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Mesothelioma Cancer - How Alternative Energy Can Make A Difference To Save Lives

Posted Feb 10 2009 11:33am

Guest blogger Josh Langdon contributes a great reason today why we should all be living a greener lifestyle. Josh brings green living advice from his informational website  Malignant Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers - in other words, it is preventable. Read on -  

Everywhere we look – on TV, on billboards, on the Internet – we’re bombarded with tips and suggestions that are supposed to help us live a greener, healthier lifestyle. We understand the value of adopting a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, but what we may be surprised to learn is that by doing so, we may be saving our health. Oil refinery Let us examine some destructive environmental behaviors that have led to human health complications.

Take the over 100 oil refineries operating right here in the United States for example. These refineries are releasing a plethora of carcinogenic gases into the air on a daily basis – radon, mercury, arsenic, and benzene, just to name a few. Additionally, the release of CFCs has been fairly conclusively linked to ozone depletion in our atmosphere. In the countries of South Africa and Australia, the ozone is so diminished that skin cancer rates are much higher than elsewhere in the world because of persistent ultraviolet sunlight.

In addition, these refineries and other factories are laden with incredibly harmful levels of asbestos in the form of piping insulation, boiler linings, and bonding agents. If these structures catch fire or explode, asbestos fibers become airborne and may lead to the eventual development of the asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma. Not only does the emission of carcinogens present a serious  health risk, but it also raises the issue of sustainability. If we maintain our current lifestyle of fossil fuel use, reliance on domestic oil, and the release of CFCs we photo_mesothelioma will continue to do a great disservice to our future generations and our health. So, what can be done?

A great start would be a change to alternative sources of energy, including solar energy and wind power. If we committed to decreasing our reliance on the “traditional” forms of power, the environmental impact would be huge! Fewer emissions from cars, factories, and oil refineries would lead to cleaner air, water, and soil, as the release of carcinogenic by-products would be vastly reduced. If we were able to clean up our air, water and soil, perhaps more individuals would be inspired to grow their own food in their backyards, and our communities could be more self-sustaining. Once people began making a few small changes to get the “green living” ball rolling, they would most likely be amazed at how easy it is to life greener and healthier.

We have an enormous opportunity as community members. We see the direction in which our environment is headed, and if we continue to live irresponsibly with no concern for the future, nothing will improve. Through small changes that will ultimately add up, we can preserve and perhaps even improve our environment for those who will inhabit it after we do.

As lead content developer, James O'Shea brings to the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center a wealth deal of writing experience from his years as a copy editor for a local newspaper. In addition to establishing working relationships with other cancer resources, James devotes a great deal of time to clinical and other research in order to provide the most current and accurate material available to the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center visitors.

The Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center has long been recognized as the web's leading organization for relevant and authoritative information regarding asbestos and health complications associated with asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center's organizational goal is to extend as much information as possible to those battling mesothelioma or other asbestos related disease.

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