More Brain Tumors Now-a-days?
The CDC just started
tracking brain tumors in 1977.
I think they would be more frequent, even though in some cases it can
take upwards of 50 years for them to develop?
I had a cousin who had a brain tumor removed some years back. Didn't
know anything about them then; however, in the last couple of years I
have been hearing more about people having them & a couple of
people in recent months in our small town in Alaska have died of brain
tumors. Or had brain tumors.
I personally think it is because of the use of more and more
2-butoxyethanol since the 1930s. If this chemical is the root cause,
parents would have the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The fatigue that this
chemical causes is hemolytic anemia (which I suspect is autoimmune)
The World Health Organization says that children of those harmed by
ethylene glycol monobutyl ether type chemicals are more at risk for
leukemia and tumors of the brain. So are we seeing that now?
At Thanksgiving we had a young woman come down
with Cushing's Syndrome and she also had 2 brain tumors: one on her
pituitary; one behind her eye. She was medivaced to Seattle to have
them surgically removed. There are 2 other people in our town who have
had brain tumors removed & they are still alive, too. Jan,
05 she reported that the doctors surgically removed 'pituitary tumors'
and that these were VERY COMMON and that Harborview Medical Center in
Seattle did this surgery ALL THE TIME. Two others in our town
came to her since her surgery & told her they had the same type.
We have a park named after Barney Meyring who died of brain cancer. I
heard he was a young man; it was after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil
spill, so I wonder whether he had some exposure there? He was a first
responder with his company, that I know. Lois died of melanoma brain
cancer a couple of years ago... a very sweet, older woman that I knew.
I wish she was still alive today. Her close friend told me that
it was a melanoma brain tumor.
Howard was not that old when he died last month. He first had lung
cancer; ended up dying from brain cancer. A family member said he had
tumors throughout his body. I know there are people who think it was
because he smoked, and it just spread, you know. I think it was
because he was a mechanic who worked with break fluid, and other
cleaner/degreasers ... and it was from exposure to 2-butoxyethanol
That would make more sense.
List of affected organs/systems ... per
research of EGBE -
Hearing, too -
There are multiple cancers that 2-butoxyethanol can cause. Which one
shows up first is sort of irrelevant. It is attacking multiple body
systems at the same time. The USA hasn't studied this, but maybe they
Sue died end of Sept, 2005. I notice the pattern
of this chemical's harm with her. First cancer she had was rectal skin
cancer. (As a child she had horrible headaches; her mom died of kidney
caner) Her death certificate will say she died of
cancer. However, she had brain tumors at the time of death
and prior to that a thyroid ailment with resultant kidney stones. When
her oncologist was checking her out that month, I said, "Sue, ask
your doctor to test for whether or not you have too many immature red
blood cells." He did and she did have too many that were
immature. His comment, "Well, what do we do with this
information?" I asked her to have the doctor look back and see if
there was trace blood in urine, but she died before we found out if
another clue of 2-butoxyethanol poisoning were there www.valdezlink.com/psa.htm
This is Thelma's story. . . a sweet, wonderful person in IL whom I had
the privilege of meeting. Thelma died of the brain tumor that was the
size of a golf ball.
I personally believe that 2-butoxyethanol and diethylene glycol
monobutyl ether chemicals www.valdezlink.com/same.htm
are the most probable cause of 'gulf war syndrome' and that the
civilian name for it should be CFS or CFIDS www.valdezlink.com/cfid_share.htm
These are considered neurotoxins, solvents, pesticides & poisons.
They were exposures for the gulf war syndrome vets ... They are
exposures for our troops today. And also for moms for mechanics for
This chemical doesn't get blamed for much of any health ailment. But
if you ask me, it is the root cause of a whole lot; and its harm is so
rampant as to affect almost everyone. Dear
Why did I study this
does 2-butoxyethanol do?
work Dear Maggie
I always wondered what happened to
the crews in Valdez. I knew that many would be ill and then abandoned.
I too have spent a lot of time investigating chemicals and their
health effects due to exposure illness.
As you have already seen, the doctors do not know much on this topic.
And I am afraid that what they do know is tainted by political bias
inserted by those fearing liability. A doctor who pursues chemically
induced illnesses will see an end to his/her career. Are you up on all
that? For example, when Boeing workers were poisoned by a chemical
used in manufacturing, Boeing threatened (the governor) that they
would take their operations to another state if the illnesses were
recognized and compensated. They are in the company of most other
corporations - especially the oil companies.
There are some reputable doctors who are doing some good work. For
example, Dr. William Meggs at Duke University has found that the tight
junctions in the nose weaken and allow chemicals to pass into the
olfactory bulb which sits at the center of the brain. He proposes that
a combination of chemicals can cause the initial irritation that
starts this process.
There are some doctors working to gain recognition of the fact that
many of our common illnesses are actually caused by exposure to
I have been interested in the chemical called bis chloromethyl ether (BCME)
as it is created when formaldehyde and chlorine mixes in acidic air.
It is the most carcinogenic chemical known.
Are you familiar with the National Institutes of Environmental Health
Check out Environmental Health Perspectives, their archives are free
We all have to stay on this issue - humankind is in big trouble.
Thank you for
sharing. You have some helps that I shall look into.
When you said, "I always wondered what happened to the crews in
Valdez. I knew that many would be ill and then abandoned." You
are so right and it brought a sadness to my heart that I have not been
thinking about recently.
You may find some things that I share on this thread of interest:
Prevent Harm - Oil Spill Workers and here is some information I gathered
after talking to some of the workers valdezlink.com/evos/workers_etc.htm
Someone started a thread of interest along these lines & my
There is a book which has just come out that you might be interested
in. Dr. Riki Ott as a biologist and also someone who knew many workers
... has put a more thorough, yet fair look at these realities.
Migraine, CFIDS, diabetes, headache causing chemical & EVOS
Thank you for your thanks. I have spent a lot of time on this the past
2 1/2 years; someone said, that was why the picture of this chemical's
harm was coming together for me. www.valdezlink.com/generic.htm
There is a clarification I need to make about exposure, though:
I believe you can be born into life with some of this 'allowable'
chemical exposure; you can get your own exposures throughout your
life; and you can be exposed indirectly. The second hand solvent
exposure of 2-butoxyethanol is, in my opinion, very serious. Even
babies can be exposed as the solvent is expelled in one's breath and
the worst route of exposure is most likely into the eye membranes of
another. Maybe SIDS is the body systems shutting down; and then baby
stops breathing? An exposure will often look like the 'flu' BUT, it is
NOT the flu
There's another thread shared by Ollie on the Hazards of a Building
Operations Engineer's job entitled ISO 14001:
You have done some good research. So sad about the Boeing health
issues & how it was dealt with.
| Thanks for the info
I will pass it along to others who
like me have chemical sensitivity (which is like GWS and CFS).
Your links have good information. I live in Washington and oil spills
are not uncommon here.
I hope to see more of your posts. I once asked the administrators on
DU if we could have a category for environment and health because that
connection is not usually made until it is too late. People also tend
to think of environment as the trees, water and soil.
Anyway - they did not agree that it needed a new category but somehow
people just have to start thinking in these terms.
Anyway - thanks for the info. KT2000
are so Welcome!
have had gulf war vets pass it on, too. However, I find that for the
most part after 13 years everyone in that group has their own focus
and they do not believe me. Doesn't matter that this 2-butoxyethanol
and the complex version are clearly on the list that came out in Feb,
03: one of the Congressionally mandated books, this one on 'Solvents
and Pesticides' the gulf war troops were exposed to. I posted 12/03 -
4/04 on gulfwarvets.com as 'Mother Margaret' until the main moderator
said, "No, more; she was tired of hearing about how this chemical
was such a perfect match" My overview www.valdezlink.com/gwv/1-5.htm
About December, 03 was when this lady found it for me 'on the list'
I don't think I would have EVER looked in their direction, except that
March, 03 we had a new renter spouting off about how 'the gulf war
syndrome' vets didn't trust the USA govt and that 150,000 had
registered with the American Legion and that they were perplexed as to
how the spouses and the children born before their deployment had also
come down with 'the symptoms' www.valdezlink.com/gwv/wondering.htm
First thing I did was to look up these symptoms. Symptoms of Gulf War
(according to the American Legion):
Signs and symptoms involving skin (including skin rashes and unusual
Neurological signs or symptoms (nervous system disorders which could
manifest themselves in numbness in one's arms or legs, for instance)
Neuropsychological signs or symptoms (including memory loss)
Signs or symptoms involving upper or lower respiratory system
Gastrointestinal signs or symptoms (including recurrent diarrhea and
Cardiovascular signs or symptoms
My immediate response, "I RECOGNIZE THESE SYMPTOMS"
Then I started comparing how they cleaned up their oil spill at the
end of the war. AND I did find some similarities. I sure wish I could
find out something about THIS experiment:
"A small Texas company Alpha 30 Environmental had come from
Austin to cleanse Saudi wetlands with its oil-eating microbes and a
special biocatalyst to stimulate them. The Research Institute of King
Fahd University set up experiments to test the technology and its
after effects. Alpha was optimistic that it would soon win a test of
its technology on a Saudi beach." This company seems to be
Our EVOS experiment www.valdezlink.com/inipol/pages/experiment.htm
and an overview www.valdezlink.com/1989photos.htm
see, Exxon didn't want ANYONE taking pictures,
I thought I'd help out and repost those that I found.
There was a new discussion forum that started up this year &
me to join. That was on May 9, 2004 - Mother's Day. As time when on they allowed
another category - HEALTH which has taken off
Now I am hoping to get this information into the hands of doctors. As
when there are too many immature red blood cells, this chemical goes
unnoticed and other medical information as to the white blood cells
and the liver, etc don't read right. I think it must fool even the CBC.
Doctors think these are OK and they don't recognize the overall
pattern of this chemical's harm, so is it any wonder that it gets by
with hurting so many people. No one should give up their life &
quality of life because they were hard working and took a job one day.
OSHA has recently looked into these, but I don't know what they
concluded. How could they tell? www.valdezlink.com/inipol/pages/comments.htm
They were probably looking at the high rate of prostate cancers or
something, but my theory is that the proof of the harm of this
chemical is the blood damage ... regardless of the odd assortment of
symptoms that pile on top of it. Dear
sign? haven't heard of this ... someone says
|a sign - but
one of the last ones (unless
you get a lot of your own exposures?)
I would say that the first thing
people notice who are affected by 2-butoxyethanol is that they have a
horrible fatigue set in that no sleep relieves and that doctors seem
unable to pinpoint. That actually is part of the definition of Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome, too, by the way www.valdezlink.com/cfid_share.htm
One EVOS worker shared that for him it settled in 4 months after a
serious exposure. (Doesn't it take 4 months to make a new red blood
cell supply?) He was a bioremediation worker & the co was taking
his blood. So I think it was an experiment on people, not just the
environment. He told me that they took his blood a second time but
this time with thick tubbed needles so as to not destroy whatever it
was they were looking for. He was 18 and went on to college and is a
true success story, except that his health is failing.
AND other people will notice how grouchy
and 'fly off the handle all the time over nothing' you've become.
(That is part of the central nervous system damage of this chemical)
and more parts are sleep difficulties, CNS depression, suicidal
tendencies, difficulty concentrating and short term memory loss.
By the way, the suicide rate is higher than expected in our current
war, per articles brought forward by the gulf war vets of 90-91
(something like 21 instead of 16 per 100,000?)
I would also like to know if this
chemical is added to jet fuel valdezlink.com/jp4.htm
Some of the warnings look the same, like its causing 'defatted skin' A
military man who came down with the 'gulf war syndrome' symptoms in
1985 said he kept going back to the jet fuel & he asked me what I
thought. I never had given it a thought, until he brought it forward
If so, it's no wonder that sperm count and viability is decreasing in
our nation valdezlink.com/sperm_count.htm
I would like to know whether this or 2-2-butoxyethanol is in gun
Such as had to be the case for Indiana 'gulf war syndrome' vet, Chad valdezlink.com/gwv/chad.htm
Please don't let your teen take accutane, either, because it has a
butylated inert ingredient. The warnings on accutane remind me of what
2-butoxyethanol does. www.valdezlink.com/inipol/pages/accutane_warnings.htm
AND that could mean reproductive harm in the future ... not just
during exposure time. 2-butoxyethanol is a teratogen www.valdezlink.com/pages/teratogens.htm
Oh yes, and you will be TIRED,
TIRED, TIRED! TIRED!
TIRED! TIRED! - even dogs get this kind of anemia
of being Tired?
My focus has been to recognize this chemical's pattern of harm ... to
help doctors consider it - for an accurate diagnosis and not having people take
tests that are expensive and painful, if they're not absolutely
necessary. That maybe we could Lobby Congress to eliminate this
chemical from harming anyone else AND spend our efforts on finding a
cure. These would likely have a weakened immune system and we are
expecting a pandemic flu epidemic? I am concerned for these.
December 30, 2004
lived in Valdez, Alaska since 1982 until retirement
spoke to his daughter 11-9-05, and he died May, 2005
was 66 years old
Family reports Art has died
Cochran dies of inoperable brain tumor
US Senator Arlen Specter had a
brain tumor - Now a Hodgkin's Lymphoma *
Brouhard's Headache turned out to be a Benign Brain Tumor Anchorage,
11-year-old boy dies January
Fatigue? Blood in
Urine? A probable cause & how to find it