What are we exposed to?

With a family history of cancer and a husband who died of Parkinson’s disease, I often wonder what we are being exposed to in our food, water, and air. We all know about plastic problems such as litter, marine entanglement; environmental unsightliness and costs to the taxpayer for clean ups. I have learned there is an insidious aspect to the chemicals contained in plastic that impact human health, including unborn babies. The name of this negative health impact: “Hormone Disruptors” ( also called “Endocrine Disruptors”) and this is now referred to as a “Silent Epidemic.”

Our hormone systems are very delicate and can be upset by the slightest chemical change. Children and even fetuses en utero are most negatively impacted by this environmental impact on growth, health and longevity.

Soon we will be visited in Pawleys Island by Dr. Leo Trasande, who will speak at the public library. He is a world renowned environmental pediatrician and specialist in hormone disruption, who can explain to us exactly how treacherous the contaminants from plastic are to our health, our children, our grandchildren, and our future grandchildren. As author Naomi Oreskes, stated: “Dr. Trasande has untangled the ‘Escalating obesity, diabetes, learning disorders, autism, infertility, and food allergies that result from endocrine-disrupting chemicals.’”

I for one am looking forward to his visit on September 22. It won’t be good news, but it’s something we need to hear.


Carol Coney

Murrells Inlet

Vaping not safe alternative

Due to the recent news on teen deaths and the extreme dangers associated with vaping, I wanted to quickly share some understanding and some talking points for everyone to share.

Hopefully, this information can help you explain the dangers.

First, the “cloud” that is produced by the vaping product, is not actually “vapors”, it is Aerosol. Much more dangerous. The “cloud” is a mixture of many different chemicals that were present in the e-liquid before or produced during the heating process. A vapor is a chemical that has evaporated. Aerosol is a mixture of liquid particles suspended in a gas and can contain many chemicals.

So, instead of just mixing with air like a pure gas, aerosols can leave drops behind which contain chemicals.

There are over 60 chemicals found in the e-cigarette/vape pen aerosol. Which are listed with the FDA as harmful and potentially harmful chemicals.

To put it into perspective, I have a spray bottle filled with water and an aerosol can of hair spray or underarm deodorant. If I spray the bottle of water in my hair, my hair would get wet and dry without any leftover chemicals. Now spray the water in your mouth. No problems, right? Ok, now take the aerosol hairspray and spray it in your hair. Once it dries, is there chemical still in your hair? Yes. It will remain to keep your hair still or in the case of underarm deodorant the chemicals left over will help block the sweat glands.

Now, spray the aerosol hairspray into your mouth. Would you do it? No, it’s not safe and you would inhale all the chemicals. This is what is Happening in so called “Vaping”. In addition, 1 Juul pod is equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes of nicotine, approx. 41 milligrams. How much faster can a person consume 1 Juul pod to 40 cigarettes? Therein lies the other danger, the consumption of high amounts of nicotine in such a short period of time is contributing to the seizures, coma, and even death.

So, in reality “Vaping” is not a safer alternative to smoking. It may help you to stop smoking actual cigarettes but will make you even more addicted to the nicotine drug. Hope this helps a little.

David Caruso

Prevention Specialist

Georgetown County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Commission


Plan should reflect citizens’ vision

Former Georgetown County Councilman Bob Anderson is right on target in his letter to the editor calling for “scrapping” the much higher residential density levels proposed for the county land use plan.

If anything, our current density levels should be lowered, not increased. Our infrastructure, particularly our roads, can’t handle more intense development.

The draft proposal would substantially increase residential density and with the “Very High Density” level allow 20 units or more per acre. Effectively, there would be no limit and the Waccamaw Neck would be on its way to becoming a South Myrtle Beach.

I’m not going to let that happen. This proposal should have never been drafted and presented to the county planning commission. It is so out of touch with the views of the citizens I represent. I will work to ensure this proposal is dropped as soon as possible.

Establishing residential density levels for the county land use plan must first start with citizen input. How do you want the county and Waccamaw Neck to develop? What is your vision?

The county will be seeking input soon on a new county land use plan and you will have an opportunity to weigh in. Your input will be extremely important. I’m committed to ensuring that the land use plan reflects the vision of my constituents.

John Thomas

Pawleys Island

Georgetown County Council Chairman

Many did not evacuate

Press coverage of the recent hurricane included reports of the Governor’s post-storm visit to the coast and his evacuation order. Any reporting as to how widely the order to evacuate was obeyed has not been clear. Also, the reporting has been to the effect that evacuation is rather painless and involves little difficulty on the part of those ordered to evacuate: reportedly, the Governor’s order applied to 830,000 people in coastal counties, which represents a lot of effort and pain. My own minor survey in my neighborhood (roughly one mile inland), indicates that many did not evacuate, and that observation, as near as I can tell, was even more pronounced in areas further inland. Others have told me that their observations are consistent with mine. It seems to me that some reporting relative to who (and how many) stayed, who (and how many) evacuated, and why, would be helpful. Based on my observation, the number of evacuees was maybe 250,000 out of 830,000; that amount of evacuation is certainly significant, but one has no idea as to whether it is satisfactory response to a “mandatory” declaration.

There has been a lot of emphasis on the wonderfulness of evacuation and little concern demonstrated for the difficulties and other aspects associated with evacuation, especially an extended one as for Dorian this year and Florence last year — several days in each case. During Hugo in Sept. 1989 (Carroll Campbell was Governor at the time), there was some evacuation, but many stayed because their options for leaving were limited, to say the least. Reporting now needs to include update as to how the 1989 model has improved for evacuees, not just government.

Finally, thank God that we were fortunate this time, and may God protect and comfort those who were not, especially those in the northern Bahamas.

Charlie Luquire

Pawleys island