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4/7/14 Media Advisory: Environmental Health Protection Candidate Asks St. Lawrence County Legislature When Dialogue on PCBs and POPs

Environmental Health Protection Candidate Asks St. Lawrence County
Legislature When Dialogue on PCBs and POPs

Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00 PM

St. Lawrence County Courthouse, Legislative Board Room, Canton, NY USA

St. Lawrence County has a long history of PCB releases to the
environment.  Three industrial facilities in the Town of Massena used
and released PCBs for several decades before the substances were
banned in the 1970s.  Open waste burning creates and releases PCBs.
This source of PCB releases has been of major significance ever since
plastics became a large part of the waste stream.  A state wide ban on
open waste burning took effect in 2009.  The practice continues but at
a decreased level of activity.

Everyone in St. Lawrence County, everyone on Earth has a body burden
of PCBs and the other persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  Some of
the other well known POPs include:  dioxins, DDT, Mirex, Toxaphene and
brominated flame retardants.  The World Health Organization recommends
action to minimize the exposure that children receive to these
chemicals.  POPs exposure is linked to increased risk for diseases and
disorders, including:  cancer, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune
disease, autism, ADHD, obesity, reproductive problems, cognitive
impairments and immune system dysfunction.

Minimizing exposure involves a simple, straightforward process of
education and decision making.  Providing the general public with
information on the damages to health that are associated with exposure
to POPs and making known the fact that POPs are contaminants of all
animal fats goes far to fulfill the educational component of this
process.  Educated people then have the opportunity to choose to
consume little or no animal fats.  In the case of flame retardants,
household and vehicle interior dust are significant sources of
exposure.  Regular cleaning addresses these sources.

“Earth Month 2014 is a great time to push forward with environmental
health protection.  When will the St. Lawrence County Legislature
enter into dialogue on the subjects of POPs body burden, disease risk
and exposure minimization with concerned residents of this county and
the Akwesasne Reserve?  There is much opportunity to improve public
health by taking action to minimize exposures.  The dialogue that we
seek is a promising avenue  to governmental action.  I believe that
the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department will someday soon set
about creating its own POPs exposure minimization educational
outreach.  Talking about PCBs and POPs is the place to start.”-Donald
L. Hassig

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4/8/14 News Release: Indian Time Bringing Out the Truth About PCB Exposure and Damages to Health at Akwesasne

Indian Time Bringing Out the Truth About PCB Exposure and Damages to
Health at Akwesasne

http://www.indiantime.net/story/2014/03/27/reader-submission/when-will-the-time-come-for-st-lawrence-county-government-to-talk-with-residents-of-akwesasne-and-st-lawrence-county-about-pcbs/13422.html

“I find great joy in having my letter published by Indian Time.  The
willingness of Indian Time to assist with bringing out the Truth about
past and ongoing PCB exposures and damages to health at Akwesasne is
most encouraging.  I feel very hopeful about change coming when I
think about the power of information published on the internet.  I
believe that many residents of Akwesasne will learn about persistent
organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization through the joint
efforts of Cancer Action NY and Indian Time.  This is the way public
health education should be, people working together to share
information about avoidable health hazards.”-Donald L. Hassig

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3/18/14 Media Advisory: Dialogue on Past and Ongoing PCB Exposures of Akwesasne and St. Lawrence County with St. Lawrence County Board of Health

Dialogue on Past and Ongoing PCB Exposures of Akwesasne and St.
Lawrence County with St. Lawrence County Board of Health

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:00 PM

Second Floor Conference Room, St. Lawrence County Human Services
Building, State Route 310, Canton, NY USA

PCBs were and continue to be part of life for Akwesasne and St.
Lawrence County residents.  Providing educational outreach on the
subject of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization
to these populations is a critical step in minimizing the harm that
this exposure will cause.  POPs exposure minimization education comes
before the St. Lawrence County Board of Health at its March 18
meeting.  Obtaining the support of the Board of Health is a key step
in creating an educational outreach on POPs
exposure minimization within the Public Health Department.

PCBs are part of a larger group of chemicals referred to as POPs.  All
animal fat is contaminated with POPs.  This has come to be the case
due to the longterm presence of POPs in the environment.  Minimizing
POPs exposure will reduce risk of developing diseases and disorders,
including:  cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune
diseases, reproductive problems, autism, hypothyroidism, ADHD and
cognitive impairments.

“Public health protection is largely about education.  Providing
residents of Akwesasne and St. Lawrence County with information on the
POPs exposure that results from consumption of animal fat foods,
including:  meats, fish, dairy products and eggs empowers changes in
diet that minimize POPs exposure.  Once people know that they continue
to be exposed to PCBs and the other POPs when they eat animal fat,
they can choose foods that contain little or no animal fat.  This
choice is the strongest action that a person can take to avoid
exposure to some of the most dangerous of man-made chemicals.  The St.
Lawrence County Board of Health can take a major part in helping the
St. Lawrence County Public Health Department set up a POPs exposure
minimization education program.”-Donald L. Hassig

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10/30/12 News Release: “Kicking Ass for Breast Cancer Prevention” Performance Ends in Trespass Arrest at St. Lawrence County Human Services Building

“Kicking Ass for Breast Cancer Prevention” Performance Ends in Trespass Arrest at St. Lawrence County Human Services Building

I arrived at the St. Lawrence County Human Services Building shortly before 3:00 PM and commenced to give an environmental dance and spoken word performance titled, “Kicking Ass for Breast Cancer Prevention”.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an evil lie of the evil corporations that used chemicals carelessly and now are forcing the governmental public health entities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health to avoid the subject of carcinogen exposure and breast cancer causation.  I have read all of the literature that is made available on the National Breast Cancer Awareness table that is set up in the Human Services Building.  The educational pieces found there make no mention of breast carcinogens.  The scientific literature contains a large number of research articles that describe many chemicals as breast carcinogens:  PCBs, dioxins, DDT, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), TCE and cadmium.  Leaving out the scientific facts of breast carcinogen exposure and breast cancer risk is a deliberate effort to deceive.  The petro-chemical corporations that have released breast carcinogens into the environment and are responsible for the exposures that cause breast cancer use the governmental public health entities to attempt to hide the Truth from the people who have been poisoned and caused to get breast cancer.  The government documents used for breast cancer awareness education focus on screening, early detection and behaviors that increase breast cancer risk including:  drinking alcohol, lack of exercise and failing to eat enough fruits and vegetables.  Leaving out the root causes of breast cancer, the breast carcinogens, is lying.

My “Kicking Ass for Breast Cancer” performance included a brief indictment of Dr. Susan Hathaway, Director of the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department, who has shown herself to be an enemy of those who bring forward the Truth of breast cancer causation and corporate-government culture deceptions.  This was most appropriate due to the fact that Dr. Hathaway happened to be walking through the lobby of the Human Services Building at the time my performance was taking place.  I also made it clear that kicking ass for breast cancer prevention was about confronting the bad corporate people and the bad government people on their deceptions concerning what can be done to limit the harm of breast cancer.

After I had been performing for approximately 45 minutes, a New York State Police officer entered the building and went into the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Office.  He passed right by me, which led me to believe that he was attending to some police business in the DMV office.  When he passed through the lobby on his way out of the building, I asked him what he thought of kicking ass for breast cancer prevention.  He seemed to lack interest in this so I offered him some Cancer Action NY literature that describes the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure cancer hazard.  He refused to take this information.

A short time later, the State Police officer returned to the building with a St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Deputy.  The State Police officer told me that I must leave the building because, I was disturbing employees and visitors alike.  I stated, that I would not be leaving of my own volition because I valued my freedom of speech especially freedom of speech about a cancer epidemic caused by bad corporate people and bad government people.  He stated that he was not interested in any of this and that I was breaking the law.  I stated that I was not breaking any laws because the US Constitution guaranteed me freedom of speech and because St. Lawrence County government had given me permission to conduct educational outreach in the Human Services Building.  I requested that the officer contact Mike Cunningham, my contact in St. Lawrence County government to check on my arrangements with county government.  He declined to do this.  He told me to leave again.  I told him no.

I decided to cooperate to a limited extent.  I offered to leave the building if I were to be given an appearance ticket on a trespass charge.  He agreed to do this.  That was the end of it.  I left the building, received the appearance ticket and drove off.  As I left the parking lot, I rolled down my window and shouted out, “Viva the Revolution” to a group of young men that had been a very good audience for my “Kicking Ass for Breast Cancer Prevention” performance.  One of these young, lively American men had joined into the performance to the extent that he was busting some moves to Usher’s “More”.  We truly had a great time.  I love dancing and speaking out.  I love talking to the police about cancer prevention and freedom of speech.  I love standing my ground on my freedom of speech.  I even like getting arrested for speaking the Truth and encouraging people to revolt against the bad corporate people and the bad government people.

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