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This month the Louisiana Environmental Action Network released the results of tests performed on blood samples collected from Gulf residents. Whole blood samples were collected from 12 people between the ages of 10 and 66 in September, November and December and analyzed by a professional lab in Georgia, with the findings interpreted by environmental chemist and LEAN technical adviser Wilma Subra.
The individuals tested were two boys ages 10 and 11, four men and six women. They included cleanup workers on Orange Beach, Ala., crabbers from the Biloxi, Miss. area and people living on Perdido Key, Ala. Four of the people tested -- including three adults and the 10-year-old -- showed unusually high levels of benzene, a particularly toxic component of crude oil. Subra compared the levels found in the test subjects to the levels found in subjects in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a research program conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics.
Specifically, Subra compared the benzene levels in the Gulf residents to the NHANES 95th percentile value -- that is, the score below which 95 percent of the NHANES subjected tested. In other words, she compared the benzene levels found in Gulf residents to some of the highest levels found in the general population.
That comparison shows cause for concern, as the benzene levels in the blood of four Gulf residents ranged between 11.9 and 35.8 times higher than the NHANES 95th percentile value of 0.26 parts per billion. Benzene is known to cause a host of health problems including anemia, irregular menstrual periods, ovarian shrinkage and leukemia.
The Gulf residents with the highest levels of benzene in their blood included a family of crabbers -- a 46-year-old man and woman and a 10-year-old boy -- and a 51-year-old woman crabber, all from the Biloxi area. Ethylbenzene was detected in all 12 blood samples from Gulf residents over the NHANES 95th percentile value of 0.11 ppb, with some individuals testing over three times that concentration. Ethylbenzene is known to cause dizziness, damage to the inner ear and hearing, and kidney damage, and it's also thought to cause cancer. Eleven of the 12 individuals tested had relatively high concentrations of xylenes, with some of them testing up to 3.8 times higher than the NHANES 95th percentile value of 0.34 ppb. Xylene exposure can lead to headaches, dizziness, confusion, skin irritation, respiratory problems, memory difficulties and changes to the liver and kidneys. The blood test results also found high levels of other toxic petrochemicals including 2-methylpentane, 3-methylpentane and isooctane.
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
There's something going on here too in Atlanta. Most seems to be starting with sneezing and sniffling and then get a throat thing with a cough, then it's followed my a downward progression with some stomach symptoms that clear relatively quickly, but if never quite leaves the throat. alternating with some tickling and sudden outburst of coughing that persist for weeks and weeks (some I know are going on 8 weeks now). Doctors say it's not a lung thing...just a "cold," but they give it a fancy name. Mostly it's the cough that's just not quitting. It produces a very thick mucus too that gets "stuck" and is very hard to get up. For me in particular it definitely worsened if I went outside, so I didn't. e. Raw apple cider vinegar seemed to clear it for me. A shot in the morning and one at night. FWIW.edit on 1/23/2011 by ~Lucidity because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by PurpleDog UK
From a slightly different angle :-
If there is something 'in the air' (sorry Phil collins) maybe it would be more worrying NOT exhibiting any symptoms...
I mean, all the symptoms people are reporting on here are similar to allergic / or infection reactions which mean that the body is actively trying to repel something....
I live in the UK, (midlands) and I too have suffered a little.... I put it down to excess over Christmas, too much drinking and poor sleep.. Over time you body gets 'tired'..
I have an occasional issue with my sinus and small polyps which seem to recede when i stop drinking completely..... I'm not in bad shape, no other health issues, as far as i am aware..
Can i suggest that you cease drinking alcohol of any kind for a week or two and get at least a weeks good sleep.....
Originally posted by greeneyedleo
Who the heck knows.....but Im sick of it.
Originally posted by Dissent
Possibly Chem-trails? I don't know, I'm just saying, If they are "real", It is kinda logical. to me.
I haven't had any of these symptoms, apart from headaches but I've had those of and on weekly for as long as i can remember. i also don't go out side much, except for when i have to shovel and throw snow.
But most of the stuff your all talking about is kinda normal for winter, Apart from the sheer number of people with this problemedit on 23-1-2011 by Dissent because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Skywatcher2011
reply to post by jontap
I'm having no problems with my sinuses here in Canada.
...this is happening to every single person i know. ALL OF THEM. the people who have this all say that this is completely new and not typical of them ever.
What do you think is causing this? It is definitely something to get checked on with your doctor and write a daily journal to record any unusual changes that may progress from your current condition. I hope you and your friends get well soon. You must feel quite distressed over not knowing the cause of your symptoms.