In this video from the Meso Foundation (also known as Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation) from 2014, at the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, we hear from Michele Carbone, renowned director at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. Michele is a pathologist who has spent the last 15 years understanding and studying malignant mesothelioma. He talks about his findings when he went on vacation and witnessed first-hand the erionite-laden buildings in small villages in Capadoccia , Turkey.
From there on, Carbone studied the alarming deaths in those small villages, tracing the disease to erionite, a naturally occurring fibrous mineral which has asbestos-like properties, changing the villages from that point on. Nowadays he’s studying the same traces of erionite in North Dakota, where the material was used loosely to cover miles of roads and parking lots. Carbone’s findings have prompted a closer inspection by the EPA, forcing a cut-back in the gravel mining companies and increased awareness towards the population in North Dakota.