Archive for March, 2009

Jet Fuel Germs, Clouds, and Bees – A Potpourri

In my last post titled “Could Morgellons be an Ongoing Chemical Reaction in our Bodies?” I spoke a little about jet fuel and how 100% octane jet fuel contains approximately 14% Toluene by weight. But what I didn’t know about was something called Biocides that are used in jet fuel to kill bacteria, yeast, and fungi. Now, I shouldn’t really be surprised after all of this research I’ve been doing lately.  If you’ve been reading along then you know about Pseudomonas Putida (the very versatile oil eating bacteria capable of all kinds of things) and so on but I never though that such things growing in the tanks and fuel lines of jets would be a real problem, but it appears that it is. I’m not sure this is of any significance but thought I would post about it just in case. This idea of germs in jet fuel was given to me by Clark, thanks Clark !

Twenty-seven (27) individual species of bugs can occur in diesel fuel

Now, diesel fuel is not jet fuel but I thought this list of “things” that can grow in it is interesting. This information can be found HERE.

Bacteria utilize hydrocarbons and reproduce ‘asexually’ by binary fission; swelling in size as they feed, they then separate into two cells. In this way microbes double their numbers every 20 minutes, one spore becomes 262,144 in 6 hours.  Typical bacteria known to utilise hydrocarbons are Pseudomonas aeruginosa, other Pseudomonas species, Flavobacterium spp., Acinetobacter spp., Alcaligenes spp., Micrococcus spp., Arthobacter spp., Corynebacterium spp., Brevibacterium spp., Klebsiella app.

Yeast bud onto the parent cell, then eventually separate. Reproduction takes several hours and yeast prefer acidy environments. Typical yeasts growing on hydrocarbons are Candida spp., Saccharomyces spp., Torula spp., Torulopsis spp., Hansenula spp.

Fungus grow in the form of branched hyphae, a few microns in diameter, forming thick, tough, intertwined mycelial mats at fuel/water interfaces. Typical moulds which degrade hydrocarbons are Penicillium spp., Aspergillus spp., Fusarium spp., Monilia spp., Botrytis spp, Cunninghammella spp., Scopulariopsis spp., Cladisporium resinae,  Hormonicus resinae.

 

If you recall my very first blog post titled “Does this identification mean anything? I do not know” focused on Pseudomonas Putida, one of the two forms of bacteria Dr. Wymore cultured off actual Morgellon fibers. The other one was Corynebacterium efficiens and I noticed that Corynebacterium spp appears in the bacteria list above, probably of no significance however.

What does fascinate me is all these things growing in fuel, including jet fuel. At first I wondered if these things could be raining down upon us but it’s probably very unlikely that they could survive even in fuel that might not be burning clean, however, anything is possible.

 

Biocides for Jet Fuel

From Fuel Quality Services, Inc.

Microbial contamination in aviation fuel systems dates back to the 1950’s. For over half a century fungi and bacteria have consumed kerosene type fuels and have demonstrated their ability to survive the freeze and thaw cycles of the aircraft fuel systems during flight. Microbes enter aircraft fuel systems as a result of poor housekeeping, contaminated hydrant systems, separators and storage tanks. Microbial contamination undoubtedly creates biomats that clog scavenge systems, coats fuel quality indicator system (FQIS) probes, and leads to structural corrosion.

I’m sure these folks make a fine product, I only present this information here to demonstrate that jet fuel, like diesel fuel is effected by bacteria, yeast, and fungi.

 

Are Bacteria Floating Around In and Falling From the Sky?

When I was originally researching Pseudomonas Putida I stumbled across some information about how Putida can actually be found high in our atmosphere among  the clouds. I’m not saying this is coming from jet fuel by any means, probably by simple evaporation processes.

Fluorescent pseudomonads isolated from Hebridean cloud and rain water produce biosurfactants but do not cause ice nucleation

Microorganisms were discovered in clouds over 100 years ago but information on bacterial community structure and function is limited. Clouds may not only be a niche within which bacteria could thrive but they might also influence dynamic processes using ice nucleating and cloud condensing abilities. Cloud and rain samples were collected from two mountains in the Outer Hebrides, NW Scotland, UK. Cloud samples were dominated by a mixture of fluorescent Pseudomonas spp., some of which have been reported to be ice nucleators.

 

I just thought this was interesting and would document it.

 

Bees, Collapsing Colony Disorder (or CCD), and TNT

I have been following the CCD syndrome these past few years and thought I would throw this into the mix. If you haven’t heard about CCD here’s a quick definition from wikipedia on CCD.

Colony collapse disorder (or CCD) is a phenomenon in which worker bees from a beehive or Western honey bee colony abruptly disappear. While such disappearances have occurred throughout the history of apiculture, the term colony collapse disorder was first applied to a drastic rise in the number of disappearances of Western honey bee colonies in North America in late 2006.

 

Here is a quote from the article Solving the Mystery of the Vanishing Bees on the seriousness of the situation.

One of us (vanEngelsdorp) performed autopsies on Hackenberg’s remaining insects and found symptoms never observed before, such as scar tissue in the internal organs. Initial tests also detected some of the usual suspects in bee disease. In the gut contents we found spores of nosema, single-celled fungal parasites that can cause bee dysentery. The spore counts in these and in subsequent samples, however, were not high enough to explain the losses. Molecular analysis of Hackenberg’s bees, performed by the other of us (Cox-Foster), also revealed surprising levels of viral infections of various known types. But no single pathogen found in the insects could explain the scale of the disappearance.

In other words, the bees were all sick, but each colony seemed to suffer from a different combination of diseases. We hypothesized that something had compromised the bees’ immune system, making them susceptible to any number of infections that healthy colonies would normally fend off.  And Hackenberg was right: the prime suspects, varroa mites, were not present in numbers significant enough to explain the sudden die-off.

 

TNT (Dynamite) – What could this have to do with Bees?

I thought I would bring up a subtle point about honey bees and TNT (dynamite) which is really an acronym for Trinitrotoluene (Tri-nitro-toluene).  Yep, there’s our old friend Toluene again.  Interestingly, they use honey bees to locate mines so they can be deactivated. The thing is, these bees think they are finding food, how interesting.

 

Look at this question posed by a beekeeper in Africa and his dilemma.

I am wondering if you can help. I am a small bee farmer in South Africa. I specialize in the control and removal of problem swarms. I have removed them from some of the strangest places. I have just had a request from a company to assist them at their factory. They process TNT and the bees seem to be attracted to it in a big way. Workers get stung on occasions while carrying the TNT and should they drop it, well you can just imagine. This has already happend on a few occasions with some serious results. The cardboard boxes which the TNT comes in, attract swarms once it is empty and discarded. 2 or 3 swarms are "caught" this way every week. I don’t have a problem with sorting out this problem, but it interests me to find out what is attracting the bees. This will also help in the solving of the problem.

Considering all of the Toluene pollution that could be found by bees one wonders if they are able to find it and thus mistake it as food and poison the hive? There is some incredibly bizarre stuff about how these bees abandon and hive, and no other bees will go in to raid the food, the bees leave their brood and even abandon the queen.

 

And finally, one more quote from WHY ARE THE BEES DISAPPEARING?

It is a fact that honeybees have been used to detect land mines because they are attracted to some component of the explosives used in the mines. They actually pick this material up and bring it back to the colony where it can be analyzed by the people doing the study. If bees are attracted to some component of explosives, isn’t it possible they are also attracted to some unknown (or unlisted) component of pesticides? The chemical structure of the highly dangerous explosive, TNT, or TriNitroToluene, which is used in land mines is benzene and a methy group of chemicals.

Benzene and toluene, two components of TNT are also inert ingredients used in many pesticides. I believe the bees are attracted to pesticides containing these inert ingredients as they are to TNT. If so, the bees may be attracted to trees and shrubs that are being sprayed and will be more inclined to pick up the pesticides and bring it back to their colonies where they can contaminate many more individual bees as well as the honey in the hive.

 

Now, I know this is pretty anecdotal and might give you cause to laugh but how many sufferers have themselves thought “If only I can move, this stuff is all over my house, my yard. I’m out of here?” In fact, I know many that have, and even a few that abandoned their homes to live in tents.  Could the immune systems of the honey bees actually be being destroyed by them finding sources of Toluene and bringing it back to the hive? Is what is happening to the bees similar to what is happening to Morgellons sufferers? You know how they make honey, here’s how (HERE).

Finally, I’ll leave you with a bee joke that will amuse you.

A bee walks into a doctors office and says to the doctor … “Doc, I’m covered in varroa mites, I can feel them crawling all over me and then he opens a matchbox full of them to show the doctor. The doctor smiles and says “Have you been reading that darned internet again …..”

Sorry for such a strange set of topics tonight everyone. Just getting some thoughts down on paper …

Guest Post by Jill on MTBE and Related Info

I asked Jill who has been working on the connection between Morgellons and MTBE and related compounds to prepare a blog post for me, here is her post, I hope you find it valuable. MTBE is is gasoline additive.


Mr. Common Sense,

Good work on the research! Toluene- most likely one of the culprits. Found, as you point out, in various products, same as Benzene and many others. Many VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) are turning out to be a part of the process that is causing/creating emerging disease.

I invite all of you to visit/post my new board. Together- maybe we can get a treatment that works and hopefully a cure soon.

Per your request, I’m posting my info here- 1st time Blogger.

http://lyme-fiber-disease.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=poisonintheairsoilwater&action=display&thread=23

Take the chemicals- the MTBE/TBA (TBA is the daughter product of the MTBE- IOW MTBE DEGRADES
to TBA) both are carcinogens and they are the MOST COMMON POLLUTANT IN THE UNITED STATES WATER SUPPLY
:

see: http://tinyurl.com/cjv9h6

Know- when you are researching MTBE- that BTEX is commonly found along with the MTBE.

WHY?

Because both are VOCS- (Volatile Organic Compounds) found in gasoline and Petrol products:

BTEX

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fair use:

Excerpt:

BTEX is an acronym that stands for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes. These compounds are some of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in petroleum derivatives such as petrol (gasoline). Toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes have harmful effects on the central nervous system.

BTEX compounds are notorious due to the contamination of soil and groundwater with these compounds. This typically occurs near petroleum and natural gas production sites, and petrol stations and other areas with Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) or Above-ground Storage Tanks (ASTs) containing gasoline or other petroleum-related products.

The amount of ‘Total BTEX’, the sum of the concentrations of each of the constituents of BTEX, is sometimes used to aid in assessing the relative risk or seriousness at contaminated locations and the need of remediation of such sites. Naphthalene may also be included in Total BTEX analysis yielding results referred to as BTEXN. In the same way, styrene is sometimes added, making it BTEXS.

http://tinyurl.com/dheez2

There are other substances found in the mix such as ACETALDEHYDE

This component is the key to the process of FERMENTATION in the body -

 http://www.dstoddy.com/artpedfybro.html

Fair use

Excerpt:

Intestinal Yeast (candida albicans), and other fungal pathogens such as toxigenic molds, produce
the following toxins, which could be responsible for the symptoms and causes of Fibromyalgia.

This is not an all inclusive list.

1. Ethanol- an alcohol of intoxication mutates immune cells
2. Acetaldehyde 6 times more potent than ethanol, cell mutation ********
3. Tyramine interferes with immune function
4. Canditoxin interferes with and reduces immunity
5. Proteinase increases candida potency
6. Glycoprotein toxin interferes with immune function
7. Polysaccharride proteins reduces immunity
8. Histamine reduces immunity
9. Mycotoxins that can cause immune dysfunction and many other health problems

**

When thinking about ACETALDEHYDE- think about a bad hangover- that is the process that is
caused and the symptoms of the process – initially.

**

The Acetaldehyde (along with the other chemicals) cause the symptoms of Fibromyalgia (and more) found here: above link:

(Note- the Fibromyalgia symptoms overlap Lyme diseaese and CFS symptoms )

Partial list:

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Abnormally high pain sensitivity especially in the muscles, and joints (arthritis)
  • Insomnia or unrefreshing sleep
  • Chronic stiffness especially in the shoulders, back and neck
  • Reduced levels of Human Growth Hormone
  • Reduced levels of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) resulting in low or no energy
  • Hormone and endocrine imbalances
  • Chronic toxin accumulation from the skin, lungs, intestines, blood stream and brain
  • Depressed immune function and activity

*The above symptoms can decrease immunity and allow or cause fibromyalgia to worsen, producing additional symptoms that include:

  • Depression and personality changes(6)
  • PreMenstrual Syndrome (11,)
  • Tension and migraine headaches (12)
  • Muscle trauma, and deconditioning (16)
  • Anxiety, sleep disorders (62), vertigo, apathy, mood swings and memory loss
  • Autoimmune disorders like chemical hypersensitivity, asthma, lupus and arthritis
  • Irritability
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Opportunistic bacterial, viral and parasite infections
  • Chronic fatigue immune deficiency
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and leaky bowel syndrome
  • Myofacial pain syndrome
  • Hypoglycemia and inability to burn fat
  • Intestinal and food allergies
  • Possibly a traumatic emotional or physical shock triggers the manifestation of fibromyalgia.

**see more symptoms here: http://tinyurl.com/c4gugg

Recap:

MTBE/TBA/BTEX and additional component/s such as ACETALDEHYDE create a process in the body

ACETALDEHYDE- produces the sugar process that produces Electricity in the body

ACETALDEHYDE- FERMENTS- creating yeast/fungus and causing pain per above

BENZENE- CAUSES CANCER- per the Cleveland Clinic research-

http://tinyurl.com/dheez2

THE GEL some find- is produced by a process created by the cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae-

A process like this one- a supposedly ‘new’ discovery:

http://www.ethanolproducer.com/article.jsp?article_id=4257

Excerpt:

University of Texas Professors R. Malcolm Brown and David Nobles Jr. created the cyanobacteria by giving them a set of cellulose-making genes from a non-photosynthetic bacterium called Acetobacter xylinum, which is commonly used for producing vinegar. The new cyanobacteria produce a relatively pure, gel-like form of cellulose that can be easily broken down into readily fermentable sugars. They also secrete sucrose and glucose, which are already prominent sources of ethanol, most commonly in the form of sugarcane and corn, respectively.

Recall that TT stated there was cyanbacteria found- and since I can remember, those in the study of the fibers/etc have stated that CELLULOSE was found.

Put together what the various researchers have FOUND and apply the above process- chemicals in the body from the various sources, the ACETALDYDE which ferments and causes the symptoms of the many EMERGING DISEASE (Lyme,Fibro, CFS, Etc) and you have the answer.

Yes there is more- but this is the basic process – cause and effect

All the symptoms can be found by a study of these chemicals and the process they create in the body.

see: http://tinyurl.com/cjv9h6

Jill


Jill has some great information which you can find here
http://lyme-fiber-disease.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=poisonintheairsoilwater

Could Morgellons be an Ongoing Chemical Reaction in our Bodies?

First, let me say that I am not a scientist, I am only grasping at straws here. I am not using proper scientific techniques to come to my conclusions and have no real idea if Toluene is the cause of, or if it plays a role in Morgellons. I am only hypothesizing that it does because it seems to be able to cause so many of our manifestations. The real question is can these things I am describing go on “inside of the human body”?

Also, I made a mistake in my last blog post by stating that our fibers couldn’t be the result of nanotubes because things at the nano level are so small they cannot be seen by the naked eye. It was correctly pointed out to me that nanostructures are used to build things which eventually would become large enough to be seen with the naked eye. Thank you for that correction and it’s an important one.

 

Toluene – Some Definition From Wikipedia

Toluene, also known as methylbenzene or phenylmethane, is a clear, water-insoluble liquid with the typical smell of paint thinners, redolent of the sweet smell of the related compound benzene. It is an aromatic hydrocarbon that is widely used as an industrial feedstock (not animal feed) and as a solvent. Toluene reacts as a normal aromatic hydrocarbon towards electrophilic aromatic substitution. The methyl group makes it around 25 times more reactive than benzene in such reactions. Toluene occurs naturally at low levels in crude oil and is usually produced in the processes of making gasoline via a catalytic reformer, in an ethylene cracker or making coke from coal. Final separation (either via distillation or solvent extraction) takes place in a BTX plant.

Toluene is a common solvent, able to dissolve paints, paint thinners, silicone sealants, many chemical reactants, rubber, printing ink, adhesives (glues), lacquers, leather tanners, and disinfectants. It can also be used as a fullerene indicator, and is a raw material for toluene diisocyanate (used in the manufacture of polyurethane foam) and TNT. It is also used as a cement for fine polystyrene kits (by dissolving and then fusing surfaces) as it can be applied very precisely by brush and contains none of the bulk of an adhesive.

Industrial uses of toluene include dealkylation to benzene, and the disproportionation to a mixture of benzene and xylene in the BTX process. When oxidized it yields benzaldehyde and benzoic acid, two important intermediates in chemistry. It is also used as a carbon source for making Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes. Toluene can be used to break open red blood cells in order to extract hemoglobin in biochemistry experiments.

Toluene can be used as an octane booster in gasoline fuels used in internal combustion engines. Toluene at 86% by volume fueled all the turbo Formula 1 teams in the 1980s, first pioneered by the Honda team. The remaining 14% was a "filler" of n-heptane, to reduce the octane to meet Formula 1 fuel restrictions. Toluene at 100% can be used as a fuel for both two-stroke and four-stroke engines; however, due to the density of the fuel and other factors, the fuel does not vaporize easily unless preheated to 70 degrees celsius (Honda accomplished this in their Formula 1 cars by routing the fuel lines through the muffler system to heat the fuel). 

Toluene has also been used in the process of removing the cocaine from coca leaves in the production of Coca-Cola.

Toluene in Airplane Fuel

From TOLUENE – Some Basic Questions.

Question: Why do you think toluene is better than other types of octane boosters?

Answer : Several reasons:

Mindful of the evil reputation of octane boosters in general, toluene is a very safe choice because it is one of the main octane boosters used by oil companies in producing ordinary gasoline of all grades. Thus if toluene is indeed harmful to your engine as feared, your engine would have disintegrated long, long ago since ordinary pump gasoline can contain as much as 50% aromatic hydrocarbons.

Toluene is a pure hydrocarbon (C7H8). i.e. it contains only hydrogen and carbon atoms. It belongs to a particular category of hydrocarbons called aromatic hydrocarbons. Complete combustion of toluene yields CO2 and H2O. This fact ensures that the entire emission control system such as the catalyst and oxygen sensor of your car is unaffected. There are no metallic compounds (lead, magnesium etc), no nitro compounds and no oxygen atoms in toluene. It is made up of exactly the same ingredients as ordinary gasoline. In fact it is one of the main ingredients of gasoline.

Toluene has a RON octane rating of 121 and a MON rating of 107, leading to a (R+M)/2 rating of 114. (R+M)/2 is how ordinary fuels are rated in the US. Note that toluene has a sensitivity rating of 121-107=14. This compares favorably with alcohols which have sensitivities in the 20-30 range. The more sensitive a fuel is the more its performance degrades under load. Toluene’s low sensitivity means that it is an excellent fuel for a heavily loaded engine.

Toluene is denser than ordinary gasoline (0.87 g/mL vs. 0.72-0.74) and contains more energy per unit volume. Thus combustion of toluene leads to more energy being liberated and thus more power generated. This is in contrast to oxygenated octane boosters like ethanol or MTBE which contain less energy per unit volume compared to gasoline. The higher heating value of toluene also means that the exhaust gases contain more kinetic energy, which in turn means that there is more energy to drive turbocharger vanes. In practical terms this is experienced as a faster onset of turbo boost.

Chevron’s published composition of 100 octane aviation fuel shows that toluene comprises up to 14% alone and is the predominant aromatic hydrocarbon. Unfortunately composition specifications for automotive gasoline is harder to pin down due to constantly changing requirements.

We have all woken up to a beautiful blue sky morning only to have it turn totally overcast and hazy, caused only by  traffic patterns from the jumbo jets overhead, by two or three in the afternoon. I sure hope all that Toluene is truly turned into CO2 and H2O during combustion as stated above otherwise it’s raining Toluene. Nevertheless, all it takes is a search on Toluene and “Major Pollutant” to know it is a real problem.

Could Toluene Exposure be the Catalyst in Jumpstarting Morgellons?

The one thing I have noticed in my reading is that Toluene is very reactive to the chemicals around it and it can undergo all kinds of chemical changes that other chemicals like benzene cannot. It seems to be a “wonder chemical” and it is being used for all kinds of things. In this blog post we are going to look at two more symptoms that Morgellon sufferers experience that could also be explained by Toluene exposure. And toluene is everywhere, it is a major pollutant in our world, which is why Pseudomonas putida is being used to clean it up everywhere, from gasoline storage tank leaks and oil spills both on land and in the ocean.

Could Morgellons be in large part an ongoing chemical reaction in our bodies? Does this only happen to those who are carrying a heavy toxic load of Toluene? Or, could something, such as a bacteria that has the ability to create Toluene as a byproduct be entering our bodies and setting things in motion?

Finally, remember, I could be totally wrong here. Even though Toluene does seem to be found in Morgellons patients it is a major pollutant in our world and likely found in nearly everyone at some level.

 

Toluene, GS-15, and it’s Reaction to Iron = Magnetite

In my last blog post I posted a quote from an article which I will repeat here as well.

Nanotubes grown from pure toluene/ferrocene precursors appear to have a well defined morphology, with thick parallel walls and narrow inner core often filled with catalytic iron nanoparticles.

I find it interesting that the language used here indicates that it was an unexpected surprise that the inner core was filled with iron particles. Then in that very same blog post I go on to indicate how they are making magnetic nanotubes. Here is an interesting article that I found as well

Anaerobic Oxidation of Toluene, Phenol, and p-Cresol by the Dissimilatory Iron-Reducing Organism, GS-15
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=184522

Growth coincided with Fe(III) reduction. [ring-14C] toluene was oxidized to 14CO2, and the stoichiometry of 14CO2 production and Fe(III) reduction indicated that GS-15 completely oxidized toluene to carbon dioxide with Fe(III) as the electron acceptor. Magnetite was the primary iron end product during toluene oxidation.

Let me try to restate that as best I can into layman’s terms.

Growth coincided with iron reduction. Toluene was oxidized to CO2, and the chemical reaction of CO2 production and Iron reduction indicated that the (bacteria – Geobacter metallireducens) completely oxidized toluene to carbon dioxide with iron as the electron acceptor. Magnetite was the primary iron end product during toluene oxidation.

Many suspect the Morgellon sufferer’s body is acting like a magnet and that magnetism is behind many of the sensations we feel. I find it interesting that Toluene can oxidize into C02 (just as the airplane fuel article above states) and that in the process it turned Iron into Magnetite. Magnetite is the most magnetic of all the naturally occurring minerals on Earth. Could this be happening inside our bodies?

 

Toluene Oxidation Forming Benzoic Acid Crystals

Many sufferers have no doubt experienced glass like crystals or particles coming through their skin, they can be very painful, some maybe be sharp and pointed or they may come in the form of glitter. Could this also be the result of Toluene? This possibility was pointed out to me by a member on the LymeBusters Morgellons forum.

From the Wikipedia link on Benzoic acid you can find some very interesting information including how its made.

Benzoic acid is produced commercially by partial oxidation of toluene with oxygen.

Take a look at this Benzoic Acid crystal from the wikipedia page.

benzacid

Again I wonder if the glass like crystals many experience could be the result of some ongoing chemical reaction with Toluene in the human body. I myself have spoken to one person who is doing far better than he was but his main symptom now is these glass like crystals coming through his scalp, very painful he says, and no doubt it must be.

If you look at this LINK under Skin you will see this quote:

Objects described as "shards," hard and crystal-like that are similar to glass that emerge from skin

In fact, if you hit this GOOGLE SEARCH you will see this is not unusual for Morgellons sufferers.

Summary

Like I stated at the beginning of this blog post, Toluene seems to be able to do all kinds of things depending on what it comes into contact with. The real questions are could these things be ongoing within the human body? Could a Morgellons sufferer have some extra additive that has jumpstarted this chemical process or thereby taken advantage of our Toluene exposure? Is there something, such as a bacteria in our bodies that is creating Toluene as a byproduct?  Wouldn’t we need an ongoing source of toluene for all this to be happening?

Enough on this Toluene already!! I think it’s time to stop all this Toluene speculation and try to tie together all kinds of scenarios as Kixx has recently done on a reply to my last blog post. For example, “How could Toluene play a role in this when my crawling seemed to be tied to a certain event in time?” I admit I don’t have the answers. But it does seem to me that if someone were to analyze these crystals that come out of Morgellons patients and they turned out to be Benzoic Acid crystals we would have a smoking gun. The frustrating part is that there really is a tremendous amount of evidence that could be provided by Morgellons patients, and other than a few organizations and scientists there doesn’t seem to be anybody listening.

I think I have gone as far down the Toluene road as I can right now. I need to dwell on this for a while and see if I’ve been going down the right path. I do find it interesting that hard glass crystal structures emerging from the skin are a common symptom, and that toluene could indeed very easily create these.

Nanotubes – Could they play a role in our Disease?

I am not a scientist by any means and probably this post would pose great humor to those trained in nanotechnology, but still, I’m going to post my thoughts anyway.

From The Dangers of Nanoparticles

Nanotubes were discovered accidentally in 2000 at Heidelberg University, in Germany. By nature they seem to be a means of cell to cell communication. They exist for very short periods of time, then vanish as the cells no longer need them. Nanoparticles (also known as nanopowders, nanoclusters, nanotubes, or nanocrystals) are microscopic. They measure less than 100 nanometers in at least one dimension. A nanometer equals one billionth of a meter – one millionth of a millimeter.

First I would like to say that the Morgellons fibers we can see with the naked eye are certainly not nanotubes, if they were we wouldn’t be able to see them with a cheap pocket scope or our naked eye. However, there are many Doctors and sufferers who are convinced that nanotechnology plays a role in Morgellons.

Before we begin, let me point something out that is important. Nanotubes were discovered accidentally in 2000 at Heidelberg University (notice that they were discovered) just as the oil eating Pseudomonas Putida was discovered.  Please note that the human body is full of nanotubes, connecting cells and and all kinds of things, so this is nothing new to man, only new to his science.

 

The Toluene Connection

Why does everything I seem to research in relation to Morgellons seem to have some link to Toluene? Is it because I want there to be a common thread to tie this altogether or is there a real common thread here? As I began to look into Nanotubes it was apparent that they, like Meth users, and Pseudomonas Putida, are bedfellows with Toluene. Here is a Google search on toluene and nanotubes => HERE and as you can see there is a strong connection.

Let’s take a look at some of the information I found.

From Nitrogen in highly crystalline carbon nanotubes

Nanotubes grown from pure toluene/ferrocene precursors appear to have a well defined morphology, with thick parallel walls and narrow inner core often filled with catalytic iron nanoparticles.

From Synthesis of carbon nanotubes via toluene-thermal reduction process at moderate temperature

Carbon nanotubes were synthesized with toluene as carbon source and solvent at 350compfnC under stiring situation. In this process, La/Ni were used as catalyst, which were reduced via LaCl3 and NiCl2 with sodium as reductant. The products were characterized with X-ray powder diffractometer (XRD), transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. The carbon nanotubes had diameters ranging from 100–200 nm and lengths ranging from hundreds of nanometers to several micrometers. The yield of carbon nanotubes, in accordance with TEM observations was estimated to be about 70%.

Now other than a bunch of scientific mumbo jumbo we don’t really learn that much from reading the above other than toluene and nanotubes do have a connection. To be honest, the amount of information regarding toluene and nanotubes is staggering. I find it interesting however that these toluene created nanotubes in some cases are filled with iron nanoparticles. And this started me thinking about something that has always fascinated me about Morgellons, and that is strange electrical / magnetic experience many of us feel.

 

Nanotubes – Magnetic and or Electrical

For the non sufferer what I am about to say will sound strange, perhaps unbelievable, nonetheless it is true and I have spoken to many others who experience this. When I get close to somebody that also has Morgellons I will feel intense crawling, tingling, biting, or maybe it could be better described as an electrical sensation all over my body. This is another clue that what we are dealing with is most likely not a parasite, but rather something else. However, many will speak of this sensation as I felt them jumping onto me? Swarming from that person onto me? and so on. But I do not believe this is the case. I have read statements from many sufferers and still other quotes attributed to well known Morgellons Researchers that Morgellons patients have been proven to be carrying a big electrical charge within their bodies. When I had Morgellons really bad (during the initial onset) I would walk into a conference room and at least 10 or 15 people would immediately itch their nose all at once, this went on for months and months and I was so scared (back then) that I was contaminating them, but I wasn’t. The best I can explain this phenomenon is that the tiny hairs in their noses (or something) were picking up my electric and or magnetic charge and causing their noses to itch. There was even a guy I spoke to on the LymeBusters Morgellons forum way back when that had written on a piece of paper “You will be itching your nose” and would show it to whatever doctor he was seeing about 1 minute into the appointment and it always spooked the doctor.

How can this be? Let’s see if we can find a down to earth reason.

 

Carbon Nanotubes Loaded with Magnetic Particles

From http://admin.pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl0502928

Abstract Image

We describe a simple and versatile technique to produce magnetic tubes by filling carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with paramagnetic iron oxide particles (10 nm diameter). Commercial ferrofluids were used to fill CNTs with an average outer diameter of 300 nm made via chemical vapor deposition into alumina membranes. Transmission electron microscopy study shows a high density of particles inside the CNT. Experiments using external magnetic fields demonstrate that almost 100% of the nanotubes become magnetic and can be easily manipulated in magnetic field. These one-dimensional magnetic nanostructures can find numerous applications in nanotechnology, memory devices, optical transducers for wearable electronics, and in medicine.

Perhaps what we feel in our skin are these nanotubes moving or aligning toward the opposing or attracting magnetic fields of our computer (as many sufferers report including myself). Is this what I feel when I am near other sufferers? or when walking across carpet due to the static charge (they keep biting me some we’ll say). Perhaps these nanotubes, if they even exist in our bodies in such a form, are picking up and conducting electricity or carrying a strong magnetic charge, or perhaps both. Maybe this is why when I sit at my computer (the box is on the floor) that I feel the so called biting and crawling mostly in my legs. Are these nanotubes picking up and dancing to the EMF being put out by my computer?

 

Summary – The Human Body is Capable of Incredible Things

This was just another short post to peek your interest, I’m not convinced that nanotechnology (man-made) lies at the root of our problem, I could be wrong of course. However, the human body could be, given the right chemical makeup, creating such things as mentioned above. Does Toluene play a role in our sickness? You will often find high heat such as 300 Celsius required to make carbon nanotubes using toluene. However, let me give you a case in point on how nature can do things that man cannot, and sometimes even better. Given the right chemical makeup, who knows what could go on inside the human body.

Ocean sponge superior to man-made fiber optics (here)

 

Scientists say they have identified an ocean sponge living in the darkness of the deep sea that grows thin glass fibers capable of transmitting light better than industrial fiber optic cables used for telecommunication.  The natural glass fibers also are much more flexible than manufactured fiber optic cable that can crack if bent too far.

You can actually tie a knot in these natural biological fibers and they will not break — it’s really quite amazing,” said Joanna Aizenberg, who led the research at Bell Laboratories.

Now consider the incredible heat used in the manufacturing process of man-made fiber optic cable, and here this sponge can make fiber optic cable that transmits light better than ours and that you can tie in a not without breaking, and all this in the cold depths of the ocean floor, no heat required. Could nanotubes be created in our bodies, the answer is probably, yes.

You should take the time to read the full article I referenced initially especially some of the references at the bottom, see it here. It talks about the incredible unpredictable nature of nano-particles interacting with chemicals in the human body and the impossibility to even begin to understand it.

Addendum

Somebody emailed this link to me, so I thought I would post it, very interesting connection to Toluene and the colors (think Morgellons red and blue fibers)

From Time Magazine – The Poisoning of America
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,952748-5,00.html

As a result, the poisons have turned up in surprising places. Not far from home plate at New York City’s Shea Stadium, a festering pond containing PCB, toluene, benzene and DDT turns red, blue or green as the mixture of the waste changes.”

Again, this brings me back to the what I think is going on within our bodies, we have a strange syndrome (really more like a poisoning) where organic processes and chemical reactions are occurring within our bodies that normally should not be. This is due to the presence of some chemical or set of chemicals in our bodies, and I suspect Toluene plays a key factor. Is anybody listening?

I keep hoping some young open minded scientist will stumble upon this blog and think “Hey, I bet I can figure out what is going on with these folks” ….

Permethrin Cream with Toluene and Insect Vectors

My First two blog posts can be found here in case you missed them.

  1. Does this identification mean anything? I do not know
  2. Mr. Morgellons meet Mr. Meth, Your Distant Cousin

This is just going to be a quick blog post. This post poses more questions, but I’m working through some stuff in my head and just thinking out loud here. This post might seem a little disjointed to you.

Permethrin Cream and Toluene

I ran across something kind of interesting. The Scabies creams it would appear, contain Toluene. I look back at this now and think I really poisoned myself with this stuff, did it greatly contribute to my problem? I don’t know. Obviously I had a problem already or I wouldn’t have been using Permethrin to begin with. Funny how Permethrin has the word “Meth” in it isn’t it? Many other folks have used Permethrin thinking they first had Scabies, here’s a quote from a forum post I found.

If you dont know what a pbo is than look it up on the internet. In "elimite 5% permethrin cream" or generic brand, which you are all using, the pbo is: butylated hydroxy-toluene. Thats right, Toluene, and we all know how dangerous that is. It is added to the permethrin to counter act the scabies enzyme which neutralizes pyrethroids, In other words straight permethrin WONT always kill them!

Interestingly this Google Search on Toluene and Permethrin brings up an awful lot of hits. I will do more research on this but for the record Toluene is used in all kinds of stuff, including Gasoline (the MTBE Connection?) and more. Could bioremediation type Pseudomonas Putida geared for breaking down Toluene have taken to us because of our Toluene exposure?

The Insect Vector

I know I said I wasn’t going to talk about Lyme Disease but I was directed to this video by Dr. Stricker which I found very interesting. You can click on the button on the lower right of the video to go full screen.

 

stricker

 

I know at one point I actually did have bird mites on me, could insect bites be the vector? Take deer ticks for instance, they feed off deer (and all kinds of other rodents like field mice and such) could they be picking up all kinds of agro bacteria like AgroBacterium or Pseudomonas Putida? Deer are likely to feed on corn crops when they are tiny and supple and full of such bacterium. I know they eat many of our garden plants that are young which they would never eat when full grown. Could ticks and even mosquitoes be our vector?

I actually did have Lyme disease back in 1992 and it was very devastating. I feel I never really got rid of it, but my onset of Morgellons was caused by something different. I was a member of LymeNet.org and I can tell you that there all kinds of threads up there from folks regarding “skin crawling” and biting sensations. For instance, here are a few links you can click on:

 

  1. Can’t get rid of the twitching and crawling and biting sensations…
  2. Is something biting me?
  3. The burning skin feeling, is it a die off?

 

I could go on and on here, there are hundreds of such threads on the LymeNet.org site that mention folks both with “biting” and “skin crawling” sensations. Please DO NOT go up there, register, and starting telling everybody that they have Morgellons, there is no sense in that (trust me, I know from experience).  Interestingly, a large percentage of them state that after doing some anti-biotic the skin crawling went away such as doxycycline and some others.

 

Summary

Could insects be vectoring in the bacteria being used in our modern day Pharming (Pharmaceutical Farming)? If you took the time to watch Dr. Strickers video above, and I suggest you should, you will see that he calls ticks the sewer of the insect world showing all of the diseases they carry. After all, they feed on the blood of whatever creature is around. Its like sharing needles with rats, mice, deer, racoons, and who knows what else. And what if they fed off deer which are likely to eat the young tender shoots in new our new Phields (Pharmaceutical Fields).

From Oh Deer!

 

Deer are herbivores: They eat plants. In spring and summer, they graze on clover, grasses, and tree buds. In the fall they switch to high-energy food such as acorns, wild grapes, and other fruits. During the winter they nibble the tender shoots and twigs of trees and shrubs. Deer also like corn, soybeans, and other farm crops.

 

Could the reason be that some Morgellons sufferers also have Lyme Disease is that the two, being separate and distinct infections, are carried by the same common insect pests? Could ticks and/or even mosquitoes be our vector? 

I will try harder on my next post, I’ve been in the tank with Morgellons lately, the fibro/fatigue that comes with Morgellons can really take its toll as I’m sure many of you know.

I think Dr. Stricker’s work, could be very fruitful, could the bacteria being used in agro pharming show up in our ticks and mosquitoes? That would be an interesting thing to find out and probably not all that difficult to find out for someone.

Mr. Morgellons meet Mr. Meth, Your Distant Cousin

Before you react in anger over the title of this post it is important for you to know that I am a Morgellons sufferer and I am certainly not a Methamphetamine user nor do I think Morgellons is caused by Meth use. Have an open mind and be willing to learn, you are going to be very surprised I think. I will go where ever the facts go, the only stake I have in this game is the hope of a cure.

First: Did You Read Part One?

If you didn’t read my first blog post I strongly urge you to read it now, before continuing. My first blog post can be found here and it’s called Does this identification mean anything? I do not know.  In summary, I discussed Dr. Wymore’s culturing of Pseudomonas Putida from Morgellons fibers and the ramifications which are many. It’s important to know that Pseudomonas Putida can and does turn things like oil and glucose into Toluene, a very toxic chemical. Remember that name, Toluene, it’s key to where we are going. However, if you do not take the time to read my first post you might as well stop reading now because you’re really not interested. If you want to understand this disease invest the 10 minutes it will take to read it.

 

The Morgellons / Methamphetamine Connection (Non Obvious Surprise)

WARNING SIGNS OF METH USE

Meth users will exhibit numerous signs of use, the most obvious of which are hyperactivity, incessant talking, and wakefulness. The drug produces a false sense of confidence in the user. Users will often have a loss of appetite and become extremely irritable and moody. Prolonged meth abuse can resemble symptoms of schizophrenia characterized by hallucinations, paranoia, and repetitive behavior patterns. Abusers develop delusions of insects under the skin known as “speed bugs” or “meth bugs,” which cause the user to pick at the skin incessantly resulting in open lesions. As the effects of the drug wear off, users may experience drug cravings, depressed moods, lethargy, and prolonged periods of sleep lasting 24 hours or more.

 

The part in “red” above is not the surprise, it coming though, sit tight. However, surely if you have been following the Morgellons mystery you have heard Morgellons written off as merely a bunch of former or current methamphetamine users. It’s quite common for meth users to totally freak out and claim that there are bugs crawling under their skin. Sound familiar? However, I am about to make a rather shocking claim that there is in fact a connection between Morgellons and Methamphetamine use, but not the connection you might think. Maybe there is a reason Meth users and Morgellon sufferers share these common traits? Hold onto your seat, this is going to get very interesting.
 

Methamphetamine Ingredients

There is a very interesting ingredient that is used by those running meth labs and that ingredient is Toluene. Yes, the very same chemical that Pseudomonas Putida can both create and bioremediate (degrade). I provided links with examples of Pseudomonas Putida creating Toluene in my first blog post. If you have any doubt regarding the connection between Pseudomonas Putida and Toluene click HERE.

Meth “cooks” use most or all of the ingredients below to make methamphetamine. Most all of the ingredients below come with a warning label telling the consumer not to ingest the product.

 


Gasoline additives
Rubbing Alcohol
Ether (starting fluid)
Benzene
Paint thinner
Freon
Acetone
Chloroform
Camp stove fuel
Anhydrous ammonia
White gasoline
Pheynl-2-Propane
Phenylacetone
Phenylpropanolamine
Rock, table or Epsom salt Red Phosphorous
Toluene (found in brake cleaner) 
Red Devil Lye
Drain cleaner
Muraitic acid
Battery acid
Lithium from batteries
Sodium metal
Ephedrine
Cold tablets
Diet aids
Iodine
Bronchodialators
Energy boosters
Iodine crystals

 

Now, if that is not enough to make you swear to yourself never to use meth then I don’t know what is. Interestingly however, our friend Toluene shows up in the meth ingredient list (which they get from brake fluid).  Could there be a real connection here? Is this yet just another coincidence? Both Morgellons sufferers and Meth users claim to have bugs crawling under their skin and can end up covered in lesions and sores. “But there are so many chemicals in that list above” you say, “It could be any of them, or, meth users could be simply delusional and whacked out due to the overwhelming toxicity of meth”.  I don’t think Meth users are delusional when it comes to “meth bugs”. No, they feel the same thing we do because they are ingesting Toluene into their bodies. But in order to prove that we would need to have evidence that Toluene is known to cause such manifestations and symptoms.

 

Toluene (a neurotoxin) – Toxicity Symptoms

Let’s start out with a series of links

Okay, so there’s some information regarding Toluene and it’s ability to cause itching, dermatitus, and other skin ailments, but is that enough evidence?

 

Enter “Neuro-Cutaneous Syndrome” (NCS) and Toluene

Now, this find was really kind of “gem” for me. Was I asleep at the switch? I had never heard of this, but it sounds exactly like Morgellons. From “An Overview of Neuro-Cutaneous Syndrome (NCS)” which can be found HERE.

Abstract

A detailed analysis of the clinical history of a random sample of 50 NCS patients (9 males, 41 females) is reported. Symptoms are classified into six categories, neurological, dermatological (including opportunistic skin infections), systemic, oral, allergic and general. The most common symptoms in each of these categories in the same order are pin prick and crawling sensations, skin lesions and sores, respiratory and bowel disturbances, gum disease, sensitivities to light, noise and mold, and fatigue and insomnia. Symptoms were relatively similar in both sexes. These results are tabulated and their biological foundation explained. The misdiagnosis of NCS by medical professionals is discussed. NCS symptoms in toothless patients and those on recreational drugs are described. Over 360 dental toxins are placed in four major categories and their mode of action explained. Incubation period varied between a few hours to 28 years. Our protocol for rehabilitation is included. All patients following and completing our rehabilitation protocol recovered.

 

You will really want to visit the link the NCS site after finishing this post, and we’re almost done, but there’s more evidence here, and that is Toluene and it’s relationship to NCS, amazing, it is mentioned at least four times in the article such as “Toluene is a known potent nerve toxin”. Take a look at this quote from the article.

Neurological symptoms are the most prevalent and most diagnostic of NCS. All NCS patients experience skin irritation manifesting as pin prick or crawling and movement sensations; usually both (Table 1). These sensations are caused by damage to nerve cells caused by such dental materials as Toluene2,3 and methacrylates.7 Damage to the nervous system also manifest in loss of memory, brain fog, poor concentration and vision problems in many NCS patients. Males appear to be more susceptible to burning sensations and body tremors than females. The pin prick and crawling sensations were most severe (Table 1) and are considered the primary diagnostic symptoms of NCS even in absence of all other symptoms.

 

One other thing I haven’t mentioned is that Meth users suffer terrible tooth decay, the pictures are to gruesome to even post and that many Morgellons Sufferers also suffer sudden onset tooth decay, NCS also talks about this. The NCS site even talks about Collembola.

Opportunistic infections with springtails (Collembola) from NCS patients’ sores, especially scalp sores, are not uncommon (Table 2). Arthropods are attracted to open sores, especially those infected with micro-organisms, for feeding, moisture and possibly nesting. Facial sores of one NCS patient living in an old musty home in a wooded area in Oklahoma included a tick, an ants, a caterpillar, thrips, oribatid mite, and parts of a wasp, cranefly and other insects.4 Other arthropods collected from open facial sores of NCS patients include fleas, beetles, winged flies and midges, and spiders2,3. It should be noted that all kinds of opportunistic infections represent only aggravating but not causal factors of NCS sores.

Summary

This is either an incredible set of coincidences or there really is something here. What have we learned?

From my First Post

  • Dr. Wymore cultured  Pseudomonas Putida (soil bacterium) directly from Morgellons fibers
  • A clinical study that was done under the auspices of the National Pediculosis Association found Collembola in those originally told they were DOP
  • Collembola (tiny Microanthropods) prefer to feed on Pseudomonas Putida
  • Pseudomonas Putida can transform synthetic oil and glucose (readily found in the human body) into Toluene
  • Toluene is a very toxic neurotoxin not easily eliminated from the human body
  • Morgellons Patients have told me they have had Toluene show up blood work (hearsay evidence I agree)
  • We have Trisha Springsteads article stating her observations – “So the human bodies of these sufferers are becoming like soil and what does that attract? Fungus, mold and parasites”
  • There’s more too about fibers that move and such, you must read my first post …

From this Post

  • Morgellons sufferers (not all) and Meth users get lesions and sores on their skin.
  • Morgellons sufferers and Meth users feel the sensations of bugs crawling under their skin
  • Toluene is an ingredient in Meth
  • Toluene, if my assumptions in part one are correct, are present in both the bodies of Morgellons and Meth users
  • Toluene is a known and strong skin irritant, which can cause burning, itching, redness, swelling and dermatitis of the skin, as well as nerve damage.
  • There is a condition called Neuro-Cutaneous Syndrome (NCS) that references Toluene as being one of the major factors behind the condition, which includes “pin prick and crawling sensations, skin lesions and sores, respiratory and bowel disturbances, gum disease, sensitivities to light, noise and mold, and fatigue and insomnia
  • On the Neuro-Cutaneous Syndrome (NCS)  site they even talk about fibers.

 

We are vastly moving beyond the point where we can believe this is all sheer coincidence. If you look at the material safety sheet it can cause all kinds of things, including heart problems, central nervous system problems, and even death, not to mention all the facts that point to it being the cause of our condition. Could NCS really be Morgellons?

In our case however, if it is the Putida, we are different than the Meth users in this regard because Putida is a soil based organism and can be strong attractant to Collembola and other bugs, we not only have the nerve damage from the Toluene that makes us feel like we have bugs, but potentially, many of us also do have real bugs.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a quote from this page I found, I’m not sure if it is true, but have no reason to think it is not. From “America’s Next Top Bacteria

 

Pseudomonas putida is a bacteria that was discovered fairly recently. 1991 is the earliest report of this bacteria. In 1992, French scientists found a bacteria that fed specifically on oil. This was the first report of any type of oil eating microbes. Later, in 2001, Elf Aquitaine researchers found this bacteria. They used it as a more efficient way to decontaminate landfills. This was the first large experiment recorded using pseudomonas putida. The experiment lasted a year ad went of without a hitch. The experiment was very successful. Then in 2002, a small group of scientist from The United States Department of Energy discovered a very similar bacteria that removes pollutants from coal. This bacteria was used to produce a cleaner burning coal.

Funny the timing of 1991 which is relatively new and in agreement with the Morgellons timeline and in France of all places, where Morgellons is first referenced in medical history during the 1600’s.

I guess this could all be simply cleared up by finding out if in fact we have toluene in our blood or skin or even Putida for that matter. Who knows, some environmental Toluene poisoning from coal burning?  Perhaps it’s not doctors we need, but Toxocologists and Bioengineers to track this down, if you read any of the documents in the Bioengineering fields you can see how advanced the technology is, they of all people ought to be able to figure out what is the matter with us.

Does this identification mean anything? I do not know

In April of 2006 Randy S. Wymore, Ph.D.  formerly of the Morgellons Research Foundation (MRF) asked this seemingly rhetorical question during an interview

        “Does this identification mean anything? I do not know.

Interestingly, there was never another word uttered about the identification and the question was just left hanging there as if asking the reader to unravel the question. Well, that is just what this blog post is about, answering the question as to whether his discovery means anything. So what is this identification? What does it mean? And where does it lead us? Stay with me on this journey, a journey that will cause even the most hardened skeptic to question his own thinking regarding the Morgellons mystery.

A Quote From the Interview by Dr. Wymore

Here is my research update that includes failures, dead-ends, unknowns and observations that will never be published, because no one in the research world would be interested. Some of what I am about to tell you has only been done once and until it is replicated is fairly meaningless in scientific circles. Yes, as I will discuss below, there has been DNA sequencing. No, it has not revealed the likely cause of Morgellons.

Individual red and blue Morgellons fibers were placed in bacterial media and cultured at body temperature. Isolates of those bacterial populations were grown on lab preparative media, blood agar, chocolate agar and a type of media that tends to support fungi better than bacteria. The bacteria were stained with various stains and observed both alive and dead. The bacteria were separated out into pure cultures (I think). PCR was performed and the amplified DNA was sent to a commercial sequencing lab to do the DNA sequencing. Two different bacterial species were identified.

They were:

a) Pseudomonas putida and
b) Corynebacterium efficiens.

Does this identification mean anything? I do not know. Both of these can cause infections, especially in immunocompromised individuals. Both of these bacterial types are found in soil and can be found in skin.

So there you see Dr. Wymore’s seemingly rhetorical question in a larger context, and that he cultured what could easily be overlooked, two types of soil bacterium were positively cultured from Morgellons fibers. One of them is of particular interest.

 

       “Yes, Dr. Wymore, Pseudomonas Putida just might mean everything

 


COLLEMBOLA  FOUND IN SCRAPINGS FROM INDIVIDUALS DIAGNOSED WITH DELUSORY PARASITOSIS

Let’s go now to a clinical study that was done under the auspices of the National Pediculosis Association (NPA) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.  Here is the description.

Abstract – Twenty individuals diagnosed with delusory parasitosis (DOP) participated in a single site clinical study under the auspices of the National Pediculosis Association (NPA) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The objective of this study was to determine if there were any common factors in skin scrapings collected from this population. These individuals, whose symptoms were originally attributed to lice or scabies, were part of a larger group reporting symptoms of stinging/biting and/or crawling to the NPA. Multiple skin scrapings from each person were microscopically examined. Any and all fields of view that appeared incongruous to normal human skin were digitally photographed. When the photographic images were initially evaluated, no common factor was identified. However, more extensive scrutiny using imaging software revealed evidence of Collembola in 18 of the 20 participants.

 

Interestingly, these 20 individuals were written off as DOP  which is the same label that is being applied to Morgellons patients. However, they were found to be infected with Collembola. But what are Collembola (commonly called Springtails) and what possible link could they have to the soil bacterium Pseudomonas Putida?

Microarthropod Folsomia Candida (Collembola) – See the Wikipedia Entry, basically, we are talking about a very, very tiny insect. Below is a photograph from the study showing one of the collembola.

Notice the image in the upper right corner, software contrasting tools were used to bring out the definition – click on the image for a much larger view.  In sheer numbers, they are reputed to be one of the most abundant of all macroscopic animals, with estimates of 100,000 individuals per cubic meter of topsoil.  Collembola or Springtails are cryptozoa frequently found in leaf litter and other decaying material, where they are primarily detritivores and microbivores, and one of the main biological agents responsible for the control and the dissemination of soil microorganisms.

Imagine what a couple of thousand of these guys must feel like crawling under your skin, biting, chewing, and tunneling around as they go. We know at least the folks in the Oklahoma Study were infested with them. Surely by now you must be asking “What in the world are are soil Microarthropod’s doing living in human beings? Even more unexplainable is that they prefer decaying leaf litter loaded with soil based microorganisms.

This is where our old friend Pseudomonas Putida the soil based bacterium comes into play

 

The Pseudomonas Putida – Collembola Connection

As it turns out, there is a very strong connection between Pseudomonas Putida and Collembola (the Microarthropod). 

The Gut of the Soil Microarthropod Folsomia candida (Collembola) Is a Frequently Changeable but Selective Habitat and a Vector for Microorganisms

A total of 11 different taxonomic bacterial groups and the filamentous fungus Acremonium charticola were isolated from the guts of five F. candida (Collembola) specimens. The most abundant isolate was related to Erwinia amylovora (96.2% DNA sequence similarity to its 16S rRNA gene). F. candida (Collembola) preferred to feed on Pseudomonas putida and three indigenous gut isolates rather than eight different type culture strains.

Interestingly enough somebody has actually researched this and found out that out of all the soil bacteria available to Collembola they actually prefer to feed on Pseudomonas Putida.

 

Quick Review

So, to review at this point we have a group of people suffering, being told it’s all “in their head” only later to find out they were infected with Collembola after all. Then we have Dr. Wymore’s interview stating he cultured Pseudomonas Putida directly from Morgellons fibers. And finally, we have the scientific work above identifying Pseudomonas Putida as the favorite food of the Microarthropod Collembola. It would seem the skin and body of the Morgellons sufferer has become like a rotting log, or the very least as favorable a home to both soil bacteria and soil based pests that they are both perfectly at home living in us.

If that was all of the information we had to link these two culprits together that would be interesting enough, however, we are only getting started, there is much more evidence.

 

More on the Dr. Wymore Interview

Near the end of the interview Dr. Wymore makes this statement

I feel that springtails can be eliminated. The primers for the stretch of sprintail DNA will amplify a specific gene from over a thousand species of Collembola and yet we can never amplify this DNA from fibers, scabs, dried skin or callous material.

Even if the Collembola had been in contact with the scabs or the fibers it is likely they would have shed a few cells and that should be enough to amplify the Collembola DNA. Since that hasn’t happened, I consider it unlikely that Collembola are the cause of most of the Morgellons symptoms. Also, none of the Collembola proponents have explained to me where the fibers are coming from or why the neurological effects would make any sense from a Collembola infestation.

Now, the mere fact that Dr. Wymore couldn’t find any Collembola DNA doesn’t surprise me as I think that it would be a very difficult task indeed. The Oklahoma (NPA) study went to great lengths just to identify “whole” Collembola that were lying around in their skin scrapings, in fact, they were initially all overlooked, but later found.

But let’s go down the fiber path now. Dr. Wymore raises a good point, what connection could there be?

 

Rhizobacteria

Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria Formulations and its Scope in Commercialization for the Management of Pests and DiseasesHere is a quote from “Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria Formulations and its Scope in Commercialization for the Management of Pests and Diseases

The export oriented agricultural and horticultural crops depends on the export of residue free produce and has created a great potential and demand for the incorporation of biopesticides in crop protection. To ensure the sustained availability of biocontrol agent’s mass production technique and formulation development protocols has to be standardized to increase the shelf life of the formulation. It facilitates the industries to involve in commercial production of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR). PGPR with wide scope for commercialization includes Pseudomonas fluorescens, P. putida, P. aeruginosa, Bacillus subtilis and other Bacillus spp. The potential PGPR isolates are formulated using different organic and inorganic carriers either through solid or liquid fermentation technologies. They are delivered either through seed treatment, bio-priming, seedling dip, soil application, foliar spray, fruit spray, hive insert, sucker treatment and sett treatment. Application of PGPR formulations with strain mixtures perform better than individual strains for the management of pest and diseases of crop plants, in addition to plant growth promotion. Supplementation of chitin in the formulation increases the efficacy of antagonists. More than 33 products of PGPR have been registered for commercial use in greenhouse and field in North America. Though PGPR has a potential scope in commercialization, the threat of certain PGPR (P. aeruginosa, P. cepacia and B. cereus) to infect human beings as opportunistic pathogens has to be clarified before large scale acceptance, registration and adoption of PGPR for pest and disease management.

Interestingly, Pseudomonas Putida is one of the core building blocks in Genetically Modified (GM) Agriculture applications, including Pseudomonas fluorescens which is fluourescent. And finally, a new player in our post thus far, Bacillus Subtillus.

 

Bacillus Subtillus

This is also a very interesting bacteria, it can actually provide an incredible boost the human immune system (I would never take soil bacteria into my body, I suggest you avoid all supplements that do). You might want to take a quick look at this article “The Bacillus Subtilis Story” and I think you will be quite shocked, an amazing story if true. This could certainly trigger some type of auto-immune response in humans.

"So the Nazis began carefully examining fresh camel and horse dung. What they discovered was that it was teeming with a powerful bacterial microorganism which later came to be called Bacillus subtilis. This bacteria, it turned out, is so strong that it practically cannibalizes all harmful microorganisms in the human body — particularly pathogenic bacteria like the virulent strain which was causing dysentery in the German troops."

But the immune building powers of Bacillus Subtillus is just an interesting side story that might play some role in our disease. The real reason we want to take a look at Bacillus Subtillus is its ability to grow living, moving fibers. Yes, bacteria growing fibers that move, writhe, and wriggle. I imagine this would feel quite strange under the skin as well. Let’s take a look at the work of Mendelson.

Motions caused by the growth of Bacillus subtilis macrofibres in fluid medium result in new forms of movement of the multicellular structures over solid surfaces

A terminal loop rolling over a glass surface

Dual view images of a large ball structure perching on ‘legs’ and being moved by contact of the large peripheral fibres that originate at the periphery of the ball (supplementary data to Fig. 8)

Very interesting, we have a bacteria that can actually grow fibers. The movement is actually due to the growth of the bacteria. Interestingly, many Morgellons sufferers talking about their fibers moving but they stop moving within at least 2o minutes after being removed from the body. Is this because they have been removed from their food source? Finally, Bacillus Subtillus is being used in PGPR’s (Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria) in the United States and they also contain Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas putida.

So, to answer Dr. Wymores question “What do the fibers have to do with Collembola?” the answer is probably nothing. But I am suggesting that a person with Morgellons has been exposed to a combination of bacteria, that has taken hold in his body, and this is something not meant to be in the human body. But nonetheless, if true, these new GMO concoctions might have taken to their new human hosts quite well, bringing with them their common predators such as Collembola and other “critters”.

I’m not saying the fibers are definitely Bacillus Subtillus, but then, who knows how soil bacteria and plant bacteria are going to react in the human body.

 

Pseudomonas Putida – The Plastic Maker

These little bacteria when tweaked with a gene or two from various creatures can do some pretty amazing things. One of them is to turn toxic oils spills into biodegradable plastic. From the article Bacteria Eating Up Oil Spills and Producing Biodegradable Plastic. Here is a quote from the article:

 

Kevin O’Connor and his colleagues produced a chemical cocktail made up of more than 80 percent styrene oil plus low volumes of other toxicants. Frankly, they haven’t expected that their test bacteria, P. putida CA-3, a special strain of a common soil microbe, would do too well.

However, the bacteria managed to turn 64 grams of undistilled styrene oil into nearly 3 grams of additional bacteria. In the process, the bacteria also produced 1.6 grams of a biodegradable plastic called polyhydroxyalkanoates, or PHA. The PHA is already used to make everything from forks to vitamins.

We cannot yet say that this bacterium literally changes an environmental problem into a beneficial substance because it also produces some amounts of other toxic byproducts such as toluene. Nevertheless, it is a good start.

 

If you really want to explore this subject hit this Google Query. But Pseudomonas Putida can do more than make things out of oil spills, it can also be fed glucose, something readily found in the human body and again the byproduct is tolene, see Production of toluene cis-glycol by Pseudomonas putida in glucose feb-batch culture.

While I have purposely strayed away from some of the bizarre things going on inside a Morgellons sufferer’s body, one of them (not in everyone however) is that hard plastic bits are forced up out of the skin, sometimes large pieces of white plastic. In fact, I have seen rather large chunks coming out of peoples lips, faces and so on, quite strange yes, but impossible? No, not at all. In fact, this is often a large part of what a Morgellons sufferer goes through.

 

More on the Chemical Toluene

Here is the wikipedia information Toluene.

Toluene, also known as methylbenzene or phenylmethane, is a clear, water-insoluble liquid with the typical smell of paint thinners, redolent of the sweet smell of the related compound benzene. It is a very toxic substance and as the wikipedia information states, “As toluene has very low water solubility, it cannot exit the body via the normal routes (urine, feces, or sweat). It must be metabolized in order to be excreted.”

Why all the talk of Toluene? Well, this is another thing that has often showed up in the bloodwork of Morgellons patients. I have been told directly by many person who have had extensive toxicology tests done that high levels of Toluene and related compounds were found in their blood work. Some of these people told me they were patients of Dr. Hildegarde Staninger as she often has extensive lab tests done in order to try to figure out what might be going on within a persons body. In fact, it was other Morgellons sufferers reporting this to me that helped me to really begin to put things together.

 

Morgellons in France During the 1600’s

Many might not be aware of where the term Morgellons actually comes from. As it turns out the name was adopted from the Morgellons of the 1600’s in France. Yes, that long ago. Whether or not our Morgellons and what they were dealing with at that time are the same I do not know, but they were similar enough that the name has been applied to us.

However, and I think this is very important, none of the evidence I have conveyed above precludes this theory from it also being the cause of Morgellons in the 1600’s. Pseudomonas Putida is a common soil bacterium, Collembola have lived for eons and Putida is like ringing the dinner bell for them. The only difference between Morgellons now and then is our wide spread use in agriculture of the main players as listed above. Morgellons is now world wide. And if what I have stated above is true its being used in our food supply, being sprayed aerially, and being used readily. It is quite possibly that during the 1600’s persons became infected with Putida, this requires no extraordinary act.

 

Summary

This is not the end of the story, no, not by a long shot, this is only Part One. We didn’t talk about Pseudomonas fluorescens which has the ability to fluoresce which many Morgellons sufferers, including myself, have witnessed. I would like to thank Dr. Wymore for his work and posting the interview which sparked my investigation into this line of enquiry.

I would also like to thank Trisha Springstead for her effort in our cause. Trisha is a former surgical charge nurse and clinical educator who now works as an advocate for patient’s rights. You can read a recent interview by her here:

Morgellons: Expert Says Awareness and Early Treatment are Paramount

I would also like to post a small quote Trisha made that I am in total agreement with.

I took slides to my friend who is an entomologist and we found fungal hyphae, alternarium, and pathogenic funguses on the slides. These are not things that grow in humans. They are organisms that grow in plants. So the human bodies of these sufferers are becoming like soil and what does that attract? Fungus, mold and parasites.

 

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers to Trisha, She gets it.  Jeers to those inside our own community who try to control who researches Morgellons and the smear campaigns they wage against fellow researchers, and you know who you are.

 

Finally, a related article on Morgellons can be found here:
Morgellons: Terrifying New Disease Reaching Pandemic Status

 

I would like to keep the comments open for intelligent discourse, but this isn’t the place to hang out if you want to talk about crazy conspiracy theory’s, chemtrails, aliens, population control theories, or Lyme Disease. If I have to I’ll just turn comments off.

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