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Corexit: Oil Spill Facts and Dangers

Published on August 5, 2010

Coast Guard and Obama Administration Betrays
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An aircraft releases Corexit oil dispersant over the Gulf

The Gulf oil disaster has finally shown us the mentality of certain people and corporations as we see fully demonstrated in the above picture. What we see is extremely low altitude Chemtrail spraying in the Gulf. And of course it’s considered safe as are all extremely dangerous chemicals and heavy metals by the government and the corporations that use them. This spraying of Corexit is certified by the EPA as being a safe hell to breathe in though early on in the disaster it was reported that the EPA warned BP not to use it.

Over 40% of adults living within ten miles of the coast said they have experienced direct exposure to the oil spill or clean-up effort. Within this group, nearly 40% reported physical symptoms of skin irritations and respiratory problems, which they attributed to the oil spill. Colombia University

Someone or a group of some ones should probably be shot for what they have done to the southern United States with Corexit for it is doubtful that any medical protocol, no matter how brilliantly designed, is going to be able to protect the animals, plants and people in a wide region around the Gulf of Mexico. Corexit is an agent that has been shown to break down lipid membranes, which cover and protect human skin and cover each and every human cell and absolutely no one on the planet has every worked with this kind of toxicity before.

Over one-third of parents report that their children have experienced either physical symptoms or mental health distress as a consequence of the oil spill. – Colombia University

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Human skin and cell membranes are composed of a thin layer of lipids and Corexit, by nature, breaks down these organized barriers into smaller individual molecules allowing the barrier to become permeable to pathogens. The skin irritation could be caused by prolonged exposure to these chemicals and could break down the ability of the body to fight off infection and on a cellular level interfere with the health and respiration of the cells.

My prediction is that we will be dealing with the impacts of this spill for several decades to come and it will outlive me. I won’t be here to see the recovery. Dr. Ed Cake – Biological Oceanographer

The fact that it can cause rupture of red blood cells indicates that it can severely damage cell membranes. Cell membranes consist of a mixture of lipids (about 30%), proteins (about 50%), cholesterol, and some carbohydrates. A key portion of the membrane is the lipid bilayer that consists of phospholipids. Any disruption of this lipid bilayer is likely to cause dysfunction of the membrane that lead to membrane rupture (as is known to be the case with red blood cells and corexit), increased cell mebrane permeability (allowing toxins to penetrate the cell), and disrupted cell-cell communication causing overall organism disfunction and possible death. Since corexit has been designed to disrupt and disperse lipids/oils, exposure of the body’s cells to this chemical through inhalation, skin absorption, or ingestion is likely to cause severe organ disfunction.

We are beginning to get reports as far as 800 miles north of the coast in Missouri of wide-scale damage to plant life that can only be coming from one source – dispersed airborne oil. Oil toxicity is one hugely damning thing but oil mixed and dispersed with Corexit is quite another.

Dispersants have never been applied on this scale, leaving environmental scientists guessing about the consequences. – Popular Science.

There is great concern that the dispersant BP used so widely will do more harm than the oil itself that leaked into the Gulf. The corporate monster British Petroleum chose to “cover their trail” by releasing disturbingly excessive amounts of Corexit onto the area of the spill. By dispersing the oil, BP and the Americans who own it hoped to reduce the scope of the devastation, at least in terms of diminishing their financial liabilities since the amount of measurable oil they can be fined for is thereby reduced.

The EPA asked BP to stop using Corexit, which is banned in 18 countries due to its toxicity, but the oil transnational refused.

The Coast Guard routinely approved BP requests to use thousands of gallons of the chemical per day to break up the oil in the Gulf, despite a federal directive to use the dispersant rarely, the investigators said. The Coast Guard approved 74 waivers over a 48-day period after the Environmental Protection Agency order. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., released a letter Saturday that said instead of complying with the EPA restriction, “BP often carpet-bombed the ocean with these chemicals and the Coast Guard allowed them to do it.”

Back at the end of June Yobie Benjamin, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, was reporting about a mysterious disease that has stricken crops in Mississippi. “It seems like damage brought by the oil gusher has spread way beyond the ocean, coastal areas and beaches. Collateral damage now appears to include agricultural damage far into inland Mississippi.” The disease has caused widespread damage to plants from weeds to farmed organic and conventionally grown crops.


800 miles from the Gulf Coast we are seeing this.


On July 20th I got a letter from a woman living in Missouri who wanted to let me know that the wild vines that are on her property were dying and look like rusted lace. She started noticing these around June 22nd and they continue to die especially after a rain. Also now other leaves are dying and seem to have holes and brown spots in them. Leaves from hickory trees, poison ivy and basically almost all other vegetation seem to have this. She has lived on this property for 14 years and has never seen anything like this. She felt sure that this is from the oil spill and the chemicals used. “I really do feel that it is from the rain.”

More than a third report children with new rashes or breathing problems, or who are nervous, fearful or “very sad” since the spill began. And even though the gusher of oil has been stanched, almost a quarter of residents still fear that they will have to move. National Center for Disaster Preparedness

By the beginning of August cries have started, “Where is all the oil?” It seems they have only made the devastation much worse with the use of 2 million gallons of dispersant. No one knows how light or severe the long-term effects will be but it’s beginning to look like we can assume the worst even up to and including the possibility of impacting the Gulf currents, which will have great impacts on the weather in the North Atlantic and Europe. It makes sense that the currents would be altered by changing the viscosity of the water and we do have the first reports of the stalling of the Gulf Loop Current.

Dr. Gianluigi Zangari, an Italian physicist at the Frascati National Laboratories in Italy notes that the effects of this stall have begun to spread to the Gulf Stream. This is because the Loop Current is a crucial element of the Gulf Stream itself and why it is commonly referred to as the “main engine” of the Stream. If worst case scenarios come to pass hundreds of millions of people, if not billions, will be wishing certain people, governmental organizations and corporations never existed.

Researchers at Tulane say it appears they’ve detected a Corexit fingerprint in the orange blobs found lodged in the bodies of tiny blue crab larvae collected from marshes that stretch from Texas to Florida so we can begin to assume that the toxic blueprint of this particular oil disaster will be enormous; the effects will be measured for many years or decades to come. Corexit is banned in the United Kingdom but was approved for use in the Gulf of Mexico by the Environmental Protection Agency. Oil dispersants trap oil and hold it in globules in the water instead of allowing it to rise to the surface where it can evaporate or be more easily collected. By keeping the oil away from the surface and therefore away from the shore, BP is minimizing its costs of cleaning up oil that reaches the shore and minimizing the amount of the fines that can be imposed upon them.

Chemist Kim Anderson of Oregon State University in Corvallis heads a team tracking how much of the worst toxins in the oil – organic chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – have been dumped in the water by the spill. They’ll be measured at four sites off the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Earlier samples from Louisiana alone showed that by June 7, concentrations of the toxic chemicals had risen 40 times higher than levels on May 1, although the water looked clear of oil.

Keith Ouchley, the biologist who leads the Nature Conservancy in Louisiana said, “What we don’t know are the biological impacts that occur as that oil is dispersed through the deep water columns under the ocean’s surface. We don’t know what it is doing or affecting today or in the future. There is very little experience with this scale of spill at these depths in such a biologically productive system as this.”

The greatest concern, added Ouchley, is what impact the undersea oil concentrations could have on the billions of tiny larval fish, shrimp and other organisms that are at the bottom of the whole marine food chain – and we may not know that for many years. And it’s the same for the health effects on adults and the future for many children in the northern Gulf.


No one in the Gulf is calculating the damage or the threat accurately for residents there are already under heavy attack from mercury-polluting smokestacks. The government has never admitted the true dangers of this heavy metal, which is a potent neurotoxin. Add the exposure to a large percentage of the local population due to mercury-containing dental amalgam, and now it’s almost flu season meaning the government is going to want to swoop into the area with its mercury-containing vaccines.


One 33-year-old woman said that upon seeking medical advice at a clinic, she was told she had scabies. Hours later, she was told by an area hospital that she had a staph infection. The woman was treated with a shot of penicillin and Elimite cream, a topical agent for the treatment of scabies mite infestations, and an oral antibiotic. In addition to the lesions, the woman reported aching bones, weight loss, stomach pains, inflammation in her leg and sties developing in her eyes. No consideration is given to toxin exposures from the Corexit mixed with the oil.

The active ingredient of the toxic chemical dispersant, which is up to 60% by volume, being sprayed by BP to fight the Gulf oil spill is a neurotoxin pesticide that is acutely toxic to both human and aquatic life, causes cancer, causes damage to internal organs such as the liver and kidneys simply by absorbing it through the skin and may cause reproductive side effects.

In fact the neurotoxin pesticide that is lethal to 50% of life in concentrations as little as 2.6 parts per million has been banned for use in the UK since 1998 because it failed the UK’s “Rocky shore test” which assures that the dispersant does not cause a “significant deleterious ecological change” – or to put that in laymen’s terms, it can kill off the entire food chain. But since the American government feels threatened by its own people, and takes great pride in treating us cruelly while lying about so many things, it comes as no surprise that they would create the greatest gas chamber the world has ever known for its own people.

Corexit has earned the highest EPA warning label for toxicity, which means the effects of the toxic chemicals to the eye are corrosive resulting in irreversible destruction of ocular tissue and other tissue with corneal involvement along with burning that can persist for more than 21 days. Effects to human skin are corrosive resulting in tissue destruction into the dermis and/or scarring. Yet you will be astonished to see at the end of this chapter that the company who makes Corexit says it’s no more toxic than chocolate or ice cream. I kid you not!

Corexit was widely used after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill and according to a literature review performed by the group, the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Corexit was later linked with widespread long-lasting health impacts in people including respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders. While writing Sound Truth and Corporate Myths, Dr. Riki Ott uncovered Exxon’s clinical data showing 6,722 workers, out of a total of 11,000, reported upper respiratory illnesses. In 2003, a Yale grad student, Annie O’Neill, conducted a pilot study that showed roughly one-third of these workers continued to suffer symptoms of chemical exposure.


Cleanup workers were the first to experience dizziness, fainting, nausea, nosebleeds, vomiting, coughing, headaches, stomach upset, and difficulty breathing, compounded by heat, fatigue, hydrocarbon smell, and combined toxicity of oil and dispersants.

Besides other toxins, crude oil contains benzene (which even in small amounts is associated with leukemia), Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, other serious blood and immune system diseases, ventricular fibrillation, congestive gastritis, toxic gastritis, pyloric stenosis, myalgia, kidney damage, skin irritation and burns, swelling and edema, vascular congestion in the brain, and lethal central nervous system depression among others, depending on length and degree of exposure.

The EPA’s safe level is 4 parts per billion (ppb), yet Gulf levels reach or top 3,000 in some areas, and has been smelled and “felt” hundreds of miles away, meaning residents inhaling fumes are ingesting dangerous toxins and raising their risk for serious future health problems, some potentially lethal.

Long-term exposure to benzene, ethylbenzene, xylene, toluene and other solvents may cause infertility, low-birth-weight babies, miscarriages, decreased cognitive function, psychomotor coordination problems, weakened immunity, and increased risk of depression, insomnia, certain cancers, and other diseases.

Even though “lab tech” Dr. David Horsup, VP of research and development for Nalco, the company that makes Corexit, says there’s no danger of the dispersant making its way into the food chain, there seems to be some disagreement:

From the company’s own Material Safety Data Sheet:

Where concentrations in air may exceed the limits given in this section, the use of a half-face filter mask or air-supplied breathing apparatus is recommended. A suitable filter material depends on the amount and type of chemicals being handled. Do not get in eyes, on skin, on clothing. Do not take internally. Avoid breathing vapor. Use with adequate ventilation. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice. After contact with skin, wash immediately with plenty of soap and water. Wear suitable protective clothing. Can cause chemical pneumonia if aspirated into lungs following ingestion. Repeated or prolonged exposure may irritate the respiratory tract.

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  • emeraldcoastlife

    I moved to the Gulf Coast (Destin, FL) last year and out of the blue I became dizzy with heart palpitations, shortness of breath & swollen lymph nodes. Doctor couldn’t figure it out. A month later a full blown itchy rash spread all over my skin which my PCP diagnosed as scabies. I decided to seek 2 other opinions with different dermatologists whom assured me that I do not have scabies but have a non-specified rash that is not responding to any tx. It comes and goes but now my skin is red, burning & itching chronically. I feel hopeless & worried that if this is the chemicals left over from BP, what will happen to my 16 month old baby? I thought the worst had already happened…is it still possible to get sick living here? 34 years of my life, I never had skin problems or allergies! Any advice greatly appreciated!

    • Jessica

      My family and I will be moving to pensacola in the fall, as my husband has been stationed there with the military. I am terrified of the potential health hazards from remaining oil and dispersants. We have a 3 year old little girl and an 18 month old little girl and I’m concerned about exposing them to these chemicals. I would really like to exchange email addresses with you so I can get a first hand account of what my family could be facing when we move. I’m desperate to learn if even now, 4 years after the spill, we would be in danger to move there. Please respond! Thanks.

  • Loved the interview and the music. He keeps things light to the touch and magically acceptable to everyone. That’s a gift. The CD looks inviting! Thanks for the good work on your show!

  • Lori

    I was a waitress in an Open Air restaraunt in Destin Florida. I was at work one day , while all the BP workers were on the beach and we had long stream puddles of water in the middle of the beach, i went down to check out…..take pictures, while working i didnt notice that the reason i was scratching my arm was because i had a rash all the way up it. One of my coworkers noticed and said, ” what in the world happened” i didnt put two and two together till later. Several times i went into work i would get sick, nausea, headache, till one night working on the deck, an overwhelming sense of dizziness, disorientation, nausea hit me. I had to leave , no way i could have functioned. From that night, i had major burning in my mouth, throat, stomach…found it hard to breath for 2 weeks. after that i was constantly getting sick at work. Even when it rained at my home i would get sick…. nausea. ( i am soooo trying to make a VERY long story short)! I called BP nurses who told me ” GO TO EMERGENCY” If this happens again”………so i did…….only to be PATRONIZED by the emergency phycisian…….telling me, it was only acid reflux…. told me i must not like to work……. got short with me after giving me something to NUMB my throat and stomach he asked if i felt better…….told him i still had headache. He responded” That IS NOT WHAT I ASKED YOU!!” I was in tears the whole time, knew at that point, i couldn’t fight the anger i had inside. He said that they have had NO ONE come in with Resperatory Problems….. Even though later i noticed that on the very last page of my release papers, after he said i was fine………it said that they suspect COPD….??? Is that NOT a resperatory condition?? I did however make a complaint with the hospital.
    I decided to move to get out of what i considered “Ground Zero”. Moved to Texas…. but before i left BP nurse got with me to get me to doctor before i left. Had only a week left and was suppose to get an appt. I never heard from her again.
    that week i got rearended by a Military SuV……..( which compounded my emotional state) i moved to Texas…..two weeks after i get a call from a BP nurse….really pushing me to go see thier doctor. I told her please give me time to settle in, my car was in shop. I asked where Burnadette was, the original nurse that was helping me. She said….oh, she is not with us anymore. (?????? HMMM) She continued to hound me till i got upset with her.
    Since then……..i have not seen any doc for this. My health has been horrible!! finally got on Inhaler, has helped……but now having stomach, throat and bowel problems. I DONT KNOW WHO TO TRUST!
    SOMEONE TELL ME………CAN I TRUST THESE LAWYERS THAT BP IS USING NOW THAT I GOT THE PACKET IM MAIL FOR MEDICAL BENIFITS SETTLEMENT? has anyone heard anything !!!! I feel like ive been in the twilight zone.
    The rest of the world has NOOO iDEA what the government and BP are covering over!!!! The Media Blackout……..HELP????

    • Lacey

      Hi Lori,
      I also work in Destin at the Back porch which is open air, and have experienced the hives, glazing of the eyes, headaches and depression which began in may of 2010. I have worked there since march of 2009 and never experienced those symptoms until after the spill and obviously when the chemical Corexit was being dumped. Within the past year my sypmtoms have worsened leading to abdominal stabbing pains, weight loss, severe fatigue, naseau, sinus sensitivity, stabbing chest pains, difficulty breathing, migraines, heart palpitations, and strange muscle spasms that occur several times throughout the day. I wish I could have just one day when I actually felt good and did not have one of these symptoms. I am only 24 and should not be feeling like I am 80. I can not afford health insurance and until I can am affraid to seek treatment because if i am found to be chemically poisoned no insurance company will accept me. The BP health benefit package is a crock, they are only offering it to residents who live within one mile from the shore line, which i have since 2009, and its only for Checkups which are by their doctors. This will not include coverage of your medicine or health insurance. And once you submit to be approved for this package you sign away your rights to sue for future bodily injury such as cancer which will happen eventually to us all its sad to say. There is no way anyone in my workplace will be around in 20 years because we had to breathe in the ocean mist everyday that the chemicals were being dumped. And we could even see the boats just a mile out dumping the dispersants for 4 straight months in summer 2010. My advice is to get a lawyer and sue. notice that the deep water horizon webpage now offers paperwork for intent to sue, because they know whats about to go down. do not join a class action because you’ll sit around for 10 years and get a measily pay out. I hope things turn out ok for you Lori! -Lacey

  • Trisha Springstead RN MS

    I have thousands reporting to me from all over Florida, I am on the Nature Coast. I am in need of Physicians to validate their suffering. Does anyone have a list of Doctors or are there any Doctors in Florida willing to step up to the plate.

    Many are Disabled, rashes all over the Gulf especially in the Panhandle, breathing disturbances, Neurological impairment, Brain Fog, Visual Problems,
    Nystagmus, Dizziness, Sore Throats that will not go away.

    Florida is in desperate need of help.
    Trisha Springstead RN MS

    • dan

      Trisha (or others),
      Would you move to the Gulf region if you didn’t have to? Love the area, don’t know if I am foolish to want to move there or paranoid for not moving there. Thanks.

    • Lori

      Please, somone… I have been complaining about my eyes ever since the spraying started. They burn a lot. Especially when I blink. I have been getting many blisters under my eyelids. And sty’s on my eyelids. The skin on my face has white spots on it. None of the doctors relate it to the spill or cleanup. My store is on the beach here. I now have a black dot in my vision that the eye doctor doesn’t see in my vision and has no idea what it’s from.
      What do I do? Where do I go?

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  • shane

    I am the shane prior and above
    Just wanted to share I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder
    anyone else have mental issues from this , It was diagnosed as an anxiety disorder …from the oil corexit still in my system – thanks I do have medication and much much much calmer now but still have the rashes ….

    • Volunteers are always wemloce but know that all 32 birds found with oil in their feathers have already been cleaned up. They do need oil sweepers in the marshes so get your Cottonmouth anti-toxin, your paper towels and head for the cheniers.

  • Miserable Rash!

    Believe me…I understand the anxiety! This is very frustrating and no doctors seem to know what to do. I can’t travel with my whole group to Louisiana for a doctor’s visit. Our doctor’s here need to be versed on how to treat this!

    We need relief!

    • shane

      Miserable rash I left several replies below they do not appear at top for some reason
      I dont know what to do , I do know if the stuff is in my system of if My skin is just screwed up for life , all I can tell you ,You are important , you do matter – and everyone else for that matter , I get so mad just feeling like I am a cent mark on their check books , i dont care what anyone gets from BP , But not only should bp be worried about going out of business they should be worreid about losing their hmes as I am in the process of doing , Ive lost my wife I am not making this crap up its all from the corecit , i am so toxic for my son to be around NOW MENTAL Stuff I have mania from being so mad all the time . I really think My skin has an irritation so when that I sweat I break out into hives , I went through the rashes for almost 18 months then I starting getting hives .
      You do matter you are not just a dot on a check book

  • shane

    I apologize – I have anxiety – with in controlable outbursts – I make perfectly good sense to only myself at times ..
    thanks for all your help – I have just been on a rampage trying to get some help mad at the world again thats all

  • shane

    call this doctor in Raceland LA
    he is openly treating Patients with symtpoms and assumes it BP and corexit
    News should be available this week sometime from his office where to be treated and to get an official diagnosis
    Dr. Michael Robichaux

    • shane

      so sorry to write once again – Dr harbert Metnioned earlier – went on leave of absense – prior to taking any patients – So I never made that trip but did hop on tonight to share the new doctor he also has a video in youtube about one of his patients – sest of luck to you all –
      When I find more I will let you know – but if you have rashes from a visit to the beach take pictures and get an attorney – Your live will be forever changed ,
      Anxiety disorders seem to be high on this list of complications along with the lesions – Get a therapist if needed …….

      • Dolphins and whales binwlog oil through their air holes Marine life dying is sinking due to the corexit The skin is the largest organ in the body, the corexit-a toxin in itself, serves to aid in the absorption of toxins from oil/gas fumes.Multiple man-made catastrophes divert attention, cause misery, deathand fear.DARK STAR

  • shane

    I found the actual term Is called T I L T
    Toxicant Induced Loss Of tolerance – it may already be listed here
    It was also announced those with manifest Problems such as Rashes – ( anything obvious as proof as evidence ) can be used toward negleigence claims at Nalco and sooner than later BP .
    I still have Boils , rashes , Lesions , Hives Heat Rashes staph etc – Hah I went to a different Dermatologist just recently and he viewed for about 3 minutes until he stated i had scabies – I laughed and left ……I am still having problems getting treated , its like the doctors cant do anything for me /us and they just know it and want help or cant bil with a diagnosis – I never will quit trying , I contacted Tulane University today for referrals for help

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Hi Shane,

      I will be glad to forward your information on to the poster you are responding to.

      Have you gotten yourself on Dr. Sircus protocol for this horrid gulf contamination syndrome? Please see Dr. Sircus’ essay on Medical Treatments for Airborne Poisons.

      You may find that these recommendations will help you more than what any of the doctors you are now seeing are telling you.

      • shane


        I really appreciate your comments and prompt ness
        and I really dont want to be mean , but you are like a thousand people Ive already spoken too , you quite have a clue what you are talking about
        entirely different what people with the rashes have , its not airborne
        its the dispersant and its a carcinogen – meaning it sucks in through your skin it takes the protectant layer of your skin and bruns it off .
        what others are caliming such as headaches and tired – judges rules yesterday asymtomatic symtoms suits would be thrown out – those of us that have been tearing our skin off for a year have something be used with the term T I L T and its manifest symtoms – meaning we can walk right up to someone and prove our neglicence claims .
        I tried this site early on and it may of gotten othes places but for miserable rash and myself – your going to send her down the wrong road -we want have benzene or ethanol poisoning in our blood stream – its eating our intestines out from under us and spitting it out our largest organ SKIN .
        I dont know a lot but i can assure you I have more time than anyone oon this subject for over a year – I can send you pic of gorie looking skin rashes – I also have beginners emphazema – receiving breathing treatments regularly
        I am the same shane that has posted many other times on this site .I suggest at least looking up T I LT toxican induced loss of tolerance and DR RIkki ott a key environmentalist specialist during the Valdez oil spill .
        what this is someone that went o the beach and had their skin burnt off – had we lived their – we would of had more crucial significant injuries as the carcinogen also sets off your senses such as smell ,

        • Claudia – IMVA Staff


          Perhaps you should read the essay again. Dr. Sircus readily acknowledges that these toxic poisons can be intaked from breathing, swallowing affected water, or from absorption through the skin. The treatments he recommends are very good and natural treatments which should be the very basics that people use to detoxify the effects of such things as the oil and corexit dispersant, no matter how they are brought into the body. If you don’t have these basics in your body you will have a much harder time recovering from the damage. Also these things need to be instituted as close to first exposure as possible as the toxins can build up in the tissues over time, making it much harder to get rid of. Have you tried the any of the treatments recommended? The glutathione for example? You stated only that you have visited this site many times.

          Perhaps the title of the essay Medical Treatments for Airborne Poisons.. needs to be changed so as not to mislead people that it is ONLY airborne poisons we are talking about and I will suggest that to Dr. Sircus. I hope thiis didn’t mislead you away from taking a good look at it as many things beneficial to those suffering from the gulf oil catastrophe will be helpful. Dr. Sircus also recognizes cancerous toxicants as being a part of this catastrophe and addresses this . He also states that there is no point at all in prescribing a toxic pharmaceutical on top of a toxic cancerous substance obtained from exposure to contaminated gulf waters.

          I am so sorry that you are still suffering with problems from the gulf waters and hope you will find an answer soon.

          Claudia French

  • MiserableRash

    My family of 13 people, met up for vacation the end of June 2011 at the Gulf. The beaches are open and it is safe! Right? We ALL are experiencing multiple symptoms – primarily skin rashes and abscesses. We have been to multiple doctors/specialists – with multiple results: scabies, MRSA, allergic dermatitis, viral…something different each time. Several of us have had to have abscesses opened and drained (one person surgically). You know how you get a bug bite, it itches stings, then goes away? Well, this is backwards. We get itchy spots, then bumps appear under the skin, then it breaks through the surface and “looks” like a bite until it goes away. Then, it reappears in another spot. This cycle has been continuous beginning while we were in Florida and since we have all gone back to our respective homes across this country.

    I feel that this is absolutely a result of chemical exposure in the Gulf.

    What do we do for relief??? What do we do to protect ourselves long-term??? What do we get tested for??? Who do we turn to for help???

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear MiserableRash,

      Dr. Sircus outlines his treatment protocol for Gulf poisoning in this essay:

      Unfortunately, most MDs have chosen to believe the propaganda that there is no danger from contamination in the gulf.

      • MiserableRash

        Thanks! I’ll read through it and hope it helps. I never would have taken my family – including two pregnant daughters (both have experienced pregnancy problems since) and my 3 year old grandson to the beach, if I had known there were any dangers. NEVER.

        One of us just had a skin biopsy done and we are waiting anxiously for the results.

        By the way, the Bay County Health Department stated that I was the only call they have ever received complaining about rashes after being at the beach.

    • shane

      claduia please forward to Miserable rash email and share my email with her if possible

      miserable rash
      I know what you have been going throguh and I promise you are nt the only one
      that called the health department –
      You were posioned by Core exit dispersants and it sliely you cant fo anything about it
      It damaged your skin or family memebers protectant layer
      I suggest keeping your home extremely cold , and looking up the term sick building disease or videos on T I LT toxicant induced loss of tolerance
      also reference dr Ricki OTT a key witness in the valdez oil spill trial .

      You are not alone , get an attorney – Beasley allen MOntgomery Alabama just to name one good one .
      start taking pictures every day –
      drinking lemonade real lemonade helps me – also V8 diet splash helps me I wish I could leave my contact but for leagal issues I dont want to be tied into the blogs -If you would like to contact me or vice versa It would be nice to help and be helped it sounds like I have a lot in commom with your family

    • shane

      Miserable Rash !

      Do you or any of Your family , recall while being in the water , The water stinging you.

      Example its been mentioned that It feels like stinging invisible jelly fish , to me I remember thinjing a bunck of tiny little fish kept running into me with a sting , or more like a dust storm hitting your legs or when you do yard work and some debris from a weed eater might hit your legs , thats how I rememeber the sensation while in the water , all though My family Wife and son both recalled this as well as so many others that has been to the beach and they even remember having conversations with total strangers while at the beach about the weird stininging – I dont know why it chose you , your Family as well as my self and several others to damge our skin so quickly just on one trip – were any of You sun burnt ? I have had this since late June of 2010

      • Miserable Rash!


        None of us noticed any stinging while in the water…and we were in the water a lot! It was very warm while we were there and that was our daily activity. Yes, we all got plenty of sun and one of us had sunburn on his shoulders. We all wore sunscreen. My daughter just had her baby in August (we were there in June) and guess what? He had a newborn blood test come back with a problem. Doc says it a hereditary thing – only we’ve never heard of it! Says that it’s nothing that will affect his growth and development – but that he is probably a carrier. My daughter is having further testing done with a specialist. My daughter-in-law – who is also pregnant (but we didn’t know it at the time because it was so early), has been diagnosed with placenta previa – her placenta didn’t attach properly. I’m just sick about this whole mess. We are still suffering with rashes, but a little better now that the weather has turned cooler (Ohio). Comes and goes. And, we have added muscle aches and fatigue. I wouldn’t have thought of this except several of us have randomly commented about being so tired, or shoulder or knee pain. Put it all together, and I can say that it must be related.

        By the way, how does real lemonade or V8 Splash help you? It helps relieve the itching? Most of us (10 of the 13) also had another trip to the Gulf (Tampa area) prior to our vacation in June. So, June 2011 was actually our second exposure. Maybe that’s why it hit us so hard. ??? By day 2 of our trip, we were “bit up” and horribly itchy. Or maybe it’s just more concentrated in the area around Panama City?

        I’m scared to death for my little unborn grandchild (the one due in January). This is her third pregnancy. The other two were text-book. This one is scary. Doc says baby sound strong and baby appears normal in development and initial tests. Pray!

        I want to know what’s happening to us. I want to know how to stop it. I need to protect my children and my grandchildren! Please stay in touch!

        Miserable Rash!

        • shane

          I am so sorry just to reply now i looked and looked for a bit –
          I have worried my self so sick that I now have a anxiety disorder kind of like bi polar as you can tell in My posts – I was nt and not all there – I really cant attach myself nut i do have a video of My skin rashes on youtube -please see it on youtube
          bp oil spill unexplained rashes
          I have put on a lot of weight and thats the only thing that really helps with the rashes until you can get entirely fully and completely detoxed from the certain toxins that corexit carries . please message me on youtube at the title given and i will send you a message with my email . I can help you not medically of course , but by now you have figured out creams and stuff dont work – I think once you see my videos – remember I didnt even start taking pictures almost a year after – the rashes prior were much worse – START TAKING PICTURES ……..stop worrying about illnesses you have corexit poisoning do need to worry your self to death as I have just about done …Please stay in touch

          • shane

            lClaudia please email to miserable rash Please emonade and v8 helped me detox a little where the I did not feel like I was digging bullets out of My skin , I also failed to mention earlier – Sorry about your families problems i just cant keep up with all that I have to say sometimes Bu i truly do have compassion , its just when I make it into blogs like this I am usually trying to get help for myself rather than to help someone else …
            every time i lose a few pounds the rashes get worse , every time I exercise or break into a sweat I break out into fully body looking bee sting looking hives NOW give the name corexit pimples ..Hope that helps ….
            read the above comment also Please
            claudia – My toxicologist states i have the worst skin reaction she has noticed I believe I can get these people to the right help

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  • shane

    does anyone have any releif for corexit despersants skin lesions

    I can only say for almost a year now My skin feels as if battery acid pours out of open sores , I have lesions to my feet and hands and knot feeliing bumps up hte back and sides of my legs and starting to make its way up my back ..

    I have to be cautious with what i put on my skin or I will break out in a horribloe full body rash covered lepracy , scabies looking .

    I also now have respirtatory probloems that follows with asthma .
    I do not sleep or cannot , please if you have any ideas that could clear up my lesions , please help

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      See Dr. Sircus’ essay on Medical Treatments for Airborne Poisons: Dealing with Gulf of Mexico toxicities is also a part of his new book on Nuclear Toxicities.

      • shane


        I did find that BLog!
        I actually wento to a herbalist store near here , we tried a lot of what was suggested .

        It seems for the rashes , its best not to do anything … When I sweat or get hot , Now that is miserable I sweat bee things or pin pricks pain all constant discomfort .
        I use the word discomfort – because I now have a staph—- infection on my ankle , and it truly is painfull , almost like getting my ankle caught in a bear trap , from a seated postion to a standing postion , once the blood rushes to it – I can only say thats how I judge my pain – strong antibiotics for me now ,
        I did try the liver detox also it seems to be doing something to help me work in the heat , so i can try and get my job back , for almost a year – I havent been able to do my true job or Make a comfortable living .
        I also am on melatone or something like that – its a herbal sleep aid – I can tell you its life changing to feel and be normal some days without 10 caffeine drinks or false energy like a narcotic – Adderoll to function – Im not my old self by any means , but its a small step forward any way you look at it – Having my health may not be the case , but for now I have my mind ……….
        Thank you for your reply

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  • deborah

    I have just received my VOC test and their are high levels of toxins. I live on the bay in Ft Walton Beach, FL. I was exposed by running in the mornings along the shoreline. Are there any tests to detect corexit chemicals?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      I am not personally aware of a test that will detect corexit specifically, but others may be and I hope they will share here. If you were found to be high in toxins, please see a good naturopath or environmental doctor who can direct you in proper treatment…or follow Dr. Sircus’ protocol to rid your body of the toxins found.

      Medical Treatment for Airborne Poisons:

      • shane

        there is a Doctor in Michigan – a lot of Lawyers are recommending
        here is what I would do – have your local doctor perform these or refer you to specialists – This is a forwarded email from the leading person from Guardians of the Guld in Orange beach – that helped me /

        Target audience: Medical care providers presented with patients exhibiting symptoms and/or signs consistent with processes caused by exposure to Gulf oil spill chemicals in crude oil and dispersants.
        Fact sheet: A clinical approach to initial evaluation for disease processes caused by exposure to crude oil, organic solvents, petroleum distillate, dispersants & related agents.

        Background: Many medical care providers have seen only a limited number of persons with disease processes attributable to exposure to chemicals generated by the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The following does not constitute comprehensive medical advice and should not be construed to be patient care in any individual presentation. It does offer an approach to evaluation of this patient population and does constitute the initial steps which clinicians may wish to adopt in their care of patients in the non-the emergency room setting.

        •An exposure history directed toward times and places of exposure and a characterization of
        exposures should be obtained. The guide to Taking an Exposure History by ATSDR/CDC can be
        very helpful:
        •A complete history and physical should be performed.
        •Testing should, of course, depend on the individual clinical presentation, but often includes special attention to the respiratory apparatus, the skin, the central nervous system, neuropsychological
        changes and establishing a baseline to which future hematologic and other possibly mutagenic
        and/or carcinogenic indicators may be compared.
        In the Environmental Cancer Program at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit*, persons presenting with applicable signs or symptoms of exposures would, at a minimum, receive the following:

        •complete pulmonary function testing, including diffusion capacity

        •beta-2 microglobulin

        •a complete blood count

        •serum protein electrophoresis with immunofixation


        •antihistamine antibody

        •a mental status examination

        •a minimum of a chest x-ray and if pertinent abnormalities are found on the radiographs
        or other applicable studies, a high-resolution CT on the 64 slice unit

        • shane

          Michael R. Harbut, M.D., M.P.H. is a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University, Director of the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Environmental Cancer Program & Past Chair of the Occupational & Environmental Medicine section of the American College of Chest Physicians. He is Chief at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, P.C. and has treated many patients with solvents and petroleum exposures.

          I am flying from Alabama to Michigan to see this doctor – especially after I found a staph infection was the reason I rushed to the hospital (ER) for a Possible Heart attack .
          The staph did give all signs of a heart attack – I wish you all what you are looking for
          Lord Knows i am still trying – harder than ever after a year of this crap

        • in this gulf oil spill situation, the awnesr is yes to the re-use issue. however this oil will have to be collected and then reprocessed at a refinery. at this point it can legally be sold to the public as grade 1 recycled oil.

  • michael hocking

    VERY INFORMATIVE.JUST WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN ALL THIS WAS GOING ON BEFORE I MOVED TO TEXAS!Now i have morgellons disease,i wonder if this could have helped it start?

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  • Varda

    We are vacationing on Don Pedro Island off Englewood Florida. This is a pristine wildlife sanctuary. Last night there was a storm and strong waves washed up on the shore. Today it is sunny and a there is a large amount of foam in the water that is leaving behind a brownish yellowish stain on the sand.

    Why, you might ask, was BP able to pump the Gulf full of chemicals that have never been tested for their human and environmental safety? The answer lies, in part, in the Toxic Substances Control Act, the 34-year-old law that governs the use of tens of thousands of hazardous chemicals. Under the act, companies don’t have to prove that substances they release into the air or water are safe—or in most cases even reveal what’s in their products.


    One Corexit ingredient is 2-butoxyethanol, a chemical that can cause liver and kidney damage.

    Does every one in congress think they are immune? This act is a serious violation of the health, safety and welfare of the American people!

    Without responsible regulation chemical and oil companies will destroy the Earth along with our oceans which is happening now!

    • Ann

      Our prayers are with you there! All of us shluod be taking NAC (Cysteine, an amino acid) caosules to improve our lungs and immune systems. Swanson Vitamins has a great price. This cataclysmic event will hurt us all!Believe in Yahweh and have salvation through His Son Yahshua, being sealed in Their Names, Rev. 14:1. You then have eternal life! HalleluYah!Yahshua is coming SOON! Are you ready??SHALOM!

    • Sam

      thank you for your channel and psntiog the infor that you do. I am sorry for the evil conversation taking place on your channel but words need to be said so thank you for allow people to vent if they need to. good job much love?

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  • Bama Mom

    I have a 11 yr. old boy that has been sick since the first week of July. We live in Mobile, Al. on the water. I have had him to four to five different Drs. and have had many tests ran orderd by Drs. and specialists. They can not find anything wrong w him. After reviewing information friends have sent I’m afraid we may have an oil and dispersane health issue? Do you have anyone local working on these health issues that I may contact?

  • Stilita

    I could not confirm the statement you made that 60% of Corexit is 2-Butoxylethanol.

    The NALCO Material Safety datas sheet does not show the pesticide. It only says that 10% is C.A.S. 64742-47-8 (aviation fuel).

    Where did you get this information?

  • Floridatexan

    I live in Pensacola, Florida. Last week, my husband, a heart patient, had to be hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat. For the past two weeks, my granddaughter, age 2, has been suffering from a strep infection which was not immediately diagnosed because it is pneumococcal and did’nt show up on the standard strep test. She has an infection in both ears and blood in her urine, which was originally diagnosed as a urinary tract infection. There is, thank God, no sign of kidney damage, but she will still have to see a kidney specialist and an ENT specialist. I believe the Corexit and dispersed oil has weakened her immune system, because she’s never had a serious illness in the past and was extremely healthy. Are there any studies linking illnesses to the oil/dispersant?

  • Rhonda

    I have been wondering if rain water, which may contain corexit (living less than 100 miles from the gulf), falls into a swimming pool will be neutralized or filtered in a way that leaves a pool safe for swimmers?

    Also, at a town hall meeting, a local biology professor, nay marine toxicologist, suggested that we are safe from toxins in either the oil or the corexit, as both will be safely metabolized and all are “organically based. I would like to know where I can get an objective testing of rain water from my area.

    • IMVA Staff

      At this point in time I don’t think we know for sure whether the toxins in corexit can fall from the rain into a pool and be safely filtered out, but we are not trusting all the information coming from these “scientists” and others stating “no harm”.

      I would suggest you take a water sample to an independent laboratory in your area, or your water department if you trust them.

      Claudia French RN, LPHA

  • Not only Governments, but companies should be answerable to the people via wiki-flowcharts. Monsanto, BP – these do not have the right to destroy biosphere.