The gas – Let’s make it a what if…

Lien vers l’article

There is a lot of talk about the gas being used during the protests by police. Streets are absolutely filled with it and there is no way of escaping it. The police block the roads from all sides except for one or two, usually smaller street, shoot gas in that street and start pushing the people into the streets. No escape possible. They confiscate all the protection against the gas. Not only proper gas masks but als dust masks, that hardly help anyway, ski glasses, swimming glasses, etcetera. Now it is legal to do so, thanks to the anti-hooligan law, but they did that before the law was passed. So. There is word that the gas raises the cyanide levels in the body (when you smoke times 7). There is a natural level in the blood and the gas raises these levels. It is absorbed through skin and by breathing. The cyanide is actually turned into Thiocyanate. Analysis have been done but nothing is 100% proven. Not that it is true, not that it is false. The sounds about the truth go both ways. So for safety purposes let’s assume a “what if it is true”.
What are the symptoms?
What are the consequenses?
And what can you do about it? The symptoms are almost the same as when you have a lack of oxygen. As you can imagine this is very dangerous and even lethal, and if it doesn’t kill you it does have long term after affects, including severe braindamage. On the day of being gassed you can experience
– dizziness
– disorientation
– loss of consciousness
The gas also burns on your skin, in your eyes, mouth and throat and makes your eyes tear, your nose run and you will produce a lot saliva. The days after being gassed you can experience
– exhaustion (cyanide is turned into thiocyanate and this makes the liver work very hard)
– women can have abundant periods (because of the lack of oxygen it can change the regular menstrual cycle)
– muscle cramps (thanks to the lack of oxygen and iron levels can drop) Especially women that are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant should be very careful. Research has shown that the lack of oxygen can lead to malformation of the unborn baby. And can even lead to miscarriages. So what can you do about it?
Staying out of the gas is not always possible. You can get caught up in it even if you have no intention of being at the protest.
And gas masks can help, but can also be confiscated and that doesn’t prevent the gas molecules from entering your body through your skin.
If you have been exposed to the gas it is very important that you take good care of yourself, take a lot of rest and watch what you eat, drink and do to help your liver to process the toxic molecules that entered your body. Good for the liver are:
– food with a lot of fibers like oatmeal
– broccoli
– coffee (two or three cups a day)
– green tea
– water
– nuts, especially almonds
– spinach
– blueberries
– dark chocolate
– olives
– plums
– oregano
– sage
– rosemary
– cinnamon
– curry powder
– cumin
– meat
– dairy (low fat)
– work out / excercise Not good for the liver are
– fatty foods like french fries and burgers
– sugar
– processed food like bacon or deli meats
– canned vegetables
– a lot of salt
– alcohol is really bad for the liver
– potato chips and baked snacks
– white bread
– white rice
– regular pasta
– limit red meat
– avoid cleaning products, insecticides, chemicals and additives Just in case the what if… turns out to be true… Personally I have experienced some of the symptoms. Muscle pains, extreme tiredness, strange period cycle. But I can also find other excuses for that. A lot of walking, high stress levels, illness due to being soaking wet from rain and water tank. Fact is neither has been really proven yet. So just in case it turns out to be true… take all the above in consideration… Sources: “ Tear gas containing ortho chlorobenzylidene malonitrile wis labeled « CS » gas was first synthetized in 1928 (1) and used in military applications, especially in Vietnam conflict (2) before being banned for military application in 1998.
This molecule can be absorbed through skin and respiratory tract (3). Once in blood, it is metabolized into malononitrile, which is in turn metabolized into cyanide (3).
Cyanide is then processed very quickly into Thiocyanate because of its high toxicity.” (1) Corson, Ben B.; Stoughton, Roger W. (1928). « Reactions of Alpha, Beta-Unsaturated Dinitriles ». Journal of the American Chemical Society. 50 (10): 2825–2837.
(2) WHO (World Health Organization). Health Aspects of Chemical and Biological Weapons; Geneva, Switzerland. 1970. [Dec. 30, 2013].
(3) Olajos EJ, Salem H. Riot control agents: pharmacology, toxicology,biochemistry and chemistry. J Appl Toxicol. 2001 Sep-Oct;21(5):355-91. Review. PubMed PMID: 11746179. 1) Normal thiocyanate levels (µM to mg/l conversion : x0.058) 2) CS to cyanide metabolism
3) pr. Massimo Zucchetti
4) Other CS effects :
5) WACO :