June 26, 2010
Lethal and toxic levels of,
...are floating in the air over the oil spill.
There’s a very high probability that residents exposed to the air surrounding the spill will suffer a direct hit to their health status such as debilitating diseases or various birth deformities and cancer as a long-term result.
But first what these people will see is flu-like symptoms, which, like in the flu, are symptoms of intolerable amounts of,
...in the tissues dumping into the
Short-term affects include skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritation, headache, stomach irritation, drowsiness and dizziness. High levels of exposure can result in a rapid heart rate, excessive bleeding, tremors, vomiting, unconsciousness and death.
Benzene can cause harmful effects on bone marrow and a decrease in red blood cells leading to myelofibrosis and myelodysplastic syndrome. That’s how it starts. Chemical exposure symptoms feel like a flu.
Professor I.M. Trakhtenberg of Russia gives us a big hint when he says,
For contemporary medicine to respond in an appropriate and humane way to the oil disaster it will have to leap out of the quagmire of its present paradigm an into one that understands the ‘terrain’ of human physiology and how that terrain is being overrun by chemical toxicity and heavy metals.
WE DO NOT NEED TO BE ATTACKED BY AN INFLUENZA VIRUS STRAIN TO GET THE FLU.
When we are attacked with nasty chemicals we are as likely to get the flu as when we are run over by viruses, which are more potent at driving health officials mad as at causing pandemics.
Thiol poisons react with SH groups of proteins, which leads to lowering the activity of various enzymes containing these proteins.
This produces a series of disruptions in the functional activity of many organs and tissues and this is the mechanism and pathological pathway of poisons that run us right into the ground.
toxic storm is gathering in the Gulf
of Mexico and it contains devastating chemicals that can and will
poison and destroy proteins with sulfur bonds.
The Environmental Illness Resource tells us that more than 110,000 cases had been reported by 1999, according to official government sources. There is even a report relating to military personnel in Kansas developing flu-like symptoms and chemical sensitivities after handling archived documents returned from the Gulf.
In the UK, veterans of the 2003 conflict
began reporting symptoms identical to those reported by the first
war shortly after they returned from duty.
These symptoms are similar to those attributed to chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities and other environmental illnesses.
This similarity hasn’t gone unnoticed, which is why many people, including healthcare professionals and researchers, are coming to the conclusion that all these illnesses share common causes and etiologies.
Gulf War vets have developed ALS,
Lou Gehrig’s disease, at twice the rate of vets who did not serve
in the Gulf War. Some veterans returned seemingly well, yet
developed severe illnesses months or years later. The lag time
between cause and effect makes understanding these illnesses more
The retreating Iraqi army ignited
approximately 600 oil wells in February 1991, which burned for about
nine months. These fires produced massive amounts of thick smoke
that sometimes drifted to ground level causing increased exposure to
ground troops. When this occurred the air pollution was far greater
than would be experienced in the average traffic congested western
The smoke from oil well fires contained
a cocktail of chemicals, notably benzene, hydrogen sulfide and
sulfur dioxide as well as quantities of particulate matter.
Numbers are sketchy, but a U.S. News & World Report piece published in June noted that reports of illness are on the rise. Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said in the beginning of the month that it has had 71 reported cases of oil-spill-related illness, 50 of which were workers either on oilrigs or involved in clean-up efforts.
Eight of them have been hospitalized.
Benzene is a human carcinogen, and can
cause various forms of
The 21 cases reported by the general public in Louisiana were mostly due to odors from the oil, and many were people with existing respiratory disorders.
Dr. Edward Trapido at the Louisiana State University School of Public Health said that,
More than 6,700 workers involved in the
Exxon Valdez cleanup in 1989 suffered respiratory problems.
Merle Savage was one of them. Some put the number of clean-up workers who
sought medical attention as a result of the exposure higher - at
Now 71, Savage still feels the toll that
her work that summer took on her health, but as she watches the
reports coming out of the Gulf today, she’s feeling something else:
Many of the same things she experienced two decades ago.
Some of the same things she still experiences today.
It’s been 21 years since the Valdez.
She said her health has improved over the past two decades, but still,
Asked if there’s any doubt in her mind that the workers’ health problems in the Gulf are due to chemical exposure, she was certain.
Benzene is a clear, colorless and highly
After the Exxon Valdez disaster, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported an increase in respiratory symptoms, headaches, throat and eye irritation, (all flu-like symptoms) rashes and other skin problems among the clean-up workers.
More recently, a study of beach clean-up
workers and volunteers in Spain after a 2002 oil spill found an
increase in DNA damage.
Medical researchers have linked exposure
to systemic health problems including endocrine (hormone)
disruption, suppression of immune system function, reproductive
problems, and central nervous system effects in individuals.
Dr. Jeffery Bland reports that the first
signs of chronic toxicity
Dr. Damon Dietrich has seen patients with "a pattern of symptoms" that could have been caused by burning crude oil, noxious fumes from the oil or dispersants dumped in the Gulf to break it up.
Commercial fisherman John Wunstell Jr. spent a night on a vessel near the source of the spill and left complaining of a severe headache, upset stomach and nose bleed.
He was treated at the hospital, and sued - becoming part of a class-action lawsuit filed last month in U.S. District Court in New Orleans against BP, Transocean and their insurers.
Compounds Are Main Threat
All are highly toxic to humans and physical reactions from exposure to these gases may include:
Clean-up workers offshore and residents on the Gulf coast have already reported many of these symptoms.
Alan Levine, Louisiana’s Health Secretary, told CBS News there have been 75 people so far reporting spill-related symptoms, mostly flu-like respiratory woes. Levine believes it will continue to get worse. According to CNN, cases have been reported in Alabama.
This may have been what prompted the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to announce that it is
stepping up air quality monitoring on the Gulf coast early on.
After the oil spill in the Gulf, you may
want to pass
The American government needs to wake up (something it is loath to do) and start massive distribution of sodium bicarbonate to millions of its citizens.
Add to that magnesium chloride and clay
as well as certain high-profile superfoods like
chlorella, which were used by the Russians at Chernobyl to reduce
toxic loads. All
vaccinations, especially those containing mercury,
should be immediately discontinued in the area for they can easily
tip a person whose system is already reaching toxic overload into a
meltdown that emergency room personal will be impotent to deal with.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have set a permissible exposure limit of 1 part benzene per million parts air (1 ppm) in the workplace during an 8-hour workday, 40-hour workweek. The short-term exposure limit for airborne benzene is a mere 5 ppm for 15 minutes.
Typically, if one can smell raw crude
oil that has evaporated into the air from a massive oil spill, the
OSHA safe limits for “short term exposure” has been exceeded.