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The below article was originally written by Forbes contributor Tara Haelle and republished here ( with attribution)  on as its contents are of serious importance and deserving of any efforts to promote public awareness.

Asbestos is a well documented, studied and proven cause of cancer. There is no safe level of airborne Asbestos exposure and we encourage anyone who has been exposed to Asbestos to seek medical monitoring and potentially legal representation if your exposure was a direct result of negligence on behalf of a third party.

Be aware, educated and safe… your safety is your first responsibility.  

Article By Tara Haelle for Forbes:


Asbestos Still Causes Cancer. Why Is It Still Used?


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Asbestos Causes Terminal CancerI offer straight talk on science, medicine, health and vaccines.  

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"When she was in elementary school, Heather Von St. James would head out to feed and play with the family’s rabbits, kept in a hutch in her father’s garage workshop. In the frequently chilly air of the Black Hills of South Dakota, she’d slip into her dad’s warm work coat before heading out. The coat swallowed her up at 7 and 8 years old, but it was conveniently hanging on the door in the entryway for her to grab if she went out to check the mail or grab the newspaper.

It wasn’t until nearly three decades later, after Heather had had her own child, that the consequences of wearing her dad’s work coat came to fruition: just three months after giving birth to her daughter, Heather was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma. Unknown to her and her dad, his work in construction, working with drywall and concrete materials, regularly exposed him to asbestos.

His coat was filled with tiny fibers that made their way into Heather’s lungs and eventually developed into a form of cancer almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. Heather underwent chemotherapy and surgery, but she lost her left lung—and, eventually, her father. 

He died in 2014 from renal carcinoma, a different cancer also linked to asbestos exposure.

Asbestos refers to six types of minerals made from tiny, lightweight but strong fireproof fibers. That makes them tremendously useful for thousands of products—except that they kill. 

At least 80% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma have had confirmed exposure to asbestos. Others likely had exposure without realizing it since it can take decades, even up to 50 or 70 years, before mesothelioma develops in the thin lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen and heart.

Heather was fortunate—she passed the 10-year survival mark just over a year ago—but about half of patients die within a year after malignant mesothelioma diagnosis. And inexplicably, those deaths are increasing, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month. Deaths from mesothelioma were expected to begin decreasing after 2005, but instead, they slightly ticked up from 2,479 deaths in 1999 to 2,597 deaths in 2015.

Many of the deaths occurred among people at least 85 years old, which makes sense given how widespread asbestos was, particularly before the 1980s, and how long the disease takes to develop. 

The material was commonly used in a range of industries, such as construction, manufacturing, mining, milling and shipbuilding, but it was also found in many other products, including household goods.

Asbestos was banned from use in insulation products in the 1970s, but it remains in many old buildings. Today, the Toxic Substances Control Act bans asbestos in various paper and flooring products, as well as any newly developed products that have no history of asbestos in their manufacturing.

Still, it’s not completely banned, despite calls from public health researchers to do so, perhaps explaining why deaths continue among individuals under 55 years old, the CDC researchers reported.

“Although most deaths from malignant mesothelioma in the United States are the result of exposures to asbestos 20–40 years prior, new cases might result from occupational exposure to asbestos fibers during maintenance activities, demolition and remediation of existing asbestos in structures, installations and buildings if controls are insufficient to protect workers,” the researchers wrote.

compliments of Heather Von St. James:

Heather Von St. James learned she had mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused largely by asbestos exposure, just a few months after her daughter's birth.

The CDC report notes that one in five air samples collected in the construction industry in 2003 exceeded the limits allowed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

And if workers are unprotected, they could be bringing asbestos fibers home just as Heather’s dad did, leaving family members of workers at risk for asbestos exposure as well.

More than a dozen products, from cement products to clothing to car parts, are still manufactured with asbestos. The U.S. isn’t alone in continuing to allow its use. According to a study a few years ago, just 44 out of 143 countries that used asbestos in the 2000s have since banned its use.

The Environmental Protection Agency lists the many places asbestos might be found, including roofing and shingles products, vinyl flooring products, pipes, oil and coal furnaces, certain types of paint, heat-resistant fabrics and car parts exposed to friction, such as brakes. 

The symptoms of mesothelioma can resemble the early symptoms of many other illnesses, such as fatigue and fever, but they also include difficulty breathing, muscle weakness and chest pain. More information about asbestos can be found at the EPA and National Cancer Institute and more information on mesothelioma can be found at the American Cancer Society."

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Everett Washington OxyContin Lawsuit


Opioid Addiction LawsuitOn Thursday, January 19th, 2017, the city of Everett WA, filed a state lawsuit against drug maker Purdue Pharma with allegations the drug manufacturer was and continue to be a major contributing factor to opioid addiction and resultant community expenses and impact.


Everett city officials initiating the lawsuit on behalf of their constituents, seek to hold Purdue Pharma accountable for failing to take proactive steps in preventing OxyContin from entering the black market as an addictive drug that is commonly referenced as a major source of growing Opioid addictions across the United States.


The lawsuit alleges that as a result of Purdue Pharma being negligent in failing to properly institute effective controls on OxyContin, the drug was inadvertently distributed from Purdue to drug dealers, pill mills, and narcotic rings. As a result, the city of Everett has incurred substantial financial expense relating to treatment and medical care associated with OxyContin drug addiction victims.


Everett city officials contend that OxyContin addiction in their jurisdiction has a social impact on the community and costs taxpayers at nearly every department of local government, specifically via increase costs for treatment programs, police, incarcerations, and other city services.


In response, Purdue Pharma claims to have taken steps to prevent and address Oxycontin addiction which makes up 2% of all opioid prescriptions. In declaring Purdue Pharma an industry leader in opioid abuse prevention, Purdue acknowledged that it shares the nationwide concern over opioid addiction and abuse with city officials.


Regardless, the mayor of Everett was indifferent to Purdue Pharma excuses and stated “We are going to go at them, and we are going to go at them hard”

How hard, is yet to be seen as many legal experts consider the styling of this lawsuit to be a longshot.


If successful in obtaining damages from the drug maker, the city of Evertt will lay the groundwork for future litigation against drug manufacturers contributing to the opioid addiction afflicting our nation.


Do I Have A Lawsuit will continue to monitor developments in this case.

What Is Oxycontin?

Oxycontin is a painkiller opioid controlled release form of Oxycodone.


Do other drugs contain Oxycodone, if so what are they?

Other prescription drugs containing Oxycodone

  • Roxicodone

  • OxyIR

  • Percolone

  • Percocet

  • Endocet

  • Percodan

  • Endodan

  • Percodan-Demi

  • Roxiprin

  • Combunox

  • Targiniq ER

  • Troxyca ER


What are common side effects associated with Oxycodone:


Chills is a feeling of coldness occurring during a high fever, but sometimes is also a common symptom which occurs alone in specific people. It occurs during fever due to the release of cytokines and prostaglandins as part of the inflammatory response, which increases the set point for body temperature in the hypothalamus. The increased set point causes the body temperature to rise (pyrexia), but also makes the patient feel cold or chills until the new set point is reached. Shivering also occurs along with chills because the patient's body produces heat during muscle contraction in a physiological attempt to increase body temperature to the new set point. When it does not accompany a high fever, it is normally a light chill. Sometimes a chill of medium power and short duration may occur during a scare, especially in scares of fear, commonly interpreted like or confused by trembling. Severe chills with violent shivering are called rigors.


Cold Sweats

concurrent perspiration and chill usually associated with fear, pain, or shock



The term "acute mental confusion" is often used interchangeably with delirium in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems and the Medical Subject Headings publications to describe the pathology. These refer to the loss of orientation, or the ability to place oneself correctly in the world by time, location and personal identity. Mental confusion is sometimes accompanied by disordered consciousness (the loss of linear thinking) and memory loss (the ability to correctly recall previous events or learn new material.

Difficult and or labored breathing

Labored breathing is distinguished from shortness of breath or dyspnea, which is the sensation of respiratory distress rather than a physical presentation.


Still, many simply define dyspnea as difficulty in breathing without further specification, which may confuse it with e.g. labored breathing or tachypnea (rapid breathing). Labored breathing has occasionally been included in the definition of dyspnea as well. However, in the standard definition, these related signs may be present at the same time, but don't necessarily have to be. For instance, in respiratory arrest by a primary failure in respiratory muscles the patient, if conscious, may experience dyspnea, yet without having any labored breathing or tachypnea. The other way around, labored breathing or tachypnea can voluntarily be performed even when there is no dyspnea.



Lightheadedness is a common and typically unpleasant sensation of dizziness and/or a feeling that one may faint. The sensation of lightheadedness can be short-lived, prolonged, or, rarely, recurring. In addition to dizziness, the individual may feel as though his or her head is weightless. The individual may also feel as though the room is what causes the "spinning" or moving (vertigo) associated with lightheadedness. Most causes of lightheadedness are not serious and either cure themselves quickly or are easily treated.


Keeping a sense of balance requires the brain to process a variety of information received from the eyes, the nervous system, and the inner ears. If the brain is unable to process these signals, such as when the messages are contradictory, or if the sensory systems are improperly functioning, an individual may experience lightheadedness or dizziness.

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devry lawsuit settlement

DeVry Lawsuit Settlement Information:


Settlement Amount: $100 Million

Broken down As Follows:


  • $49.4 million for partial refunds to individuals who have previously paid for classes with DeVry

  • $50.6 million for debt and loan forgiveness for victims who owe Devry money.

Under terms reached with lawyers for the FTC, DeVry University must cancel any and all unpaid loans or balances owed by current and former students between the dates of September 1st 2008 and September 30th 2015.

Additionally, the lawsuit settlement forces DeVry to cancel over  $20 million in debts owed to DeVry University by students for tuition, books, fees and other certain expenses.


DeVry University has been instructed to contact lawsuit beneficiaries via email within 30 days of the lawsuit settlement judgement being entered.

The FTC has made the following press release available to Do I Have A lawsuit and other true information or news providers for immediate release:

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