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

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Comments on: "Guest Post by Jill on MTBE and Related Info" (9)

  1. Mr. Common Sense said:

    Jill, I find this statement very interesting …

    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.

    Now, what if we have a form of Ps. Putida that has been used for bioremediation that feeds off this glucose. I have posted articles that show Ps. Putida can create plastic from glucose. And so we get this never ending vicious cycle going on inside of our bodies. Some forms of Ps. Putida will even create Toluene as a by product, and I have linked it to many of our symptoms. Also, the Fibromyalgia symptom list you posted has been the worst for me. My crawling is down to almost non-existant now. No wonder Dr. Staninger says, CLEANSE, CLEANSE, CLEANSE. I know I had Candida issues before this began, and I do think we have an ongoing chemical process that is occurring in our bodies. I think you have added to the mix here rather nicely, given me a lot to think about.

    Jill, finally this question, if MTBE and BTEX are found in our water as has been documented, surely it’s possible that the special bio-remediation bacteria such as Ps. Putida and some of the Geobacter’s they have used to attempt to cleanup the toxins are in the water as well, I think we have both the toxins and their bioremediation counterparts interacting in our body, and I don’t underestimate your yeast/candida comments as any sufferer can tell you that diet matters.

  2. Thank You Both, from the bottom of many hearts. I now have over 1400 families emailing me and reporting. I have been contacted by many News outlets in this search for the truth. From the very beginning, I knew in my soul that petrochemicals,
    plastics leeching, mineral oils and petroleum jelly (which are the by products of the sludge, at the bottom of the tankers, clarified through a process, of running this garbage waste, through hexane and benzine filtration systems thus rendering mineral oil
    or baby oil and petroleum jelly).
    14 years ago a friend contacted me and got me into a refinery, to show me the dangerous practices of the petrochemical companies in our country. he worked for the EPA and wanted me to see, for myself, the process by which these poisons were made. It was enlightening at best. I was disgusted that our country would allow this garbage to continue, to be used on babies, humans, animals and man-kind.
    These bases are dangerous and contain fragrance oils in some cases that are 400 undeclared chemicals. (www.certichem.com, EWG Skin Deep)
    You see, my life has been about this, that is why I became a formulator. So that I could change the practices of using mineral oils, methyls, hexyls, propyls, ureas, benzanes (remember Hulda Clark was right when she said….”nothing with propyls may be used on the skin”) The book, “The Cure for All Cancers.”
    Our Government threw her out of the country for “practicing medicine without a license” and sent her packing to Mexico. She was exiled for stating what was right and it scared our medical sytem, she was a threat.
    The words that came, from this woman, still echo in my mind today. Clarks words gave my mother Phyllis, 14 1/2 years of extra life, after being given a death sentence of 2-6 months.
    Dr Hulda Clarks teachings are still considered quackery, but I can tell you that she gave me, more time with my Mother, more time on this earth, so that we could find a treatment that was non toxic, this treatment let me have so many memories that I otherwise would never have had.
    I stand at a salute to both of you and your wonderful research. This is the truth, and “The Truth Shall Set Us Free.”
    I miss my mother today but know that she lives on in my spirit, my mind and my soul.
    All I can say is…I am humbled, blessed and thankful that you exist to put the puzzle together. You are angels in a world of confusion, doubt and fear, you are casting a light of goodness and taking the mystery out of the disease known as “Morgellons”.
    I have been very busy as you might know with calls from wonderful scientists, physicists and Doctors saying, “Trisha, what can I do to help????”
    This research is our miracle and these people, who are disrupted are toxic time bombs ticking away. Many of my dear friends, with this, now have soft tissue carcinomas and 3 of my people have comitted suicide. Let the healing begin, it can not begin soon enough.
    Thank You and to whoever is responsible for this “posioning” of others, let us begin at the beginning by saying…..as mr common sense put it….I Forgive you!!!!
    The bible says, “Forgive them father for they know not what they do.” Who ever you are, I forgive you.
    To those that are suffering, let me say there is a light at the end of the tunnel and you will get better. We are so blessed and I wake up each day and say…”Father take me to the people places and things today…so that I may carry out my mission in this life.” This prayer has never failed me and life, because, my world has become magical every day. To anyone who I have hurt in this, I am sorry and to the people who I have allowed to hurt me, It’s alright and I understand, that this was all a part of the process that got us here and now.
    We will find a treatment and hopefully a cure. I am in awe of the miracles that abound in this blog, this testament to people who are doing the right thing.
    Love and Light,
    Trisha R. Springstead RN

  3. Mr. Common Sense said:

    Just how easy is it to become polluted with Toluene and keep a continuous supply coming? Not as hard as you might think …

    Volatile organic compounds in runners near a roadway: increased blood levels after short duration exercise.
    http://www.citeulike.org/group/5070/article/3774014

    Significant increases in blood BTEX levels were observed in runners between pre- and post-exercise for toluene (mean increase of 1.4 ng/ml; p=0.002), ethylbenzene (0.7 ng/ml; p=0.0003), m/p-xylene (2.0 ng/ml; p=0.004), and o-xylene (1.1 ng/ml; p=0.002), however, no change was observed for benzene. CONCLUSIONS: Blood BTEX levels are increased during high intensity exercise such as running undertaken in areas with BTEX pollution, even with a short duration of exercise. This may have health implications for runners who regularly exercise near roadways.

    My guess is, we get the same effect from driving our cars, breathing in Toluene and other BTEX compounds daily. The good news is you no longer have to feel bad when you see all those folks jogging, now you know you’re doing the healthy thing by sitting on your butt. /sarcasm

  4. Mr. Common Sense said:

    Jill, You mentioned ” Acetaldehyde” in your post, look at this Toluene Degradation Pathway map, at the bottom is Acetaldehyde, it all breaks down to Acetaldehyde, you were right !!

    http://umbbd.msi.umn.edu/tol/tol_map.html

  5. Over and over we are finding little trails of evidence of the devastating consequences of the pride, arrogance and greed of mankind. Our bodies were never designed to cope with the complex array and burgeoning volume of VOC’s that we are being confronted with. Humans have incredibly sophisticated detoxification pathways that are capable of turning volatile compounds into less volatile (still harmful, but better suited to primary detox mechanisms) ones (i.e.- toluene to acetaldehyde), but there is a limit to our liver’s ability to keep up with demand as our detoxification systems are progressively overwhelmed.

    Its kind of like having a clogged drain… once the liver’s capacity is exceeded, our “overflow valve” is the skin. When the liver is overwhelmed, the resulting toxicity in our tissues damages the mitochondria and impairs both our immune potential and our energy producing efficiency at the cellular level.

    Its a simple as this: Tired cells make tired organs, and tired organs make tired people. This is why it is so critical to cleanse, cleanse, cleanse… and to support cellular energy systems. This is where the rubber hits the road Trish… and why Liver CS Plus is an integral part of the Burgstiner Wellness Protocol.

    For some time now, Logos Nutritionals has been in the R&D process for the final component of Dr. Burgstiner’s protocol, which is a breakthrough oral chelation formula to help rid the body of toxic heavy metals and other biohazards that are accumulating in humans due to chronic low level exposure to chemopollutants. I understand that our friend Dr. Susan Kolb has done considerable research in this area, and I have been led to contact her in regard to the completion of this project.

    It is amazing to see the many divine appointments and alignments that are happening as Truth and Light is asserting itself and the darkness surrounding Morgellons is being exposed. It is no coincidence that MagniFlora Seven was manifested at this crucial time… and all because of a temporary backorder issue with Essential Flora.

    God is definitely in the details!

  6. Dear Friends,
    This is all coming full circle….in the beginning I thought this was being caused by mineral oils in skincare, if you trace back the basics, in the making of fossil fuels, very simply, fossil fuel comes from very deep in the ocean.

    I spoke to a Palentologist and a Geologist in Washington DC, I asked the questions, the most intersting was….”If fossil fuel or petrolchemicals come from the decaying plant life,organisms that can survive very deep in the OCEAN or DESERT (which once was ocean) now this is the kicker…..CAN FOSSIL FUEL, HAVE MICROSCOPIC living ORGANISMS and (or) BACTERIA,THAT CAN MAKE IT THROUGH THE FILTRATION PROCESSES OF PETROCHEMICAL BYPRODUCTS??????? ie., mineral oil, petroleum jelly, hexanes, benzines, toluene, Pesticides, skin care products, foods, water leeching in plastics, jet fuel. et al.

    His Answer, after he scratched his head for a few minutes was, unequovacably, YES.

    He also said, “Lady, if you know anything about this “Disease” start Screaming Loudly,
    so people will miss you and stay away from this God Forsaken corrupt city.”

    Now, this was 3 1/2 years ago and he is now retired but the city he told me never to go to was….”Washington DC.” I am so not afraid of DC anymore, we have Congressional people there that want to help.

    Google Fossil Fuels and you will learn a great deal. I believe this Syndrome has been around for decades , and Mary, the grand woman who named it, was right on. Where ever you are Mary L, God bless you and we are on your side.

    I just want everyone to send out lots of love and healing to Mary L, who also has been fighting a rough battle. I have never had the honor of meeting you Mary but.. I will some day.

    People who think, or bashed Mary and said, that she stole from the MRF, that is a blatant miscarriage of judgement…Dr Wymore told me personally….there was only a little over 800.00 in that account.

    Dr Wymore and Mary are not the enemies in this, I am not the enemy, all we want is to, find a cure and it can’t come fast enough. NO MORE BASHING PLEASE….WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. We can be our own worst enemies or we can step up to the plate, in unity and love for each other.

    Crazy as a Lune ( Fox ) in Florida, lol.
    Love to All,
    Trisha

  7. Jill, You mentioned ” Acetaldehyde” in your post, look at this Toluene Degradation Pathway map, at the bottom is Acetaldehyde, it all breaks down to Acetaldehyde, you were right !!

    http://umbbd.msi.umn.edu/tol/tol_map.html

    Great diagram, Grady! Love those. Thanks!

    I spoke to a Palentologist and a Geologist in Washington DC, I asked the questions, the most intersting was….”If fossil fuel or petrolchemicals come from the decaying plant life,organisms that can survive very deep in the OCEAN or DESERT (which once was ocean) now this is the kicker…..CAN FOSSIL FUEL, HAVE MICROSCOPIC living ORGANISMS and (or) BACTERIA,THAT CAN MAKE IT THROUGH THE FILTRATION PROCESSES OF PETROCHEMICAL BYPRODUCTS??????? ie., mineral oil, petroleum jelly, hexanes, benzines, toluene, Pesticides, skin care products, foods, water leeching in plastics, jet fuel. et al.

    His Answer, after he scratched his head for a few minutes was, unequovacably, YES.
    *******

    Trish-

    Last year on LB- I found info that confirmed (to me anyway) that the diatoms that some find in their skin could be from the MTBE/TBA/BTEX and the remediation process.

    Think about your above statement- or question to the Palentologist.

    There are components of the oil that remain intact. Could be one of those components is the Diatoms?

    This process is all but nailed – now on to the hard work of a cure.

    Like many others,I believe a flush would likely be very helpful. I use the Molybdenum- from Water Oz. 1 teaspoon- a few times a weeks helps me. I should ramp up a bit cause I’m no where near ‘cured’.

    http://lyme-fiber-disease.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=treatmentoptions&action=display&thread=3

    Molybdenum

    This is another great product- I take the Water Oz- Ionic

    It flushes the body of toxins- quickly.

    Just a small amount- 1 teaspoon- every few days is enough

    http://tinyurl.com/cb25pn

    I feel the Lord leading us in the direction of the answers and
    hope for unity- at least among some of us-

    Please join me on the above board when you can guys- I could use
    some Toulene info. I see it is in many make up products and other
    cleansers, nail polish and much more. The ladies could sure use that
    info.

    Jill

    PS as to your other question Grady- will post later

  8. Jill, finally this question, if MTBE and BTEX are found in our water as has been documented, surely it’s possible that the special bio-remediation bacteria such as Ps. Putida and some of the Geobacter’s they have used to attempt to cleanup the toxins are in the water as well, I think we have both the toxins and their bioremediation counterparts interacting in our body, and I don’t underestimate your yeast/candida comments as any sufferer can tell you that diet matters.

    ********

    Yes – Putida is in the mix for remediation of both oil spills and
    the MTBE/TBA/BTEX etc.

    Geobacter also factor into the remediation:

    Lovely contributed to the MTBE Remediation handbook- see:

    http://lyme-fiber-disease.proboards.com/index.cgi

    Page 268 (ref to Geobacter found in the Potomac River by Lovley, degrades Benzene etc)

    I made a post on that thread just for you and the Geobacters!

  9. […] of the biodegradation map was something called Acetaldehyde which I immediately recognized from Jill’s post on BTEX. Toluene will eventually break down to Acetaldehyde . As I began to research Acetaldehyde it seemed […]

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