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Reader's view: Be wary of health effects of new mining developments

I am sure our northern miners desiring to become precious heavy-metal miners have given all consideration into the wholesomeness of these operations and have exhausted all other opportunities for work, including tree farming, raising sheep or oth...

I am sure our northern miners desiring to become precious heavy-metal miners have given all consideration into the wholesomeness of these operations and have exhausted all other opportunities for work, including tree farming, raising sheep or other livestock, farming crops or organic foods, perhaps even commuting to nearby cities for employment.

I hope they have given proper consideration for the future health of families and neighbors as the heavy metals proposed to be mined can be very toxic and can cause cancer, organ failure, neurological damage and blood coagulopathies. Still, one must do what he is driven to do after all consideration is given to the pros and cons of some types of work. Desperation can be a terrible thing, and I am sorry for these northerners.

Thankfully, we do have in Duluth a very progressive medical center that has an extraordinary cancer center, which allows patients while receiving their chemotherapy or radiation to overlook Lake Superior and the bay, a once-pristine cold body of water that now has become heavy with toxic contaminates from an oil refinery, coal piles, paper mills and other older factories along our waterways.

Another successful method of survival for those who want to stay well and improve the immune system is to eat organic or natural foods and drink water that is processed through reverse osmosis or is shipped here from a distant mountain spring.

Most of all, everyone should begin to learn the hazards of old and new companies in this region that may have spilled or may be spilling toxins into our water, Such practices have direct effects on our lives.

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Judith Long

Duluth

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