We are deeply concerned about those of you who have been exposed to toxic
chemicals, and may now suffer the effects.
Specifically, we are trying to locate anyone who suffered an acute exposure
or a prolonged exposure to the chemical THIRAM. This chemical is known by
many different names, and we will include as many as we have been able to
determine in this letter.
THIRAM has many uses and may be found in many industries, including and
prodominately in the rubber production industry, as well as in the
Agriculture industries. It is an excellerator for rubber production, and
is used in pesticides, funguscides, and as a seed treatment. THIRAM is
also used in small doses as a deterant for alcohol reabilitation.
Anyone who drinks alcohol while using the THIRAM treatment will have a
violent reac- tion, curbing the desire for any alcohol consumption.
The symptoms of an initial acute exposure to THIRAM includes headaches,
blurred vision, slurred speach, lathergic reactions, burning of the nose and
throat - especially due to an inhilation exposure - flushed skin, shortness of
breath, possible stomach pain, and cramps. Actually, the symptoms could
very well be similar to the effects of an alcohol intoxication.
This is only the beginning. The prolonged effects become far more severe.
After the initial acute exposure, the victim of this toxic chemical may
well begin to experience multiple symptoms, though they will not
occure imeadiately, and may in fact take months to appear. The first symptom
you may suffer, and which seems to begin immediately or within a few days
after exposure, are the headaches. The headache will remain, and
will never completely go away - quite severe at times, though mild at other
times. The next warning sign the victim may begin to notice will be a
feeling of weak- ness and fatigue. There will be an unexplainable lack of
energy, even with the simplest of tasks. Extreme temperatures may well
compund this weak-ness. This symptom will appear gradually, and may
not be noticably apparent for several weeks or even months after the
exposure. As the weakness and fatigue increas, other symptoms will begin
to compound the feeling of an illness. Many have mistaken the first few
symptoms of this disorder for the flu. Deep muscle aches and joint pain will
begin, become more severe with time. Gastrointestinal problems may begin,
also becoming severe. Chest pain, shortness of breath, sleep disorders,
along with night sweats, and a low grade fever will follow.
Many victims may well have undergone numerous medical exams, including C.A.T.
scans, M.R.I., E.K.G. Ultrasound, upper and lower G.I., not to mention
numerous blood tests. All to no avail. Some of you may even had a doctor
sugest that you seek professional psycological help. Others may even be
undergoing treatment for Arthritis, though these treatments will do little
to aliviate the painful symptoms of this disorder - Be aware, emotional
and mental stress will compound the symptoms of this syndrome.
The most distressing fact about this illness is that it is vertually
undetectable through conventional medical testing, and is not widely
recognized by most medical proffesionals. This disorder is known as
Fibromyalgia Syndrome, and it is very real. Only a trained Rhumetologist
familliar with the disorder may accurately and successfully diagnose this
disease. There is no known cure for Fibromyalgia, however, there is treatment
which will curb the pain and discomfort.
The chemical, THIRAM, is manufactured by many chemical companies around the
world, including the Bayer "Asprin" Corporation. Yes, that's right, Bayer. A
company which we have trusted with our health, and the health of our children
If you, or anyone you know are experiencing these symptoms, or have been
diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Syndrome, and have been exposed to or
suspect an exposure to THIRAM, please contact us immediately on our web sight,
or through our E Mail. For a list of the SYNS. and manufacturers trade
names for THIRAM, contact our web sight at http:// floydnet.com/pat
You may also wish to access additional data concerning THIRAM and its uses,
its toxic effects, and Hazardous materials regulations through the web.
Email pat at floydnet.com