As most of you are aware our little community has been plagued by numerous illnesses. This problem became increasingly more apparent to me after the death of both my parents, who lived directly across the street from my home. It really made me take note of what has been happening to our little community, and it made me very curious to find out what is making so many of our citizens sick. I figure the first step to finding the solution to the question of what is making so many sick is to look at the common symptoms among those who have become ill. Some of us have suffered only mild symptoms, which range from headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, disorientation, confusion and in drastic cases, like my parents, death. The symptoms of those who have suffered are similar to those of the flu, but without the fever. Many of the victims of illness were not related; therefore, I am fairly certain it is not due to genetics. This led me to the conclusion that it is more than likely an environmental issue. And if it is environmental then there are many plausible causes. The first thought that came to my mind was carbon monoxide poisoning; but all the homes in the community were built with carbon monoxide detectors. Therefore, I was quick to rule out carbon monoxide poisoning, as one detector might be faulty but not the majority of them. There was the option of electricity based issues, but since there is no transfer station nearby this too was quickly ruled out. I brought in outside testers and had my home, my parent’s home, and several neighbors homes checked for radon poisoning. All tests came back negative. I then brought in additional independent testers to test the water source. Oddly enough, our water is among some of the purest in the state, since there are no industries within our community that ruled out industrial poisoning. Furthermore, I had soil samples taken and they also came back clean, which rules out agricultural contamination.... [continues]
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