The following are personal accounts from individuals
whose health has been harmed by exposure to
petroleum based synthetic chemicals in the work-place or home.

It is now well documented that petroleum based chemicals in the workplace - home and many consumer products can cause serious illness to those exposed.  Because of the time delay in exposure and symptom onset, as well as complexity of processes involved (liver enzyme detoxification variation among individuals - gradual attrition to neurological defenses, etc.), these illnesses are often overlooked, diagnosed incorrectly - or denied (by physicians representing the chemical or insurance industry).    Also, because of the large number of lawsuits today settled under restrictions that prevent the plaintiff from speaking out, the public is often not informed of many potentially harmful situations.  Chem-Tox provides the forum below for individuals concerned about these issues.   If you have been harmed by petroleum based chemicals, or know of someone who has, please add your information by clicking the link below.


Exposed to pesticides for 19 years!!! At a DAY CARE CENTER!!
<[email protected]>I was exposed on a monthly basis to pesticides including organophosphates, cypermethrins, pyrmethrins and chloriphos. My employer said it was safe that we would have had to eaten a whole bowl of them for us to suffer any effects!!! Now, 2 years after the last exposure, there are a lot of us who are very sick with everything from blood disorders to mimic asthma, fibromyalgia. gee I wonder if 328 months in a row would be considered at least a whole bowl of them??? No windows were open, kids and staff were present in rooms, no MSDS sheets were posted, no warnings, and when tried to file a work comp claim,, was told to go try to file another claim and go pray, that nothing was wrong with me and go back to work!!  Now I have abnormal EEG'S, MRI'S, Spinal Tap (suggesting MS or fibromyalgia), or a muscle disorder!! Uh isn't fibromyalgia a pain from an unknown origin?? well i do know the origin!!! What a nightmare!!!
Charleston, Pa USA - Friday, July 04, 2003 at 09:44:47 (CDT)
Dermatomyositis/Chemical Exposure Connection???
<[email protected]>Our 8 year old son recently contracted a very rare Muscular Dystrophy autoimmune disease called dermatomyositis. As a parent, one looks to why it happened. Although we have yet to prove a chemical exposure connection, we have a strong suspicion that our son's immune system was "turned on" by backyard exposure to chemicals leaching up from an undergroud private dump of many years ago. Neighbors on the street remember "drums" of pharmaceuticals and chemicals being buried in what was our backyard many years ago. While living at this residence, the septic overflowed each spring. Our neighbor's wife who grew up on the street died of cancer in her 50s. We are looking into what to do to see if the soil is contaminated and may have caused our son's disease.  We have since moved.
Westport, CT USA - Thursday, July 03, 2003 at 16:00:05 (CDT)
Working with PVC Plastics Causes Health Problems
<[email protected]>I worked with PVC based rubber sheets (printing blankets) cutting imported rolls with a knife.  Symptoms include feeling poorly, spasms and general weakness. Left kidney function is only 16%.  I think the toxins penetrated via skin contact with the rubber. Anyone with additional information about exposures to plastics PVC or rubber please let me know.
Haifa, Israel - Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 06:55:31 (CDT)
Can gasoline fumes hurt my unborn child?
<[email protected]>Hi, I am a City Forester and as such I drive aroud all day in an enclosed vehicle with chain saws and gasoline containers. Most of the time I keep my windows rolled down but it's not possible all of the time. Please inform me of any damage I may be causing my fetus. Thank You.
Muncie, IN USA - Friday, June 20, 2003 at 14:14:42 (CDT)
Living in Chemical Soupville
<[email protected]>150 unlocked, unfenced, unguarded tanks of anhydrous ammonia stand at the end of our block in small town in northeast Nebraska. At least once a month there is a serious incident involving this substance, as people try to get ammonia to make methamphetamines and leave a valve open or just the general escaping through leaky vlaves, etc. There is more than a 10% rate of various cancers in our town; I currently have esophageal ulcers from the most recent incident about three weeks ago. We have several sterile, voiceless outside cats who have hideous skin conditions with severe itching.
Creston, Nebraska USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 17:06:29 (CDT)
Store Bought Bug Sprays
<[email protected]>I am working in an office where after the first couple days I started to have breathing problems. After about a week I started to get mild flu symtoms and a headache. I was very tired and achy. After three weeks I found out that they are using some heavy duty mold cleaners and also spraying store bought ant and roach sprays in the office. It is tightly closed with no open windows so the chemicals are staying in the building. I am feeling sicker every day and think I will have to leave the job. Does anyone know if there is any legal recourse for a situation like this? Also, why doesn't anyone else in the office seem to be effected. I feel better after I am out of the office for a couple of days, so I'm fairly sure it's the cause of my illness. Is there any way to determine exactly what is making me sick?
FL - Monday, June 02, 2003 at 21:25:24 (CDT)
Dystonia and Exposure to Car Paints
<[email protected]>My brother has been diagnosed with dystonia.  It's a neurological condition of the muscles.  He has back spasms and has difficulty walking normally and lifting objects.  He has spray painted cars in a body shop for 12 years.  Could fumes from paint or other materials used cause this?  Any information would be appreciated.
US - Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 12:15 (CDT)
3 deaths in less then 1 year in workplace
<[email protected]>My mother works in a building where there has already been 3 deaths in less then 1 year. Many people have come down with different cancers. When questioning managers know one wants to speak about the situation. Well when one women died her father decided to take action. He is holding his own investigation. The grounds were check and so was the air quality.  Both showed high levels of benzene, xylenes, toluene but they say it wasn't high enough to cause illness. Now there has been another death this one very unexpected of my mothers best friend who also works in this building. Unfortunately my mother still works in this building.  If any one has been in this situation or knows anything about these chemicals please respond
Sayreville, NJ usa - Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 09:22:06 (CDT)

Organophosphate poisoning and Cattle Poisoning
<[email protected]>280 of my employer's cattle were poisoned by an organophosphate called Aztec. We are trying everything to let people know about the danger of this toxin and for stronger regulations against deadly chemicals.
Fremont, NE USA - Tuesday, May 06, 2003 at 12:32:12 (CDT)

Chemical cocktail - Drinking Water
<[email protected]>My family has been exposed to TCE, cis and trans 1,2 DCE, acetone, decanal, and tetradecane for several years in our drinking water without knowing about it until this past fall. The offending metal fabrication plant knew this was migrating in our direction in 1996, an didn't bother to let us know. I would like to correspond with others who may have similar stories.
Weirton, WV USA - Saturday, May 03, 2003 at 16:55:32 (CDT)
Help!! My house is making me sick!
<[email protected]>I purchased a new home here in Las Vegas in January of 2002. Since then my family has been encountering strange health problems such as: fatigue, diarrhea, head aches, body aches, flu like symptoms on and off, forgetfulness, and bronchial symptoms. Which all seem to dissipate when we are not home. The contractor had located a mold like substance when he was repairing our master bathroom tile. Since then the builder has sent out many "experts" in the field, all stating that there was a problem, but to no avail after the builder examined the results told us that there was no problem. We have since then hired a company to do testing (culture and air samples). The culture results came back as trichoderma, mucor and yeast. The air levels do not seem to be a high enough concentration to be causing the health issues. Are there recommendations that you could offer us to find out what could possibly be causing these symptoms in my family?
Las Vegas, nv Usa - Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 15:17:33 (CDT)
Pesticide used in Florida to combat mosquitoes in the 60's and 70's
<[email protected]>My brother and I used to run behind the tractor spraying for mosquitoes in North Palm Beach Florida in the 60's and early 70's. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if the product used at that time was in fact DDT? My father died of leukemia at age 59. Doctors said it was most likely due to chemical exposure. However, he worked as an engineer working on plane engines and it could have been related to chemicals used to clean engines and gas fumes.
Santa Cruz, CA USA - Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 01:12:38 (CDT)
Blinded Using Garage Floor Stain
<[email protected]>I have worked in the painting field for over 20 years, recently retired and moved to another state. Working part-time, a client asked that I paint the garage floor using a product with the most adhesion. After searching the local nationwide paint retailer, I decided to use H&C Silicone Acrylic Concrete Sealer. The morning after applying the 2nd coat I awoke blind. This condition lasted for 5 days. The doctor says that my corneas were severely burned by the vapors from the xylene based product. I continue to have double vision which in turn causes severe headaches and dizziness
Las Vegas, NV USA - Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at 12:20:53 (CST)
Inhalation of Toxic Chemicals causing Scleroderma
<[email protected]>Inhalation of toxic chemicals on the job change my life. Due to the exposure, I have restrictive lung disease and Scleroderma, I find myself being tired all the time, and pushing myself to do small things. Its called living in a box and always on the alert of the people and things around me. This is not how I intended to spend my golden years of retirement. I would like to meet others who have a similar condition,
Washington, DC - Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 20:33:11 (CST)
Fybromyalgia from pesticide exposure living in apartments...
I had all kinds of problems everything hurt. Every month I'd begin to get better then I'd suddenly become worse than ever. I was dying. I had blurry vision and dropped things. I ate a very strict organic diet used safe natural cleaning products. My body was covered in a rash and sores. I became allergic to everything. Each month when I'd suddenly become so sick, I called the office to find that they used pesticides around the property and forgot to warn me as I had asked them to. I tried leaving for the days they treated the property but it did no good, I just kept getting sicker and the pest companies and all resources were of no help and often the opposite, denying that it's possible that I'm sick from the pesticides. They do this every month at every apartment complex throughout Maricopa county. If you live next to other complexes your get more exposures. Finally, I moved into a house. Within 3 days the fibromyalgia and sores cleared up. I found that I had to wash all my clothing several times in hot water to decontaminate them to prevent rashes and if I ate any food from the apt. I'd get very sick. I had to throw all away everything that I couldn't decontaminate. I have an extensive detox therapy program that is making it possible for me to feel alive and enjoy life. Now I only get sick when I go anywhere.
AZ Maricopa - Friday, March 21, 2003 at 03:39:35 (CST)
[email protected]>CORRECTION: Natural gas is made up of mostly methane, not propane. Please go to for more info.
Olathe, KS USA - Friday, February 28, 2003 at 09:54:49 (CST)
Chemicals in the Printing and Plastic Extrusion Business
<[email protected]>When my husband first started working in this company he had headaches and some sinus problems. Four years later he is on his back out of work with a burn like rash on his hands and arms which spread to his tummy, underarms and back. Away from for its kinda going away, but if he so much as exposes himself to paints he lights up like a light bulb. The doctors have said he can not get exposed again, but the doctors are unwilling to say its certain chemicals. He was put on predzone and was made very ill and internal bleeding since the chemicals thinned out his skin the predizone did the same thing and he wound up in the ER. I know its the stuff floating around in the job place. Three of his biggest exposures where with the supervisor dumping full strength ammonia on the floor a my husband immediately felt faint, sick and that day broke out in redness all over him. We need help not only to figure out the chemicals he may be exposed to, but what health causes in the future.
High Point, NC Davidson - Thursday, February 27, 2003 at 19:46:54 (CST)
<[email protected]>KENSTON School district janitorial staff used a substance called A-456-N because of a flu outbreak this week. The next day my son went into the building and started having asthma reaction. The next day upon entering the building he ran for the door because a second exposure triggered this response at a faster rate. He called from a pay phone to come get him and we went to emergency. The hospital believes this problem is due to chemical sensitivity. This product is for dike or dam spills why would we use this for a school? put our children at risk. I called product safety commission and the company. I will be calling the health department Monday AM. Who else am I forgetting? Open for more websites and info.....please e-mail me
BAINBRIDGE TWP, OH GEAUGA - Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 06:59:55 (CST)
CHEM-TOX RELATED COMMENT:  Several years ago, we were told of a 10 year old boy with a known history for asthma who attended his elementary school in Vero Beach Florida.  Half-way through the day an adjacent classroom was cleaned with the disinfectant Pine-Sol.  Within minutes the boy suffered a severe asthma attack and had to be taken to the emergency room.  Unfortunately, these occurrences are far more common than people realize, however, the cause and effect connection is not made public by physicians and this link has not readily been published in the media.
Chemical solvent toxicity
<supercozmiczoe@>Please help me. I work at a printing company where I am constantly in contact with solvents such as Cyclohexenone, Aromatic 150, Empirol, Diacetone Alcohol and other such solvents. When I have extended exposure to these chemicals, I have been experiencing dizziness, headache, burning of the sensitive areas such as my eyes, sinuses and throat. So badly that I would become nauseated and cannot see clearly.  The pain from the headaches are very similar to Migraines to the point of incapacitating.  I looked up and copied the related MSDS's and found info. on all except Empirol. Is there another name for it? I really need help in finding out how harmful these chemicals are, and am I in danger.
W. Brookfield, MA United States of America - Sunday, February 16, 2003 at 03:56:48 (CST)
Motel Pesticide Spray Incident - Sick of being Sick
<[email protected]>I was staying in a motel in Alabama with a friend, a pesticide man came to the door.  He beat on the door my friend answered it.  The guy just passed by him saying bug man and was already spraying as he entered the door.  He did not ask if he could or ask us anything.  This was on a Friday morning and we had the room rented for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  We left the room at once and went to the office.  After we left the motel office we went to eat.  As I sat there I developed a head-ache - became dizzy, and started throwing up. A waitress told my friend how to get me to the nearest ER.  I was still throwing up (at the ER).  I received oxygen breathing treatments shots for the throwing up spent most of the day there.  Since then it has been 2 years of straight sickness and doctors who say it can be the cause but will not pinpoint it or put it in writing.  Please ask when you check in at a motel if this will happen to you.  Any information on pesticide spray laws for motels would be appreciated.
Thanks, Sharon
Dawsonville, Ga u.s.a. - Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 16:00:17 (CST)
<[email protected]>The Human Exposures to Environmental Chemicals shows the over 100 toxic chemicals and how they are now in our blood. Researching further I found that these pthalate chemicals disrupt our porphyrins in our bodies thereby having a detrimental effect on our immune system. We then develop all sorts of diseases, especially Chemical Sensitivities. To help ones health, please try to change your environment by using all natural products such as borax, vinegar, cornstarch and eat organic foods as much as possible. We replenish our bodies cells through the nutrients that we receive in organic foods. Other foods lack these nutrients due to chemical changes from preservatives, additives all of which are mostly toxic. Genetically altered seeds contain insecticides for resistance to bugs and we ingest it. Yuck!!!! I hope that this information is beneficial to those of you who are ill. I have improved tremendously the past three years but it is a constant struggle to stay healthy.
Safety Harbor , FL - Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 11:44:39 (CST)
Off ill Grinding oil chemicals at work is there a link ??
<[email protected]>10% Ethanol Nitrilotri-5% ethanol 2- butylamino-1% Triazine triethanol5%UCON75-H1400 20% Octanoic acid nitrilotris 40% azelaic acid Polyethylene glycol 20% Oxirane 10% acid salts - I work in this and have been ill gastricly for near 8 weeks.  I have very heavy pain but no diagnosis.  Where can I get a toxicology report I can understand?
Sandusky, OH USA - Sunday, February 09, 2003 at 15:08:53 (CST)
Exposure to Rubber Ingredients
<[email protected]>I worked 4 1/2 years with rubber -finished products which included a lot of manual contact. One year after I left this job a started to feel very bad.  My symptoms included: weakness, spasms, heart disturbances and chest tightness. Now I read in the MSDS (material safety data sheets) that acrylonitrile is one of the ingredients and it has sharp garlic like odor.  I have a strange "industrial" unnatural odor from my body that someone says is like "garlic.".  Does the body clean itself from such exposure. If indeed it is acrylonitrile, or other rubber ingredients, causing the problem, does cleaning the blood with dialysis improve my condition. Thanks
Haifa, Israel - Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 07:52:50 (CST)
Chemical Leak Onboard Ship Poisons Second Officer
<[email protected]>I was working for CSX Shipping Lines as a second officer. While in port in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a large container of diethyl-benzene developed a high pressure leak and sprayed the chemical all over me (leaking from a safety valve). I walked to get away from the spill, feeling dizzy and nauseous, eventually fainting. Within a half hour an ambulance came to take me to the hospital. I could not go back to work and eventually had to go to New York for further testing. They found out I had liver damage from the exposure and was diagnosed with "chemical hepatitis." I filed suit against the company and after approximately 2 years, I received only very minor compensation equal to 4 months of my salary. I have had symptoms ever since - including two eye surgeries. If there is any attorney willing to become involved with this please contact me at the email address above.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 20:42:52 (CST)
Diesel Exhaust Exposure
<[email protected]>Three years ago, my partner and I were forced to move from our home because of illness from exposure to diesel exhaust from a mining company next door to us. Though many of our medical problems subsided after moving, my partner continues to suffer extreme physical reactions when exposed to any amount of diesel exhaust. Her reactions are immediate and severe and include, vomiting, swollen glands, burning throat, an inability to swallow, fevers, shortness of breath and body soreness. She also has chemical sweats and is sometimes delirious during her fevers, which spike and break quickly. She will cough up phlegm for days after the exposure and says she feels poisoned for three to four days. While we both have chemical sensitivity now to cleaners, perfumed soaps, paints and varnishes, her reactions are extreme and I fear, possible life threatening. I can find no studies about the long term effects of exposure to diesel exhaust and need to speak with other people who have been through this and may be suffering like we are. I also need a doctor or researcher in the Los Angeles area who knows something about diesel exposure.
Santa Clarita, CA Los Angeles - Friday, January 10, 2003 at 10:53:28 (CST)
What is wrong with me?
<[email protected]>I need to find a Toxicologist close to Louisville, Kentucky.
Borden, IN U.S.A. - Monday, January 06, 2003 at 16:45:17 (CST)
<[email protected]>Thousands of people in Pensacola, Florida, continue to experience the ongoing tragic impacts from organophosphate poisoning by AERIAL SPRAYING (Dibrom, Naled) that occurred during the week of October 12-16, 2002. Governmental and intergovernmental infrastructure responsible for this deadly decision are being investigated by the citizens. Substantial evidence has been uncovered through open records requests and other supporting documentation to expose this mass exposure occurrence as criminal. If YOU or ANYONE you know became ill in PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, on or after October 12, 2002, and continue to exhibit symptoms affecting skin, vision, muscular, neurological, respiratory, or metabolic function, PLEASE contact me. We are gathering extensive data and need AFFIDAVITS from effected individuals to pursue litigation to STOP further widespread of chemical warfare on our people and ecosystem. You do not have to be a resident of Pensacola (visitor exposure); and, non-adult persons (children) can be submitted by their legal guardian. Uniting our efforts is the only effective means to make governmental and corporate entities accountable for the degradation and diminished quality of life many of us inhumanely suffer. Our medical systems remain illiterate of acute and chronic toxic exposure and treatment endangering life as we know it contributing to irreversible impacts that gravely affect our children and their future existence. Solutions and treatment are available. Thank you for EMPOWERING your community towards sustainable action.
Pensacola, FL Escambia - Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 09:48:23 (CST)
Warning- this is the way chemical co. puts fangs in your doctor
<[email protected]>I am still in process of trying to find out the 87% of unknown ingredients that are in "Vantage" epa reg no. 7969-88-51036.  I called the chemical co. and they said to have my doctor fax them and they would release this to him. Well, after that day my doctor suggested I get a mmpi test. This is a test that shows basically - if you have a mental problem. I live in s.c. a no-fault state, which means, as my lawyer put it, my employer can shoot a gun in workers crowd, lets say it killed me, my family would have to prove the bullet was meant for me, then my employer would argue that the bullet was not big enough to kill me.  I now have trouble doing simple things in life, when i go to fill up with gas, have to be careful and not smell fumes, they account this to post traumatic stress syndrome. My hands shake, headaches, loss of bowel movement 2 times, ringing in ears, cannot remember things, nauseau, a sore in my mouth that lasted 3 days, very very weak. The chemicals transline, vantage, garlon3, glpro, and plateau were all mixed together, except for vantage - it was used alone.
Winnsboro, South Carolina - Monday, December 16, 2002 at 17:09:24 (CST)
<[email protected]>My 5 year old son went to bed healthy and 10 minutes later was vomiting and started having seizures. He was taken to a local hospital were after stabilizing him he was air lifted to a children's Specialty hospital. They lasted for 45 minutes. We had recently moved into a new home(14 years old) we had just painted and recarpeted the entire house. The Drs. say this was a one time occurrence and gave us no answers. My son has not been the same since, and repeatedly has severe headaches, and mood swings. We are at a loss as where to turn for help..............
Lawrenceville, Ga Gwinnett - Monday, December 16, 2002 at 13:17:57 (CST)
Naphthalene Illness -post traumatic stress disorder?
<[email protected]> Finally, we must distinguish between the issue of whether or not our troops were exposed to hazardous materials, and whether these exposures have resulted in the illnesses in question. We must not get bogged down in our zeal to determine who is wrong and forget about what is wrong. Often, I compare government's reaction to this issue as being similar to that of individuals arguing at the scene of an auto accident over who is at fault while several passengers and pedestrians lay on the ground bleeding to death. Our priority must be determining and treating the cause of this illness and in changing our doctrine and equipment to prevent future occurrences. Improper and illegal actions must be dealt with, and these investigative efforts are essential to discourage such actions in the future, but these investigations should be parallel with, and not in place of, the medical research and treatment needed by the veterans. As the interdisciplinary research director with the Chronic Illness Research Foundation, I am concerned that prolonged delay in dealing with these illnesses or the dismissal of toxicological injuries as stress-related disorders will have disastrous consequences. While it is clear that many toxic exposures result in symptoms similar to those often identified with post traumatic stress disorder, and that veterans often need psychiatric care, the misidentification of toxicological and neuropsychiatric symptoms as a stress-related illness will result, not in enhanced care for our veterans, but rather will contribute to ignoring what may be a progressive auto-immune, neuro-immune, or other disease process brought on by toxicological damage. Testimony of James J. Tuite, my doctor is now pointing to post traumatic stress disorder. i go for a psychologist on Friday.  Other chemicals were transline, garlon3a, glpro, plateau all of these mixed together at one time, the naphthalene in vantage sprayed by itself.  If our troops cannot get real help how can we ?
winnsboro, s.c. u.s.a. - Saturday, December 07, 2002 at 08:49:08 (CST)
Injury vs. Politicos
<[email protected]>I have been properly diagnosed with toluene encephalopathy. The exposure occurred on-the-job, and the symptoms resulted in my discharge. Much later, I found out what my illness was and what had caused it. Now I am stuck in Worker's Comp. Limbo, while the former employer remains silent. What does it take to get The System to take my case seriously?
Dixon, CA USA - Wednesday, December 04, 2002 at 23:49:54 (CST)
Montel Williams Show Covers Chemical Toxicology
The Montel Williams show devoted their entire show discussing how chemicals in consumer products are causing a variety of illnesses (Tuesday, December 3rd, 2002). On the show was John Travolta's wife and a Toxicologist. Travolta's interest in this subject began after their child developed an illness after exposure to petroleum based chemicals.  Another woman on the show had her illness linked to a blanket that was dry cleaned (the chemical tetrachloroethelene or perchloroethylene). For any family members, physicians etc. wanting more information on this topic go to  Transcripts and video are available of this show.
North Carolina US - Wednesday, December 04, 2002 at 05:26:15 (CST)
Naphthalene injury and nausea persistence
<[email protected]>My toxicologist had said that he has no therapy to offer me but time.  Knowing how bad i feel, thought if I had a endoscopy done, they could find the chemicals in my stomach lining.  He found that my lining was "irritated", said he could not look for chemicals for they change going through body.  He did a soft tissue and found h. pylori, this is a bacteria that lives in the stomach. He said everyone has this, some people it does not bother, some people it does.  He put me on 14 days therapy of  8 pills a day, not sure if this will help my nausea, well, they make me sick. When I take them (with food) I have to lay down all day.  As of this morning, I'm debating on whether to continue pills until I can get hold of my toxicologist.  Lou Ann
Winnsboro, s.c. u.s.a. - Sunday, December 01, 2002 at 05:04:00 (CST)
Anyone out there having malathion induced seizures?
<[email protected]>I originally began having respiratory problems every time the city sprayed for malathion. That went away but later on I began having seizures. I just had more after hearing a news report several weeks ago about medflies found. Does anyone know if L.A. is spraying again? No other cause has been found for the symptoms I'm having.
Los Angeles, CA USA - Monday, November 25, 2002 at 00:21:32 (CST)
Manganese Poisoning - Need Info
<[email protected]> Have tremors - memory loss and very bad eye muscle cramps all the time.
Edmonton, Canada - Sunday, November 24, 2002 at 00:58:12 (CST)
<[email protected]>My husband worked on a salmon fish farm for 5 years where Ivermectin and Deosan Deosect (cypermethrin) were used illegally to treat fish. He mixed the products with fish feed by hand and used a backpack sprayer. No adequate safety equipment was provided. He also has Hepatitis 'C' of which his employer was aware and so the fact that he used any chemicals at all was against UK Health and Safety regulations. Due to the typical stoical nature of most Scottish Highlanders he worked until he collapsed. I was pregnant at the time. That was December 1998. Considering his state of health the pressure his employer put him under to return to work, including financially, was inhumane. Further he was given medication by his doctor that only exacerbated his condition even more. Fortunately in February 2000 we were put in contact with Don Staniford who was then working for Friends of the Earth, Scotland. As my husband was the first fish farmer in the UK to come forward about illegal use of pesticides it became rather high profile in the UK press. The first article being released in The Observer by Anthony Barnett April/May 2000. Due to the nature of the issue we never received any money for any work we did as we were concerned that we would be slandered. We currently are working with a new solicitor and hope that we may have some success on a personal level. Don't forget that challenging Multinational companies can close many doors, there are some good people out there you just have to keep on fighting. The symptoms my husband has experienced are the same as most who've written on this site. We've found a good Traditional Chinese Herbalist who without we don't know where we'd be today. There is a lot of good complementary health care out there but it takes time to find the right person. Most conventional medicine is probably contraindicated for such poisoning as it is liver toxic and more. Myself and my daughter, fortunately, seem not to have been affected. Though neither of us can work we are making challenging the use of organophosphates and other pesticides our mission. We have many plans as if this use continues we despair for the future of mankind and the planet.
Laide-by-Achnasheen, Ross-shire, Scotland - Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 17:11:12 (CST)
Natural Gas Hazards - Toxic Response
<[email protected]>So you read labels of products on store shelves before you buy but can you tell me what is in natural gas that is pumped into your home and place of employment everyday? Try to find out, you can't. It is poison and blame yourself for not knowing this and then get angry at the gas companies for their lies. Unless large numbers of people and lawyers get together and fight for our right to know, others will become poisoned like I and may family. Every gas pipe will leak in time. Will you catch it before your home blows up or before you become deathly ill and do not know why. Doctors don't test for natural gas poisoning and gas companies do not like looking for a leak, it is too much work besides it is "SAFE" remember. Doctors just medicate. Medication is not the cure and natural gas is extremely UNSAFE so you'll go home a victim of many untruths and eventually die from asphyxiation, in a seizure, heart attack, or explosion are a few. Your pets will most likely die first. I would love to hear any comments or ideas to get this ball rolling.
Olathe, KS USA - Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 14:21:41 (CST)
Toxic Fever
<[email protected]>Exposure to n-hexane, methyl ethyl ketone and toluene, long and short term. This is the signs and symptoms i have suffered: Nausea, headaches, abdominal pains, asthma, increased blood pressure and pulse, dry skin patches, dermatitis, finger numbness (all fingers), difficulty in picking up or holding things, lethargic, contimual sinusitis, regular cough, blurred vision, loss of appetite, weight loss, leg cramps, insomnia+++++. I would appreciate any feed back from anyone in similar circumstances, as this one will be going to court.
Thanks Graeme.
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Thursday, November 14, 2002 at 18:13:11 (CST)
<[email protected]>  Family of 6 poisoned by Dursban in desperate need of help. Left mother and father too disabled to work.   The 4 children are too sick to be able to go to school.   This family is in great need of medical and financial help and has been for a long time.   They lost everything .   Some of the children are in pain from this illness and that makes their suffering that much worse.   I am asking if everyone could please help them.   Its bad enough to have this illness as an adult, but for a child its heartbreaking.    If everyone could get together and send a donation in any amount we as a community can provide the children with the beds and other help that they need.   It would help them out so much.    Please send funds to: STERLING SAVINGS BANK 11205 EAST SPRAUGE AVE. SPOKANE, WASHINGTON 99206 PAYABLE TO: CHARTIER CHILDREN'S FUND. If anyone has items such as organic bedding, METAL FUTON OR BED FRAMES, sheets, pillows, blankets, clothes, toys, organic food, vitamins or supplements please call 1-208-245-5158 or to respond by E-MAIL to [email protected] or send to The Chartier Family 45 Rivocean Drive Ormond Beach Florida  32176 Subject: Childrens bedding SPOKANE, WA US -    The poisoning took place at the workplace (Florida supermarket bakery plant) of my husband. The chemical was liberally applied in and around his workspace daily for a period of more than ten years. I also carried three of our four children during his employment with this company. The three have many health problems including; neuro-motor dysfunction, reactive airways disease, chemical sensitivity, allergies, GI problems. chronic headaches and various other kinds of pain. Our fourth child was born after the exposure had ended (my husband too ill to work anymore).  She has been diagnosed with some asthma and allergies but not any of the neuro damage. He must have carried these chemicals home on his clothing also. Not knowing it was there (an odor masking agent had been included in this toxic mixture) I washed our clothing with his. I have read since then that it is well known that these chemicals can also be transferred through clothes washing. He worked in a FOOD manufacturing plant. You may contact me with questions. 386-441-7526 Thanks again for posting this and please send it to anyone that might be able to help us. In Peace Karen
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Ormond Beach, FLA USA - Sunday, November 10, 2002 at 09:13:49 (CST)
Pensacola's Toxic Assault - Empowered Citizenship
<[email protected]>Aerial spraying of Dibrom (Naled), a potent and lethal neurotoxin, in Pensacola during October 12-16th is criminal. Our governing officials voted on this deadly decision based on incorrect classification of the chemical, without researching impact studies, and with less than 24 hours notice vaguely given to the people. Our Director of Public Health guarantees the public that "no special precautions are necessary"; and, "Is is safe". National emergency treatment protocol for OP exposure requires specialized guidelines during and after exposure. Organophosphates (used in chemical warfare) inhibit cholinesterase vital for nerve function of every system with serious acute and long-term exposure impacts on human and ecological health. Critical, time-factored medical attention (24-72 hours) is necessary to decrease further damage and death from organophosphate exposure. Ironically, Pensacola has no trained and skilled professionals in environmentally induced illnesses rendering thousands to exacerbate into respiratory, cardiac, gastrointestinal, and neurological complications. OP's store in the fat cells, as well, causing myriad chronic disabilities. (Intermediate Syndrome) Our rights to access scientific diagnostics to determine exposure impacts are met with strong resistance and blatant refusal from our political and medical community as they continue to profit from pollution and illness. Empowered citizenship is the only strategy to ensure our rights towards true solutions for our critical needs. Please review the sites below on Functional Medicine.
Pensacola has been irrefutably confirmed one of the most toxic cities in the nation with the highest rate of cancer, birth defects, respiratory and neurological disorders in the country for the past decade. I find it ironic that our money is being spent in the millions to train medical professionals to recognize and treat biochemical warfare agents, organophosphates; yet remain illiterate in treating mosquito warfare with the same agents? I suffer multi-organ dysfunction caused by hazardous environmental substances that spiral many of into inhumane inequities. Feel free to contact me and share strategies for true solutions and empowered action.
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Pensacola, FL USA - Friday, November 08, 2002 at 09:55:38 (CST)
Aerial and Ground Spraying in Pensacola/illegal
<[email protected]>Citizens in Pensacola have obtained important records pursuant to Florida's Open Records Act, Statute 119. Records confirm that truck spraying and aerial spraying are conducted more for psychological reasons, appeasing the public, than on sound mosquito control policies. Records reveal very little larvaciding, bio controls or source reduction. Just spraying. Routine spraying is against the law pursuant to Florida Adm.Code 5E.American Mosquito Control Association says aerial and adulticiding are least effective. Source reduction is the most effective. Yet, they keep spraying us/ They do not have IPM, here. They don't even have and entomologist in this toxic town. Public officials lied about what chemicals were being used in aerial spraying. Said it was permethrin, when in fact it was Naled. Highly toxic to birds, fish, bees, and humans.
Pensacola, Fl. Escambia - Thursday, November 07, 2002 at 09:44:12 (CST)
Pensacola Spraying for Mosquitoes
<[email protected]>My sister was and is still in the hospital after the City of Pensacola sprayed, by air, for the mosquitos and the West Nile disease. Days later, she developed Asthma, Bronchitus, Pneumonia and Pluracy. There is an overload in the City of Pensacola, FL with people flooding the Emergency Rooms with related illnesses. What can be done? They are not notifying people of the symptoms and people are just getting sicker and sicker.
Pensacola, fl USA - Wednesday, November 06, 2002 at 12:41:46 (CST)
I learned 'the hard way' that Brevard County Florida is spraying a potent organophosphate called DIBROM over our homes at night to 'save us' from the mosquitos. Dibrom is considered in a class more toxic than the malathion organophosphate used in the past for mosquito control (malathion has many lawsuits past/present for health effects). Since experiencing my own symptoms, I have met several others who now understand their 'strange illness' that appeared the summer of 2002. In some cases, it appears as a flu (but it just doesn't go away). Others have dizziness, nausea, fatigue and a long list of neuro problems such as muscle twitching, tremors, shaking, nervousness and insomnia. The truly unlucky may be diagnosed with Parkinsons or ALS. Lab testing has shown elevated levels of tolulene, benzene and xylene in those exposed to Dibrom (these are 'inert' carrier ingredients in dibrom). If you have an illness that suddenly comes on during the summer months in Brevard County Florida, consider Dibrom. Several Brevardians have called Brevard Mosquito control. The employees there are well trained on how to respond to your questions. Here are just a few quotes: 1. Do you spray pesticides by plane? Answer: "Only in uninhabited areas". Truth: This is an outright lie. 2. What type of pesticide is it? Answer: "It is organic." Truth: To a chemist, anything based in carbon is considered organic. Thus, pesticide is organic. However, the rest of us assume this means the product is safe and natural. Highly misleading 3. What type of pesticide is it? Answer: It is 100% natural. Truth: Material Data Safety sheets prove products are 90%+ petroleum distilates. Since petroleum is originally from the ground, they claim it is 'natural'. Highly misleading. The bottom line is this: altho we have laws that allow us 'right to know' about the chemicals being dumped on us, be aware that you may be informed with half-truths and misleading comments. As for me, I'm moving.....
Melbourne, Fl USA - Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 17:32:43 (CST)
Chlorine Dioxide and hydrochloric acid an leach water
<[email protected]>breathing problems , severe weight lose, severe depression, severe pain, copd, bypass surgery, lose of hearing, sensitive skin, please help if u can
grove hill, al usa - Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 08:05:25 (CST)
update on overexposure of herbicides
<[email protected]>I work for the state of South Carolina as a herbicide applicator.   I had e-mailed some days ago about the herbicide Vantage with the inert ingredient naphthalene. Went to toxicologist in South Carolina that told me the illness I've had for 76 days had nothing to do with herbicides.  I went to toxicologist in North Carolina that has confirmed that the chemicals were indeed cause for my illness.  I had to go out of state (since I work for state) to get help, however, my health continues to have problems. I still have blood in urine, headaches, nausea, sharp pains in chest and stomach, it feels like something is eating me inside. Clinic assessment: this patient's illness is difficult to understand, in that her exposures to the various herbicides listed were almost 3 months ago and she continues to have persisting symptoms, some of which appear to be resolving. Exposure to naphthalene appears to explain her initial symptoms best, but I am unfamiliar with this agent causing persisting symptoms, especially to the degree that she exhibits and with her subjective weakness.  We have obtained a repeat urinalysis, since her microscopic hematuria needs to be further assessed as to its persistence.  However, I do not associate her kidney findings to this exposure since her creatinine and bunn are normal and no red blood cell casts have been seen on her urinary sediment.  We have no therapy to offer this patient.  She will return next month, when 2 more doctors will attend.  MSDS sheets were reviewed for Garlon (triclopoyr, 44% and inert constituents including ethanol, triethanolamine and edta. Finally transline contains clopyralid 41% listed as an inert is a glycol ether, which also has kidney and or liver toxicity. Needs to see urologist in view of the shadows in view in each of her kidneys on MRI.  I went to urologist, she sees nothing that can be causing hemturia.  To do a cystoscopy on Halloween day.  I feel as if I am dying slowly.  Any help would be thank-ful.  Doctor was hoping urologist could explain hematuria, does not know what will happen to my body.  I can see it in their eyes, they are not sure what will happen to me. Lou Ann
Winnsboro, South Carolina. u.s.a. - Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 04:00:58 (CST)
Ill for 15 years - are flea preparations and printing chemicals the cause?
<[email protected]>I have been diagnosed with ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) 12 years ago having been ill for about 3 years. I was a very active person before becoming ill. At the time I was working with printing chemicals in a large college, running the reprographics department. This involved photocopiers and printing, which used toner and petroleum, based chemicals. There was inadequate ventilation and this was only rectified after we refused to operate one of the machines. I was constantly ill with viruses, sinus infections and generally unwell with many symptoms. At the same time I also used a flea preparation for my dogs called Nuvan Tops (UK), which I sprayed generously throughout the house as well as the dogs. I have read on this web site that other people have had problems after using similar products. 15 years later I am still unable to work and suffer much muscle and joint pain, headaches, sinus problems, memory and concentration problems to name some. A few years back my situation was looked at by a solicitor (who I must say was not very interested) and eventually it was decided that there was not enough evidence (even though I did have a report saying it was likely that my problems were chemically induced). I did not have the money to pursue this any further and so nothing more was done at the time. However I do feel that now these problems are becoming more recognized and would welcome any information or advice that anyone has to give me. Is this damage likely to be permanent or is there a route available to detoxify given the right treatment and help? Please contact me at [email protected] if you can offer me any help. Thank you.
Suffolk, UK - Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 07:19:50 (CDT)
Toluene-induced Encephalopathy
<[email protected]>I had previously posted my symptoms and my diagnosis, but your paragraph about the media suppressing certain subjects prompted me to add more comments. I have tried in vain to get media coverage of my situation, and I have tried to enlist the help of some major attorneys, also in vain. The facts remain: I worked for three years with toluene without respiratory equipment. I now have a toxic injury to my brain that cost me my career. I have a pending Worker's Comp. claim that I filed before I knew what was causing my cognitive abilities to decrease. My medical files are tainted by some sensational and groundless pontifications by doctors who were handsomely paid by the insurance carrier to diagnose my condition in ways that I believe to be intentionally misleading. One psychologist wrote a report without ever having seen me, and the State Compensation Insurance Fund allegedly paid her in excess of $3000 to rehash the same defamatory reports that other doctors had already submitted. The psychologist I am referring to wrote in a report that I should be in an institution. I filed a complaint with the State Psychology Board, whose response was that she could write whatever she wanted to. I responded, even when her writings have a direct negative impact on pending litigation? No answer yet on that one. However, I have been instructed by the court to be examined by this same doctor, and for me to be transported to her office by the insurance carrier. I have an uneasy feeling about this one. I wonder if the insurer is going to pick me up in a Black and White. The psychologist certainly has the authority to have me locked up... I have a copy of a letter from this same doctor in which she basically asks the insurer how to proceed with my complicated case (my interpretation), and also informing the insurer of the rate code at which she would be billing. In my opinion, the CA State Lands Commission (former employer) and the State Compensation Insurance Fund are deliberately clouding the toluene issue in order to prevent the facts surrounding my loss of health and career from becoming public knowledge. They need to wake up, because it is inevitable that my story will come out and be recognized as being the true version.
Dixon, CA USA - Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 05:11:04 (CDT)
Chemically Injured as well
<[email protected]>7 years ago my life started unraveling due to Chemical Sensitivity. It is still unraveling now but I have gotten a better handle on what I need to be doing to safeguard what I do have left of my health. People are so ignorant to the dangers of chemicals and moreso the ones they use in their everyday lives! I wish I could get people to understand how devastating this illness is and how they too can become a victim. It really isan't hard to get this sick!
Phoenix, AZ USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 11:09:11 (CDT)
Brain tumor associated with chemicals in the workplace
<[email protected]>My wife worked for the last 4 years as a housekeeper on the Walt Disney Resorts in Orlando Florida. 3 weeks ago she was diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor. We think this present condition is associated with the chemicals she handled at work. Her surgery is next week. The neurosurgeon is denying chemicals involvement. After all he is paid by a Disney insurance company
Orlando, FL Orange - Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 23:19:00 (CDT)
General Electric in Hendersonville North Carolina
<[email protected]>Living Across the road from a superfund site Can Cause Lots Of Illnesses. East Flat Rock, N,C, USA - Monday, September 02, 2002 at 14:50:11 (CDT)
Need to Locate workers of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup for survey
<[email protected]>Have studied the bioremediation chemicals used in inipol EAP 22; contains 2-butoxyethanol & want to know which worker jobs, if any, were at high risk during 1989 and 1990 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup; want to know if these workers have low red blood cell anemia: non immune hemolytic anemia caused from solvents... would feel tired all the time; also clinical depression, kidney, liver problems, possible cancers (said to be unknown?) -  for survey form
Valdez, Alaska - Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 21:15:13 (CDT)
Photocopier Exposure Symptoms
<[email protected]>My work-station is in a cubicle in a corner of a Medical Records library in a newly built wing of a hospital (RPAH) so there are paints, glues being used as installation of interiors continues. I have both a photocopier and printer on either side of my cubicle partitions in optimal use. Symptoms begin as 'pinging' on the skin and coughing. During the day, these will turn to numbness of mouth (with bad taste/odor, resembling the smell of gas), fatigue, nausea and strange feeling of disorientation (possibly vertigo). The numbness will now have reached my lower extremities and vision will be 'blurry' and eyes very sore and completely 'bloodshot'. Because of allergic reactions both to the dusty/musty files etc and in my general life, this all exacerbates pre-existing bronchial asthma, dermititis and sinusitis. My employers deny any correlation to my work situation and that is why I am doing this search on your web pages. (The Deputy Manager refused to believe, The Manager moved me to another work area then back again (It should be alright now) and my office supervisor laughed and ridiculed me in front of staff several times. They are going to move me (because it must be something unique to me not my work situation) which means that the problem has really not been addressed. Anxiety and stress compound the situation and I have had BP readings significantly higher than my usual after 'confrontations' with unsympathetic bosses who should have been taught their responsibilities in their management training programs. (I used to work in Libraries (real ones) and my university and in-service training programmes addressed all these issues in the workplace and lots more.
SYDNEY, NSW AUSTRALIA - Wednesday, August 28, 2002 at 04:08:39 (CDT)
Vertigo---Caused by Chemical Contact?
<[email protected]>I firmly believe mine and countless others working for Hewlett Packard, now Agilent Technologies have developed Vertigo in the past few years, from working within a building with a chemical environment . Too many people working in the same building, suddenly stricken with this debilitating illness, for it to be a coincidence. Some permanently disabled. Also, breathing difficulties and chest pains, sores that refuse to heal until removed from that environment for several days.
Windsor, CA Sonoma - Monday, August 19, 2002 at 16:51:24 (CDT)
Donations of Organic merchandise
<[email protected]>I have an organic company and have donations to those ho must be around only organic. I also want to find out how to let people know we have organic things, especially for babies and beds. Please call me at 619-851-8236 or e-mail [email protected]
el cajon, CA USA - Monday, August 19, 2002 at 13:24:35 (CDT)
<[email protected]>FAMILY OF 6 POISONED BY DURSBAN IN DESPERATE NEED OF HELP Family of 6 poisoned by dursban in desperate need of help. Left mother and father too disabled to work.  The 4 children are too sensitive to be able to go to school.  This family is in great need of help and has been for a long time.  The children don't have any beds to sleep on because of the dursban poisoning, they lost everything and they cant afford to replace them.  Some of the children are in pain from this illness and not having beds to sleep on makes their suffering that much worse.  I am asking if everyone could please help them.  Its bad enough to have this illness as an adult, but for a child its heartbreaking.  I realize everyone is having a hard time right now and i empathize with you all, yet if everyone could get together and send a donation in any amount we as an E.I. community can provide the children with the beds they need.  It would help them out so much.  Please send funds to:
PAYABLE TO : CHARTIER CHILDRENS BED FUND.  If anyone has items such as organic bedding ,sheets, pillows, blankets, clothes please call 1-208-245-5158 or to respond by E-MAIL to [email protected]  Subject: Childrens bedding
SPOKANE, WA US - Thursday, August 08, 2002 at 12:48:57 (CDT)
<[email protected]>We had our home sprayed for ants with Suspend SC (active ingredient Deltamethrin a pyrethroid). I ended up in the hospital ER twice and have resulted in multiple chemical sensitivity. I have no home, no furniture, no clothes and lost my job after discovering they sprayed the same chemical there too. My health deteriorates and the chemical company made fun of me. Has anyone else been poisoned with pyrethroids or deltamethrin? I would like to find others like me for support. DO NOT USE THIS CHEMICAL OR ANY CHEMICAL THEY ARE DEADLY. I have severe asthma and other health issues. If you have been exposed to a chemical contact a TOXIC TORT attorney and GET OUT OF CONTACT with the chemical. Better to lose all you own than your life.. I live in my car and sleep on the church floor. I lost everything thanks to DELTAMETHRIN. Pesticides kill. If you have been injured by them contact me at [email protected] -  we need each other because no government agency cares about us.
Sidney, Oh USA - Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 21:34:32 (CDT)
Still fighting for treatment caused by toxins at work
<[email protected]>I am an LPN who worked for a major candy manufacturer. I had a been diagnosed with MCS prior to starting there, but my symptoms were mainly headaches. I thought I would be safe in a candy plant. I started work on 4/1/97 and within two months I began to experience headaches, weakness, tremors, in-coordination, memory problems, leg pains, shortness of breath and leg spasms. By the fall of 1998 I was so ill that I was forced to take a medical leave in order to control my symptoms with medications. I was also receiving monthly injections of sodium morrhuate in my head and neck to control my headaches. I had asked for the accommodations and that no chemicals be used in my office and notification if pesticides were sprayed anywhere in the plant. However, they sprayed pesticides in my office, and turned off the alarms to the anhydrous ammonia and allowed it to inundate the plant when the cooling pipes broke. Anhydrous ammonia was used to cool the plant. I also fought for an alarm system for the Methyl bromide chamber (used to fumigate the nuts.) This was not installed until after my termination. Many employees c/o feeling sick when working around the fumigation chamber. On the night of 12/7/98, my office floor had been stripped and the door closed, therefore my office was without proper ventilation. The fumes were allowed to accumulate. Early that morning I went to work and the odor of floor stripper was so strong that upon opening my office door I almost passed out cold. I had an excruciating pain in my head that made my head feel that it was about to explode.  I asked to see the company physician about 20 minutes later and was told, “to wait and see if my headache would get better.” I had had enough experience with my headaches to know it would not “get better” with a little time, but still I waited for over an hour to see the company physician. I was given a shot for the H/A and told to not go back into that office. This news wasn’t taken well by my employer and I was asked if I could wear and work with a dust mask. I said, “no.” Not only were the fumes still so overpowering (by this time a floor fan had been put in there) but I also did not feel I would be safe working under the influence of a narcotic. The HR Mgr. then informed me that I could leave, but before I could do so I would have to go back into my office and get some files for her! She had just been informed that I was not to go back into that office. When I returned to work the next morning, I still had the headache, but I also was beginning to experience all of the symptoms that I had in August 1998; loss of balance, severe tremors in my right arm, numbness in my extremities and nausea. My employer was well aware of my symptoms and I was notified mid-week by my employer that, “well, let’s just see what Corp. wants to do with you.” I knew when she made that comment that my job was in jeopardy. I had witnessed employees being fired after filing a Workers’ Compensation claim. In fact, I had specifically heard in regard to injured workers…“Let’s find a way to get rid of them.” On December 18, 1998, at approximately 7:45 a.m., I was called into the HR manager’s office and informed that, “They knew I was unhappy in my job and were letting me go.” I told them I wasn’t unhappy in my job, I was unhappy with the way they handled safety issues that were brought to their attention. I was told to turn over my office keys and I was escorted out of the building. That’s it…I was fired. Numerous employees later informed me that shortly after I was escorted out of the building that the HR manager and another member of mgmt. were in my office shredding documents. Shortly after I was fired an EMG discovered that I suffered with axonal loss to the nerves above my left elbow, even though I am not left-handed. My blood was also tested and found to have toluene, 2-methylpentane, 3-methylpentane and n-Hexane in my system. I had a complete list of all of the known chemicals in the plant, but when I looked at the MSDS, there was no mention of n-Hexane, 2-methylpentane or 3-methylpentane. I later discovered that n-Hexane and the methyl pentanes were disguised as petroleum distillates. Upon looking at the MSDS again, I found so many chemicals with “petroleum distillates” in them that I lost count. I live in a rural community with a population of less 100. My nearest neighbor is 3 blocks away and I use no pesticides in or around my home. Not until I spent quality time with an Environmental Physician did I really understand the depth of what had been done to me.I have heard from every Neurologist that I have seen that there is no evidence of MCS, yet the Social Security Administration recognizes it as a disability. Even in the state of Missouri, the corp. hq. of my ex-employer, the state has designated May 12th as FMS, CFS, MCS and GWS Awareness Day. Yet, here I am, still fighting the insurance carrier 3 ˝ years later for medical treatment for a recognized disease that was caused by my employment. They have been ordered to provide me with tx, but every time I begin treatment, the insurance company files another appeal…delay, deny and stall. I have been diagnosed with the following: headaches, toxic encephalopathy, toxic effects of petrochemicals and solvents, chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, vasculitis, tissue hypoxia and autonomic nervous system dysfunction. I have been told that I will require oxygen for the rest of my life as well as daily sauna to help prevent the build up of toxins in my system. I will also require a permanent intravenous catheter, for at least a year to give myself the IV therapy that I need. When I could not be intimidated or forced to resign, they falsified their own documents and fired me. Yes, they knew what they were doing to me. They were “finding a way to get rid of” me.
Neosho Falls, KS USA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 14:57:26 (CDT)
"New car smell" and headaches
<[email protected]>In 1983 I purchased a new Honda Accord and became sick shortly afterward, although it took me a couple of months to link my illness to the car. I finally figured out that when I took a few days off from driving the car I got well, and when I resumed using the car I got sick again. That was my first experience with "Volatile Organic Compounds" and the sickness they cause. I've had the same problem with other cars and currently drive an eleven year old car. I plan to keep it running as long as I can. I don't know what I'll do after that. According to the Wall Street Journal, the car manufacturers are considering a switch to molded plastics that do not "outgas," as engineers call it. It took me several years and several cars to figure out what it was in the car interiors that made me sick. I didn't know if it was the carpets, the upholstery, the molded plastic in the dash, or what. I eventually narrowed it down to the molded plastic (although things like Scotchguard on the carpets could be a factor.) Since my first experience with outgassing of volatile organic compounds from molded plastic, this type of plastic has become almost universal in cars and consumer electronic products like televisions, computers and radios. My 17-year-old TV was blown out by lightening a couple of weeks ago and I am desperately searching for a new TV that doesn't outgas. My last attempt to buy a new TV, about five years ago, was unsuccessful. Ditto my attempt to buy a new computer. My computer is a 1995. If anyone knows of cars, TVs, and computers that don't outgas I would be grateful for the information as I have to replace all three now or soon. The symptoms of exposure are gradual. I have to be in a car for several hours before I start showing symptoms. However, once I have a long exposure, I remain sick for a couple of days. Using the car again once I'm sick, and without taking a day or two off, makes me even sicker so that gradually the illness becomes worse and worse. In the case of a TV or computer I have to use it a couple of days before symptoms are clear. When I tried to buy a new TV a few years ago, it didn't occur to me there would be a problem with it. I started getting sick and I still didn't connect it with the TV at first. When I finally did, and stopped using the TV, I got well. Symptoms are dizziness, disorientation, and memory loss, followed by headaches that become more and more severe the longer I am exposed. After a couple of days, I feel lobotomized. I can't remember the names of good friends and have such a headache, fatigue and disorientation I feel lucky I didn't have a car accident in this state.
Lexington, VA USA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 09:21:44 (CDT)
Living 300 feet from Polymer Plastic Resin Company
<[email protected]>Pollutants Acetaldehyde, Acetophenone, Acrolein, Acrylonitrile,1,3-Butadiene, Etyl benzene, Formaldehyde and Styrene.  Child who has bedroom close to factory recently diagnosed with acute anxiety disorder.  Child never had a sick day the blood work said everything fine. Could the emissions contribute?   I do not know what to type to find residents close by because now-a-days they are in industrial parks. Any help appreciated!!!
Worcester, MA USA - Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 00:51:39 (CDT)
Tempo sprayed on my garden
<[email protected]>Our hired man sprayed an herbicide called tempo on my garden. It kills grasshoppers. I need to know when or if I can eat the produce.
Mobridge, SD USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 10:50:51 (CDT)
Mosquito Fog Truck Sickens Children
Both of my children were "fogged" by our county mosquito control truck (using malathion) ...both were sick within 12 hrs...the oldest, who didn't get the brunt of the spraying, ended up in our ER with acute exacerbation of asthma. The youngest, who did get the majority of the spray ended up on life-support for 3 days and was hospitalized for a total of 6...  When he first became ill it was with terrible coughing, red eyes, chest pain, n/v....and progressed to respiratory distress.  He was flown out by Lifeflight to Hermann Hospital from our local community hospital.... Poison control agrees with the county...that if it was a result of organophosphate poisoning all of this would have unfolded in a matter of two hours. I think they are completely in denial and not taking responsibility for the poison that they are spraying in our communities. What do you think? A child who is the picture of health one minute ends up next to death the next and everything viral and bacterial has been ruled out. Common sense tells me that it had to be the malathion. I have read about how malathion, when stored at high temperatures, is prone to developing highly toxic substances that are worse than the malathion itself. Is this accurate? I have a lot of questions for our mosquito control people down here. Namely, do you store this crap at proper temperatures, etc....But they don't want to talk to me (surprise, surprise)....
Shannon Dunnigan
Email: [email protected]
Angleton, TX US - Monday, July 01, 2002 at 01:57:29 (CDT)
Odorless mineral spirits & pregnancy
I work in a factory where I have been cleaning commercial refrigeration units after they are manufactured. I have been there for 1 and 1/2 years and now I am pregnant. I worked around Odorless mineral spirits inside each of the refrigerators and there is not adequate ventilation. I was just moved to an area away from the chemicals on Wednesday, June 26, 2002. I was around the mineral spirits and several other chemicals during the entire first 3 months of my pregnancy. I am wondering if the use of those chemicals during the very important and very crucial first 3 months of pregnancy is going to have any serious affect on my unborn child. If anyone has any information on this matter, please email me immediately. Thanks
Email: [email protected]
New Haven, MO United States - Sunday, June 30, 2002 at 12:26:20 (CDT)
Illegal disposal waste flood plan system
Illegal transport and disposal of heavy metals, solvents and petroleum waxes in 6 inch group gas pipe systems. The system was designed to transport gas. I have full documentation of pipeline breaks, video audio and test results showing up to 85,000 times over legal drinking water guidelines.  The heads of 4 government agencies are covering up the contamination and system disruption. This has contaminated Worsley, Hines Creek and Fairview Alberta Canada.  The inspectors are pumping chemical solvents, sodium sulfates right over the containment burms to running surface water. This in turn killed 3 cows - brain fried 44 more in front of the house and poisoned 3 kids for 4 years.  Soil samples form dug out reveal 28 heavy metals and 2 radioactive at 19,800 mg/kg of soil. Enforcement and monitoring are part of the cover up group energy and utilities board are passing pipeline leak areas and say there is nothing here. IN MY BEST JUDGEMENT THE GOVERMENT IS NOT HERE FOR THE GOOD OF THE 3,000 FOLKS..   Disposal is also occurring in abandoned wells and short hole gas or oil wells.
Jim R
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Worsley, ab - Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 00:43:11 (CDT)
Hello... I could use a little bit of help if anyone is interested.
I am 23 years old. I don't know what is wrong with my body, so I would appreciate some assistance. At age 18 1/2 my joints started to come apart and over the years has gotten worse. My spine, ribs, hips, shoulders, feet, skull, wrists, hands, knees and elbows have all be affected. 3 months after my first rib move, I have severe viruses. 3 years ago I started to have gastro-intestinal problems, in that it has gotten increasing harder for me to digest foods. My life style has had to drastically changed as a result. I use to be an advanced dancer. I was recently turned away from Haborview and have been turned away from may other clinics because no one knows what I have to try to treat me. I grew up next to the James River Mill in Camas, WA. in which I know there are pollutants. I would really like a correct diagnosis, so I can hopefully find a treatment. Thank you.
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Seattle, WA USA - Sunday, June 02, 2002 at 22:50:56 (CDT)
Trichcloroethylene Poisoning at Military Facility
I was in the air force at the time and spent two years working around liquid oxygen and nitrogen. storing the product dispensing it and maintaining portable cryotainers.  This would entail breaking down equipment to clean parts on a fixed routine schedule. we would literally bath our hands and forearms in this chemical (trichcloroethylene) to degrease parts. we did not have any protective clothing or breathing apparatus to protect us from inhaling the fumes as well. this was at Macdill air force base in FL. I am now very ill, on disability and had to retire early from my military career. I can't get the VA to acknowledge any wrong doing to my health even though I have been diagnosed with three kidney diseases 2 of them of a metabolic nature not congenital. I take 19 medicines a day including morphine for daily pain. I'm at a loss as what course of action to take next, do I need a special type of attorney to help me fight my case to the powers that be!...
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Address:  917 Shea Ct
Carmel IN 46032.
Saturday, June 01, 2002 at 17:27:09 (CDT)
Misuse of DURSBAN due to lack of instruction.
I believe that my baby was affected by this NEUROTOXIN. **PLEASE HELP**

I worked at a storage company for a year and 11 months before I became pregnant and through my entire pregnancy. Part of my duties were to clean out the storage units in preparation for the next customers. Part of cleaning was that each time the unit was emptied we swept it out and sprayed it w/ DURSBAN - whether it had been occupied a week, a month, or a year.. EVERY TIME! The only instruction we received was to go next door to Scotty's and buy DURSBAN and a sprayer and come back and spray it... We wore no protective clothing - didn't know that we should. We wore our uniforms which were T-shirts and shorts or khaki pants. NO masks, NO eye protection, skin was EXPOSED. When I became pregnant I stopped spraying any chemicals - thinking that I was taking proper precautions for my baby. But I continued to sweep the units - not realizing the residual properties of the chemical. My son has permanent visual impairment due to optic nerve atrophy, developmental delay including gross motor, fine motor, speech, and cognitive delay. He has hypotonia (low muscle tone) as well. These are all listed as possible effects of fetal overexposure. I didn't want to go "casting stones" until I was relatively sure. ALL genetic, metabolic, chromosomal, amino acid, and MRI tests have come back as NORMAL. This feeling just won't go away. I would like to pursue this legally - but don't know what steps to take. OSHA won't help. email me if you can help - or have any advice.
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You can see the little boy that you're helping here:
Deltona, FL USA - Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 11:49:31 (CDT)
New Health Warnings from Mosquito Repellants
New research has just come out showing how common mosquito repellants contain a chemical which may be causing neurological damage in children. To see this go to
and click the first link on pesticides.
Palm Bay, FL USA - Friday, May 17, 2002 at 15:25:40 (CDT)
Brain Injury from Toluene Inhalation at Job Site
Part of my job with the State of California was to perform daily laboratory sampling of crude oil from an offshore platform. Pure toluene was used in the sampling process, and the make-shift "lab" where I ran the tests was not adequately ventilated. There was an uncovered sink (with no overhead exhaust fan) that always contained a mixture of solvent, crude oil, and toluene. Toluene was also present in an overhead container with a spigot, and in a 55 gallon drum outside the "lab." In 1989, my employer stopped using toluene and built a properly ventilated lab. I was under the impression that toluene was a carcinogen. I didn't find out until years later that the chemical was actually a neurotoxin. By the time I learned this, I had long since been terminated from my job for exhibiting the exact symptoms that long-term exposure to toluene is now know to cause. Loss of memory, difficulty in concentrating or following instructions, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, and diminished cognitive abilities that resulted from toluene exposure were the main factors that cost me my career from the same employer that put me in the toluene-rich environment in the first place. When I was terminated, I attributed my mental impairments to job stress. A couple of years later, I was diagnosed as having a toxic injury to the brain. That is when I learned that toluene is a neurotoxin. I'm still in a Worker's Comp. case, and I am disillusioned by the entire process. My character has needlessly been defamed by doctors on the payroll of the insurance carrier. I hope that ultimately hard scientific fact wil prevail over hear-say and trial by inuendo. Email: [email protected]
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Robert V. Harmony
Dixon, CA USA - Tuesday, May 07, 2002 at 13:01:32 (CDT)
Do you know what your joint implant is made of?
Artificial weight bearing joints (such as knees, hips, ankles, tmj's) made of ptfe, silicone, proplast are known to fragment into microscopic particles and enter the lymph system causing the same toxic effects as those who inhaled fumes from the same materials. I was implanted more than 20 years ago with these chemicals which fragmented into microscopic particles causing severe toxic reactions and left me totally disabled. These materials are still being used today...some are called by another name...if you or someone you love needs a joint replacement be sure to ask what materials it's made of and research it before agreeing to the surgery.
PGH, PA USA - Monday, May 06, 2002 at 17:17:04 (CDT)
Mosquito chemicals
I would like to know what was used to spray to kill mosquitoes in FL in the '60's.  I, as well as my brother's and sister, would ride our bikes behind the "mosquito truck" whenever it came around to spray. There were no warnings. We thought it was great fun. Now, however, I wonder if what we had has detrimental effects.  My younger brother died of a brain tumor at the age of 32. [email protected]
Laguna Beach, CA USA - Monday, May 06, 2002 at 02:13:00 (CDT)
We need doctors specializing in pinpointing actual brain effects from CO poisonings
My husband, six month old baby and myself were chronically and acutely poisoned by co at levels in our system of over 50ppm one night in October. The navy withheld crucial records from us before we got to the emergency room. There they checked our pulse and sent us home. The apartment complex we lived in took awful care of the premises. Heater would break several times. We moved out the next day and were charged Since we have had loss of concentration, speech, and memory. We are just now getting ready to go in for medical evaluation only with what I know there is no real test that can determine if it was CO. My son, I was told by a toxicologist, will be affected 50 times greater than us. That will affect him for the rest of his life. The effects are irreversible. One guy told me you are what you are now and you have to live with it. I want justice for these people who have been on my news station ten times for doing this to other people they are getting no consequences for not keeping there heaters up to state standards. If anyone knows if I would have a court case please contact us before it is too late for us.
Norfolk, Va USA - Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 08:21:15 (CDT)
ENVIRONMENTALLY-CAUSED ILLNESS THE NEGLIGENCE CONTINUES By Meryl Nass, MD April 15, 2002 - Today a patient came to my office who gets sick when she is near perfumes, paints, exhaust fumes and cleaning agents. Most people, including doctors, think such symptoms are purely psychosomatic, or "all in your head." You won’t find this illness described in textbooks--yet-- but there are a number of articles, and even a journal dedicated to it. There is also a specialty, environmental medicine, that focuses on adverse reactions to chemicals and foods, as well as other allergies. This condition is usually called multiple chemical sensitivity, or MCS. "Sick Building Syndrome" is a variant of it. My patient probably had a fairly severe case of MCS, but over several decades had learned to cope, and therefore managed fairly well. What are the symptoms of MCS? They include weakness, headaches, nausea, confusion, irritability, generalized pain and shortness of breath, among others. My patient has a son who is bedridden due to chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivity. Although this is a serious medical problem for the family, it has furthermore isolated them socially. Guests cannot enter their home, because the perfume they might wear (or even the soap or deodorant they used) could make the residents extremely ill. Not only that: if the guest had eaten potatoes recently, tiny amounts of the pesticides sprayed on the potatoes would be excreted in the breath or sweat and could cause worsening weakness. (It does sound crazy, but it isn’t.) A few years ago, I was entirely clueless about this illness. I did not know it existed, and if a patient had told me the above story, I’d have assumed they had a psychiatric, not medical, diagnosis. Even after I became involved in the issues of Gulf War Syndrome (in which an estimated 1/3 of affected veterans have developed MCS) and anthrax vaccine-induced illnesses, of which MCS is one, I still thought the condition was rare in civilians. After all, I’d practiced medicine for many years and had never seen a civilian case. The joke turned out to be on me. I’d seen lots of cases...but the patients had learned to keep very quiet about their symptoms unless they knew they were in the presence of a sympathetic ear. Once I started asking whether they had such symptoms, the flood of positive responses astonished me. Several surveys have asked people if they are unusually sensitive to chemicals, and up to one in six say "yes." Several percent of the population have been told by a physician that they have environmental sensitivity/environmental illness/chemical allergy/sick building syndrome or MCS. These are different names for the same thing. Three percent of the population is said to have fibromyalgia, another illness that many non-sufferers think doesn’t exist. Half my fibromyalgia patients have multiple chemical sensitivity. Fortunately, most cases are mild, and patients know what to avoid, or they get away from the triggering odor when symptoms develop. Sometimes they cannot do so, or are not aware that something in their environment is making them sick. The lucky ones manage to keep their home, and job, and stay functioning. The unlucky ones worsen. It’s not easy to qualify for unemployment because you are allergic to the workplace! No one yet understands the cause of this chemical sensitivity. It is clearly unlike standard allergic reactions. A whole new medical paradigm is needed to account for these unusual responses. However, since acknowledging the very existence of this illness threatens industry, there is almost no funding for research. A federal interagency report on MCS was stalled several years ago, while in the draft phase, and never was completed. It would have provided an official acknowledgement of the illness, and helped those suffering to obtain insurance and unemployment benefits. Before the Germ Theory, no one understood the cause of infectious diseases. Although their cause was unknown, their existence was not denied. Yet in our current scientific milieu, modern man thinks he understands all of nature. Therefore, that which is not understood, cannot exist. This is simply hubris. So very much remains unknown. We might even enjoy our world more, were we to acknowledge its mysteries. There are other conditions that remain unnamed and unappreciated within the standard medical model. MCS is especially important because as humans are exposed to more and more chemicals, the numbers of those made ill by them are increasing. Hopefully we will escape the fate of the Romans, whose burgeoning technology caused lead poisoning, which contributed to the culture’s demise. To do so, however, requires commitment and vigilance. Neither is yet evident in the approach of the dominant medical culture to environmentally-caused illnesses. *National Coalition For The Chemically Injured *American Academy Of Environmental Medicine
USA - Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 19:31:51 (CDT)
Illegal disposal waste flood plan system
I have a sixteen month study on illegal disposal waste in reported gas group pipeline systems. This material has contaminated 2-3 town water intake systems. This involves top oil and gas companies.
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Worsley, alta canada - Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 23:13:44 (CDT)
Massachusetts poisons it's own employees and environment
In March of 1996 I took a position with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement. Shortly after starting I was informed that we were going to be using a chemical herbicide to control unwanted vegetation in field areas that are stocked with game for hunting. I was given a two to three minute period of instruction in the "safe" use of the material, which essentially was to be sure to wash prior to eating, and no other restrictions. We were using old Fantastik spray bottles as applicators for the material, and the issue of protective clothing etc. was never addressed. At the time I was totally unfamiliar with the chemical names as listed on the MSDS. Again the Division Safety Officer assured me that this was similar to what you might use around your own home. Sadly nothing could have been further from the truth. The primary ingredients were 2,4-D and Picloram with a number of "inert ingredients". This formulation as I have since come to realize was used in Viet Nam under the code name Agent White or Tourdon101. After using this material for approximately one year I became aware of the actual regulations regarding this materials use in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This material is a restricted use product that requires commercial applicators license to use and the facility possessing the material was also required to be licensed to posses a restricted use product. Neither of these requirements was met. As a result of the use I now suffer a variety of medical problems including a cardiac abnormality, right-sided paralysis of the whole body, various visual problems, skin eruptions with skin loss to the hands and feet, gastrointestinal problems, a vocal chord lesion, and sinus problems. In a ten year period from approximately 1990 to present this material was used by four other employees who also developed multiple heath effects. At this point I am fighting the state for compensation, but this has been extremely slow in coming if in fact it ever will and as a result I not only have to deal with the physical loss but also am facing financial ruin as a result of the underhanded tactics of this state. Massachusetts is a self-regulating, self-investigating, self insuring state so I'm sure you can imagine the difficulty in dealing with them. Sincerely, Douglas J. Sowle
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Swansea, MA USA - Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 03:46:53 (CDT)
Employer failed to notify of termite treatment
I am 15 weeks pregnant, my employer was aware of that. On Friday I overheard one employee telling another that they were going to spray for termites. I had to inquire what was going on. I can't believe that they did not notify me? Are they supposed to? Don't I have a right to know? I found out by accident, what if I didn't know? Does anyone have any information on employers responsibility to notify employees?
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mariposa, ca USA - Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 13:37:11 (CDT)
Chemical cocktail causes disabling CFIDS - chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome
I am sure that pesticides, fungicides and herbicides, one or a mixture of them, has caused my disability from CFIDS. Is there any research on this subject? Most if not all such chemicals are descended from Agent Orange-type killers.
Park Hill, OK USA - Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 23:28:07 (CDT)
Chemicles and fibromyalgia
i have been exposed to farm chemicals for 35 yrs. now i have pain in my muscles all over. also i have tiredness like flu symptoms at all times . i have had to quite my job and doing almost anything physical. pain meds are of no relief as well as other remedies. fibromyliga is the docs. answer. i think it might be chemical damage to my muscles and nerves causing all the pain.  i would like to know how i can talk to someone doing research on it.i have had a test done that shows nerve damage in my arms and legs.
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West lafayette, in USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 14:15:33 (CDT)
fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
just wondering if anyone knows if chemical links to these two torturous disorders. i have worked in a variety of fields, from construction to office work to short order cook, yard care, gas station attendant etc. thought to have carpal tunnel syndrome, went to doc and diagnosed with fibro, has since added chronic fatigue syndrome. went from being able to function the normal day (16 to 18 hrs), now doing good if i get 4 hours consistent of production in anything i do. its possible that i have been exposed to a wide variety of chemicals over the years as i also have pets and use flea control products as well. pets are all fine though. please send any info or sites that are directly connected to these disorders to
Email: [email protected]
thanks! still searching for a way to overcome!!
arnolds park, ia USA - Tuesday, April 09, 2002 at 01:59:51 (CDT)
Construction Defects and Mold thru Home
We bought a manufacture home and the contractor didn't put it in right and the home wasn't built right...We have mold growing thru the whole home....It's a nightmare and our lawyer quit our case for no reason, so looking for a lawyer..From Sparks, Nevada E-mail [email protected]
Sparks, Nv USA - Monday, March 25, 2002 at 20:10:16 (CST)

Pesticides at Church
Nine months ago, my church began having the church sprayed on a monthly basis (unknown to the congregation). I began feeling very tired after each visit (2-3 times per week). Then I noticed that my brain functioned at a much lower level. Soon afterwards, the skin around my eyes became swollen, red and crusty. An Electro Dermal Screening revealed that the culprit was "bug spray." A call to the church confirmed my suspicions as to the source of the exposure. It took nine months of regular exposure for me to find out why my immune system had been compromised, but it will probably take much longer for me to detox. Currently, I am adversely affected when I enter any public building that sprays pesticides on a regular basis.
Madison, AL USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 11:22:26 (CST)

From normal to autism.
My 9-year-old son tested positive for industrial chemicals (antimony, aersonic...) in his body and brain. He was born a typical functioning baby but developed autism by 17 months old. After much research i know believe my son developed his condition from the vaccines and chemicals in his pajamas and mattress.
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Venice, Ca USA - Monday, March 18, 2002 at 11:56:59 (CST)
Chronic Sub-lethal poisoning from Toxic Fumes incl. Carbon Monoxide
We became victims of chronic poisoning from a malfunctioning gas appliance at our rented accommodation. There is no recognition for the damage cause by prolonged oxygen deprivation here in the UK, even from the medical fraternity. As a Group, we are desperately campaigning for the issues of subtle brain damage to be taken seriously, as the long term and consequential damage we suffer is very debilitating and little different from other chemically induced injuries.
[My email address: [email protected]]
We run a bulletin board at:
and website at:
Peterborough, Cambs UK - Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 04:46:02 (CST)
RE: Pesticides around fence area
I advise you to visit there is a BBS there that is very useful to get help. Also, the related links and expert Dr.s and lawyers can also be found there. I found out a lot of info on my own ilnesses cause by toxins on that page.
USA - Saturday, March 09, 2002 at 16:52:24 (CST)
Pets continuously exposed to a neighbor who keeps dumping unexplained substances along my fence line
I have repeatedly asked this person what he was dumping beside my fence and his reply was inaudible and surly. I had the Fire Department come and check because the fumes were so noxious I was constantly vomiting as were my animals. I have increased Neurological problems as well. The Fire Department said there was a greasy like substance that had created a layer of discolored earth and by just putting his hands on the material he said it was definitely some sort of Pesticide or something of that nature. He tried to contact this person but he either was not at home or would not answer the door. The Department said they would leave some sort of notice but that this problem was not their field. They did not tell me who to contact and I need some direction fast. I have lived here 16 years and in that period of time I have lost six of my very close neighbors to one form of cancer or another. All are deceased. My pet has also died of cancer recently and I am having so many health problems my Doctors are stymied. I look Anorexic and am very weak. My new pet has now developed problems that my Vet is just starting to investigate. I do not have time to waste please tell me who to contact. My memory is becomming impaired faster then my age warrents. Please help as I am not only worried I am just plain scared. Repectfully, Lynn.
My email address is [email protected]
Fresno, Cal USA - Monday, February 25, 2002 at 03:45:20 (CST)
Did pesticides kill my Mom???
I just wanted to know if pesticides had anything to do with the death of my Mom. She died of ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease) in 2000. Her doctors say that pesticides could be one of the triggers of ALS.  Medford, MA USA - Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 14:29:59 (CST)
Illness from the chemical hexaflumuron
My email address is [email protected]
thanks Swanton, Vt USA - Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 07:51:39 (CST)
BATON ROUGE, LA USA - Monday, February 18, 2002 at 13:03:25 (CST)
chloropyrifos poisoning/guatemala
Had i been residing in the u.s. i would probably not have purchased chloropyrifos from a super market shelf last year, AS IT HAD BEEN MADE ILLEGAL THERE. I had flea and lice infestatation and was in retrospect desperate and unwise in use of product. I considered it an organo-phosphate but now must accept it was a chlorinated hydrocarbon as well. i considered it was standard use for fleas in u.s. but only later took note of its lawn use application. I am now sure it had anti-androgenic effects on my body , even chest hair loss and chloracne but I see little or no such warnings or indications on container or websites discussing this product. I have had other problems including facial and neck reddening reddish bumps on chest that disappeared , so far. and even ,god forbid testicular swelling etc. i've never experienced anything like this before and so am communicating with you for any advice you might give.
My e-mail address is [email protected]
If you can help or advise. Little info is available here
antigua, guatemala - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 15:06:05 (CST)
Cot Death and OP nerve toxins
I am investigating the death to several children of Angela Cannings. She lives next door to a Chemical Warfare Establishment. Is there a connection?
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USA - Saturday, February 09, 2002 at 18:05:30 (CST)
Do Farm Chemicals Cause a Genetic Change.
My husband I were farming in the 60's, 70's and 80's. We used all the chemicals that were out during those years. My older daughter's (b. 1962) children don't seem to have many problems but the children of my younger daughter born 1966 and my son born 1969 have ADHD, learning disabilities and 2 grandchildren have Parkinson like tremors in their hands. The chemicals I know we used were Atrazine, organic phosphates and the one that killed cut worms on corn seed Captain (probably misspelled) among others. What I would like to know if this caused a genetic change that is going to continue into the next generation?
Delta, IA USA - Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 19:53:58 (CST)
Teflon E Enamel Paint
We painted all walls and woodwork with Dupont"s White Enamel Paint with Teflon E over 20 years ago, Lived there about 10. All family members (4) are experiencing memory problems and tiredness. Cannot find out why they took this off the market after a few years. I have had many ailments over the years. I know Teflon pans that are scratched give off toxins and can kill birds if it get too hot. What about the paint? I did most of the painting.
Etowah, Tn USA - Sunday, January 27, 2002 at 11:08:57 (CST)
Could gas log fireplace cause this?
Since this past October I have been having bouts of muscle twitching (fasiculations), numbness and tingling, dizziness, leg weakness at times, dizziness, and strange sensations in my legs at night keeping me awake, and also off and on pain under my left ribs (spleen?) - dr. said costocondritis!! (doubtful). I am 34 years old and have two young children. We have gas logs that we put in an old fireplace that used to be used for burning coal years ago. Our house was built in 1959. Every time I go in the room when the fireplace is on I have to run out because the fumes burn my nose and throat. My husband says it is ventilated fine and it doesn't bother him. Please help! I am losing my mind trying to find out what is wrong with me. I am seeing a neurologist 1/28, it has taken me three months to convince my doctor it wasn't just anxiety! If this sounds like something gas could cause, I am going to insist my husband not use it anymore! Please let me know if you have any info!!! [email protected]
Raleigh, NC USA - Monday, January 21, 2002 at 18:17:30 (CST)
Misuse of chemicals may have cost me my lungs
This past June I was in a temporary office doing administrative work. The office was about 12x18ft with no ventilation. There were two large sliding glass doors that needed to be covered so the general public would be kept out. The carpenters decided to frost the glass doors while I was sitting at my desk (my desk is approx. 3ft. from these glass doors). The room turned white with particles and I started to have shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea and watery eyes. I ran out of the office and started gasping for air. The product used was Frosted Glass Finish by Colorworks from Krylon which contains xylene, toluene, acetone and petroleum distillates.  I was off of work the following 2 business days. Last month, I had to have sinus surgery because of chronic sinusitis and this month I just got diagnosed with asthma. I am only 25 years old! I need to know if there is a link between this chemical that I was exposed to and my health condition. Any input would be wonderful.
Please email at [email protected]
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, January 21, 2002 at 17:08:47 (CST)
Mercury poison!!! Silver Fillings (Amalgam) and immunizations cause hundreds of illnesses
Silver/Mercury (amalgam) fillings have been officially BANNED in many countries in the world including Sweden and some mid-European countries except the UNITED STATES AND the ADA does not want to even admit they are unsafe (when they have been proven toxic and poisonous) or accept ANY legal liability for causing an unlimited number and variation of illnesses, cancers and diseases in the USA. REMEMBER....Mercury/Silver fillings were NEVER proven safe...ever AND mercury was always known as a toxic chemical that kills!!!! It has been proven time and time again that mercury is a poison that can cause many diseases and death. Mercury poison is in your mouth if you have any silver fillings. One silver filling is usually 50% mercury or more and this can lead to any illness you can think of, even death. Type in Mercury poison or amalgam in your search engine or go to and do a search on the internet on how it is related to MS, ADD, CANCER, etc... and you will not believe what you find!!!   You have to get these silver fillings removed properly with a dentist that knows what they are doing. Replace with porcelain fillings. You will change your life and you will get better!!! Immunizations for children contain mercury. Autism, SIDS, and every childhood disease imaginable could be related to those "helpful" immunizations. Try to find a list of all the ingredients in these immunizations and you will have a hard time as these biocompanies don't want to get sued or claim responsibility. THEY KNOW THIS STUFF IS DANGEROUS!!! Please don't listen to any doctor who tells you that silver fillings are safe and find another doctor that won't overlook dental fillings as a cause for ANY illness of any kind from cancer to ADD!!! Find a smart doctor who knows about mercury poison!!!!
Donna Mari [email protected]
Scituate, MA USA - Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 13:01:07 (CST)
Natural gas leak caused seizures
After being lied to by the gas company and rental maintenance workers that natural gas (propane) cannot hurt me, I could not believe them any longer. I have done much research on the dangers. I was misdiagnosed with epilepsy and tests that were promised to check for gas injuries were not done. There was no mention of gas leak in the medical records. Over a year has passed and another medical doctor has linked the health problems to the gas leak. I'll try for compensation over the matter. There was also vomiting, weight gain, diahrea and constipation, hair loss, extreme fatigue, memory loss, seizures with auras and cannot speak, loss of consciousness, heart pain, lung pain, loss of sex drive, menstrual cycle diminishing, cuts not healing, panic attacks, clostraphobia, depression, loss of appetite.
Email:  [email protected]
Olathe, KS USA - Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 21:29:50 (CST)
This beautiful town has a metal foundry right in the centre of it. For over a hundred years this industry has been making people ill. If you would like to know more about the pollution and chemically sensitivity then visit my web pages
If you would like to know more my email address is on the web page.
Toowoomba, Queensland Australia - Sunday, December 16, 2001 at 21:41:43 (CST)
A Message from your Local Pest Control Man
I used synthetic pesticides in my pest control business for 5 years. All the infomation i could find confirmed that it is safe with no obvious side effects. At the end of my 5 years I was getting tingling and numbness feeling through my hands and face by touching only 1 drop. Trying to sustain a business I worked hard to build and a living, with assurance by chemical companies I continued. I finally stopped when my right lung collapsed and I was diagnosed with bronchitis and asthma. As I de-toxed I spent 2 years with depression and mental illness including hallucinations, anxiety, weakness, loss of memory. It took 3 years for my lung to heal properly. I now feel fine, have so much energy and strength. I still however suffer from short term memory loss. . If you have your home sprayed take it from an expert who learned the hard way - use nature's pyrethrum as a last resort.
Australia - Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 23:08:25 (CST)
OSHA is a joke!
I was intentionally exposed to chemicals at my workplace by 2 supervisors while doing my job. The supervisors knew I had not been trained on the Hazard Communication Program instituted by OSHA under "The OSHA act of 1970". This exposure was to Phosgene gas, a world war 1 gas first used by the Germans to kill troops, according to my doctors. This exposure has effected my brain, lungs, eyes, and made life miserable because I cannot do many of the things that I used to (like drive). As stated earlier I was not trained on the Hazard Communication Standard set up by OSHA which is "supposed" to be a Federal Law under 29 Code Federal Regulations 1910.1200. I reported that I was not trained on these documents to OSHA at the state, regional, and national level and asked OSHA who was ultimately responsible for me being trained since this is a Federal Code of Regulation and not one of the OSHA branches will answer me. I have numerous documentation to prove all of this should anyone be interested. The bottom line is this If you think you are protected by OSHA rules and regulations come and look at my documentation and then THINK AGAIN!
Email me at [email protected]
Eagle Springs, NC USA - Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 16:39:45 (CST)
Fuel Fumes
Whilst sitting at home doing nothing more than trying to keep warm over the winter months you could be exposed to a multitude of chemicals coming from your heating appliances. Exposure to spent fossil fuel fumes cause a great deal of illness to our membership.
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Leeds, UK - Monday, December 10, 2001 at 06:11:21 (CST)
18 month nightmare
MY HUSBAND WAS EXPOSED TO PESTICIDES (MISUSE) needless to say our life has been turned inside out. I pray that you get enough information out so this will never happen to anyone else. our prayers and sympathey is with all who have been exposed.
Email:  [email protected]
greenwell springs , la USA - Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 19:26:39 (CST)
Fiberglass and solvent victim needs help.
I was a healthy teacher exposed to a great amount of fiberglass and toxics. I am seeking legal assistance. Are there any victims of these various solvents and fiberglass that would like to communicate with me? Thank you.
My e-mail address is [email protected]
Tx USA - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 18:20:26 (CST)
Know your chemicals
If you want to know what chemicals you have been exposed to but are blocked by the MSDS "trade secret" notation, read:
This document states that workers have the right to know. a. Non-emergencies. Health professionals are entitled to trade secret information when providing medical or other occupational health services to exposed employees. Likewise, the employees themselves and/or their designated representatives are entitled to trade secret information. If these individuals are denied access to trade secret information, the matter may be referred to OSHA for enforcement proceedings.
LA, CA USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 13:39:23 (CST)
P&G emissions from huge chimney.
My neighborhood is next door to a huge P&G Plant. People here have experience alots of breathing problems. I wonder if toxic emissions could be coming from a huge smoke chimney. Need answers.
Email:  [email protected]
Jackson, TN USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 00:25:19 (CST)
Research your chemical exposure
You have the right to know the chemicals to which you are exposed. An MSDS with "Trade Secret" can be circumvented by you, your union, or your company DEMANDING what chemicals are in the products you use. However, a Confidentiality Agreement may be required by the issuing company. Once you know the chemicals, go to and click on HSDB (health and safety database). Type in the chemical name and enter. Click on Full Search (left side) and you will get a detailed listing of much of the research on that chemical. If a company claims their products are "non-toxic" and "environmentally safe" and they aren't then you may have an actionable lawsuit. If several people were exposed to the chemicals you may have a class action lawsuit. Research your company and industry for a higher than normal incidence of affliction. Many of the chemicals that are called non-toxic are in fact skin sensitizers and central nervous system neurotoxicants. Get informed, get active, and post your results here.
LA, CA USA - Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 21:09:50 (CST)
Many VCIs are toxic to workers
Are you exposed to packaging preservation chemicals? Many VCI (aka vapor phase corrosion inhibitors; volatile corrosion inhibitors chemicals, VpCI) and the carrier chemicals that allow them to suspend in the air, are toxic. These chemicals are inhaled during installation, storage, and depreservation. They are designed to have low vapor pressure to keep them suspended in the air, which also is great for ensuring the chemicals get into your lungs and onto your hands and clothing. If you are suffering from a workplace chemical induced illness consider looking at VCIs. Some VCI makers claim their products are non-toxic and environmentally safe. Don't believe it. For example some of their chemicals include Benzotriazole, Ammonia, alcohols, esters, amine compounds, mineral spirits, trimethylbenzene, and a cocktail of other ingredients.
Irvine, CA USA - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 20:13:00 (CST)
Cyanide gas and heavy metals in downtown LA
Illegal refining and casting of silver and gold with no licence , ventilation and disposal of toxic materials, exposing hundreds of workers and visitors in downtown Los Angeles to cancer causing heavy metals such as chromium, led, silver, copper, etc... and cyanide gases. We have official proof....HELP...HELP.
Email:  [email protected]
Los Angeles, ca USA - Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 11:41:33 (CST)
Possible long term effects of chemical exposure, including heart defects & cancer
The main problem I found was employers and governments conspiring to cover up when people get affected by chemicals. I was exposed to what my lawyer called "a cocktail of chemicals" 15 years ago, became ill and was fired without notice from my job because I got sick. (Firing me like that was illegal) My symptoms afterwards make me think I was going crazy or had M.S., and I kept getting ill with what a doctor called "viral symptoms" I learned many years later that Gulf War veterans and farmers damaged by chemicals also had "viral symptoms". I developed instant asthma but was given no diagnosis of this until 5 years later, when a new GP told me to go and live in another country with cleaner air so I could manage my condition better. I am now being investigated for cardiac symptoms. A ten year case against my ex-employers has ground to a halt because I have run out of Legal Aid and I am unemployed still and so on a very low income. All I was offered was a very low amount to close the case before it got to court. I want to know if there is anywhere in the world where the HIDDEN, LONG-TERM effects of chemicals are ever considered. A list of those would be useful. Industrial/Occupational disease or disability are noted as percentages but if your heart of lungs are not working properly or you get cancer YOU DIE. No-one seems to care about this and every professional who should be helping tries to convince you that you are not sick or are 'imagining things' They just hope you die before you get them to court. This is insulting and makes you feel that you have no importance as a person. I was extremely angry to find that some of the chemicals I was exposed to by being given inadequate protection were KNOWN to be harmful before I was even born - and I am now 56 years old ! Please can anyone help with where to find information on the long-term effects of chemicals e.g. 10 to 30 years after exposure? I will not list the chemicals as I was exposed to about 20 and there is no space here to give them all. Thanks for any help.
e-mail to [email protected]
x, x Europe - Monday, November 19, 2001 at 12:13:25 (CST)
Working in a non-hooded confined, poorly ventilated small room with the 'supposedly safe' alternative to xylene, I became sensitized to the sweet orange smelling solvent D-LIMONENE, a citrus terpene made from orange peels. I have since learned that this is also in use as a pesticide, degreaser and a major ingredient in many citrus smelling cleaning products, perfumes, air fresheners and fabric softeners. The most life-threatening symptom is the sudden onset of laryngospasm--airway shuts down. I take all the asthma meds and must carry an Epi-pen at all times. Longlasting loss of short term memory,math and multi-tasking skills has occurred with ongoing and progressive neuromuscular and arthritis complaints and urinary urge incontinence. My more detailed story is one of the chapters in Alison Johnson's 2000 book entitled "Casualties of Progress". When you have a career you love, you shouldn't have to worry about being POISONED trying to do it. Connie, a doctor in CT
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Southbury, CT USA - Sunday, November 11, 2001 at 22:46:43 (CST)
My brother is sick
I need a good doctor to help my brother in Ct or Mass.  They think he's nuts.  I believe its from chemical exposure.
[email protected]

Torrington, ct USA - Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 20:04:57 (CST)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In 1995 our local papermill experienced a railcar implosion of a chemical known as NITROGEN TETROXIDE.  Many people in our town died and many others were seriously effected. I question its link to my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Bogalusa, La USA - Monday, October 01, 2001 at 15:44:24 (CDT)
Have been damaged by Dursban
About 1 year ago my little dogs had fleas, so my husband went to local store and asked clerk for something to help of which he recommended a product called Black Leaf, he said it was perfectly safe to spray indoors to spray all over carpets around woodwork and all doorways of which we did but the smell was so bad that I told my husband not to spray any more he then stopped but by this time our whole bedroom had been sprayed. within awhile I started coughing had bad headaches sweating my dogs all became very ill vomiting and diarrhea, salivating they were then hospitalized, given blood tests IVs the Vet then stated she thought Dursban had caused this all, the bad part about all this is now I'm having a lot of neurological problems, great muscle weakness tingling in hands and feet fatigue and extreme joint pain up until this time I was a very healthy woman and have became very debilitated I know this has all been brought on by the use of Dursban I've been treated by my Drs but to no avail this has went on for months now and I wonder if I will ever improve I can no longer work because of chronic pain and fatigue I am so upset that this has ruined my life Dursban is a poison that should never be used under any circumstance I wonder how many other people have been damaged by this product and if they have any list of people that could help me with suing Dow Chemical maybe a Class Action this Company should pay for what their product has done to me and I know others if you have any info could you please contact me at [email protected] or call me at (308)234-5648.  My name is Linda and would appreciate any help I can get Thank You
Kearney, Ne USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 12:35:07 (CDT)
Chills, Night Sweats, Extreme Muscle Pain, Cough, Stiff Neck
Aloha! We recently bought a 23 yr. old house. The first thing we did was rip out all the carpeting. I have been working in the yard 8 hrs/day, 7 days/wk, for the past six month, trying to get it into shape. I found a "journal" kept for 15 yrs. by the previous owners who lived here for 23 yrs. The wife died of cancer, I believe. They used every poison known to man during that time, and stored them all in a storage area below the master bedroom. I myself, broke down and used some pesticides and herbicides, which I never would do before. I used "Preen" and "Ronstar" for weed control, Grass B Gone, Spectracide Weed Stop, Spectracide Bug Stop, Weed B Gon for Crabgrass, and a Nutgrass and Sedge spray. My husband also used some old (Dursban or Diaznon) spray he found to spray for fleas. I have been sick ever since. My symptoms started in July, where I had 5 "episodes" at night. Nothing happened the month of August, and now in September, it's started up again, only now it also hits me during the day, and is almost daily. [email protected]
Kula, HI USA - Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 21:17:25 (CDT)
Massachusetts Violates own pesticide laws
While working for the MA Division of Fish, Wildlife & Environmental Law Enforcement myself and several other employess were heavily exposed to a herbicide used in Viet Nam. The material is a restricted use product, but we were not made aware of that fact and were subject to unprotected exposures. All of those applying this material have developed various serious illnesses. [email protected]
Swansea, MA USA - Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 03:55:15 (CDT)
I was in good health when I started working in a factory using trichloroethylene vapor, this was heated and used to degrease aluminum. I started to feel tired,  lightheaded, discomfort in my chest as though I couldn't breathe properly and flatulent.  After alcohol my skin turned red and burned as if I had been in the sun for hours.
Lanarkshire, Scotland - Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 14:17:36 (CDT)
Roundup exposure
My client had a one-gallon Roundup Ready to Use plastic container collapse in his hand while reaching for it from a shelf. He was showered with Roundup in his eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and the rest of his body. He inhaled and swallowed product. He developed corneal burns, conjunctivitis, cataracts, central nervous system disorders, gastrointestinal disorders--including a Barrett's esophagus--pulmonary dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and general malaise. The container was manufactured in l992-93 by Sewell Plastics Company and has a stylized sp on the bottom. We have found one other container of the same lot. Both containers are as brittle as egg shells. Please contact us if you have a similar container, similar experience, similar exposure to Roundup, or similar symptoms from such Roundup exposure. [email protected]
Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA - Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 10:32:35 (CDT)
Losing Mind
Styrene, acrylonitrile butadiene polymer, polyethylene, and lustran - Can these chemicals make someone very paranoid and depressed. I have a brother who's sick with these symptoms and worked in a factory for 10 years or better. Girlfriend worked their too and she is sick also. Please e-mail me back.
Thank-you [email protected]
Torrington, CT. USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 19:26:00 (CDT)
solvents and autoimmune diseases
I am a 37 year old male, I started working in a rubber factory about 3 years ago, at which time I was healthy and strong. The first year I worked 7 days a week, within a few months I started having health problems I thought because I was over doing it, I became ill with severe flu symptoms, then some time later severe muscle spasms where I thought I was having a heart attack, the chiropractor said full of inflammation. Last May my index fingers began to pain and swell to the point of being taken off work and sent for physiotherapy, which did not help and bone scans showed hot spots in both joints. two months later I was sent back to work for 4 hour shifts, within six shifts my left eye bulged, my thyroid level was sky high (hypothyroid), I lost a lot of my vision, I have been through steroid therapy, which I reacted terribly to, radiation treatment on my eye and last but not all orbital decompression surgery. I've seen 12 drs., the only one listening to me regarding chemicals is my endocrinologist who says yes chemicals can cause the hormone disruption and autoimmune diseases but he can't put it on paper, he will however help me if I find another man in a similar situation. I still get joint inflammation and swelling and headaches to low doses of toluene. Please if you or someone you know is in a similar situation please respond. I also told the doctor I know what it is that affects me (toluene) and he said there is no such thing as allergies to toluene. Ian email:[email protected]
Welland, Ont Canada - Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 12:36:43 (CDT)
Welding causes black lung and breathing difficulties
Welding causes black lung
Aurora, ILL USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 15:05:34 (CDT)
Healthy males with no history of seizures.  Worked in chemical industry for 10 years.  I have been exposed to methyl-tert-butyl ether (MTBE) in motor fuel blending and I started to experience seizures.
Naperville, IL - Monday, August 6, 2001.
Email: [email protected]
Glue Fumes linked to Alzheimer's Disease? (hot glue gun)
I have a 51 year old female friend that has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease, her work demanded that she use a HOT GLUE GUN eight hours a day with very little to no ventilation, I have recently read there may be a link.
Please contact [email protected] if you can help. Thank you.
Northeast, OK USA - Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 08:14:25 (CDT)
Autism, Dad works in Chemical Plants - Could this be WHY?
My husband has worked in chemical plants for 15 years. We live in the Houston, TX area. We live and breath chemicals. We have two son's, Zach is 4 diagnosed with PDD-NOS (autism) and Josh is 2 has dyspraxia, seizures and asthma. Josh has not been ruled out of the autism spectrum as well. I believe my boy's developmental and physical disorders are because of chemicals. I'm just a mom but I think we are killing ourselves off with these chemicals!
Email:  [email protected]
Houston, TX USA - Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 04:32:16 (CDT)
Bladder Cancer
I work for a chemical company that makes herbicides and pesticides, i am 35 and diagnosed with bladder cancer, i have never smoked and have no family history of this cancer, i have never worked for any other chem. co. i work with organic pesticides with bifenthrin, carbon tet. and of course benzene, i need any info. out there, my company hired an independent inspector and told me there is no reason for concern, their chemicals are safe, of course....
My email is [email protected]
Baltimore, Md USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 05:02:52 (CDT)
Printing Company Chemicals
I am 26 years old and have worked at a printing company for 2 years. Ever since I started working for this company I have been experiencing frequent headaches, muscular/joint pain, sinus infections, colds, cough and fatigue. I work in the office of the company, but the chemical smell from the printing area enters my work area. Before I worked for this company I had no health problems, and I am beginning to wonder if the chemicals are the cause of my problems. No one else that I work with seems to be bothered by the smell, but any customer that enters our office immediately tells us how awful the smell is. If anyone reading this has experienced problems from chemicals from working at a printing company, please post a message with e-mail address. (By the way, I have already started searching for another job to get away from these awful chemicals.)
USA - Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 20:22:03 (CDT)
Beware of Pressed Wood Furniture - It Made our Family Sick
After purchasing a pressed wood computer desk, our entire family started experiencing a variety of flu-like symptoms. Our youngest daughter was affected the most with stomach-aches and a sudden ear infection with none of the usual prior symptoms of a cold or congestion. My husband and I experienced headaches and a overall felling a lethargy. Fortunately my husband remembered a report he had seen on television that discussed the use of Formaldehyde in the gluing process or solution used in making this type of furniture. After talking with different salespeople while trying to locate an all wood desk, we were informed that we were not the first to complain of this problem. We called the company that made the desk and they offered to refund our money if we would donate the desk to a charity and send them a receipt showing that we had in fact, donated the desk.
ND USA - Friday, July 27, 2001 at 14:04:49 (CDT)
Watch out for "Hot Shot"
I rent a little cottage in the backyard of the main house, here in Sedona, AZ. I am already suffering from a moderate degree of C.I. (Chemical Injury), so I had emphasized the importance on not using pesticides or herbicides. Now and then I had experienced times when I was affected by poisons, but I thought it was from adjoining lots. The other day, though dead bugs were all over in front of my door, and the smell of poison was very strong. I had a confrontation with the landlady, and she insisted that she though it was okay to use herbicides and pesticides as long as I wasn't home. I'll admit that I had a fit about it. Anyway, she showed me the can of "Hot Shot" which was recommended for use around food. Well, it proved very difficult to wash way, and it took about 50 washdowns and ten days to clear out. I've been looking for a job for awhile after being laid off. I was feeling so poorly for ten days that I couldn't go to interviews. The landlady told me she couldn't see that I was any different than usual, implying that I really had no problem. So many people seem to think that pesticides are as innocuous as lemonade. I don't think those Orkin advertisements help much either. Anyway, I'm looking forward to a period poison free living around here for awhile. New lets just convert to biodiesel and hydrogen fuel cells, and the new millennium will have truly begun!
Sedona, AZ USA - Monday, July 23, 2001 at 13:42:39 (CDT)
I began about three years ago with headaches-Blurred vision came next. To make a l o n g story short, three years of blood tests, MRI's, CT's, ultrasounds, exams, and more exams, docs have found no "real" disease. Now, legally blind in the left eye and right eye being affected also, no one knows what is causing it, let alone how to stop it. Diagnosis: Retinal hemmorages, scleritis, chorio-retinitis, optic-neuritis,neuro-retinitis,papillitis, and out of fourteen different doctors no one can find the cause. Going back about 10-15 years, our neighborhood was infested with fleas. Spraying the yard with insecticide was a must otherwise we could not walk out into our yard. I would spray three or four times a week - this was not unusual and we still didn't get rid of our infestation. This has gone on for years. The doctors say that pecticide contamination could not be the cause because symptoms occur immediately after contamination. There is no other possible cause. Since all this with my health, my wife has had thyroid problems, my son has had seizures and developed asthma also. Anyone out there that can comment or help.
Please email me. [email protected]
SAN ANTONIO, TX USA - Saturday, July 21, 2001 at 02:02:55 (CDT)
Users of Non-stick frying pans
July19, 2001 - News release today concerning a study done on TEFLON: Teflon is what makes our non-stick frying pans slippery, and it also is used in many other applications like wiring and even the fibre in our socks. When heated, it gives off fluorine gases. The study says the effect of this is not yet known. Certainly, however, it is another of the toxins we are loading up on in our toxic lifestyle. The study goes on to say that the most damaging effect of the use of teflon is the long-term concentration of its elements that collects in the environment. All the products that teflon is used in eventually break down, and these chemicals are found in rainwater, the air, and in then spread to all the environment. The chemicals released will take centuries to break down further into a less harmful state. So this one is for all of us - TEFLON IS
Innisfail, AB Canada - Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 19:04:58 (CDT)
chemicals in mattress filling?
Last year I purchased a new mattress. Since then each time I lay down I can smell something coming from the mattress. Should I be concerned or is this normal? I'm concerned there may be some type of chemicals coming from within the mattress that i am breathing...
New York, NY USA - Friday, July 13, 2001 at 11:11:43 (CDT)
Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Malathion exposure in Craig, Colorado 06/25/01
Along with the other unaware citizenry of Craig, CO on 6/25/01 at around 7:30 p.m. I was bombed three times in 20 minutes with ULV Malathion by the local Moffat County crop duster airplane contracted to dispense this proven worst possible alternative for mosquito eradication. Since there is so much information available on this material and its potential for creating long term health problems, it is unforgivable for a municipal entity to poison its citizens and visitors with such reckless abandon. I intend to join with the citizens of Craig in whatever tort litigation is required to extract just compensation from the governmental authorities and other parties responsible for such negligence. Can you help us?
My email address is - [email protected]
Craig, CO USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 13:56:59 (CDT)
Pesticides Destroy Life - Terry Aston
I am unable to hold a job in a public building. I become very ill. Because they all spray PESTICIDE!!! I have a hard time breathing, eyes swell, nose run, joints become inflamed, headaches, nausea, low grade fevers, become a scatter brain, unable to complete sentences because I forget what I am talking about, weird skin disorders, rashes, and my lips become severely dry, they get so cracked when I laugh they will bleed. I now have to drive a truck so I am not contained in a building for any amount of time. I hate driving a truck. I really do not have much of a choice. Pesticide have destroyed my life. Plus I have had 2 miscarriages which caused the break-up of my marriage.  My email address is [email protected]
Baltimore, Maryland USA - Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 01:06:03 (CDT)
Hi my name is Terry Aston 410-483-4876 4102 Harris Ave. Baltimore, MD 21206. I live incomplete fear of PESTICIDES. I am unable to hold a job in any public building because they all spray pesticides. If you would like to have my files from my doctors on all of my illness from pesticides I will send them to you. I am unable to tell you in 2 paragraphs
Baltimore, MD USA - Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 00:56:15 (CDT)
CCA exposed @ pressure treated lumber plant
I worked in a pressure treated lumber plant that used CCA (chromium copper arsenate). After chemical treatment the lumber would be taken out of the tanks and set to drip dry in an enclosed area. Traveling through this area all day with a fork lift raised the dust of the dried drippings from the lumber. I breathed this dust for years. One incident exposed my body directly to the chemical when a engineer open a valve that was under pressure as I stood there to assist. As the valve was opened I was sprayed and soaked from the waist down with the chemical. I returned home to shower. My skin was yellow for days. It has been about 12 years since my employment at the plant. I am concerned about the possibilities of any health problems resulting from this exposure. I currently have unexplained hair lose on my legs. I was never notified of the dangers of the chemicals during my employment.
Email:   [email protected]
Poughkeepsie, NY USA - Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 13:56:30 (CDT)
I worked in several industries where I was exposed to toxins. The first and worst was probably the Agricultural Chemicals application job in the late 1970s, where Treflan and Avadex were used. We poured the big pails of chemicals into the sprayer by hand, wearing no protective clothing or breathing gear. I was often splashed by the stuff, some got in my eyes and mouth, mostly on my skin. Then I worked in construction, where the PL 400 adhesives, insulation, and chipboard [glue intensive] were used [we cut the board, and that sent the material into our faces, made dust and fumes]. I worked in an insulation manufacturing plant [Johns=Mannville, Innisfail, Alberta] where the insulation fibers were floating thru the air constantly; sometimes we wore a basic dust mask, not always. My eyes became so badly sore and red that I had to quit - the boss/manager got mad at me and said it happened to nobody else, that I was wimp. I worked in oil refineries, and at wellsites where there was sour gas and condensate present [Shell Caroline had some wells that were 40%-90% sour!!]thats H2SO4] I started having odd pains and thinking was foggy by 1980. Eventually these pains [widespread and just as bad "at rest" as when I was active] became chronic, and severe. The Docs could not explain it, x-rays and blood tests were normal, but that was just basic blood tests, not looking for toxins. In 1990 I was finally diagnosed with "Fibromyalgia", but the Docs said it was a "psycho-social" disease!!! I know now its a neurological thing. My brain has become re-wired, and I became disabled. I have not been able to be on my feet, or do much at all since 1993. I don't sleep more than a couple hours and pains wake me up. My leg muscles twitch [fasiculations]...I get recurring headaches and my teeth hurt without cavities or anything a dentist can explain [trigeminal nerve]. I hurt all over. My hands are hurting now from typing so I got to quit. I was poisoned, I'm sure. I started support groups, and a conspiracy group on the internet. see Fibromyalgia Group for Men at MSN Web Communities [Health], and Telus Communities "Mysterious Illnesses Society". 
My e-mail is [email protected] and [email protected]
Innisfail, AB Canada - Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 11:45:12 (CDT)

Chemical Poisoning
I recently (1 year ago) worked for a company in Arkansas that did electro platting. This company known as (MOLEX) makes parts for computers. They use a hole lot of extremely dangerous (lethal) chemicals, about 28 known to me. I work there as a sub contractor for a plumbing company fixing pipes on platting machines. One day I was cutting a pipe with sawsall and chemicals came pouring out and went in my mouth. At the same time these chemicals where soaking in my shoes for weeks. I don't work there no more, but for the last year my feet are consistently burning, stinging, cracking, blistering, mussel aches, joint aches, hair loss, soars on toes and finally this year my foot and leg have been numb. When this substance went in my mouth I have bad taste now and that day I got very sick. Vomiting, diarrhea, fever, cold sweat and every joint in my body hurt extremely bad (chemical poisoning). I'm sure it was potassium cyanide. That's 1 out of many mixed together. This stuff was chemical waste. I cant to this date find the right doctor or attorney to help me. I've been seeing local doctors at U.A.M.S HOSPITAL in Littlerock with no luck to a cure. I don't think they believe me. They are testing myself for the wrong thing. If anybody out there reading this statement that knows maybe how to help me (doctor, lawyer, government) leave message.
My email is..  [email protected]
Littlerock, AR USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 21:04:23 (CDT)

Solvents and pregnancy
I have recently found out that I am 8 weeks pregnant. I work for a manufacturing company. We are exposed to many chemicals without proper ventilation. I was wondering if anyone has any information or knows of where I could obtain info on the hazards of Acetone, Isopropynol alcohol, Zinc sulfide and my unborn fetus. The company has refused to give me the answers or a new job with less exposure. Thank You for your help. 
My email address is [email protected]
Salem , NH USA - Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 21:44:11 (CDT)

Where I can get help to test air quality inside my car ?
I bought a used car with 36000 mile on it at Nov 2000. ( I did not know it had been recalled by Ford at 1998, because gasoline may leak a little & may cause car get into fire. ) The car has had an alcohol smell since the first day I bought it.  Then it made me dizzy & cough badly all the time.  I was thinking that if somebody lights up a cigarette it may start a fire since there are alcohol smell all over.  I began open all the windows whenever I drive this car (no matter how cold it is, or even when it is raining.).Besides driving to work, I never drive it during the weekend because I think my body needs some rest from this car. I did not know how bad it could be until I read a book saying how dangerous the emitted gasses from the car could hurt people's health.  After I read the book I stopped driving the car & begin trying to find out how to take care of the problem. Before I am sure the car is safe to drive, I would not drive it or sell it to other people. I don't want anyone hurt by this car. The dealer can't find any thing wrong with my car. Is there any equipment which can test the inside car air quality to see is it safe to human health?  Please e-mail me if you know WHERE I CAN TEST AIR QUALITY INSIDE MY CAR. Thanks ! 
My e-mail address : [email protected]
Sunnyvale, Ca USA - Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 04:12:53 (CDT)

Attention: Chemical Sales Persons
I spent the last year working for The Scotts Company. They produce and market the leading brands of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers. I was responsible for building displays and selling the product at the retail level. I have always been interested in my health. I regularly exercise with weights maintain and very strict and healthy diet. Prior to my employment I was very high energy, I can remember no instances of headaches or unexplained nausea. I had always been able to lose body fat and gain muscle relatively easy. After a few months of employment and exposure to numerous chemicals including; dursban, diazinon, malathion, acephate, 2-4 d, atrazine, and several pyrethroids I began to physically weaken. I began to have severe headaches on a regular basis. My energy levels dropped significantly. I found it difficult to read for more than a few minutes because my eyes would begin to ache. My body fat increased and I began to lose muscle mass. My mood in general became irritable. I can recall instances where I was exposed to dust clouds from dursban and diazinon granules, this would result in migraine like headaches and nausea to the point of puking. I resigned from my position nearly a month ago and I am already noticing dramatic improvements in my health. I no longer experience headaches or nausea. My energy levels are beginning to return to normal. I am hoping all of my symptoms will eventually go away, however I know now that some of the damage will never be repaired and that I will forever be more sensitive to chemicals. I urge those who have been in similar sales positions and especially those who work in the manufacturing of those chemicals to consider the damage they are doing to themselves and the potential damage they may be doing to their families. I feel terribly guilty for selling these products and telling consumers they are safe. Money isn't everything, especially when you have no neurotransmitters. 
Contact me at [email protected] I am more than willing to entertain questions.
Charleston, SC USA - Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 17:01:29 (CDT)

Antibiotic MACRODANTIN and anti-depressant PAXIL destroyed my mother
8 months ago my mother was put on the antibiotic macrodantin for a mild urinary infection.  After taking the drug for about a month the infection still didn't clear up.  After another month on the drug I noticed her mental health began deteriorating significantly.  This deterioration continued for the next couple months at which point she was then diagnosed with Alzheimers.  The shock of all this is that she was walking and talking like a teenager 3 months earlier. Upon getting a new doctor, he immediately took her off Macrodantin saying he does not prescribe this "toxic" drug to his patients. I then searched the internet and found several peer reviewed medical journal articles which stated they found Macrodantin patients have up to a 3-4 times greater risk of developing Alzheimers.  After showing a remarkable improvement in her mental ability and energy immediately upon stopping macrodantin I thought she was on the road to recovery. She was then diagnosed with kidney cancer (which by the way I found to be shown in other peer reviewed medical journals to occur more often to patients taking macrodantin). Although she had kidney cancer you could see her mental ability improve being off the macrodantin. However, in late April 2001 they prescribed the anti-depressant PAXIL, within 48 hours it was like someone had stolen half her brain. Instead of making her feel better it stole her ability to speak and ask questions and turned her into a half vegetable. If your loved one is given either of these drugs look at your doctor and say - Absolutely Not!!  As long as our doctors profit financially from the prescription of these drugs we will continue to see more and more people suffering similar harm.  It's time our doctors be paid by SALARY (a good salary) to erase the medical profit motivation syndrome that is a disease that is out of control throughout all of of America.
If you've seen similar symptoms in someone - please correspond at - [email protected] 
Vero Beach, FL USA - Sunday, May 13, 2001 at 11:51:01 (CDT)

My unborn baby was exposed to solvents at Denso Manufacturing
I gave birth to a child with a nueromuscular disorder after working at Denso manufacturing for several years. The policy is to move women away from solvents when they discover their pregnancy, but they do nothing about women who may become pregnant working with solvents. By the time pregnancy is discovered it may already be too late. It was for my baby. Now he has a lifetime of medical and developemental problems to deal with. I don't know where to turn in order to make this company pay for my son's medical care and to make them change their policy. Please help. Reach me at [email protected]
Maryville, Tn USA - Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 18:14:29 (CDT)

Home Pesticides Increase Child Cancer - Neuroblastoma
It now appears official - the common child cancer "neuroblastoma" has been linked to home pesticide use in one of the largest studies to date under a collaborative effort by nearly a dozen Universities and Health Research agencies. Will this important research finding be told through the mainstream media? Probably not because of the special interests now controlling the airwaves. To read more about this go to
Chapel Hill, NC USA - Friday, May 11, 2001 at 21:13:14 (CDT)

Spray Plane Problems
Although my house is on a rural route, I am only one-tenth of a mile outside city limits. To my immediate south there is a large field. For years it was left fallow, but in the last three it has been put into alfalfa production. It is routinely sprayed in the spring and summer with herbicide and pesticide. Of course, I'm one of those "nuts" who lives in the country but has an organic garden, allergies, and so on. This couldn't be a worse situation. The road separating me from the alfalfa is twenty feet wide. Yet the pilot buzzes my house, most of the town in fact, sprays almost along the fence row--to say there is mere drift is a tremendous understatement. Last year I had sick birds helpless in my yard. Every year, I lose all the yellow jackets or bees around for a month. One moment they're everywhere, the next (after the spray), they're gone. I've talked with the farmer. I've talked with the spray service. They say whatever it takes to put me off, then the same thing happens again the next year. The state Dept of Agriculture is either "concerned," but does nothing, or belligerent ("don't complain to this office.") In any case, I'm supposed to "prove" the violation. I don't own a video camera, and I never know when the field will be sprayed. Sometimes I'm not at home, I just return and notice the awful odor. I had hoped that I could find some government agency that would help, without resorting to a lawsuit.
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Snyder, OK USA - Saturday, April 14, 2001 at 21:47:23 (CDT)

Information on chemical injury is available at 
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PORTLABD, OR USA - Friday, April 13, 2001 at 23:13:08 (CDT)

Photographic Chemicals and Illness???
In 1979 I became employed by a government contracted photographic lab. My basic job duties included photography and color printing. Shortly thereafter, I started having breathing problems and became very sensitive to just about everything that had a chemical odor including most cleaning agents, perfumes, lab chemicals etc. Even a short exposure (about two hours) to a pesticide for termites caused the nerve in one of my eyes to be affected for a couple of days (two separate occurrences). A test for asthma was negative but a test for chemical-induced asthmal was positive. Shortly thereafter, my liver enzymes started being elevated. After a 10 years of the count continuing to climb, my doctor decided it was time to find the cause. Every blood test was negative until he did an ANA test which was positive, indicating lupus. I have since had emergency gall bladder surgery. Severe hip pain was finally diagnosed as severe osteoarthritis and I have had total hip replacements within the last two years. All of my complaints about the lack of proper ventilation in the lab were met with visits from the environmental department with their monitoring devices which showed the air quality to be within acceptable limits. While mixing chemicals, we were provided with face shields and/or respirators. I retired in November of 1999 and other than the hip replacements, my health is better than it's been in years. I no longer have to take medicine for allergies. Odors are still a problem, however, and is controlled by avoiding exposure whenever possible. My doctors office has a sign in the reception area requesting that people not wear perfume or other fragrances for their appointments. Since I retired, I learned that the "high-tech" ventilation system in the lab was inspected and it was discovered that the exhaust fan had been installed backwards!!! Two of my co-workers died of cancer but both were smokers. And I have just learned that another co-worker is now having elevated liver enzymes. 
Any comments or similar complaints? [email protected]
Manchester, TN USA - Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 22:08:12 (CDT)

- Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at 02:03:21 (CDT)

Hydrogen Sulfide exposure at flexeys chemical
I was in a fire on Oct. 21 1998 at Flexeys because of a tank exploding with hydrogen sulfide in it. I was exposed to fumes because of no exit from scaffold I was working on.
St. Albans, West Virginia USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 13:22:06 (CDT)

Birth Defect Suspected from Malathion Spray
I would like to tell you my "Malathion" story. I have been keeping a close eye on the news regarding malathion since I was "sprayed" in late 1997 while I was pregnant with our 2nd daughter. We live on a 10 acre ranch in Lakeland. Early one morning before work, I walked to our barn to feed the horses. On my way to the barn AND returning I got "sprayed" by the malathion plane. I immediately took a shower and prayed my "unborn" child would be OK, as I was about 6 months pregnant. The media kept reporting it was "safe." On January 17, 1998, Audra Lynn Garretson was born. She had been a fussy baby from the start and would only sleep on her back. At 5 months of age, we rushed her to the emergency room in Plant City. They then transported her to Brandon Hospital. There was a "large" mass in her stomach and they had no idea what it was. They tried triple antibiotics for 5 days and no decrease in size of mass, so Dr. Coughlin did surgery. After 3 hours he came and told us what was wrong. He was very surprised, never seen this in an infant before. She was born with NO cervix, her uterus filled with blood and ruptured. One ovary was calcified and he could not locate the other. We were in Brandon Hospital for 21 days. Doctor's were coming over from All Children's Hospital during their "off" time just to see Audra as they "heard" about her unusual case. The only possible medical explanation was "turners syndrome," but the test came back negative. She was in ICU for 1 week and almost died. Had two blood transfusions, surgical broviac in her chest, etc. Boy, what a tough time we went thru. I told the Doctors I was sprayed with Malathion. They agreed could be a possibility as "something attacked her reproductive system." I was told this would be hard to prove against the state though. Sad to say that since Audra has no ovaries, at age 8 years she will need to start on female hormones just so she will develop "like a girl." If they time it wrong, her bones will fuse and she will be very short (4 1/2') and fat. At age 11 yrs they will construct a cervix for her. I want you to know her story. I hope now that we found out the malathion was tainted, that we can find an attorney to work with us. She needs a lot of medical attention in the future so we will see what happens. I'm glad to say right now she is a beautiful, happy 3 year old. Thank you for your time. 
Susan Garretson. email - [email protected]   Ph. 863-853-4772
Lakeland, Florida USA - Wednesday, April 04, 2001 at 07:21:17 (CDT)

Home Pesticides Cause Illness
Grand Rapids, Michigan. In April of 95 after being told several times by the company that the chemicals they would use in our house would not harm us and we'd be safe, a Griffin Pest Control Applicator came into our house and mis-applied pesticides. She put Ficam D (a dust) into our heating plenum crawl space, and according to the Department of Agriculture who came in and tested our house, she also used excessive amounts of two other pesticides, Tempo 20 and CB-38 in our living areas. The dust blew through our furnace system, and was found in the living areas. So we now had a combination of three chemicals mixed together in our house. We unknowingly were breathing it in when the furnace was on. The other pesticides were found on my 9 month old twins playpen and on baby toys that they handled and chewed on for two weeks or more since the mis-application. The chemicals were found on items we would handle and on cold air returns throughout the house. Our immediate symptoms were vomiting, upper respiratory illness, sinus drainage, burning throats, diarrhea and pain. Two weeks into this thinking the 4 of us had the flu and the doctors not sure why we were sick, we realized that we had been cleaning up cat vomit this whole time too. Thats when we called the Dept. of AG. Griffin Pest Controls owner admitted that there was a mis- application, but insisted that we had the flu and we were not sick from the pesticides. Even though one of his people told us we were sick from the pesticides (a few nights earlier). We got a bid for a clean up and Griffin opted to do the clean up them selves. A good month later, they came in and washed walls, furniture, carpets, cleaned items in the attic where the dust was also mis- applied, and cleaned the crawl space plenum with a garden hose and baking soda. When the clean up was done they told us our house was fine now. I questioned the pools of water in the crawl space and the guy who put it there said it needed to sit to neutralize the chemicals. He said it would dry on its own. We figured we were having long term health affects, because year after year our health worsened. We paid for a toxicologist to come in and test the house. He found the same pesticide still in the house along now with the very hazardous molds Stachybotrys and Aspergilous. We moved into a travel camping trailer the next day, this was April 1999. We lived in it for 15 months while we fought Griffins insurance company. The water left in the crawl space in June of 95 according several experts caused the mold. Of course Griffin says it did not all at the same time expressing his concerns for our health and welfare. Our attorney asked him in court if he ever told another unsuspecting couple that the powder that was on their baby’s crib was talcum powder. He said yes. It in fact was ficam D the same dust in our house. They found this out through the Dept. Of Ag. reports. After three weeks in court, we won a jury trial but Griffin appealed it putting the case back into the courts. We live in a non punitive damage state. We settled for far less just to end it so we could move out of the camper. Our house now condemned by the Health Dept. would cost up to $100,000 to make it livable with no guarantees. We ended up with no where near that. Our health costs went through the roof and with the cost to fight these people, we had to go bankrupt so we could afford to rent a townhouse and find some normalcy for my twins. My husband had chronic sinus infections and frequent upper respiratory infections. He also experiences short term memory problems which cognitive testing proves is caused by out side influences. His pancreas had problems and now he developed Diabetes Type 1 and needs insulin to live. My daughter (now six) has been hospitalized several times for upper respiratory problems and needed breathing treatments. She’s been to ER for the same thing several other times. Four months after my husbands diagnosis of diabetes, she was hospitalized with high blood sugar and ketones and sugar in her urine, with unexplained fever. She gets this now with fevers, but is not yet classified diabetic. She also suffered many nose bleeds. My son now six had diarrhea for two years plus upper respiratory infections, headaches with vomiting, and has vocal and motor tics, which he currently sees a neurologist for. I suffer from sinus tachycardia when on my feet or moving and take medication for it, joint/muscle pain, I developed photosensitivity, nose bleeds, fatigue headache and get rashes, chronic sinus infections, plus my ANA (anti-nuclear antibody) blood test goes as high as 1280 titers. We have not filed a suit for my children as of yet. Griffins Insurance Company made an offer then withdrew it. We have till they are 19. 
Heidi - [email protected]
Grand Rapids, MI USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 22:00:54 (CST)

Plastics Industry Causes Occupational Asthma
I was being treated for bronchitis. I would get better, but when I returned to work, I would once again develop respiratory problems. This continued from November through December. After three rounds of antibiotics, I went to an allergist. At the suggestion of my supervisor, I then went onto see a pulmonologist. The pulmonologist put me on three steroid inhalers to help me breath. After being treated with the inhalers for four days, I returned to work. In a matter of minutes, my breathing became labored and I lost my voice. When I left work, my symptoms would clear up, but they would return when I entered the plant. My last day on the job was Jan. 24, and my doctor will not allow me to return to work. I am not on the production floor, but I work in the accounting department. I have been trying to secure a list of chemicals from the Human Resources Dept. of the plant without success. If anyone can assist me with research regarding plastics and asthma, please contact me at [email protected]
McPherson, KS USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 21:00:46 (CST)

Furniture can harm you and so can the retailers of it.
Read what happened to me at I was a furniture repairman for a national furniture chain store, Levitz Furniture. Now I am disabled and fighting for my everyday existence and trying to hang on to my family in the mean time. It is not easy to keep your life together and not lose your home and family when you fill like the pits all the time and wake up to severe pain everyday. When you can not go to public places because they make you break out in hives and itch like crazy so you have to limit your exposures to places such as the store and etc... . It is not fair that they could have a doctor suspicion in writing chemical injury and then have your own lawyer tell you he is paid to do that for him. Throwing you off from the real truth of your initial injury. Then when your wife asks other doctors if my work environment could cause all the symptoms I have for all those years and keeps getting told no, they are using the statue of limitations saying you should have known when even the doctors themselves did not know? Or did they? That is what happened in our civil law suit. What is worse is that we had no idea until the deposition that it was the cause of my memory problems and now you here all over the news how MS and AD and etc. are all being linked to chemical exposures but I should have known years ago when the doctors and lawyers did not know? Or said they did not know. They diagnosed my internal bleeding as hemoraging from lifting. I have elevated IgG's to formaldehyde which is all over in the furniture industry and especially in a warehouse full of new furniture. My story is not finished yet and I see no help from anyone as of yet. It is hard to fight this because I am already fatigued and stress only makes it worse. I am still fighting Worker's Compensation. I need peer reviewed information but when you are living on SSD for a family of 5 and your wife has to pick up your load and hers and can not work a full time job to support the family it is real ruff to come up with the large sums of money needed to get more testing done to prove your situation to the court and to get a hold of expensive medical information that proves your case. It is not free on the net as you already know. People do not get it though, if we do not start winning these cases it will continue to happen and people will end up like myself sick and hurting all over and tired and headaches and itching and the list just goes on and on and it is hard to concentrate so I am out of here. Take care!!! 
Joe Hawkins - MCS'er
Pittsburg, CA USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 02:43:24 (CST)

Permethrin Effects on Humans
After many years as a flight crew member, flying to, and in planes, which have flown to, Australia where they spray the aircraft each 12 weeks with Permethrin, several of my colleagues and I have been plagued with severe headaches, blurred vision, joint pain, a  clear bowel discharge, enlarged liver, slight nodules in the lungs and at times, while taking rest break, We found our breathing would stop all together. Upon waking with a gasp. In addition, many of us would have psychotic episodes of depression and rage. We find that those who wear long sleeved shirts and blouses, had less unfavorable activities . The effects usually manifest themselves for one or two days after a trip. We also found that the effects were greater the more recently the plane had been sprayed, as witnessed by the certificate of spraying in the plane .Our records are accurate and detailed as each movement and activity is recorded in log books and electronically in our flight status reports, which go back to the date of hire. I myself have just completed 25 years . Let me know if this is of interest and if you have also had a similar experience.  You will find me [email protected]
Honolulu, Hi. USA - Sunday, February 25, 2001 at 07:19:58 (CST)

Chemical exposure to a fetus, resulting in death.
In 1995 I gave birth to a baby boy with extensive lung damage that limited his 3 month life to only live in the hospital and never come home. While pregnant I worked at a printing company and was exposed to chemicals such as ammonia, ether, alchohol, Toulene, and Xylene(just to name a few) There was no ventilation and my effects were Severe headaches, nausea, dizziness. My OBGYN would not listen to the effects I was having. The co. was also told by OSHA to obtain a hood to draw these chemicals out or the building but they did not comply. We now have filed suit against the Co. as well as the DR. but we need help. We must have a DR. to correlate these chemicals to our son's death. Not many DR's have knowledge about chemicals so it is difficult. We hope to help the future of other babies and their families. We know we can not bring our son back but we hope we can change the research done on these chemicals. Please contact us if you are able to aid in our case at all. e-mail us at FNathan133 or write po box 318 Hudson, IL 61748
Hudson, Il USA - Saturday, February 24, 2001 at 13:33:59 (CST)

Sarcoidosis from chemical exposure?
In august 1999 aardvark pest control came to our medical office to spray for ants and spiders. He mixed two chemicals together[benzeneacetate and sulfluromid]which we were later told were not ment to be mixed.4-5 people from our office went to the emergency room with trouble breathing. I was the first one at the er and was told that i just hyperventilated and basically sent back to work. I had severe respirtory distress.i could not return to work for 4 days because the building was still full of fumes. in december 1999, as a workup for breast cancer, I found out that I had sarcoidosis which i had not had prior to that year.i have been trying to find as much info on sarcoidosis as resource says that some drs. think that sarcoidosis can be caused from inhaling a chemical irritant. Now I am trying to get information on these chemicals and their possible link to my sarcoidosis,but i am unable to find information on benzeneacetate or sulfluromid.  If anyone out there has any information on these chemicals or sarcoidosis caused from inhalation of chemical irritants please let me know.  My e-mail is [email protected]
Jackson, Mi USA - Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 21:48:21 (CST)

Permethrin reaction
Need information about permethrin. Wife was working election in a school gym/cafateria when a exterminator sprayed without warning permethrin (Dragnet). Three Ladies became immediately ill, complaining of numbness around mouth and extremities, in two including my wife, it lead to lung problems and my wife lost sense of smell and taste, which has not been restored with treatment. The incident happened almost a year ago. Please help...
TN USA - Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 20:48:38 (CST)

Permethrin Link
My 3 year old son recently began having seizures and so did the family dog after the maintenance folk sprayed the exterior of the house with Permethrin. Has any one else had an experience like this . I would love to know of there are any tests which could confirm or rule this out. My e-mail is [email protected]
Jamaica - Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 17:32:29 (CST)

COVER UP in New Hampshire--Live Free or Die!
I reported a "sick" building to OSHA and on the same day that my employer, Matthew Thornton Health Plan, (an HMO) received a complaint letter from OSHA I was fired! The building was supposed to be maintained by The Hithcock Clinic, an affiliate of DARTMOUTH. To make a long story short, the injured employees received treatment from the Hitchock Clinic Physicians, This is a conflict of interest! By not being appropriately diagnosed in a timely fashion, I was never able to collect on my long term disability, which my the way I paid for through the HMO. My worker's compensation case has been at the Supreme Court level since 1997, oral arguments were heard December of 1998! Yes, as of today 2/7/01 I am still waiting. I have financially lost everything....but my health is what will never be the same. I tired to pursue a tort case against the Hitchcock Clinic, but a judge with a conflict specially assigned herself to the case> She finally stepped down and recused herself, however, she made motions inappropriate motions and then had the audacity to "specially" assign a judge to take over the case. The end result was my attorney withdrew, and when I finally found an attorney to represent me (searched out over 50 attorneys and went to 4 different states) He would only represent me on the condition that he be given 90 days to prepare the case! Judge Philip Holman turned to the Hitchcock Clinic 's attorney and said it is up to you if you want to extend the case! You can imagine what the response! The case ended in a Summary Judgment that I as a lay person still do not understand. I just wanted my day in court with a jury. This same Judge testified at the NH Supreme Court Impeachment Trial of Chief Justice David Brock, that at the Superior Court level, (at the expense of the taxpayers, he assigned a lawyer to represent a witness in a court case. My point is as a visitor to the courts, my rights to legal representation was negated by Judge Holman, and he forced me into Pro See, yet this judge yet at the taxpayers expense and mine, decided to appoint an attorney for a witness in a case! What a mixed message of injustice. My rights were not upheld, this was a travesty of justice! In Dec of 1998, while I was at the Superior Court House, a Salem attorney came rushing into the civil window and asked Lynn a clerk, about the whereabouts of a judge he said, " Where is Judge Holman?" "Is he in the building has he gone out for lunch where is he I need to talk to him about the Reilly Case." Needless, to say everyone is denying this....except probably Lynn! I have been told that she is now working in the basement of the court house! The worse part of this story is that after investigating this horrific story I found out that one of the employees of this HMO actually killed herself! This suicide occurred 2 years before I was employed as a nurse case manager! ...Five days after her untimely death, the Indoor Air Quality report came back, which showed Carbon Monoxide and a multitude of other toxic gases and other carcinogenic substances too numerous to list! The furnace was never checked until 5 years after her death! I did not have to become ill nor did the other people in this sick building! IF only these healthcare giants had acted responsibly, and had utilized a standard level of care and had checked the f the most customary source of carbon monoxide - FURNACE! My educated assumption for their choosing to IGNORE the findings,(this is documented)is that they realized the suicide and the depression of their employee was causally related to the carbon monoxide. One of the many side affects of chronic carbon monoxide is depression! There is so much more to this story...but you will have to pay to read it...I am writing a book! "Just-iced in NH!" Finally, the truth will be known, the truth will set you free in the Live Free or Die Corrupt State of New Hampshire! 
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Nashua, NH USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2001 at 20:29:17 (CST)

Photocopier Toner
I have had many health problems since exposed to photocopier toner some months ago...chronic fatigue, burning in the body, burning eyes, mouth, lips, tongue, every orifice in the body burning, headache, inability to concentrate, poor memory (both long and short term), cannot use perfumes, soaps, chemicals of any kind. Petrol, smoke, others' perfumes/smells cause problems. Would like to know if any other person has any information on photocopier toner and what it can do to the body, or if you have been affected. I have been told it could contain arsenic. All help would be appreciated. Please write to me at [email protected]
NSW AUSTRALIA - Wednesday, February 07, 2001 at 03:06:46 (CST)

Can anyone assist me in locating studies on the effects on humans who have inhaled massive doses of the chemical additive MTBE? Contact me at [email protected]
Thank you
Las Vegas, NV USA - Monday, February 05, 2001 at 15:15:22 (CST)

Fibromyalgia from chemical exposure
I have worked as an offset printer for the last 8 years and have been exposed to chemicials, mainly solvents, without proper ventilation and at times none at all. I have experienced nausea, fatigue, vomiting, migraines, muscular aching and all over body pain. I complained about the lack of ventilation many times, but was told it had nothing to due with my being sick. After being ill for some time I become too sick to work in August of 2000 and after many tests being run, was told I have fibromyalgia by 2 doctors. I was extremely sick for 3 months and had to take a leave of absence from work unpaid, since my short term disability would not cover fibromyalgia. I believe the exposure to the chemicals (solvents mostly) over time are responsible for my illness. If anyone has knowledge of similar circumstances please email me at [email protected]
Thank you, Lisa
Daytona Beach, FL USA - Saturday, February 03, 2001 at 15:22:01 (CST)

My family moved into a rental home and after 3 1/2 years, quite by accident, I discovered the home had been the site of a pesticide company for 20 years. The home has been ranked a Level 2 by the DOE. We have/are suffering from bladder disease, liver disease, thyroid disease, auto immune problems, GI problems, learning disability, neurological damage and memory loss. My boys were 6 and 8 when I moved into the home. They are now 13 and 15 and I as just forced into settling/accepting a $100,000 settlement. My attorney's are taking 61% leaving my children with just $15,000 for a lifetime of medical problems. My portion doesn't come close to covering my out-of-pocket expenses not to mention the long term disability that threatens daily to rob me of my ability to work full time and provide for my family. I am a single mother. We have been betrayed the our Health Department, by our Dept. of Ecology, by our attorney's, by our physicians and by our justice system. There is NO justice for people who've been poisoned. Something needs to be done and people need to be educated and protected from environmental exposures. There needs to be a system/network in place to help victims like us who end up sick, homeless and fighting the legal system. The chemical companies need to be held accountable for poisoning the environment and destroying human life and health.
KENMORE, WA USA - Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 14:07:30 (CST)

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USA - Friday, January 12, 2001 at 18:34:41 (CST)

Safety Kleen Solvents Linked To Leukemia
Safety Kleen Corp is the largest hauler of hazardous wastes in the country. They boast of how safe they keep the environment and the people. Well for the past 30plus years they have been in business they have manufactured solvents that carry benzene. These solvents are used in partscleaning capacities for which exposure is extremely high. There are reported cases all over the United States of individuals that have been diagnosed with leukemia as a direct result of exposure to benzene. I dont feel enough is being done to stop Safety Kleen from continuing to sale this volatile product. If you know of someone who has contracted any type of illness due to using Safety Kleen's solvents please contact me at [email protected].
Columbus, Ga USA - Tuesday, January 02, 2001 at 11:33:50 (CST)

SprayPaint Exposure at Work! 7 years later!
It all started at work. 5/23/93 I had worked doing vending for one year, prior to working for the same vending company. Went back to work for same employer, he asked me to paint and setup van for vending. Put in wood shelves and last thing, was to paint inside the van. Had a box 3spd fan and asked boss for face mask! He said we had to have it done by monday to start route, it was sat. anyway he wouldnt buy me a mask so I folded my work shirt and shut side slider and started to paint. And had back doors open for a while and paint kept coming back at me. I used 7 cans of "Great Day Enamel" "lot #7265 Almond" made by "Sherwin Williams"/"Illinois Bronze" paint company. Paint was made back in 1987". Well had a law suit against them. "lawyer" told me to drop it for nothing! or they would counter sue. So I dropped it! Only after death threats over the phone! HMMM! Corperations" There is no justice in this country! Ive had tubes put in ears for one yr./ have had rinoplasty on right and left side of noise also have video of operations. upper sinuses unblocked. Spent 4days in hospital almost died! White stuff came out! of upper sinuses.had both ears removed and replaced ear drums. Had to get gamoglobulin once a month for a year at cancer center! Didnt get verdigo and tinititis till I had gamoglobulin treatments 6hrs long each time, very painful, nurse ignored me and left me on table suffering in pain. Took at least 3 vicoden each treatment. Now ill have to rinse my sinuses two times a day with salt water the rest of my life with a water pick. And deal with taking "En Tex La" for sinuses, Government just took it off the market! "Phenylpropanolamine" Anyone no of a lawyer thats in a class action suit against drug companys? And Medical Malpractise. And wants to take on corperations? Theres a really good toxic Doc. DR. Gunner Hueser #1 in feild tox doc. 1-818-865-1858 Also Dr. Samuel L. Whitaker MD 1-562-997-3990 hearing & balance #1 in field. Also Dr. Robert Del Junco ENT. 1-714-543-2000 very good DR. Also have had kidney stones, liver swolen, joint pain, sinus pain/mcs, TMJ pain from infections in ears. Hard time with #1. maybe meds. I've been on everything entex la, Ibrophene, Atrovent, Albuterol, steriods, Rhinocort, Antivert, aerobid-m, ECT......Normal immune system 700-1000 mines as low as 450. Thanks Ron.C / Please email me at [email protected]
 Thanks for your Time! God Bless!
Santa Ana, CA USA - Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 02:07:12 (CST)

Fired From Lowes
I have been working for "Lowe's Home Improvement" for almost a year. One day I came into work and proceeded to do my job. Well it came up that the "Trash Compactor" in the back of the store was jammed. I went to go check it out and I noticed a pallet and a lot of broken bricks were inside. Then I went up to the front where my supervisor was and told him what was wrong. He told me to go tell the Store Manager. I found the Store Manager and told him what happened and he told me to go back there and he will be back there in a minute. I told him I can't volunteer for it and he told me to go. I went back up to my supervisor and told him what was going on and I looked over to the door and I saw the Store Manager leave forgetting the fact that he said he was going to meet me at the "Trash Compactor".  My Supervisor asked me why I couldn't volunteer to clean it out. I told him that it was against my safety and he asked me how it was. I mentioned that a few years ago this guy climbed into one while at work to clean it. Someone came up and dumped their trash and turned it on crushing the guy almost being killed. The Supervisor ask me where I heard that from. I told him that it was all in the news and newspapers. He then told me that the media is false. He then asked me if I had any other reasons why I shouldn't get in and I told him that on the wall right next to the "Compactor" there is a sign reading "NEVER CLIMB INTO THIS MACHINE". He shrugged it off and asked me if I had any other reasons. I told him if the machine was jammed that they had to call the dumpster company out to fix it and he told me if I didn't do it I was fired. I asked him if he was threatening my job. He said no that it's a perogative and that if i didn't do it that it would be considered insubordination and that would lead me to my termination. I told him anything he says will not get me in the "Compactor". Then he told me to take off my vest and he never wanted to see me again. I took it off threw it on the desk and flicked him off and left. I called back to talk with one of my friends up there and they told me that the Store Manager was asking about what happened and also he said that he is the only one that can terminate people. I came back seeing if I still have my job or not. He was busy so I left came back the next day he wasn't there. The next day he was in a meeting. I waited a few days then went back. The Store Manager told me that he works in time frames and when he asked me to go back there he noticed that I went up to the front and that I didn't mention that it was against my safety and I told him I should have to tell you that he should know it. Then he said that he will have to talk it over with one of the HR. I contacted OSHA Central Office etc. I came back and he told me that I was wrong that he couldn't have all his employees making decisions for themselves. That I was fired over the fact that I flicked off my supervisor. I notice the day after I was terminated when I went up there to meet a friend they had the Dumpster Company out there cleaning it. So I was fired because they wanted to save money or were to lazy to do it the correct way. [email protected]
Houston, TX USA - Sunday, December 17, 2000 at 23:23:45 (CST)

CARAWAY, AR USA - Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 05:49:51 (CST)

Seizures due to chemicals in gasoline
my husband was delivering petroleum products since 1985, and in 1994 started having seizures due to the chemical exposure. if there is anyone else who had this problem i would like to hear from you. thank you.  (NOTE TO WRITER - You left out your email please contact [email protected])
Islip, NY USA - Monday, December 04, 2000 at 09:42:27 (CST)

Need Help?
I have MCS as a result of teaching in a public school while being renovated. As I skim through our common poisonings, it seems its hard to know where to get help. I was lucky to fall into ECHO (ecological health org). We have lists of good doctors in occupational and environmental medicine. Be wary of others! We are affiliated with chemical injury non-profit groups in USA and other countries. Contact [email protected]
Best Wishes, God Bless!!
Hartford, CT USA - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 00:07:35 (CST)

Innocent lives at risk to save a buck
Bollweevil eradication in West Tennessee! My home was contaminated this summer with malathion. Headaches, sore throats, runny noses, coughs and who knows whats to come... All to save time and money! Now all summer for years to come families living near cotton fields are being exposed to aerial sprayings and getting sick. Where are our rights? Why do we have to breathe this poison? Do we have no say in this matter? I want the aerial use to stop! I'm writing to anyone that will listen! I need help on how to stop this program! I don't want my family exposed anymore! This summer was terrible! I feel like a prisoner in my own home! E-mail your suggestions to: [email protected] Thanks!!
Henderson, Tn USA - Monday, November 20, 2000 at 22:47:32 (CST)

Pheripherial Neuropathy and chemicals
My sister suffers irreversible nerve damage, extremities. She was a cook at the local dairy queen for yeears. The DQ had a problem with roaches and other pests. The building was sprayed repeatedly with pesticides over and over until the pests finally were gone. This happened yearly for as long as I can remember her working there. She was always exposed to the chemicals. Her braib became known as ceberial atrophy, which is shrinking. Once she stopped working, recieved medcial care, the brain became some better, she still has some memory problems and the extremities are no better. Another employee, developed cancer, also involved in the chemical spraying. [email protected]
Mandan, ND USA - Sunday, November 19, 2000 at 21:23:10 (CST)

Bladder Cancer and Industrial Solvents
I am wondering if anyone has any information that could help me. My husband, age 45, was diagnosed with stage 2 bladder cancer this month. Although he is a smoker (about 2 pks only per week) we feel his major cause was the 15 years he worked in a factory. From age 20 to 35 he was the man who did the mixing for a fiberglass manufacturing plant. He was constantly exposed to organic peroxides, toluene, butyls, ethers etc in the process of mixing resins and fiberglass. When he would come home at night you could smell the chemicals on his breath for several hours. I am an RN and the physician I work for is very supportive of the fact that the industrial exposure is the probable cause. He advised me to "go to the net and find some answers" so that this can be investigated. My husband has worked in the plastics manufacturing business for the past ten years so there may be some exposure there also, even though he is in management. Thanks in advance for any info you can give me on how to proceed. Vicki [email protected]
IL USA - Saturday, November 18, 2000 at 13:47:54 (CST)

Indoor Pools appear to be DANGEROUS
I work in an indoor pool at a Wellness Center in my area. We are owned by a hospital. I work 40 hours a week in this area and spend 7-8 hours a week in the pool teaching water aerobics. I am in 86 degree heat, 60% humidity during this time. I am exposed to a wide variety of chemicals on a regular basis both by direct contact and inhaling fumes. I have reason to believe that my job has made me very ill. I have worked there for just over a year. I was healthy a year ago. Since starting my job I have had lots of "flu like symptoms", fatigue, severe bronchitis and was diagnosed 8 weeks ago with asthma. My symptoms continue to worsen even while being on 3 different medications. No one cares. The girl that worked my job before me was healthy until she worked there. By the time she left she suffered from chronis sinusitis, bronchitis,fatigue and allergies for which she had to take injections and numerous medications. She also suffered from depression and had to see someone for that. The doctor told her her symptoms were all in her head. I spend all my free time on the computer trying to research this and to try to find out what has happened to me, to her and to try to prevent this from happening to anyone else. No doctor will say that my job has made me sick or that it even aggrevates my condition. I went to our corporate health doctor (what a joke) who said that I was fine to continue at my job. They all act like they don't believe me. My symptoms improve while at home on the weekends and worsen again by the end of the work week. Now the skin on my fingers has begun to blister and itch and peel. Still I am fine to stick them in the pool and the hot tub several times a day for up to 2 hours at a time. I want to scream!!! I loved my job until I got sick. I have to help my self because all they want to do is cover this up. PLEASE if you have any information on this subject or if you know someone who has had a similar experience e-mail me as soon as possible. I have a pile of information that is general in nature but not much specific. Not that it really matters to my doctor. He won't even look at it. DON'T WORK FOR A HOSPITAL!!!!!!!!!! The pay is good but it is not worth your health or your life. They will cover everything up in order to not get sued. They care about themselves, not their employees. Please help!!!! [email protected]
Wheeling, WV USA - Friday, November 17, 2000 at 20:46:56 (CST)

LANCASTER, PA USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 08:39:54 (CST)

PERTH, W.A. AUSTRALIA - Wednesday, November 01, 2000 at 08:54:42 (CST)

How many people must die?
In the past 3 years I have known of several people in the New York Mills area to develope some sort of cancer. And it seems that more and more people all the time are developing some sort of cancer. In the last month I have had 3 freinds die from cancer and 2 of whom we don't know how long they will live and 4 that have been diagnosed in the last 3 weeks, of either ovarion, skin or cholan cancer.It seems to me that there is something going on in that town. They are saying in the last 3 years that there have been 52 people that have died from cancer in and around that area. Is it in the water or is it in the air. I wish some one could find out what the prolem is. It scares me, who will it be next Friend, Family or others living in the new York Mills,MN area.
New York Mills, MN USA - Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 00:41:28 (CDT)

Birth Defects from Dupont Chemical
VITAL new evidence has been uncovered by the Sunday Mail to help 20 Scots families win compensation for their children, all born with a rare eye deformity. Chemical giant DuPont has always denied claims that their crop sprays damaged children in the womb, resulting in them being born without eyes or with severely underdeveloped eyes. But the Sunday Mail has discovered a letter, written by a DuPont scientist, which admits a chemical compound used in one of its fungicides exhibits "embryo toxicity characteristics". The explosive document - which goes on to instruct women workers to be kept away from the chemical - is a major breakthrough for families fighting for compensation. But when The Sunday Mail contacted a senior toxicologist at DuPont, he denied Flusilazol, the chemical mentioned in the document, could have any effect on an unborn child. However, the Attenboroughs, from Newburgh, Fife, believe they know different. Peter and Gillian Attenborough were living on a farm near fields being sprayed with Punch C - a DuPont fungicide containing Flusilazol - when Gillian, 33, was expecting their first son Jonathan, now 10. He was born with microphthalmia (undersized eyes) and coloboma, a defect in the structure of the eyes. He is blind in one eye and only partially sighted in the other. For the Attenboroughs, the DuPont document we have uncovered will be vital in helping prove that the crop sprays directly harmed Jonathan, and other children born with the same defects, in the womb. Just 10 miles from the Attenboroughs' home, a little girl was born on the same day as Jonathan with exactly the same condition. It was later discovered that her mother passed the farm where the Attenboroughs lived on her way to work. A coincidence? The families don't think so. Particularly since, the previous year, another baby girl in the village was born with partially developed eyes. Her mother had gone potato picking during pregnancy. The DuPont letter, uncovered by the Sunday Mail, refers to the testing of a product called Nustar - another name for Flusilazol. Written in 1988, a year before Jonathan was born, to contractors Terra International, the DuPont employee admits: "Flusilazol does exhibit some health hazard concerns. "Specifically, the active ingredient has chronic liver toxicity and embryo toxicity characteristics. "We must not allow women to work in either the operating area or the laboratory during the Nustar campaign or subsequent cleanout." When we contacted DuPont at its headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, senior toxicologist and director Dr Bob Gibson refused to elaborate on the effects of Flusilazol. When asked if the chemical could affect children in the womb, he replied: "I don't believe so, but I am not familiar with Flusilazol. I haven't looked at it for quite a few years now." And Mike Ricciuto, DuPont's director of communications for crop protection, told us: "There is absolutely no credible scientific evidence anywhere in the world that eye deformities have been caused by any of our products." When confronted with the letter, he added: "It isn't unusual to see letters like these find their way into trials." And, referring to the compensation action by parents being brought in the US courts, he said: "It is for the jury to decide whether one letter is representative of the truth." We have now passed the Dupont letter on to Peter Attenborough, to be placed in the hands of his lawyers. He and the other Scottish families affected have instructed American lawyer Jim Ferraro. In the States, where they have won the right to fight their cases, there is a greater chance of winning a multi-million dollar payout. The case of Donna and Juan Castillo, from Miami, whose son John was born in 1990 without eyes, has encouraged families like the Attenboroughs to seek compensation. The Castillos claimed John was affected by a chemical fungicide sprayed on crops near their home during Donna's pregnancy. They won their court action in May 1996 and DuPont was ordered to pay them $3.98 million (pounds 2.7 million). However, the company is now appealing and the case still drags on. Peter Attenborough, who has two other children - Lee, eight, and six-year-old Jennifer - said: "This fight against DuPont will never give Jonathan the life he deserves, but it will improve the one he has by making him financially secure." Gillian Attenborough, 33, was careful not to drink or smoke during her pregnancy and, as a dedicated vegetarian, even the food she consumed was of the highest nutritional quality. Yet, just hours after Jonathan was born, she was overwhelmed by feelings of guilt at being told his eyes were not fully formed. What had she done wrong? Exhaustive tests could find no genetic cause for the baby's condition. Doctors concluded the source must have been environmental. When their little boy was three, the Attenboroughs read a newspaper story about a child with exactly the same condition, linked to exposure to pesticides. They contacted a support group for more information and slowly, they began to figure out what had happened. Up until six weeks before Jonathan was born, the Attenboroughs had lived in an idyllic cottage on a farm outside Newburgh. There were fields surrounding the cottage - fields which were being sprayed with Punch C fungicide. Peter, 40, a painter and decorator, has dedicated the past seven years to researching the effects of fungicides on children born with anophthalmia (no eyes) or microphthalmia. He has become something of an expert and gives regular talks on the conditions to hospitals. While the Attenboroughs are concerned about the effects of Flusilazol, the majority of families joining their court battle believe their children have been harmed by Benlate, the brand name of another Dupont fungicide which uses a chemical called benomyl. Fungicides are far more widely used in Britain and other European countries than in the US because of our damp climate - fungus, not insects, is the main enemy of our crops. DuPont says its test results show that a human could eat the equivalent of half a ton of vegetables containing the maximum accepted levels of Benlate every day without coming to any harm. But Dr Vyvyan Howard, senior lecturer in foetal and infant toxic-pathology at Liverpool University, points out that if the substance is inhaled or absorbed through the skin from a crop spray, it bypasses the liver, and is therefore detoxified far more slowly. It will then remain in the mother's system for far longer, with potentially devastating effects on a developing foetus. In Britain, Benlate used to be freely available over the counter for home use. DuPont stress that they only removed it from garden centre shelves in January 1998 because it was becoming less effective - not because it was dangerous. Understandably, parents of affected children are sceptical about this claim. "After 26 years on the market this is a very strange coincidence," said Peter Attenborough. Since the Seventies the US Government's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have considered studies which showed that benomyl (Benlate) could cause birth defects in laboratory rats. In 1972 two scientists fed rats high dosages of the chemical. The rodents'offspring displayed signs of anophthalmia and microphthalmia. On the basis of this, the EPA proposed to tighten up on benomyl usage and in a 1979 report, they proposed that bags containing 5lbs or more of the chemical should carry a label stating 'Exposure to benomyl during pregnancy should be avoided.' But Dupont challenged this move, and were successful. In 1991 scientists at the University of California discovered that 43.3 per cent of pregnant rats fed high levels of benomyl produced foetuses with severe eye defects, including anophthalmia. The figure rose to 63.5 per cent when the dosage was administered to rats given a protein-deficient diet. Benlate was applied to around 90,000 acres in Britain in 1995, where an average of 26 cases of anophthalmia were being reported over the year. But as the numbers of parents going up against DuPont increase they are well aware that, in effect, they are like David battling the corporate Goliath. DuPont have scores of lawyers, experts and scientists on their side who are well versed in how to argue the opposite for every statement made against them. Yet, just watching a child like Jonathan, giving 200 per cent effort to conquer the small milestones in life, it is obvious why they must continue. Not just for him, but to obliterate the risk for the countless children who could be born like him. Little Jon's fight against the odds. Jonathan Attenborough, now 10, was born with severe abnormalities of the eyes. He is totally blind in his right eye, which is just a quarter of the size of a normal one, and only partially sighted in his left. He wears a prosthetic eye over the blind one to make the difference in size less noticeable. Jonathan's poor eyesight means that a task which might be simple for other children his age, takes twice as long for him to conquer - but he bravely perseveres. His teachers say he is now 90 per cent competent at crossing the road and he has only just learned to swim, as for years he was petrified of water. "It's confidence that Jonathan lacks, but he's getting better with time," said his dad Peter. "He's now learning to touch type, since keyboard skills will probably give him his only chance of finding a job when he's older." DuPont says its test results show that a human could eat the equivalent of half a ton of produce containing the maximum permissible levels of Benlate every day of their life without coming to any harm. But leading medical experts believe that the safe levels for an adult are completely different to safe levels for a developing foetus. This is particularly true at the very earliest stage when the foetus is laying down the essential structures for its eyes and brain - as early as three weeks after conception when it is only the size of a small fingernail." "As an added precaution, we must not allow women to work in either the operating area or the laboratory during the campaign or subsequent cleanout."
USA - Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 23:49:07 (CDT)

Canadian Neurotoxicity Information Network
I have been diagnosed with neurotoxicity Type 2B by some of the worlds foremost medical authorities in occupational toxicology. I was a carpet layer for over 20 years. Carpet layers all over the world are developing this permanent occupational disease. Today, I am permanently and totally disabled because of my neurotoxicity symptoms. No one within the carpet industry cared to inform me and others that my occupation exposed me to dozens of neurotoxic chemicals every day. I suffer terribly daily with permanent Central Nervous System damage and Peripheral Nervous System damage. The really sad thing about all of this is, my occupational disease was completely preventable had anyone took the time to inform me of the dangers of these hazardous neurotoxins. I have started a website to inform others of these dangers. The Canadian Neurotoxicity Information Network
Ontario Canada - Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 00:39:10 (CDT)

Carpet Cleaning Chemicals caused Neurobiological disorder
Our Daughter was exposed to Butoxy Ethanol at age three and now has Asthma, ADHD, Dysgraphia and Dyspraxia. Her personality changed drasticly when we had the carpet cleaners come to our home- they addmitted that they used more chemicals than were recomended, and the exposure nearly killed our six pound dog. We had to remove the carpet from our home to lessen the acute symptoms, but our daughter has remained ill. Her chonic condition contunues to develop and change as she ages, she is now eight, and requires special education. This is one of the chemicals in the now banned Scotch Gaurd- has anyone else had a similar experience? [email protected]
Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at 14:06:02 (CDT)

Modern Beds found to emit Toxic Chemicals
Research this year shows that new beds are made with vinyl and petroleum based foam which emits a number of toxic vapors into the breathing space of a child (or adult). These chemicals are well known for damaging the immune and nervous system.  This new site on Chem-Tox includes a format similar to the whistle blower report here for posting observed adverse bed/heatlh effects.  For more information go to
Cocoa, FL USA - Monday, October 09, 2000 at 21:42:51 (CDT)

Is it fair to say that if you are more concerned about receiving as much tax money back from the government as possible that you will press the Bush button in November?  If you care more about public health - reducing chemical use - pollution - and chemical industry influence in Washington then you will probably choose Gore.  Remember Bush was a major owner of Midland Oil drilling company and Cheney was CEO of an oil exploration drilling company called Halliburton until 1998.  They both still have many good 'ol buddies in the oil/petrochemical business and no wonder they want to see further drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge and also explains why they have no interest whatsoever in pursuing alternative energy sources which would reduce demand for petroleum energy products.
Cocoa, FL USA - Sunday, October 08, 2000 at 12:10:56 (CDT)


Oregonians, Horses living next to Nurseries.
We are all aware of Pesticides in our schools, in our homes. I have yet to read any comments on Nursery Spray on grazing animals. Growth Hormone regulators affect a horses neurological system, which affects the way a horse balances, causing weaker hindquarters. Drift from Nursey spray does get into barns. Unless people pay attention to detail, we are all building weaker horses, who break down all to soon. Video will be available showing sublucation, gum ulsers, lesions. Be aware of agressive behavour, it is not the horses fault. They are adapting to being poisioned, Colic like symptoms should not be treated with antibiotics, which aggrevates the already aggitated metablisom An environmental Attorney is a good place to start.Because this affects us all eventually. Comments to [email protected]
Portland, OR USA -

Vaccination link to epidemic of autism, asthma, dyslexia, ADD, cancer, aids etc
Vaccination links to diseases such as autism, asthma,
hereford, UK -

Malathion and hypospadias
Two of my friends were both in the early stages of pregnancy when aerial spraying in New York began in August 1999 for the West Nile virus. Both of these women had sons with hypospadias. They were both between 6 and 11 weeks pregnant during the spraying and that is when the penis and urethra form in the fetus. I was wondering if there were any other reports of this deformity being associated with malathion? My e-mail: [email protected]
Brooklyn, NY USA -

I am a hospital worker that since may 2000, have been unable to return to my job because of MCS. Like everyone else I went to several experts. And the allergist and the neuro Dr. both agree that I show signs of a toxic exposure to chemicals at the work place. My symptoms are my right eye bulged, blurry vision, headaches, migraines, excessive gas, nausea, dizziness, unconciousness, skin sores and rashes,extreme loss of hearing on my right side and my sense of smell is almost non existent along with a few other problems. Well, as a lot of people, My employer sent myself to there medical expert, an occupational Dr. That not only ignored the reports of the other Drs. But also decided not to add certain information of my past medical history, for I believe it did not work into the crap he was writing. I had an optometrist notation of my bulgin