Health and Safety
Petition to Charles Schumer
Require 2 pack Epinephrine Auto Injectors on all air carriers
My 10 year old son Luca suffered severe Anaphylactic Symptons after eating 1 cashew on our flight home on American Airlines. We were not aware of any allergies. Allergies can develop at any time, unfortunately for Luca it was in the skies. We are forever grateful for the staff , the nurse on board & the 2 passengers who came forward with their Epi-pens. My son Luca is alive because of them all. This would have been fatal if he did not receive the epi-pen injection. Together let’s make Airline carriers safe for all passengers who have allergies & for those who are unaware of an unknown allergy like Luca. This will make everyone feel a level of comfort when traveling on aircrafts.
Petition to Robert Niblock, CEO, Lowe’s
Lowe’s: Stop selling deadly paint strippers
No family should have to lose a loved one because of deadly chemicals. Period. Our son Drew garnered attention with his quick wit, booming voice and incredible smile. When he loved something, he put his full heart into it and did so with focus. His establishment of a coffee business from the ground up with a friend is a perfect example. Drew loved every second of refining his craft and building his business. In October 2017, the lives of family and friends who knew and loved Drew took a dramatic turn. In a trip to Lowe’s to buy some paint stripper to re-finish a floor in his coffee plant, Drew purchased the chemical that killed him. The next day, he was found collapsed on the floor. The coroner’s autopsy report found that toxic methylene chloride fumes from the paint stripper were to blame. To this day, you can walk into Lowe’s and buy the same product that killed Drew—plus numerous others containing the same chemical. So we’re partnering with Safer Chemicals Healthy Families to start a petition to get this dangerous chemical off store shelves. Drew isn’t alone. According to reports from OSHA and other sources, paint strippers containing methylene chloride have been linked to more than 50 deaths nationwide since 1980. Scientists have linked long-term exposure to this chemical to liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer. Last year, the EPA proposed banning methylene chloride and another chemical called NMP in paint strippers, but the agency recently backed off under pressure from the chemical industry. In Europe methylene chloride was banned in paint strippers in 2012. The EU is also considering banning NMP, which is harmful to women of childbearing age. Lowe’s is still selling these dangerous products even though there are safer alternatives. How many more people have to die before retailers like Lowe’s take action? If you agree that home improvement stores shouldn’t sell dangerous chemicals, please join us in calling on Lowe’s to END their sales of deadly paint strippers now.
Petition to Food and Drug Administration, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb
FDA: Ban Torture of People with Disabilities and #StopTheShock
The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts is a “treatment center” that uses their own, non-FDA approved electric shock devices on disabled people, primarily autistic people with and without intellectual disabilities, as a way of controlling their behavior. Children and adults at the JRC wear shock devices all day and staff of the facility deliver painful electric shocks remotely. It is the only program in the U.S. that uses these devices as punishment. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture determined that the use of these devices is not treatment -- it is torture. In 2012 the American public became aware of what was going on inside JRC when video of Andre McCollins being shocked was released. Andre was a teenage resident of JRC. In 2002, he one day refused to take his coat off. The staff responded by placing Andre in restraints for 7 hours and shocking him 31 times. After this torture, Andre was in shock, comatose, and suffered burn wounds on his arms and legs. The trauma that he went through continues to negatively affect his mental health to this day. In 2014 the FDA held hearings about these devices. In April 2016 it drafted regulations to ban contingent shock -- but it has not implemented them. It is time for FDA to release the regulations. What happened to Andre McCollins is not an isolated incident at JRC. The Judge Rotenberg Center claims that the electric shocks keep people from hurting themselves or others, but residents at the JRC are shocked for everything from swearing to standing up. Furthermore, electric shocks do not work to help people with disabilities avoid self-injury or aggression -- positive supports do. For every person being tortured at the JRC, there are many more people with the exact same disabilities, dealing with the exact same issues, being successfully supported in their communities without the use of dangerous and painful punishments. The worldwide autistic community and our allies call on Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to immediately ban the use of contingent electric shock in behavior modification. Additionally, we call for the state of Massachusetts to immediately shut down the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts. Shock torture is only one of the abuses at JRC. It needs to be closed entirely, and appropriate services created in its place. All people have the right to freedom. This includes autistic people. The United States and the State of Massachusetts must protect those rights. Stop the shock, close JRC, and provide our people with the supports they need. Please sign this petition.
Petition to US Department of Agriculture
Ban the chemical that’s killing our bees
The ability to put food on our tables is under threat. Bees pollinate much of our produce, and bees are dying off at an alarming rate. We need the United States Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to take action before it is too late. Imagine a world where fresh produce is a luxury most families can’t afford. That will be the reality if the USDA and the EPA don't take action. Bees responsible for the pollination of over $15 billion dollars in crops every year are dying off by the millions. It is called colony collapse disorder, and for a long time its cause was a mystery. But we now know that a popular pesticide is what’s killing our bees and discontinuing its use would help end colony collapse disorder. The agriculture industry uses seeds coated with a pesticide called neonicotinoids. Approved by the Environmental Protection Agency based on a study funded by the makers of the pesticide, neonicotinoids are an addictive toxin bees absorb and take back to the hive or nest. The neonicotinoid spreads through the bee colony and eventually kills all the bees. In turn, crops are not pollinated and are unable to produce fruit. Because of this pesticide, one-third of US beehives are being decimated every year. California has already lost 90% of its bee population. The European Union has already banned neonicotinoids, and it is now time for the United States to follow suit. We are calling on the USDA and the EPA to implement a US ban immediately, before it is too late. Neonicotinoids have been used in seeds that cover more than 150 million acres -- that is the size of California and Washington combined. In one incident, over 37 million bees died after one corn crop was planted with the toxin. Crops and food prices have already taken a hit because of record-breaking droughts. Add colony collapse disorder to the mix, and our tables will soon be empty of the fruits and vegetables we’ve come to count on. Do we want to leave our children and grandchildren a world without bees? The stakes are too high, and we owe it to them to take action now. Join me in asking the USDA and the EPA to ban the manufacturing and use of neonicotinoids. Get more details here: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/research/2012/120111KrupkeBees http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/04/pesticide-tied-to-bee-colony-collapse/ http://marketbusinessnews.com/bees-crave-neonicotinoid-pesticides-like-humans-with-nicotine/58089 http://naturalsociety.com/37-million-bees-found-dead-canada-large-gmo-crop-planting/ http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/pest/_fact-fiche/neonicotinoid/neonicotinoid-eng.php http://www.organichealthylifestyle.com/the-plight-of-pollinators-today/
Petition to Susana Martinez, New Mexico Governor
"STATE OF EMERGENCY" (DRUG EPIDEMIC / NORTHERN NEW MEXICO) HELP SAVE OUR CULTURE
With national statistics, data , and high numbers of deaths,illnesses attributed too drugs and as well our failing public schools, as direct links to the "Drug Epidemic", in Northern New Mexico, we have been placed at the top of national graphs and state counties as one of the worst places for drug overdose, suicide and illness in the country. Thus, we the undersigned concerned tax paying citizens are "Demanding a "State of Emergency" be declared in the county of Rio Arriba, in the state of New Mexico. For several decades we have been in a heavily oppressed, repressed and dire situation in regard too loosing large numbers of souls too include : Teens, young and old adults as well as elderly citizens too the drug infestation, both legal ( narcotic/opiate, ect... ) and illegal ( heroin/meth/pink/cocaine, ect..) drugs. As the Federal Government and DEA cracks down on prescription drug dispensing, the adverse effects have increased the use of heroin and thus, increasing higher incidences of Hepatitis-c, AIDS, Crime, and Criminal Activity in all facets our livelihood. The age groups of addiction has scattered in both directions, currently it has trickled down too adolescence and gone up in some cases too great-grandparent ages. Its is no longer a "FAD" or a "TREND" in many circles it is becoming a "RITE of PASSAGE" and a way of life in others. WE are demanding that; 1) Assessment, treatment, triage, substance abuse teams be dispatched throughout the county communities. ; 2) That a temporary centrally located "medical" detox-facility and housing area be established too address our addicted citizens needs, with hopes that a permanent facility be established in the near future.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives
Health Coaches: Be a Part of a Real Healthcare System
We all know the problem, trillions are spent on "healthcare" yet we're sicker than ever before. We need a game changer, a disrupter, a new type of leader. Shifting people from unhealthy routines to sustainable, health and happiness promoting habits brings lasting wellness and lower healthcare costs. The current system is not sustainable and Health Coaches will work alongside our allies to fix our healthcare crisis. But we can’t do it alone. HEALTH COACHES - we need you to take action! New drugs and expensive, invasive and dangerous interventions are not going to lift us out of the mess we're in. The movement embracing a holistic approach with food and lifestyle changes is the new prescription of choice. Tell Congress to support Health Coaches and the legislation that encourages their participation into a real Healthcare system (H.Res 733, H.R.1175, H.R.1072, S.403, S.222). Sign the petition here to have the letter below sent directly to your members of Congress to show your support and be sure to contribute to the fundraiser.
Petition to Scott Gottlieb MD, Jeff Shuren, Sybill Storz, Managing Director, Hal Lawrence, William Maisel MD
Health Alert: Many Women Have Died Unnecessarily Because Dangerous Cancers of the Uterus and Ovaries Are Being Spread using MORCELLATORS. Stop MORCELLATION in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery.
Friends of the Public, Many women have been harmed and have died prematurely or unnecessarily because of a routine but avoidable gynecological practice known as MORCELLATION. This world-wide practice has devastated many families for well over two decades now. More than 600,000 hysterectomies are done in the US every year. By the age of 70, one out of every three American women will have had a hysterectomy. About 90% of these surgeries are done for what is presumed to be a benign condition called fibroids. More and more of these surgeries are done with minimally invasive techniques. Usually, to get the uterus out of the body using the "minimally invasive" technique, it is cut into small pieces with a machine called a morcellator. However, a devastating problem happens if in fact the woman did NOT have fibroids – but if she actually had cancer. Unfortunately, the tests that are done before a hysterectomy do not identify these cancers well. Many gynecologists don't even bother getting any tests. In fact, morcellating cancer spreads the cancer inside the woman’s body. This is called ‘up staging’ the cancer. It is important to understand: 1) The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months. 2) Only 15% of woman who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years. 3) Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated. This is an avoidable disaster. This problem has been recognized for more than two decades. A review of the literature, by the Food and Drug Administration, revealed that 1 in 350 women who go for fibroid surgery actually have sarcoma. This means that everyday 2-5 women in the US – and more around the world are susceptible to having a deadly cancer spread because of morcellation. This catastrophic problem has happened in my family and we are fighting to stop this dangerous activity called morcellation. A chance of 1 in 350 for such a devastating outcome is much too high to accept. Women should be told the truth and the practice should stop. Please help us bring an end to spreading cancer with morcellation. This is a totally AVOIDABLE practice. People need to understand their options, which include hysterectomy through a mini-lapartomy incision or trans-vaginally – but – up until recently, most women never heard anything about morcellation or about the possibility of cancer upstaging. And, if they do, this risk is down-played by most minimally invasive gynecologists. We can tell you based on our experience, when cancers are spread by morcellation, the outcomes can be devastating - because the cancer is upstaged. We need your help. Please sign our petition so we can get the word out. We want the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to change this "standard of care" by ending the needless waste of life caused by spreading cancer with morcellation. For more information and original references see: http://journals.lww.com/oncology-times/blog/onlinefirst/pages/post.aspx?PostID=188 ) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23189178) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21565389). The attached video below shows an example of morcellation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPkKw0j-aXE The following companies manufacture and distribute uterine morcellator devices: 1) ETHICON: Gynecare morcellator 2) Storz: Rotocut Morcellator 3) Richard Wolf Medical Instrumentation Company 4) LiNA: LiNA Xcise Cordless Laparoscopic Morcellator 5) Blue Endo MOREsolution Tissue Morcellator 6) Pneumoliner Power Morcellation System by Olympus Corporation. Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci Robot deserves special mention, as the frequency of robotic hysterectomies performed by minimally invasive gynecologists is currently on the rise across the United States. Note that Intuitive Surgical builds and markets the DaVinci robot, which is not itself a "morcellator". However, use of the DaVinci robot almost invariably appears to require that the uterus be minced up, or morcellated, into smaller pieces inside the woman's belly cavity in order to extract from the abdomen. A clear example is shown in the following YouTube video of DaVinci being used to perform a robotic hysterectomy and manually morcellating the uterus using the endo-wrist component of the robot (morcellation is being performed at minute 5:30 of the video). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6luiX6UQmg Without morcellation using equipment manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, robotic hysterectomies would, likely, not be possible using the DaVinci Robot. It is noteworthy that the DaVinci robot does not appear to have a readily available warning label advising against its use to morcellate tumors with malignant potential inside the body. The company's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Myriam Curet, a surgeon herself, has been informed and advised of this severe hazard in the use of DaVinci for robotic hysterectomy and the absence of a readily available warning label.
Petition to Mo Brooks, Martha Roby, Bradley Byrne, Gary Palmer, Terri Sewell, Robert Aderholt, John Culberson, Bill Flores, Pete Olson, Lamar Smith, Hal Rogers, Brett Guthrie, Andy Barr, Paul Gosar, Marsha Blackburn, Don Young, Keith Rothfus, Evan Jenkins, David McKinley, Darin LaHood, Rob Bishop, Alex Mooney
Oppose Anti-Health Bill HR 3117
Congress is currently considering a bill that would prohibit our government from taking the human costs of greenhouse gas emissions into account when making decisions about energy and environmental policy. This anti-health measure is serious, and extremely harmful for all of us. HR 3117 would prohibit the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of the Interior, and the Council on Environmental Quality from considering the social costs of methane, nitrous oxide, and carbon. Our present political atmosphere enjoys dodging the negative effects of climate change and in prohibiting the ability to measure the levels of these gases, we would be turning our backs on ourselves and the environment. Climate change is real, and we need to move forward and understand its damaging effects on our environment, and ourselves. Please sign my petition to ask Congress not to pass HR 3117, and allow our climate scientists to continue to measure the cost greenhouse gases have on human life. Greenhouse gases threaten all of us by generating power storms, fires, and extreme drought. I am very concerned about our safety, and the environment's safety from here on out. Please voice your opinion and sign to say No to HR 3117.