"It seemed like a good idea at the time" 10 things we used to think were safe (but now we know better)

We thought these were safe because industry, government and popular sentiment told us they were. They were wrong...

Over the past two and a half years that I have been researching crematory emissions, I can't tell you how many times I've heard the argument that crematories are safe made by people who either truly believe that to be true, or are ignoring the evidence out of arrogence, ignorance, or denial. It makes me think of all the things we humans have thought were great ideas at the time - but today we know are harmful. I've come up with a short list list of recent - and not so recent - examples to illustrate for the reader why just because it sounded like a good idea doesn't mean it IS, and why just because they didn't know better yesterday doesn't mean we should still do it today …here is a list of (just) 10. 

Click on each topic to learn about what we Now Know.

  1. Lead Paint
  2. Leaded Gasoline
  3. Asbestos
  4. Xray shoe fitting machines
  5. Radium in personal products
  6. Cocaine in Coca Cola
  7. Heroin as "medicine"
  8. Morphine in infant products
  9. Formaldehyde in cosmetics
  10. Morgue to Maternity ward - without hand washing


I'm sure this list could be increased ad infinitum - but I'm just trying to make a point here. History has shown that we learn too often after the fact that things we thought were safe in fact cause great harm.

We should proceed with caution when it comes to approving or allowing crematories to operate near homes and schools, because today we know more about the potential for harm from the emissions. Otherwise we will find ourselves looking back upon this with the same kind of horror we experience when we consider the ideas of yesteryear.
Like cocaine in soda pop. Or morphine in teething gel.
Or radioactive suppositories ...

To learn more visit this link http://no2crematory.wordpress.com/the-toxic-truth-data/

This is a resubmission of this post from earlier today with some editing of LINKS

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CommunityAwarenessNetwork January 07, 2013 at 08:06 PM
This one has to be my favorite - The Scrotal Radiendocrinator The Radiendocrinator was intended to be placed over the endocrine glands to invigorate sexual virility and consisted of seven radium soaked pieces of paper, about the size and shape of a credit card, covered with a thin piece of clear plastic and two gold-wire screens. Men were advised to place the instrument under the scrotum at night like an ‘athletic strap'. The inventor of the Radiendocrinator (and Radithor), William J. Bailey, had so much faith in his products he claimed not only that he regularly used them, but that he had drunk more radium water than any living man - he died in 1949 of bladder cancer. I wonder if there's any men out there who would care to trade their Viagra in for one of these contraptions instead? Why not? It was perfectly safe to put on the market before - who cares if it causes cancer? Just pretend you don't know. What you don't know can't hurt you ... can it?
Thor Johnson January 07, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Isn’t it time the Lilburn City Council, Mayor and City manager DO SOMETHING? I intend to write a separate blog post soon concerning this topic. After reading this post and considering the first item on the list of Duties and Responsibilities of the Lilburn City Council is: Duties and Responsibilities ... http://goo.gl/R9RaO The City Council is the governing body of the City of Lilburn with direct responsibility for the formulation of City Policy. General responsibilities of the City Council include: "Hearing views of the public on matters concerning City operations." READ IT AGAIN. Isn’t it time the Lilburn City Council, Mayor and City manager DO SOMETHING... other than TIP OFF the owner of the well hidden CREMATORY?


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