Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 21:57:19 -0800
For those of you still wondering about the alternatives to poisonous
vaccines and drugs like Cipro, the following will give you some more
assurance of what VacLib has been sharing all along....
If you can get through the first half, the bottom half covers the truth
anthrax, smallpox and biological warfare. --Sounds alot like what Tenpenny
shared with us on Saturday night....
1. Subject: Oil of Oregano Rivals Modern Antibiotic Drugs
Oil Of Oregano Rivals Modern Antibiotic Drugs
by Bill Sardi
Oil pressed from oregano leaves that
contain the active ingredient carvacrol may be an effective treatment
against sometimes drug-resistant bacterial infection. Georgetown
University researchers have found that oil of oregano appears to reduce
infection "as effectively as traditional antibiotics."
Oil of oregano at relatively low doses was found to be efficacious
against Staphylococcus bacteria and was comparable in its germ-killing
properties to antibiotic drugs such as streptomycin, pencillin and
[Science Daily 10/11/2001] The findings were presented by Harry G.
Preuss, MD, professor of physicology and biophysics, Georgetown
University, at the American College of Nutrition'a annual meeting in
Orlando, Florida. The oregano oil was obtained from North American Herb
and Spice Company, a Waukeegan, Illinois company that sponsored the
study and markets their non-prescription products in retail stores un
the trade names Oregamax and Oregacyn.
Earlier this year researchers at the Department of Food Science at the
University of Tennessee reported that, among various plant oils, oil of
oregano exhibited the greatest antibacterial action against common
pathogenic germs such as Staph, E. coli and Listeria. [Journal Food
Protection, Volume 64, July 2001] Last year British researchers reported
oregano oil had antibacterial activity against 25 different bacteria.
[Journal Applied Microbiology, Volume 88, February 2000] A clinical
study in Italy has shown that oil of oregano can be used to treat
intestinal parasites. [Phytotherapy Research, Volume 14, May 2000] The
body of positive evidence for oregano oil as a major antibiotic is
growing. Among 52 plant oils tested, oregano was considered to have
"pharmacologic" action against common bugs such as Candida albicans
(yeast), E. coli, Salmonella enterica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
[Journal Applied Microbiology, volume 86, June 1999] Pseudomonas is a
type of germ that is getting more difficult to treat as it has developed
strains that are resistant against antibiotic drugs.
Of recent interest are reports showing that carvacrol from oil of
oregano kills spores, such as Bacillus cereus and Bacillus anthracis
[Archives Microbiology, Volume 174, October 2000; Quarterly Review
Biology, Volume 73, March 1998] Bacillus cereus is considered to be from
the same species as Bacillus anthracis (anthrax). [Applied
Environmental Microbiology, Volume 66, June 2000] In tests of
antibiotics and antiseptics, Bacillus cereus is often used in studies in
lieu of the anthrax strain. [University of Michigan News & Information
23, 1998] Oil of oregano is not to be confused with common oregano in
the kitchen spice cupboard, which is usually marjoram (Origanum majorana
or O. vulgare)
rather than true oregano (Origanum vulgare).
The growing problem of antibiotic resistance has health authorities
concerned. Already various germs are showing resistance to vancomycin,
particularly to intestinal bacteria (Enterococcal species) among
hospitalized patients. [Southern Medical Journal, Volume 94, August
2001] Vancomycin is considered to be the most potent antibiotic
available and is withheld from use as a drug of last resort. Vancomycin
costs about $16 per pill versus about $1 for the purest-strength oregano
oil. Drug resistance does not develop against naturally-occuring
antibiotics such as garlic and oil of oregano.
October 13, 2001 Bill Sardi [send him mail] is a health journalist at
Copyright © 2001 by the Word of Knowledge Agency, San Dimas, California
2. NATURAL ANTIDOTES TO BIOLOGICAL TOXINS -- GARLIC
The Garlic Information Center in Britain indicates that deadly ANTHRAX is
most susceptible to GARLIC.
Garlic is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that even blocks toxin production by
germs. [Journal Nutrition, March 2001]
In one test, garlic was found to be a more potent antibiotic than
ampicillin, doxycycline, streptomycin and cephalexin, some of the very
same antibiotic drugs used in the treatment of anthrax.
Garlic was found to be effective against nine strains of E. coli, Staph and
other bugs. [Fitoterapia, Volume 5, 1984] Freshly cut cloves of garlic or
garlic powder may be beneficial.
The antibiotic activity of one milligram of allicin, the active ingredient
garlic, equals 15 units of penicillin. [Koch and Lawson, Garlic: The Science
and Therapeutic Application, 2nd edition, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore
Garlic capsules that certify their allicin content are preferred and may
provide 5-10 milligrams of allicin, which is equivalent to 75-150 units of
2. SULFUR-BEARING ANTIOXIDANTS
The anthrax bacterium's toxicity emanates from its ability to kill
cells which are part of the immune system.
Studies have shown that SULFUR-BEARING ANTIOXIDANTS (alpha lipoic acid,
N-acetyl cysteine, taurine) and VITAMIN C, which elevate levels of
glutathione, a natural antioxidant within the body, counters the toxicity
produced by anthrax. [Molecular Medicine, November 1994; Immunopharmacology,
January 2000; Applied Environmental Microbiology, May 1979]
The above sulphur compounds can be obtained from health food stores and
taken in doses ranging from 100-500 mg.
3. VITAMIN C
Vitamin C should be the buffered alkaline form (mineral ascorbates) rather
than the acidic form (ascorbic acid) and should be combined with
bioflavonoids which prolong vitamin C's action in the blood circulation.
The powdered form of vitamin C is recommended to achieve optimal dosing. A
tablespoon of vitamin C powder (about 10,000 mgs) can be added to juice.
Good products are Twinlab's Super Ascorbate C powder and Alacer's powdered
MELATONIN, a sleep-inducing hormone available at most health food stores,
has been shown to help prevent lethal toxins from anthrax exposure. [Cell
Biology Toxicology, Volume 16, 2000] It could be taken at bedtime in doses
from 5-20 mg. Melatonin boosts glutathione levels during sleep.
Of additional interest, one of the methods by which MUSTARD GAS works is
its ability to bring about cell death by depleting cell levels of
eMedicine Journal, April 9, 2001] So GLUTATHIONE is also an antidote for
mustard gas poisoning.
5. IRON and METAL-BINDING CHELATORS.
Virtually all bacteria, viruses and fungi depend upon IRON as a growth
factor. [Iron & Your Health, T.F. Emery, CRC Press, 1991] Iron chelating
(removing) drugs and antibiotics (Adriamycin, Vancomycin, others) are
effective against pathogens. The plague (Yersinia pestis), botulism,
AND ANTHRAX could all be potentially treated with non-prescription
METAL-BINDING CHELATORS. For example, iron removal retards the
growth of the plague. [Medical Hypotheses, January 1980] The biological
of the botulinum toxin depends upon iron, and metal chelators may be
(*Remember to differentiate between organic, food source iron such as beets
chlorophyll from plants and synthetic iron or animal source iron --big
Infection Immunology, October 1989, Toxicon, July, 1997].
Phytic acid (IP6), derived as an extract from RICE BRAN, is the most potent
natural iron chelator and has strong antibiotic and antioxidant action.
[Free Radical Biology Medicine, Volume 8, 1990; Journal Biological
August 25, 1987]
IP6 has been found to have similar iron-chelating properties as
a drug commonly used to kill germs, tumour cells or to remove undesirable
from the body. [Biochemistry Journal, September 15, 1993]
IP6 rice bran extract (2000-4000 mg) should be taken in between meals with
filtered or bottled water only (no juice).
The antibacterial, antiseptic action of plant oils has been described in
recent medical literature and may be helpful in fighting biological
[Journal Applied Microbiology, Volume 88, 2000] A potent natural
antibiotic, more powerful than many prescription antibiotics, is oil of
One study showed that oregano completely inhibited the growth of 25 germs
such as Staphylococcus aureas, Escherichia coli, Yersinia enterocolitica
and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. [Journal Food Protection, July 2001]
Oregano has been shown to be effective in eradicating intestinal parasites
in humans. [Phytotherapy Research, May 2000]
WILD OREGANO, which is quite different than the variety on most kitchen
spice racks, has over 50 antibacterial compounds. Just one part wild oregano
in 4000 dilution sterilizes contaminated water. [London Times, May 8, 2001]
Oregano powder from whole leaf oregano is available as OregamaxTM capsules
(North American Herb & Spice Co.). A spectacular development in natural
antibiotic therapy is the manufacture of oregano powder from 100% pure
oregano oil, producing one of the most potent antibiotics known. It has
recently become available under the trade name OregacinTM (North American
Herb & Spice Co.). It costs about $1 per pill, but this is a far cry from
$16 per pill for Vancomycin, known as most potent prescription antibiotic.
7. NERVE GAS ANTITOXINS
Nature also provides nerve gas antitoxins. Nerve gas interrupts the normal
transmission of nerve impulses by altering levels of acetycholinesterase,
enzyme that degrades the nerve transmitter acetycholine. HUPERZINE A, a
derivative of CHINESE CLUB MOSS, has been suggested as a pre-treatment
against nerve gases. [Annals Pharmacology France, January 2000]
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research conducted studies which
revealed that huperzine A protects against nerve gas poisoning in a superior
to physostigmine, a long-standing anti-nerve toxin drug.
[Defense Technical Information Centre Review, Volume 2, December 1996]
Huperzine A is available as a food supplement at most health food stores.
Suggested dosage is 150 mcg per day. Pre-treatment is advised prior to
nerve gas exposure.
SUMMARY. The threat of biological warfare is real and concern over
preparedness of the civilian population and medical professionals is
growing. There is virtually no practical way that vaccines, antibiotics or
treatment can be delivered to a frightened populace in a timely manner
during a crisis. The current strategy of having an unprotected
citizenry travel to physicians' offices or hospitals to receive prophylactic
care or treatment is unfeasible. The public must be armed with preventive
or therapeutic agents in their vehicles, homes and the workplace. Natural
antibiotics and antitoxins are well documented in the medical literature,
but overlooked by health authorities. These antidotes are readily available
for the public to acquire and place in an emergency biological response kit.
Last portion of article by Bill Sari
Knowledge of Health, Inc.
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San Dimas, California 91773
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To help calm a perception among the public that anthrax was akin to atomic
potential for destruction, I was researching information on the internet. I
following. The information is consistent with what I had heard from other
Anthrax As Disinformation A Biologist's Perspective
Propaganda on biological weapons including anthrax originates in the dark
government for the purpose of swaying the public for increased police
powers. A terrorist
threat is hyped or contrived, while military research on contagious diseases
Disinformation in Media.
An example of the disinformation is an article in a news weekly which listed
each of the
supposed terrorist weapons and the cost of producing them. For $10-20,000,
supposedly kill hundreds of thousands of persons with botulism toxin,
anthrax, nerve gas, etc.
"60 Minutes" had an expert who said biological weapons could be produced in
back yard in a five gallon bucket. They said anthrax spores released from a
boat on the
Hudson River could kill four hundred thousand persons in New York City.
Anthrax is Trivial.
Here's the truth of the matter. Anthrax will never be used successfully as a
and probably never as a military weapon. It has to be converted to spores
and suspended in the air,
which is technically very difficult; and the lethality is nowheres near the
terror that it is made
out to be. It is not 100% lethal as often claimed. Wool sorters inhale
anthrax spores in small
quantities continually (150-700 per hour), and only if they get a large dose
does an infection
get started. Only US and Russia can Weaponize it. To use anthrax as a
weapon, it must be
converted to a powder which can be inhaled. Only the US and Russian
succeeded in doing that. Even Iraq uses anthrax in liquid form, which is
Humans are Seldom Affected. Anthrax is a livestock pathogen. There are
anthrax spores in
the ground in rural areas, because they survive for about twenty years. They
normally have no
effect upon humans, because a few anthrax spores cannot create an infection,
and they do not
come up from the ground in large quantities. Cellular Limitations. Anthrax
is what's called a
"gram positive" bacterium. This means it has the type of cell walls which
are harmless, unlike
the cell walls of "gram negative" bacteria, which attack tissue. Therefore,
anthrax can only
attack tissue by producing a special toxin which it excretes. One cell or
spore does not produce
enough toxin to start an infection. Studies have apparently determined that,
typically, ten thousand
anthrax spores must be inhaled to start an infection. That number might be
but it is in line with the biology of the disease. It is the number which
the military uses, and only
the military has significantly researched such questions. It uses gas
chambers for animal tests.
Anthrax normally attacks the lungs, because it must lodge in vulnerable
tissue. It can invade through
other routes such as cuts or undercooked meat, but it only does so under
third world conditions, and
those routes are not relevant to biowarfare. Livestock eat from the ground,
so they have their faces
in the ground where the spores are, and they can inhale ten thousand spores.
How does anyone get
ten thousand spores into the lungs of humans? Technical Obstacles to
Weaponizing. The first
requirement would be to aerosolize the spores. The spores would have to be
converted to a
dry powder, because a liquid would create globs which would fall to the
ground rather than
staying suspended in the air. To create a powder, the spores would first
have to be washed
several times in an array of very large and expensive centrifuges. Then a
would have to be used; and it would require spraying a mist into a vacuum,
which is how
powders are created from liquids. Otherwise, everything globs up into hard
rocks. How do
workers clean the equipment without getting spores everywhere? A likely
procedure would be
to enclose the equipment in a pressure chamber and steam sterilize it for
several days. Such
an operation costs hundreds of millions of dollars, considering related
development. Only countries do that, not radical groups, and not in five
gallon buckets. It
won't stay in the Air. Even in powder form, the spores would fall to the
ground rapidly in the
absence of wind. Anthrax is not adapted for airborne dissemination. It needs
to stay on the
ground until inhaled by livestock. So it would not stay in the air like mold
spores but would fall
out easily, about like flour. In the presence of wind, the spores would be
carried away rapidly
and would not stay in one place long enough for anyone to get more than a
few inhaled. Once
the spores were on the ground, they would not affect humans significantly,
would not come up from the ground in large enough quantities.
There is some talk about using liquids with fogging devices for dispersion
of biological agents
such as anthrax. It's not realistic. First, there is no mention of the
purity that would be required
to prevent globbing and plugging of nozzles. At least, a lot of expensive
centrifuging would be
required to remove debris. Then agricultural spraying demonstrates that a
mist drops rapidly
to the ground. It does that because air can only hold a small amount of
water, which causes
sprays to precipitate. Another problem is that spores would rapidly settle
to the bottom of a
liquid and form a gum due to sticky cell debris and their tendency to clump.
A chemical mist is
different, because chemicals vaporize, while cells do not. Cells in a mist
together as the liquid vaporizes. To create free spores would require very
clean material, high
dilution, ultra fine mist and a vacuum for rapid evaporation. Foggers can't
do the same thing.
For these reasons, anthrax would be difficult to use; and it could hardly
kill more than a few
hundred persons under the most ideal conditions, not the hundreds of
thousands which are
On top of that, antibiotics are effective for it during the early
stage of the illness. It is
not contagious for humans. Glib Journalism is Unrealistic. Innumerable
journalists have been
insisting that anthrax can be produced in a simple laboratory with little
expertise. To the
contrary, no countries but the U.S. and Russia can convert anthrax to a
usable weapon. Iraq
cannot. Consider what the journalists fail to recognize. Growing a large
quantity of anthrax
would result in a fermenter full of slop which is extremely slimy and
viscous with large
amounts of debris and metabolic products mixed with the nutrient medium.
That slop has to
be washed and converted to a medium which will induce spores to form. Much
knowledge would be required to get a reasonable yield of spores. Then the
cells would have
to be fragmented with something like a blender to get the spores out of the
cells. Then much
differential centrifugation would be required to separate the spores from
the debris. Then
spray drying of spores in a vacuum would be required. Accomplishing all of
that would require
several Ph.Ds. and much developmental type research in addition to expensive
and a very large building. It isn't a matter of growing something in a
kettle and pouring it into
a rocket, as journalists and weapons inspectors seem to be assuming.
Grinding is Another
Absurdity. The latest contrivance is that terrorists might weaponize anthrax
by drying a slurry
and grinding it to particles 1-5 microns in size. (The bacteria are 1 by 3
microns.) The first
problem is that the gunk would dry like glue; and after grinding, it would
still be glue. Even if
it were washed first, the bacteria would be sticky and would dry like glue.
problem is that bacteria do not tolerate grinding. They are as fragile as
egg shells. Grinding is
how they are broken apart for biochemical tests. Even if only 1% were
broken, the result would
be a sticky gum, not a powder; and more like 99% would be broken before
getting 5 micron
particles. Journalists keep mentioning how many anthrax spores can be gotten
onto the head
of a pin. It's not a question of how many can be gotten onto the head of a
pin but how many
can be gotten into someone's lungs. Planes cannot Dust a City. A scenario
which is often
mentioned is that someone might use a plane to dust a large city with
anthrax during the
night. It's unrealistic. First, no one in buildings would be harmed by
anthrax. The few spores
that entered buildings would settle on surfaces, and few would enter the
air, and even fewer
would be inhaled. At most, someone might inhale a few dozen spores per hour.
That's not the
ten thousand that are needed. Secondly, anthrax spores would not diffuse
the air like a gas. They will either drop too fast or blow away. A few dozen
persons might be
killed, but that's not the terror that is being hyped in the media. And more
nobody is producing the spores in powder form but the U.S. and Russia.
Journalists seem to
assume that an anthrax cell anywhere will kill someone someplace. Putting
each other on a page is not the same thing as getting cells into humans on
the ground. There
are millions of square miles of space on the ground which do not show up
with the words. Iraq
did not Weaponize Anthrax. Saddam Hussein is said to have produced anthrax.
If so, the
reason is because it is stable and easy to handle, not because it is
effective when used. Iraq is
unsophisticated to a point of ineptness in its approach to biological
weapons. It is said that
Iraq uses anthrax in liquid form and puts it in missiles in liquid form. In
liquid form, anthrax is
almost as safe as cotton candy. Therefore, Iraq poses no anthrax threat. In
fact, military and
UN inspectors only found two Iraqi warheads with anthrax in them (in liquid
form). If Iraq had
anthrax in an effective form, it would have had it in hundreds of warheads,
as they did with
nerve gas. So Iraq knew its anthrax was useless. For about a billion
dollars, Iraq could
probably get enough experts together to develop anthrax as a weapon. But the
reason why it
doesn't is that researchers already know that anthrax would be next to
worthless after it was
The Whole Concept is Flawed. Biological warfare is a flawed
concept. The only
route usually considered is airborne, because bombs and missiles create the
There is no disease in existence which is propagated in that manner. Even
diseases require close contact with the source. The reason is because wind
agents too thinly, and gravity brings them down too rapidly. Increasing the
massively will get a few persons, but only a few. And then, very few of the
diseases which are
mentioned as biowarfare agents are suitable for airborne dissemination.
Brucellosis is not. It is
disseminated through body fluids. Plague is not. It is carried by insects
from the blood of one
animal to another. The insects do not pick it up from the ground. Motives
Taylor the Truth at
every Level. Biowarfare is promoted through a combination of ignorance and
The researchers, who should know better and often do, are getting paid to
agents, so they do not want to admit the futility of it. The nonresearchers
evaluate the claims, and they have propaganda motives. They want to
militarize society, and
scare tactics go a long ways in that direction. The point here is not that
large countries cannot
make a lot of persons miserable with biological weapons. It's that the small
terrorists cannot do so on their own; and it cannot be done on a large scale
and in some
magical way as described in the media.
The article below may help alleviate some panic, real information for the
MILINET: Nuclear, Bio, and Chem Attacks
Source: Gunny G's Old Salt Marines Tavern (Forum)
Published: 102401 Author: SFC Red Thomas, USA(Ret)
Posted on 10/24/01 6:43 AM Pacific by gunnyg
Subjec: Nuclear, Bio, and Chem Attacks--SFC Red Thomas, USA(Ret)
Nuclear, Bio, and Chem Attacks--SFC Red Thomas, USA(Ret)
The "Real" Deal about Nuclear, Bio, and Chem Attacks by SFC Red Thomas (Ret)
Since the media has decided to scare everyone with predictions of chemical,
biological, or nuclear
warfare on our turf I decided to write a paper and keep things in their
proper perspective. I am a retired
military weapons, munitions, and training expert.
Lesson number one: In the mid 1990's there were a series of nerve gas
attacks on crowded Japanese
subway stations. Given perfect conditions for an attack less than 10% of the
people there were injured
(the injured were better in a few hours) and only one percent of the injured
60 Minutes once had a fellow telling us that one drop of nerve gas could
kill a thousand people. Well, he
didn't tell you the thousand dead people per drop was theoretical.
Drill Sergeants exaggerate how terrible this stuff was to keep the recruits
awake in class (I know this
because I was a Drill Sergeant too). Forget everything you've ever seen on
TV, in the movies, or read in
a novel about this stuff. It was all a lie (read this sentence again out
These weapons are about terror. If you remain calm, you will probably not
die. This is far less scary than
the media and their "Experts," make it sound.
Chemical weapons are categorized as Nerve, Blood, Blister, and
Incapacitating agents. Contrary to the
hype of reporters and politicians they are not weapons of mass destruction
they are "Area denial," and
terror weapons that don't destroy anything. When you leave the area you
almost always leave the risk.
That's the difference; you can leave the area and the risk; soldiers may
have to stay put and sit through
it and that's why they need all that spiffy gear. These are not gasses, they
are vapors and/or air borne
The agent must be delivered in sufficient quantity to kill/injure, and that
defines when/how it's used.
Every day we have a morning and evening inversion where "stuff," suspended
in the air gets pushed
down. This inversion is why allergies (pollen) and air pollution are worst
at these times of the day. So, a
chemical attack will have it's best effect an hour of so either side of
sunrise/sunset. Also, being vapors
and airborne particles they are heavier than air so they will seek low
places like ditches, basements and
underground garages. This stuff won't work when it's freezing, it doesn't
last when it's hot, and wind
spreads it too thin too fast. They've got to get this stuff on you, or, get
you to inhale it for it to work.
They also have to get the concentration of chemicals high enough to kill or
wound you. Too little and it's
nothing, too much and it's wasted. What I hope you've gathered by this point
is that a chemical
weapons attack that kills a lot of people is incredibly hard to do with
military grade agents and
equipment so you can imagine how hard it will be for terrorists.
The more you know about this stuff the more you realize how hard it is to
use. We'll start by talking
about nerve agents. You have these in your house, plain old bug killer (like
Raid) is nerve agent. All
nerve agents work the same way; they are cholinesterase inhibitors that mess
up the signals your
nervous system uses to make your body function. It can harm you if you get
it on your skin but it works
best if they can get you to inhale it.
If you don't die in the first minute and you can leave the area you're
probably gonna live. The military's
antidote for all nerve agents is atropine and pralidoxime chloride. Neither
one of these does anything to
cure the nerve agent, they send your body into overdrive to keep you alive
for five minutes, after that the
agent is used up. Your best protection is fresh air and staying calm. Listed
below are the symptoms for
nerve agent poisoning.
Sudden headache, Dimness of vision (someone you're looking at will have
pinpointed pupils), Runny
nose, Excessive saliva or drooling, Difficulty breathing, Tightness in
chest, Nausea, Stomach cramps,
Twitching of exposed skin where a liquid just got on you. If you are in
public and you start experiencing
these symptoms, first ask yourself, did anything out of the ordinary just
happen, a loud pop, did
someone spray something on the crowd?
Are other people getting sick too? Is there an odor of new mown hay, green
corn, something fruity, or
camphor where it shouldn't be?
If the answer is yes, then calmly (if you panic you breathe faster and
inhale more air/poison) leave the
area and head up wind, or, outside. Fresh air is the best "right now
antidote". If you have a blob of liquid
that looks like molasses or Kayro syrup on you; blot it or scrape it off and
away from yourself with
anything disposable. This stuff works based on your body weight, what a crop
duster uses to kill bugs
won't hurt you unless you stand there and breathe it in real deep, then lick
the residue off the ground for
while. Remember they have to do all the work, they have to get the
concentration up and keep it up for
several minutes while all you have to do is quit getting it on you/quit
breathing it by putting space
between you and the attack.
Blood agents are cyanide or arsine which effect your blood's ability to
provide oxygen to your tissue.
The scenario for attack would be the same as nerve agent. Look for a pop or
splashing/spraying something and folks around there getting woozy/falling
down. The telltale smells are
bitter almonds or garlic where it shouldn't be. The symptoms are blue lips,
blue under the fingernails,
rapid breathing. The military's antidote is body working for five minutes
till the toxins are used up. Fresh
air is the your best individual chance. Blister agents (distilled mustard)
are so nasty that nobody wants
to even handle it let alone use it. It's almost impossible to handle safely
and may have delayed effect of
up to 12 hours.
The attack scenario is also limited to the things you'd see from other
chemicals. If you do get large,
painful blisters for no apparent reason, don't pop them, if you must, don't
let the liquid from the blister
get on any other area, the stuff just keeps on spreading. It's just as
likely to harm the user as the target.
Soap, water, sunshine, and fresh air are this stuff's enemy.
Bottom line on chemical weapons (it's the same if they use industrial
chemical spills); they are intended
to make you panic, to terrorize you, to herd you like sheep to the wolves.
If there is an attack, leave the
area and go upwind, or to the sides of the wind stream. They have to get the
stuff to you, and on you.
You're more likely to be hurt by a drunk driver on any given day than be
hurt by one of these attacks.
Your odds get better if you leave the area. Soap, water, time, and fresh air
really deal this stuff a
knock_out_punch. Don't let fear of an isolated attack rule your life. The
odds are really on your side.
Nuclear bombs. These are the only weapons of mass destruction on earth. The
effects of a nuclear
bomb are heat, blast, EMP, and radiation. If you see a bright flash of light
like the sun, where the sun
isn't, fall to the ground!
The heat will be over a second. Then there will be two blast waves, one out
going, and one on it's way
back. Don't stand up to see what happened after the first wave; anything
that's going to happen will have
happened in two full minutes. These will be low yield devices and will not
level whole cities. If you live
through the heat, blast, and initial burst of radiation, you'll probably
live for a very very long time.
Radiation will not create fifty foot tall women, or giant ants and grass
hoppers the size of tanks. These
will be at the most 1 kiloton bombs; that's the equivalent of 1,000 tons of
Here's the real deal, flying debris and radiation will kill a lot of exposed
(not all!) people within a half mile
of the blast. Under perfect conditions this is about a half mile circle of
death and destruction, but, when
it's done it's done. EMP stands for Electro Magnetic Pulse and it will fry
every electronic device for a
good distance, it's impossible to say what and how far but probably not over
a couple of miles from
ground zero is a good guess. Cars, cell phones, computers, ATMs, you name
it, all will be out of order.
There are lots of kinds of radiation, you only need to worry about three,
the others you have lived with for
years. You need to worry about "Ionizing radiation," these are little sub
atomic particles that go
whizzing along at the speed of light. They hit individual cells in your
body, kill the nucleus and keep on
going. That's how you get radiation poisoning, you have so many dead cells
in your body that the
decaying cells poison you. It's the same as people getting radiation
treatments for cancer, only a bigger
area gets radiated. The good news is you don't have to just sit there and
take it, and there's lots you
can do rather than panic.
First; your skin will stop alpha particles, a page of a news paper or your
clothing will stop beta particles,
you just gotta try and avoid inhaling dust that's contaminated with atoms
that are emitting these things
and you'll be generally safe from them.
Gamma rays are particles that travel like rays (quantum physics makes my
brain hurt) and they create
the same damage as alpha and beta particles only they keep going and kill
lots of cells as they go all
the way through your body. It takes a lot to stop these things, lots of
dense material, on the other hand
it takes a lot of this to kill you.
Your defense is as always to not panic. Basic hygiene and normal preparation
are your friends. All
canned or frozen food is safe to eat. The radiation poisoning will not
effect plants so fruits and
vegetables are OK if there's no dust on em (rinse em off if there is). If
you don't have running water and
you need to collect rain water or use water from wherever, just let it sit
for thirty minutes and skim off
the water gentlyfrom the top. The dust with the bad stuff in it will settle
and the remaining water can be
used for the toilet which will still work if you have a bucket of water to
pour in the tank.
Finally there's biological warfare. There's not much to cover here. Basic
personal hygiene and sanitation
will take you further than a million doctors. Wash your hands often, don't
share drinks, food, sloppy
kisses, etc., ... with strangers. Keep your garbage can with a tight lid on
it, don't have standing water
(like old buckets, ditches, or kiddie pools) laying around to allow
mosquitoes breeding room. This stuff
is carried by vectors, that is bugs, rodents, and contaminated material. If
biological warfare is so easy
as the TV makes it sound, why has Saddam Hussein spent twenty years,
millions, and millions of
dollars trying to get it right?
If you're clean of person and home you eat well and are active you're gonna
live. Overall preparation for
any terrorist attack is the same as you'd take for a big storm. If you want
a gas mask, fine, go get one. I
know this stuff and I'm not getting one and I told my Mom not to bother with
one either (how's that for
confidence). We have a week's worth of cash, several days worth of canned
goods and plenty of soap
and water. We don't leave stuff out to attract bugs or rodents so we don't
These people can't conceive a nation this big with this much resources.
These weapons are made to
cause panic, terror, and to demoralize. If we don't run around like sheep
they won't use this stuff after
they find out it's no fun. The government is going nuts over this stuff
because they have to protect every
inch of America. You've only gotta protect yourself, and by doing that, you
help the country.
Finally, there are millions of caveats to everything I wrote here and you
can think up specific scenarios
where my advice isn't the best. This letter is supposed to help the greatest
number of people under the
greatest number of situations.
If you don't like my work, don't nit pick, just sit down and explain
chemical, nuclear, and biological
warfare in a document around three pages long yourself.
This is how we the people of the United States can rob these people of their
most desired goal, your
SFC Red Thomas (Ret)
Armor Master Gunner
Unlimited reproduction and distribution is authorized. Just give me credit
for my work, and, keep in context.