Mustard Gas – from WWI to War on Cancer – Chemical Warfare Exploited


Riga [Latvia] 1917: The WWI battle that changed the world. Germans first used their new weapon, Yperite, contained in artillery shells. Yperite was a near odorless gas, affecting soldiers exposed with severe burns and blisters; the residue left on the soil proved to continue its damage if one touched it.

Germany: WWII: Yperite – also known as Mustard Gas [Nitrogen Mustard] continued in use by the Germans. An explosion aboard a ship carrying Mustard Gas occurred with many fatalities. Autopsies reported fast growing cells were destroyed and white blood cells were dramatically slowed upon exposure to the Mustard Gas.

A study of Mustard Gas otherwise known as Nitrogen Mustard, Mechlorethamine, or Mechlorethamine Hydrochloride with trade names of Mustargen or Mustine; shows it as a very toxic substance causing death in almost 50% of those exposed to the gas. It suppresses the bone marrow function, causes internal and external bleeding, strips the mucous membranes from the bronchial tubes and renders severe burns and blisters to the skin. The effects begin within 12 hours of exposure and by the time the effects have set in the recovery may be too late. Early detection can ward off death and superficial exposure usually treated with a full recovery. Because it is slow acting and can penetrate, damage to the lymphatics, veins and capillaries are found and if healing is able, this is quite slow due to such deep damage. Tissue exposed to the Mustard Gas was devitalized, even touching or rubbing of the tissue easily further injured the area often resulting in septic infections. Lung tissue when the gas was inhaled proved extremely painful with coughing, labored breathing being well noted; military nurses reported “ poor things all burnt and blistered all over with great suppurating blisters, with blind eyes – sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently – all sticky and stuck together, and always fighting for breath, their voices a whisper, saying their throats are closing and they know they are going to choke.” Vera Brittian WWII Military Nurse

mustard gas soldier

The International Agency for Research on Cancer calls Mustargen a probable carcinogen or a cancer-causing agent. Yet in 1942 despite all the horrors seen as a result of Mustard Gas exposure to humans, scientists decided because it suppressed bone marrow function virtually destroying it, called bone marrow aplasia, to try to use it to treat lymphoma patients. Success is not really known for those first patients but we can surmise it was limited and is reported any positive effects were temporary. The research continued.

What they did find was Nitrogen Mustard is an alkylating agent that modifies the DNA in your cells. By the 1950’s in London research led to the development of alkylating agents proving to be more effect called chlorambucil, melphalan, and busulphan; used as therapies for myeloma, lymphoma, and some leukemia types. These alkylating drugs are still in use today.

Today antineoplastic or cytotoxic anti-cancer chemotherapy drugs are directly derived from Nitrogen Mustard classified as alkylating agents. Used for Non-Hodgkin’s disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, palliative treatment of breast cancers and lung cancers; often prescribed for skin lesions of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Despite tumor shrinkage using the Nitrogen Mustard chemotherapies the reduction in these masses did not prolong the lifespan of the patients and greatly reduced their quality of life. Dr. Martin F. Shapiro, in his article “Chemotherapy: Snake-Oil Remedy?” explained: “ some oncologists inform their patients of the lack of evidence that treatments work, others may well be misled by scientific papers that express unwarranted optimism about chemotherapy.”

Most patients given Nitrogen Mustard drugs have side effects ranging from low blood counts, nausea and vomiting, hair loss, mouth sores, darkening of the veins used for infusion, redness – dryness – irritation with topical application, loss of fertility, fever, diarrhea, poor appetite, metallic taste, tinnitus, and abnormal blood tests with increased uric acid levels. Low white blood cell counts, low red blood cell counts, and low platelet counts are common resulting in the patient with secondary infections. Those patients having repeated high doses of Nitrogen Mustard are at a risk for secondary cancers developing such as leukemia or other cancers. Dr. Mollie Hunter of the UK reportedly said after witnessing a patient who being given chemotherapy for her myeloma and steroids to treat her side effects, “ She really died of respiratory failure due to her curvature of the spine, due to her steroid treatment, but I signed the death certificate myeloma. It made me wonder at the time how often the true cause of death is recorded, i.e. the treatment and not the underlying illness.” So we must wonder how many death certificates are signed as ‘cancer’ being the cause of death, when in fact, the cause of death is effects of toxic treatment.

How many given Nitrogen Mustard chemotherapy drugs are told they have a risk of infertility? Many are given these drugs during pregnancy when it is reported these drugs could cause birth defects. Others still are not given the opportunity to harvest eggs or sperm for future attempts for reproducing after treatment ceases.

With many non-toxic alternatives to treating cancer available we wonder why the continuation of using a chemical warfare poison is not only in used but allowed.  Clearly, there are more cons than pros; yet in spite of the overwhelming side effects doctors continue to tout these drugs as beneficial. If these are so beneficial and safe to use on the patient why then we ask are these chemo drugs listed as Hazardous – and if a spill or accidental exposure to them by other than the patient occurs extreme measures are taken. All materials touching the chemo drugs are to be disposed of as BioHazard Waste. If a family member comes in contact with the chemo drug they are directed to an emergency room. And we are to believe somehow it is hazardous to others but not the patient. Burns occur on our hands if we touch it, so what happens to the patient’s veins?  Alternative cancer treatments have no side effects, cancer is killed, health restored; a well-planned protocol of alternative cancer treatments gives a longer lifespan and quality of life. In Germany where the poison began, support non-invasive cancer treatments often over poisonous options; other European countries have developed their own non-conventional treatments, making alternative cancer treatments mainstream. So why in the countries like the US are we using Nitrogen Mustard on our people rather than superior non-invasive treatments?

Cancer treating is big business, very big business bringing in billions of dollars, is anyone within this industry willing to give up the profits for truly caring for the patient? Nearly one hundred years after its first use in Riga [Latvia] Nitrogen Mustard still continues to kill. Did the Germans ever imagine how they would have changed the world?

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