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Poisoning Our Children

Have you heard how they’re poisoning children with lead in the water supply in Flint, Michigan? Trust no one when it comes to your children’s health. At the very least, trust but verify. Don’t wait to learn this lesson by hard experience, as so many of us have. Our government — federal, state, and local — should protect us, but it doesn’t. Not even close.

Flintwater

MELISSA MAYS: Well, my sons, all three of them, are very bright. They had a great future going. Their school—their grades in school were fantastic. My oldest is actually taking high school and college classes at the same time, so he scored so well, he was able to do that, so he would have an associate’s degree by the time he graduated high school. Well, now he’s struggling. He needs a tutor. And he has a C average, which is unheard of for him. And he’s really getting down on himself, because he’s missing small things, pluses and minuses in algebra, little small things, because of brain fog.

My middle child, they—Christian has been able to bump up a grade, since he was in kindergarten. And now he’s also struggling, forgetting things. And he can’t sleep at night because his bones hurt. He fell off his bike, and his wrist basically shattered. And for his bones to be that weak just blew everyone’s mind.

And my youngest, he’s dealing with anemia. We can’t get his white blood cell count over four, meaning he gets sick anytime anybody sneezes. And he’s just—they’re all great kids, and now—they were on this path to doing really great things and working hard at their—at school work and working hard at, you know, Lego engineering and everything they’ve been doing, and now they can’t focus, they’re in pain, they’re sick all the time. So they’ve been derailed because of this—

Read more at Democracy Now: http://m.democracynow.org/stories/15795

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  1. […] be no better example of health disparities than the environmental racism shown in examples like the Flint, Michigan water crisis. While there are some individual choices that can be made to avoid common […]

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