Saturday, September 27, 2008

Crusader Erin Brockovich Lives On!

Erin Brockovich has just recently signed on as a consultant for a New York City law firm fighting for those exposed to asbestos, a known cancer-causing agent. Brockovich is with the firm Weitz & Luxenberg and her role is to seek and investigate claimants. In an interview with a New York Post reporter, she stated of the relationship with the firm: “I’m hands-on, and they’re hands-on so it will be a team effort.” She has made two commercials for the firm seeking claimants exposed to asbestos who have developed lung cancer. In the meantime, Brockovich lives a dual coast life, continuing her consulting work with West Coast firm Girardi & Keese.

Of further interest, Brockovich has been fighting Merck, the makers of Gardasil. Brockovich writes on her website:

“Gardasil, as you should know by now, is an HPV vaccine sold by MERCK, a vaccine with a flawed marketing campaign targeting young girls. The premise is that the vaccine will protect young girls from cervical cancer, as well as a couple of varieties of HPV. But the vaccine is NOT a cancer preventative, and it has not been thoroughly tested. Not only does Gardasil not protect everyone, it does not prevent all types of cervical cancer. According to current science, there are fifteen types of HPV associated with cervical cancer but Gardasil only counters HPV types 16 and 18. The vaccine requires three doses to start and scientists don't even know how frequently boosters will be needed. They don't know because they did not adequately research this before putting the vaccine out on the market using our young girls as guinea pigs.”

Brockovich further warns:

“The Centers for Disease Control report over 9,000 adverse reactions for Gardasil. There is a rising total of deaths connected with the administration of this vaccine; as well as have been reports of seizure activity, tingling, numbness and loss of sensation in the fingers and limbs. There is serious question about girls initially having short-term health problems associated with getting this vaccine that could turn into long-term neurological or immune system disorders; and there is serious question about administering this vaccine at the same time as others.”

So, the crusader Brockovich lives on, and acknowledges that the film Erin Brockovich launched her reputation as a champion against corporate greed and a figther for those exposed to toxic chemicals by corporation. In her blog, Brockovich calls herself a "humanist," fighting for the good of human society.

Post your comments. What are your responses to knowing that Brockovich continues her campaigning, and that the film launched her career as a public figure?

For further information visit these two sites:
http://www.brockovichblog.com/
http://www.comcast.net/articles/tv/20080926/People.Brockovich/ (source for photo)
Brockovich is now 47 year olds and has been fighting legal cases since joining on with Masry in the late 1980s. She has devoted two decades of her life to fighting for justice.

6 comments:

Alyssa said...

It's great that Erin Brockovich is continuing to campaign against corporate and environmental corruption. With the fame she garnered with the film being made of her, she can make a difference just by having her name out there. Her continued efforts show that she is a truly unselfish person who works because she cares, not because of the money or fame it earns her.

Hannah said...

I think it is wonderful that Erin is continuing to speak for those who do not have a voice. She is using her fame in a productive and very caring way.

jackie said...

I have gotten the cervical cancer shot! Now I feel like a guinea pig! I wonder if it will be taken out of my doctor's office? But probably not for a few years.

Teresa said...

I got those shots too....I think that someone like Erin is fighting against false advertising because people should be able to believe the information presented to them especially if it's about something as substantial as the prevention of cervical cancer.

Kelly said...

Alyssa, I definitely agree with you. I think it's great that she continues to make a difference. She may have been able to sit back on her royalties from the movie, but her choosing not to and continuing to fight for justice says a lot about her. It shows that she is, like you said, a very unselfish person, and also I see it as her continuing to be a good role model for her children.

On another note, I have not had the HPV shot due to some of the side effects my friends have had. I'm kind of glad I haven't now.

jackie said...

I know my doctor told me there would be side effects, but I never had any to date. Even the day I got it I was able to drive home.
And I agree with alyss too ! Its grrreeaat that erin keeps fighting, but I hope they find nothing wrong with the shot!

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