I have personally been having health issues for the past 10 months. It only occurred to me the other day when I saw in Newsweek that the red tide had been a problem not just recently, but as it turned out, for exactly the same past 10 months.
I have had allergy-like issues in the past years with red tides living 1 mile from the beach in Naples, Florida, but not like this. This is the headache to top all headaches. Pain so excruciating I was up nightly for months on end in tears crying and taking showers at 3 am trying anything I could to dull it.
After being tested for everything under the sun and spending thousands of dollars on multiple doctors, they all found nothing. Their only answer is to keep medicating me.
I wrote to the CDC suspecting the brevetoxin and other toxins in the red tide. This is their response.
Dear Ms. Barendse:
Thank you for contacting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with your inquiry. We are sorry to hear that you have not felt well for such a long time.
On the Gulf Coast, there is an ongoing Florida red tide caused by the microscopic marine organism Karenia Brevis. Depending on the concentration of cells, the water can look red or brown, particularly from the air. Waves crashing on shore may look reddish or muddy. K Brevis produces a toxin called brevetoxin that can kill ocean wildlife, including fish and sea turtles.
People can be exposed to brevetoxins by eating contaminated seafood, swimming in the ocean during an ongoing Florida red tide bloom, or by inhaling aerosols when sea breezes blow onshore. When people eat shellfish contaminated with brevetoxin, they experience an illness called neurotoxic shellfish poisoning (NSP). NSP can cause gastrointestinal and neurologic symptoms, but people typically recover after a few days. There are very few cases of NSP reported because Florida has a very effective shellfish monitoring program to prevent the harvest and sale of contaminated shellfish.
Some people may experience an allergic reaction if they swim in waters with an ongoing Florida red tide. Brevetoxin can also become incorporated into sea breezes and cause respiratory irritation in people who are visiting the shoreline. We have also found an increase in emergency room visits for respiratory, gastrointestinal irritation as well as headaches.
Unfortunately, we do not have a test available to test for brevetoxins in people’s bodies. Also, there is no specific treatment for brevetoxin exposures, only supportive care to help with symptoms. We suggest that you limit your time outdoors, particularly when the sea breezes are blowing toward the shore. Because this bloom has lasted for so long, it would also be good to replace the filters in your home air handling systems.
We hope this information is helpful to you.
Division of Environmental Health Science and PracticeNational Center for Environmental HealthCenters for Disease Control and Jeremy Wenger
No, this is not helpful dear CDC, this is a huge problem for not just me but every resident in Florida. We are being poisoned. Yet, the Center for Disease Control does nothing. Politicians do nothing but misappropriate funds, and the news exclaims its safe to go to the beach, exposing even more people lying to residents and tourists.
This has to stop!
I am attempting to file a class action lawsuit against US Sugar, The CDC, and The Florida Government if at all possible. If you would like to join me and have been experiencing symptoms, please write to me. SarahBarendse@hushmail.com.
Wink News Investigated and found that they are doing nothing to test air quality… despite knowing airborne particles can have lasting neurological effects including Alzheimers.