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Gulf Of Mexico A Sea Of Sickness After BP Oil Spill

A few weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine told me of a conversation she had with an “expert” she met while traveling. He had been studying the environmental impact of the BP oil spill that took place after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, she said. He assured her that, despite environmentalists’ concerns, the oil spill was all taken care of, and that there were no major negative impacts.

A new scientific study shows something quite different. Tuna swimming in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are dying of heart attacks because of exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons contained in crude oil. In related news, half of the dolphins in a recent survey of Louisiana waters fouled by the BP crude oil spill were found to be dying or gravely ill. Some of the dolphins were so sick that they lost all of their teeth – and they usually have between 78 and 106 teeth.

How could my acquaintance’s traveling companion have missed these signs? He works for a company that’s supposed to be working to clean up the Gulf of Mexico from the BP oil spill — a company that has a financial incentive to declare that everything’s already back to normal.

5 comments to Gulf Of Mexico A Sea Of Sickness After BP Oil Spill

  • Tom

    He didn’t miss the signs – he’s lying. Don’t want to panic the herd, now, do we?

    It can’t be cleaned up, much like the Fukushima radiation that keeps dumping into the Pacific everyday can’t be “cleaned up.” We’re killing the planet – simple as that: we’re wrecking our habitat to the point that soon it will be unable to support life anywhere. Everyone will begin to get the idea when there’s not enough food (coming soon with all the drought and flooding worldwide, and the erratic and unpredictable weather patterns emerging from all our fossil fuel use), when they finally notice all the trees dying, have trouble breathing from air pollution, get cancer from all the radiation in the biosphere, have a mutated baby or any other signs to which practically no one is paying any attention. Industrial civilization is toxic and destructive and our so-called intelligence is not all it’s cracked up to be (no pun intended, but that’s kinda funny). Humanity is a cancer to Earth’s life support system and we’re killing our host.

    Enjoy your days.

  • Tom

    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.co.nz/2014/02/birth-defects-in-washington.html

    Tuesday, 18 February 2014

    Birth defects in Washington

    The doctors may be ‘perplexed’, but the rest of us have some idea of what might be causing this.

    Doctors unsure what’s behind dramatic increase in birth defects in rural Washington

    As state and federal officials document the alarming rise of deadly birth defects in rural Washington, health experts are at a loss when it comes to pinpointing the source of the problem.

    In the three years prior to January 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found there had been 23 cases of anencephaly – a birth defect in which a child is born without parts of their brain or skull – reported in three Washington counties: Benton, Franklin and Yakima.

    This rate of 8.4 cases per 10,000 live births quickly attracted the attention of health officials, especially since it’s four times the national average

    Anencephaly wasn’t the only severe birth defect confirmed by the CDC, however. Three cases of spina bifida were also uncovered, a condition that involves the failure of a baby’s spine and brain to develop properly.

    Since the publication of the report last year, another eight or nine cases of anencephaly and spina bifida have been reported by Susie Ball, a counselor at the Central Washington Genetics Program.

    The most worrisome aspect of the whole situation isn’t simply the increased rate of the defects, but the fact that no one is quite sure what’s causing the problem. According to a report by NBC News, the CDC inspected the medical records of hundreds of individuals, looking for disparities between mothers whose children suffered birth defects and those whose children were fine.

    Despite examining disease history, the types of medication taken, the source of the water used by mothers, and other factors, the research ultimately yielded disappointing results.

    “No statistically significant differences were identified between cases and controls, and a clear cause of the elevated prevalence of anencephaly was not determined,” the CDC report stated.

    While some experts, such as the CDC’s Jim Kucik, speculate that the cluster of defects could simply be an unfortunate coincidence, others pointed out that since the investigation did not include interviews of the mothers due to lack of funds, crucial information could have been missed.

    “If there were resources, it really would be wonderful to go back to the families to conduct more intensive interviews regarding common environmental exposures,” Allison Ashley-Koch, a professor at the Duke University Medical Center for Human Genetics, told NBC.

    Ashley-Koch went on to note that considering the three affected Washington counties contain a significant agricultural presence, the anencephaly cases could be linked to prolonged exposure to pesticides or mold. If the pesticides used in the area contain nitrates, it’s possible they could be playing a role.

    “They may have eaten the same type of produce from a particular grower or farmer, which essentially put all those folks at risk,” she said.

    Another potential source of nitrates could be coming from private well water, which typically contain far more of the compound than water from a tap or bottle. As noted last year by the Yakima Herald, a Texas A&M study found that women with high levels of nitrate in their drinking water were at a higher risk of encountering birth defects.

    Although the root cause of the defects remains unclear, health experts have often recommended taking folic acid on a daily basis to combat the maladies. According to a report by the Texas Department of State Health Services, this practice could potentially prevent 50-75 percent of birth defects like anencephaly.

    For Andrea Jackman, a Washington mother whose child was born with spina bifida, the next step is to make sure the public knows about the risks. She told NBC that for years she lived near an orchard that employed pesticides and also drank well water, and was never informed of the chances she was taking.

    “There’s got to be something. I mean, something causes it,” Jackman said. “Every mother wants their child to be perfect. If you could find a way to stop this from happening, why wouldn’t you want to do that? Why would you not want to tell people?”

    The CDC is expected to publish another report on the situation later this year.

    • Dave

      Tom, it would be well to remember that a national average is just that — an average. Health phenominae will most of the time show higher incidence in some areas, lower in others. Not to say investigation isn’t important, but one thing that stands out is the B vitamin deficiency that is apparent in the cases you cited. I believe in the need for supplementation, and it is a well known fact that babies born to mothers who are vegetarians often present B deficiency. Is vegetarianism more common in rural Washington than in the country as a whole?

  • Tom

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/17/heatwave-frequency-surpasses-levels-previously-predicted-for-2030

    Heatwave frequency ‘surpasses levels previously predicted for 2030′

    Abbott government urged to better articulate dangers of climate change as Climate Council highlights rising number of hot days

    The government has been urged to better articulate the dangers of climate change after a report that shows the frequency of heatwaves in parts of Australia has already surpassed levels previously predicted for 2030.

    The Climate Council report highlights that Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra all experienced a higher average number of hot days between 2000 and 2009 than was expected to occur by 2030.

    Research by the CSIRO forecast that Melbourne would experience an average of 12 days over 35C each year from 2030, but the average over the past decade was 12.6 days.

    Adelaide experienced an average of 25.1 days a year over 35C in this time, while Canberra surpassed this mark an average of 9.4 days.

    The annual number of record hot days across Australia has more than doubled since 1950, according to the Climate Council report, with the south-east of the country at particular risk from more frequent heatwaves, drought and bushfires.

    Last month’s heatwave, which enveloped much of Victoria and South Australia, caused 203 heat-related deaths in Victoria alone, according to the report.

    Tim Flannery, of the Climate Council, told Guardian Australia that heatwaves were the “most dangerous natural hazards in Australia”.

    “They kill hundreds of people and the fact they are accelerating beyond the predicted trends is a concern,” he said. “Heatwaves are coming earlier, they are lasting longer and they are hotter. They build up for days and before you know it, elderly people, infants and the homeless are in danger.” [there’s more]

  • Tom

    I hear you Dave and agree that in this case there may be a simple answer for this cluster, though vitamin B seems a bit too simple – but let’s see if they (the CDC) ever gets to the bottom of it, or, more importantly, if they ever report their findings to the general public. i’m not looking for “boogie men” or blaming it on “chem-trails” or even radiation, though it’s very likely that radiation will be having an profound effect on cellular life going forward, due to its increasing presence in the environment (at least 300 tons every day into the Pacific and there are regular “venting events” from nuke plants into the atmosphere all over the world). There are other such clusters of different anomalous diseases elsewhere (especially on the west coast). Let’s see if they come up with anything.

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