And have silicosis. The reason I write this is that there is a commercial on TV right now featuring the wonderdrug Claritin. This commercial features a sculptor of some sort banging on a statue and makes the comment that if "he were to sneeze, he might take the statue's nose off." (It's important not to sneeze) The funny thing is that the man is wearing no form of ventilation protection and silica is flying around everywhere. He's inhaling it. It's dusty in the air.
I think he should worry about bigger things -- like Silicosis:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Silicosis (also known as Grinder's disease and Potter's rot) is a form of occupational lung disease caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust, and is marked by inflammation and scarring in forms of nodular lesions in the upper lobes of the lungs.
Silicosis (especially the acute form) is characterized by shortness of breath, fever, and cyanosis (bluish skin). It may often be misdiagnosed as pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs), pneumonia, or tuberculosis.
This respiratory disease was first recognized in 1705 by Ramazzini who noticed sand-like substances in the lungs of stonecutters. The name silicosis (from the Latin silex or flint) was attributed to Visconti in 1870.
The full name for this disease when caused by the specific exposure to fine silica dust found in volcanoes is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, and at 45 letters it is the longest word in any of the major English dictionaries. (The name has been described as a "trophy word"—its only job is to serve as the longest word.)
Once again proving that Schering Corporation didn't think about this or ask ANYONE before airing this incredibly stupid commercial.
Can someone PLEASE let them know?