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Safe Malaria Solutions - Beyond DDT

Exposure to DDT is especially dangerous to developing infants and children.

Sound scientific evidence shows low levels of exposure in the womb can reduce babies' birth weight, cause developmental delays in children, interfere with a mother's ability to breast feed, increase risk of miscarriage, and cause reproductive problems.

 

DDT has been linked to low sperm count in men and labeled a possible cancer causing chemical by international agencies. Some studies show a link to breast cancer.

 

DDT contamination begins from the moment of its production. Residents of Eloor, India are protesting the contamination of their homes, environment and drinking water by a dirty DDT production facility.

Safe Malaria Solutions - Beyond DDT | Pesticide Action Network North America

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As for thalilomide, when I was twenty I spent some time helping a very brave boy who had flipper arms, and triangular feet (effectively two big toes with the bone pointing in on both sides) and wrote poetry from a big heart... please no more thalilomide...

Yes and I wonder how many "new chemicals" we are now using will turn out with DDT or Thalidomide tales?

Some, like Glyphosate we are using by the meaga tonne.

China’s annual production capacity is estimated at between 500,000 tonnes and 600,000

That will pale into insignificance once Glyphosate resistant crops come on line.

 

Thalidomide is being prescribed again in South America and causing malformed Children.

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Amazing how pesrsitant (is)the erroneous belief that DDT has been banned

http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20111309-22605.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencealert-latestnews+%28ScienceAlert-Latest+Stories%29

]DDT still found in humans: studyCRC CARE WEDNESDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2011

This seems to contradict a previous post

In Tanzania malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, especially in children under 5 years. The disease ranks number one in both outpatient and inpatient statistics. The socio-economic impact of malaria is so high that it contributes highly to poverty and underdevelopment. Efforts made during the past century to combat and control malaria have not been successful.
http://www.ncbi.nlm..../books/NBK1714/

but !!!

In general, $2.14 is spent on malaria control per person per year, representing 39% of the country’s health expenditure and 1.1% of its GDP.3
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We investigated presence and levels of DDT in 163 breast milk samples from four South African villages where, in three of them, malaria is controlled with DDT-sprayed indoors. Mean ΣDDT levels in breast milk were 18, 11, and 9.5 mg/kg mf (milk fat) from the three DDT-sprayed villages, respectively, including the highest DDT level ever reported for breast milk from South Africa (140 mg/kg mf). Understanding the causes for these differences would be informative for exposure reduction intervention. The Provisional Tolerable Daily Intake (PTDI) for DDT by infants, and the Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) were significantly exceeded.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269749112002849

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