This book, if the mainstream media will do its job and follow up on Mann’s investigative work, should be the start of a major national debate and examination of these life and death issues.
America is in the midst of a public health crisis that has received very little attention
from the press or the medical community, yet it affects literally millions of Americans. In his new book, They’re Poisoning Us: From the Gulf War to the Gulf of Mexico, Arnold Mann, a prominent medical and environmental journalist, has documented and exposed this silent epidemic, with potentially enormous ramifications.
In this exclusive interview with Accuracy in Media (AIM), Mann details and builds the case for the commonality of chronic, disabling symptoms that have stricken all these people, from the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who came back sick from the first Gulf War in 1991, and who are still sick, to the thousands who participated in last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and who are now turning up sick with the same symptoms. Then there are the victims of toxic mold in buildings throughout the country, and the Hurricane Katrina victims still sick from exposure to formaldehyde in the FEMA trailers. What all these people have in common, according to Mann, is that they are all suffering from a very real illness—not psychosomatic disorders, as many would have us believe. What we are witnessing, Mann says, is the emergence of an entirely new disease paradigm, caused by environmental conditions, which have largely been covered up and ignored by industries, such as oil and insurance; by government, including every president of the past 30 years and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Veterans Administration (VA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); and finally the media, which have failed to connect the dots in the manner that Mann has done in this powerful new book.
As many of you are aware, AIM has frequently been very skeptical of claims by environmental groups that might be categorized as junk science, everything from Alar to DDT to global warming, and many more. Reed Irvine, AIM’s founder and chairman was a thorough and analytical debunker of many of the claims by media and left-wing advocacy groups posing as conscientious environmentalists. But in this case, I have known the author personally as well as professionally over the past 30 years, and he has no political agenda in writing this book. It is thoroughly researched by someone who has studied medical research reports for decades, and interviewed hundreds of doctors for various publications, and is scrupulous in his determination to get his facts straight.
Ten years ago, it was Mann who blew the lid off of toxic mold with a series of features and cover stories in Time magazine and U.S.A. Weekend magazine. His cover story on neurosurgeon Keith Black for Time magazine’s 1997 “Heroes of Medicine” special issue is now a book entitled Brain Surgeon: A Doctor’s Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles.