DDT advocates argue that DDT is harmless to humans. Generally they base the claim on DDT’s low carcinogenicity in humans — it’s suspected of being a weak human carcinogen.
Frequently DDT advocates will point to the late Dr. Gordon Edwards’ grandstand sipping of a teaspoon of prepared DDT before lectures on the stuff.
Hard reality: It’s a poison. Comes this report from the Times of India: A despondent woman tried suicide by DDT. DDT is indeed a poison for humans.
The woman is in serious condition in a hospital.
AMRELI: The spate of suicides in the diamond industry continued as the wife of a diamond worker attempted suicide on Wednesday in Mini Kasbavad area of the city. Ruksana Pathan, 33, is battling for life at the government hospital here.
According to officials of Amreli police, Ruksana tried to end her life by consuming DDT powder when her husband and four children were away. She was rushed to the hospital here, where her condition is slated to be serious.
“Ruksana was depressed ever since her husband Taufiq Pathan, a diamond worker, was rendered unemployed after closure of diamond units,” said a police official. “As the family’s financial situation worsened, Ruksana attempted to kill herself,” the official said.
Kids, don’t try the Gordon Edwards stunt. DDT is poisonous, as the skull and crossbones on the old label would indicate.