Pilots. A species which still has a bit of glamour surrounding them. Handsome and dashing looking in their uniforms, they are world travellers, tanned jet setters, fancy hotel occupiers, well paid with lots of free time, always on holidays while doing what they love most: flying.
Nowadays we can read on a practically daily basis: Pilot incapacitated, pilots donned oxygen masks, pilots declare pan-pan-pan emergency, pilots diverted, emergency landing due to pilot suddenly sick, crew acting weird, crew collapsing, pilot and crew members carried off board brought to medical care, emergency room, pilots depressed, pilots fatigued. pilot dies inflight. Plane crashes. Investigations determine: pilot error. Pilot cannot defend himself, pilot is dead. Mayday, mayday, mayday,
Why ‚mayday’ , why distress in the cockpit? Way too often, due to sudden appearance of heated and burned oil / smoke, other toxic fumes or sickening chemical smells, filling the cockpit and cabin’s breathing air.
We can only survive three minutes - approximatly - without any oxygen. If the available oxygen is laced with neuro/toxins, the oxygen is reduced, it has no chance to neutralise the man-made synthetic chemicals. So perhaps the pilots can survive a bit longer, on low O2 while feeling spaced out, dizzy, with diminishing feeling in their limbs, incoherent thinking, not knowing what their next move is to be, with vision problems setting in ... only capable, somehow, of just about remembering the drill to grab their O2 masks as their survival instinct kicks in, gasping for clean air.
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As is increasingly the case, toxic fumes are known to cause severe medical emergencies and ensuing health issues, endangering the safety of unsuspecting passengers, not to mention the pilots and cabin crew.
Toxic fumes from the so called bleed-air system, from hydraulic oil fumes, kerosene fumes, pesticide spray mist, flame retardants fumes, de-iceing fluids seeping in, and more. Some of these compounds are listed amongst highly dangerous war-fare agents.
The industry does not like to acknowledge, never mind talk about the concoction of highly toxic fumes entering the cabin breathing air, which can happen while i.e. still standing on-blocks, then off–blocks and during taxi, followed by high–powered take-off thrust heating up engine oils, during which badly serviced or low quality seals and filters too often seem to be unable to do their job, instead, allowing highly toxic fumes to pass in to the breathing air and subsequently in to the lungs of the jet’s occupants. True to snake oil sellers mentality, the industry insists that this is completely harmless and all is well within legal limits.
If we are flying to one of those countries that demand a ‚desinsection’ of arriving jet’s cabins, the crew will spray, either before boarding or take-off in their country of departure, or upon decent before landing, a specially formulated toxic pesticide to kill any hiding bug which could endanger the safety of the entire country we are landing in.
Another highly toxic compound. It kills bugs, depending on the size or type either instantly or slowly. The products declare 'only' 2% active ingredient, but neglect to mention that included propellants like i.e. kerosene compounds (!) actually not only activate but also increase the toxic killing power of the 'active ingredient'.
When much talked about fume events occur, during which fumes can appear as smoke in the cabin, everybody is inhaling a fresh brew, blended from the ‚bleed-air’ containing the jet oil's neurotoxic agents, which is drawn in directly through the engines.
These various fume-concoctions collect and remain in the air within the circulation, stick to the interior aircraft surfaces and seat materials and can build up slowly but surely in the body tissue and fluids, especially of those flying frequently. They can cause severe damage to the central nervous system including the brain. (to be continued) ...
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When we came on board an aircraft, especially after it had arrived from a long-haul flight, most of us noticed a stuffy, weird, sometimes mouldy smell comparable to a wet dog, or sweaty sock smells as if a whole gym had been on board, and other unpleasant smells, such as vomit. We never knew what it was, wrinkled our noses, commented on it, and sometimes sprayed our own expensive perfumes to cover it up and just got on with our job.
In time I became aware that my uniform smelled awful after flights, so much so I couldn’t bear it! After each flight it had to be hand-washed. Dry cleaning had become impossible since I had noticed that the smell from the dry cleaners caused me sneezing and skin reactions. The horrible musty smell wasn’t removed by dry cleaning anyway; on the contrary, it seemed to increase it. I suddenly had a persistent ringing in my ears. Headaches had become my constant companion, which was unusual for me, and the wheezing and full blown asthma attacks, gasping for breath, were becoming more frequent; only easing when I had several days off between flights.
Allergies to all kinds of things began manifesting as the list grew longer and longer, accompanied in time not only by sneezing, red eyes and sinusitis, but nose bleeds and terribly itchy skin, balancproblems and dizziness. I was also developing a sensitive digestion, which was most annoying. I had always been proud of a digestion and stomach as ‘strong as a horse’s’, but that dramatically changed. The swollen ‘Boeing-baby-belly’ never ceased and certain foods caused severe IBS symptoms.
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This is a worth while petition for all aviators, pilots and cabin crew and passengers alike, to support, sign and share PLEASE!
Show your solidarity, your concern and your determination to help your colleagues!
The one and only consultation clinic for toxic fume victims in Germany must be kept in service!
Do you know that when you get off the plane in anticipation of your holiday, but feel dazed and have flu-like symptoms, such as headaches and nausea, you may have become a victim of contaminated cabin air?
As you can see from the media, hardly one day passes without reports about so-called "fume events" in passenger aircraft. Because of some serious health problems, hundreds of affected pilots, cabin crew members and passengers were looking for help at the Work&Environmental Medicine out-patient department of the University Medical Center Göttingen during 2016.
Since mid-2016 there had been an unexpected decline in the number of employees at the centre. Currently, the dedicated "Fume Event" office is manned only with one physician and her research assistant. As a result, the necessary examinations, consultations, writing of reports and follow-up care can only be guaranteed exclusively for patients who have been accepted so far and only with long waiting times.
With effect from 19.12.2016 no acutely affected patients can be accepted due to a resource bottleneck. As a result, the affected person will have the problem, in addition to the possible damage caused by "Fume Event“ exposure and the resulting health issues,
to not have an experienced location for consultations and examination in all of Germany!
PD Dr. Heutelbeck’s team has gained an unparalleled competence over years of research into possible poisoning by toxic cabin air and the illness-related consequences. If victims of contaminated cabin air poisoning are not taken care off within a certain time frame, their health issues can worsen drastically and increases the danger of them loosing their income, lively-hood and their jobs due to ‚loss of license’ (pilots) and loss of medical, first aid and emergency licensure (cabin crew) which results in a forced retirement on medical grounds. Plus as it is for affected passengers, the loss of their good health and ability to work due to nervous system injury and severe lung function problems.
Please support this petition for the sake of "Fume Event" victims and the continuation of professional consultations in the „Labor, Social and Environmental Medicine Outpatient Department“ of the University Medical Center in Göttingen.
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Aerotoxic syndrome is a phrase coined by scientists in 2000, to describe short- and long-term ill-health effects caused by breathing contaminated airliner cabin air. In instances that are becoming increasingly frequent, contaminants enter the cabin through the air-supply system. Oil leaks can be detected by pungent smells, described as 'wet dog' or 'smelly gym socks', and in more serious events, fumes fill the cabin.
Chemical sensors to detect contaminated air - instead of human noses - would alert pilots and crew to problems, allowing prompt preventive action. The toxicity and neurotoxic properties of organophosphates contained in the jet engine oils have been known about since before the Second World War. The toxins attack the central nervous system (including the brain). Anyone frequently flying is repeatedly exposed and is therefore especially at risk. Various governments and regulatory authorities have commissioned research, which, while admitting an association between contaminated cabin air and chronic health problems, have stopped short of admitting causation. The aviation industry has tended to use the latter set of research (despite its often dubious scientific quality) to deny the existence of the problem, while ignoring the evidence of the independent studies or victims' testimonies.
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When Toxins attack the Nerves
Having suffered a toxic injury during my career as an air-crew member and the fact that I am still suffering from various symptoms after inhaling toxic fumes onboard aircraft for years while flying for a major European airline, I have over time learned how to look after myself to improve my health and be able to, at least to a degree, enjoy life again.
Many victims contact me and I way too often see how people struggle with the same health issues and are not finding adequate help, worse, are being ridiculed as hypochondriacs, and some even report having been threatened that they would loose their jobs. Or, if they are being helped they are paying astronomical prices for therapies, often without having relevant tests done beforehand.
My first advise is: spend the money on valid blood tests and other useful analysis methods that will give you proof and evidence of neurotoxic injury. Go to reputable, knowledgable experts. After that, you can, with a little initiative, do a whole lot for yourself without spending a lot of money. The money you save which you would have spent for the professional's fee before even receiving and therapy or having to buy their usually very expensive products, you can spend for healthy foods and therapies and supplements you can get elsewhere at more affordable prices.
But first some information.
During and after flights you have symptoms and are not feeling well, you are even in pain - but your physician can not find a reason?
You could be suffering from a form of environmental health issue similar to sick-building-syndrome: a poisoning from chemicals and toxins. If you have been on a flight or as a frequent flyer on several flights recently or regularly as crew, you could be suffering after inhaling contaminated cabin air. from following symptoms:
All of these symptoms or some of them, can lead to (biomonitoring) findings of organophosphate poisoning. Organophosphates (OP) are neurotoxic agents contained in i.e. jet-engine oils, kerosine fumes, insecticides (spraying on board to certain destinations and residual spraying), hydraulic oils, flame retardants etc.
Crew and passengers, especially frequent flyers are constantly in danger of accumulating, through inhalation and with each breath a new dose, a slowly but surely lethal dose of these neurotoxins in their system , which will deposit itself in the fatty tissue (such as the brain, pancreas etc) . This will lead to constant uncomfortable symptoms and ill-health.
For this to happen one does not need to be exposed to a so called or visible 'fume event' , during which you can see smoke-similar fumes in the cabin; but by regular flying over a longer period of time you will be inhaling with each breathe you take many doses of so called low level chemical 'smells' which are often described as 'old, dirty socks' or 'wet dog' smells but also can smell 'electric' or not at all, all of which actually contain these neurotoxic agents.
After becoming unfit to fly and being medically 'retired' Bearnairdine became involved in scientific research for the campaign 'improve the quality of aircraft cabin air' and the helping of victims to understand their ill-health; coming from a medical background she is also a health consultant & educator with over 25 years professional and personal experience ; she is a published author of three books in two languages and the founder of the " AEROTOXIC TEAM" and 'Global Aerotoxicteam', educational website and socialmedia pages. She not only became unfit to fly, but also unable to work in her former profession due to her severe central nervous system injury; she receives a small disabilty allowance and is still fighting to receive her workplace related ill-health pension. She lives in a beautiful, but secluded area of the Swiss alps and continues to support the aerotoxic campaign via computer and telephone. She is available for media inquiries.
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