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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.

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