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Chemo Drugs Are Dangerous to Families, Caregivers, and the Environment

Chemo Drugs Are Dangerous to Families and the EnvironmentChemo drug dangers: it sounds counter-intuitive, but the very drugs that are used to CURE cancer can also CAUSE cancer, as well as miscarriages and birth defects.

Babies, children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable, due to the DNA-damaging effect of Cytotoxic Drugs on rapidly dividing cells.

Even low levels of exposure to cytotoxic drugs can cause cancer as well as miscarriages, and birth defects. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns:

“There is no safe level of exposure.”

- OSHA Technical Manual

“Many HD’s (hazardous drugs) are known human carcinogens,for which there is no safe level of exposure. The development of secondary malignancies is a well-documented side effect of chemotherapy treatment.”

How Is This Possible?

Just like vitamins and many other pharmaceuticals, Cytotoxic Chemo Drugs are excreted in active form, in various levels and lengths of time.

Shocking but true, a large majority of chemotherapy patients unwittingly excrete one of the world’s most dangerous chemicals through their urine, feces, and vomit.

Without proper safety equipment, family members, caregivers, and our environment can be exposed to active Cytotoxic Chemicals.

As unpleasant as those thoughts may be, the danger to anyone exposed to ANY LEVEL of these chemo drugs is extreme.

Cytotoxic Chemo Drug Dangers are well-documented and long-established facts.

Cytotoxic Drugs present serious health hazards and have been known to cause cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, allergic reactions, and other adverse effects that can be irreversible even after low-level exposures.”

Cytotoxic chemo drugs are designed to cure cancer by damaging DNA and killing the cancer cells.  One big problem is they also damage the DNA of healthy cells, producing common side effects such as hair loss.   Read more…

Hospitals and Chemotherapy Treatment Centers go to great lengths to protect employees from the risk of accidental exposure to Cytotoxins.

In fact, extensive safety precautions are used by everyone involved with cytotoxins:  from manufacturers and pharmacists to nurses and cleaning staff.

Yet still, the danger exists.   Read more…

Protect Your Family and Caregivers.

Protecting Your Environment from Chemo Drug DangersIt is surprisingly simple to protect loved ones, caregivers and our public water supply from Cytotoxic Chemo Drug Dangers.

Patients can avoid serious, irreversible consequences by modeling hospital safety precautions and using a Cytotoxic Safety System, effectively keeping these dangerous chemicals out of their home and the environment.   Read more…

 

FINDINGS OF FACT

Environmental Chemo Drug Dangers

Cytotoxic Drugs are Dangerous to the Public Drinking Water Supply

Protecting the public water supply is also a critical concern.

These Problem Chemo Drugs cannot be removed by septic systems, waste water treatment or water purification.

Surprisingly, none of the U.S. EPA’s studies and research on pharmaceuticals in our water include Cytotoxic Chemo Drugs.

This lack of research is particularly disturbing due to the certainty of serious illness caused by any level of exposure.  Read more…

Leading Health and Environmental Organizations, Experts, and Agencies Documentation on Cytotoxic Chemo Drugs Dangers

World Health Organization 2013 Safe Management of Wastes from Health-Care Activities

Daughton Report 2014-01

OSHA NIOSH Joint Commission Letter

OSHA Technical Manual

South Australian Health Services Guideline 2012

Study on the Environmental Risks of Medicinal Products 2013-01

US Geological Study - Cape Cod

NIOSH Alert Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings

Pharma-Cycle White Paper

RI DEM Rules and Regulations for Hazardous Waste Management

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American Cancer Society Cytotoxic Safety

American Cancer Society

Chemotherapy Safety Precautions

Chemotherapy Principles

World Health Organization
World Health Organization

Safe Management of Wastes from Health Care Activities – 2013

Waste from Health-Care Activities Fact Sheet

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA Technical Manual

National Institute for Occupational Safety
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH ALERT – Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs

RI DEM
RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM)

RI DEM Rules & Regulations for Hazardous Waste Mgmt

County of Barnstable Massachusetts Cytotoxic Safety
Barnstable County Board of Health, Massachusetts

Contaminants of Emerging Concern from Onsite Septic Systems


Massachusetts Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health Assessment

Assessment of Childhood Cancer Incidents Cape Cod, Massachusetts

USGSUS Geological Survey

Prevalence of Tumors in Brown Bullhead from Three Lakes in Southeastern Massachusetts

American Chemical SocietyAmerican Chemical Society
Environmental Science and Technology Vol. 40, No. 23

Occurrence and Fate of the Cytostatic Drugs Cyclophosophamide and Ifosfamide in Wastewater and Surface Waters

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Cytotoxic SafetySociety of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Vol. 28, No. 12

Environmental Footprint of Pharmaceuticals: the Significance of Factors Beyond Direct Excretion to Sewers

University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Medications in Your Septic System

Washington Post
The Washington Post

What if the Cure is Also a Cause?