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Could Corexit be coming up the Florida coast line?

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We all want to avoid confronting horror. The horror we are killing and putting an end to the life support systems of our very selves. The person who speaks of it gets scapegoated, ridiculed, as mad and called a hysteric. (notice the unconscious dig against the wisdom of women, the hysteric.) People refuse to let the idea of it draw near to their mind and emotion. It is as if the speaker is the problem and if he/she does not calm down they may need to be banished from the group. The speaker is the guilty one and not the perpetrators of the horror.

On January 14th at 2:00 the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brevard will risk community wrath and shaming. Susan Daniels will be our guest speaker. She is a mediator for the victims of the BP oil spill and BP's decision to use Corexit as the dispersant to hide the effects of the irresponsible business practices of BP and the negligence of our governments oversight. This is not just about information of some far off environmental crisis. If this is a horror, this is in your back yard. And we must ask how do I protect myself, my family, and children?

Could Corexit be coming up the Florida cost line? Corexit is the dispersant BP is using to hide the oil from the public eye. It is not the safest dispersant we have in our stockpile but Corexit manufacturer Nalco is good friends with the big oil companies. Now that corporations are people we can call them friends of one another. Environmental groups courageous enough to speak after decades of being labeled hysterics, inform the public that the chemicals contained in Corexit have , “5 chemicals are associated with cancer; 33 are associated with skin irritation from rashes to burns; 33 are linked to eye irritation; 11 are or are suspected of being potential respiratory toxins or irritants; 10 are suspected kidney toxins; 8 are suspected or known to be toxic to aquatic organisms; and 5 are suspected to have a moderate acute toxicity to fish.”

Further reports and stories, “Chemicals from the oil and dispersant are believed to be the cause of illness reported by people who live along the Gulf of Mexico. According to chemist Bob Naman, the addition of dispersants created an even more toxic substance when mixed with crude oil. According to Naman, poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are making people sick. PAHs contain compounds that have been identified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic. "The dispersants are being added to the water and are causing chemical compounds to become water soluble, which is then given off into the air, so it is coming down as rain, in addition to being in the water and beaches of these areas of the Gulf," Naman said, and added "I’m scared of what I'm finding. These cyclic compounds intermingle with the Corexit dispersant and generate other cyclic compounds that aren't good. This is an unprecedented environmental catastrophe." Dr. Riki Ott has been working with oil-spill related illness since the Exxon Valdez. She is working in the Gulf and says: "People are already dying from this… I’m dealing with three autopsies' right now. I don’t think we’ll have to wait years to see the effects like we did in Alaska, people are dropping dead now. I know two people who are down to 4.75 per cent of their lung capacity, their heart has enlarged to make up for that, and their esophagus is disintegrating, and one of them is a 16-year-old boy who went swimming in the Gulf."

One side says there are no problems, Corexit is completely safe another side says people are dropping dead. Susan Daniels is on the ground visiting with the people directly affected and has traveled numerous times to the areas directly impacted by this disaster. So we bring her here to speak to us so we may know the truth.

Rev. Gregory Wilson

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A progressive advice column must deal with at least two areas of life. One is the interaction of relationships, the every day moving about of families and couples, individual growth and the struggles we all go through as we pass through time. The second area is how culture, laws, religion, and social constructs affect our daily living. For example, “How do I deal with my Christian fundamentalist brother?” or “How do I introduce my family to my partner of four years knowing they supported Amendment Two?” Some of the issues we deal with are unique and I hope in this column our community finds a place to deal with that uniqueness. There have been moments in my life where a word, a comment from some one at the right time made a difference in how I saw a situation and the decisions I made. The older I become the more I realize the wisdom in listening. Decisions that seem important, or seem unimportant, can influence years of a persons life.

Dr. Gregory Wilson’s D. Min. is in Pastoral Psychotherapy

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