• A friend of mine recently said that he blames his parents for letting him run around outside in the sun with no shirt on, no sunscreen.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    A friend of mine recently said that he blames his parents for letting him run around outside in the sun with no shirt on, no sunscreen.

    This, he says, is what caused his melanoma, and he resents his parents to this day. Do you have "someone else" or even yourself to blame for cancer? Or do you think he's taking this a little too far?

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    • geekling's Avatar

      You grew up in rural Texas, did you not, LWC?

      I grew up in NYC where there was running treated water and a central sewer and no one swam in the Hudson River any more.

      Polio was on dwindling because the country was quickly switching from open sewers and cesspools to a central treated sewer system and even septic tanks.

      The only countries where polio remains are those places where raw sewage is dumped into open running waters.

      That, in itself, I maintain, is but one reason why Trump and his regulation rollbacks are so dangerous. The shot began to be distributed in 1955.

      That you guys all knew people who contracted polio doesnt change the fact that I did not.

      almost 2 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Geekling, nobody has said they think you got polio. We didn't get polio either, but I didn't have polio shots until the 1960's, and there were people getting polio then.

      I don't know why, but swimming pools were said to be at risk for polio. I think they closed our City Pools for a few years when I was young.

      I have no idea what a central sewer, open sewer, or cesspool looks like. I'm not sure, but I think ours was the same as now---I've never heard about a sewer other than in pipes, and I don't know where it goes. We get our water from a big lake outside the city, and I suspect the sewage goes there, too.

      almost 2 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      Polio is a disease that passes from bottom to top, @BarbarainBham. People, perhaps, were just getting an inkling that swimming and swallowing water where others had peed or defecated was a big no no.

      Swallowing/swimming in raw sewage gets people really sick. I said I did not know anyone who had contracted polio, including myself, growing up. The shots came out in great numbers in 1955. A disposable syringe was not available until 1961.

      I was given a shot long before disposable needles and syringes were invented. Everybody was willing to experiment on poor kids in the Bronx.

      There was a time, before my time, that raw sewage was dumped into the Hudson River. Some people postulate that FDR contracted polio by swimming in unclean waters.

      almost 2 years ago

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