Tamara Teplitskaya


ECIC, Inc.

EnvCenter@yahoo.com
  

 The Environmental Carcinogens Investigation Center, Inc. (ECIC, Inc.) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3),  charitable, scientific, educational, and public-benefit organization, which was created with the mission of studying the specific environmental substances responsible for cancerous diseases.

 
            Environmental Carcinogens Investigation Center, Inc. (ECIC, Inc.) was involved in the following activities:

 

1.       Has produced the following scientific programs:

"The Environmental Prevention of Breast Cancer”;


“Ecological Disasters as a Source of Carcinogenic Substances” (How to Decrease the Consequences of their  Impact on Humans with Minimal Expenses):


 “Forecasting Natural Soil Regeneration after Ecological Disasters”,

 
“The “Fingerprints” of Various Types of Pollution”;

 
“The Simple Thermal Systems to Achieve the Safe Environment.


 2. Worked out 2 scientific  projects:

“The Natural Zones of Biological Discomfort (Geopathogenic Zones) on Long Island as a Factor Responsible for the Increased Breast Cancer Rate”;

“Reconnaissance Mapping of the Long Island Area on the Basis of Breast Cancer Rate.”

 3.   ECIC, Inc. was engaged in the collection and the analysis of the newest scientific data on metabolic activities of certain environmental substances, impact of various chemicals on human health, environmental protection meter, methods of physical and chemical analyses, etc.

 4.  Participated in the 5 following International Meetings where we have delivered seven scientific lectures:

 The Environment as a Provocative and Adoptive Factor for Cancer – at the Second International Conference of Russian-Speaking Medical Doctors and Biologists, New York City, U.S.A., October 29 and 30, 1998.

              Behavior of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soil Ecosystems - at the International Meeting ‘Environmental Geochemistry’, Vail, Colorado, U.S.A., October  6 - 10, 1997.

             A Forecast of the Natural Soil Regeneration after Extensive Fires; The “Fingerprints” of Different Pollution; The Simple Thermal Systems to Achieve the Safe Environment at the International Congress of Solutions for Natural and Man-Made Disasters, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.A., April 14 - 16, 1997.

             Polycyclic  Aromatic Hydrocarbons as Soil Quality Indicators – at the International Symposium ‘Carbon Sequestration in Soil’, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A., July 22-26,1996

 Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Global Fluxes as Tracer of the Hazardous Changes in the Biosphere – at the International Conference ‘Global Changes and Geography’, Moscow, Russia, August 14-18, 1995.

 5.  ECIC, Inc. has held the scientific seminars “Ecological Security and Balanced Nutrition as the Basis for Cancer-Free Life”.

 6.  For a long time ECIC, Inc. was as a Host Agency for job training with The Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty (New York City) and  The Partnership for the Homeless (New York City).

 

 
Investigation Programs

 
Brief Summaries

 

1. The Environmental Carcinogens and Breast Cancer

(A New Approach)

 

Tamara Teplitskaya, Ph.D.

 

               Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States.  The findings of the breast cancer genes can explain only a small portion of all the cases.  Women without the genes can also be involved in this disease.  That is why it is necessary to concentrate on nongenetic factors – hormonal irregularities and the environment – to explain the high breast cancer rate.

            The environment can create an additional cancer threatening impact on human body.   The New York State Health Department investigation has confirmed the possible link between the environment and the increased breast cancer rate.  Moreover, environmental chemicals may be linked with estrogen production in women’s bodies, which is a proven factor in the development of breast cancer.

            Therefore, we offer a new approach to investigate a possible link between the environment and the accelerated breast cancer rate emphasizing both hormonal and environmental factors.

            We propose to reveal the most dangerous for breast cancer combinations of definite carcinogens with chemical structures remarkably similar to female hormones for areas of the environment where the highest incidence of breast cancer takes place (e.g., in Long Island or some other Northeastern areas of the USA).

               Suggested Estrogen-Similar Carcinogens (ESCs) may adversely affect the hormonal system of humans and simultaneously promote the development of various hormonal cancerous diseases, including breast cancer.  Human body can mistake them for natural hormones more easily than it can mistake others with another type of chemical configuration, e.g. well studied Pesticides (particularly, DDT), Dioxins, or Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs).  Some of suggested ESCs reveal a very high cancer causing potential.  Moreover, these carcinogens together with others are being constantly thrown into air, soil, and water as a result of combustion or thermal processing of wood / coal / oil / gas or any other organic raw material.

            Owing to their properties and prevalence in our everyday life, ESCs can create a greater threat than others can to living organisms, including humans.

            But most of ESCs are not included in the List of Priority Pollutants regulated under the environmental protection standards and are not selected for the regular control system.  The main reason for this action is rather small relative concentrations of these chemicals in sewage, contaminated air and so on.

            However, ESCs’ impact on living things can be increased due to the fact that these substances do not stand alone in the environment.  They are accompanied by various toxic contaminants (TCs).  Some of TCs can damage cells, increasing alterations of cell membrane functions.  Cells become more accessible for the carcinogenic substances and factors dangerous to Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA).  Thereby, the cancer-causing potential of the major ESCs can increase.  Consequently, even trace concentration of major Estrogen-Similar Carcinogens can produce serious cancerous and endocrine disrupting effects.

            This program can be a significant step toward practical efforts to control substances responsible in triggering breast cancer and to produce recommendations on reduction of their impact on people.


THE  PROBLEM  WE  ARE  CONCERNED

 

Breast cancer is still the most common form of cancer in women. It affects at least one of nine women in America. Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed and every 12 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer.

It was revealed that Jewish women are more predisposed to breast cancer than women from other groups because of their genetics.

            The Environment can create an additional cancer-causing impact on human body.  The New York State Health Department investigation has confirmed a link between the environment and the increased breast cancer rate.

 

WHO  WE  ARE 

           

            We are a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) scientific organization. Our program “Environmental Carcinogens and Breast Cancer” offers a sensible new approach to the environmental prevention of breast cancer.

            We have knowledge and extensive experience in investigation of the environmental carcinogenic substances.

            We believe that environmental prevention must be the one priority in fighting cancer.  It is less costly for people not to develop this disease than to treat a full-fledged cancer.

          

WHERE  WE  ARE  FIRST

  

            We are first in proposing to investigate environmental carcinogens with chemical structures strikingly similar to female hormones produced naturally by the woman body, excessive amounts of which provoke breast cancer.

            We are first in taking notice of even tiny amounts of these carcinogens can trigger off the process leading to breast cancer if they are accompanied by certain environmental toxic substances.

            We are first in investigating not only man-made chemicals but also natural substances in the environment which can be responsible for breast cancer at some geographic areas.

           

              HOW  WE  CAN  HELP  YOU

 

            We can investigate the areas of the environment where the highest incidence of breast cancer takes place.

            We can pin down even traces of Female Hormone - Similar (FHS) carcinogens and their combinations in the environment together with some accompanied toxic chemicals, which can help carcinogens to get into human cells.  FHS carcinogens are the most dangerous substances to the female body because in addition to their own carcinogenic activity, they can also disturb women’s hormonal system and thereby promote the development of breast cancer.

            Some of these carcinogens and accompanied substances are man-made and some are natural substances which are typical for specific areas of the environment.  Such natural substances can dominate at certain geographic areas of the environment and can promote the development of cancerous diseases.

We can determine the single most lethal combinations of the carcinogens and toxic chemicals typical for a particular region.

We can develop a practical program of significant reduction of the substances responsible for breast cancer in the investigated territories.

Based on our results  we can prepare recommendations to Federal, State, and Municipal organizations of how to neutralize the discovered carcinogenic substances.  We can also educate individuals how to protect themselves.

 Practical consequences from our program aim at substantially reducing risk of developing breast cancer.

            We know how to ask nature properly; that is why nature gives us the true answers. 


 

2. Ecological Disasters as a Source of Carcinogenic Substances

(How to Decrease the Consequences of their Impact

on Humans with Minimal Expenses)

 
These topics were presented at the International EXPO and Congress of Solutions

for Natural and Man-Made Disasters (April 1997, Florida, Miami Beach):


2a.  A Forecast of the Natural Soil Regeneration

after Ecological Disasters

Tamara Teplitskaya, Ph.D.

Evgeniya Shurubor, Ph.D.

 

               We offer a new Natural Regeneration (NR) method for forecasting regeneration ability of contaminated soils after various ecological disasters (industrial accidents, gas/oil well fires, burning oil fields, spilled petrochemical products, hazardous waste sites, and extensive forest and grassland fires).  Such types of ecological disasters are additional sources of a substantial amount of various organic carcinogenic and mutagenic chemicals.  These substances can create an additional cancer-causing impact on human body.

The offered innovations make it possible to assess the current soil’s regeneration ability after the ecological disasters and to reduce or eliminate additional expenses for cleanup of contaminated soils.  In a number of cases the cleanup of polluted territories is not necessary if there is a chance of soil natural regeneration.

On the basis of a significant number of experimental data, the comparative Biogeochemical Potential of Transformation (BPT) was introduced.  BPT is the indicator of current ecological status of contaminated soils and allows assessing soils’ natural regeneration ability.  The temporal changes in the BPT reveal an extent of biogeochemical stability of contaminated soils: either soils are overburdened by pollutants or they are in the process of the natural regeneration from contaminants, or these soils are already in the biogeochemical balance.

Therefore, it is possible to predict whether contaminated soil becomes clean by itself without additional expenses for cleanup.
This procedure is economically efficient and can help to save significant financial resources on cleanup of contaminated soils.
            Moreover, the Suggested Natural Regeneration (NR) method includes a design of special soil forecasting maps for polluted territories or for areas, which can be polluted in the future as a result of industrial development.  These maps predict whether it is ecologically sound to develop an industry in the particular soils.  It means the maps also can help to predict whether one may or may not develop an industry at studied soils from the viewpoint of saving the future soils’ biogeochemical life: either soils will be gone out of use as a result of industrial development or they will be able to regenerate their biogeochemical balance.  The maps help to save money for future recovery of contaminated territories.  The latter makes it possible to recommend how to use polluted areas or ones that could be polluted in the future: either for agricultural, housing, or industrial development.

            Suggested Natural Regeneration (NR) method is based on the universal soils’ ability to regenerate.  This method demonstrates the natural soil’s power to change harmful pollutants into harmless or natural substances through intrinsic natural microbiological and geochemical processes, which occur at certain temperature, pressure, and water regime, without any kind of remediation.  Therefore, the NR method differs from the traditional Natural Attenuation (NA) method.  It needs much lesser parameters than NA method needs and it is much cheaper in use.

            This new approach was successfully tested in the former Soviet Union within the contaminated zones of Russia.

 

 
2b.  The “Fingerprints” of Various Types of Pollution

Tamara Teplitskaya, Ph.D.

 

               With the rapid growth of industrialization any part of the country might become a highly contaminated area for all living organisms, including humans, as a result of industrial accidents, spilled petrochemical products and so on. One of very important issues is to determine which sources have contributed to the contaminated environment of certain areas.

            Part of organic carcinogenic and toxic chemicals can also be used as molecular indicators to determine how one source of pollution differs from another.  On the basis of a significant number of experimental data we have developed special non-destructive and the most selective method which is able to “fingerprint” molecular structures in any complex organic environmental compound whose composition is unknown.  The method has been successfully used for air, water, soils, bottom sediments, plants in the former Soviet Union and some Eastern European countries.

            Due to this method, it is possible to determine the most specific molecular indicators for any type of organic pollution (raw material, consumer products, emissions, exhausts, waste, and so on).  Moreover, the database (the computerized library) of specific molecular marks could be built up for diverse types of organic pollution from sources which can be a cause of different ecological disasters.  This library can be the basic source of appropriate environmental information for lawmakers and regulators in legal and financial claims.

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            The method and methodology that we are going to use for the solution of the above mentioned problems have been developed within the framework of several stages of the International Problem “Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS)” with support of UNEP, UNESCO, ECE, and other international organizations.  These methods were successfully tested in the former Soviet Union and in some Eastern European countries.  Seven books and over 100 scientific articles on the subject have been published in Russia and over 20 of them have been published in American and international journals.

 
            Moreover, numerous reports, including results of investigation of carcinogenic chemicals in the environment by methods, which we are going to use for this project, have been written under the orders of some international organizations.  Some of them are:

 
“Environmental Data Report”.  Published in 1993/94 (No. 4), 1990/91 (No. 3), 1989/90 (No. 2), 1987 (No. 1).  The GEMS (UNEP) and MARC (London) orders.

 
“Urban Air Pollution in Megacities of the World”, Chapter “Moscow”, 1991.  The WHO order (UN).

 
“Integrated Background Monitoring of Environmental Pollution in Midlatitude Eurasia”, 1991.  Published by WMO, GAW No. 72.  Geneva.  The WMO order (UN).

 
“A Proposal on the Establishment of a Global Environment Monitoring System.  Integrated Monitoring Network”, 1988.  Published by UNEP, Information Series No. 8.  Nairobi.  The UNEP order (UN).

 
“Procedures and Methods for Integrated Global Background Monitoring of Environmental Pollution”, 1987.  Published by WMO.  Technical Document No. 178.  Geneva.  The WMO order (UN).

  
 “Bulletin of Background pollution of Environment at East European Countries”.  Gidrometeoizdat, Moscow.  Issue 1 – 1983, issue 2 – 1984, issue 3 – 1985, issue 4 – 1986, issue 5 – 1987, issue 6/1 – 1988, issue 7/2 – 1989, issue 8/3 – 1990.


“The World Environment 1972 – 1982”.  “Report by the United Nations Environment Program”, 1982, pp.19-72.  The UNEP order (UN).

 
            The scientific articles and reports delivered at the international conferences and seminars devoted to the international program GEMS were also published in the series of books “Problems of the Environmental Background Monitoring”.  Gidrometeoizdat, Leningrad, Issue 1 – 1982, issue 2 – 1984, issue 3 – 1985, issue 4 – 1986, issue 5 – 1987, issue 6 – 1988, issue 7 – 1990.

 

 2c.  Compact and Ecologically Safe Heating and
Evaporating
Apparatus

Yuri Rabiner, Ph.D.

 

            Suggested Sets have the following advantages in comparison with traditional water-heating boilers:

 

*      20%-30% saving of gaseous or liquid fuel;

*      no strict requirements to the feed-water quality and no longer any necessity for chemical water treatment;

*      operation of the suggested sets becomes much easier;

*      the elaborated schemes provide deaeration and decarbonation of heated water;

*      the output of salt-containing discharge in the environment is prevented;

*      the most harmful emissions into the atmosphere (especially, CO and NOx) are 30%-50% less than in traditional  boilers with the same fuel consumption;


*     it is possible to prevent the disposal; of SOx in the environment almost completely, when the sulfur containing fuels are used;


*     2-2.5 times less of investment for building these systems in comparison with the standard water boilers of the same capacity;


*     simplicity and  convenience in operation. 

            Suggested Sets work on liquid or gas fuel.  The heat supply can be achieved both by
heated water directly and by an intermediate boiler.

            In addition to the above mentioned, the special Evaporation Apparatus to eliminate liquid salt-containing sewage have been elaborated.  These systems can be also used as follows:

            for organic carcinogen-containing sewage;
            for production of various salts as raw material for consumer products.
            The investments for building these systems are only 25%-30% of the investments for multistage steam-heating evaporators.
            The harmful emissions into the atmosphere are much less than permitted quantity.
             

 

            Unlike other known evaporation apparatus, the suggested systems allow concentrating aggressive and scaling solutions.  The apparatus use continuous evaporation of various sewage with following burning of Organic Mass.  Besides, it becomes possible to divide any Slime (Bouquet of Salts) into pure salts, which are valuable marketable products.