Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization


February eNewsletter

In This Issue
President's Message
ADAO Memorial Dedication to Dr. Stephen Levin
Actor Steve McQueen Honored Posthumously With Warren Zevon Memorial Tribute Award
ADAO Organizes Senate Staff Briefing
2012 Official ADAO Sponsors
US Asbestos Consumption Increasing
Long-Awaited Eternit Verdict to be Read Monday, February 13
ADAO Partners with USC to Screen "Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial"
Dr. Barry Castleman "The Criminal Trial of Stephan Schmidheiny"
Asbestos: Still Legal and Lethal in Canada and the United States
Recent ADAO Blogs
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2011 Year-In-Review

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Linda DC 3President's Message 

The first month sets the year's tone and ADAO has never done so much in 31 days! Thanks to those who make it happen - our volunteers, sponsors, Science Advisory Board, and supporters! For this eNewsletter, grab a cup of coffee, sit down, and join the homes and hearts of many through these stories.

As we prepare for an amazing annual conference, we are especially excited to announce that, for the first time ever, Saturday's dinner will be open to the public! We look forward to embracing the local community and celebrating those we love at dinner. 

Also, a sincere thanks to all of our 2012 Official Sponsors and especially to Baron & Budd P.C. and the Simmons Firm for being Platinum Sponsors! ADAO is finalizing our 2012 Sponsors and conference program. Please email before February 22 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or making a family tribute donation to help ADAO continue our educational, advocacy, and community efforts!


As you'll read in news from around the world, we are seeing a shifting political climate in favor of education, awareness, and prevention. Still, the USGS report highlights the U.S.' continued importation of asbestos at an increasing annual rate, reminding us of the need to remain committed to our mission.

Something new: in order to serve as a comprehensive source of news, we have aggregated a full list of the January's blogs for your quick and easy reference at the bottom of this month's newsletter.

Looking forward to more to come in 2012!

Linda, Social Networks 

ADAO Memorial Dedication to Dr. Stephen Levin

With great sadness and remembrance, we mourn the passing for our dear friend,Dr. Stephen Levin.  As a frequent ADAO conference speaker and ADAO Science Advisory Board Member, Dr. Levin tireless work can be seen, heard, and felt.  Dr. Levin will be missed, but never forgotten.

ADAO Memorial Dedication to Dr. Stephen Levin
ADAO Memorial Dedication to Dr. Stephen Levin

ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference 

"Asbestos: An International Public Health Crisis"

March 30 - April 1

Manhattan Beach, CA

 2012 AAC Dinner

Register Today!


Join us for an incredibly informative weekend that will bring together renowned experts and asbestos victims in a united forum to enhance asbestos awareness, education, treatment, and collaboration. The conference is made possible with the partnership of the Environmental Information Association (EIA) and Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP).


For the first time ever, Saturday night's dinner will be open to the public! Join ADAO, our speakers, honorees, and guests in remembering Steven McQueen, Warren Zevon, Ron Cyrus, and all Mesothelioma Warriors!

Actor Steve McQueen, Beloved Husband of Barbara McQueen, Honored Posthumously with the Warren Zevon "Keep Me in Your Heart" Memorial Tribute Award 

ADAO is pleased to announce that we will be honoring Steve McQueen with the Warren Zevon "Keep Me in Your Heart" Memorial Tribute Award. McQueen, a global cinema legend in the 1960s and 1970s, passed away in 1980 from the rare asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. The Warren Zevon Tribute will be presented at noon on March 31, 2012, at ADAO's 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference in Manhattan Beach, California. Read more! 


ADAO is grateful that the opportunity to honor Steve has also led to a wonderful new friendship with Barbara McQueen, Steve's widow. ADAO is honored that she will be joining us at the conference as a keynote speaker at our Sunday brunch and to sign her beautiful book at Saturday night's dinner. Read "ADAO is Honored to Call Barbara McQueen a Friend" blog!

ADAO Organizes Senate Staff Briefing, "Asbestos: The Impact on Public Health, the Environment, and the Economy," in Washington, D.C.


ADAO's trip to Washington, D.C. was a huge success! Dr. Arthur Frank, Dr. Barry Castleman, Brent Kynoch, Marilyn Amento, and Linda Reinstein presented the most up-to-date information about the asbestos public health crisis with U.S. political decision-makers representing 16 states at our informational Senate Briefing, "Asbestos: The Impact on Public Health, the Environment, and the Economy," and numerous meetings with Senate and House offices. Our meetings and briefing raised asbestos and mesothelioma awareness and encouraged attendees to make policy to prevent exposure, eliminate disease, and save lives and dollars a priority in 2012. Thanks to all for your help and support!  Read more


View the ADAO Senate Briefing PowerPoint on SlideShare.


2012 ADAO Sponsors as of February 6, 2012 
ADAO relies entirely on the generous support of its sponsors and individual donors to fund its education, advocacy, and community initiatives. The only way to stop asbestos-related diseases in the future is by preventing exposure and finding a cure now; and with your support, we can get one step closer to our goals.


Friends of ADAO ($1,000+)

Marliyn Amento, in loving memory of Joe

Jill Cagle, in loving memory of Rob
Debra Farnsworth, in loving memory of Jeff



ADAO's revamped and improved sponsorship opportunities are still available! For more information, contact Linda at:

US Geological Survey Reports Increased US Asbestos Consumption


The 2012 United States Geological Survey (USGS) Mineral Commodity Summaries reported that asbestos consumption has increased in the U.S. for the past three years (2009 - 2011).  There is currently no ban on asbestos in the U.S. despite its known status as a human carcinogen.  'Roofing products were estimated to account for about 60% of U.S. consumption; the chloralkali industry about 35%; and unknown applications, 5%. All of the asbestos used in the United States was chrysotile." 


ADAO is urging President Obama and Congress to immediately prohibit the importation of raw asbestos and asbestos-containing products across our borders in order to protect public health.  We must begin to aggressively prevent exposure so that we can eliminate deadly diseases!  Read the full press release


Eternit 2.13.2012
Long-Awaited Eternit Verdict to be Read Monday, February 13
On February 3, the Casale Monferrato's city council decided to deny the proposed 18 million Euro settlement deal from the accused Eternit executives.  Now, the city and the world await the Eternit trial's final verdict, which will be read on Monday, February 13 in Turin, Italy.  Money can't buy justice and ADAO's thoughts are with Casale and asbestos victims everywhere.
In order to maximize digital technology, ADAO has put together a comprehensive page of information regarding the trial.  For a full collection of blogs, videos, photos, and other resources so that you can follow the ongoing Eternit trial, visit our Eternit landing pageFollow AFeVA, Asbestos in the Docks, or ADAO for breaking news and information. 

ADAO Partners with USC to Screen "Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial"


ADAO is partnering with the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts to screen "Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial" on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm. The documentary, written and directed by Niccolò Bruna and Andrea Prandstraller, follows the stories of two women as the landmark Italian Eternit trial unfolds. The free screening of "Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial" will be followed by a panel discussion that includes Dr. Michael Renov (Professor of Critical Studies and SCA Vice Dean, Academic Affairs), director Niccolò Bruna, and Linda Reinsten (President/CEO, ADAO). For more information on this free screening, please visit the USC School of Cinematic Arts Events pageRead More! 

Dr. Barry Castleman, ScD, "The Criminal Trial of Stephan Schmidheiny," 2011 ADAO Conference Presentation

2011 ADAO AAC: Barry Castleman, ScD,
2011 ADAO AAC: Barry Castleman, ScD, "The Criminal Trial of Stephan Schmidheiny"
"Asbestos: Still Legal and Lethal in Canada and the United States" 
The CBC News Network news report video, "Fatal Deception" highlighted inconsistencies and deceptions involved in a McGill University study on asbestos safety, the exposure of Canadian miners to asbestos, and their resulting asbestos-related health issues. "The McGill study cited is flawed, lacks transparency, and contains manipulated data," says Dr. David Egilman, a professor at Brown University, health activist, and longtime asbestos industry critic. Dr. Bruce Case, the McGill scientist featured in the video, at one point outright refused to share details of the study, further raising questions about its credibility. Not surprisingly, documents exposed show that government and industry funded the study with a vested interest in its results. Read more!

January 2012 Press Releases, Blogs, Share Your Stories, Videos, and Photos  


February 06, 2012 Share Your Story "A Heart of God" - Elizabeth's Story


February 03, 2012 "Asbestos: Still Legal and Lethal in Canada and the United States"



January 20, 2012 ADAO Senate Briefing Executive Summary, "Asbestos: The Impact on Public Health, the Environment, and the Economy"


January 16, 2012 ADAO is Taking Our Voices to D.C.


January 16, 2012 ADAO Urges Canadian Red Cross to Remove Asbestos Exporter, Roshi Chadha, from Board


January 12, 2012Actor Steve McQueen, Beloved Husband of Barbara McQueen, Honored Posthumously with the Warren Zevon "Keep Me in Your Heart" Memorial Tribute Award


January 11, 2012 Share Your Story "Jan's Journey: My Life Battling Mesothelioma" - Jan's Story


January 09, 2012 "Health Risks Associated With Non-Occupational Asbestos Exposure" by Captain Aubrey K. Miller, M.D., M.P.H.


January 06, 2012 Update: Increasing Asbestos Awareness One Signature at a Time


January 05, 2012 Eternit Trial Update: Billionaire's Deal Proposal Sparks Outrage


Read the full posts here! 

ADAO New Website 
Follow us on our new website and through  Twitter, Facebook, RSS Feed, blogging and more. ADAO's website includes a variety of resources such as videos in our online library, like "Asbestos Kills" and the Chrysotile Asbestos Fact Sheet, a result of collaboration between ADAO and the Environmental Information Association.