Lies about incinerators and people die Interview with Patrizia Gentilini

Lies about incinerators - Interview with Patrizia Gentilini
The statements made by the oncologist Patrizia Gentilini are really serious. She refers to falsification of documents used by public associations to deny the effects of incinerators on health. To conceal the new tumour factories. I think it’s appropriate for a magistrate (surely at least one magistrate reads the blog) to take official action to check up where the truth lies. They will never give up (but is it in their interests?). Neither will we.

“I am Patrizia Gentilini, a doctor, an oncologist and a member of the “Associazione dei Medici per l’Ambiente” {Association of Doctors for the Environment} and I am here to explain our press release dated 25 November 2009, to mark twenty years since our foundation. We want to bring to the notice of everyone and to denounce the fact that the results of scientific studies in documents used by public associations have been modified to point to the presumed innocuousness of the waste incinerators.
We are going back to the document: “il Quaderno N. 45 di ingegneria ambientale” {paper number 45 by environmental engineering}. The document is signed by Umberto Veronesi, Michele Giugliano, Mario Grasso and Vito Foà. The document has been picked up by the Region of Sicily, and by other Regions including the Region of Tuscany, and by other provinces in Italy. The part of the document dealing with the impact on health and development on pages 54 and 55 signed by Vito Foà, examines 4 research projects, all reported incorrectly. In particular, for the research project carried out in England, by Elliot, in proximity to 72 incinerators, it says that no diffrence was found of the incidence and rate of death from cancer within a radius of 7.5 kilometres from the incinerators and that practically there was found to be no reduction in the risk as the distance from the emitting source increased.
What was written in the original work by Elliot is exactly the opposite, because it reports, to be precise, a statistically significant reduction, as the distance from the incinerator increases for all cancers: for cancer s of the stomach, of the colon, of the liver and of the lungs, thus as the distance from the incinerators increased, the risk decreased.
In the Italian version a negation was added so as to turn upside down the significance of the work.
Another example is the research project carried out by Coriano in the vicinity of two incinerators at Forlì and even in this case only the first sentence of the conclusion is reported, the sentence saying that the research project did not find evidence of increases in general mortality and incidence for all types of tumour, which is a very one-sided interpretation. I’ll explain how things are: the research project by Coriano was carried out by examining the exposure to heavy metals, in accordance with a map of the fallout of these pollutants. This is the map relating to Coriano’s research (see the video) drawn up to look at the fallout on the population on the basis of the emissions of the two incinerators. The two incinerators are these two in the centre (see the video): 1) for urban waste; 2) for hospital waste; what was studied was the emission of heavy metals and their fallout in the territory. The darker area is where there is the highest fallout, then gradually the levels get less, until you get the lighter yellow colour as a reference level.
The resident population was studied for about 14 years from 1990 to 2003/2004 and the results were extremely important for women. In the graph I have given the rate of death rate from cancer in females in accordance with their exposure, thus in accordance to the levels of the previous map.
Basically this shows the risk of death in relation to the level of exposure (see the video) , this is the rate of death for each type of tumour overall among females, and it gets to an increase of 54%. This is the rate of death for breast cancer, the colon, the stomach. You can see that there is an undeniable relationship between the increase in the risk and the increase in the level of exposure. This result that is certainly very important, is omitted in the paragraph dealing with the effects of incineration on health, in such a way as to underestimate this risk that is in fact of great importance.


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yeah, yeah, yeah...

on recent trips to Sicily and Napoli, the mounds of toxic rubbish lining the streets amazed me. Around beautiful Mt. Etna, every bend on the road on the south side was filled with rubbish. No one controls what type of rubbish it is and seemingly no one cleans it up. Think of the health issues (rats, smells and uncontrolled seeping into groundwater). Think of the obvious unsightlyness - in "the beautiful country" is it only the cars and the women who should look nice?

The whole issue of seepage into groundwater from toxic dumps seems to be ignored, but in a country where no one dares drink the water anyway, I suppose this is not a real problem. Your blog is interesting but on the whole it is so virulent and negative and non productive that like the politics in Italy, it runs the risk of being totally ignored. Viva l'Italia!

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