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Even though nobody saw this coming, it's true. BP's oil dispersants are toxic, and they're making people sick. The poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) released by the toxic chemical combinations sprayed all over the gulf are carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic.

And people are getting very, very sick.

In fact it turns out that the chemical dispersants BP used to hide the spill actually combine with oil to produce even more toxic and dangerous compounds. But of course according to BP that is just baseless fear-mongering, and I suppose the people becoming severely ill are just faking it to extort money from the abused and innocent billionaires.

What are they faking to get money out of the unfairly vilified BP? Oh, just minor things:

"I started to vomit brown, and my pee was brown also," Matsler, a Vietnam veteran who lives in Dauphin Island, said. "I kept that up all day. Then I had a night of sweating and non-stop diarrhea unlike anything I’ve ever experienced."

Denise Rednour of Long Beach, Mississippi, has been taking walks on Long Beach nearly every day since the disaster began on April 20, and she is dealing with constant health issues.

"I've had health problems since the middle of July," she said. "At the end of August, I came home from walking on the beach and for four days had bloody, mucus-filled diarrhea, dry heaves, and blood running out of my ear."

"What I'm seeing are toxified people who have been chemically poisoned," she said, "They have sore throats, respiratory problems, neurological problems, lesions, sores, and ulcers. These people have been poisoned and they are dying. Drugs aren’t going to help these people. They need to be detoxed."

Those are the ones kids are picking up and playing with and breathing the fumes that come off them when you crush them in your hand. These will affect anyone who comes into contact with it. You could have an open wound and this goes straight in. Women have a lot more open mucus membranes and they are getting sicker than men. They are bleeding from their vagina and anus. Small kids are bleeding from their ears. This stuff is busting red blood cells."

The list goes on, in somewhat graphic detail. But hey, at least BP is sorry. That makes everything better.

Originally posted to Element 61 on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 05:42 PM PDT.

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  •  You might want to update your tags to include (14+ / 0-)

    the new head of BP -- Dudley Do-No-Right. Damn those bastards for pumping this sh*t into the Gulf. And with the recent news that huge plumes of oil are reappearing it makes you wonder just how long we'll be suffering from the effects of the spill and "cleanup" efforts?

    Those who forget the lessons of history are probably watching Glenn Beck.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 05:44:54 PM PDT

  •  Please understand (6+ / 0-)

    This story is SOOOO old. No one cares. So we lose a few women and kids. There're plenty more where they came from.

    God damn the American attention span.

    It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. -- Thomas Jefferson

    by AtlantaJan on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 05:57:06 PM PDT

  •  and bad cement too. (11+ / 0-)

    No doubt you've heard the news reports by now, that BP used bad cement on the original well.   It failed 3 out of 4 tests, as in "it failed again, test it again until it passes."

    It would be interesting to see the compressive strength results in pounds per square inch (psi), and compare to the 3000 psi rating that is conventional for house foundations.  

    And then ask the BP execs if they would live in a house built on that stuff.   And then ...oh if only there was a way... force them to do it.  On the side of a hill next to an earthquake fault.  

  •  just a note of caution (4+ / 0-)

    the oil itself is toxic

    the gulf is full of poisons that come down the river.

    the "marker chemical" for corexit is found in degreasers that are dumped into storm drains from Pittsburg down to Nola.

  •  Well this is shocking (3+ / 0-)

    I mean, damn, I never saw this coming.

    "They proved that if you quit smoking, it will prolong your life. What they haven't proved is that a prolonged life is a good thing." - Bill Hicks

    by Moon Mop on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 06:10:58 PM PDT

  •  This is sickening even at this distance. Watch (7+ / 0-)

    the BP goons try to lie and obfuscate their way out of this one.  How could it be us?  Why haven't we heard anything about this before?  This is just isolated cases, isn't it?   Its just a virus, of course.   These people will do anything to try to get free money.  We've already passed our $75million cap on liability.  WHAT?  What's this $20billion nonsense?  First I ever heard of it.  Whose idea was that?   Have the run tests?  I'll bet its made up by freeloaders.  Our doctors haven't seen anything like that.  In London, of course, where else would they be?  

    There's likely to be an airwave glut as this builds up. Including more senators wanting to apologize for people's blackening the fine name of BP.  Spoilsports.  Cheap little people trying to extort money.  Are you sure they didn't take something to make themselves sick so they could get money?  Gave it to their poor little children too?   They'd tell you anything........

    I'm going to be in New Orleans for two weeks in November.  I won't be doing any beach walking.  We may go and look at a couple of areas my daughter has been keeping an eye on.  I will be eating fish, but I'll be checking on where they came from first.  Can't believe all the people hurt in so many ways by this petty, selfish, money over safety bunch of corporate goons.
    ;
    Thanks for reading, I feel better now ;)

    REMEMBER THE GULF! Republicans want to get the country moving by taking us from D to R for Ramble.

    by maybeeso in michigan on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 06:11:00 PM PDT

  •  The illness quotes from al-jazeera. (5+ / 0-)
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    murrayewv, ebohlman, RosyFinch, nickrud, JackND

    I've seen similar youtube connections, but usually from rightwing sites. Then there's a law firm, with a vested interest, making these same claims.

    So...

    It doesn't sound outlandish that the health of Gulf Coasters might be under major assault, but it's not something I'd rush to believe without something more mainstream covering this.

    For instance, I'd accept local news channels (not news channels on the internet only), or established universities and labs, etc. What were al-jazeera's sources?

    I'm certainly not prepared to buy anything the government might say about it being fine, given the track record of the Coast Guard, etc since the accident began. But... I don't have people down there, so I don't know.

    Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

    by Jim P on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 06:15:01 PM PDT

    •  Did you read the article (1+ / 0-)
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      Jim P

      It states who did the study, and the institute they work for.

      •  Yes. But the sources need confirmation. (1+ / 0-)
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        ebohlman

        The phrasing is ambiguous. "Naman, who works at the Analytical Chemical Testing Lab in Mobile, Alabama, has been carrying out studies ..."

        Is it Naman, or the Lab saying this? And, if the lab, are there any others saying this?

        "By the middle of last summer, the Alabama Department of Public Health said that 56 people ...had sought treatment for what they believed were oil disaster-related illnesses."

        Seems to mean the people being treated believed, and not necessarily the ADPH.

        I've seen the youtube version or similar, though, for a lot of the anecdotal accounts. Again, that was through right-wing and advocate sites. I just hope that our press gets more focused on this, or some clever blogger can scan the stations and press there and show what they report.

        My bias is to believe this is true, so for myself I have to set a tight standard so I don't go off where I shouldn't.

        Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

        by Jim P on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 08:33:43 PM PDT

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  •  BP killed the Gulf. (7+ / 0-)

    If this is happening to humans walking on the beach, what is happening to marine life. The Gulf supported an important food chain that is now gone.

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 06:15:04 PM PDT

  •  Accidents Happen (0+ / 0-)

    says Ran Paul and the rand paul lover don't seem to mind. Something has to kill off  of those republicans voters down there besides old age. I don't give a damn if you flag hide rate what ever i am mad as hell with all the repug racist anti american people.

  •  there is a whole bunch of links over at (2+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, DawnN

    nakedcapitalism today re: Gulf Oil spill
    made me wonder what happened to the daily diary that used to be here?

    All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure. Mark Twain

    by pickandshovel on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 07:48:28 PM PDT

  •  I'm not sure if you can call them PAHs. (1+ / 0-)
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    ebohlman

    Dispersant may be degraded to ethylene glycol which is quite toxic (aka car antifreeze) and probably what causes the health effects. Aromatic substances that Al-Jazeera talks about are probably from the oil itself. Real PAHs causes cancer but not the kind of health effects described. And dispersant doesn't contain them (although dispersed oil might contain small quantities).

    •  Ethylene glycol toxicity (1+ / 0-)
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      doesn't really look like what's being reported; it gets metabolized to oxalic acid which in relatively small amounts causes kidney damage and in larger amounts causes heart stoppage due to taking calcium ions out of solution in the blood.

      That "toxified people" quote is written in language commonly used by alternative practitioners like chiropractors or naturopaths (who make money selling non-drug "detoxification" nostrums) but not by toxicologists. Additionally, profuse bleeding from orifices is a Hollywood symptom of toxic exposure, but not one associated in real life with exposure to synthetic small molecules (bacterial toxins, which are proteins, could possibly do it, but they aren't found in oil or dispersants).

      Most of the health dangers from exposure to petroleum chemicals are delayed ones, like developing cancer tens of years later.

      I suspect many of these reports are being offered by a friend of a friend of a friend. That doesn't mean they're really faked, but that the story has mutated in the process of transmission (remember playing "telephone"?).

      The schools will probably teach kindergartners to play nice with everyone. — Will Phillips, on how marriage equality would affect education

      by ebohlman on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 09:13:53 PM PDT

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      •  I would expect local news sources (0+ / 0-)

        to report it and not just Al Jazeera. Although the article has a lot of names and photos so it's unlikely to be completely fake. Great point about the toxicity mechanism of ethylene glycol. Damage to mucous membranes described in the article though can very easily be due to dispersed oil.

  •  Possibly the the first thing to make me (0+ / 0-)

    truly thankful I'm in El Paso and no longer living on the Gulf Coast anymore.

    (-8.50, -7.64) I voted 10/19/10.

    by croyal on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 08:14:13 PM PDT

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