Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The BP "Blue Flu" - Exaggeration or Epidemic?

A lot of mysterious and severe health problems have been reported among the BP disaster cleanup workers, and among others who have come too close to the oil, the Corexit, or both. What is happening here? Is it something more than just ordinary exposure to crude oil?

Many believe that what we're seeing here are cases of "TILT" (Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance). Two weeks ago, reported:

Regardless of whether the illness being reported in Gulf cleanup workers and residents ends up being confirmed as TILT, the fact remains that the chemicals people are being exposed to in the oil and dispersants are known to have health impacts including eye, skin and respiratory irritation, as well as headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea and confusion. An analysis of EPA air testing data has found levels of these chemicals in coastal communities exceeding safety standards.

As of this week, the Louisiana Department of Health has documented 109 reports of illnesses among residents exposed to the spill, with 74 of those complaints coming from cleanup workers, according to ProPublica. In Alabama, another 19 cases of illness have been reported among people exposed to chemicals in the spill.

Now, another set of symptoms are being reported online, and a new name is being circulated: the "Blue Flu", or the "BP Flu". Apparently this story broke on a website called World Vision Portal, with someone called "Gnosty" giving a firsthand account of something potentially even more frightening than TILT.

"Gnosty" reports that locals in Florida are complaining of "migraine headaches, eye aches, joint aches, ear aches, severe coughing bouts, fevers, vomiting, and swollen glands (especially in the neck)", as well as "severe symptomatic cyanosis. These rapidly increasing symptoms range from bluish lip color to numbness in fingers and toes." He adds:

I have been interviewing family and friends who live along the Gulf of Mexico coast in Louisiana and Mississippi. Many of them had been working on shrimp boats before May 1, 2010 and a cousin is a shrimp boat owner. I have also spoken at length with two RN's working at a Gulf coast Emergency Room and an Emergency Clinic who are close family friends. I am basing what follows on their observations and knowledge along with my own personal research...

The oil and gas from the Biloxi Dome area has not stopped flowing. It's an oil exploration well which blew out on or about February 13, 2010 so severely that it deposited the Blow Out Preventer (BOP) and the steel well casing hundreds of yards away on the ocean floor. There is nothing there to cap or abate the oil flow with. It's an open hole that is nothing less than an oil, gas and tar volcano. While a certain leaking BP well may have been capped seven miles northeast of the Biloxi Dome area, an already large underwater lake of oil at an approximate 3,000 foot depth is rapidly growing each hour. It's estimated 9 mile length in May 2010 is surely dwarfed in size now.

Don't be fooled by the lack of surface oil being reported by the mainstream media shills and BP. Corexit hides what is beneath and Corexit is more toxic than crude oil itself. The only people denying the existence of the underwater plumes are the people at BP. And they offer no evidence to contradict the extremely solid evidence provided by four universities, including LSU, of the existence of these huge underwater plumes of oil.

In rather alarmist terms, the article warns that the entire nation will be affected by the "BP Flu", because the oil and methane continuing to flood the Gulf of Mexico from the Biloxi Dome area will in turn result in more toxins released into the water and the air. Gradually currents will bring these substances inland. Presumably Corexit will continue to be applied to the gulf in order to keep up the appearance that everything is fine; and the Corexit disperant will also aid in the propagation of microparticles. "While the Blue Flu symptoms are increasing for more and more people, those who have had 30+ days of direct exposure to the toxic and oxygen depleted Gulf air and water are in immediate danger of permanent and irreversible biological damage... if not death."

We caution the reader that everything in the World Vision Portal post is hearsay so far, but it echoes and dovetails with verifiable similar cases. It's also extremely well-written and motivates us to keep an eye on the story and research the matter further ourselves.