Pesticide Spraying and Health Effects - Grace Ziem, MD
EPA: In Case of Pesticide Poisoning
Beyond Pesticides: What To Do In A Pesticide Emergency
HEAL: How to report a pesticide exposure incident
New Central Hotline for US Poison Control Centers 1-800-222-1222
Chemical Trespass: Pesticides in Our Bodies and Corporate Accountability
Louisiana's Department of Health
Louisiana's cancer prevention plan unveiled - death rate is now third highest in the nation
Pesticides and Cancer
Avoid pesticides, Ontario doctors warn
Study by the Ontario College of Family Physicians
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Enviro Health Action
American Academy of Family Physicians Report What can physicians do to head off the disease in their own communities?
Physicians can lobby to have public areas kept free of standing water, where the mosquitoes breed. One's own property shouldn't be overlooked either. Persons who become infected are usually infected by mosquitoes in close proximity to their homes.
Spraying is the least effective means of controlling West Nile virus for a number of reasons. It's expensive, it kills beneficial insects, it's ineffective in wooded and foliated areas, and even if spraying kills adults, new mosquitoes will emerge within days.
Does "the dose make the poison?" It is no longer safe to assume that lower doses have lower impacts than higher doses. The science used to establish public exposure standards needs to incorporate this new concept.
Do you know what to do in case of a pesticide emergency?
Do you know what precautionary measures to take to minimize exposure to dangerous pesticides?
Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program
Environmental Epidemiology & Toxicology
The local offices contacted by Informed Choices did not even know about its own programs, such as:
Health related pesticide incident report program
LA Registry of Pesticide Hypersensitive Individuals Program
Brochure: What You Need to Know About Pesticides and Your Health in Louisiana (Send a SASE to Informed Choices and we'll mail you the brochure)
Worse Living Through Chemistry
Louisiana Governor Recognizes Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
For more information about the registry program and neighbor notification laws, Click here.
According to EPA, "pesticide poisoning is a commonly under-diagnosed illness in America today. Despite recommendations by the Institute of Medicine and others urging the integration of environmental medicine into medical education, health care providers generally receive a very limited amount of training in occupational and environmental health, and in pesticide-related illnesses, in particular". Click here to order EPA's handbook. Order several copies and give one to your physician.
RS 3:3208 In Louisiana, each physician who treats a medical complaint which the physician diagnoses as caused by pesticide poisoning shall provide notice of the poisoning to the commissioner. The notice shall be provided in accordance with rules adopted by the commissioner for that purpose. Acts 1985, No. 32,§ 1. http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=86184.
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