Red tide strikes Florida's Treasure Coast

Full story: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

If you plan on going to the beach on portions of the Treasure Coast this week, don't plan to stay long.
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Tom

Pompano Beach, FL

#1 Dec 27, 2007
Today's NBC TV news shows a dead baby porpoise on a Treasure Coast Beach. Your story did not mention that Red Tide can be fatal to sea mammals. Dozens were killed by a red tide outbreak in the Florida panhandle a few years ago. Also, it can be fatal to sea turtles and manatees, as evidenced by hundreds of such deaths on Florida's west coast in the past few years.

Another pertinent fact is that the frequency and severity of Red Tide outbreaks are on the increase in Florida.

According to the state, human exposure is helped by "simply moving away from the ocean", but no one has done any studies that I know of that show what happens to humans if they are kept in the area of the airborne toxins. Sea mammals cannot move out of the area, and they are killed by eating fish that have red tide toxin in their systems.

Red Tide eats harmful materials that we introduce into the ocean via sewage disposal. Sources of that sewage include passing cruise ships, septic tanks and fertilizer that pollute outgoing tide, and the "elephant in the living room" that no one talks about: pumping our sewage underground, where it easily moves under our barrier islands, into the ocean.

In south Florida, we now have 300 injection wells for partially treated sewage and over one Billion gallons per day injected. That amounts to three CUBIC MILES of sewage, injected into our local aquifers every year......
redtidetoxinaler t

Dothan, AL

#2 Feb 15, 2008
Red tide toxin is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS to humans!
Case in point:
An otherwise healthy senior woman (from another state) went to Panama City Beach, Florida in October. Unbeknownst to her, there was a significant outbreak of red tide at the time. She had a bit of a cough prior to coming to the beach but was not on medication or receiving any treatment for it.
Within several days, she began to cough constantly. She and her husband couldn't even go on the balcony without coughing. One day she took a deep breath through her mouth. When she did, something went deep into her lungs burning them all the way down! She had an immediate reaction with very tight chest and uncontrollable coughing. She coughed up BLOOD! She became congested with mucus interfering with her breathing. She struggled with little relief.
After an x-ray showed "an infection," she was given Levaquin. No change upon x-ray. CT scan revealed a MASS in her right lung and pericardial effusion! She went on to have other tests. She ended up in the emergency room and after being admitted, ONE LITER of fluid was drained from around her heart! She almost died then.
Forward to now, inoperable mass in the right lung. Chemo needed. Constant cough finally under control with round-the-clock medication. Body weakened, immune system further weakened...time running out!
RED TIDE does more than give you a runny nose and cough! Do NOT believe it when you read the affect on humans is insignificant! Can red tide unmask a tumor? Can it cause a tumor to grow rapidly? Can it lower the immune system so that fighting cancer is impossible? Can it send a woman with no known health issues into a TAIL SPIN downward and into a fight for her life????
YES!...say her family members! We've watched it happen right before our eyes! Red tide is potentially LETHAL to humans!
Why isn't more being done? What is the REAL reason for the "hush-hush" about red tide along Florida's coastline? Whose interests are more important...the business sect or the Florida visitors????
Let's put it this way....NO one wants to properly record what has happened in this case! Most want to suggest that it just can't happen this way. Believe it...it DID happen and its not over yet!
Contact me with your RED TIDE health issues ASAP. I want to speak to all victims of red tide toxin. Your voice must be heard loudly and clearly!
redtidetoxinalert@cox.net
Red Tide Toxin Victims Unite

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