by Michael Edward
August 29, 2010
If you haven’t read The Gulf BLUE PLAGUE is Evolving or Gulf Oil Dispersant COREXIT is 11 Times More Lethal than Oil, you should do so in order to better understand what is being presented here. Both articles, along with others related to the Gulf time-bomb biological disaster, can be found at http://worldvisionportal.org/wvpforum/viewforum.php?f=52 .
Without a doubt, the Gulf Blue Plague is evolving biologically as you will see factually set before you here. In all probability, this is the primary reason the mainstream media (MSM) has been silenced, especially with regards to local media outlets along the Gulf Coast.
The Gulf of Mexico is a biological time bomb that is undoubtedly evolving into a chemically induced breeding ground for mutating viruses. All the aspects exist in the Gulf right now and have been established for over three months. Their ongoing manipulated evolution into a viral plague or viral epidemic is evident, yet has been ignored.
THE CATALYIST: COREXIT DISPERSANT CHEMICALS
The most prevalent ingredient in Corexit is 2-Butoxyethenol. This compound chemical is especially toxic (poisonous) to the blood, kidneys, liver and the central nervous system of all mammals, including porpoises, whales, and humans. Corexit also ruptures red blood cells. Of and by itself, it causes cancer and birth defects. Oil mixed with Corexit is 11 times more lethal than oil alone.
The EPA eventually conceded that Corexit is a deadly toxic brew for 50% of any group of test animals that comes in contact with it.
Yet, despite the obvious inherent dangers of Corexit, it’s being sprayed nightly by boats and aircraft in a foolish attempt to disperse the surface oil and continue with the ruse that the northern Gulf of Mexico is nothing to be concerned about any longer.
The problem with using Corexit, especially in the insane amounts that have already been applied, is that it has never been tested in such massive quantities; has never been tested for use on fragile ecosystem marshes; has never been tested for depths below 1,000 meters; and has never been tested for use with large quantities of bacteria, such as exist in great quantities in the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulf fishermen and shrimpers are now speaking out about having sighted graveyards of birds, fish, dolphins and whale corpses floating on the surface which are being secretly removed during the night by unknown third-party contracted vessels.
Chris Pinetich, a marine biologist and campaigner with the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, confirmed what Steve and others had told me: that Coast Guard planes were flying out at night spraying Corexit on the water and land. “People need to realize that their water, their air, the sand they are walking on, they things they are touching when they wake in the morning are coated with this stuff,” he said. “We are producing an experiment in the Gulf the likes of which no one has ever seen. Top scientists admit that. We are all part of the experiment.”
It’ll be years before the full extent of damage is known. However, it’s already extensive and extremely dangerous, containing 50 micrograms per Liter of “a group of particularly toxic petroleum compounds,” 6 – 7% of it a deadly benzene*, toluene, ethylbenzene*, xylene cocktail. [*this will be further discussed later in this article]
Dr. Cake, along with commercial fishermen and Gulf Coast environmentalists, are drawing direct parallels to BP’s oil disaster and the use of toxic dispersants as the likely cause of the increased numbers of fish kills they are witnessing.
“There are several parallels to the spill,” Dr. Cake added. “We have evidence from fisherman operating in the VOO [Vessels of Opportunity] fleet and fishermen in the area who observed the spraying of dispersants by both aircraft and vessels in the immediate vicinity of the fish kills. Therein lies one triggering mechanism.”
But far more important is that Corexit is mutagen when in the presence of bacteria, for which the Gulf of Mexico is a primary aquatic source.
A VIRAL WOMB OF BACTERIA: THE GULF OF MEXICO
Very few people really understand what a virus is or how it evolves. In the same respect, most don’t comprehend what bacteria are… nor do they grasp what a cellular mutation is.
Bacteria are a large group of single cell microorganisms that grow to a fixed size and then reproduce through a form of asexual reproduction. Under optimal conditions, bacteria can grow and divide rapidly and some bacterial populations can double as quickly as every 9.8 minutes.
Most bacteria have a single circular chromosome and inherit identical copies of their parent’s genes (they clone themselves).
However, all bacteria can evolve through changes made to their genetic material DNA caused by mutations. Mutations come from errors made during the replication of DNA or from exposure to mutagens (mutating agents), such as certain chemicals.
Despite their apparent simplicity, bacteria can also form complex associations with other organisms. If bacteria form a parasitic association, they are classed as pathogens. Pathogenic bacteria are a major cause of human death and disease.
Not all bacteria are bad as some are actually good for humans. Of the 400+ types of bacteria that live in the human digestive system, many are considered good bacteria – such as acidophilus – because they help the digestive system to do its job.
The modern word virus comes from the same Latin word which refers to poison and other noxious substances. Essentially, a virus is a poison and an imported toxic body. The origins of viruses are always conceived at a cellular level during the onset of their existence.
In the early 20th century, an English bacteriologist named Frederick Twort discovered a group of certain viruses that infect bacteria. These particular viral infected bacteria are now called bacteriophages or, simply, phages.
Bacteriophages are viruses that change the DNA of bacteria. Many types of bacteriophages exist. Some simply infect the host bacteria while others insert into and alter the bacterial chromosome.
Bacteriophages are a common and diverse group of viruses and are the most abundant form of biological entity in aquatic environments — there are up to ten times more of these viruses in the oceans than there are bacteria, reaching levels of 250,000,000 bacteriophages per milliliter of seawater. These viruses infect specific bacteria by binding to surface receptor molecules and then entering the cell. Within a short amount of time, in some cases just minutes, bacterial polymerase starts translating viral mRNA into protein. These proteins go on to become either new virions within the cell, helper proteins, which help assembly of new virions, or proteins involved in cell lysis. Viral enzymes aid in the breakdown of the cell membrane, and, in the case of the T4 phage, in just over twenty minutes after injection over three hundred phages could be released. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virus
As you can imagine, the amount of these viral infected bacteria – or bacteriophages – in the Gulf of Mexico are immeasurable. They are the most prevalent biological creature in all that sea water.
What we’re seeing in the Gulf of Mexico is a vast microorganism community of bacteriological viruses (bacteriophages) that are prime candidates for mutation if certain factors are present, such as mutagenic chemicals.
THE ORIGIN OF CHANGE: MUTATED BACTERIAL VIRUSES
The word mutagen comes from Latin meaning origin of change. A mutagen is a physical or chemical agent that changes the genetic material of an organism. Because of this genetic change, it increases the frequency of mutations above the typical level.
Mutations are changes in the DNA or RNA sequence of a virus. It can occur at both a Gene level – called a Gene Mutation – and at a Chromosome level – called a Chromosome Mutation. This process of change is called Mutagenesis.
Let me try to explain this in modern simple terms.
Whenever any type of organism is mutated, you could accurately call it a mutant life form. For example: If that life form was a young turtle from Japan, then the mutated organism might be called a teenage mutant Ninja turtle.
A mutated organism also includes people since we are considered complex organisms. Spiderman was mutated by a spider bite. The character Dare Devil had an amazing sense of hearing when he was mutated by a chemical.
The point is that a mutation can’t occur by itself because it needs something from outside the organism to change the genetics.
Everything that causes a mutation is called a Mutating Agent or a Mutagen. There are three basic types of mutagens:
1) Chemical Mutagens – such as pesticides, benzene, methane, and many others.
2) Physics Mutagens – such as an ultraviolet ray or radioactivity.
3) Bio Mutagens – which are bacteria and viruses.
Chemical agents that cause DNA mutation
Chemical mutation is caused by binding and chemical interaction of a chemical substance to the DNA. This binding may cause damage to DNA or may simply cause the genetic code to be misread. Examples of chemical carcinogens include… vinyl chloride (found in the plastics industry).
Biological agents that cause DNA mutation
There are several biological agents that can cause DNA mutation. This may include viruses and bacteria. Viruses may use a number of different complex mechanisms to cause a cell to become cancerous. Some of the viruses donate their DNA materials to the host cell and cause alteration in the genetic code.
Some bacteriophages can enter the host cell, but instead of immediately making new viral material the bacteriophages DNA will integrate into the chromosome of the bacteria. This state is called lysogeny and the virus is essentially silent during this period.
If the bacterial cell containing the integrated viral DNA is perturbed, such as by UV (ultraviolet) light, ionizing radiation, or chemical agents that cause mutation, the virus can become activated. Once activated, the virus replicates, matures, and is released.
The above clearly outlines what happens when certain chemical compounds, such as those found in Corexit, are introduced to bacteria or viral bacteriophages. The result is a mutated virus that quickly duplicates itself, develops into maturity, and then discharges itself into the environment. A water environment discharge will become airborne due to high temperatures or as a result of storms.
The mutagenic achievement of certain chemical agents was first discovered in the former USSR. In 1946, the mutagenic properties of formaldehyde and mustard gas were discovered. Since then, many hundreds of chemical mutagens have been established.
It’s only in microorganisms (such as bacteria and viruses) that some chemical mutagens can drastically increase the mutation rate of certain genes over the mutation rate of the other genes. Chemical mutagens are responsible for a greater number of mutations than are physical mutagens.
Chemical mutagens have been proven to increase the rate of genetic and chromosomal abnormalities by as much as 100 times higher than the typical rate for spontaneous mutations. Simply said, the introduction of chemical agents “super-charges” the speed of mutation in a host organism.
BENZINE: A CHEMICAL MUTAGEN
Corexit – and its many variant formulas – is what the US Federal Government and US Department of Defense is spraying from boats and aircraft onto the surface of the Gulf of Mexico to “disperse” the oil. Many blame only BP for using Corexit, but the truth is that President Obama authorized the spraying and use of this dispersant in early May, 2010. That’s why military C-130 Hercules aircraft from the US Air Force and Coast Guard are involved along with private contractors – quasi-military mercenary corporations – spraying from their boats.
One of the ingredients in the deadly Corexit brew is Benzene. Of and by itself, this chemical is a volatile industrial solvent that comes from crude oil… but is far from crude.
It’s used in the production of plastics, synthetic rubber, and dyes. Prior to the 1920s, benzene was frequently used as a degreaser for metal.
The short term breathing of high levels of benzene can result in death, while low levels can cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid heart rate, headaches, tremors, confusion, and unconsciousness (a/k/a BP Flu or the Gulf Flu).
The major effects of benzene are manifested via chronic (long-term) exposure through the blood. Benzene damages the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. It can also cause excessive bleeding and depress the immune system, increasing the chance of infection.
Human exposure to benzene is a global health problem. Benzene targets liver, kidney, lung, heart and the brain and can cause DNA strand breaks, chromosomal damage etc. Benzene causes cancer in both animals and humans.
Pure benzene, for example, oxidizes in the body to produce an epoxide, benzene oxide, which is not excreted readily and can interact with DNA to produce harmful mutations.
If there was ever a perfect chemical agent to be classified as a super-mutagen, Benzene is it.
Benzene, which is classified as a Volatile Organic Chemical (VOC), was detected in Louisiana at a level that is almost unfathomable. On April 30, 2010, the Benzene level in the air was recorded at 3,084 parts per billion. On May 2, 2010, it had risen to 3,416 parts per billion. [Source: http://www.southernstudies.org/2010/05/air-tests-from-the-louisiana-coast-reveal-human-health-threats-from-the-oil-disaster.html ]
If breathing Benzene doesn’t kill you quickly, just imagine what this chemical mutagen does to any bacteriophages (viral bacterium) it comes into contact with in the Gulf of Mexico. All it would take is one minuscule cluster of viral bacteria to become doused in Benzene – and the other mutagenic chemicals in Corexit – for a viral epidemic to evolve.
SPANISH FLU-LIKE VIRUS OR A NEW MUTATION IS POSSIBLE
The 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic [influenza or flu is a virus] evolved in humans because of mutation. The lack of human genes in the Spanish Flu meant it was entirely foreign to our immune systems leaving us highly vulnerable. Our protective immune system gave the virus a significant advantage by providing it with extra time to reproduce itself in our lungs before we could mount an immune defense.
Flu genes are inherently unstable and mutate regularly. A genetic mutation occurs through the imperfect recopying of genes during viral reproduction. Mutation is a very important source of variability for the flu. It helps it adapt quickly to a new environment or host. The 1918 flu genome contained several small genetic sequences or polymorphisms that caused it to have lethal characteristics. Polymorphisms are simply different combinations of nucleotides that compose one or more RNA genes of the virus.
For instance, differences in hair color are due to polymorphisms in the human hair pigment gene. All these human genes do the same thing, determine hair pigment but the result of their work is a little different. The differences are due to polymorphisms within the gene structure. Lethal polymorphisms are nucleotide combinations within a flu gene that code for a particularly nasty behavior. For instance, one of these directs the virus to attack the brain; others cause the virus to disrupt the blood clotting system, while some result in attack of the heart and liver. These behaviors are often fatal and this is why these polymorphisms are called lethal.
In RNA viruses, replication of the genome (gene) takes place within the host cell using a mechanism that is prone to error. Hence, mutation rates in such viruses are high.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
The Gulf of Mexico is a breeding ground for a pandemic viral plague primarily because of the chemical mutagens being dumped into the water in vast quantities that we may never be able to properly verify. The use of Corexit is no different than adding gasoline to a small fire. The explosive result is the same.
The Blue Plague may not just be evolving any longer. It may have already started to mature and replicate in immeasurable amounts.
All it takes for the Blue Plague to become a worldwide epidemic is for a minuscule cluster of viral infected bacteria to be immersed in a chemical mutagen, such as Corexit. The potential results could easily make the 1918 Spanish Flu look minor in comparison.
While those of us living on the Gulf Coast go about our daily lives, a time bomb is ticking louder and louder in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s not a matter of if there are mutant viruses present: It’s a matter of when that first cluster will spread – if it hasn’t started to already – and how fast it will become a pandemic of astronomical proportions.
We have sent our research and findings to private biology and virology experts for further verification. Water samples have been sent to a university laboratory outside of North America. All additional results will be published as soon as they are received.
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August 24, 2010
by Terrence Aym
Article Source: Helium.com
“I think the media now has to…tell the American people who’s getting money for poisoning the millions of people in the Gulf.” – Hugh Kaufman, senior EPA analyst, admits millions have been poisoned in the Gulf states.
A biochemical bomb went off in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010—a bomb that was as dangerous and destructive as a nuclear blast.
An atom bomb’s death and destruction can be measured immediately after detonation while BP’s unintentional biochemical bomb is a slow-motion explosion that is driving a disaster that continues even now.
Lingering death, however, occurs with both types of explosions.
Millions exposed to uncontrolled hemorrhaging, lesions, cancers
Recently, enraged scientists have presented strong evidence that millions of Gulf area residents have been poisoned by the BP Gulf disaster. Worse, millions more could be exposed to long term poisoning from benzene contamination. Benzene exposure leads to cancers.
Yet other than those furious scientists few seemed to care.
Now, however, more frightening evidence has emerged that areas of the Gulf Coast may have been not only saturated with high levels of benzene, but hydrogen sulfide and radioactive hydrocarbon effluents too-three deadly substances that can cause disease and death years after the initial exposures. [Full report linked at end of article.]
The EPA and the ongoing news blackout
The curtain of silence that swiftly descended just days after the Deepwater Horizon blowout at the Macondo well has never been fully lifted. At the time, a no-man’s land was created prohibiting fishermen, reporters, news helicopters and civilian sea and air craft from approaching the immediate disaster zone. The US Coast Guard and BP conducted joint operations feverishly attempting to quell the spreading disaster.
Reporters were threatened with arrest. News stories were yanked. Scientific reports buried. And data from the NOAA research vessel—initially sent to the region to take readings of the seafloor—was suppressed.
Yet, like the oil and gas, information leaked.
Beyond the oil gushing into the Gulf at a rate never before seen, deadly methane gas also flooded the region. The methane reached such high levels of density in the Gulf that brilliant scientists like Dr. John Kessler of Texas A&M recorded stunning readings of methane amounts one million times higher than normal. His reports reached the media.
Although access to the forbidden zone has since been restored, a partial news blackout regarding the chemical readings and data that were measured in the Gulf waters and the Gulf states from April into August continues.
A conveyor belt of death: deep sea oil plume 22-miles long
Despite the “all-clear” pronouncements of talk radio commentators like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, the Gulf has not “magically cleaned itself up.”
Poisons flooded into the Gulf for three months. Unabated, these poisons have affected the ecology of the region. Now more evidence is mounting that the delicate infrastructure of life inhabiting the Gulf continues to absorb much of the poison and is passing it on to unsuspecting humans. Reports that sea life in the Gulf have remained uncontaminated are being vigorously challenged.
And new reports are circulating the globe that the missing oil’s been found. A plume 22-miles long is suspended deep in the cold, dark waters of the Gulf. It’s not breaking up and it’s not being eaten by microbes.
It is, however, acting as a conveyor belt of death.
Cocktail of poisons
Some environmental experts are calling what’s pouring into the land, sea and air from the seabed breach ‘a chemical cocktail of poisons.’
Areas of methane dead zones devoid of oxygen are continuing to drive species of fish into foreign waters, are killing plankton and other tiny sea life that are the foundation for the entire food chain, and are polluting the air with cancer-causing chemicals and poisonous rainfalls.
And before the news blackout fully descended, the EPA released data that benzene levels in New Orleans had rocketed to as high as 3,000 parts per billion (ppb).
Benzene is extremely toxic, even short term exposure at low levels can cause agonizing illness and slow death from cancerous lesions and leukemia years later. But 3,000ppb is far from a low reading.
Hydrogen sulfide was also detected by the EPA monitoring stations around the New Orleans area. The EPA reported hydrogen sulfide levels as high as 1200ppb. A normal, safe level falls between 5 to 10ppb.
Recently, Ron Kendall, an ecotoxicologist from Texas Tech University, was interviewed by National Geographic concerning the affect of the poisons released by the blown out well on bacteria and plankton in the Gulf.
The results were not looking good. Indications of a major, ongoing poisoning occurring in the Gulf were widespread. “This is what we’ve been worried about, because this is the base of the food chain,” he told National Geographic. “Any effects on that level can work their way right on up.”
Meaning right up the food chain to humans—many of whom have already been exposed to poisons from the air and water.
The bio-chemical time bomb
A hamstrung oil giant unable to stop a gigantic disaster; the federal government’s inaction and misdirection; angry governors unable to get federal agencies to lend a hand; a Nobel Prize winning physicist appointed as the head of the task force dealing with the Gulf—a man who couldn’t tell a drill bit from a drill press…
This is either a script for a bad Hollywood movie or a reality that could lead to the eventual premature death of millions.
Unfortunately, it’s a reality. And the BP Gulf ticking time bomb continues to tick.
According to a report issued by Michael Harbart, Professor of internal medicine at Wayne State University and Kathleen Burns, Ph.D., Director of Sciencecorps, long-term exposure of the chemicals released by the ongoing BP Gulf disaster—at relatively low levels—should be avoided at all costs because “the potential for serious health damage is substantial. Chronic health effects are typically evaluated for specific crude oil components and vary from cancer to permanent neurological damage. They cover a range of diseases affecting all the organ systems…”
[ Sciencecorps.org: “Gulf Oil Spill Health Hazards” ]
In their JAMA paper, the “Health Effects of the Gulf Oil Spill,” Gina M. Solomon and Sarah Janssen categorically state that “The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico poses direct threats to human health…”
They further point to that infamous “cocktail of poisons” again naming benzene, hydrogen sulfide, toluene, and xylene among other toxic airborne contaminants that have been released over the residents of the Gulf coast community.
Senior EPA analyst admits millions poisoned in Gulf
Recently—in an eye-opening interview with ‘Democracy Now!’—Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, made this shocking admission:
“And I think the media now has to follow the money, just as they did in Watergate, and tell the American people who’s getting money for poisoning the millions of people in the Gulf.”
As Alexander Higgins at ‘Democracy Now!’ points out: “Hugh Kaufman has been at the EPA since the Agency was created in the early 1970s, as an engineer, investigator and policy analyst. Prior to joining the EPA in the beginning of 1971, he was a captain in the US Air Force. He helped write all the Federal laws regulating the treatment, storage, disposal, and remediation of solid and hazardous waste. He has been the Chief Investigator on numerous contamination cases, including Love Canal and Times Beach.”
For more of the transcript and the EPA analyst’s video testimony go here.
The walking dead
Like those exposed to the Russian Chernobyl disaster, or the many thousands now sick and dying after exposure to the 9-11 Twin Towers toxic cloud, the people of the Gulf coast may have joined the ranks of the walking dead.
Experts cannot predict with any certainty that the poisons will be contained exclusively to the Gulf states. Weather patterns and the variable density of the substances could conceivably expand the Death Zone into parts of the Midwest and East coast of the United States.
What happened leading up to the Deepwater Horizon disaster can be debated as an accident or a folly, but what has happened to millions of people in the aftermath can be called nothing but criminal.
Now BP and the federal government have been attempting to assuage public concerns and claim that the Gulf disaster has been much ado about nothing.
Their claims are being met by skepticism. The response from Washington has been excuses. Although that will be of little consolation to the children and adults that may contract leukemia or other debilitating diseases a mere handful of years from now.
Excuses are of little value to the dead.
Benzene Exposure, Health Hazards and Toxicity
‘Benzene and Other Toxic Solvents and Chemicals’
New Orleans’ ’4WWL TV News’ report on EPA benzene levels [May 2010 before 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.
Hydrogen Sulfide Toxicity
Toxicity Chart of Hydrogen Sulfide
Toxicological profile for hydrogen sulfide
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.’
Environmental and Health Impacts of the BP Gulf Oil Spill
Scientists plead dispersants not be used
Dispersants consensus statement [PDF]
“Will BP’s oil dispersants increase carcinogens in Gulf food chain?”
Release of carcinogens and toxins like benzene, lead and mercury into seawater, studies show.
Massive deep sea oil slick proven to exist
“BP oil spill ‘more damaging, widespread’ than first thought – study”
NEARLY 80 per cent of the crude oil released into the Gulf of Mexico remains in the area’s ecosystem, researchers at the University of Georgia concluded yesterday in a report that contradicted the rosier estimates of the Obama Administration.
“Researchers: 80% oil remains in Gulf”
“Huge pool of hydrocarbons lurks in Gulf of Mexico”
Oily plume in depths not being biodegraded
“Gulf oil spill: Giant underwater plume challenges optimism”
“Underwater oil belies all-clear call for gulf”
“Report Paints New Picture of Gulf Oil”
“Oil Plume Is Not Breaking Down Fast, Study Says”
“BP oil spill: scientists find giant plume of droplets ‘missed’ by official account”
A 22-mile plume of droplets from BP’s Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico undermines claim that oil has degraded
“Deep Water Plume Persists Months after Oil Well Blowout”
Oil-eating microbes not significantly breaking down oil
“Scientists criticize White House minimization of Gulf disaster”
Carcinogens released in air, water and contaminated food
New Orleans 4WWL TV News report on EPA benzene levels [May 2010]
Sciencecorps.org: “Gulf Oil Spill Health Hazards”
Report: “Assessing the Effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill on Human Health” – National Academies Press
Download entire report free
“Health Effects of the Gulf Oil Spill,” Gina M. Solomon, MD, MPH; Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH
Journal of American Medical Association – http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/jama.2010.1254
Excerpt: “The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico poses direct threats to human health from inhalation…The main components of crude oil are aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons…benzene, toluene, and xylene—benzene is known to cause leukemia in humans, and toluene is a recognized teratogen at high doses. Naphthalene is listed by the National Toxicology Program as “reasonably anticipated to cause cancer in humans” based on olfactory neuroblastomas, nasal tumors, and lung cancers in animals. Oil can also release hydrogen sulfide gas and contains traces of heavy metals, as well as nonvolatile polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) that can contaminate the food chain. Hydrogen sulfide gas is neurotoxic and has been linked to both acute and chronic CNS effects; PAHs include mutagens and probable carcinogens.”
“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
“BP Oil Spill: Dealing with Uncertainty, Human Health and a Manhattan-Sized Toxic Soup”
“BP, NOAA, EPA Cover-Up: Neurotoxin Pesticide Dispersant Corexit’s Lethal Effects”
“Toxic Oil Found Deep on Gulf Seafloor?”
Oil may be harming base of food web, early results suggest.
ALERT: “Environmental and Health Impacts of the BP Gulf Oil Spill”
“Gulf oil spill: scientists assess health effects”
“Death Song for the Gulf: Toxic Effects of BTEX Chemicals on Residents and Wildlife”
Report: “Crude oil and your health” [PDF]
“Gulf carcinogens in food chain”
“BP oil poisons Gulf food chain”
August 10, 2010
by Michael Edward
I have been interviewing family and friends who live along the Gulf of Mexico coast in Louisiana and Mississippi. Many of them had been working on shrimp boats before May 1, 2010 and a cousin is a shrimp boat owner. I have also spoken at length with two RN’s working at a Gulf coast Emergency Room and an Emergency Clinic who are close family friends. I am basing what follows on their observations and knowledge along with my own personal research.
A cousin who owns his own shrimp boat was hired by BP to assist with oil boom and cleanup operations. Other family members were also hired and have been his crew while undertaking BP boom and cleanup assistance operations. They were all forced to sign agreements not to publicly speak about their work or anything about BP operations. Their legal agreements do not mention anything about speaking openly to their families.
STAGE ONE: THE BLUE FLU a/k/a BP Flu
Every one of those working on the shrimp boat have suffered from flu-like symptoms since the end of May, 2010. This includes migraine headaches, eye aches, joint aches, ear aches, severe coughing bouts, fevers, vomiting, and swollen glands (especially in the neck). These same symptoms are being seen in the coastal ER’s as well. But as family and the RN’s have confirmed, these symptoms are not caused by any viral flu. This is not the same as the Asian Flu or any other viral flu bug. These symptoms are directly caused by a lack of oxygen due to airborne chemicals and toxic gases.
Most family members who work and live further inland have not yet encountered these symptoms since their jobs are indoors where recirculating air conditioning systems isolate them from constant outdoor air exposure. They also drive to/from work with the recirculating A/C system on to keep cool. The same applies when they are in their air conditioned homes. But those who do work outdoors 10-20 miles inland have recently experienced many of the same flu-like symptoms as those in the family who are working on the boats.
According to the ER nurses, in the southern Mississippi and Louisiana areas there have been more than 600 cases of what their staffs have appropriately named the “BP flu”. The vast majority of these “flu” cases are with those people who are working along the coast, as well as further offshore, on boats; and those who live along the southernmost areas along the Gulf of Mexico. One might initially think – based on mainstream media reports – that these flu-like symptoms are nothing to be overly concerned about. This is not a matter of ‘take two aspirins and call me in the morning’. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As reported by researchers at Columbia Univ.’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) in late July 2010, more than 40 percent of adults living within ten miles of the coast say they have experienced direct exposure to the oil spill or clean-up effort. Within this group, nearly 40 percent reported physical symptoms of skin irritations and respiratory problems.
CYANOSIS: OXYGEN STARVATION
Along with the symptoms that mimic flu-like viruses, there are increasing cases of severe symptomatic cyanosis. These rapidly increasing symptoms range from bluish lip color to numbness in fingers and toes. There is also a fast growing increase of pneumonia cases which are being diagnosed as chemical induced pneumonia. Those working on boats and those living directly on the coast are the most effected.
Cyanosis is simply oxygen starvation in the blood. With a moderate case involving such a lack of oxygen, the skin appears to have a blueish colour. Hands and fingers especially show these signs as will other extremities such as toes and lips. A lack of oxygen in the blood can also have a purplish appearance where the skin surface is red from sun exposure but the blood beneath the skin is blue. Red and blue make purple.
If all these BLUE FLU symptoms were temporary, most everyone suffering from them would eventually recover as the blood becomes increasingly oxygenated once removed from the oxygen depletion source. Short term exposure and biological complications to gases and chemicals that starve the air and lungs from oxygen, creating cyanosis, are usually reversible. However, long term exposure is not fully reversible. Long term exposure depends on how depleted the air is of oxygen and how much time a person has been exposed to that condition.
OXYGEN DEPLETED WATER AND AIR
The same goes for oxygen levels in water. Fish, turtles, and crustaceans (shrimp and lobsters) die quickly when oxygen levels have been depleted. Dolphins and whales are mammals and they depend on surface water air to breathe their oxygen. Since May 2010, there has been an epidemic of dead fish, turtles, dolphins, sharks and whales in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The mainstream media has failed to report this truth. As someone who works closely with other animal rescue and wildlife rehabilitation services throughout the southeast, I have been told there are very few turtles or marine animals being rescued because the majority are already dead when found.
It’s more than obvious that the water in the northern Gulf of Mexico is severely depleted of oxygen. This also applies to the surface air that dolphins and whales – as well as people – depend on to breathe.
In May 2010, tests done by various research vessels in the northern Gulf of Mexico showed a 30-60% decrease in oxygen levels. This was three long months ago. This surely accounts for the vast fish kills. But when you combine lethal chemicals – such as Corexit – along with oil and gas by-products from large plumes of oil hidden deep in the Gulf, the problem is yet in its initial stages. As the algae naturally attacks these chemicals, oil and gases, a further oxygen depletion occurs. It’s nature’s way of attempting to correct the problem. The result of that natural process is severe oxygen depletion.
STAGE TWO: THE BLUE PLAGUE
While the Blue Flu symptoms are increasing for more and more people, those who have had 30+ days of direct exposure to the toxic and oxygen depleted Gulf air and water are in immediate danger of permanent and irreversible biological damage… if not death.
How humans and animals biologically react to cyanosis depends on the severity of exposure and time of exposure. At first, the body will compensate as best it can. But sooner or later, the body is overcome and severe complications begin. Without enough oxygen, the body will begin to rot and die from the inside out. The outward signs can be numbness in extremities, swollen necks and throats, blue lips, dark purple tongues, blue or gray skin colour, and even bloodshot eyes as the body attempts to filter out the toxins. Lymph nodes and adenoids are overburdened.
But these outward signs are the result of severe inward problems. Left exposed to a lack of oxygen, the kidneys and liver will fail and shut down. Heart failure is next. It’s the same as someone who has decided to commit suicide by carbon monoxide depletion of oxygen in a locked garage with their car running. They die from cyanosis, the lack of oxygen. People living and working along the northern Gulf coast will eventually die the same way if exposed to depleted oxygen levels long enough.
NO END IN SIGHT
The oil and gas from the Biloxi Dome area has not stopped flowing. It’s an oil exploration well which blew out on or about February 13, 2010 so severely that it deposited the Blow Out Preventer (BOP) and the steel well casing hundreds of yards away on the ocean floor. There is nothing there to cap or abate the oil flow with. It’s an open hole that is nothing less than an oil, gas and tar volcano. While a certain leaking BP well may have been capped seven miles northeast of the Biloxi Dome area, an already large underwater lake of oil at an approximate 3,000 foot depth is rapidly growing each hour. It’s estimated 9 mile length in May 2010 is surely dwarfed in size now.
Don’t be fooled by the lack of surface oil being reported by the mainstream media shills and BP. Corexit hides what is beneath and Corexit is more toxic than crude oil itself. The only people denying the existence of the underwater plumes are the people at BP. And they offer no evidence to contradict the extremely solid evidence provided by four universities, including LSU, of the existence of these huge underwater plumes of oil.
The BLUE PLAGUE Spreads
Just because you don’t live on the Gulf coast, don’t think the Blue Plague won’t come your way. As more gas, oil and tar fills the Gulf of Mexico from the Biloxi Dome area, more toxins are released into the water and the air.
Evaporation, storms, and hurricanes will spread the continually increasing oil-chemical-gas toxins inland. Certain areas may experience more severe exposure than those living on the Gulf coast. In concentrated amounts, it will be as acid rain that has washed and destroyed your crops, trees or grass. It will enter streams, lakes, and underground water sources. Fish, mammals, and animals will die just as they have in and along the Gulf coast. Potable water and food will be effected. The air will be effected. The Blue Plague will grow as more airborne and cloud-filled toxins spread the Gulf oil and gas lakes beneath the surface inland.
If you don’t believe this is happening now or will never happen in your home town in the future, then just keep your face buried in your HDTV screen and keep the beer flowing while you watch NASCAR races and Dr. Phil. But if you have decided the mainstream media is not telling you the truth, then wake up and smell the roses. The true health effects on humans will only begin to surface years from now and this includes proven carcinogenic cancers.
The Blue Flu may be all that most will have to endure because of the spewing oil volcano in the Gulf of Mexico, but don’t bet your life on avoiding the Blue Plague.
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by Michael Edward
July 28, 2010
After reading the following, I’m sure everyone will also reach the same logical conclusion as I have based on the evidence, facts and truth I’m presenting here. All illustrations are taken directly from the referenced reports cited below.
THE BILOXI DOME
At Latitude 28/40/00 N and Longitude 88/26/00 W [decimal Latitude 28.6666 Longitude -88.4333] in the Gulf of Mexico is an ancient volcanic crater. It’s geographically classified as an undersea hill and the common name given to it is the Biloxi Dome. It’s located approximately 7 miles or about 12 kilometers southwest from the BP Deepwater Horizon well [Latitude 28/44/17 N Longitude 88/21/57 W].
In this satellite picture, the Biloxi Dome is at the center of the picture and looks like a shoe or an oblong shaped rim of a volcano:
In this satellite image, the BP Deepwater Horizon well is marked in white and is positioned northeast of the Biloxi Dome crater:
NOAA Underwater Joint Analysis Group Study
NOAA (National Oceanographic and Aeronautical Administration) has now released their underwater study, the Joint Analysis Group (JAG) Review, which examined subsurface oil in and around the BP Deepwater Horizon well #1 – located in Mississippi Canyon block 252 – from May 19 to June 19, 2010.
Their report presented data collected by five research vessels; the R/V Brooks McCall, R/V Ocean Veritas, R/V Walton Smith, R/V Thomas Jefferson, and R/V Gordon Gunter.
They used a scientific method called Fluorometry to measure for underwater oil. Fluorescence Spectroscopy – a/k/a Fluorometry or Spectrofluorometry – is a type of electromagnetic spectroscopy which analyzes fluorescence. It usually utilizes a beam of ultraviolet light that excites the electrons in molecules of certain compounds and causes them to emit light of a lower energy, such as visible light. For more information on how this works, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorescence_spectroscopy.
Conclusions made from their report stated that their Fluorometry measurements showed the presence of oil at a depth between 1000 and 1300 meters. They also concluded that active oil seeps were mapped at about 12 kilometers southwest of the BP Deepwater Horizon wellhead.
As I stated above, the Biloxi Dome is located approximately 12 kilometers southwest of the BP Deepwater Horizon well. This means that NOAA and the Joint Analysis Group positively identified the Biloxi Dome to be the source of the active oil leaks.
SEAFLOOR LEAKS AT BILOXI DOME
Below is a closeup of the leaks from May 19 through June 19 at the (now identified) Biloxi Dome. There are seven major leaks shown as purple colored cylinders from the JAG report:
Included within the NOAA Interim Project Mission Report June 3-11, 2010 aboard NOAA’s Research Vessel, the R/V Thomas Jefferson, is a 3D rendering of the Biloxi Dome leaks showing greater detail. At the time, they did not report the location of these major ocean floor leaks. If you look closely at the 3D rendering, you can easily see it shows the seven purple cylinders denoting the identified leaks along the rim of the Biloxi Dome crater.
Oil leaks (red and yellow columns) mapped by Thomas Jefferson, and by Gordon Gunter (purple cylinders) along with CTD stations showing high fluorescence (brown, green and white spheres). Deepwater Horizon well site is in background (red cylinder) and distribution of Bottom Following Reflectors is represented by orange lines.
DISTANCES OF THE OIL LEAKS TO DEEPWATER HORIZON
Using the identified sea floor leaks in the Biloxi Dome crater rim along with the BP Deepwater Wellhead position, and then overlaying that NOAA map with Google Earth, the following image reveals a very clear and startling picture:
Map created by Alexander Higgins
Each verified oil leak along the crater rim of the Biloxi Dome is tagged with numbers 3 through 9. Here are the calculated distances between each identified leak and BP’s Deepwater Horizon well #1 along with the Latitude and Longitude locations of each oil leak.
Credit goes to Alexander Higgins for the calculations:
No. / Latitude / Longitude / Kilometer distance / Mileage distance
#3 / 28°40’38.71″N / -88°24’51.74″W / 08.26 km from BP Well / 5.13 miles from BP Well
#4 / 28°40’14.87″N / -88°24’34.36″W / 08.63 km from BP Well / 5.36 miles from BP Well
#5 / 28°41’39.42″N / -88°29’05.44″W / 12.59 km from BP Well / 7.82 miles from BP Well
#6 / 28°41’00.14″N / -88°28’33.90″W / 12.36 km from BP Well / 7.68 miles from BP Well
#7 / 28°40’51.22″N / -88°27’04.30″W / 10.49 km from BP Well / 6.51 miles from BP Well
#8 / 28°40’19.30″N / -88°28’04.34″W / 12.38 km from BP Well / 7.69 miles from BP Well
#9 / 28°39’28.11″N / -88°27’24.13″W / 12.59 km From BP Well / 7.82 miles from BP Well
The average distance between all seven oil leaks and the Deepwater Horizon well is 6.8 miles or 11 kilometers.
CONCLUSIONS AND OBSERVATIONS
I have been repeatedly posting on other forums and have stated on Free Association Radio hosted by Robert Phoenix that the cause of the major oil plume in the Gulf of Mexico was from a source 7-10 miles away from the well that exploded the Deepwater Horizon rig. My estimated distance was short by 2/10ths of a mile.
The major oil leak source that is creating enormous undersea lakes of oil a/k/a oil plumes – which BP then mixes Corexit into – is the ancient seabed Gulf of Mexico volcanic crater commonly called the Biloxi Dome.
The recent July capping and pressure testing of BP Deepwater Horizon well #1 did NOT cause the Biloxi Dome leaks as they were verified between May 19 and June 19 while the Deepwater Horizon well was still leaking oil.
There is a calculated and deliberate cover-up regarding the facts I have presented above. Not a single talking head on TV nor a single newspaper has dared to report the truth… and that truth is more than obvious to anyone who would have bothered to read the latest JAG Report. Apparently, they can neither read nor do they have any investigative reporters on their payrolls. That includes over 100 days of erroneous, misleading, and downright lying statements made from the DC Executive Mansion as well as the US Coast Guard.
By Michael Edward
June 11, 2010
Here is what was discovered regarding COREXIT during and after the Exxon Valdez clean-up:
2-butoxyethanol (an ingredient of COREXIT) is a paint solvent, dry cleaning solvent, also used in dissolving plastics.
Corexit causes hemolytic anemia (low Red Blood Counts) because the body prematurely destroys its own red blood cells and worse. Workers exposed to Corexit feel tired all the time from the blood damage (anemic). Their children are at greater risk for brain tumors and leukemia from over exposure to this solvent.
38% of COREXIT 9527 is made up of this toxic solvent that dissolves plastic.
Here is a link for the Exxon Valdez clean-up workers who have hundreds of further links exposing what COREXIT does. Some of the comments from clean-up workers are heart wrenching as they were written while they were dying from the chemical dispersant effects.
This is what all the Gulf fishermen who have been conned into clean-up can expect. Even worse, this is what all those who live along the Gulf coast can expect… and I’m one of them.
Over FORTY TWO MILLION GALLONS* of COREXIT has been used in the Gulf already (*updated amount as of July 15, 2010).
COREXIT is considered officially hazardous as defined in the US Federal Code of Regulations at 29 CFR 1910.1200
A 1993 report from Exxon-Mobil Chemicals regarding COREXIT:
Page 4 states that exposure causes “hemolytic anemia and kidney damage evidenced by paleness and red coloration of urine”
On page 2, it states that if COREXIT is spilled “EVACUATE AREA”.
Page 3 states “Stability condition to avoid: HEAT, FLAME, SPARKS, STATIC ELECTRICITY, OR OTHER SOURCES OF IGNITION”.
This is a PDF Adobe file link to the 1993 Exxon disclosure report for the U.S. Department of Defense: http://www.valdezlink.com/corexit/media-c/Incom001.PDF_1.pdf
What are the symptoms of hemolytic anemia?
The following are the most common symptoms of hemolytic anemia. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
* abnormal paleness or lack of color of the skin
* jaundice, or yellowing of the skin, eyes, and mouth
* dark color to urine
* intolerance to physical activity
* enlargement of the spleen and liver
* increased heart rate (tachycardia)
* heart murmur
If you want to know what 38% of COREXIT is and the reason it has a Class 3 (Serious) Health Classification and Class 2 (Moderate) Flammability Classification, read this NJ Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet (Adobe PDF format): http://nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/0275.pdf
What happens if COREXIT is ignited? And what is happening now with all the oil/Corexit they are burning? And what of the new announcement from BP (June 10) that they are preparing to use a device called an EverGreen Burner [the name implies a lie in itself] that turns a flow of oil and gas into a vapor that is pushed out its 12 nozzles and burned?
Well, here’s what happens when COREXIT is burned as BP is now going to do at a much larger scale…
According to the same above link, “POISONOUS GASES ARE PRODUCED IN FIRE”.
The Gulf of Mexico is heating up this time of year. According to the proven reports from the Alaska Valdez oil spill (which was nothing compared to the Gulf oil volcano), COREXIT become a more dangerous airborne toxin at 90 degrees Fahrenheit and above:
It is ironic to note that the MSDS for both Inipol EAP22 and Corexit 9527 warn to “keep product out of sewers and watercourses” or “prevent liquid from entering sewers, watercourses, or low areas,” respectively.
The MSDS for the Exxon product Corexit 9527 lists similar potential health effects of exposure including irritation to the eye, skin, and respiratory tract. Low order toxicity may result from skin contact as compound “may be absorbed through skin to produce hemolytic anemia and kidney damage evidenced by paleness and possibly red coloration of the urine.” Further, “vapors and/or aerosols, which may be formed at elevated temperatures may cause systemic effects.” (Inipol was heated to a target temperature of 90ºF before application.) Chronic effects of overexposure by inhalation or dermal contact may result in damage to the blood and kidneys. Source: http://www.valdezhousing.com/inipol/pages/solvents.htm
Corexit is lethal in as little as 2.6 parts per million where oil is lethal in 11 parts per million meaning that Corexit is over 4 times more toxic than oil.
Furthermore, scientific studies show that oil dispersed with Corexit is 11 times more lethal than oil alone. Source: http://scienceblogs.com/speakeasyscience/2010/05/a_lethal_concentration.php
MSDS Sheet for COREXIT 9527: http://www.rikiott.com/pdf/9527A%20MSDS.pdf
This says that COREXIT is anywhere from 30 to 60% 2-Butoxyethanol! So the mixture being used in the Gulf right now may be as high as 60% instead of 38% like the older Exxon 1991 mixture of COREXIT.
Here’s what their own report states:
2. COMPOSITION/INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS
Our hazard evaluation has identified the following chemical substance(s) as hazardous. Consult Section 15 for the nature of the hazard(s).
2-Butoxyethanol 30.0 – 60.0 % (w/w)
SECTION 313 – LIST OF TOXIC CHEMICALS (40 CFR 372) :
This product contains the following substance(s), (with CAS # and % range) which appear(s) on the List of Toxic Chemicals Hazardous Substance(s)
Glycol Ethers 30 – 60 % (w/w)
[ 2-Butoxyethanol is a Glycol Ether ]
2-Butoxy Ethanol may damage the developing fetus.
There is limited evidence that 2-Butoxy Ethanol may
damage the male reproductive system (including decreasing
the sperm count) in animals and may affect female fertility in
Source: http://nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documen … 275.pdf%5D
This is no different than an enemy chemical or biological attack. It is just cleverly veiled and cloaked in such a way that it is hidden in plain sight.