Millions exposed to uncontrolled hemorrhaging, lesions, cancers
Recently, frustrated scientists presented evidence that millions of Gulf area residents were poisoned by the BP Gulf disaster. Worse, they believe that millions more could be exposed to long term poisoning.
Yet other than those worried scientists few seemed to care.
Now more frightening evidence has emerged: areas of the Gulf Coast may have been saturated with high levels of benzene, hydrogen sulfide and radioactive hydrocarbon effluents--three deadly substances that can cause disease and death years after the initial exposures.
"Benzene and Other Toxic Solvents and Chemicals" - Benzene is a known human carcinogen. Work-related exposure to benzene has been linked to the development of blood cancers and blood disorders. Examples of blood diseases that may be caused by occupational benzene exposure include acute myelogenous leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome (which can progress into acute myelogenous leukemia over time), aplastic anemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Certain other toxic solvents and chemicals may also be a cause of blood cancers and disorders. Link: http://www.leukemiainfocenter.com/Benzene_Toxicity.html
"BP Death Clouds Already Onshore! Benzene-3400ppb & Hyrdrogen Sulfide-1200ppb TOXIC AIR ALERT" - before the news blackout
BP releases benzene in Texas too For 40 days, flares burned 500,000 pounds of toxic chemicals over BP's Texas City refinery. Yet residents didn't know until weeks later that the flare released 17,000 pounds of cancer-causing benzene. Link: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/7159288.html
Toxicity Chart of Hydrogen Sulfide Link: http://www.helium.com/items/1929422-bp-gulf-disaster-may-be-killing-mi...
Toxicological profile for hydrogen sulfide Link: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp114-c2.pdf
Radioactivity exposure: air, water, food supply
“Radioactive Hydrocarbon Effluent ...from oil and which possesses higher levels of radium isotopes. The deeper the petroleum reserves, the more likely the reservoirs of oil and methane in those geological formations will contain uranium, thorium or radium. Given the elevated levels of radioactivity at the source, the level of radioactivity associated with the hydrocarbon effluent coming out of the well will inevitably be impacted. Radium isotopes have inherent health risks that ought to be identified and properly disseminated. The concerned resident of the Gulf Coast may want to initiate him/herself in the area of health impacts due to long-term exposure to low grade radioactivity. Of course, the seafood, the waters and the beaches all provide different vehicles for such contamination to take place, each with varying consequences.'
ALERT: Environmental and Health Impacts of the BP Gulf Oil Spill Link: http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article21717.html
Scientists plead dispersants not be used: Scientists oppose the use of dispersant chemicals in the Gulf of Mexico Link: http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/TODAY/Sections/aNEWS/2010/07-July%2010/Sci...
"Assessing the Effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill on Human Health" - National Academies Press
Chapter 3: Short and long term physical effects on human health, p43 - p74 Link: http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12949&page=43
BP Oil Spill: Dealing with Uncertainty, Human Health and a Manhattan-Sized Toxic Soup Link: http://blog.nj.com/njv_jeff_toney/2010/08/bp_oil_spill_dealing_with_un...
BP oil poisons Gulf food chain Link: http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_7165.s
Benzene is the main toxin in the hydrocarbon fraction of exhaust. Benzene and other less known hydrocarbons are produced in petroleum refining, and are widely used as solvents and as materials in the production of various industrial products and pesticides. Benzene also is found in gasoline and in cigarette smoke. Other environmental sources of benzene include gasoline (filling) stations, underground storage tanks that leak, wastewater from industries that use benzene, chemical spills, and groundwater next to landfills containing benzene. Exposure to benzene can cause cancer, especially leukemias and lymphomas. Benzene has a suppressive effect on bone marrow and it impairs blood cell maturation and amplification.
EPA measurements of benzene in urban areas ranges from 0.02 parts per billion to 112 parts per billion. That is parts per billion, not parts per million. 3500 parts per million is the highest level ever recorded in large open air areas. Now, with winds coming mostly out of southerly directions, do you really think that gulf coast auto exhaust and cigarettes led to such an astronomical measurement?
So, let's see, what else might have happened to cause such high levels of benzene and other toxic compounds in the air in the gulf area? What else was there that hadn't been before? Why, I do believe it is all that oil and dispersant.
Come on, buddy - you aren't just disputing wild theories here.
BTW, benzene is carcinogenic at mere parts per billion. What do you suppose high parts per million might do?
In general I would recommend a thorough cleansing regimen for the liver, gall bladder, colon, kidneys, blood, etc., heavy use of digestive enzymes three times a day on an empty stomach, niacin, chelators, etc. and measures to make sure that the liver is at optimum health and the bile ducts free and flowing. I would also recommend measures to boost the immune system and the adoption of a diet and lifestyle that were as healthy as possible.
Actually, benzene detox looks like a good subject for investigation and a new article. I'll try to put something together soon. I am in the middle of a number of projects and responses to people, but I know that time is important.
In the meanwhile, this looks promising:
Not sure if I agree with everything it says - will have to do more checking - but nevertheless some good info there.
General google search: benzene + "activated charcoal" http://tinyurl.com/2whslt5
Sometimes (methinks) we SERIOUSLY underestimate (or forget about) activated charcoal. The greatest benefit is that it aDsorbs (pulls to itself), and it will pull out of the bloodstream THROUGH the intestines to itself. Hence the benzene goes directly into the charcoal we ingest, then down the toilet with no stress to organs of neutralization/elimination.
Sure, there are some that believe it adsorbs nutrients, but there been at least one study done (on sheep, not humans...from this book:
"Charcoal added to the diet of sheep for six months did not cause a loss of nutrients, as compared with sheep not receiving charcoal. ... A level of 5 % of the total diet was given as charcoal. It did not affect the blood or urinary levels of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, inorganic phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, creatinine, uric acid, urea nitrogen, alkaline phosphatase, total protein or urine pH."
However (as I understand it), charcoal does adsorb some 'nutrients' in their unnatural/isolated form. But even if it does adsorb a few nutrients, that's nothing compared to safely getting out the benzene!
Apparently (from the Google search above) they sometimes use activated charcoal to determine benzene levels (start with pure activated charcoal, expose it to benzene, then test the benzene levels in the charcoal). SO, it would great for people to have bowls of it sitting around their house, too :)
Great compilation of links/information:
(from above links, a really good overview by Kaufman, PhD):
Edit - as far as cost is concerned, it doesn't get much cheaper than activated charcoal! Here's one of the cheapest sources I've found (and they sell in bulk) - Activated Charcoal Powder
You can bet it will be coming soon to one or more websites near you.
BTW, do you have anything on activated charcoal and the other toxic compounds downin the Gulf?