Train Wreck: Dioxins From Vinyl Chloride
The Only Detox Is Bloodletting
The last few weeks in the Twitterverse of news has seen the Project Veritas expose of Pfizer’s gain of function research, a brief focus on women’s health issues triggered by the jab, the forced administrative leave of absence of Project Veritas’ founder, the government shoot down Chinese spy balloons, and then “UFOs” (or UAPs), a deadly earthquake in Turkey, the coincidental evacuation 24 hours pre earthquake of western diplomats from a dozen nations, a Pulitzer award winning journalist publish a detailed expose accusing the Biden administration of blowing up the Nord Stream pipeline, multiple train wrecks, including most concerning the first one in East Palestine, Ohio that led to the deliberate incineration of a train car of vinyl chloride by authorities in order to avoid accidental detonation, but which nevertheless spewed extremely toxic, carcinogenic, black fumes into the atmosphere, remarkably in the same state where a nearly identical scenario played out in the 2022 Netflix movie, White Noise, that actually used extras from the same town affected by the real life train derailment.
Whether or not any of these were planned diversions is less important than taking care of the people impacted by one of the worst chemical spills in history.
Vinyl Chloride is a known carcinogen, and detonating it released phosgene, a chemical warfare agent, along with hydrogen chloride, a precursor to acid rain, into the atmosphere.
It also released one of the most toxic chemicals known to man: dioxin (2,3,7,8-TCDD), which was the active compound in Agent Orange, is a known carcinogen, as well as being extremely harmful to the liver.
Peter Montague, PhD, has written about the EPAs lifetime “safe” dose of the dioxin AKA 2,3,7,8-TCDD:
“Let's compare it to one single aspirin tablet. One aspirin tablet weighs 5 grains (or 325 milligrams, or 325 trillion femtograms), so to express one "safe" lifetime dose of 2,3,7,8-TCDD, you would take a single aspirin tablet and divide it into 32 million (actually 32,172,218) miniscule pieces. Then one of those tiny pieces would represent one "safe" lifetime dose of 2,3,7,8-TCDD.
“Another comparison: A single grain of table salt weighs approximately 0.1 milligrams or 100 billion femtograms, so to get an amount of table salt that weighs the same amount as one "safe" lifetime dose of 2,3,7,8-TCDD, you would divide a single grain of table salt into 9,900 microscopic pieces. One of those tiny pieces would represent a "safe" lifetime dose of dioxin.”
What’s even worse than the toxicity is that dioxins are extremely persistent hormone disruptors that build up in the food chain, are stored in the fat cells of our bodies and can be passed to other people through our secretions, including via mothers milk.
Is it possible to detox from dioxins and other harmful “forever chemicals” in our personal products, food and environment?
Most of these toxins are fat soluble meaning they don’t dissolve in water - so sweat and urine won’t be the best ways to get rid of them. The best natural route of elimination is likely via the liver, gallbladder and stool (avoid constipation).
One study showed a simple and ancient Ayurvedic detox ritual, involving a simple diet of ghee and kitchari, decreased blood levels of these toxins supposedly because the ghee sucked the fat soluble toxins out of blood, but the results seen may have been simply due to decreased intake of contaminated meat, milk and industrial food products during the study period.
The most convincing study on getting rid of “forever chemicals” from our bodies was described in a May 2022 Guardian article and the procedure can be accomplished for free at the Red Cross:
A new study published in JAMA Network Open tracked PFAS levels in 285 Australian firefighters, who are regularly exposed to PFAS in firefighting foam and accrue high levels of the chemicals in their bodies. Over a year, one group of firefighters donated plasma every six weeks, another donated blood every 12 weeks, and a third group acted as a control.
“This randomized clinical trial showed that regular blood or plasma donations result in a significant reduction in serum PFAS levels for participants,” the study’s authors wrote. Blood donors reduced their PFAS levels by 10%, and plasma donors reduced theirs by 30%. Both groups maintained their reduction for at least three months post-trial. The study did not explore whether a reduction in PFAS in the blood necessarily leads to better health.
Many ancient cultures also believed blood letting was beneficial for removing toxic substances - it was accepted medical practice for thousands of years, and although it fell out of favor in the last 200 years, the ancients may have been on to something.
Back then it may have been particularly helpful for people to “detox” from excessive levels of iron in their bodies, especially if they were accustomed to a very high red meat diet - ie many hunter gatherer groups and the top 1% of agrarian societies that could afford the most meat.
Nowadays many women menstruate regularly from their teenage years until their 50s, and therefore lose a significant amount of iron with the blood, but in the past women tended to menstruate far less, since they were usually either continuously pregnant or breastfeeding (which inhibits menstruation) throughout their childbearing years.
Higher iron levels may be linked to a greater risk of heart disease, infectious disease, cancer, and insulin resistance, which means high iron levels likely also correlate with obesity, hypertension and high levels of “bad” cholesterol.
I wouldn’t want to live anywhere near a toxic chemical spill, but many have no choice. For them and for the rest of us, regular blood donation may be a practical way to actually detox from the industrial carcinogens and endocrine disruptors that make us fat and sick.
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