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How Babies Can Be Polluted

We have already said long enough about how modern man is polluting the world with a strength and an effectiveness never seen in the past.

Many of the pollutants are 'eternal' meaning that nature is not capable of transforming them into something less aggressive, and many take a long time to make their toxicity manifest. Their constant accumulation is objectively becoming a debt which our generation unloads on the next and the next will find such a huge account to settle that it will never be able to cope with it.

But without having to wait for the children to grow up and take the place in the society of those who run it today, the current pollution we are causing starts to hit them already before they are born.

Male Fertility, Burning Semen Disease and Endometriosis

For years we have been analysing the sperm of subjects exposed to pollution from inorganic micro- and nanodust, starting with soldiers who, from a certain point of view, are an excellent object of study, given that they breathe and ingest large quantities of particles in a relatively short time. In that sperm there are thoroughly undue

Advances in Nanopathology: From Vaccines to Food

Antonietta Morena Gatti and Stefano Montanari

Copyright © 2021 Jenny Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd.

ISBN 978-981-4877-29-9 (Hardcover), 978-1-003-05622-5 (eBook) w w w. j e n ny sta nf o rd. co m presences of the particles object of our interest Figure 7.1 shows white lead particles close to a spermatozoon (inside red inset) of a contaminated soldier.

Contaminated seminal fluid

Figure 7.1 Contaminated seminal fluid.

The first symptom, although not always present, signaling those presences is a burning feeling in the penis during urination and during ejaculation. Moreover, without this being surprising, even in the sperm those particles behave according to what they are: foreign bodies. The spermatozoa count of persons exposed to a contamination decreases dramatically and so does their mobility, thereby making the male much less capable of procreation. We add that several years ago, finding ourselves facing the case of a soldier who wanted to father a child despite being in those conditions, we resorted toa'cleaning’ofthe seminal fluid and artificial insemination, with the result of his wife giving birth to a pair of perfectly healthy twins.

But the most serious and painful consequences affect the female partner. We have no data available as a result of our research, but it is absolutely probable that, as happens in the blood plasma, also in the seminal fluid particles can modify the proteins, thereby making them intolerable for the epithelial tissue lining the vaginal canal. What we are being reported for years and which is becoming an increasingly widespread phenomenon is the occurrence of painful coituses, following which, if the coitus is not protected by a condom, painful, bleeding and both pharmacologically and surgically intractable ulcers are formed in the vaginal canal. This condition is called burning semen disease.

Another phenomenon which we often observe in women suffering from this pathology is the onset of endometriosis. We do not have enough data in this regard and we simply report the coincidence.

Particles from Mother to Foetus

For over 20 years we have been dealing with war pollution, and the phenomena which occur in war occur in military shooting ranges as well.

Working in the Salto di Quirra (Sardinia, Italy) shooting range on the Italian island Sardinia, we came across cattle which were brought down because they could no longer give birth and severely malformed lambs which almost always died as soon as they were born (Fig. 7.2). In all the cases of lambs we had the opportunity to analyse, their internal organs contained large quantities of particles foreign to living organisms and compatible with what is produced by explosions of armaments. Being animals born a few minutes before when not stillborn, it is evident that those particles embedded in the tissues must have been present when the foetus was inside the mother's womb. Therefore, their origin could only be from the mother and, in the mother, from what she had eaten and breathed: grass and air, respectively, polluted by the explosions.

It may be interesting to note that in some of those lambs the linea alba, that is, the aponeurotic structure located on the middle portion of the abdomen, had not formed. In this condition, the lamb’s abdomen opened at the time of birth and the viscera were expelled. Embryological problems affecting the midline of the body, as is the position of the linea alba, is something which, in our experience, we have found in some children of soldiers (cleft palate and spina bifida). We are unable to provide embryological explanations, since this is not the field for which we are competent, and we limit ourselves to reporting what we have ascertained.

Corpses of malformed lambs from the Sardinian shooting range of Salto di Quirra (Sardinia, Italy)

Figure 7.2 Corpses of malformed lambs from the Sardinian shooting range of Salto di Quirra (Sardinia, Italy).

Another fact which we come across with increasing frequency is the number of miscarriages within the third month of pregnancy. It is not uncommon to observe that after two or three such events, the baby who is born alive is perfectly healthy. We attribute the fact to the action of the foetuses which act as a filter, freeing the mother from the presence of inorganic particles. In this way, the embryo is unable to complete its formation but, on the other hand, leaves a clean environment for an upcoming pregnancy (Fig. 7.3).

In short, it is evident that the particles pass from mother to foetus through the placental barrier and what happens in animals happens in humans. And that’s what we found when we dealt with children born with cancer. We have already described several cases of children we studied who were born already ill with cancer in our book Nanotoxicology and Particle Toxicology (Academic Press, 2015). We have added the case we came across of a baby born with yolk sac cancer (see Chapter 2). While all the other children born with cancer which we have analysed have died, this was operated on early and to date, after more than five years, is in good health.

Miscarriage at a polluted site

Figure 7.3 Miscarriage at a polluted site. As often happens, the tissues of aborted foetuses contain inorganic particles. In general, those particles reach the foetus through the mother's blood and derive from pollution which can be environmental or derived from food or from drugs taken during pregnancy. In this case, the particles containing a large component of chromium or steel (iron, chromium and nickel) undoubtedly come from external sources. For a better understanding, it should be borne in mind that the case comes from a small town where a large steel mill exists. The calcium- and phosphorus-based particles could have an origin within the mother's body or, albeit, in our opinion, with very little probability, within the foetus's. Their parallelepiped shape is noteworthy. Spherical iron nanoparticles are characteristic of formations within the organism (siderosis), and for those shown in the picture the origin is unquestionably within the organism.

Drugs Administered during Pregnancy

It is not at all uncommon that the leaflets included in the packaging of a drug warn that product is contraindicated during pregnancy or that, in any case, it must be administered only in events of real need and inability to act in any other way. Given the enormous difference between individuals and the haste with which drugs too often go into distribution, it is customers who act as guinea pigs and certain consequences are found only after years of use and, of course, not affecting all subjects. Indeed, often undue effects occur only on a relatively small fraction of those who take the drug, and it is not uncommon that, if the adverse phenomena are not excessively conspicuous and numerous, they pass over in silence.

Perhaps many remember thalidomide, a drug which was sold in the fifties and sixties as a sedative, anti-emetic and hypnotic, aimed especially at pregnant women. It was a drug which, according to what was presented, had an extremely favourable risk-benefit balance compared to barbiturates and other drugs available at the time for the same purpose.

It was only after years that it was impossible to deny how women treated with thalidomide gave birth to children with severe alterations in the development of the limbs, that is, amelia (absence of the limbs) or various degrees of fbcomelia (reduction of the long bones of the limbs).

The risky drugs during pregnancy are very numerous, and often they are very common medications which can be bought even over the counter and without a prescription. Antibiotics, pain relievers, psychotropic drugs and medications to lower the body temperature in the case of (almost always beneficial) body temperature rise are only a few categories of those medications.

It is not in the purposes of this book to deal in depth with that subject. We just want to mention what is strictly part of our skills and what is unequivocal from our analyses.

The habit of giving vaccines to pregnant women is becoming more and more widespread and is often recommended by media and doctors themselves. That a vaccine can immunise a foetus is doubtful to say the least. That all the vaccines we have analysed are polluted by micro- and nanoparticles which are incompatible with the body is indisputable, and the body of an embryo is small and delicate. That manufacturers warn about the opportunity to take vaccines or, at least, some of them, during pregnancy is easily a fact which anyone who takes the trouble to read the published warnings can see. So, regardless of personal beliefs which often have nothing scientific and the enormous interests which influence the vaccine business, an invitation to prudence seems reasonable to us. It would be very sad that, for vaccines as for what happened to a very long list of medicaments, something unpleasant be noticed when it is too late.

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