Forty-two disease clusters have been discovered in 13 states across the U.S. More shocking than this discovery is the fact that 8 out of those 13 states belong to the newly discovered "Diabetes Belt" of America, which is comprised of 15 states. Is this a mere coincidence or an indication of something far more dire?
The 13 states affected by the disease clusters are Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Tennessee.
The 15 states in America's "Diabetes Belt" are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
The eight overlapping states are Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Tennessee.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the 42 disease clusters involve diseases such as "numerous types of cancer, birth defects and other chronic illnesses." The study researched disease clusters which formed as far back as 1976.
Unfortunately, even though the NRDC was able to discover these disease clusters, they have been unable to identify a cause for all but one of the clusters. The NRDC choose to start looking for clusters in 1976 because of the Toxic Substance Control Act which was passed by Congress as a way to regulate the toxic chemical products used by businesses and consumers.
Hopefully, the NRDC will be able to locate the cause of these disease clusters. Once they know, they will be able to come up with a plan to educate the public. Who knows what deadly things are being used daily that could potentially be the cause of one's death. It's a frightening thought.
Â© Evalynn J. Saeyang Â– Gather Inc. 2011