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TILT: The illness afflicting workers exposed to BP's oil disaster?

bp_oil_cleanup_worker.jpgWorkers cleaning up the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico have reported suffering from flu-like symptoms that may be the consequence of exposure to chemicals in the oil as well as the petroleum-derived solvent being used to disperse the spill.

The illness -- marked by headaches, fatigue, upset stomach, and problems with memory and concentration -- has been dubbed toxicant-induced loss of tolerance, or TILT. People suffering from TILT lose the ability to tolerate exposures to household chemical products, medication or even food, Dr. Claudia Miller of the University of Texas Health Science Center told WOAI TV:

"Things like diesel fuel, exposure to fragrances, cleaning agents that never bothered them before suddenly bother them," adds Dr. Miller.

Miller first described TILT in 1996, but it remains a controversial diagnosis among the medical community. The syndrome is also known as multiple chemical sensitivity and idiopathic environmental intolerance. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a division of the National Institutes of Health, has defined the illness as a "chronic, recurring disease caused by a person's inability to tolerate an environmental chemical or class of foreign chemicals."

Regardless of whether the illness being reported in Gulf cleanup workers and residents ends up being confirmed as TILT, the fact remains that the chemicals people are being exposed to in the oil and dispersants are known to have health impacts including eye, skin and respiratory irritation, as well as headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea and confusion. An analysis of EPA air testing data has found levels of these chemicals in coastal communities exceeding safety standards.

As of this week, the Louisiana Department of Health has documented 109 reports of illnesses among residents exposed to the spill, with 74 of those complaints coming from cleanup workers, according to ProPublica. In Alabama, another 19 cases of illness have been reported among people exposed to chemicals in the spill.

bp_oil_cleanup_workers_unprotected_nonfeat.jpgAs Facing South reported, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network has been distributing safety equipment including respirators to cleanup workers -- but some workers have been threatened with firing if they wear them, apparently because of BP's liability worries.

In the U.S. Coast Guard photos accompanying this story, oil spill cleanup workers along Louisiana's coast can be seen performing their duties without respiratory protection. Concerns have also been raised about inadequate safety training being provided to workers.

Monique Harden, co-director of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights in New Orleans, blasted the lack of worker protections during an interview yesterday with MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.

"What's happened in this situation is BP with the approval of our government has placed expediency over health protection," she said.

Watch the full interview with Harden here:

(U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ann Marie Gorden.)


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re: TILT: The illness afflicting workers exposed to BP's oil dis

Welcome to the Club! It's too bad it took a humongous environmental disaster to have TILT or MCS or EI recognized by the mainstream community. All of our livelihoods were robbed of us as well whether we were exposed on the job, in the schools or other locations that we, too, thought were safe and that someone was looking out for our well-beings. It takes a strong, brave soul to endure with a chronic illness like this. Just know there are others out there and there are safer alternatives to almost everything, but you will never be the same again.

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TILT = MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) a health condition that actually disabled my daughter at age 29, approx. in 1999. about time this health issue is connected with petrochemicals for sure.

c sullivan of st. pete, florida

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How about, Bottom Line…supply respirators for workers!! Please learn from my experience and do not end this spill cleanup with BP Collateral Damaged.

My letter to Gulf residents.

The crude oil is toxic, and anyone who cleans the oily Gulf beaches needs to know the danger. Don't allow the workers to become BP's Collateral Damaged, like Exxon.

My name is Merle Savage, a female general foreman during the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS) beach cleanup in 1989. I am one of the 11,000+ cleanup workers from the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS), who is suffering from health issues from that toxic cleanup, without compensation from Exxon.

Dr. Riki Ott visited me in 2007 to explain about the toxic spraying on the beaches, and informed me that Exxon's medical records that surfaced in litigation by sick workers in 1994, had been sealed from the public, making it impossible to hold Exxon responsible for their actions. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5632208859935499100

Beach crews breathed in crude oil that splashed off the rocks and into the air -- the toxic exposure turned into chronic breathing conditions, central nervous system problems, neurological impairment, chronic respiratory disease, leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors, liver damage, and blood disease. http://www.silenceinthesound.com/stories.shtml

My web site is devoted to searching for EVOS cleanup workers who were exposed to the toxic spraying, and are suffering from the same illnesses that I have. There is an on going Longshoreman’s claim for workers with medical problems from the oil cleanup. Our summer employment turned into a death sentence for many — and a life of unending medical conditions for the rest of Exxon’s Collateral Damaged.

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This syndrome (MCS) can come from being poisoned by toxic elements of many kinds, such as pesticides, petroleum products, and even indoor mold. Visit www.schoolmoldhelp.org to learn more, Information - Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. Dr. William Rea of Dallas, TX is a pioneer in treatment of this illness. www.ehcd.com is his website. Environmental physicians who are board certified members of AAEM may be able to help. Dr. Rea is one of these, who developed the protocols. He works with many people ill from petroleum. Another similar physician is Dr. Alfred Johnson, Dallas, TX.(http://www.aaemonline.org/Referable_Physicians.html)

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I am so happy to see that others are trying to shine a spotlight on this. I wrote my own blog on this exact topic yesterday as well! http://21stcenturyapprenticeship.workforce3one.org/view/The_Oil_Spot_Benzyne_Xylene_and_Hydrocarbons_Oh_My/info

Since my blog is on a semi-government related site, I didn't feel it was appropriate to say in that venue exactly what you did. How in the world is our government letting them get away with this? It's even been in the news, on CNN, etc., and no one seems to be doing anything to protect these workers! Who cares if BP is worried about what it will look like to the public? They are STILL trying to damage control, when the damage has long been done. We've seen a lot happen in Louisiana over the years and we have survived and overcome it, and we will do the same with this - one way or another - although it will be decades before we will finally be able to say that we did.

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Respirators are a nice idea, but most often what people are given in this sort of situation, if they are given anything, are the paper dust masks which do nothing against solvents. Those masks also are often ineffecdtive against dust becuase they do not stay sealed around the edges unless you coat the edges with something like (ironically) petroleum jelly. And even if you do give the workers felxible edge respirators with the proper filters for petrochemicals, many of the compounds to which they are being exposed can also be absorbed directly through the skin. Those are some of the most dangerous as they immediately attack tissues throughout the body, including the liver, nerves and the blood itself.

My exposure was more than thirty years ago in an industrial setting for two years. My lungs never recovered, and I have no way of knowing for certain what other organs were affected. Many of the people working this spill will have problems from these chemicals for the rest of their lives.

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This situation threatens the safety and health of the workers exposed and it sucks big time!!

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We should give Tony Hayward and Obama and BP executives rakes and shovels and whatever other stupid collecting methods they come up with and let them work in the sun on the destroyed beaches and wetlands cleaning up oil or rescuing sea birds and turtles for even just 4 hours and see how they stand up. I bet they "tilt" too after probably just an hour. Let the punishment fit the OBVIOUS CRIME. I guess that is a job for the "little people" that BP speaks of though. Wouldn't want them to miss their golf outings or Yacht races. We want to make sure the "big people" have their lives to look forward to, now don't we?

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sad to say but from the other side of the globe this ruptue in the earth's jugular looks like a weapon in a plan long devised to enslave and destroy your country. sadly most of you are so close to this issue that you are caught up in the details of dysfunction. I have a sneaky suspicion that everything is going to plan at some very high level in the satanic chain of command. And there's a few very excited people congadualting themselves on their handy work at the moment.Your all just little people to them and why would they care if you die or get sick it's just more money for their other investments in medicine everybody wins Yeee haa !! Wake up Americans your in the cross hairs right now and they have pulled the trigger what are you going to do ?

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I don't know why so many people are complaining. Oil isn't that bad, I work around it all the time. I clean old boilers coated with the stuff. I get oil sludge on my hands, take my coffee break and eat a sandwich and don't even wash my hands. I can eat the stuff.

See there's nothing wrong with me, wrong with me, wrong with me, wrong with me, wrong with me. Thanks Hon, my wife just slapped me upside the head.

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An illness called "tilt", makes people ill, and perhaps unstable. sounds like a future horror movie in there somewhere. The recent zombie type movie of midwest U.S. town, with residents going crazy from a chemical spill in the water supply, is close to this. Today, a worker commits suicide in the boat during clean up... that does not sound good. The environmentalists will exploit all this to the hilt. The bottom line will be higher gas prices at the pump.

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I especially like the part about them becoming allergic to food. Fun. Fun. Thx BP. thx Tony!

Who needs to eat anyways!

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And British Petroleum sent them ALL out there with no safety equipment. I say break BP forever and let German engineers handle the job.

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Local TV news stations are sometimes as informative as MSNBC and Olberman. I took the initiative a week ago to upload for Youtube the following newsclip from WOAI San Antonio TX, as reported by Janet Kwak, last update: 6/15:


SAN ANTONIO -- For weeks now, local hospitals have tracked patients with suspicious symptoms coming in from the gulf coast. Doctors are having trouble distinguishing it from the flu.
"What makes it challenging is that patients show up with non-specific symptoms. Headaches, fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, upset stomach," lists Dr. Claudia Miller at UT Health Science Center.
Those who are most at risk are pregnant women and patients with prior medical problems, like asthma.
(full text is attached in video comments)

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Everyone in the water!

Last one in is a rotten egg -- literally.


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TILT isn't new. It's just another name for MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity). Anyone with MCS wants recognition for their illness and want it to be dealt with.

The problem, we think, is due to a damaged CNS (Central Nervous System), a damaged blood-brain barrier and possibly due to missing or inadequate detox enzymes such as (Cholinesterace and/or Paroxenase). Also, MARTIN PALL's work is very important.

We have yet to get honest recognition from the Mainstream Medical Community or the Mainstream Media (Falsimedia)to get the help we need so badly to get over this disabling illness that nobody wants to recognize including those PHONEY BALONEY environmentalists.

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Will we with MCS ever get the recognition we so badly need? I'm tired of being ill and the people I know or tried to work for, either downplay my illness, ignore it or ridicule it.

It's pretty hard to work when ill with MCS (thanks to cognitive problems) along with the constant migraines and I used to lead a healthy lifestyle: Never smoked, rarely drank, never did illicit drugs and I liked a lot of physical activity).

Now, with chronic fatigue, migraines, a very-very heightened sense of smell (despite a chronically very clogged nose-forcing me to breathe out of my mouth most of the time) and the reactions from exposures to certain things along with (yes-that constant flu-like sensation) and my short-term memory being practically non-existent (making it difficult for me to learn anything new), some Mainstream Media people would like to think we have: "Mass Hysteria" (despite everyone thinking I was crazy and having to wind up practically living like a hermit and watching my exposures and having to take a while to discover what was wrong in the first place) and falsely accusing us of having psychiatric issues, a bad childhood, being Chemophobes and Chicken Littles, being "Lazy psyschomatic malingerers, and wanting special attention, believe me, nobody would truly want to live like this. And quite frankly, I'm sick and tired of being completely neglected in this society.

Sorry, for rambling, but when will we ever get the recognition we need and have a cure, so we could get on with our lives in a normal fashion?

I also find it amazing that the phoney-baloney environmentalists don't care about us and other people that are ill from chemicals are also completely neglected: Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome and 9/11 rescue workers.

We with MCS immediately recognized the danger from the fires and all that pulvarized material from 9/11 and tried to write various newspapers and the EPA. Did they care? NO! Did any even bother to respond to me? NO.

Finally, it is amazing that Christine Todd Whitman (formerly of the EPA) also lied about the air quality of 9/11 and she was let completely off the hook.

One day hopefully, we will be recognized and get the help we need so badly. There are some with MCS (that as a result of being ill) have had their incomes drastically reduced-Mine included), so we don't have the money to get the help we need and oftentimes, we're ill enough that somebody should actually come to us in our own homes vs going to the actual MD facility.

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interesting....after exposure to rig fire fumes at the end of desert storm,first gulf war,i became highly sensitized to fumes and odors....i went into anaphylactic shock after exposure to latex paint and wound up in the hospital on fort hood about 3 weeks after my return from the gulf.

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Why is Hayworth still alive?

www.nukbp.com now

We need to execute these f-----

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Corexit was banned in Europe and Mexico after the 1979 spill for these very reasons. 7 independent valves didn't fail by accident; as FDR said "Nothing in Politics happens by accident; if it happened, it was planned". Theresnothingnew.org/

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The mercurious acronym had one very clear normal meaning to me about 30 years ago: The pinball machine switched itself off when I had bounced and tortured it too much...

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first off, why are these people working without masks , if your so desperate for money rob a bank or something, no wonder these people are getting sick, and dying.

heck if you work for BP, you might as well take a gun and shoot yourself.

BP is a scum , with what they did to our oceans i am surprised no one will put these BP bastards out.

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just where is washington on this, they spend billions of tax dollars on some bull shit war, the whole gulf coast is being destroyed, they know it and their doing next to nothing! it must suck the u.s. gov being affraid of b.p. JUST WHERE THE HELL IS OUR MILITARY,O THELL BE AROUND IF A GAS CLOUD TAKES OUT FLORIDA TO START MARSHALL LAW !DESTROYING LOUISIANA,MISSISIPPI,ALABAMA NOT ENOUGH THEY WANT FLORIDA TOO!

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For readers who want to learn more about pesticides and MCS, you'll see the connections with BP cleanup victims' symptoms on the site: www.dontspraycalifornia.org. There is plenty of toxicology, and there are some descriptions of MCS if you click on 'pesticide poisoning acccounts' from the home page.

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Get out of all cities in America or at least invest in Land in small country towns. Have an RV you can live in. With relatives who do same you have a place to escape , can pool rescources and raise own food + from local farmers
Cities are facing total collapse ++ are already Bancrupt like Maywood Ca (Illegals destroyed it ) Vallejo ,Ca.
Add that America is Fat,Lazy, + Stupid . Former CIA Director cannot even sleep at Night due to Hundreds of Thousands of Sleeper cells in USA .
Keep your head down and your Gun Powder Dry .

" Only the STRONG SURVIVE " during the THINNING of the Sheeple Herd

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There has to be a connection between chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, MCS and now this tilts. About ten years ago I began experiencing basically alot of these symptoms. It wasnt till about 6-7 years ago that I discovered my body just couldnt handle the normal stuff anymore...Alcohol,nicotine,and even caffeine(which includes all chocalate.) IF I can abstain from things like this I can seem to function like a normal person. But all it takes is a few sodas a day and I feel TERRIBLE. Depressed,can't sleep,can't concentrate on task, heart pounding like bump bump bump every waking second of a day. (does wonders for a mans sex life btw) I never served in the Gulf. Or petro/oil industry. Had to be pesticides all I can figure, at some point in life. Its funny....I once met a Gulf War vet on msn messenger around the year 2000. We had several talks. He said he had gulf war syndrome. Me and him related almost every symptom except RASHES. I dont get them. Sadly I only had a few talks with him and he vanished. He always thought it was the shot cocktail they got. This new data points to burning oil. Well hopefully this new TILT disease makes the undustry look a lil harder....but the fact is the cocktailof symptoms is blowed off by doctors like the way reporters are blowed off in the Gulf so I wouldnt get hopes up anytime soon. This mystery illness is mad aggravatting but in time when u cut out the offenders u can start feeling more like a person and not a slug. Actually wake up in the morning with a lil refreshment.

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Well, I don't understand why these fools are risking their lives just to make it look like BP (Big Phony) is doing SOMETHING about the spill!

Cleaning the beaches is stupid. The oil volcano is still going at full speed by 100,000 of thousands of barrels a day! It's a comedy show of idiots clean something that, until the oil stops gushing out, oil just comes up on shore everyday!

So, what's the REAL reason no one in Government wants this leak to stop? I mean, it's ridiculous now to let this keep going. Is this the best problem-solvers can come up with.....golf ball stuffing technology?

Spoiler ALERT - Earth is inhabited by a ship of fools!

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This is Eugenics (population reduction). It was no accident, its an attack.

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What they are suffering from is most likely low levels of Organophostphate poisioning. Its the same side effects as being involved in a nerve agent attack. The symptoms are the same.


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also don't forget, Obama is making close to $1oo,ooo,ooo +, for this spill to continue, that's right folks, $1oo,ooo,ooo+ for 10 yesrs.

also Goodman & Sacks Co. these people are making billions on this spill to continue

so why would these people in charge want the spill to stop?

and oh yes, BP is also making money on this spill to continue.

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Frank, you write like your a BP plant made to make common people look stupid. For god sake, learn how to spell if you want people to take what you say seriously. GOODMAN AND SACKS, is this a joke on the real name? It's not funny at all, if so. This is a crisis of epic size. I am afraid to eat any fish or shellfish for the rest of my life now, am I the only one? I probably won't go to Florida or the gulf coast again, I am terrified of the health implications.

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You know they say the air on 9/11 was clean.Are people that crazy to believe that? that was the worst air quality ever. Never mind silica from concrete being pulvorized but asbestos also. It's not just asbestoses but there is a desease called silacoses. I am trained in removing asbestos and let me tell you,I wear my resperator when working with cement dust, sand and fiberglass, and fiberglass should be the next thing regulated