Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
October 27, 2003

Pesticide Poisoning Inside the Home

Here is a good example of how and why the governments and big industry get away with anything they wish. They know that the average constituent they purport to protect can by and large, not hold them accountable. Hence they continue to damage our foods, environments etc. with no regard for long term impacts. Then turn around, yet again, and make us foot the bill to clean up their mess, without concern of if the damage can be undone or not.

..."Can we hope for progress? 34 months after being driven from our home, 12 government departments and 200 lawyers later, with evidence of causation and liability so complete and convincing that a top EPA health statistician the nation's expert on the epidemiology of Dursban poisoning declared the quality of our documentation to be "excellent," are we any closer to seeing justice served for ourselves and our son?

If justice is not done in our case, what hope is there for all the people injured by pesticides who don't know in detail who, what, when, where or how it happened? Who may not even realize their illnesses are due to pesticides? Public service employees won't help these people. Lawyers won't help these people. Who will help them?"...

As long as we, in general, continue the think that this is only a problem of those affected then we are as guilty as the officials who dup us. We need to organize at the grass roots level and force all officials accountable. The "Beehive Political Model" discussed at Friends of Freedom is a great way to get involved and do this.

Chris Gupta

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Pesticide Poisoning Inside the Home


On November 29, 1996, our family Joe Crozier, wife Yvette Maiangowi, and four-year-old son James moved into a home in Scottsdale, Arizona that we had bought the month before. We were healthy when we moved in, but over the next few months we all became sick with many serious ailments, including respiratory and neurological problems.

At first we thought these were caused by pollens, molds or dust, so we had the carpets and air ducts cleaned, replaced the old heating and air-conditioning equipment with a new air-source heat pump, installed a HEPA-type filter and UV light at the heat pump's intake (the light kills mold spores), and thoroughly cleaned the home, including disinfecting the walls and ceilings in the bedrooms and bathrooms. None of this worked; our symptoms worsened.

On May 20, 1997 Joe saw a medical doctor who specializes in environmental illness (EI). He diagnosed pesticide poisoning. He said we would find many small holes in the home's slab, through which someone had sprayed pesticides that were outgassing and poisoning us. We checked underneath the carpets and found about fifty unsealed 1/4-inch holes drilled through the concrete foundation, mostly in the master bedroom and James' bedroom.

During the next few weeks we removed the carpets, scrubbed down the floor, and started sealing the holes with premixed concrete. While doing this, our symptoms became so severe that on June 15, 1997 we were forced to evacuate the home. We never moved back.

Clinical evaluation and laboratory tests showed that chemicals had damaged our immune systems. We all had abnormally high blood levels of xylene, a neurotoxic solvent frequently used as an "inert" ingredient in pesticides. An environmental engineer found airborne Dursban, a neurotoxic pesticide. She also measured soil concentrations of Dursban, in two places near the bedrooms, 2.5 and 8.5 times the Arizona Administrative Code limits.

Arizona Structural Pest Control Commission records showed that on nine occasions from March 3, 1993 to November 2, 1995, a pesticide company hired by the previous owner sprayed more than 758 gallons of five different pesticides in the attic, in the walls, and under the foundation. This included 370 gallons of Dursban TC (termiticide concentrate). The previous owner's wife died in the home in March 1995.

Our doctor put us on a chemical detoxification program using nutritional supplements. On his recommendation we switched to organic foods to minimize further poisoning by pesticides. We tested allergic to numerous foods and inhalants, and started immunotherapy. We can only tolerate low-toxicity cleaning products in the apartment where we're living at present, and must operate air purifiers continually in the apartment and in Joe's car to stay symptom-free.

Despite all this, we're still not healthy. We've all developed sensitivities to many substances that never bothered us before, including perfume, conventional cleaning products, swimming-pool chlorine, phenol, formaldehyde, and the pesticides in widespread use throughout the Phoenix area. Our respiratory and neurological symptoms recur if we stray too much from our rotation-elimination diets. Progress has been slowest for James. Last year we were forced to conclude that his immune system was damaged so badly that he could never adapt well enough to the highly toxic Phoenix environment to recover. Yvette took him back to Canada in July 1999. His symptoms are somewhat reduced there, but he will need years of medical treatment and strict control of his living environment before he recovers fully, if ever.

No government agency federal, state, county, municipal has helped us. They all say they have no authority or jurisdiction in these matters. This situation has cost us many tens of thousands of dollars. Prolonged acute pesticide poisoning is associated with many long-term health problems, and the cost of coping with these is much higher still. In October 1998 a real estate appraiser told us the home is uninhabitable, worthless. Our savings ran out three months ago we're now bankrupt. And each month without medical treatment increases the probability that our immune system damage will be permanent.

Conclusions and Questions

The realtor committed a material breach of the purchase/sale contract. He failed to disclose to us that the home was so badly contaminated by pesticides that it was uninhabitable.

The pest control company committed the tort of negligence by spraying the home top-to-bottom with more than 758 gallons of highly neurotoxic chemicals, and failing to take prudent and reasonable precautions to prevent these poisons from contaminating the home's living spaces.

Because the aforementioned refused to take responsibility for injuring us, our family's health is devastated, our finances destroyed, our future opportunities and prospects grimly diminished, and our life together as a family disrupted beyond recognition.

For their failure to have justice served in this case, whether due to inability or apathy, we give almost all municipal, county, state, and federal officials with whom we've dealt, a grade of F.

For their total failure to have justice served in this case, despite clear, complete, and convincing evidence that the realtor and pest control company are guilty of injuring us, we give each person in the legal profession with whom we have dealt, a grade of F.

Each new home in central Arizona has 400 to 500 gallons of organophosphate pesticides under its foundation. Older homes had 150 to 250 gallons of persistent chlorinated pesticides initially sprayed under their foundations. These substances are extremely neurotoxic by design and immunotoxic in behavior in essence, they're chemically-engineered assassins.

A significant percentage of Arizona homes have defects such as cracks in their foundations that provide paths through which pesticide vapors can enter and contaminate living spaces.

A US Air Force study published in 1987 found that 7% of homes surveyed had dangerously high levels of chlordane, a chlorinated pesticide that remains neurotoxic for decades. Due to the widespread use in the last 12 years of organophosphate pesticides close relatives of the nerve gas poisons developed by the Nazis a similar study done today would almost certainly reveal an even higher percentage of homes poisoned with a mixture of toxic gases.

If as few as 10% of the homes in the Phoenix area are dangerously contaminated, that equals 100,000 homes; 100,000 poisoned children, many of whom may have suffered irreparable damage to their central nervous systems and immune systems by the time they start school.

Nationwide, millions of children are at high risk.

Convincing medical and epidemiological evidence links pesticide poisoning with long-term neurological illnesses such as depression, headaches, reduced concentration and decision- making abilities, visual disturbances, memory impairment, neurobehavioral effects; allergies and asthma; sensitivity to chemical odors previously tolerated; immune system diseases.

Better pest management methods exist have existed for decades. Compared with methods based on pesticides such as Dursban, these alternatives are as effective. Non-toxic. Cheaper.

Decontaminating the existing housing stock will be a daunting task. The problem worsens daily. To fail to immediately switch to safer pest control methods will not only impose major, unnecessary economic burdens on those who will live in our communities in the future, but also condemn uncounted children to needless suffering.

Can we hope for progress? 34 months after being driven from our home, 12 government departments and 200 lawyers later, with evidence of causation and liability so complete and convincing that a top EPA health statistician the nation's expert on the epidemiology of Dursban poisoning declared the quality of our documentation to be "excellent," are we any closer to seeing justice served for ourselves and our son?

If justice is not done in our case, what hope is there for all the people injured by pesticides who don't know in detail who, what, when, where or how it happened? Who may not even realize their illnesses are due to pesticides? Public service employees won't help these people. Lawyers won't help these people. Who will help them?

For more information, see Contact us at the addresss below. Please help us set a precedent. Help save millions of kids from the ordeals of pesticide poisoning.


Did you know:

• The same airborne poisons covered by the 1990 Clean Air Act outdoors are usually present at much higher levels inside the average American home.

• The law does not cover indoor air quality, even though Americans spend 95% of their time indoors.

• The government won't do anything to help people who are poisoned by pesticides in their homes.

Source: Everyday Exposure to Toxic Pollutants. Wayne R. Ott & John W. Roberts in Scientific American, Feb. 1998.

• The air in our home had Dursban (chlorpyrifos) at concentrations of 660 and 2,000 nanograms per m3.


posted by Chris Gupta on Monday October 27 2003
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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Readers' Comments

I am 56 years old.
I spent 20 years on and off on neuroleptic and antisychotic drugs.
My dad was injured biologically by the Jpanese in the South Pacific in 1944.
The punji sticks the Japanese used had chemicals on them besides urine.
The chemicals were ofAmerican , British and French origin.
They were kept on the Solomon and Philipene islands.
My dad walked into one of the punji sticks which were stuck in the ground at an angle.
The points of the sticks were positioned at the height of the average groin of the soldiers.
My dad had Malaria , among other injuries.
He was told to have a vasectomy.
The children he would father would be born mentally ill , physically ill , or both.
Death at birth was a possibility also.
He wouldn't have a vasectomy because he wanted children.
His mother picked cotton from Mississippi to Oklahoma.
He lived in a water tower used to water steam engines.
The tower was cracked and couldn't hold water anymore.
His brother by the same mother lived in the water tower also.
They were sent to live with an aunt in California in the middle 1930s.
They couldn't get along with the aunt that's why they lived in the water tower.
My dad went in the Marine Corp in 1940.
Late in 1940 ,or early 1941 he helped defeat the first German Division of World War II.
I am the youngest son.
My dad and mom were married and divorced in California.
My mother was born in Michigan and raised in Elkhart Indiana.
I have now lived in Elkhart 52 out of 56 years.
I won't go into my growing up time.
I found out that my dad's mother was half Cherokee Indian , and half Spanish.
I have what is called Wilson Syndrome.
Doctor Donald Joseph Michael is my hormone replacement theropist.
His wife told me he was Lebonese.
I think he is a German Jew.
His wife ,by whatching her face, indicated to me he is a jew.
He is a sychiatrist, neurologist , Hormone Replacement theropist, as I said before.
He cursed the doctors that tortured me on the drugs aforementioned.
I saw what appeared to be mottled tatoos on his lower forarms.
I think he was born a year or two before me.
The victoms of the holicost were known to tatoo babies after the war.
Delayed reaction syndrome.
You see I have been in some bad places.
I was put on a low dose of neuroleptic and antisychotic drugs in 1992.
The change of of dose caused my pernoia to increase.
I found termites in my crawlspace where a wall obstructed my view previously.
I was told by Martin Pet and Garden that there was no chemical on the market that could be used indoors.
Three weeks after being told this I had a paranoid episode and told my wife to get some poison for the infestation.
She bought the poison for outdoor use from Martin Pet and Garden.
the man asked her if the poison was going to be used outdoors or indoors.
My wife thought the crawlspace was outdoors so she told him outdoors.
When I read the tag on the bottle neck it said effectively replaces Chlorodane.
Ironically I used Cholorodane in 1972 to treat for centipedes.
I was told later centipedes eat termites.
Because the label on the neck of the bottle said affectively replaces Chlorodane I thought I could use it indoors.
Of course the bottle on the main label said use outdoors.
The problem with this poison is it gives me an addiction to solventized products.
Ot is it also caused by my mental disorders?
At any rate I used two or three times the normal dosage.
Would you believe my wife and noone else was bothered by this outgassing.
I went to a mental VA facility I had been to four times before because I couldn't hold a job.
I haven't worked in over wenty years ( August 19th 1985)
I raised my three kids during those years on Social Security.
The kids each got 100 dollars a month and my wife did also while she was working.
When they reached eighteen the checks stopped.
My wife had a bad vertebrae in her neck.
They removed it and replaced it , but not the disks.
She had to quit working and lost her 100 dollar check a month.
This happened in 1989.
In 1992 I was put on the less medicine, and about the same time we filed banckruptcy.
The bankruptcy attornes said in 35 years as an attorney he had never seen a person on mental disability pay off a bankruptcy.
We did it by 1994.
Remember I was exposd to the termite poison during that time.( first week of June 1993 I poured the poison.)
I contacted Dragon Chemical who supposedly held the patent for Dursban Chloropirofos in their mix.
I talked to Susan Crewey, one of their representatives.
Before I opened the bottle to uese the poison she said ," do not use the poison indoors, it isn't advisable."
I couldn't control my paranoia.
I called R.U.S.T. Incorporated in Virgina or North Carolina, as well as Aand L Laboratories in Fort Wayne Indiana.
They were trying to force Dragon and Dow to remove the product from the shelves back then.
One of the representatives got on the phone and was crying.
He sounded old enough to be my dad.
He begged me to get out of the house right now.
I finally put a six mil vapor barrior on the crawlspace area.
It didn't do much good.
I had already tracked it everywhere.
Including the tongon and groove yellow pine flooring in all the rooms.
You can figure out that it gets into the joints and can't be removed.
Needless to say I survived it.
Fortunately my life was in the tiolet before this happened.
Your family at was intact before your problem.
I had the poison control doctors Furbee and Judge check my blood.
This was years later, 2001.
Even when I sent a sample of the soil in the strongest area A and L Laboratories's sniffer couldn't read the outgassing.
they claimed these organophosphates are so volital that they can't be read sometimes.
I am supposedly hypersensitive to parts per billion or trillion.
I have talked to Susan Crewey again.
She reminded me of what happened in 1993.
when I remembered I cried.
I have contacted Dow Agri Science in Indianapolis in the last two weeks.
I also talked to Purdue Pesticide Department.
They had told me about ultraviolet rays of different wave lengths being about to degrade certain chemicals.
What I didn't tell you about me is I wasn't supposed to be married, work with my hands , or have children.
My fate is similar to my dad's.
I should have had a vasectomy also.
I blame the Veteran's Administration for my problems.
I was ignored by the feds and Dow , and three presidents also.
I called them Nazi baby killers and Roman jackasses to name a few.
I told Opra Winfrey if she has a calling and does nothing for people like me she is a black Nigger Nazi!
I haven't received a letter in two months since I wrote her.
I reminded her that I have lived in a half to three quarters black neightborhood.
I don't hate black people or hispanics.
I just tell it like it is.
I said if she doesn't help me she is the aforementioned person.
Another thing is I derived part of Einstein's formula and some new formulas never written by him.
I wrote these in 1987-1989.
I had a nervous breakdown because I'm not supposed to use my hands on a regular basis.
I threw away the formuls so I wouldn't write anymore.
I did repeat to myself through the years these verbal terms.
everything vibrates at different frequencies phases and polarities.
The Big Bang is infinite amounts of vibrational entities.
When the Big Bang occured it's expasion caused it to detune part of itself to the real state.( real andimaginary numbers explain this)
The rocks were first .
They are vibrating at different frequencies , amplitudes , phases and polarities.
These vibrations are constantly changing.
The rocks will eventually stop vibrating and cease to exist.
These changes of vibration tune other vibrational entities from the neutral state.
This process continues .
People were tune here this way.
The vibrations of the first people were procreational in nature.
The volcanic water with it's heavy metals in solutin first effected the light skinned people.
This is when we stopped being nomads.( only looking for water).
We started what tuning thoughts of things to do( these thoughts are from the neutral state.)
As you can see I am discrediting what you used to believe, or maybe not.
It means even the beings you worship(tune) are part of the Big Bang and did not make the Big Bang.
By now you want to throw the letter away.
The reason people hurt you is because you get each other high( a tuned event)while listening to the sound of words and music.
Religious words also.
You keep burning most people out on these words.( the words are in though vibration in the neutral state also).
you will people to get high by thought, you see.
It is everybody's fault we are in this situation.
Einstein was a German Jew.
My name Spellins is probably also.
My dad was railroaded for may reasons.
We tune with emotion and anything that isn't reasoning.
reasoning circuitry alone would have tuned us into nonexistance along time ago.
The volcanic water interrupted this quick way out.
You could have leviting cars with computers that tune an entire route from the neutral state.
This route could be taken without accident or other bad event.
there are an infinite amount of scenarios in the neutral state.
I could tell you what happens to you when they pronounce you dead.
You are still a vibrational entity when you are placed in the grave.
You can wake up from terrible dreams.
people have been known to crawl out of the ground from too many baddreams.
Aprocimately half of the people that are buried have dreams of one kind or another in the grave.
I have been writing this material since 1989.
You see I'm not too popular with most people.
If yo think someone is going to save you from these
things, it won't.
I might have been doomed befroe conception but so have at least half the people that ever lived and are living.
You will quit vibrating someday just like the Big Bang will.
I would suggest you get someone who can convert this speech to numerical formulas.
You will find out it is a good part of what Einstein wrote.
If you just read his formula, you won't get very far.
Your emotional areas of the brain will tune the wrong answers.
I will probably die from this exposure.
I did seem to interest Purdue pesticide chemists into saying they will give this information to advanced research people they know.
Dow Agri Science said the same thing.
Before they said that they said I was talking over their head.
How often do you here that from big business and the Roman government as I call them.
Nazism is a Roman pet project.
If you are a Cathelic or Protestant ( excluding United Penticost; they say the word wasn't son , being fathered by another, it was soen pronounced soo-an, ancient Hebrew for power).
Try learning their ways and you will find the word Jesus is more powerful for some people.
Remember your vibrations actively working in your mind depend on what words and music get you the highest.
If you think I'm joking just wait a little longer.
We should be attacked by the Arabs one more time ( one to two years).
They will hit the trains in the yards and trains in transit.
The tank cars have a silouette similar to airplane silouettes used to identify type of plane in war.
According to Einstein's formula half of the dark skinned people in this country operating businessed are terrorists.
Half the clouds in the sky are tuned by the changes of vibration of temperature and evaporation.
If you put fecal material on the ground on a hot day half the flies will appear and half will fly in from their real state locations.
you can't help me and I can't help you.
When you feel the throws of death think of nothing.
seeing a bright light means your mind will be very active.
The formaldihide they put in you doesn't garantee you won't wake up in the grave.
Find some eight to twelve year old children to help you derive Einstein's formula.
They use much mor of their reasoning before their reproductive hormones get in the way.

Posted by: Tom Spellins on October 6, 2005 01:54 PM


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