“Do the results known to me fully support that the signs / symptoms occurring in US embassy personnel were solely due to cholinergic neurotoxicity? No, not completely.”
James Giordano PhD — Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry Georgetown University — Email to Intel Today (September 20 2019)
October 8 2019 — For four decades, The Fifth Estate has been Canada’s premier investigative documentary program. In this latest episode, Jayme Poisson investigates the possible causes of the Havana Syndrome. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Over the last two years, various hypotheses have been suggested to explain the mysterious illness affecting US and Canadian diplomats in Havana: sonic attacks, mass hysteria, crickets, and now overexposure to pesticides.
In my last post, I have explained why I do not believe that this latest theory fits all the known facts.
On one hand, the theory seems reasonable as the symptoms match quite well the effects of poisoning by organophosphate pesticides.
” Symptoms of acute poisoning develop during exposure or within 12 hours (usually within four hours) of contact. HEADACHE, DIZZINESS, WEAKNESS, INCOORDINATION, MUSCLE TWITCHING, TREMOR, NAUSEA, ABDOMINAL CRAMPS, DIARRHEA, and SWEATING are common early symptoms. Blurred or dark vision, confusion, tightness in the chest, wheezing, productive cough, and PULMONARY EDEMA may occur. Incontinence, unconsciousness and convulsions indicate very severe poisoning. SLOW HEARTBEAT, salivation, and tearing are common. TOXIC PSYCHOSIS, with manic or bizarre behavior, has led to misdiagnosis of acute alcoholism. Slowing of the heartbeat may rarely progress to compete sinus arrest. RESPIRATORY DEPRESSION may be fatal. Continuing daily absorption of organophosphate at intermediate dosage may cause an INFLUENZA-LIKE ILLNESS characterized by weakness, anorexia, and malaise.”
On the other hand, why would only a limited number of Canadian and North American diplomats be affected given that insecticides were deployed aggressively throughout Havana beginning in 2016 to fight the mosquito-born Zika virus?
How do you explain that there is no record of a single tourist — among millions visiting the island every year — falling ill with Havana syndrome? Last but not least, how could neurotoxins differentiate between real diplomats and spooks?
Today, I would like to point a bizarre issue regarding this new theory. The media were quick to point out that the diplomats became ill during an intense program of fumigation intended to fight the Zika virus. And the new study detected one specific insecticide in the body of these diplomats.
The argument would sound convincing — this product is banned in the US and Europe — if it was not for the fact that Temephos is not used for fumigation.
Temephos (trade name Abate) is an organophosphate larvicide used to treat water infested with disease-carrying insects including mosquitoes, midges, and black fly larvae.
This brings an obvious question that MSM have yet to raise… Which pesticide was actually used in Cuba to fight the Zika virus?
According to a well informed source, the insecticide used by the Cuban authorities in recent years is Ciperside. It is produced in Cuba and there is no information available on the internet.
Anyway, the source is telling me that there is not a single case of a Cuban person falling ill because of this pesticide neither among the population nor among the workers who are doing the fumigation day after day, week after week.
Finally, I would like to make a second point regarding the comments made by Dr. Douglas Fields in this Fifth Estate interview.
“The proposal that there is an energy beam that can penetrate the walls, track people around rooms , some people will hear it, one person will hear it in a room, the others won’t, unknown to science, that is extraordinary. Any kind of extraordinary claim requires extraordinary evidence.”
Dr. Fields may be a great neuroscientist but he appears to know little about the science of microwaves.
Microwaves — used by the telecom industry — easily penetrate walls to reach your cell phone.
It has long been known that – under certain circumstances — microwaves can activate the acoustic nerve and produce the illusion of hearing a sound. This is known as the Frey effect.
In my very first post on this subject, I noticed that the characteristics of the sound reported by the diplomats match exactly the properties of the Frey effect.
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There is no difficulty whatsoever building a device that would operate with a directional antenna, allowing to beam a given single room.
And of course, we know that Intelligence agencies have designed apparatus that rely on microwaves to spy on their targets.
In the specific case of the US Intelligence agencies, I was even able to determine — with a bit of help from Snowden — the most likely range of frequencies used by the NSA and CIA.
When I coined the expression “Havana Syndrome” — long before it was used by the MSM — in a story published by the Intel Today blog on October 3 2017, the expression was meant to link two stories: Havana Attacks and Microwave Syndrome.
In my opinion, microwave attacks remain the most likely explanation of the Havana Syndrome. I understand that the US government regards this technology as their prime suspect.
The Fifth Estate : Investigating what made the diplomats sick
R. Douglas Fields, PhD, is a neuroscientist and author. Throughout his career his scientific research has explored the cellular mechanisms of nervous system development, plasticity, and memory, working at UC San Diego, Stanford University, Yale University, and the National Institutes of Health. [Homepage]
Havana Syndrome — The Fifth Estate : Investigating what made the diplomats sick [Documentary]