posted on Oct, 26 2010 @ 01:39 PM
Originally posted by damwel
I fail to see or imagine how oil in your body (even nonbiological oils) could dissolve any body part. It's not acid it's oil.
When it's hot and windy, more than water is whipped up into the clouds. Ever heard of it raining fish or frogs? Crude oil has been detected in the
rain in florida. This makes it possible for people to inhale it.
Crude oil is mostly hydrocarbons.
Get a bit of this on your skin, - no problem.
Swallow a little of this, - small problem.
Inhale a little crude oil, an it stays in your lungs forever, rotting them.
Chemical Pneumonitis from Hydrocarbon Aspiration
While hydrocarbons have been reported to be toxic to various organ systems, the most frequent adverse effect is aspiration, which can cause a chemical
pneumonitis from direct injury to the lung parenchyma. Other effects of aspiration are pulmonary edema, bronchospasm, and resultant hypoxia. On
pathology, there is a necrotizing pneumonia along with direct destruction of capillaries, alveolar septae, and the pulmonary epithelium. The
surfactant layer, which is composed of lipids, is made soluble by hydrocarbons, causing further damage. Subsequently, there can be atelectasis,
interstitial inflammation, and hyaline membrane formation.
It's a very painful, slow way to die.
You can be sure there will be many deaths like this in that area, but they will happen gradually, and be written off as pneumonia or influenza.