UPDATE ON THE GULF OIL SPILL CATASTROPHE
By Dr. James Howenstine, MD.
October 11, 2010
The volumes of oil spilled have been grossly underestimated from the beginning. Corexit 9500 has been a valuable part of the coverup because it binds to oil and carries the oil below the surface of water where it is less visible. The fact that Corexit is so toxic it has been banned in Great Britain and other European nations has been ignored in the USA.
Investigative reporter Dahr Jarmail reports that Gulf air is so laden with chemicals that it is possible to smell and taste the chemicals in the air. Symptoms produced by this toxic exposure include headaches and shortness of breath which have already been experienced by hundreds of persons. Patients who are known to have bronchial asthma and pulmonary emphysema are at great risk for a flareup of their breathing disorder when exposed to airborne oil.
British Petroleum promptly took several steps to decrease their liability. One of these involved setting up a research project to test victims of the oil spill who are having symptoms. This study has come up with two conclusions:
1- Gulf air is safe to breath.
2- Symptoms are primarily due to mental stress.