Shocking story behind a growing asthma epidemic

Shocking story behind the asthma epidemic

Shocking story behind

a growing

asthma epidemic

Nathan Batalion, Global Health Activist, Healingtalks Editor

(Healingtalks) Since 2001, asthma has been sharply rising among especially “children, women, and minorities according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Asthma Statistics of CDC

In our ever more chemically polluted world, there has been an approximate doubling of the rate of asthma between 1980 and 1999. If that wasn’t bad enough, the CDC more recent data from 2001–2009 shows some 24.6 million more Americans with asthma.

This included the following rises,

  • Non-Hispanic black children (11.4% to 17.0%)
  • Non-Hispanic white women (8.9% to 10.1%)
  • Non-Hispanic black men (4.7% to 6.4%

Why asthma is rising epidemically

It is simply because our air is getting dirtier, filthier.

We have too many smoke stacks, vehicles and factories emitting toxic fumes. This effects the fragile lungs of children especially.

Protecting corporate profits over our health

It should shock us then that President Barack Obama last month asked the EPA to postpone changes to the Clean Air Act meant to protected Americans from the toxic fumes. The Republicans, of course, hailed this step because it would reportedly save $90 billion over time and save so many jobs.   They don’t calculate the damage of ill health in dollars and cents or the cost of installing anti-pollution equipment and the like.

What the Clean Air Act changes would have done

They would have included the first-ever carbon pollution standards for cars and trucks in the four-decade-old law .

The U.S. is lagging the world with these laws; even very many developing nations have such standards.  The difference in concerns is over corporate profits verses the health and well-being of all the rest of us.

League of Conservation Voters president Gene Karpinski said in a statement: “The Obama administration is caving to big polluters at the expense of protecting the air we breathe. This is a huge win for corporate polluters and huge loss for public health.”

shocking story behind asthema epidemic

More CDC data on asthma and the disenfranchised

  • Asthma among children (persons aged <18 years) was 9.6%
  • It was highest among poor children (13.5%) and among non-Hispanic black children (17.0%).
  • Prevalence among adults was 7.7%, and was greatest in women (9.7%) and in adults who were poor (10.6%).
  • More uninsured persons with asthma were reported than insured who could afford medications (40.3% versus 11.5%)

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo is an environmental consultant who when working for the Environmental Protection Agency as a senior executive discovered dangerous mining conditions in South Africa conducted by a U.S. multinational. When she raised the issue she found that she was effectively told to shut up. She refused to. Her persistence saw her isolated and harassed by the EPA. She finally brought an action against them and was awarded the largest federal payout yet, and her efforts led to the first whistleblowing legislation of the 21st century, the No FEAR Whistleblowing Act. She continues to lobby for those who see wrongs to speak out.

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