I logged in and participated in the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Poisoning on Jan. 5th and 6th. There were a whole lot of really very well written comments. There were just a very few prejudicial or bigoted comments... The thing that alarmed me was the summarizer for the 6th, presented her summaries weighting the minority prejudicial comments more. Obviously her values predominated the way she interpreted the dialog.
Toxicologist and other Dr.s validated the multiple causes and variable symptomology of all forms of Toxic Injury, yet the summarizer choose to ignore those types of comments in favor of one guy, David K., who demeaned, derided and ridiculed people who, in his words had, "irrational responses to chemical exposures." He actually used the example that he wasn't injured by second hand cigarette smoke... We all know there is scientific evidence that proves that whether you know it or not, you are harmed by second hand cigarette smoke. This guy is a chemist for an Emergency Response Lab, in Texas. With guys like that in charge of chemical spill programs, no wonder they have such high numbers of Toxically Injured there.
The other thing that I found disconcerting was that Gail Shibley, from Oregon's DHS Environmental Division was on the panel on the 5th. Gail was directly responsible for refusing to let our Proclamation Request for Toxic Injury Awareness and Education be seen by the Governor in 2008 & 2009. She stated to me on the phone that (to advance our cause) conflicted with her political agenda! She also pretended to support our cause, to get all our plans and information, then used that information to thwart us. She refused to allow my proxy speaker to represent me or the Toxically Injured before the Pesticide Analytical Response Commitee. She was co-chair and "it never came up" during our discussions. Her actions were both unethical and immoral. She's directly responsible for the continued injury and deaths of those suffering from ongoing chemical exposures, in the state of Oregon. According to the rhetoric on the National Converstion's pages, people with conflicts of interest, aren't allowed to chair positions on the panel... She obviously didn't mention her political agenda to the ATSDR.
I encourage everyone to go to the ATSDR's webpage and read the actual comments for yourself. Then take the opportunity to enter your own comments...you have until the 21st.