For many in the construction or maintenance industries, asbestos poses a large and potentially lethal risk. Asbestos is a harmful substance found in many insulation materials. When inhaled, asbestos can cause severe breathing issues as well as various kinds of cancer.
In 2018, Bayer acquired Monsanto, the company behind the world's most popular weed killer- Roundup. Bayer was already a chemical and pharmaceutical giant, but their company portfolio expanded with Monsanto's Roundup. This popular weed killer had already become a household name and was being used liberally throughout the United States and globally. With the acquisition, Bayer took over manufacturing and distributing Roundup.
For decades, Monsanto's—now Bayer's—Roundup has been connected to cases of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and other illnesses. Thousands of health diagnoses have been linked to Roundup, especially in recent years. This popular weed killer has a key ingredient in it called glyphosate, a toxic substance and "probable human carcinogen," according to the WHO and IARC. When combined with certain inert ingredients, glyphosate's toxicity is amplified. Such is the case with Roundup. As a result, it's quickly becoming one of the most toxic popular weed killers.
Roundup has been used for decades to kill unwanted plants and weeds in home gardens, garden centers, plant nurseries, parks, and farms. Unfortunately, this glyphosate-based herbicide has also been the cause of severe health issues and cancer cases globally. In recent years, glyphosate has been categorized as a "probable human carcinogen" by the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and other health organizations.
If you've ever used the popular weed-killer, Roundup and started coughing while you were using it, you may have begun to wonder about its safety. You aren't alone! Many others wondered the same thing and have gone so far as to have their health checked as a result. Unfortunately, the reality is that many have suffered deadly illnesses that are believed to have been caused by Roundup.
Facing over 21,800 lawsuits over its talc-based products, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is under fire. Many of these lawsuits claim that Johnson & Johnson was aware for decades that their talc powders contained carcinogenic asbestos. This exposure then put people at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases. Their baby powder, in particular, has been claimed by thousands to have caused ovarian cancer.
For over a century, Army veterans have been exposed to a cancer-causing mineral called asbestos. Maybe you've heard of it. If you haven't, you're not alone. In fact, most people haven't heard of asbestos unless they or a loved one developed mesothelioma, lung cancer, or another asbestos-related illness.
In the 1930s, a "miracle" mineral became widely available and used across the United States military. This fibrous and dangerous mineral called asbestos was very popular for use in buildings, ships, aircraft, and other military vehicles. At the time, the dangers of asbestos were unknown to the military. Most manufacturers and distributors of asbestos products kept the truth about asbestos hidden for decades. By the 1970s, when word of the dangers of asbestos came out, it was too late for many veterans.
While all branches of the United States military used asbestos, none used it quite as extensively as the United States Navy. In particular, Navy ships were filled with it.
During the 1930s through the 1970s, asbestos was desired for its fire and heat resistant properties, which happened to be an key need on naval ships. From pipes across the ships to boiler rooms, floor tiles to insulation, asbestos was used everywhere it could be on Navy ships.
Much of the asbestos exposures experienced by railroad workers in Michigan occurred in what was known as Roundhouses. Throughout the state of Michigan, roundhouses were locations where train cars were serviced, maintained, and repaired beginning in the late 19th century.
The types of asbestos products that railroad workers were exposed to changed significantly when diesel engines replaced steam in the mid-20th century. The use of Roundhouses for repair and maintenance continued throughout the 20th century. A few are still in use today.