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Toxic Oil Spill Illness: Not just “for the birds”

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Those who are volunteering to help in the gulf coast cleanup, as well as the people who live and work in the affected areas, are reporting symptoms of nausea, dizziness, headaches, vomiting and chest pains. While these symptoms are partially due to dehydration (typical of any outdoor work), they are largely due to breathing toxic air, chemical irritation and exposure to systemic chemical toxins.

If avoiding continued exposure is not an option, then it is important that you begin developing a strategy for cleaning up the effects that the spill can be having on you and your patients.

An important first step is to recognize the type of toxin you’re dealing with. In accordance with FRT, a comprehensive chemistry can reveal the Toxic Footprints of the toxic chemical groups you may be faced with.

Crude oil emits benzene and a multitude of other hydrocarbons that may cause low protein status. It also exhibits signs of solvent and general petrochemical exposure by raising serum triglyceride and other lipids. People who are thin will react to this the most, since the chemicals require fat to keep them away from the nerves and brain.

Oil dispersants, which in this case currently include Corexit 9500 and Sea Brat 4, may reveal themselves in chemistry as a very high HDL and low cholesterol/HDL ratio typical of pesticide exposure.

Getting these toxins out before they can result in neurological symptoms will require a working knowledge of the biotransformation mechanism, which you can learn and read about in Health Realities Journal. A copy of this, as well as the full Toxic Footprint and FRT series, is available at www.healthrealities.com.

Here are some immediate steps to detoxify and prevent symptoms from the toxic oil spill and oil dispersants:

First thing in the morning

  • Place a teaspoon of raw honey in the mouth and hold it there until it dissolves completely.
  • Empty two (2) 150 mg capsules of reduced glutathione under the tongue.
  • Wash down the honey and glutathione with glass of water to which lemon juice has been added.
  • At same time, take 2 grams of vitamin C and 700 mg bioflavonoid.
  • Make certain the bowels are open…no constipation.

About 3 times week

  • Have a high-fat meal. (Some great, healthful ways to increase the fat level of your meal are avocado soup or fresh berries with homemade real whipped cream.)
  • 30 minutes after each of these high-fat meals, repeat the above morning routine of honey, glutathione, vitamin C and bioflavonoid.