Several volatile hydrocarbons found in crude oil were detected in the blood of several residents from the Orange Beach, AL area. Among the hydrocarbons tested, several were detected at abnormally high levels including ethylbenzene, xylene, hexane. These individuals were not directly involved in BP's clean-up operations, nor had they been exposed to any industrial environment where the presence of these compounds would be of concern. Therefore, it can be assumed that residents living near the Gulf of Mexico shoreline are at risk of exposure to aerosolized VOC's moving inland from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://theintelhub.com/2010/09/05/fro...
The blood test performed on these individuals is called the Volatile Solvents Profile (Metametrix.com). The test can be obtained and administered by any physician with the ability to perform a simple blood draw. The test will be shipped to a laboratory for analysis and returned to your doctor for interpretation and treatment.
The Gulf of Mexico is facing a significant threat to human health, which needs to be documented in a stringent and concrete manner. A multitude of symptoms have been reported ranging from subtle to severe; these include skin rashes and infections, upper respiratory burning, congestion and cough, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and neurological symptoms such as short-term loss of memory and coordination.
Please report symptoms to the Project Gulf Impact health line: (504) 814-0283
Project Gulf Impact is currently raising funds to provide further testing to residents who cannot afford the associated costs. To provide assistance please donate at ProjectGulfImpact.org/donate. To send information or inquire on this effort please email ProjectGulfImpact@gmail.com.
Gavin Garrison, Matt Smith,Heather Rally, and Alyssa Martinez for Project Gulf Impact.