Recent press releases within the past 48 hours indicate that the inhalation of diesel exhaust is linked to an increase in acquiring cancer.
Diesel fumes cause cancer: World Health Organization; 'On the same order of magnitude as passive smoking'.
LONDON -- Diesel fumes cause cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency declared Tuesday, a ruling it said could make exhaust as important a public health threat as secondhand smoke.
The risk of getting cancer from diesel fumes is small, but since so many people breathe in the fumes in some way, the science panel said raising the status of diesel exhaust to carcinogen from "probable carcinogen" was an important shift.
"It's on the same order of magnitude as passive smoking," said Kurt Straif, director of the IARC department that evaluates cancer risks. "This could be another big push for countries to clean up exhaust from diesel engines."
Since so many people are exposed to exhaust, Straif said there could be many cases of lung cancer connected to the contaminant. He said the fumes affected groups including pedestrians on the street, ship passengers and crew, railroad workers, truck drivers, mechanics, miners and people operating heavy machinery.
The new classification followed a weeklong discussion in Lyon, France, by an expert panel organized by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The panel's decision stands as the ruling for the IARC, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization.
The last time the agency considered the status of diesel exhaust was in 1989, when it was labeled a "probable" carcinogen. ->Reclassifying diesel exhaust as carcinogenic puts it into the same category as other known hazards such as asbestos, alcohol and ultraviolet radiation.
The U.S. government, however, still classifies diesel exhaust as a likely carcinogen. Experts said new diesel engines spew out fewer fumes but further studies are needed to assess any potential dangers.
"We don't have enough evidence to say these new engines are zero risk, but they are certainly lower risk than before," said Vincent Cogliano of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He added that the agency had not received any requests to reevaluate whether diesel definitely causes cancer but said their assessments tend to be in line with those made by IARC...... "
Why is this important for members?
People living in urban areas will have diesel fumes in their air as they walk next to busy streets filled with trucks and buses. Members in Europe will have more exposure from automobile sources besides trucks and buses since diesels are far more popular for powering autos there. The big difference between you and most citizens is that when you card table shrine for a full day, your exposure levels will be much, much higher. You can wear a hat, but you can't filter the carcinogens.
You multiply that by a 6 or 7 day work, er volunteer week and then by the decades and decades you will be card table shrining to see just how many liters of carcinogens you are inhaling for Larouche. The closest that Lyn and Helga will get to diesel smoke is from the tail pipe of the armored Mercedes in Europe if the engine is running when they enter or exit.
As a "volunteer" you have ZERO recourse and rights since OSHA and other laws to protect employees do not apply to you. Your coverage under workman's comp is zero as a volunteer unless you pursue legal means. Since the length of tenure in the cult has an average of about 7 to 8 years, you will have several lifetimes of average exposure compared to the people who walk by your card table shrine daily.
The other major risk factor of being in the cult and card table shrining4life is skin cancer. You have to couple the potential health issues of direct exposure to carcinogens and radiation from the sun with the effects of the massive stress members are under to save humanity daily.
Besides exposing yourself to known carcinogens, you also have no way of knowing when the effects may take place if you decide to leave this potentially lethal Bizarro World. Since there is no legal contract between you and the cult for your life, you only have the paper trail of being a member by any coverage here or in the cult's body of work or being denounced as a British agent. I seriously doubt that after being denounced as a long term British agent by the cult when you were in as everyone ends up as will promote some sort of future health care coverage or sympathy from them.
As a minimum, members who decide to leave the cult should secure health insurance and see a doctor for a complete physical which includes certain blood , cardiac, lung and skin examinations. Dental work is also very important since forgotten teeth problems can create bacteria which can spread as well as increasing the chances of inflammation in the body. This can cause health issues you never think are related to dental problems such as heart issues.
It seems to me that instead of refusing to provide your name for many local articles about card table shrines, you should insist that you be mentioned and indicate your employment status for any potential liability action. This could be your proof that your injuries may have occurred while being under the direct supervision of the cult. It is in the interest of the cult or any other exploitative collective to deny you any legal recourse for the harm you may or will incur. Know your rights, even if they were checked at the door of the Larouche clubhouse when you entered and joined.