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Posted by NickD ( on April 09, 2001 at 10:09:53:

In Reply to: LOL....thanks for the much needed laugh Nick....(NT) posted by SonyaL on April 09, 2001 at 02:12:44:

and assumed your CH's started in a busy campground like here in Wisconsin, all wooded, with camp sited spaced about 30 feet apart with hundreds of camp fires going, many have a black cloud of smoke so thick, you can't see 2 feet in front of your face, after a rain, city folk used plastic pop bottles to start a camp fire, these burn red hot and do emit phosgene gas, and what you breathe (phosgene gas) gets in your blood stream, some get tired and turn in early, others swell up and get severe headaches, while even others get asthmatic attacks, even in low concentrations, most will die instantly and painfully if the concentrations exceed the 500 ppm level, but ill effects of one sort or another are caused by much lower concenstrations.

Ironically the very hospital that treats me is located exactly five blocks east of my home, had a huge incinerator and was burning tons of plastic at 2:00 AM every morning when the winds are light, woke up one night with a bad CH, drove north to a high hill and could see the trail of smoke with a light easterly wind and my whole neighborhood was covered with smoke. Furthermore, all my neighbor doctors knew about this, my one neuro called the administrator of the hospital and was told to shut up, the doctors were helpless. I was getting clusters, my kids were having asthma attacks as were some of the doctors kids.

Well, not working for the clinic, called the EPA and had it investigated, high concentrations of phosgene gas were detected and the EPA forced the hospital to install scrubbers, after this, no more asthma attacks in my kids and my headaches ceased drastically, my neighbor doctors shook my hand, so I wasn't joking, was quite serious, irriatation is yet another side effect of phosgene gas, neighborhood has been a lot more friendly with that source of pollution stopped. We also got a new hospital administrator, but that was just a coincidence, well maybe.

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