Drs. Shaw and Pincetich are wildlife conservationists, and they know their "business." While Dr. Shaw references shrimp boaters/catchers and their exposure to Corexit - both 9527 and 9500, as indicated by these researchers, it is inevitable that exposure to Corexit at any level, and more deadly, the combination of Corexit and crude oil, whether kayaking, swimming, or fishing, the toxic chemicals WILL BE drawn in through the pores of the skin and/or absorbed into the lining of the lungs through respiration, and transmitted to every organ and cell in the human body.
And that's just from "limited" exposure. The result? Explosion of red blood cells! What does that mean? It means coughing up handfuls of blood, and doctors telling you there's nothing wrong. It means bleeding from your rectum - every bodily orifice. It means, consider yourself lucky if you don't die, as the medical profession, bought and paid for by Big Oil and the pharmaceutical industry, is going to send you home rather than treat you in accordance with the protocols outlined for emergency response practitioners.
What about the Gulf's sea life, exposed 24/7?
Friday, July 9, 2010
Toxicologists: Corexit “Ruptures Red Blood Cells, Causes Internal Bleeding”, "Allows Crude Oil To Penetrate “Into The Cells” and “Every Organ System"
As I have previously noted, Corexit is toxic, is less effective than other dispersants, and is actually worsening the damage caused by the oil spill.
Now, two toxicologists are saying that Corexit is much more harmful to human health and marine life than we've been told.
Specifically Gulf toxicologist Dr. Susan Shaw - Founder and Director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute - dove into the oil spill to examine the chemicals present.
Dr. Shaw told CNN:
If I can tell you what happens — because I was in the oil — to people…
Shrimpers throwing their nets into water… [then] water from the nets splashed on his skin. …
[He experienced a] headache that lasted 3 weeks… heart palpitations… muscle spasms… bleeding from the rectum…
And that’s what that Corexit does, it ruptures red blood cells, causes internal bleeding, and liver and kidney damage. …
This stuff is so toxic combined… not the oil or dispersants alone. …
Very, very toxic and goes right through skin.
The reason this is so toxic is because of these solvents [from dispersant] that penetrate the skin of anything that’s going through the dispersed oil takes the oil into the cells — takes the oil into the organs… and this stuff is toxic to every organ system in the body. …
Similarly, marine biologist and toxicologist Dr. Chris Pincetich - who has an extensive background in testing the affects of chemicals on fish - says that Corexit disrupts cell membranes.
He also explains that EPA toxicity testing for Corexit is woefully inadequate, since EPA testing for mortality usually only requires a 96-hour time frame. His doctoral research found that fish that were alive at 96 hours after exposure to pesticide were dead at two weeks, so the chemicals were considered non-lethal for the purposes of the test.
Drs. Shaw and Pincetich are wildlife conservationists. But even industry scientists working for Exxon and the manufacturer of Corexit itself admit that the stuff is toxic.