Cancer Causes

Leukemia from Lindane and PCP exposure

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The following furnishes another example of one possible cause of leukemia - here exposure to a combination of two highly toxic chemicals - Lindane and PCP.

Lindane at one time was widely used for various applications in agricultural and pharmaceutical preparations. While several health authorities disagreed in their assessment of Lindane's carcinogenicity[1], it took until 2006 before its use was banned in 52 countries and restricted in 33 others.

PCP, in spite of its recognised high toxicity[2], continues to be allowed as a herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and for use in antifouling paint.

In his autobiography, German top toxicologist Dr Dr Max Daunderer (1943-2013) reports that in 1972 while working in a Munich hospital there was a spate of leukemia cases among young farmer women.

Strangely their clinical and bone marrow pictures presented very similar and in the majority of cases, equally hopeless since tragically, many of them died very quickly. While the head physician suspected an animal virus to be at fault (they had discovered such a virus in one of the patients), the patients' entire immune system seemed to have broken down.

It was at this point that Daunderer remembered some key statements made by Professor Louis Lewin (1850-1929), a German pharmacologist, physician, toxicologist, author and founder of industrial toxicology whom Daunderer greatly admired:

  • every disease whose cause is unknown is due to toxicity (poisoning)
  • cancer is always caused by chronic toxicity (poisons)
  • blood cancer is caused by solvents.

Dr Daunderer then started to ask any newly arriving leukemia patients about any contact they might have had with solvents. To his surprise, all without exception reported that about a year before, their cowshed had been repainted with Xyladecor, a wood preservative marketed by the German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer/Desowag. Besides PCP, Xyladecor (which is in fact an industrial waste product), contained Lindane and was additionally contaminated with dioxin (which rose to subsequent fame in the Italian Seveso disaster of 1976).

Dr Daunderer wrote to the Bayer company who sent him a book on herbicides and pesticides including first-aid measures in cases of poisoning. The book described PCP as extremely toxic, only to be used with protective gear covering the breathing passages, the entire skin surface etc. This book had actually been sent free of charge to every physician in private practise.

It was obvious that this paint should never have been used in interior rooms including bedrooms or cowsheds (where it poisoned the milk).

Daunderer immediately reported his discovery to his boss, clinic chief Prof. B., and writes that for the first time in his life he suffered the aggression levelled at any person who exposes those who poison others.

At first Prof B.said that a reliable company such as Bayer would never insidiously spread dangerous toxins such as this, He expressly forbade Daunderer to tell anyone about his findings and added if he did such "anti-industry" work he would have to leave his clinic. Daunderer was no longer allowed to ask new leukemia patients about any solvents exposure and was threatened with being transferred to the laboratory if he didn't heed these injunctions.

In spite of the threats, Daunderer took any opportunity to discuss the question with many including head physicians and interns, and encountered diverse reactions. Those who had used toxic paints themselves – there were many of them - were keenly interested in the literature and first-aid measures. 90 % of interns and 100 % of head physicians strongly warned him against touching such a "hot potato" and said he was better advised to just quietly continue doing his job.

Daunderer finally informed the popular Stern news magazine which published a detailed report.

He also brought a charge against the producers of the toxins - which was ignored for a whopping five years. On the weekend before the limitaton, the newly appointed public prosecutor called him, and over the weekend Daunderer wrote up a copy of the report he had made of his newest case, a neighbour of his (who died shortly after) who had developed pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) after painting his newly built house with Xyladecor.

In this case again he experienced the ignorance of the clinic's haematologists who did a bone-marrow transplant on the patient using a relative who had helped painting the house (and whose PCP blood levels were high).

In the criminal trial against the manufacturer's two primarily responsible persons the defense lawyers argued that "there wasn't a single case known in the literature of leukemia caused by Xyladecor“.

Daunderer adds that at this moment he realized why his superiors had so diligently concealed the more than 100 cases of their own. And even today no hematologist will ask a leukemia patient for any exposure to solvents -- all has been forgotten.

Daunderer concludes that again and again he saw the same strategy applied with toxins - most recently with dental mercury amalgam:

  • fraternisation with the perpetrator
  • refusal to see that symptoms have a toxic root cause which in most cases could be easily avoided.

Detailed coverage of the "wood poison trial" (which BAYER / DESOWAG eventually lost) can be read in German at the "Coalition against BAYER Dangers" website www.cbgnetwork.org/Ubersicht/Zeitschrift_SWB/SWB_1999/SWB01_99/Holzgifte/holzgifte.html and some more current info on Xyladecor in English at www.cbgnetwork.org/449.html .

The BAYER / DESOWAG products XYLADECOR and XYLAMON and other wood poisons caused over 200,000 people to become ill, with symptoms ranging from acne, allergies, muscle cramps and epileptic fits to brain dysfunction and cancer. Some of the victims felt so desperate about their illness that no family doctor knew how to explain that they took their own lives. The German occupational health physicians had set the allowable blood limits of the cancerogenic PCP to 1000 µg/kg, thus playing down all complaints as „merely psychological“. Even when people died there was no acknowledgement of cause and effect.

Alternate theories on the cause of leukemia

While the above cause-effect relationship observed by Dr. Daunderer is true beyond a shadow of a doubt, it is still likely that there are other potential causes as well. See for instance the leukemia causes proposed in On the link between lead and lymphoma & leukaemia and heavy metals chelation, Studies on electromagnetic fields and radiation (EMFs/EMRs) & cancer risk and the links under "Related content" below.

Footnotes

1 See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindane#Cancer_risk .

2 The US EPA classifies PCP as a "probable human carcinogen".

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