Stinky Feet…There is More Than One Reason to RUN!

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Have you ever smelled “stinky feet” on an airplane?  Before you ask the flight attendant to move you to another seat READ THIS!

Engine oil fumes can contaminate the cabin and flight deck air supply systems on  any commercial plane.  It is very important to limit your exposure because the fumes are highly toxic and can cause both acute and chronic health problems.

These toxic fumes don’t necessarily smell like oil.   Many people think they smell like “stinky feet” while others describe this toxic smell like “old cheese” or “wet dog”.  The important thing to remember is that these odors are not “normal” inside of an airplane and, although they are extremely toxic, the flight crew will not inform or warn you (for liability reasons).

Exposure to neurotoxins is serious business that leads to potentially serious neurological health problems.   Symptoms of neurotoxicity are often misdiagnosed because neurotoxic exposure is not understood, reported or considered in diagnostic testing.   Symptoms of exposure often “mimic” Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, dementia, depression and many more.

Here is how the Encyclopedia of Occupation Health & Safety defines a neurotoxin:

A neurotoxin is any substance capable of interfering with the normal function of nervous tissue, causing irreversible cellular damage and/or resulting in cellular death

A friend of mine has been a pilot for a major airline for many years and knows first hand the consequences of neurotoxic syndrome.  This Captain smelled the “stinky feet” and knew immediately what had taken place.  The plane was landed safely but my friend was so overcome by the toxins that a wheelchair was needed just to exit this pilot (and crew) off of the plane.  Fortunately my friend was aware of her exposure so after years of detoxing and natural remedies to remove toxins and repair damage this pilot is back in the air again.  Had mainstream medical been called in, the diagnosis would most likely have been MS.

This pilot still wonders (and worries) about the passengers on that flight and how many of them were stricken with a chronic “condition” with no knowledge of their toxic exposure.  Most were probably too busy complaining about “stinky feet”  to realize that they had just been poisoned.

If you are ever on a flight and you smell “stinky feet” make your own “stink” about it with the flight crew and RUN to report the problem.  The consequences are a whole lot bigger than being “offensive” and everyone exposed should be informed.

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Flyers Beware…Your Next Trip Could Be Deadly!

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From Aol News 1/28/13

Eight years ago, British Airways pilot Karen Lysakowska hung up her wings due to ill health. She begged management to look into the issue of fumes in the cockpit, which she felt may have made her sick. Lysakowska even considered legal action, but she developed cancer, reports the British paper, The Mirror, and gave up the crusade. Last week, she died.

That might have been the end of that saga. But another British Airways pilot, Richard Westgate, above, died last month, a year after grounding himself. And he advised his lawyers to sue the airline for violating health and safety guidelines. They say “aerotoxic syndrome” could be the “new asbestos.” 

The Aerotoxic Association, founded in 2007 by a group of airline workers who say that their careers ended prematurely because of the syndrome, claims that 30,000 airline pilots are currently grounded because of the condition.

And there have been several reports of passengers being affected too. On a Swedish flight a few years back, the pilot allegedly found the travelers in a “zombie-like condition,” reported The Independent, and a businesswoman who claimed that she breathed in noxious fumes during a flight between Washington D.C. and San Diego, said that once home she experienced respiratory irritation, shaking, insomnia and memory loss. The doctors called it a “mysterious illness.”

On most airplanes, the warm compressed air that both crew and passengers breathe comes straight from the jet engines, where it’s possible for oil to contaminate the supply. The leakage can create “a wet dog” or “sweet oily” smell, and even visible haze or smoke.

In a 2007 report, the U.K. Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food acknowledged that these “fume events” occur on one in every 100 flights, but The Aerotoxic Association says many aircraft experience this contamination every time they’re airborne. Exposure can lead to fatigue, blurred vision, shaking, vertigo, seizures, memory loss, headaches, dizziness, breathing difficulties, cognitive problems and respiratory failure.

“I see this as an impending tsunami for the airline industry — it has been hushed and ignored for so long,” Westgate’s lawyer, Frank Cannon, told The Mirror. He believes the airline is liable because it doesn’t monitor the air quality on its planes. But no airline does, The Mirror reports, since a government-backed 2011 study found that cabin air was safe.

A British Airways spokesman said that it would “be inappropriate for us to speculate on the causes of their deaths,” and that the airline was not aware of any legal claims.

Westgate’s family is currently awaiting the result of two autopsies.