The Northport Project

WHAT IS THE NORTHPORT PROJECT?

“Once you have discovered the cause you have discovered the cure.”

The main goal of the Northport Project is to provide Northport, Washington residents with accurate health information, educational workshops, FREE annual health screenings, and the opportunities to participate in programs such as the Cumulative Impacts Project, which is dedicated to bringing together scientists, researchers and communities affected by chronic exposure to environmental toxins.

EDUCATE

“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the later ignorance.” – Hippocrates

Small communities are finally getting the chance to have a voice. The Northport Project will supply residents with informative, educational programs to help them better understand what toxins they have been, and currently are being, exposed to while providing ways to aid them in protecting their health. Most importantly, it will give the residents with health issues a chance to receive free medical assistance, as well as provide free annual health screenings and physicals to all Northport residents. Due to the many health issues linked to chronic exposure to the toxins found above safety levels in their outdoor air, water and soil, the free annual health screenings and physicals will monitor the health of Northport residents and hopefully catch diseases, cancers and illnesses at an early (and treatable) stage.

Although many diseases, cancers and illnesses have already been diagnosed in residents, past and present, early detection will save lives.

PROTECT

“Many can help one.” – Unknown

The data collected from each health screening will remain confidential, but can be used in a long term study to follow trends of diseases, cancers and illnesses found in communities with residents who are chronically exposed to multiple heavy metal toxins released via multiple routes from Teck Smelter. The results of a study like this will provide an opportunity to correct the current safety levels set for toxins while also pinpointing and discovering illnesses found in clusters when chronically exposed to toxins. Each resident’s confidential health history can save millions of lives – not only now, but for the future generations ahead.

It is undeniable that the health issues, diseases, and cancers found in the Northport area are extremely high; some of the illnesses exceed the CDC/DOH/ATSDR standards used to classify health clusters. A non- infectious health cluster is the occurrence of a greater-than-expected number of (non-infectious) health issues found in a populated area. These clusters are what scientist use to try to find possible environmental links that cause or trigger these illnesses (also known as an epidemiological study).

Currently physicians with the Crohn’s and Colitis Center at Massachusetts General Hospital are conducting an epidemiological study on the cluster of diagnosed cases of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease in past and present Northport Residents.

Other diseases, illness, and cancers exceeding amount of past and present residents diagnosed to be considered non-infectious health clusters are: multiple scoliosis, Parkinson’s, leukemia (chronic), brain tumors/aneurisms, kidney cancer, prostate cancer, stomach cancer, bladder, cancer, breast cancer, thyroid diseases, arthritis, and several other auto immune diseases such as nephritis and diverticulitis. All of these have been linked to the multiple toxins (specifically arsenic and cadmium), which the Northport community has been chronically exposed to for decades. However, free annual health screenings would lead to early detection of most, if not all, of the health issues. Early detection is the key to surviving any illness, disease, or cancer.

EMPOWER

“Blame is safer than praise.” – Ralph Waldo

Free annual health screenings for the residents of Northport will also provide a database for a long-term epidemiological research study that toxicologists and scientists admittedly are in desperate need of. The results of the diagnosed issues from the years of the resident’s annual health screenings will provide accurate data as to whether or not the current safety levels for chronic exposure to these specific heavy metal toxins are correct. The data collected from the screenings could also assist in identifying other illnesses, diseases and cancers that chronic exposure to the toxins of concern either cause or trigger and what, if any, genetic mutations they create.

The blood, urine and hair testing done as part of the free annual health screenings will provide researchers accurate toxin levels in each resident from both acute and chronic exposure. This information is critical in finding the correlation between specific toxin accumulations and specific mineral and vitamin deficiencies. It could be possible that simple vitamin and mineral supplements could cure, or at least ease the symptoms of, some chronic illnesses.

IMPACT

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not. ” – Dr. Seuss, “The Lorax”

Not only will free annual health screenings help protect the lives of Northport residents, the data collected will advance the much needed research needed in this area. From evaluating current toxin safety levels to discovering specific health issues triggered by the toxins, linking the response the toxin accumulation has on vitamin and mineral depletion or toxicity may possibly be a way to cure these diseases or alleviate the symptoms they cause. In addition, by discovering the genetic mutations caused by chronic exposure to not just one but multiple toxins through multiple routes of exposure, it may provide a way to cure these diseases as well. Most importantly, the health screenings will keep the Northport residents healthy and safe, while giving them a chance to help save the lives of so many people by allowing their health issues to be used in such a noble research effort.

The Northport Project can turn the negative impact Teck’s careless decades of pollution has caused to their health and lives into a positive effect by allowing their annual screening results to be confidentially used in one of the largest research studies of its kind.

THE FUTURE OF NORTHPORT

“A Beautiful Town, Getting Better Everyday!”

Northport is one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Our family never plans to sell the family farm or leave the area. We also want to see Northport grow through tourism and local businesses.

The Northport Project does not want to scare people away from visiting, moving, or living in the Northport area. We want to make it clear that visitors are in no danger of enjoying the many recreational activities our area has to offer; several studies have proven that annual recreational exposure to the area does not pose any health risks at all.

However, The Northport Project also wants to make sure the future and current residents, who are exposed to the toxins 365 days of the year, are protected so they can continue living in the town they love so much.

THE NORTHPORT PROJECT

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The Northport Project wants to provide opportunities to empower and protect current and future Northport residents.

We plan to do this by asking residents to participate in the kinds of studies and research investigations that will offer free health screenings and support to them, as well as utilize the health information gained from their participation to help protect the health of future generations of people not only in Northport, but also throughout the world.

For a detailed description of The Northport Project’s Community Protection & Awareness Program click on the page (tab) on our blog

Please visit our blog at: http://www.northportproject.com
To Contact us send e-mails to: northportproject@hotmail.com



3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Joshua Lord on January 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    The site is fantastic, and the work you are doing is wonderful. That said, I subscribed, and got a box in the corner that confirmed and allows me to follow on twitter that I can’t get to go away, not wishing to subscribe via twitter. Just so you know about the little snafu!
    Thanks for your dedication!

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  2. You may be interested in the June 16 issue of Nature: Intestinal networks in health and disease.

    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v474/n7351/full/474297a.html

    Reply

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