Newsweek: Excruciating, bizarre, grotesque ailments after working BP oil spill in Gulf

Published: April 24th, 2013 at 12:01 pm ET
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Title: What BP Doesn’t Want You to Know About the 2010 Gulf Spill
Source: Newsweek
Author: Mark Hertsgaard
Date: April 22, 2013

“It’s as safe as Dawn dishwashing liquid.” That’s what Jamie Griffin says the BP man told her about the smelly, rainbow-streaked gunk coating the floor of the “floating hotel” where Griffin was feeding hundreds of cleanup workers during the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. [...]

“The BP representative said, ‘Jamie, just mop it like you’d mop any other dirty floor,’” Griffin recalls in her Louisiana drawl. [...]

As she scrubbed, the mix of cleanser and gunk occasionally splashed onto her arms and face.

Within days, the 32-year-old single mother was coughing up blood and suffering constant headaches. She lost her voice. “My throat felt like I’d swallowed razor blades,” she says.

Then things got much worse.

Like hundreds, possibly thousands, of workers on the cleanup, Griffin soon fell ill with a cluster of excruciating, bizarre, grotesque ailments. By July, unstoppable muscle spasms were twisting her hands into immovable claws. In August, she began losing her short-term memory. After cooking professionally for 10 years, she couldn’t remember the recipe for vegetable soup; one morning, she got in the car to go to work, only to discover she hadn’t put on pants. The right side, but only the right side, of her body “started acting crazy. It felt like the nerves were coming out of my skin. It was so painful. My right leg swelled—my ankle would get as wide as my calf—and my skin got incredibly itchy.” [...]

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See also: Physician: Public health crisis in the Gulf after BP Deepwater Horizon disaster -- Thousands suffering chronic problems

Published: April 24th, 2013 at 12:01 pm ET
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12 comments to Newsweek: Excruciating, bizarre, grotesque ailments after working BP oil spill in Gulf

  • ftlt

    The follow up reports of the Exxon Valdez cleanup workers are grime… The early death rate was/1s massive…

    The behavior of our own govt during the gulf spill makes BP look like good loyal worker bees… After all, it was the duty of our govt to protect our citizens and it failed at every turn… SHAME!!! SHAME!!! SHAME!!!

    Obama and the rest of the Beltway mobsters of both parties are globalist paid off pigs who detest the average American!!!! Proved over and over…


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  • ftlt

    Me cursor hopping all about… sorry


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  • 16Penny 16Penny

    This raises the question, How toxic is our dish soap? I would love to hear Dawn's retort. Anyone have a banana how toxic it is?


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    • lickerface lickerface

      As an organic gardener I learned that Dawn is dangerous, especially with the added "fragrances". It will kill microbes in the soil, rendering it "dead dirt". As with most consumer products, industrial wastes are included to circumvent laws against dumping them into streams and landfills. Ironically, the consumers become the criminals as the chemicals are freely washed into storm drains and sewers.

      I have MCS and CANNOT touch Dawn or Palmolive because they cause accute skin and respiratory reactions. The same effect occurs with commercial grade shampoos like Pantene, or any soaps with fragrances. The addition of chlorinated water with the use of these products causes a tenfold reaction. The reaction to detergents like Dawn is worse than scented dryer sheets (which is near the top of the list). All products share something in common which has apparticular fragrance. While you may smell Lemon Sunshine or Lavender Fields, it all has the same fumes odor to me and my senses: CHEMICAL DEATH NECTAR. Dawn is BAD for MCS sufferers. All one needs is a palm vegetable glycerin soap with no fragrances. Use Washing Soda and Borax instead for pennies per washing load.


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    federal scientists counted 6,147 birds killed by oil in the first year alone. 800 Pelicans were found between April 2010 and May 2011, 70 percent dead or dying. Actual deaths are many times higher than the found and counted.

    Whales and dolphins in the northern Gulf have been dying in droves for the past three years, leading NOAA to formally declare an Unusual Mortality Event involving 930 cetacean strandings, 95 percent of which were found dead. Strandings represent perhaps less than 10% of total deaths*, meaning some ten thousand highly evolved animals suffered sickening deaths, along with untold numbers of other animals, and the tragedy is ongoing.

    There are many reports that the COAST GUARD blocked journalists. The FAA blocked journalists and airspace. POLICE blocked filming of public beaches. As repayment for their complicity in the cover up, coast guard personnel will suffer, to some degree, the toxic effects of BP petroleum and corexit. GOOD JOB BOYS. Very few photos of dead dolphins were found on the internet. The cover up was a profound coordinated effort. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/us/10access.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    * http://193.146.160.29/gtb/sod/usu/$UBUG/repositorio/10320064_Peltier.pdf


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  • SwimsWithGators

    Here in Florida when the oil was flowing we had no rain for a long time then when it did rain the streets were foaming white, no kidding, white foam everywhere. Went to the store and looked at the soaps they had, dawn etc. found one type of soap in the auto section that was called 'Superclean' or something like that said on label that you need gloves to use it safely and the ingredients in it were almost the exact same as the corexit bp was using.

    White foam on the roads after the rain. I've swum in the same places gators swim and had never seen the white foam before. Hmmm.


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    • SwimsWithGators

      Oh yeah, I asked the gators if they had ever seen anything like that white foam before and all they did was grunt. They just sat there looking at me with those big bulbous brown eyes that go back a few million years and all I could make of that look was this. You look like you'd taste good, but I am not hungry right now otherwise I'd invite you to dinner. I wonder, do they know I've eaten tail de'gator?


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    • jec jec

      BP Officer Bob Dudley, he should take a good wash with Corexit. Let that 'white' foam clean HIM up. Do a media event, show how safe it is. HEY let his family join him…a 'joint' event. Bet it never would happen..hes not stupid. Let the 'locals' suffer..'no way to prove it'..hide and deny. Let Obamacare provide the health coverage..for uncureable disease and damage to the entire human body and environment.


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  • skizexq skizexq

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdzIa9bl1GY
    One of my legs is shorter than the other and both my feet's too long …
    'Course now right along with 'em, I got no natural rhythm
    But I go dancin' every night, hopin' one day I might get it right!

    When the lie's so big
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On2XH3Ya1tQ


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Gulf Seafood Radium Levels; Chernobyl in the Gulf of Mexico; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/gulf-seafood-radium-levels-chernobyl-in.htm

    Hawaii As Paradise or Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Contamination Zone? via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/04/hawaii-paradise-or-nuclear-radiation.html


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