Facing terribly painful health impacts from Cadmium Poisoning.
April 8, 2017
A friend I met with the other day reacted terribly scared for me, after hearing of my severe Cadmium poisoning. He referred to it as the Japanese disease named 'Itai-Itai Disease' in English named the ' It Hurts-it Hurts disease' (explained below)
Which explains several medical issues I face today. My body continues to be very uncomfortable to live with consistently getting worse. Its has definitely had a terrible impact on my daily life, or even my sleep. My body feels like it's to heavy to even sleep on for a length of time.
It's extremely tough to wonder Why our protection agencies will Not help us, with them all aware there is such a large contamination of Cadmium Present? I mean this is obviously a very hazardous toxin. Why isn't our own NYS (DEC)Department of Environmental Concervation, our (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency, or our own NYS HEALTH dept., concerned with hazardous amount of a terrible toxin present in families, and our own Protected Wetlands? This is a public health hazard?
I'm very grateful to have had a follow up blood test after I had left my house showing my Cadmium level is dropping, but unfortunately Cadmium takes much longer to leave the body then the other metals, and it leaves massive destruction behind. I can't process Why our Governmental Agencies are Not helping to protect innocent families from this terrible toxic exposure?
How would you feel knowing this was present next to your family, and our agencies neglecting families enduring this painful impact?
Japanese definitionor Cadmium:
Itai-itai disease (イタイイタイ病 itai-itai byō?, "it hurts-it hurts disease") was the name given to the mass cadmium poisoning of Toyama Prefecture, Japan, starting around 1912. The term "itai-itai disease" was coined by locals for the severe pains (Japanese: 痛い itai) victims felt in the spine and joints. Cadmium poisoning can also cause softening of the bones and kidney failure. The cadmium was released into rivers by mining companies in the mountains, which were successfully sued for the damage. Itai-itai disease is known as one of the Four Big Pollution Diseases of Japan.
The four big pollution diseases of Japan (四大公害病 yondai kōgai-byō?) were a group of man-made diseases all caused by environmental pollution due to improper handling of industrial wastes by Japanese corporations. The first occurred in 1912, and the other three occurred in the 1950s and 1960s. Due to lawsuits, publicity, and other actions against the corporations responsible for the pollution, as well as the creation of the Environmental Agency in 1971, increased public awareness, and changes in industrial practices, the incidence of these kinds of diseases declined after the 1970s.
Itai-itai disease first occurred in 1912 within Toyama Prefecture. This disease was given the name "itai-itai" because this was the phrase victims would frequently cry out; it translates into "it-hurts it-hurts disease".
Cause of itai-itai Edit
The cause of itai-itai disease was determined to be cadmium poisoning in the drinking water from the Jinzugawa River basin. The source of cadmium was discovered to be from Mitsui Mining and Smelting Company. Mitsui Mining began to discharge cadmium into the Jinzugawa river in 1910. The cadmium poisoned the river, thus poisoning locals' source of water. Any person who drank that water or ate food that was grown with the contaminated water, such as rice, would be likely to show signs of itai-itai disease.
Symptoms of itai-itai Edit
The first symptoms were spine and leg pain. However, as the disease progresses symptoms include:
bone fractures from mild traumas or activities (e.g., coughing or walking)
Aftermath of itai-itai Edit
Most victims of itai-itai disease were confined to bed because walking caused severe pain. Residents of the surrounding area that were harmed by this disease filed a lawsuit against Mitsui Mining & Smelting Company in 1968. Residents won this lawsuit and began to conduct negotiations. Mitsui Mining formally admitted that itai-itai disease was caused by their discharge of cadmium into the Jinzugawa River. Mitsui Mining was also obligated to pay for recovery costs for the land. This meant that they had to ensure that the land that was poisoned was returned to a safe and cultivable area.