The Disaster In The Gulf Hits Home
Albeit, many of us are already experiencing a certain degree of "disaster fatigue," if not also an overwhelming sense of disempowerment. After all, the steady stream of reports coming from the Gulf region are invariably negative and even those who are in charge of fixing this mess have next to nothing to show for their efforts. There is also a growing sense that the government, BP and elements of the mainstream media have been misinforming the public about the true magnitude of this disaster. In light of these concerns, I decided to do a little digging of my own.
Were it not for Medline - the powerful government biomedical database from which all GreenMedInfo.com derives its data - I would probably still be in the dark about the immense danger that crude oil and the chemicals used to "mitigate" and "remediate" it pose to the environment. The media, government officials and BP, of course, have been playing down the dangers to the public, with examples like oiled beaches still being made open to the public, and OSHA recently deciding that clean-up workers should not have to wear respirators to protect themselves from the deadly fumes created by dispersants. Guest "expert" scientists can be heard in countless radio and television interviews making overly cautious and politically-motivated comments like "we do not know what these chemicals will do," contradicting a vast body of evidence which clearly demonstrates the dispersants are making the problem far worse.
If the spinning of this event continues, unchecked by reason, this disaster in the Gulf will result in irreversible damage to clean-up workers, residents, and marine life in the Gulf - and by dispersion into the Gulf current - the entire world's oceans.
Medline contains first-hand clinical data on past crude oil spills, chemical dispersants, and the highly toxic hydrocarbons being released in this event, such as benzene. After reviewing these studies, the true magnitude of the environmental and health catastrophe has revealed itself to me. My main discovery was that the very dispersants being employed to mitigate the disaster are AMPLIFYING IT, to the point of making it impossible to save the life in the ocean....
The Environmental Protection Agency's own toxicological assessment of Corexit 9500 - BP's preferred dispersant - shows it is the most toxic and least effective of all 18 approved by the EPA to use. In fact, the EPA's toxicological evaluation showed that the dispersant increased the toxicity of the crude oil to marine life by 350%. What is far more shocking is that research exists on Medline showing that Corexit 9500 increases the absorption of deadly hydrocarbons from crude oil into exposed fish up to 1,100 times more readily! Evidence is also beginning to surface that these dispersants do not biodegrade safely with time as we have been told, but rather increase in toxicity the longer they persist in the environment. If this is true, the dispersants could be transmogrifying an already catastrophic event into an ecological nightmare from which we may never - in our lifetimes, or our children's lifetimes - awaken from. This is why I implore you to educate yourselves further on the topic. The website I created Gulf Oil Spill Truth and the articles linked below should give you the information you need to come to an independent understanding of what is actually happening in the region.
Also, special thanks to Debra from Voices of Tommorow for featuring my article on the same topic this month.
Research on Attenuating Benzene-Induced Toxicity
To learn more about the dangers of crude oil exposure and dispersants you can visit Gulf Oil Spill Truth.
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