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PFAS, biosolids article

Stacy Gittleman's PFAS and biosolids article in Downtown Newsmagazine (August) is superb.  It covers so much ground, addressing historic, current, and onrushing problems.    

I am a recent (2018) returnee to metro Detroit after only 40 years away (WSUSOM '78). The article reminded me strongly of a previous and somewhat similar incident regarding PFFS and biosolid applications in Michigan, with disastrous consequences for the agricultural economy and of course, implications for food safety and human health.   

I am also a clinician researcher, investigating and publishing concerning health aspects of PFAS exposure despite my antiquity (multiple publications, starting with an exposure population in West Virginia and Ohio, and still active – addressing an upcoming National Academies of Sciences (NASEM) committee meeting concerning PFAS. If you have questions and PFAS exposure and health, please ask at any time. 

Please pass on my appreciation to the editor. This is the second useful PFAS article I have seen from this publisher, and the topic is too seldom discussed or understood.   

Dr. Alan Ducatman, MD, MS


(Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health, West Virginia University)


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