– Libby is located in theNorthwest corner of Montana. We’re about 35 miles from Idaho and about 75 miles to Canada. – Libby was a somewhat hussleand bustling community. There were quitea few enterprises here. – A bunch of logging, thelumber mill was very active, and then of coursethe vermiculite miningbegan in the 20 s. Amid peak productionin the mid-7 0s, 80% of the world’s vermiculite came out of Libby’svermiculite mountain. The mine, they gavethe commodity apart free throughout the community. Some beings segregated residences, introduced it in their garden-varieties. The high school running trackwas made out of the ore. One of the processingfacilities or sounding weeds was located right besidethe local baseball field.So their litter pileswould be these huge batches along the ball field. So when kids are playing ball, their siblings would playin the accumulations of vermiculite. So it was just an every day part of community life in Libby. Vermiculite was aflat-shaped crystal that structured it like mica. Through geologic time, it ended up crystalizingas a fibers. And this fibrous cliff washard not to mine together with … The vermiculite. – In 1999… There was a media expose. There was a health problemassociated with the vermiculite. So EPA came to town. And it turned out that thevermiculite was identified with the asbestos contaminateand that it was everywhere. – We developed CARDin the year 2000. Working with the local hospital we decided to set up the clinic to follow parties afterthey had their screening, to go over any irregularities and to diagnosisthose who had evidence of asbestos referred disease.When we got throughthe first two years of the federal governmentscreening program, though ATSDR, itscreened 7,300 beings. And over 18% of theseindividuals had evidence of asbestos relevant feels. And a further studythat they did, exerting CT scan, actually showed that it was muchhigher than that. That probably 25 to 27% person, or probably one in fourhad indicate suggesting they were experiencingasbestos related infection. – My mothers constructed anew home in the 60 s when I was in high school. And they putasbestos in the attic of that home for insulation. My bedroom was an attic bedroom. – The only thingthat I can think of to seeing how I got it is my dadworked up in the excavation. And he worked themidnight shift. And I’d go up there and sat with himuntil I’d get tired and I’d go to sleepuntil he get off work. And that’s the only thing, I could figure I got it. – Lung disease createdby significant exposure involves the lining ofthe lung, the pleura.The most commonlythe parietal pleura, which arranges againstthe dresser wall and the muscle andrib in the chest wall. It progresses from a small area to where it becomes substantial. Radiologists are unfamiliarwith the appearance with this type of fibrosis. So it’s caused a realproblem in recognition. And one of the large-scale symptomsthat people have is chest pain. Chest pain is not common withasbestos related cancers. The other thing is, it’svery common for individuals to experience airway disease and they would belabeled asthmatics or if they’d had anycigarettes in “peoples lives”, they’d probably be called COPD. So why is this important? Well this material, thisore was exported to, over 250 websites, closer to 300 perhaps, around North America.If they are developing difficulties, it could be well be missed. – Asbestos referred diseases have at least a 10 yearlatency date. It’s 10 to 40 years beforethe disease would show up. That has been something that we constantly tryto address on our mission and be availableto try to educate and outreach and helpother beings understand the differences andwhat to look for. – Over the past 16 times, the community hasreally progressed. And now, it’s to thepoint of no longer are we in the middle of a crisis. We’re transitioningto looking for a cure through research.CARD is also a arrange to go. We didn’t have apulmonologist in city before. And so, it’s aresource to beings. Not merely for health care but daily living in agreements or how do I stay ashealthy as possible. The feelings slope, wehave two social workers on staff. And so, CARD is reallythat ultimate asset. Anything that asbestoshealth and lifewise, where people can go.- One of the things thatCARD facilitated used to generate was legislationfor parties of Libby and getting it so thatpeople who were diagnosed would have longtermmedical care. And they also get what iscalled the Pilot Program which is a programthat pays for things above and beyond what Medicarewould normally pay for, like helping people toget their lawns mowed, and shovel their blizzard, cut their timber, clean their dwellings. – They’ve facilitated me out I consider. I probably wouldn’tbe here right if it wasn’t forthe CARD clinic. I plan on being herefor a few more times ..