Northport Community 2011 Health Survey Summary

Northport, WA ~  2011 Community Health Survey Results 

With the assistance of members of the Citizens for a Clean Columbia (CCC), and residents in the Northport community, I began distributing health questionnaires to current and past residents of Northport, WA in 2009.

The questionnaires were distributed because of concerns about health influences from heavy metal and other toxic discharges from the Teck smelter for over a century.

More than 500 completed questionnaires were returned.

Explanation of Data in Summary

The completed questionnaires I received back are from past and present residents who lived in the area during the period 1925 to 2010.

I summarized the confidential information into 3 generations of residents. I chose to do this because the results clearly followed that pattern. The health clusters were reported in residents who were in the same age range/generation.

In my opinion these results indicate that chronic exposure to certain toxins, through multiple routes of exposure, cause or trigger very specific health issues. I also think the results show a strong indication that these toxins create genetic mutations that in turn cause or trigger different health issues.

The most apparent similarity to almost all of the health issues reported is they are all autoimmune diseases.

Generations of Residents

The generations are broken down as follows;

  • 1st Generation: Born or living in Northport since 1925 – Current
  • 2nd Generation: Born or living in Northport since 1942 -The majority of this generation (born in 1942-1958) lived in the area for about 18 to 20 years.
  • 3rd Generation: Born or living in Northport since 1970
  • “3B” Generation: Children born to at least one parent from the 2nd Generation; most were not born or ever lived in the area.

Populations Used

  • General population (GP): prevalence estimates for these illnesses are provided in brackets.
  • Northport Population (NPP): From 1925 -2010, the population has remained stable at approximately 375 people. This includes the 5-7 mile radius surrounding the town.

Summary of Top Reported Health Issues

Thyroid/Endocrine Disorders:

  • 116 respondents (NPP : 36%) – [GP : 6%]
  • Generations impacted : 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 3B

Arthritis:

  • 127 respondents (NPP : 40%) – [GP : .30%]
  • [GP: osteoarthritis, ages 45-64 years, .30%; Rheumatoid .1%]
  • Generations impacted: 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 3B

Cancers:

(colon, stomach, prostate, uterine, lung, skin, breast, kidney, throat, and bladder)

  • 65 respondents (NPP : 20%)
  • Generations Impacted: 1st & 2nd

Ulcerative Colitis (UC)/Crohn’s Disease:

  • 54 respondents (NPP : 17% – Crohn’s:18/UC:36) – [GP : 7-11/100,000
  • Generations impacted: 2nd & 3rd

Brain Aneurisms/Tumors:

  • 23 respondents (NPP : 7%) – [GP : %
  • Generations impacted: 1st & 2nd

Pulmonary Embolism:

  • 8 respondents (NP : 3%) – [GP : %]
  • Generation impacted: 2nd

Parkinson’s/Multiple Scoliosis (MS):

  • 13 respondents (NPP : 4% – 7 cases Parkinson’s / 6 cases MS) – [GP: .1%/<1%]
  • Generations impacted: 1st & 2nd

If you have any of the above illnesses, or a similar auto immune disease, and did not participate in the 2009-2011 Northport Community Health Survey please e-mail me your confidential information to be included in all on going health studies.    E-mail:  northportproject@hotmail.com

 

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Carolyn Barclift on February 24, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    It’s too late to speak to my mother, Lois Broderius (b 1937), and her younger brother, Henry “Hank” Broderius. Mom married my father (1956) and they ultimately settled down in Olympia where my 5 younger siblings and I were born. My mom died in this decade from cancer. Uncle Henry preceded her in death. My husband frequently said he saw signs in their behaviors that led him to believe they’d been poisoned by heavy metals from the mill. And I can’t say he’s wrong about that. My great-grandparents emigrated from Germany in the late 1800s and ended up in Northport. My grandfather, Harvey Broderius, was born and lived there until the 1960s. He passed away in the late 1970s. My mother’s maternal grandparents, Edmond and Belle Runyon, brought their children to Northport from Kansas. Are you also seeking information on the children of the 1st generation with one parent in the 1st gen? Please let me know and I will acquire additional information for you.

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    • Hi Carolyn – Thank you for sharing your story. I would love to get more details on your family history. If you could email me directly at paparichj@live.com I will respond with a list of questions I have. Thank you for sharing your story!

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    • Posted by Carolyn Barclift on August 24, 2018 at 10:30 am

      I am preparing for Broderius family relatives to arrive from Germany for a visit next week. So exciting! I wish to clarify that when I said my mother and uncle displayed behaviors that could have been influenced by heavy metal poisoning, particularly as you characterize them as 1st generation Northporters, I understand at least to a degree, the impact heavy metals can have on physical health and how those physical ailments can be displayed/revealed. I think I was a bit unartful in my earlier post in my description. Both were born, grew up there and I have many fond memories of visiting Northport as a child. It’s been far too many years since I’ve been there. I’m interested in learning more about the health issues in Northport. My fondest memories connected to Northport? Riding the train to visit my grandparents and extended family in Northport. The apricot trees! My siblings and I heartily enjoyed the abundance of apricots! My piano in my grandparents’ home. They sent it to my parents in the early 60s, I learned to play the piano – actually majoring in music (voice/piano) education with a foreign language (French – I thought living so close to Canada that it would be the most useful language I could learn) minor. That piano sits in my home still to this day, more than 5 decades later. It is such a part of my life! Jamie, and more history. I’ll be contacting you shortly to learn and share more. Thank you for this website. Carolyn

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  3. Posted by Mark on December 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

    This is incredible. It would be interesting to find out the rates of illness around the surrounding towns including Canada. Then the next step would be to talk to the Canadian government and have them change the statute of limitations so that Teck Cominco is held accountable for what they have done and continue to do.

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    • Posted by Cindy on May 11, 2018 at 7:10 am

      I was born in Trail BC in 1960 and lived within 1km of the smelter until The early 1970s. I have been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, hashimoto’s thyroiditus, interstitial lung disease, complex migraine , ascending aortic heart aneurism and two brain aneurisms. I have four children. Two boys two girls. My oldest daughter just passed away two weeks ago at age of 25 years old after a lifetime of suffering from autoimmune disorders, mitochondrial disease, GI system that stopped functioning, complex regional pain syndrome among many other diagnoses. My youngest daughter (17yrs) is suffering from probable mitochondrial disease, autonomic dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis, intractable nausea/vomitting, severe hashimoto’s thyroiditis. My father who worked at the plant suffers from MS and has significant lung problems. If we can help with this case in any way, please reach out to me. I would be happy to provide any information that would be helpful. This is truly a tragedy and something needs to be done to stop the carnage.

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