Thursday, April 7, 2011

What is asbestos? You may be asking?

"That is some bad stuff right there, I tell you what."

"Asbestos is a useful material made of six different fibrous minerals, namely: chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite. These asbestos minerals come from mines throughout the world, including mines in such locations as South America, Australia and Canada. Best known for its heat retardant capacity, asbestos is used in such products as roofing shingles, automobile brake pads, floor tiles, and assorted gaskets. Asbestos wraps were also commonly used over the years to insulate heating ducts and water pipes in homes, offices, and other buildings."

Simply put, it could be anywhere!!! 
It seems like most people are familiar with it being in house insulation more than anything. Also prolonged exposure can cause Mesothelioma. Which is is a rare form of cancer that develops from the protective lining that covers many of the body's internal organs, the mesothelium. That sounds like nothing I want to be a part of. 
What got me first interested in this was all those lawyer commercials, I keep seeing them all the time "Call law offices of so and so, if you or a loved one has been exposed to Asbestos and is currently suffering from Mesothelioma." Well I finally decided to research and find out what this stuff is all about. 

That's why I wanted to create this blog to help educate other people out there that are in the dark on a subject like this. I will be posting stories of people who have been hurt by this and informative articles on the subject.