Friday, July 9, 2010

BP Gulf Oil Spill Exposure to Toxic Chemicals- Human Health Risks

Dr. Larry Lowry of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler shares his thoughts on these important issues. What are the chemicals found in the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico? What are some of a the dangers to children? What are the long-term effects of exposure to the oil, it's vapors, or the dispersants?


~~Just Me in T~~ said...

We do not know what human health effects might occur after long-term exposure to food and water contaminated with benzene. In animals, exposure to food or water contaminated with benzene can damage the blood and the immune system and can cause cancer.

Cancer is not something that will show up after a week of exposure to toxic chemicals - it can and does take years to form and cause its insidious damage. Telling the Gulf Locals to stay inside is not the answer.... the poison is everywhere, carried, as it were on the winds.......

Anita Stewart said...

That is not true. There is sufficient enough evidence to show that even small amounts of exposure to petroleum products emitting benzene is enough to cause leukemia in humans, not just animals. There is plenty of reliable online info about this and lawyers that are willing to represent people that might have been affected:
Staying inside is just a short term and probably not a very effective solution until one can get out of the contaminated areas.