Olivia - Death by Spill: Just Don't Go in the Water!

Thank you for viewing my presentation. Here's what I would like to know from you: Have you heard of any particular people falling sick or dying from the spill? What are their doctors saying? What happened, and what are their symptoms? 

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Informative Speech, Final Draft, April 15, 2011

1. Olivia Shaner

2. Death by Dispersants: “Just Don’t Go in the Water!”

3. To Inform

4. After my presentation, my audience will be able to describe what is in the water and explain to others not educated of the dispersants killing people off in the Gulf Coast Oil Spill.


[PP Cover Slide] Many people have died since last April from the toxins in the water due to the Gulf Coast Oil spill. The number will remain unknown because people are not being tested on how much oil is in their systems. We all love going to the beach, and the summer is right around the corner. What we locals need to know is that we will have both oil and dispersants entering our bloodstream and attacking our bodies both viscerally and mentally. After I interviewed people I realized the depth of this issue and how there is not enough coverage on health risks. I want to help others spread the word. Today I’ll discuss what has happened already to spread awareness on the health effects of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill. My speech reveals the dangers and the victims of this Gulf Coast Oil Spill of 2010 and what is soon to become of 2011. I will talk about what is exactly in the water and disclose just a few people that have been severely affected by this spill.


 [PP Chemicals in the Water]

Narrative: For starters I’ll define the chemicals that are actually at our beaches. What they have in them and their dangers of coming into contact with them.

I. Crude Oil; Defining and Exploring

Narrative: The definition for crude oil as defined by cedre.fr is “ a naturally occurring, unrefined, mineral liquid composed principally of hydrocarbon, which accumulates in reservoirs beneath the Earth’s surface and is used as a source of energy. “ Hydrocarbon is a bond formed by the chemicals hydrogen and carbon. The public is being told that this chemical is harmful if in direct contact only. What people don’t know is the other chemicals found in it are strong toxins like benzene, toluene, and xylene also known as the most common VOC’s or Volatile Organic Compounds. Multiple chemicals found in VOC’s are under the description of Alkanes, Alkenes, Hydrocarbons and Compounds like trimethylbenzene.

A.  Nervous System
VOC’s are said to evaporate within hours on the surface of the water. These cause respiratory problems and depression of the central nervous system. Nervous system depression causes things like slowed heartbeat, dulled mental ability, and slow reflexes, not just sad feelings.
B. Main chemicals
Benzene is known to cause leukemia in past human cases; toluene at high doses has caused teratogen” –an agent that can disturb the development of an embryo or a fetus, also it may cause birth defects or halt pregnancy.

II. Dangers of Dispersants

The online website of CDC defines dispersants as: “the chemicals put directly on oil to break up the oil... into small droplets... and to prevent oil slicks. [They are used to] make the job easier for nature and weather to break the oil down. Broken down oil is less likely to stick to animals, rocks and plants.” They provide helpful kindergarten tips such as: If you get dispersants on your skin, wash it off right away with soap and water. If you breathe in dispersants, move to an area where the air is clearer. If you get dispersants in your eyes, rinse your eyes with water for 15 minutes. Richard Denison, Senior Scientist of the Health Program in Washington D.C., states: “The known side effects include short-term aquatic toxicity [a harsh toxic environment in the water], but the potential for long-term effects has never been studied.  Nor have the effects of injecting it into deep water, an ‘unprecedented’ method just been approved by NOAA and EPA after hastily arranged tests conducted over the last months.” This was in May of last year on the website for the Environmental Defense Fund. Dispersants have strong toxins such as sulfonic acid salts. If you come into contact with the dispersants it soaks into the skin immediately and goes into the bloodstream.

These facts are hard to picture without proof, so now I’ll show you just a few of the cases that are occurring.
III. Paul Doom

[PP Paul Doom]

A. Incident
Paul Doom is one of our local victims of the Gulf Coast oil spill. Paul lives in Navarre and swam against his parents pleading in July.
B. Symptoms
He stopped due to headaches that wouldn’t go away, but doctors dismissed his pain. In October he began to have internal bleeding, but doctors again dismissed it. In early November his symptoms worsened and when he went to the ER nurses just gave him pain medications. The day before Thanksgiving, Paul felt dizzy and his left arm was numb. He went to get help and passed out. He woke up in a hospital bed.
ER doctors gave him pain meds and his left arm still felt numb and his chest was tightening. Paul has seizures daily, constant headaches, constant vertigo, failing vision, numbness on his left side causing wheelchair confinement, and brain lesions. Doom can’t go outside because the air burns his throat, eyes, and skin.
C. Diagnosis
He woke up with a diagnosis of an ischemic stroke paralysis of his left leg along with weakness of his left side.
Paul has had his blood tested in a VOC test twice now. His hexane level is through the roof, three times the human capacity to the chemical. Doctors have told Doom they don’t know how he’s alive. Cedars Sinai, a hospital in Los Angeles, pronounced him apneic three times. Several other hospitals have also pronounced him apneic, where a limited or no amount of oxygen has been supplied to his body. Doom has been to 19 hospitals and has seen 129 doctors and of those 129 only two have said “Something is wrong here, but I don’t know what”, meaning the doctors realizes that his sickness is not naturally occurring. The other 127 doctors have stayed quiet to not get caught up in litigation issues. Doctor’s have yelled at him for being too “needy” and several have told him his seizures aren’t epileptic but psychological and that he’s forcing himself to have them. “My seizures aren’t epileptic, but they’re chemically induced - they have a different origin [than in the brain].”
D. Today
Doom is on a homeopathic detox now. He doesn’t put his faith and hope into the doctors that are too afraid of BP and a lawsuit to acknowledge his pains. “It’s been a really long road and it’s nice to finally see the end of it” Doom stated to me in a phone interview.

IV. Lisa Nelson

[PP. Lisa Nelson] Lisa B. Nelson lived in Orange Beach, just one hour away from Pensacola beach. What happened to her goes like this “September 22, I went to the beach to see the harvest moon…[I] had a major attack when I got home…It felt like knives were sticking in [to my] throat and my throat closed up, ever since then I have not been able to talk. That’s been since the 22nd of September… [I’ve] been to [the] doctor 5 times…[and] Had enough Prednisone to kill a horse…I’ve had two shots…Four different kinds of antibiotics…And nothing is touching this at all…[Doctors] diagnosed [me with] mycoplasma pneumonia…Doctor said it was “going around”…I’m just trying to survive…” this was a direct quote from her. She died Monday, March 7, 2011.

V. Denise Rednour

[PP Denise Rednour] Denise Rednour lives two blocks from the water in Long Beach Mississippi. On June 28th within a week of the oil arriving she began feeling her eyes burn, this progressed into migraines, then to nausea and vomiting, and then to upper respiratory bronchitis-like problems. She tried Nyquil and took Aspirin but nothing worked. She began to have abdominal pains. She told me “it feels like someone is stabbing me with knives”. Mid-August she received a bruising rash around her stomach. Doctors told her that her red blood cells were being destroyed under her skin. Today she has MRSA on the backs of her thighs, arms folds, and hips, dizziness, headaches, confusion, blurred vision, depression, anxiety, heart palpitations and the stomach bruising. One occasion she said that she was just sitting down and her heart palpitated to 200 beats per minute. Rednour says she will experience heart palpitations frequently ranging from 190-200 bpms. When she walks by the water she feels light headed and irritation in the eyes, ears and throat. One occasion her feet were submerged in the water and she immediately turned to go home and soaked and scrubbed them in Epsom salt. Her feet turned red and blistered instantly.

B. Testing
Denise had her VOC tested in December and Volatile Solvent Profile is extremely high. All of the chemicals detected ranked in the 95th quintile which is over our body’s capable limit.  
C. Others involved
Her pets have suffered with her. Their symptoms are coughing, respiratory infections, watery eyes, and loss of hair. Her friend lived on the water and had to euthanize her dog because of all the infections starting in July. The autopsy for the dog showed a non-existent kidney and bladder that had been eaten away.
C. Detox
Today Denise is detoxing with the help of Dr. Will Spencer. She attended one of his webinars and got the information about the “Advanced Oxygen Therapy”. Some patients of this therapy have become extremely ill but she says she feels refreshed and cleansed. She bathes in the therapy and it helps with the skin lesions and MERSA. Rednour takes a GI cleanse and it helps her with the abdominal pains.

VI. James Miller or “Catfish”

Another Example of the oil spill devastation is James Miller Aka: Catfish. He is a shrimper and fisherman. He works 24/7, 365 days a year. People that know him call him a work machine. He helped BP clean up so he could start his business again.

A. Incident
After a few days of working, Catfish started having massive headaches, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Hospital said he had acid reflex and gave him steroid medicines to keep the symptoms down. After the sixtieth day BP fired him and Catfish felt weak in his muscles, he became clammy all over, began vomiting, and passed out. Doctors again called it acid reflex and added that it could be gastritis, or food poisoning. Ten days he stayed in the hospital saw thirteen doctors and passed out constantly. His third attack he threw up off and on for a period of ten days. He checked back into the hospital and stayed there for five days.
B. Diagnoses
Doctors told him his white and red blood cells were working against him, and that his bone marrow showed signs of cancer. A doctor finally said “I think you need to be detoxed”.
C. Detox
Dr. Cranium in Arizona had a phone conversation with him to get him the right detox medicine. The medicine consists of Vitamins and steroids. Catfish came home from that hospital visit still sick but found the detox on his porch and took it immediately. It has been twenty one days since then and he’s seeing progress now. 

VII. Children of the oil spills

[PP Children of the Spill] Children have been hospitalized due to breathing and respiration problems. There are cases of kidney infections and passing kidney stones. Kids are getting rashes and welts on their bodies.  One little boy was riding on a boat in the gulf and was in the center when a wave splashed up on his face, hours later he had a burn the size of a dime in the same spot. There are cases of staff and gaping wounds on feet from just stepping in oil. One man, Michael Boatright, dove in these coastal waters weekly from June to September, because the water looked fine, in September he began having dizziness, blurred vision, vertigo and palpitations. In October he began passing blood and having nosebleeds.


The examples and definitions I have given in this speech should have answered the questions what is in the water and what has happened due to this spill. My audiences should feel a little more educated on what is in the dispersants and water and what we are facing. Paul Doom and my other example cases help to make the facts relatable and the message significant to locals in Pensacola. The number people that have died due to the oil spill are unknown because there are not enough people being tested for VOCs in their blood. If people were being tested we would know the correlation between their blood and the oil and how they died. If someone that goes to the beach dies BP along with many other hospitals and medical groups will not make the connection because there is no evidence. There are many more victims and their stories of what happened to them when the oil attacked their immune system. All I ask of this class is to take precautions and educate yourselves and your families before entering our beaches. Know what is out there before more people are injured. Doctors are out there providing detox, but the public needs an awakening to this devastation before everyone needs the detox.


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