posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 08:13 AM
reply to post by FlyersFan
The coverage on this story is SUCH bs - the idea that every disease has a single cause and effect is obsolete and totally defunct. The body is a
influenced by the environment.
1. Pesticides and herbicides stress the kidneys and system;
2. Water is not available, so the toxins are not flushed from the body;
3. The toxins accumulate, over-stressing the kidneys;
4. Rest might take the load off the kidneys and the body's other systems, but the workers can't rest either; so
5. Their kidneys and other organs and systems start shutting down, and they die young.
The real issue, they think, is the nature of and circumstances around the work itself, which generally involve long hours in sweltering temps without
adequate water or rest. Sugar cane cutters, many of whom start as young as 10, push their bodies through repeated bouts of dehydration and stress,
both of which can at least temporarily diminish kidney function.
Over time, the recurrent attacks
could cause long-term damage.
...Elsy Brizuela, a doctor who works with an El Salvadoran project to treat workers and research the epidemic, insists that the culprit “is exposure
to herbicides and poisons.” Her claim is partially supported by the fact that the highest rates of disease occur around the Ingenio San Antonio, a
plant owned by the Pellas Group, which processes nearly half of Nicaragua’s sugar. But it’s also at least partially disproved by a study from
Catharina Wesseling, MD, PhD, an epidemiologist and regional director of the Program on Work, Health, and Environment in Central America.
Wesseling tested groups who had similar work habits and pesticide exposure but who were employed under different circumstances — i.e., at sea level
versus above it. She found that coastal dwellers were more likely to have chemical markers of kidney failure, suggesting that the common denominator
was the conditions of the work, not the chemicals, an idea that is backed by evidence of high disease rates in other hot farming areas around the
“I think that everything points away from pesticides,” Wesseling told the AP. It is too multinational; it is too spread out. I would place my bet
on repeated dehydration, acute attacks everyday. That is my bet, my guess, but nothing is proved.”
Hullo. It's NOT either/or - it's everything altogether. Straws and camels stuff. Duh.
And it's the story of our time.