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3 BILLION AND COUNTING Documentary About The Needless Ban of DDT–Decision of One Scientist and The Reason for the Huge Out

Posted Sep 03 2010 8:51pm

This looks like a movie that need to go on my list to see.  Bed bugs were eradicated image by the use of DDT.  Howard Stern is on the case to back up the doctor who made the film to bring DDT back as well.  On the topic of Malaria, we also have the Gates Foundation working diligently on a cure too. We might all remember the jar of mosquitos he let loose at his talk last year at the TED convention, video at the link. 

According to what I am reading here the mistake goes back to one person at the EPA making this decision and now it turns out it was wrong.  If this is the case and so many are dying when we had a real good handle on malaria, it might be time to bring it back. 

With the bed bugs, the Ohio governor is trying to get a waiver from the EPA to use pesticides such as Malathion and Propoxur to get rid of the infestations.  We are lucky here it’s bed bugs and not malaria.  What I found also interesting was the cocktail from the 40s and 50s that had a splash of DDT in it, so for a short while I guess a few drank it. 

From the Website:

“This film follows the journey of Dr. Rutledge (a preventive-medicine doctor who grew up on a farm in Mississippi) as he travels the globe in 40 days to discover why so many women and children are still dying needlessly from malaria — one death every 12 seconds.

He eventually finds himself in Washington DC where it all “went down” during the Nixon ERROR. He discovers that our very own US government, ONE MAN in image particular, SCAMMED the American people with lies and deceit causing the death of untold millions.

He leaves no stone unturned in this heart felt fact finding mission that is chock full of shocking findings that are sure to open up a virtual BLIZZARD of long overdue debate.”

Did you know?

The Mickey Slim was a drink that had short-lived popularity in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. According to the The Dedalus Book of Absinthe by Phil Baker, it was made by combining gin with a pinch of DDT (also known as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), an insecticide that would later be banned in most countries; consumers of this concoction claimed that its effects were similar to absinthe.

You can also follow along on their Facebook Page.   William Ruckelshaus, who was the head of the EPA now is a strategic director for a venture capital firm, Madrona.  Information from their website below:

“He is currently a director of TVW, Isilon Systems, Inc., and has recently retired from the boards of Weyerhaeuser Company, Nordstrom, Inc., Cummins Engine Company, Solutia, Pharmacia Corporation, and Monsanto. Bill is also on the Board and former Chairman of World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., Chairman of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board for the State of Washington, Chair of the Seattle Aquarium Society, former member of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. In 2004 he was appointed Chairman of The William D. Ruckelshaus Center, a collaborative problem solving institution of the University of Washington and Washington State University. In 2003 he was appointed to serve on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Science Advisory Board. And in 2005, he was appointed by Governor Gregoire to co-chair the Puget Sound Partnership to organize the cleanup of Puget Sound.”

PCBs are the problem according to what I have read here and not the DDT and there was confusion and mix ups on the interpretation.  William Ruckelshaus had never attended a session in the seven months of EPA hearings, and admittedly had not read the transcript of the hearings overturned the ruling of an EPA administrative law Judge.  Another website, Junk Science called DDA “A Weapon of Mass Survival”, not destruction in this case. 

I would certainly like to see both Malaria and of smaller importance the Bed Bugs by comparison go away if this is all it takes, and again the movie is on my list and the trailer is below.  BD 

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The QUAD Cinema, one of New York City's leading art houses, presents the New York premiere of the provocative new documentary, 3 BILLION AND COUNTING (102 minutes), directed and produced by Dr. D. Rutledge Taylor.

Sure to spark outrage, Dr. Rutledge, a California physician specializing in preventative medicine, chronicles the effects of the world-wide ban on the pesticide DDT in 1972, a ban inspired by the first enviro-bestseller, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1962). Rutledge's five-year-long effort is driven by his revulsion at millions of deaths, mostly of women and young children, in Africa and South East Asia, by the mosquito-borne disease, Malaria. According to a recent World Health Organization report, Malaria kills one million people annually, a disease, Rutledge confirms, that is wholly and immediately preventable.

A naturalist and a die-hard advocate of preventative medicine, Dr. Rutledge, in the long tradition of American debunkers, wanted to see first hand the extent of Malaria's worldwide impact, and to discover why policies are still in place that exacerbate the epidemic. 

Further, the film adds clarity to the record by showing that the effects of DDT were confused in the public's mind with the undeniably devastating effects on the environment and water ways of PCBs. Because both chemicals were in the news at the same time, the effects of DDT became linked with the harmful effects of PCBs. Environmental activists, medical experts, and advocates of its ban did nothing to eliminate this confusion.

In his dissection of the rise of the environmental movement and the fall of science, he drops one bomb after another -- a reputable scientist is caught manipulating test outcomes to prove the adverse effects of DDT; the man who started it all, William Ruckelshaus, the Administrator of the EPA in Richard Nixon's presidency, reverses his position on the harmlessness of DDT to appease the membership of The Environmental Defense Fund.

The documentary raises fundamental questions: whom can we trust; what do we have to know in order to trust them; and finally, will we make the effort to know it? The film begs us to educate ourselves. 3 BILLION AND COUNTING is instructive well beyond the outrage it inspires.

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