Paraquat: Poisoning America’s Heartlands
Paraquat (paraquat dichloride), a toxic weed-killing herbicide, has been used commercially since the 1960s, and is currently banned in 32 countries. It is used by farmers and agricultural laborers to kill and prevent growth of grasses and weeds. Paraquat is also linked to harmful and sometimes deadly side-effects, including Parkinson’s Disease; however, Paraquat is NOT like RoundUp – this toxic herbicide is completely different. Paraquat poisoning occurs when someone:
• Comes into contact with grasses or weeds sprayed by Paraquat
• Gets paraquat on their skin
• Inhales or ingests Paraquat
• Mixes, loads, or administers the application of Paraquat on grasses or weeds
As Paraquat is only available for commercial (versus recreational / residential) use, it is also used as an alternative to glyphosate (main ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp), on areas that have become glyphosate-resistant.
Philips’ CPAP and BiPAP Litigation: The Problem and the Optics
The problem: Degradation of the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound dampening foam used by Philips Respironics in the design and manufacture, of a series of recalled Ventilator, CPAP and BiPAP devices.
Based on statements made by Philips, the degradation of the PE-PUR foam can lead to the release of several gaseous Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), including diethylene glycol, Toluene Diisocyanate, Toluene Diamine, Phenol Dimethyl Diazine as well as potential inhalation of degraded particles of the sound dampening foam.
The Optics: Exposure to diethylene glycol, resulting in 115 deaths in a two-month period in 1937, was the catalyst for the enactment of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 and the creation of the modern-day FDA. Eighty-three years later, diethylene glycol is included in the list of toxic chemicals users of Philips Respironics Ventilator, CPAP and BiPAP recalled devices may have inhaled in significant doses (See more below on the history of Diethylene glycol and the creation of the FDA after “The Massengill Incident of 1937”).
These VOCs, when released, are likely to be delivered in high doses to the users of the recalled Ventilator, CPAP and BiPAP devices via direct inhalation.
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