I attended this event with my husband and would guess there were probably about 150 more or less in attendance. I'd guess approximately half of the audience were from the 'skull and crossbones set' and the other half believe in sound science. What I saw...
- no picket signs and only one of those 'classy' skull and crossbones t-shirts, worn by one of the greeters of all things!
- ...at least a dozen of the most brilliant scientists in the United States and beyond. Of course there were probably more, but those were all I could identify.
- ..a woman who sounded scared to death of dioxin, obviously influenced by the enviros.
- dioxin litigants and their sympathizers who were really upset with Dr. Birnbaum's answer to their questions about what kind of dioxin levels they should expect in their bodies because they live in the Tittabawassee River floodplain. Dr. B's answer was they should expect about the same as any population in the United States. Why? Because people everywhere get more dioxin from the food in their diets than they do from their surroundings.
- ...a couple of people who experienced cancer in loved ones. They insist that there is 'a lot of cancer' in the floodplain area. One lady said 'I don't care. I don't believe her.' Yes, it sure looks that way when it happens to you and I am sorry for your pain. The truth is, however, according to Dr. Birnbaum, that your chance of getting cancer is 1 in 3 in the general U.S. population. If you live where I do that chance is increased by one per one thousand.