Camp Lejeune Contamination Intro

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If you haven’t viewed Possible Problem or Is it Fixable, I would recommend you start there first.  It will make the bottom of this page more understandable.

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In a Nutshell

If our military ever had a nasty skeleton to hide in the closet, it would definitely be Camp Lejeune. (August 1953-December 1987)  But as with all things, your sin will be found out.  

“From the 1950s until at least 1985, the drinking water was contaminated with toxic chemicals at levels 240 to 3400 times higher than what is permitted by safety standards.”  Freshwater, Lori Lou. “What Happened at Camp Lejeune.” psmag, Grist, 21 August 2018, https://psmag.com/environment/what-happened-at-camp-lejeune.

This author also stated this in her article. 

“Camp Lejeune has been characterized as a candidate for the worst water contamination case in U.S. history—and I am one of up to a million people who were poisoned.”

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I’m not going to take on the role of Whistle Blower here. The Whistle has obviously already been blown.  I’m not going to try to understand why or how it happened.  It just happened.  Evidently it was concealed at that.  Disappointing. 

I encourage you to read Lori Lou Freshwater’s article.  She does a wonderful job explaining what happened.  In summary, it was a three fold contamination between improper disposal of chemicals of a dry cleaning store, jet fuel tank leakage, and a buried pit discovered containing strontium-90 and dog carcasses

The confirmed list of ailments from the poisoning:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female infertility
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma
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Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Benzene: a confirmed cause of cancer

Maximum SAFE contaminant level for benzene = 0 parts per billion

Some areas at Camp Lejeune = 380 parts per billion!

How could toxins THAT HIGH
not effect the body in more ways?

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Personal Ramifications

When I found out about this poisoning, I just wanted to do something to fix what I could.  If it could even be fixed.  Fix my siblings.  Fix my nephews.  Fix my kids.  Fix me. 

If in DOUBT don't count it out.

We don’t know what we don’t know. 

Did Camp Lejeune water have something to do with…

  • My mom’s stroke and cancer? 
  • My dad’s pacemaker, cancer, and aneurism? 
  • My two nephews getting brain tumors?
  • My sisters’ cancers?
  • My current health problems with my pituitary gland and nervous system? 
  • My son growing very slowly? 
  • Several family members being on the autism spectrum? 
  • My big pink birthmark on my foot? 

My oldest sister, bless her heart,  always trying to protect us all, jumped in with both feet trying to find out as much information as she could for all her younger siblings.  I so appreciate all the information she passed on to me.  She had to search for physical records proving she lived there.  She lived there a long time ago.  She was only four at the time.  It was no small task.  She had a hard go at it.  

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After hearing how difficult it was for her to prove she was there,  I, on the other hand, decided not to try.  Before I was even conceived, my family had lived there for three years.  When they moved to my father’s next duty assignment, they had just found out my mom was pregnant with me.  For how difficult it was for my sister to prove she was there, I figured it would be impossible for me to do the same. 

Proof or no proof, the health problems were still there.  Showing whether we were there or not didn’t make these issues go away.  Proving we were there didn’t mean fixing it.  Nor did it make the medical bills go away.  

What it did mean was being placed in the data base.  It meant possible financial assistance for certain conditions within certain time frames.  And only if you were classified as a certain type of person.  If you were a civilian worker on base, and every base has more than you would expect, you did not qualify.  Not qualifying did not mean not being effected. (Sorry about all the negatives.)

This hole is impossible to fill.

  • Nothing can give back someone their lost loved ones, their lost health, their children’s lost health.  And for some, their children’s lost lives.
  • Not to mention the financial burden that always seems to accompany long term health challenges.

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

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Recovery Mode

I found out about this water poisoning when my sister died of brain cancer.  Both of my parents had also already died.  I had been in very poor health for several years. I had already been doing “my thing”(A.F.T.E.R.™)  for awhile.  I had already lived two years past my expiration date.  

This devastating news made me  want to give up.  Strontium-90!! Really?! Benzene? And the list goes on. 

Why keep trying?

What I was doing just got A LOT more difficult. 

I hadn’t totally figured out yet why on earth what I was doing was working or necessary.  But, as I looked at my kids, and as I talked to my sister on the phone, I needed to press on and figure this out for them.  My oldest sister had fought her round with cancer and won.  She still has the doctor bills and permanent loss of many lymph nodes to show for it.  I pray it is the only time she will ever have to go down that road. 

My second oldest sister was not as lucky.  She won the first round against female cancer, but lost the second round to lung cancer in the brain. (I know, neither of those cancers are on the list, but come on…)

Camp Lejeune 

List of known contaminates

  • perchloroethylene (dry cleaning)
  • tetrachloroethylene (dry cleaning fluid)
  • triochloroethylene (industrial solvent)
  • benzene (petroleum: carcinogenic)
  • vinyl chloride (plastic: carcinogenic)
  • chlorinated hydrocarbons (insecticide)
  • strontium-90 (radiation)

When I did A.F.T.E.R.™, I also needed to include the following:

  • copper > possibly from the water pipes
  • cobalt > possibly from the jet fuel mentioned in articles about Camp Lejeune
  • concrete > Freshwater’s article helped me here. I never would have figured that one out.
  • dog > the same reason as concrete (the strontium 90 pit that was found)
  • gelatin > because of vinyl chloride (When you understand A.F.T.E.R.™, this will make sense to you since both are polymers.)
  • these were the other main substances, but I did need to consider EVERYTHING that water would come into contact with.

Yep, that much stuff! Ugh!!

It caused me to fall back on my haunches and look around.  I sulked, licked my hypothetical wounds, and sat back up and kept going.  Yes, sometimes life isn’t fair.  So what.  I couldn’t figure it out in time for my parents, Jodie or Riley.  I did choose to be thankful though.  I now at least had a list I could reference to work through.

A list of ALL those energy fields that needed tackled.  All those things my body needed to be reprogrammed for. (Mis-Information)  No wonder it was taking so long.  But, I was winning.  I was moving forward. 

man sitting on the ground thinking
I was going to figure this out,
I hope.

If you want a summary of A.F.T.E.R.™, look at How It Works.

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Resources for Camp Lejeune:

She does an amazing job summarizing it.

<“What Happened at Camp Lejeune.”>  Freshwater, Lori Lou. “What Happened at Camp Lejeune.” psmag, Grist, 21 August 2018, https://psmag.com/environment/what-happened-at-camp-lejeune.

Here is an encouragement article about fighting for benefits from this poisoning. 

<”A Personal Story: Survivor Benefits for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims.”>  https://www.moaa.org/content/benefits-and-discounts/pay-and-benefits/survivor-issues/Survivor-Benefits-for-Camp-Lejeune-Water-Contamination-Victims/

You can also check out these websites.

Contaminated Water Supplies at Camp Lejeune: Assessing Potential Health Effects


Camp Lejeune water contamination health issues


Cyndi Whatif
Cyndi Whatif

I am a patient turned author and guide. I share my hypothesis of an overlooked complementary body system which I believe determines whether or not a person has the opportunity to be well.

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