“Prevention can decrease exposure to Gulf gusher petrochemicals”

There can be many challenging years ahead for the health of volunteers and contract workers and the people of the Gulf coastal areas due to excess exposure to oil, dangerous dispersant and methane from the BP gusher. The greater the exposure the greater the risk with each passing day working and breathing the muck. Air born oil toxins pose a possible health risk for individuals living in and around the affected area. Most susceptible are the workers and volunteers,  the very young, the elderly and those who suffer from asthma. Man can be an endangered species in the Gulf area.

Take these precautions
Avoid exposure as much as possible. If you live in an area where an oil spill has recently occurred, keep your windows and doors tightly closed to avoid outdoor air from entering your home.
Purchasing and using an air purifier will help dispose of dangerous chemicals within the air. Make sure that the air purifier you choose comes equipped with a UV light to also kill harmful bacteria.
Purchase a simple surgical mask and wear it when you leave the house and when you are driving in your car. It won’t prevent you from inhaling airborne petrochemicals, it will reduce your overall exposure.

Avoid contaminated beaches at all costs. Although it may be tempted to see the level of destruction, directly exposing yourself to drying oil puts your health at risk.

Avoid seafood from contaminated areas.

If you happen to come into direct contact with oil, wash it off immediately. Do not bring oil-contaminated objects or clothing into your home.
**One of the long term effects to humans is the inability to heal bones and other tissues due to petrochemicals and methane poisoning . A toxic pollutant spread by oil spills, forest fires and car exhaust is also present in cigarette smoke, and may represent a second way in which smoking delays bone healing, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the Orthopedic Research Society in San Francisco in 2005.

Workers are sacrificing their lives for the area’s economic survival.

The worst case scenario:
If an entire area is deemed a disaster area from total contamination, there might have to evacuate and relocated
the population  due to petroleum poisoning from contaminated air, rain, gulf water, seafood wildlife and estuaries.

An aside:  Did you realize?

Humans are exposed to petrochemical toxins on a daily basis. These toxins permeate the air we breathe
Petrochemicals are used to make insecticides lethal. They are eaten when humans eat non-organic fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables must be washed with soap and water before eating or cooking to make them safer before being ingested.
Maybe it is time to clean up our act and eliminate the excess use of petrochemicals that pervade our lives.

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