 700 had moved into independent living. Of these 30 had died and 39 were forced to return to adult homes.

Sapien investigates the experience of three individual patients who had difficulty adjusting to independent living. The first has three failed attempts if living independently in an apartment. One relates to his benefits being cut off because the agency monitoring him lost track of where he lived, one relates to going off his medication and becoming psychotic, and one relates to a brutal beating by a roommate. Following a lengthy stay in the ICU and on a medical unit, the patient finally receives regular in-home support ad (four hours a day). He clearly thrives with this support, which, unfortunately, only has temporary funding.

The second patient dies of hypothermia after becoming psychotic and spending a night naked in the snow.

The third patient (who is diabetic) is returned to an adult home (at his own request) after he becomes severely dehydrated during a heatwave.

The full film can be viewed free at https://www.pbs.org/video/right-to-fail-fz7iaq/

Ruined Lives: Big Pharma, Psychiatry and Overdiagnosis

Bipolarized: Rethinking Mental Illness

Directed by Rita Kotzia (2014)

Film Review

This documentary tells the tragic story of a man with presumptive PTSD who was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 17 and spent the next 16 years drugged up with lithium carbonate. In 2010, after two attempts to stop the lithium caused incapacitating depression, he admitted himself to a specialist clinic in Costa Rica that helped him gradually taper and discontinue the lithium.

Although family and friends noticed an immense improvement in his functioning (he was less depressed and more alert, energetic, and focused), without the medication he continued to experience disabling spells of anxiety.

He tried numerous alternative treatment options:

  • He saw a naturapath who gave him 20+ intravenous chelation treatments for toxic blood levels of lead and mercury.
  • He saw a shaman in Colombia who treated him with psychic surgery.*
  • Yoga (partially effective)
  • Acupuncture
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation**

Finally he saw a psychologist specializing in trauma therapy who diagnosed PTSD and helped him work through childhood micro-traumas he experienced with an extremely physically and emotionally abusive father.

In May 2012, he joined a protest at the American Psychiatric Association annual conference  with hundreds of other psychiatric patients whose lives were ruined by misdiagnosis.

The film blames the tendency for psychiatrists to misdiagnose and overdiagnose serious mental disorders on the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), the current “bible” of psychiatric diagnosis. Many psychiatrists acknowledge that recent DSM editions (DSM III through DSM V)  have been heavily influenced by Big Pharma. At present, the vast majority of psychiatric research is funded by pharmaceutical companies.

The current DSM V is very different from DSM II, the manual I used during my residency. Prior to the release of DSM III (published two years after I finished training), psychiatric diagnosis was based on a patient’s longitudinal psychosocial history. In other words, with the help of family, a psychiatrist took a full his of a patient’s emotional and social functioning. Beginning with DSM III, psychiatrists were trained to diagnose a patient based on a single interview and DSM III’s Chinese menu system of symptom clusters.

However even under DSM IV and DSM V criteria, it’s totally inappropriate to diagnose a patient bipolar based on a single manic episode. To qualify for this diagnosis, there needs to be a clear pattern of repeated mood swings.

For me the most interesting part of the film was a quote from Robert Whittaker (in Mad in America) about a WHO study revealing Third World schizophrenics have better treatment outcomes than those from the industrial North. The former receive mainly psychosocial treatments; while the latter are nearly always treated with psychotropic medication.


*Psychic surgery usually involves the channeling of spirits to eliminate acute and chronic illnesses.

**Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety.

 

Plandemic II – Film Review

Plandemic

Plandemic II

Directed by Mikki Willis (2020)

Film Review

This is an exceptionally well-made follow-the-money documentary. It’s meticulously researched, and the filmmakers continually inform viewers of their source material. The film largely focuses on documented corruption in the World Health Organization (WHO) and various federal agencies.

One of the film’s principal narrators is a Wall Street analyst who specializes in patent research. In 2003, he discovered the US patent office had granted coronavirus patents to various federal employees performing federally funded coronavirus research. Dr Fauci (of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease) was one, along with several CDC researchers.

In 1980, Congress passed the Bayh-Dole Act, which allows federal employees to patent and privately profit from federally funded research.

However what’s most curious about these patents is that it’s illegal to patent nature. This means these coronaviruses had to be genetically modified in some way to qualify for patent protection. When questions were raised about these patents in 2013, the National Institutes of Health ended coronavirus research funding and the Obama administration offshored US coronavirus research to Wuhan China.

When WHO first declared a coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, numerous scientists (including Luc Montainger, who won a 2008 Nobel Prize for isolating the AIDS virus) came forward with additional evidence that COVID19 was genetically manipulated for biological warfare purposes. Google, Facebook, and Wikipedia all acted quickly to prevent this information from gaining traction on the Internet – Google by rigging their search algorithms, Facebook by either banning relevant posts or overshadowing them with fact checking messaging, and Wikileaks by allowing political donors to edit compromising entries.

Later research questioning the value of face masks and social distancing, which was initially at the top of most Google searches, also totally disappeared in their search engine.

Other valuable information presented in the film relates to Bill Gates’ role (through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) as the single largest funder of both the WHO and the CDC. Both agencies receive half their funding from private sources, both charitable organizations (like the Gates, Clinton and Epstein Foundations) and the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines

The film also looks Event 201 in October 2019, a rehearsal for the COVID19 lockdown, and a prior pandemic rehearsal in 2018. Although both Gates and Fauci predicted the COVID19 pandemic more than a year in advance, neither used their immense wealth and prestige to ensure an adequate supply of masks, gloves, visors and ventilators, to ensure safe, timely and effective treatment for all who needed it.

My favorite part of the film features Bill Gates testifying in the antitrust suit the Justice Department filed against Microsoft in 1998. It was largely as a result of this case that Gates stepped down as Microsoft CEO in 2000, shifting his focus to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His foundation significantly benefits Gates’ personal investment in vaccines production. Gates, who calls his investment in vaccines “the best investment I ever made,” credits them with a 20 to 1 return.


*Foundation founded by the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

View the film free at

 

Plandemic – Indoctornation World Premiere

Combating Illness Through Diet Change

The Magic Pill: Combating Illness Through Diet Change

Directed by Robert Tate (2017)

Film Review

Although this documentary was made two years before the COVID19 pandemic, it offers a highly plausible reason why COVID19 mortality rates are much higher in patients with obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. Given that most patients with these conditions are still eating a low fat diet high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods.

Citing both archeological and research evidence, the filmmakers maintain that modern day humans have evolved (over 100,000 generations)* to flourish on a hunter gatherer diet high in animal fats and fresh fruits and vegetables.

They believe the hunter gatherer diet for is probably most similar to the modern ketogenic (high fat, low carbohydrate diet). Many pediatricians are successfully treating with refractory epilepsy with a ketogenic diet. Likewise a number of oncologists are using it as an an adjunct to cancer chemotherapy.

Unfortunately this high fat, low carbohydrate diet is the exact opposite of the low fat, high carbohydrate diet (aka the Food Pyramid) most Western doctors and public health officials continue to recommend for their patients. According to growing research evidence, this diet is largely responsible for an epidemic of obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s (which many diet researchers refer to as type III diabetes).

The film follows a dozen patients with a myriad of health problems (including obesity, diabetes, asthma, autism, arthritis, autism, seizures, recurrent respiratory infections, and early dementia) who switch to a ketogenic diet. Amazingly all their medical problems either resolve or improve dramatically after only 10 weeks. Even the two autistic children are markedly calmer and exhibit a big increase in verbal interaction.

The filmmakers also follow 11 Yoingu (a northern Aboriginal tribe) women experiencing similar chronic medical conditions. After only two weeks they, too, experience significant improvement when they abandon their high carbohydrate Western diet for more traditional foods. Prior to adopting the Western diet in the 1940s, the Yoingu were extremely healthy and rarely suffered from chronic illnesses.


*Evidence of tool making suggests there were ancient human living in China 2.1 million years ago https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/07/early-humans-left-africa-250000-years-earlier-than-thought/564896/

Anyone with a public library card can view the film free at Kanopy. Type Kanopy and the name of your library into your search engine.

 

Gut Revolution

Gut Revolution

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2017)

Film Review

This is a three-part Australian documentary about state-of-the-art treatment for various manifestations of gut dysbiosis.* Thanks to genetic sequencing, gut scientists can now identify approximate numbers of bacterial species in patients’ large intestines. In many cases, scientists have also identified the relative helpful/harmful effect of specific species.

For example, in high numbers some bacteria are linked to metabolic syndrome;** some produce sulfuric acid, a cause of irritable bowel symptoms (eg diarrhea, gas, bloating), and some are linked to inflammatory changes leading to depression and impaired cognitive function.

In this series, a dietician works with three patients with very different manifestations of gut dysbiosis: the first suffers from chronic diarrhea, the second from obesity and metabolic syndrome, and the third from severe anxiety, coupled with disabling abdominal paid.

The first patient rebalances her gut bacteria (and eliminates her diarrhea) by starting a low FODMAP diet,*** effective in 70% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome.

The second patient rebalances his gut bacteria by eliminating all processed foods;**** increasing his intake of fruits, vegetables, and high fiber complex carbohydrates; and engaging in a modified fast two days a week. After six weeks he’s lost six kilos, as well as noticing substantial improvement in his mood and energy levels.

The third patient rebalances her gut bacteria with a Mediterranean-style diet. The latter has reduced major depression symptoms in several double blind studies. Due to severe anxiety levels, patient 3 has a long history of severe dietary restriction and also uses yoga and hypnotherapy to make it easier to try new foods.

Link to Part 1: https://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/gut-revolution-a-catalyst-special—part-1/11017218

Link to Part 2: https://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/gut-revolution-a-catalyst-special—part-2/11017246

Parts 1-3 can be viewed free on Kanopy. Type “Kanopy” and the name of you public library into your search engine.


*Gut dysbiosis is an imbalance  of bacterial populations in the large intestine. According to a growing number of scientists, your gut microbiome (ie community of bacteria in your gut is just as important as genes and lifestyle in achieving and maintaining good health.

**Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels.

***A low FODMAP (Fermentible Oligo-,Di-. Mono-Saccharides and Polyols) diet eliminates short chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. High FODMAP foods should only be eliminated for six to eight weeks because most are really important for long term gut health.

****The dietary emusifiers and artificial flavors and colors in processed foods are really damaging to the microbiome.

 

 

Wealth and Health: Why Black, Brown, and Poor People Are Dying of COVID19

In Sickness and in Wealth

Directed by Llewellyn M Smith (2008)

Film Review

It’s no mystery and doesn’t need yet more study. Epidemiologists have known since the late seventies that health and life expectancy directly correlate with income level, irrespective of genetics, lifestyle (smoking, exercise, diet, etc), or access to medical care. This documentary is a about a 2008 study that examined four Louisville districts with varying average income levels.

Residents in the wealthiest district earned incomes averaging $100,000+. Nearly all had college degrees and owned their own homes. Their average life expectancy was 80 years.

In the second most prosperous district, most residents had high school diplomas. Although a minority owned their homes, they considered themselves solidly middle class. They had an average life expectancy of 76 years.

In the third wealthiest district, fewer were high school graduates. Many had difficulty maintaining stable employment and lived in subsidized housing. Lacking in chain supermarkets or other access to fresh produce, the district is characterized as a food desert. The average life expectancy here was 74 years. In the poorest district, unemployment was double the national average, and many residents suffered from chronic illness and received disability benefits. Most had failed to complete high school. Thirty percent lived below the national poverty level. Their average life expectancy was 70 years.

The study reinforced prior research* indicating that neither genetics, lifestyle, nor access to medical care has as much influence on health outcomes as income and social status.

Scientists believe low social status leads to poorer immune function and adverse health effects due to the total lack of control poor people have over their lives. This absence of control tends to result in high chronic stress levels that contribute directly to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and impaired immunity.

Overall African Americans had worse health outcomes than white residents regardless of income or social status. Scientists believe this relates to the chronic stress they experience related to racial slights and abuse in their interactions with white people.

More recent research indicates that growing inequality (ie tax and public spending policies that grants billionaires a larger and larger share of the wealth working people create) since the 2008 economic crash is worsening health discrepancies based on wealth and racial differences. The solution is no mystery, either. We will never end inequality so long as we allow private banks to create and control our money system. Contrary to popular belief, private banks presently create 97% of our money (out of thin air) when they issue loans.**


*The film mentions 1967-1977 The Whitehall Study https://unhealthywork.org/classic-studies/the-whitehall-study/

**See The Battle for Public Control of Money

The full film can be viewed free at Kanopy by anyone with a public library card. Type Kanopy and the name of your library into your search engine.

 

The 1918 Influenza Pandemic (Official US Government Version)

We Heard the Bells: The Influenza of 1918

US Department of Health and Human Services (2010)

Film Review

I began watching this film believing it was a historical account of the 1918 influenza epidemic. It’s not. It’s actually a 10-year old US government propaganda film promoting flu vaccination. It’s currently being recycled in honor of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly ratcheted up the media hype over annual flu vaccination, which had never made much sense to me. Even the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) acknowledge the 2020 flu vaccine is only 45% effective (only 45% of people who receive it will be protected against influenza).

Ironically they call 2020 a good year – most years flu vaccine is even less effective

In people over 65 (the under most pressure to be vaccinated), the 2018-19 vaccine was only 16% effective.

In my view the vaccine’s low effectiveness needs to be weighed against potential side effects, which a growing body of research suggests can be considerable.

Recent studies suggest that flu vaccination can increase the risk of other viral (including coronavirus infections) in some patients.

Also that repeated flu vaccination can reduce the body’s ability to fight off influenza. See  NIH study, Canadian study, and Vaccine Failures (summary).

On a positive note, the first half of the film contains some great archival footage of survivors of the 1918 pandemic. I found it interesting that most 1918 victims died of pneumonia caused by secondary bacterial infections (rather than viral pneumonia caused by influenza virus). Doctors reported a typical pattern in which patients appeared to totally recover after 5-7 days, when weakened defenses caused them to succumb to new bacterial or fungal infections.

A number of clinicians are reporting a similar pattern with COVID-19, with patients appearing to recover, and then suddenly worsening and dying. Prior to the development of antibiotics during World War II, there was no way to treat these secondary infections. However at present most are treatable with antibiotics and anti-fungal agents. A recent Lancet paper summarizing 99 cases of COVID-19 treated in Wuhan China in December 2019 indicates all patients were tested and treated for bacterial and fungal secondary infections.

Given the 24/7 coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, I find it a little disappointing the mainstream media offers so little information regarding treatment.

The 1918 influenza pandemic reportedly killed 50 million people globally and 675,000 in the US. In contrast to COVID-19, in 1918 the vast majority of deaths were in young adults.

 

The Politics of Asbestos: Banned in EU, But Not China, Russia, Brazil or US

Deadly Asbestos

DW (2019)

Film Review

This documentary is about the international asbestos industry and its aggressive penetration of developing countries following the EU’s decision to ban it in 1998. The first study linking asbestos to lung cancer and mesothelioma was published in 1964. Asbestos also causes a chronic (eventually fatal) lung condition known as asbestosis. Sadly, as with smoking and lead poisoning, it took decades of sustained organizing to get western governments to acknowledge the fatal health consequences of asbestos exposure. The US enacted a “partial ban” on asbestos in 1989.*

Because mesothelioma can result from a brief single exposure to asbestos fibers, EPA rules regarding asbestos removal from old buildings are far more stringent. In fact, an entire industry has evolved around asbestos removal.**

The filmmakers focus primarily on the Belgian asbestos manufacturer Etex-Eternit (aka Everest) and its expansion into India in the 1990s. India has been a primary industry target of the industry, owing to its lax regulation of asbestos manufacture, use and disposal.

Asbestos sheets are sold widely in India for use as walls and roofs in makeshift shacks. Over 100,000 Indians develop asbestosis annually.

India has more than 50 asbestos manufacturing plants. Filmmakers visit an asbestos factory Everest built in 1995 and sold to an Indian family in 2002. In addition to filming a 600,000 square meter asbestos waste dump, they also visit a makeshift clinic treating thousands of local residents for asbestos-related problems. They also talk with Indian lawyers and activists who are bringing a lawsuit against Everest in Belgium.

The film concludes by looking at World Health Organization efforts to institute a global ban on asbestos. Brazil, China, and Russia, which still mine asbestos, continue to vociferously block the ban.

Last year, the Trump EPA approved new rules that soften regulations against asbestos use in the US.  In response, one Russian asbestos manufacturer now proudly displays features Trump’s image on all their products.


* History of EPA asbestos regulation

  • 1989 Partial Ban on the manufacture, import, processing, and distribution of some asbestos-containing products. EPA also banned new uses of asbestos which prevent new asbestos products from entering the marketplace after August 25, 1989. These uses remain banned. The April 2019 final rule does not provide a way for these uses to return to the marketplace.
  • April 2019 Final Rule to ensure that asbestos products that are no longer on the market cannot return to commerce without the Agency evaluating them and putting in place any necessary restrictions or prohibiting use. The uses covered under this rule were not already prohibited under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and could have returned to the market at any time.
  • Risk evaluation of asbestos under TSCA. EPA is reviewing a handful of very limited, still ongoing uses of asbestos. The evaluation of the risks associated with ongoing uses of asbestos is required under TSCA section 6. If EPA finds unreasonable risk, the Agency will take prompt action to address those risks.

** See https://www.epa.gov/asbestos