Arthur Firstenberg teaches us about porphyrins

What are porphyrins?

Porphyrins are one of life’s basic buildings, without which we couldn’t breathe, nor could plants grow and produce oxygen. They are an indication of how at our core our biology is electrical.

Arthur Firstenberg devotes a chapter of The Invisible Rainbow to explain these vital, metal-binding, and hard to understand, molecule groups. The standard biochemistry view is that our body’s molecules are freely moving around and colliding with each other in our cells, but in reality they behave more like crystals, mostly anchored to cellular membranes where they transport electrons of oxygen and nutrients to each other, along what are called electron transport chains.

Those that bind to iron atoms produce heme, which is the primary component of hemoglobin, and is the red pigment that gives red blood cells its color. It is this pigment that actually gives hemoglobin its semi-conducting abilities, which enables it to transport oxygen through the blood to where the body needs it, and then carbon dioxide back to the lungs. Heme is a large part of other important enzymes that enable the transport of electrons from nutrients, as well as liver enzymes that help us detoxify environmental pollutants by oxidizing them.

What is porphyria?

Porphyria is a group of blood conditions where the body has a problem with creating heme. The disfunction may happen because you are genetically prone to make less of the needed porphyrin enzymes, or because of an environmental toxin that disrupts the process. This can also prompt the body to create an overabundance of porphyrins that causes more disarray in the normal production line. The porphyrins deposit themselves in different parts of the body, creating disease that corresponds to the particular point of disruption and where these molecules get deposited. For instance, if the precursors get deposited in the skin, the person will experience mild to severe rash and light sensitivity. If they get bottlenecked in the nervous system, the symptoms could appear indistinguishable from fibromyalgia or MS. Other symptoms range all the way from abdominal pain, liver disfunction, seizures, hallucinations, difficulty breathing and heart irregularities.

The disfunction of our porphyrins, seems to be at the center of a large constellation of illnesses, and perhaps involved in this current pandemic. Some doctors and researchers were looking in this direction, as Emergency and Critical Care Doctor Scott Weingart mentions in this doctors’ webinar back in April of 2020.

“…Another idea is, Is this some form of hemoglobinopathy? Is there some kind of porphyria-like illness going on?…”

— Dr. Scott Weingart

There were quite a few studies in this area, investigating excess porphyrins in the blood or an inadequacy of heme. This seemed to be a venturing outside of the established infectious disease model that some of the ICU doctors were calling for, such as Italian frontline Dr. Marco Garrone, who had doubts about the therapy. Or Dr. Cameron Kyle Sidell in Brooklyn, who was pulling his hair out over the standard protocols that led to early intubation and high ventilation numbers.

“We are making a cognitive mistake. We are thinking of this disease very much on the infective side of things, that it’s something that we can treat with pills. And my personal feeling is that it’s not like that.”

— COVID Clinical Discussions: More from Marco Garrone from the front line. #FOAMed

But there might have to be a re-thinking of the standard definition of porphyria as well, which has generally been thought of as a genetic problem. And a need to look into the environmental factors that might be involved.

“The enzymes of the heme pathway are among the most sensitive elements of the body to environmental toxins.”

— Arthur Firstenberg, The Invisible Rainbow

Wireless radiation could be one of those factors. And some of the most important studies, which have remained obscure for many years, were conducted by the Soviets, who had a much more intensive, and nuanced, research program than the US into the effects of microwaves on the human body. They knew early on that sub-measurable thermal levels of radiation were creating biological effects, and could cause all sorts of blood disorders, similar to those that would happen with porphyria.

Biological Effect of Millimeter Waves, N.P. Zalyubovskaya

A 1977 study by Ukrainian biologist N.P. Zalyubovskaya titled, Biological Effect of Millimeter Radiowaves, looked at the effect on rats and mice from millimeter radio waves of 5-8 mm, or 50-80 GHz, which encompasses the higher spectrum 5G frequencies, as well as the unlicensed, intended for widespread use, 60 GHz. A power density of 1 mw/cm(2), at the upper level of the US safety guideline, was beamed at the animals for 15 minutes a day for 60 days.

Though we are often given reassurances by government and industry that millimeter waves will not penetrate beyond skin, in these experiments inflammation and de-myelinization around nerve fibers on the skin were just the beginning of the damage. Cell death and tissue deterioration in the myocardium, liver, kidney, and spleen also occurred. There were porphyria-like disorders of the blood due to an alteration of the bone marrow, which led to ‘suppression of energy exchange’ and ‘changes occurring in the electron transport chain,’ that led to ‘a suppression of all functions of the organism.’

In the decreased activity of enzymes ‘participating in the processes of tissue respiration,’ Zalyubovskaya focused particularly on ‘cytochrome oxixidase activity which was decreased by 37%’ in the livers. Cytochrome oxidase is the oxidizing porphyrin complex which brings electrons from the food we eat to the oxygen we breathe in order to catalyze the energy needed to perform our bodily functions. Since a deficiency in this enzyme has been widely implicated in the neurological and cardiac symptoms of porphyria, along with a deficiency in cytochrome c, the heme-containing enzyme of respiration, Zalyubovskaya, along with other Soviet scientists, were demonstrating biological effects from radio frequency radiation that seem to be identical with porphyria, perhaps exacerbating it for those who are born with the genetic disposition, and creating acquired porphyria among the general population.

It also seemed very much aligned with what front line doctors were witnessing at the height of the Covid pandemic, baffled by what they called ‘happy hypoxic patients,’ the likes of which they had never seen before. People were presenting with hypoxemia (low oxygenated blood) which seemed, as Dr. Kyle Sidell conveyed, not due to a weakness in the lungs, but some still mysterious inability of the body to utilize oxygen.

Excerpt from a 1978 study by N.P. Zalyubovskaya and R.I. Kiselev, Effects of Radio Waves of a Millimeter Frequency on the Body of Man and Animals

In 1978 N.P. Zalyubovskaya and R.I. Kiselev published Effects of Radio Waves of a Millimeter Frequency on the Body of Man and Animals, which followed workers who dealt with ultra-high frequency generators for 1-10 years with emissions that fell within current US safety guidelines. Here they found excessive blood clotting, and significant disturbances to the immune system amongst the workers compared to the control group. There was a considerable increase of microbes in their mouths, a decrease in the protective bactericidal action of the skin, and various immune markers in the blood lowered by a half, as well as a decrease in erythrocytes, the red blood cells containing hemoglobin which are essential for transport and exchange of O2 and CO 2 between the lungs and other tissues.

These effects were illustrated more dramatically when studying the same types of exposure upon mice. When exposed to a typhoid culture, the resistance to infection was lowered by 40% in the irradiated animals. Vaccinated and irradiated mice also showed less antibody formation than the controls. Some three weeks after radiation antibody differences were not observed, but the susceptibility to infection was said to increase by 20% and more. Shrinkage of internal organs, irritation of the lymph system, and changes to the adrenal system, and the ability of the body to respond to disturbances, were also observed.

And these were straight frequencies that the Soviet scientists beamed at their subjects, without any pulse modulations, as is the case in the real world today, which many scientists believe are the much more biologically active emissions. Could it be that this brave new world of the 4th Industrial Revolution that relies intrinsically on dense radiofrequency signals, in addition to disrupting our ability to utilize oxygen, is also prone to enhance infectious disease? And we have all become prey to the same illnesses that plagued these early mm wave workers?

“Man conquered the Black Plague, but he has created new problems – EMF pollution.”

— Professor Yury Grigoriev, Chairman of Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, a member of Int. Advisory Committee of WHO “EMF and Health”

These were just two studies that are part of the large body of research since the middle of the last century that the Soviets conducted on wireless radiation. They paid close attention to their workers dealing with microwave equipment in the burgeoning communications and weapons industries, and acknowledged what they called microwave sickness or radio wave disease. Much of this seems to have been overshadowed in recent years by their adoption of cell phones and all of the various races in technology and in warfare. And yet the Russians still have a much lower exposure standard for the general public, by 100 times, a standard ostensibly based on the extent of their early research.

The world renowned and beloved head scientist Yuri Grigoriev tried to share this special understanding, when in 2012 he and other Russian scientists and officials issued a warning to the world and a call for setting global standards based on human health.

The Russian standards are supported by science as a result of extensive research and take into account the dangers of non-thermal exposure. The standards are also backed by the Russian Ministry of Health and are a small fraction of what is allowed by ICNIRP and the IEEE which is currently adopted in many counties.”

“We need correct control and assessment of electromagnetic pollution. There are currently a lot of new frequencies containing modulation and no one knows the results which could be a serious problem.”

Millimeter waves were not used in widespread commercial applications until recently with the latest 5G (5th generation) of telecommunications. In early 2020 some cities of the world were further ahead in their adoption. A meticulous investigation by building biologist Paul Doyon outlines that there were 10,000 5G antennas in Wuhan, and perhaps 10s of 1000s more that had been in the planning to be completed by 2020. For comparison there was about 10,000 in all of the US at the time. Wuhan was apparently racing to be at the forefront of 5G and all of the Internet of Things technologies, with its AI run facial recognition systems, smart highways and self driving cars. Wuhan is the city that the Eric Schmidt committee want to build in New York and all over the country.

This advanced stage of technology adoption is also true of Northern Italy, which was very much ahead of Europe in 5G technology, according to Doyon. And they also shared another major environmental problem with Wuhan, and that was the incredibly bad air pollution. Troubles with asthma and severe respiratory problems commonly overloaded their hospitals every winter. There have been studies indicating a high association of Covid-19 with long term exposure to air pollution in northern Italy and other locations throughout the world.

“Severe cases of COVID-19 are comparable to acute porphyria. On the other hand, the geographical distribution of severe cases of COVID-19 is directly associated to how fresh or polluted the air is.”

Zamd M et al., An unorthodox pathophysiology of severe cases of COVID-19 the weak heme hypothesis.

Which gets us back to a very important point about porphyria and the disruption of the electron transport chain that Arthur Firstenberg lays out in his Chapter 10 of The Invisible Rainbow, Porphyrins and the Basis of Life, and that is that these immune suppression effects, and the bottleneck and disruption of the mitochondrial and ETC function, is not connected solely to electricity, but also to heavy metal poisoning. While wireless radiation has been shown to obstruct one part of the porphyrin pathway, which is when the heme containing porphyrins complete the final stage of extracting energy from the food we eat, heavy metals will obstruct the earlier stages of metabolism, by binding with the porphyrins that are meant to bind with iron in the actual production of heme. Heme, as noted before, is that all important component that transports oxygen and helps in the detoxification pathway. So by obstructing the production of heme, we are obstructing the initiation of the body’s energy production pathways and its ability to detoxify.

These disruptive heavy metal poisons can come from industrial occupational exposures, but also from everyday exposures to such things as pesticides, mercury in tooth fillings, cigarettes, polluted air and water, or vaccines, which are designed to stimulate the immune system through their heavy metal adjuvants. One sign of this poisoning is a dark red color to the urine, as the heavy metal poisoned porphyrins are excreted, as has likewise been described as one of the possible symptoms of electrical illness.

“Electromagnetic fields…reduce the activity of cytochromes, and there is evidence that they do so in the simplest of possible ways: by exerting a force that alters the speed of the electrons being transported along the chain of cytochromes to oxygen.”

— Arthur Firstenberg, The Invisible Rainbow

All of this points to a negative synergistic relationship between electromagnetic radiation and heavy metal poisoning. Likewise between what is termed electrical sensitivity (ES) and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). This could be simply because the more metal one has in one’s body, the more your body acts like an antenna, and electricity can exert its effect on you, and the activity of the ETC gets slowed or disrupted. There are multiple theories for what is occurring. But it all boils down to the same thing.

‘A slow asphyxiation’

As our world became electrified and we adopted these technologies into our everyday lives, we all experienced a kind of ‘slow asphyxiation.’ It was ‘like rain on a campfire,‘ dousing ‘the flames of metabolism.‘ In the Civil War, soldiers camped along telegraph lines. WW1 soldiers were inundated with radio communications. WW II soldiers worked with newly invented radar. And they all had mysterious heart problems.

What was commonly acknowledged as electrical sickness, or neurasthenia, in the 19th century, came to be called by many other names into the 20th. Soldier’s heart, irritable heart, effort syndrome, Freud’s anxiety disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis, chemical and electrical sensitivity, all of which is slowly beginning to be understood as porphyria-related, which was itself known as ‘the little imitator,’ because it can affect so many different organs and mimic yet so many other conditions.

Dr. William E. Morton, a professor of occupational and environmental medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University, who ran a clinic for ‘puzzling illnesses,’ discovered many of these correlations in the 1990s. As Firstenberg writes, Morton widened the understanding of porphyria as not only sensitivity to sulfa drugs, as was the common understanding during a purer time, but sensitivity to a growing world of toxins. The post-war petroleum chemical revolution introduced 1000s of synthetic chemicals into everyday life, and perhaps 1000s more triggers for chemical sensitivities. Morton believed porphyria had become more common, with perhaps up to 10% of the population being affected. Though for most it would take the form of a chronic disease with mild systems.

But Firstenberg does go on to implicate electricity as being the cause for a whole host of what we tend to assume are life-style related illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease. These were practically non-existent in the days before electrification. One can see such co-relations spelled out in epidemiologist Samuel Milham’s work, as well as in Arthur Firstenberg’s charts in Chapters 11 and 12, Irritable Heart and The Transformation of Diabetes. It would make sense, as these are problems to do with metabolism, and strangely, these are also the co-morbidities that we are told puts us at much greater risk with Covid-19.

Because of all these inter-relationships and what appear to be exogenous factors, many ES and MCS sufferers criticize the use of the word ‘sensitivity’ in describing something they consider would be more accurately termed, ‘poisoning.’ As his practice focused on occupational hazards, it would seem that Dr. Morton would have agreed. If that is the case, then porphyria must likewise be, more often than not, due to poisoning. And if there is a relationship between Covid 19 and porphyria—as some are investigating—then methods of detox must be looked into.

“These patients continually gulped air not because they were neurotic, but because they really could not get enough of it. You might as well have put them in an atmosphere that contained only 15 percent oxygen instead of 21 percent, or transported them to an altitude of 15,000 feet. Their chests hurt, and their hearts beat fast, not because of panic, but because they craved air. And their hearts craved oxygen, not because their coronary arteries were blocked, but because their cells could not fully utilize the air they were breathing.”

— Arthur Firstenberg, The Invisible Rainbow, discussing “soldier’s heart” in WWII recruits and earlier.

“It is as if 10s of 1000s of my fellow New Yorkers are on a plane at 30,000 feet and the cabin pressure is slowly being let out…I have never been a mountain climber… but I suspect that the patients I am seeing in front of me look most like as if a person was dropped off on the top of Mount Everest without time to acclimate…

“I fear…that the method that we program the ventilator, one based on a notion of respiratory failure as opposed to oxygen failure…is actually doing more harm than good.”

— Dr. Cameron Kyle Sidell, video testimony, April 2020

Treating his patients as one would for heavy metal poisoning worked for 1950s porphyrinologist Henry Peters, who found that the presence of zinc in his patients’ urine co-related more with their porphyria symptoms than the levels of the actual excreted porphyrins. Though zinc is an essential mineral, Firstenberg points out, it is also very easy to have an overload, especially for those who are prone to porphyrin deficiencies. This is a highly counter-intuitive assertion. And yet when Peters tried chelation therapy to reduce the zinc load, he achieved success, with his patients remaining symptom free for several years.

Inter-related illnesses, Inter-related cures

Traditional treatments for porphyria include, strangely, periodic phlebotomies, and the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine. Hydroxychloroquine has also been used off label to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, as has chelation therapy. Chelation therapy was found, serendipitously, to improve heart disease, and to be helpful with cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome, and lupus.

When you consider that the malaria parasite is also said to be dependent on heavy metals all of these interconnections begin to make a bit more sense. In fact antivirals like quinine or hydroxychloroquine are successful in treating malaria because they eliminate the heavy metals upon which the microorganisms depend, and in effect are acting as chelators.

And so is it a bug that is making us ill? Or an overload of metals? Or a still mysterious combination of both?

There are also natural chelators, such as garlic and vitamin C, that will not deplete the body of beneficial minerals. There was a good record of success in China treating Covid with high dose intravenous Vitamin C, a known anti-oxidant and natural type of chelator. It was heartening to hear that New York City hospitals had also begun to try this, though not at the levels the Chinese protocol recommended.

There were reports from a small naturopath, Dr. Brownstein, whose clinic in Michigan was having 100% success with high doses of Vitamins A, C, D, and iodine. For those with lung problems nebulizing hydrogen peroxide and iodine was also prescribed. As well as intravenous Vitamin C, and ozone therapy for those patients with more serious illness. The small naturapath clinics using these kinds of modalities seemed to be having more success than the large state of the art hospitals that were rushing patients onto ventilators. But the ongoing war between allopathic and naturopathic medicine would never allow such cheap treatments to be given serious consideration.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations raided Allure Medical for an alleged “federal violation.” Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press. According to SRQ Magazine, Allure Medical was offering high-dose intravenous vitamin C therapy to front-line employees who are at risk of contracting the virus and to existing COVID-19 patients. April 23, 2020

Natural Remedies, Existing Essential Medicines

Dr. Didier Raoult, a celebrated French virologist published a case study of thousands treated successfully with hydroxychloroquine combined with antibiotic azithromyacin. Dr. Vladimir Zelenko added zinc to his protocol, and was able to lessen the hydroxychloroquine dose, treating over a thousand patients in his family practice successfully, with one death of an individual who had presented at a late stage of illness. Dr. Zelenko abruptly retired from practice in an unceremonial video in May of 2020, after giving many interviews of his promising therapy, which he said he put together simply after researching the medical literature. His website still offers tele consultations and the actual protocol, and a pre-print of his case studies here.

Fortunately Dr. Brownstein is still practicing and has also compiled his important work with nutritional and oxidative therapies in a published case series.

The ozone therapy that he uses for severe cases is another modality that is viewed with great distrust by mainstream medicine. The caution is understandable as ozone, a naturally occurring gas in the upper layer of the atmosphere, is known to be very toxic if inhaled, and it would seem a heightened exposure to oxygen should very well create an overload of free radicals. But if done correctly it seems a paradoxical effect occurs, as an article by Dr. Velio Boci notes, that can actually “stimulate the increase of cellular anti-oxidant enzymes, eventually inhibit the oxidative stress.”

There are clinics around the world that offer this type of treatment as a regular part of life. Dr. Mahendran Ponnuturai, a cardiologist who runs a wellness clinic in Malaysia and India, states that ozone therapy increases the amount of available oxygen 300x. It improves and enhances the ability to transport oxygen to the entire cellular system, and improves the performance of all organs of the body by improving the tissue perfusion of oxygen.

Dr. Robert Rowen has compiled his experiences of trying to help Sierra Leoneans through the Ebola crisis, and has recorded that the few surviving patients had in fact received ozone, though this was not publicly advertised, and word of any positive outcome through this modality was not welcome.

Another line of inquiry has come out of the country of Madagascar, where President Rajoelina has announced a potential cure based on indigenous herbs and on Artemisia, a plant imported from China in the 1970s to treat malaria. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) scientist Tu Youyou had uncovered the plant when she was on a quest to develop an effective drug for the parasitic disease.

Tu Youyou receives the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria, using artemisia.

Youyou’s is quite a mythological story. She and her team pored through Ancient Chinese Medicine texts, and found inspiration from Ge Hong, a Chinese Daoist of the 4th century, who had written many medical books. In ‘Small Books on Emergency Aid,’ the TCM scientists discovered sweet wormwood, also known as artemisia annua, where it was listed as a remedy for fever and malaria-type symptoms.

The kind of artemesia that grows in China is special, as it contains artemisinin. Tu Youyou created formulations based on the extract which are said to be the most effective anti-malaria drugs available. She was also able to develop it into a remedy for lupus erythematosus. At the age of 84 she won the Nobel prize in 2015 for Physiology or Medicine.

Interestingly, artemisinin shared the prize with Ivermectin that year, the other anti-parasitic drug that has been so controversial during the Covid-19 era. Ivermectin was developed from Japanese soil bacteria, isolated by microbiologist Satoshi Ōmura in the 1970s, and developed into a drug in collaboration with a team from Merck, led by microbiologist William C. Campbell.

Despite the ridicule it has been receiving today as a ‘horse de-wormer,’ for many years it was hailed as a wonder drug against internal and external parasitic disease, particularly for river blindness, which affected 100s of millions in Africa and the tropics. And, it has been accumulating very positive results against Covid-19, both therapeutically and prophylactically. 30 large peer reviewed studies are analyzed in this white paper by Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), a premiere group of doctors who had been scouring the literature for dual use remedies in the absence of any other government recommendations.

More Unexpected Connections – EMF, Cancer & Covid

Artemisinin has also been found to have great promise in treating cancer. Drs. Henry Lai and Narendha Singh of Washington State University have been working with the compound for close to two decades. As a historical note, before this work they also happened to be two of the most cited researchers in radio frequency radiation. They had to stop this area of inquiry due to the lack of research funds, which the inconvenient truths that they were uncovering in the mid 1990s most likely caused.

Lai and Singh had been studying radar for the US Office of Naval Research when they discovered that microwaves, similar to what would be used with cell phones, created single and double strand DNA breaks, which we know can alter biological functions and eventually lead to cancer, or cause cell death and lead to neurodegenerative disease.

This was just on the eve of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was to clear the way for wireless technologies to proliferate across the country, with industry-sponsored safety guidelines. Lai and Singh’s findings on radar emissions were highly inconvenient. Motorola set out to ‘wargame’ the scientists and hired others to try to refute their findings. When the results instead started being replicated, all funding for microwave research dried up. The industry, through their own sponsored science, managed to muddy the waters, and manufacture ‘doubt,’ as the tobacco industry had done before them. The technologies were let loose and were enthusiastically embraced by the world.

Drs. Lai and Singh had to switch their focus from cancer prevention to cancer cures. And they just so happen to have developed a very promising treatment, that also, strangely, happens to highly relevant in the treatment of malaria, lupus, and now Covid-19.

Chelator or chemotherapy?

There is a surprising non-linear twist by which Lai and Singh’s treatment is said to work. Because cancer cells require and uptake more iron in order to proliferate, by supplementing the artemisinin with yet more iron, they found they could achieve a much higher rate of selectivity and potency of the herbal extract. They demonstrated this simply by adding iron to a cell culture, or in an animal’s food. When they created an artemisinin and transferrin (iron transporting) compound and fed it to lab animals they discovered an amazing increase in selectivity of close to 1000X.

The explanation for this was that because the cancer cells need iron to make new DNA and reproduce, those cells have greater transferrin recepters on the lining of the cells, and they will take up more iron than regular cells. Atemisinin can then effectively eliminate iron-laden cancer cells much more readily than healthy ones, and act as a very selective chemotherapy agent.

In malaria, the mechanism of action is thought to be different. The microbe builds up an iron polymer around it as a kind of protection, and artemisinin works by breaking up the build up of heavy metals so that the Fenton reaction can occur, that is the formation of hydroxy as a byproduct of oxygen metabolism. Hydroxy is a very potent free radical that kills the parasite. And so artemisinin is effectively acting as a chelator.

And yet could it be that artemisinin’s anti-cancer mechanism of action is also as a chelating, rather than a chemotherapeutic agent?

At the time of his 2004 lecture Dr. Lai didn’t think so. But since then it appears that the use of chelators has evolved into an active area of cancer research, and that the freeing up of the redox, or oxygen metabolism function, that chelation can achieve, plays a role in the fight against cancer. Might Dr. Lai and Dr. Singh re-think the mechanisms of how their compound is working?

Chelator or Ionophore?

What is chelation?

“Chelation,” from “chelos” the Greek word for claw, involves the incorporation of a mineral ion or cation into a complex ring structure by an organic molecule, the chelating agent.

Chelation: Harnessing and Enhancing Heavy Metal Detoxification—A Review
Margaret E. Sears

Ionophore a compound that facilitates transmission of an ion (as of calcium) across a lipid barrier (as in a cell membrane) by combining with the ion or by increasing the permeability of the barrier to it.

Merriam Webster Dictionary

A similar question arises in relation to the use of the zinc in the treatment of Covid. The second most abundant metal in the human body after iron, zinc is considered an essential mineral for health. However, Dr. Henry Peters, as mentioned earlier, had discovered that it was also very easy for his porphyria patients to get an overload. This insight supports the idea that there might be something more complex about the use of zinc in Covid-19, and the zinc/hydroxychloroquine combination, than first meets the eye.

Take the success of Dr. Vladimir Zelenko. By prescribing 50-100 mg of zinc, he was able to lower the dosage of hydroxychloroquine in his protocol, compared to that of Dr. Didier Raoult’s, which foregoes zinc. Dr. Zalenko’s thinking was based on widely accepted virology principles, that hydroxychloroquine acts as an ionophore, that opens up the zinc channel allowing the zinc ions to enter the cell, which then blocks the ability of the virus to replicate itself.

But is there evidence that actually the reverse is happening, and the addition of zinc is merely facilitating the removal of zinc and other heavy metals out of the body by what has been established as a chelating agent, hydroxychloroquine?

In order to think about this, one might ask, how do heavy metal poisons accumulate in the body? Is there evidence for bioaccumulation, ie. areas of special concentration within the body, and if so, is there a basis for considering whether the zinc/hydroxychloroquine pairing is acting instead as a selective chelating tactic, rather than an enhanced antiviral one?

According to Dr. Dietrich Reinhardt, a neurologist, and anti-parasitic disease specialist, our bodies accumulate heavy metals in areas of weakness, ie. from past trauma, where a lymphatic pathway or blood flow has weakened, and this in turn gives parasites a place to take refuge. These parasites depend on heavy metals, either for protection, as well as for sustenance. And so they accumulate toxic metals in even greater concentrations than within the body of the host. Ivermectin and artemesia are just two of many tools in the Doctor’s practice. Perhaps if he were to add a metal to his protocol, he too, against all logic, would be able to enhance the anti-parasitic/chelating agent’s efficacy.

The complexity of all this is compounded by the fact that, as Soviet scientists had observed, wireless radiation can make bacteria and pathogens more toxic, whether because the immune system had been weakened, or for other reasons. But by targeting and eliminating parasites, these medications are de facto lessening the body’s burden of heavy metals. And this is why some have found that electrical sensitivity is reduced by these anti-viral medications. All this points to a synergistic relationship between heavy metals, microbes, and EMFs, that makes it difficult to pinpoint one source of the problem, if not impossible.

And again, all these questions come about because of the commonality of treatments for manifold diseases. Anti-viral, anti-cancer, anti-ES, anti-lupus, anti-porphyria treatments all seem to depend upon unloading the body of heavy metals. And this presents the possibility that the illness confounding the world today could have a great deal to do with heavy metal poisoning, rather than viral infection, along with a heightened electrical environment, or perhaps some still mysterious combination of all three.

Mysterious ‘long haulers’

A heart breaking article from a young science writer for the Atlantic has compiled a profile of nine so-called ‘long haulers’ who have been suffering with unidentifiable symptoms their doctors have not been able to put their finger on, and in many cases not even been able to obtain a test for, but which they themselves are sure is Covid-19.

In the second paragraph he describes a young 32 year old lady’s symptoms: “Over the next few days, she developed a cough, chest pain, aching joints, and a prickling sensation on her skin. After a week of bed rest, she started improving. But on day 12, every old symptom returned, amplified and with reinforcements: She spiked an intermittent fever, lost her sense of taste and smell, and struggled to breathe.”

He describes, “As many people reported “brain fogs” and concentration challenges as coughs or fevers. Some have experienced hallucinations, delirium, short-term memory loss, or strange vibrating sensations when they touch surfaces. Others are likely having problems with their sympathetic nervous system, which controls unconscious processes like heartbeats and breathing: They’ll be out of breath even when their oxygen level is normal, or experience what feel like heart attacks even though EKG readings and chest X-rays are clear. These symptoms wax, wane, and warp over time. “It really is a grab bag,” said Davis, who is a co-author of the Body Politic survey. “Every day you wake up and you might have a different symptom.””

By the end of the article the writer writes of ‘WOMIs—women with mysterious illnesses,’ dealing with conditions like ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. They disproportionately affect women; have unclear causes, complex but debilitating symptoms, no treatments, are hard to diagnose and easy to dismiss. A large proportion of the members have chemical and electrical sensitivity and have said the symptoms of these newly ill young people sound like their own.

And though the writer reaches the understandable conclusion that we have to take this virus more seriously than we are, he seems to have inadvertently pointed to what may be different factors to this very serious illness, or rather, constellation of illnesses, than the virus. In fact some of their symptoms (heart attack sensations with normal ekgs) sound just like the mysterious ‘soldier’s heart’ that Dr. Mandell Cohen had been studying some eighty years ago. Could the prickling and strange vibrating symptoms, the ‘fizzing,’ as reported by the New York Post, the erratic heart beats, the loss of taste and smell, all point the way to something more electrical in nature?

“I have no doubt in my mind that, at the present time, the greatest polluting element in the earth’s environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic fields. I consider that to be far greater on a global scale, than warming, and the increase in chemical elements in the environment.”

— Robert O. Becker, MD, Orthopedic surgeon, author of the body Electric, 2000, Interview

An early 2021 paper by Dr. Beverly Rubik and Dr. Robert R. Brown studied the literature on wireless bioeffects and Covid-19 as it unfolded in 2020, trying to ascertain if there was any kind of relationship between the two. Dr. Rubik notes that the CDC has stated there are 3 pillars in all disease, what is called the epidemiological triad: 1) the agent, or gene that’s gone awry; 2) the overall health of the host; and 3) the environment. It seemed to her most of the attention was on the virus, with some notice of co-morbidities. But nobody was talking about the environment.

In the spring of 2020 a group of German doctors had already written an open letter to their Chancellor and ministers of the federal government, asking them to do just that. They claimed a connection between mobile phone technology, weakness of the immune system and the devastating Corona virus and called for a reduction of the RF burden. 

Doctors such as Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, whose specialty is neurological disease, investigates the electromagnetic condition of his patients’ homes as a matter of course, particularly their bedrooms. He himself earned a Building Biologist degree in order to better understand mitigation strategies. It would make sense even to study their places of work, their typical transportation routes, and even to have a good look at any recent upgrades in technological infrastructure in their community.

Dr. Rubik cites the investigations linking 5G wireless infrastructure with initiation outbreaks in places like, South Korea, Northern Italy, New York City, Southern California, Silicon Valley, Seattle, but also noted there were outbreaks in places with very little wireless. So the co-relation was not so clear cut. Recent vaccine drives, or the level of pollution, could be also be among the factors. But how are we to make sense of the influence of local infrastructure when the whole planet was on the verge of intense satellite proliferation. The study mentions this in the future tense.

In fact, in January of 2020, Elon Musk’s Starlink was in beta testing phase and was set to turn on the first 450 of its 40,000 satellites by February of 2020.

This was part of an effort to make highspeed wireless internet accessible anywhere on the globe, with 100,000 new satellites set to be positioned in the earth’s magnetosphere, which would be a 10,000 fold increase to what already existed. Arthur Firstenberg had been trying to alert the world about the massive instability this would cause, not just from the radiation reaching the earth, but because of the changes it would create to the global electrical circuit in which we have evolved and upon which we all depend.

The global electric circuit, our cosmic environment

The global electric circuit is the term for the course of flow of electricity within the earth-ionosphere cavity. Electrons from the solar wind and plasma from the stars flow through the various protective layers of our atmosphere through thunder storms and positively charged rain, which are then counteracted by the uranium and rocks and soil in and on the earth, that send the negatively charged ions back up again in fair weather to complete the circuit.

The most predominant stable resonance of the earth-ionosphere cavity was discovered to be 7.83 cycles per second, by scientist Winifried Otto Schumann, who calculated the resonances in 1957. This falls within the range of human brain waves, in the alpha wave range, where quiet thought and deep relaxation occurs. This correspondence of the resonance of the earth with the human brain at its optimal levels, is thought by many not to be a coincidence, but a sign that all life learned to adapt and revolve around this frequency and its harmonics.

It was also discovered in the 1970s by scientists seeking to use the earth’s atmosphere for long distance communication that radiation from our power lines was already altering the behavior of these protective belts, the value of the Schumann resonances and even our weather. The further dramatic changes that we are on the verge of, with such a large mesh network actually within the magnetosphere, emitting microwave rays in constant communication with each other and with points on the earth, has the potential to create even further havoc in ways that are not fully understood.

Firstenberg asserts that even the launch of 28 military satellites–the first fleet of satellites ever launched–was associated with the world wide Hong Kong Flu pandemic from 1968-1970, having been activated just a month before the official outbreak in July of 1968. This was just one in a series of such associations that he chronicles.

It remains an essentially unexamined question if the activation of 400 new satellites might have been an element that contributed to the spike in illness that occurred in March and April of 2020. Along with the massive increase in terrestrial towers, this change in our electrical environment might have affected us in a multiplicity of ways, as previously outlined, by interfering with our processes of oxygen metabolism, or by causing an increase in the virulence of a pathogen, and/or a decrease in the functioning of our immune system. And as more of the 100,000 satellites get activated, and our world gets more and more ‘smart,’ we can expect a corresponding degeneration of human health, which will, if history is our guide, continue to be tied solely to infectious disease.

Instead of focusing on one pieced together string of viral RNA, could it be that the illness is a multifactorial event, as Rubik and Brown conclude? That the slow stifling Arthur Firstenberg described beginning with the Industrial Revolution and the electrification of the planet has become much more acute. This is the thesis of yet another article searching for answers in our increasingly complex reality, published in 2019 in the journal Medical Hypotheses. Citing the “accelerating increases in neurological deaths in the Western world,” it speculates that the increase of background electromagnetic fields over the past twenty five years has become the tipping point—“impacting upon any genetic predisposition” and “increasing multiple-interactive pollutants.” There has been an explosive development of a wide range of chemicals in humanity’s “relentless pursuit of mastering our environment.”

“Many environmentally linked diseases often need 20 or more years to develop, so as the digital world is still a relatively new phenomenon, the possible twenty years needed for pathological effects problems of raised EMF is perhaps beginning to emerge?”

—Colin Pritchard, Anne Silk, Lars Hansen, Are rises in Electro-Magnetic Field in the human environment, interacting with multiple environmental pollutions, the tipping point for increases in neurological deaths in the Western World?

On a hopeful note, the words of Dr. Mahendran Ponnuturai ring so clearly amidst all of these speculations. He says he has come to discover that all illness boils down to two things: toxin overload and lack of oxygen. If we start thinking along these lines will it preclude the need for experimental, liability-waived vaccines, medical passports, 24/7 digital tracking, and the accelerated adoption of all things wireless, and that means smart cities and smart living, which have been proceeding despite 1000s of studies proving biological harm from pulse-modulated electromagnetic radiation? Will it prove that all these wireless gadgets and the fantasy George Jetson way of life is not so smart after all? And it is just that, a lovely fantasy?

There are alternatives. The researchers above write, in conclusion:

“We do not wish to ‘stop the modern world’, only make it safer.”


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