posted on May, 21 2010 @ 08:20 AM
Oh, and you cant leave this out:
A fact sheet on the demonstrated impacts to human health from exposure to crude oil has been provided by Dr. Michael Harbut, Karmanos Cancer
Institute, and Dr. Kathleen Burns of Sciencecorps, outlining the dangerous health hazards posed by oil and oil fumes. www.sciencecorps.org...
Significant health risks and impacts include:
Visible effects such as skin damage, headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, coughing, respiratory difficulty, chemical pneumonitis, and other
Serious effects without obvious immediate symptoms including liver and kidney disease, lung damage, immune system suppression, abnormal hormone
levels, infertility, anemia, nerve damage, mutations, cancer, and other serious health problems.
Serious risk to pregnant women, both to their own health and to the fetus’s, including abnormal growth and development, skeletal deformities and
other birth defects.
Extreme risk to children, especially newborns, who are very vulnerable to toxic chemicals in crude oil due to incompletely formed immune and
detoxification systems. They may experience abnormal growth, neurocognitive damage, cancer and other health conditions.
Those with preexisting medical conditions can see a worsening of those diseases due to even short-term exposure.
Whether health damage occurs depends on individual characteristics and exposure levels, but health experts agree that no exposure is free of heath
risks. There is no “safe” level of exposure to carcinogens such as benzene; crude oil contains multiple carcinogens and mutagens.