Botulism It's Coming

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    With food shortages, people will be eating from wherever and whenever they can get food. The food may have become contaminated. This document advises on salient points to keep in mind when eating from soup lines, bread lines, community kitchens, and one's own food bank. The later is that, as eating from elsewhere, there may be no signs that the food is contaminated—don't count on good looking food. Swollen can goods are not always a sign, as signs are not always present. You should be able to get through this in one piece by remembering and following this document's precepts.

    If you do your on canning (home canning)—and you, or someone in your covenant community group will in the not–too–distant future, remember: The tomatoes out there now do not come with high vitamin C or acid content now. This is because consumers wanted low acid tomatos and botanists have devised such for food growers. This is what you now have even in heirloom seeds. Have in your food bank the following:

  • Citric acid.
  • Powdered vitamin C for such an occassion(s), as in home canning. Also, store,
  • Sugar.
  • Honey (pasturized). These latter two also preserve foods.
  • Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), alkaline substance. See body of text for reason(s)

    And now...


Botulinum Toxin:

    This is a neuro–toxin, and as such, acts only on nervous tissue. Botulism, the toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria, is released when the microbes are in improperly processed canned goods and possibly the human body. If someone has come into contact with either the poison through skin abrasion, or inhalation, they may come down with botulism poisoning. This bacteria does not grow or reproduce in the human organism, because of gastric secretions and inhibiting, competing intestinal microbiota in the intestines. But infants, under one year of age do not generally have these conditions sufficiently present and may fall prey to spore ingestion, upon which the spores survive passage through the infant's stomach and germinate into the vegetative bacteria in the gut and produce the deadly toxin, botulism.

    However, many human beings carry the endospores (spores) in their intestinal tracts, as well as farm animals, birds, and fish. The spores can be found on potatoes, onions, vegetables, produce, meats, and in home canning. C. botulinum spores, under anaerobic (no oxygen) and weak acid conditions (some types of home canning), can grow into the vegetative cells, upon which the exotoxin (botulism poison) they produce is released at once into the surrounding media contaminating the area.

    Outbreaks have occurred from bottled oils containing herbs. Any oil that has been opened should be stored in the refrigerator, and not for more than several weeks. We suggest if you use the oil after that time, cook or fry at a high heat with it.

    The public has demanded a low–acid tomato and has now gotten it from producers. The downside is that tomatoes need an acid of 4.6 for a safe pH level if use in home canning, otherwise the botulinum organism may develop. Botulism is rising in tomatoes that have been canned at home. Avert disaster by adding lemon juice, citric acid, or a vitamin C solution.

    Non–acid foods can be particularly troublesome in the home canning department. It is best to pressure cook all foods, some writers are now asserting, as opposed to the boiling water bath method.

    The botulinum spores find their way into sewage, manure, water, and organic or natural fertilizers. Without oxygen present (anaerobic), the endospores germinate to vegetative bacteria, and the microbes produce the exotoxin (toxin), botulism, which are released from living botulinum cells. As soon as the bacteria produces the poison, it is released into its immediate environment.

    To be poisoned, you must eat food contaminated with the botulism toxin. This poison prevents ACh from being released from one nerve to another, such that the individual dies of paralysis of the breathing muscles. It does this by binding irreversibly "to the presynaptic membrane of preventing the release of ACh at the nerve terminals." Because the other synapse of the nerve being serviced can't receive the ACh, then the muscle remains relaxed, paralysis ensues, with death following. Curare, a substance from tropical plants, acts this way, too.

    We have been told to throw swollen food cans away. However, with Chastisement unfolding; a stock bubble about to burst, earth changes over the horizon, you may want to save those swollen cans, if food becomes scarce, and your food storage gets very thin. Then you can open the swollen cans carefully, and pour into a container, taking care not to splash any on you; bring to a boil for 15 minutes (30–40 minutes would be better) and eat, better to pressure cook for 15 psi for 15 minutes at 2500 F. If it contains botulism, the bacteria's toxin, it will be destroyed. High heat destroys the toxin, but not the spores; pressure cooking does destroy the spores using the above psi and temperature. The spores can withstand boiling for nearly 20 hours. Most people are unaware this.

    Also, an alkaline medium generally kills most toxins. Botulinum spore formation, however, is favored in a slightly basic or neutral media. If the food contains the botulinum spores, pressure cooking will kill the spores. This is good to know if a nation–wide crisis occurs and you must live off your stores of food, if you prepared a food–storage program.

    Those storing commercially prepared canned foods will need this information. The main source of botulism nowadays is due to home canning; and the food most indicated is home canned string beans. Cans contaminated with botulism toxin often show no evidence. They're not swollen; upon opening there is no sound of gas escaping; and food smells and taste fine. Heat (boil) or cook food thoroughly. Also, clean food preparation area carefully, as vegetative cells may be destroyed by chlorination, but its spores are not.

    Within hours of ingesting food contaminated with the neuro–toxin, symptoms develop—problems in seeing, speaking, chewing and swallowing occur. Breathing is difficult. Muscle tone becomes flabby and respiratory muscles fail leading to death in one or two days. These symptoms are frequently confused with myasthenia gravis or Guillian–Barré syndrome.

Giving antibiotics does no good, as this is a toxin. An antitoxin with specific antibodies for botulism is necessary to save the patient's life, along with a respirator for life support.

    If a chemical or biological attack uses this agent, botulism, use a garden sprayer with a good basic solution (baking soda), it will work on your person and inanimate objects to wash them free of your body or inanimate things. The incubation period for botulism, once ingested is between 12 and 72 hours.

    Paragraph 42 of the UN's report says: "For purposes of sabotage or covert…operations…It is also possible to conceive of the distribution of bacteriological (biological) agents by hand to poison either water supplies or ventilation systems, especially in a situation of breakdown of sanitary facilities…In addition to producing casualties, such an attack could produce severe panic" — A United Nations Report; No. E. 69. I. 24.

    The report continues by pointing out that "In half a kilo (500 grams/1.1–lbs) of a culture of Salmonella (bacteria which produce gut wrenching intestinal infections, ptomaine (food poisoning), gastro–enteritis, paratyphoid and typhoid fever) had been added to a reservoir containing 5 million litres of water (1,321,000 gallons of water) and complete mixing had occurred, severe illness or disability would be suffered by anyone drinking 1 deciliter (about 3 ounces—less than 1/2 cup) of untreated water."

    The following paragraph states that "The same degree of poisoning as would be produced by half a kilo of Salmonella culture could be achieved with 5 kilos (5000 grams/11–lbs) of botulinum toxin, 7 kilos (15–lbs) of staphylococcal enterotoxin or 50 kilos (110–lbs) of V–nerve agent…."

Infant Botulism:

    Children under 1 year of age should not be fed honey unless it is pasteurized. They generally do not have sufficient intestinal microbiota (competitive inhibition) to compete with botulism organisms; or enough stomach acid to digest the botulinum bacteria in the vegetative form. The honey (dust and soil too) may contain the spores of the botulinum bacteria, which may germinate (grow) in the anaerobic conditions of the body. Therefore, the bacteria are ingested with the honey and proliferate in the infant's intestines. As they grow, the Clostridium botulinum, without normal intestinal microbiota to compete against them, releases soluble exotoxins that diffuse out of the bacteria. Only feed children pasteurized honey, if you must; or, honey that has been pressure cooked to destroy the spores, 15 psi for 15 minutes at 2500 F. The botulinum toxin is not destroyed by the normal intestinal microbiota or gastrointestinal secretions in adults or children.

    "The intestinal microbiota of infants is not well established, and they may suffer from infant botulism. This disease was first reported in 1976 ["In California … Types A and B organisms and toxin have been recovered from the stools of affected infants (Arnon et al., 1977)."—Braude, Davis, Fierer; p. 1036]; an estimated 250 cases occur in the U.S.A. every year, many more than any other form of botulism. "Infants have many opportunities to ingest soil and other materials contaminated with the endospores of the organism, but 30% of reported cases have been associated with honey. Endospores of C. botulinum are recovered with some frequency from honey, and a lethal dose may be as few as 2000 bacteria. The recommendation is not to feed honey to infants under one year of age; there is no problem with older children or adults who have normal intestinal microbiota."—Microbiology: An Introduction, Sixth Edition, Tortora et al.

    "The infant form of botulism is characterized by acute hypotonia, generalized muscle weakness, and a ‘floppy' appearance. Constipation and weak sucking are prominent, and ptosis (falling forward), loss of neck muscle strength, and diminished gag reflex are common.

    "Most cases of infant botulism have been diagnosed in California. Now that the syndrome has been publicized, cases are being recognized outside California and the United States."—Braude, Davis, Fierer; p. 1037.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports in their Journal of Infectious Diseases, July, 1998, a botulism outbreak in El Paso, Texas, in 1994 was caused by baked potatoes that had been wrapped in aluminum foil. The foil prevented the surface of the potatoes from getting hot enough to kill the Clostridium botulinum endospores. Also, the wrapping kept air out that allows the anaerobic microbe to germinate, creating the deadly toxin, botulism, when they were cooling while wrapped. The potato is low–acid and the conditions created (no air, high heat, and no acid present) an ideal environment for the botulism to form. These particular potatoes were covered with the deadly spores.

    If you enjoy baked potatoes, bake without foil; or wash and scrub clean, then bake with foil. Eat shortly after baking, or refrigerate. Thorough reheating isn't a bad idea either. If you're suspicious, heat for 10 to 15 minutes.

Botulism Treatment:

    "The mainstay of therapy is trivalent (A, B, E) antitoxin, available in the United States from the Center for Disease Control," and probably your local poison control center or hospital.—Braude, Davis, Fierer; p. 1038.

    "Although penicillin is probably not helpful in most patients with good–borne botulism, it should be strongly considered for patients with Type E botulism who appear to have concomitant intestinal infection. Penicillin is indicated in the management of infant botulism and patients with wound botulism, because these two forms of the disease are the result of active infection with C. botulinum….

    "Type E botulism seems to cause more gastrointestinal symptoms than others, and the recurrent neurologic symptoms seen with this type are apparently due to intestinal infection with C. botulinum, so that production and absorption of toxin are continuous." —Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases: International Textbook of Medicine; Braude et al., pp. 1037–1038.

    It takes 1 mg (176–ten millionths of an ounce) of botulinum toxin (botulism) to kill one million guinea pigs. The two most powerful toxins known to science are botulism first, with tetanus second. The amount of tetanus toxin (tetanospasmin) weighing as much as the ink in the period at the end of this sentence could kill 30 people.

    Some years ago, it was pointed out in various scientific publications that many diabetics did not have enough hydrochloric acid in their stomachs. When given HCl acid, their diabetes improved. It may be the better wisdom for this type of adult to follow the same precautions given to infants under 1 year of age.

    Boil any food taken from swollen cans for 15 to 30 minutes to kill the botulinum toxin, if present—heat kills the toxin. Stomach acid will not deactivate the toxin. The spores ingested by normal adults, producing sufficient stomach acid, are not destroyed by gastrointestinal secretions. The toxin is not killed by gastrointestinal secretions, only the bacteria's vegetative state. Pressure cooking for 15 psi for 15 minutes at 2500 F is best, if you have a pressure cooker.

Competitive Inhibition:

    The average human body contains some 10 trillion (1013) cells in its make–up and harbors some 100 trillion (1014) bacteria. These microbes normally live in and on the human body in a ratio of 10:1; yet, we are surprisingly healthy for it. This illustrates that most microorganisms are not pathogenic under normal conditions; and they also benefit humans and animals as well. In industrialized countries, viruses cause 60% of all disease–causing illness; whereas approximately 15% is caused by bacteria, according to estimates.

    The disease producing (pathogenic) microbes are in the minority as well as those that cause food spoilage, such as fats and oils going rancid; grains, fruits, and vegetables developing mold.

    Those that normally reside in or on the body are known as the normal flora or normal microbiota. There are seven areas microbiota are normally found: Skin, conjunctiva of the eyes, nose and throat, the colon, lower part of the urethra in males and females, and the vagina in woman.

    Once this normal microbiota is established in humans, it prevents the overgrowth of harmful organisms through competitive inhibition, a process whereby the normal flora (a) compete for nutrients, (b) affect the pH environment, making it unsuitable for invading microbes, and (c) produce compounds that kill or inhibit the invading bacteria's growth, as well as (d) affects available oxygen present. When these normal processes are interrupted, disease can result. For example, the normal adult vagina has a pH of 3.5 to 4.5—a moderately strong acid. The yeast, Candida albicans, is found on the skin, mouth, intestinal tract, and in the vagina. From over–using antibiotics, vaginal deodorants, and excessive douching, the delicate balance of normal bacterial flora to opportunistic organisms—in this case, C. albicans, in the vagina is thrown off and its pH approaches near neutrality, 7.0. Then the yeast–like organism becomes the leading microbe there, causing vaginitis.

    Competitive inhibition is important to prevent or inhibit the overgrowth of harmful intestinal organisms, such as Escherichia coli, Helicobacter pylori, Salmonella, Shigella, Candida albicans, and amoebae. With sufficient intestinal probiotic microbiota present, creating a competitive environment in the intestines, you also compete with botulism organisms, Clostridium botulinum, before they can produce their deadly toxin.

    For what's coming, the authors of this document feel, diabetics, children, immunocompromised persons, the elderly, as well as healthy individuals should take the amino acid, L–arginine (or eat meat) with the probiotic, L. plantarum (It is not be recommended to take arginine if you are taking Viagra or nitroglycerine—this could cause a hypotensive crisis). The nitric oxide (NO) produced kills or controls a large number of microorganisms and possibly parasites, by cocking and priming the immune system. White blood cells of the immune system use NO in the destruction of target cells, such as bacteria and tumors. Other good sources of arginine are almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, and nuts in general. But, be warned, botulism is coming.

    People will be eating from government supplies, handouts, home canning, and their own food bank program when push comes to shove soon. This will generate some to many cases of food poisoning. Be advised and prepared for this.

    Our fragile food delivery lines can be interrupted quickly and easily. A recent article in a local newspaper reports, August 25, 2008:

"Grain Piles Up

Across the country, from grain elevator to grain elevator, golden wheat and corn are piled in towering mounds, waiting for a rail car to haul them to market. Some grain can sit for a month or more on the ground, exposed to wind, rain and rats. The surge in U.S. corn, wheat and soybeans exports is revealing inefficiencies in the country's railways, highways and rivers that cost farmers, shippers and ultimately consumers millions of dollars a year (italics by WebMasters)."

What Does This Mean

    From Ouzilly, France, The Daily Reckoning, Monday, August 25, 2008, presents The Mogambo Guru, 'Worthless Money, Worthless Economy:

"Wall Street's mortage losses have grown so large that some firms may pay little or no taxes for years, widening New York City and state deficits and challenging their ability to provide services, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

"Some companies are seeking refunds from the city on taxes they prepaid, saying losses have cut their tax liability to zero."

"The mayor dryly admitted, 'I think it will be a number of years before Wall Street starts paying taxes again' because 'They will carry forward all of those losses' and not pay any tax for a long, long time."

Editor's Note:

The Mogambo Guru is Richard Daughty, "general partner and COO for Smith Consultant Group, serving the financial and medical communities, and the editor of The Mogambo Guru economic newsletter – An avocational exercise to heap disrespect on those who desperately deserve it."

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  • Do the same procedure with the opposite foot and shoulder, scanning the area as you turn your body to the back midline. You have now covered a 360 degree radius for lay outs.
    These procedures just performed keep you alert and ready and not surprised by a "sneak" attack because you did target fixation upon the downed assailant. Target fixation is when you gape for minutes at the downed criminal attacker. Target fixation is an assassin. Do not gape. Move lateral and away from his line of sight, keeping him under surveillance in case he is going to suddenly spring into action against you.

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