IS IT “JUST” PNEUMONIA? Entry for March 29, 2007

Above photo: “Image 19” from article below titled “Final Diagnosis”

The following article caught my eye quite some time ago. Sepsis was in fact occurring here. MRSA (methecillin resistant staphylococcus aureus) is very commonplace here. A lot of us have what looks like pneumonia, which continually reoccurs. Many of these same people have been tested for tuberculosis as they have “nodules” in their lungs. However, none of them had tuberculosis, and no, it was not cancer either. I went for tuberculosis testing after the nodules were discovered in my lungs and beyond. The waiting room at the health unit was full of other people who all appeared to be holding the same form as me in their hands. So I asked, and sure enough, they were all there for tuberculosis testing because nodules had been detected in their lungs by x-ray. Eleven people besides me just in that brief period of time (about an hour), and according to a staff member, people were coming in in waves like this for a very long time for this testing. But none of them had tuberculosis. Within two years of their detection, some of the people I met who reported these lung nodules were told they had cancer. What was it before it became cancer? It looked like this picture…..and fungus can produce nodules in the lung tissue and beyond. That is all we know for sure. And then there are the sores in my previously posted pic. Lots of people with those too. Sores with no name. At first, my doctor of the time refused to test them, even though it was evident how bad they were. I was eventually told that the sores I had on my face, chest, back, and legs were a semi treatment resistant form of staff infection. But, a different doctor said to me the sores look like a cross between staph infection and folliculitis, but they are neither. I find it odd that antifungal drugs alleviated many of these problems. I have made the suggestion that my pneumonia type condition, eventually given the name of hemophillus influenza, has a fungal component. An epidemiologist and a pathologist found no need to dispute or challenge my suggestion. I suggest this as antifungal drugs put a halt to these reoccurring lung infections. I also noted that while on antifungal drugs, I was able to take deeper breaths. My lung tissue was able to expand and contract better. More elasticin response. Aspergillus niger (one of the funguses ravaging my system) produces an enzyme called elastase. It decomposes or dissolves the elasticin in your skin and tissues. This is what gives your soft issue the ability to stretch. Obviously necessary for breathing in and out. Fungus and bacteria can co-colonize so that you are actually dealing with both. This is a complicated problem, and the increasing pathogenicity of the planet’s microorganisms seems to have science scrambling. The public is never to know about such problems. So we are kept in the dark until science is back in the front seat. Then you hear about the “great advances in scientific discovery/knowledge”. Too late for so many.

Fact: flesh eating disease is caused by staphylococcus aureus

Here is the article:



Rhodococcus equi, originally identified by Magnusson as an agent capable of causing a granulomatous infection in horses in 1923,1,2 is an increasingly recognized opportunistic pathogen of humans. Since the initial description by Golub et al 3 initial description of R. equi infection in humans in 1967, more than 100 cases have been reported in the literature.2 While the organism primarily afflicts patients with impaired cellular immunity, cases have been described in patients with no known underlying predisposing condition.

R. equi is a water and soil organism which is most commonly found in environments associated with domesticated animals, whose manure provide required nutritional support for these organisms.4 Human infection is believed to occur secondary to the exposure of a susceptible individual to the appropriate environment. In the present case, the patient had a farm where he raised 27 horses which probaly account for his source of exposure. Once within the host, the bacterium becomes a facultative intracellular bacterium residing within macrophages and elicits an acute inflammatory response.

Clinically, the lung is the most frequent site of involvement, although other sites including the eyes, lymph nodes, soft-tissue, and bone have also been reported. 5 The patient typically presents with insidious onset of fever, chills, weight loss, dyspnea, and cough. Chest x-rays often reveal a thick-walled cavitating lower lobe pneumonia with hilar adenopathy, which in the typical clinical context of R. equi infections (i.e. impaired cellular immunity) mimics the Ghon complex of primary Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections. However, the presence of air fluid levels within the cavities and/or associated pleural effusions, which are frequently found with R. equi infections but rarely associated with M. tuberculosis, should raise the clinical suspicion of a R. equi infections.6

Due to the limited clinical experience with R. equi infections, treatment for such infections is empirically based. It has been observed that relapse occurs commonly. Therefore, long term (at least 2 months in duration) antibiotic treatment with repeated culture and sensitivity monitoring has been advocated.2,6 Most strains tested have been susceptible to glycopeptide antibiotics, rifampin, and macrolide antibiotics whereas the use of beta-lactam antibiotics, with the exception of imipenem, is not recommended since R. equi is often resistant. 2,6 In the current case, the patient was treated with a 2 month course of intravenous antibiotics (vancomycin and imipenem) followed by 4 months of oral antibiotics.

While the diagnosis of R. equi infections ultimately rests on culture techniques, characteristic tissue pathology, particularly in lung parenchyma, should raise the pathologist’s suspicion of R. equi. The organism is an intracellular gram-positive coccobacillus which resides within foamy histiocytes within the infected host and is typically associated with a neutrophillic infiltrate and abundant bacteria during an acute infection. As the infection progresses, the foamy histiocytes accumulate lamellar calcified basophilic staining cytoplasmic bodies containing a central crystalline core surrounded by a less dense peripheral zone, Michaelis-Gutmann bodies (Image 19, not from current case, courtesy of Samuel A. Yousem, MD). This latter histologic picture, termed malakoplakia, is extremely rare within the lung and, when present, is highly suggestive of a R. equi infection.7

R. equi belongs to the order Actinomycetales, which includes several organism from which it must be differentiated from in a clinical microbiology laboratory including Nocardia and rapid growing Mycobacteriaceae.8,9,10 R. equi are non-fastidious intermittently gram-positive staining coccobacilli and filamentous forms with occasional fragmented and palisading forms, a morphology which may be confused with Corynebacterial organisms. R. equi may be partially acid fast, which may lead to conf
usion with Mycobacteriaceae. The organisms are slow growing on routine isolation agar (e.g. sheep blood) where the organism produces smooth and possibly mucoid white colonies which may produce a distinctive salmon-pink coloration with time. Colony morphology on tap water agar is very useful in differentiating members of the order Actinomycetales. Unlike Nocardia, Actinomadura, and Streptomyces, Rhodococcus lacks aerial hyphae. In addition, Rhodococcus exhibits rudimentary branching of its substrate hyphae which is useful in distinguishing it from rapid growing Mycobacteriaceae. R. equi is unable to hydrolyze casein, xanthine, and tyrosine, features which biochemically distinguish it from many members of Actinomycetales. R. equi is typically urease positive, a feature which is useful in distinguishing it from Corynebacterium. R. equi can be distinguished from other members of the Rhodococcus genus by its elaboration of equi factors which interact with the beta-toxin of Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes hemolysin, or phospholipase D of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis to form areas of complete hemolysis on sheep blood agar. Additional specialized testing, (ethylene glycol degradation, cell wall analysis, nucleic acid analysis) while available, is usually unnecessary to make the diagnosis of R. equi.


  1. Magnuson H. Pneumonie beim Fohlen Ein neuer Eitererreger beim Pferd. Archiv fur Wissenschaftliche und Praktische Tierheilkunde. 1923;50:22-37.
  2. Linder R. Rhodococcus equi and Arcanobacterium haemolyticum: Two “Coryneform” bacteria increasingly recognized as agents of human infection. Emerg Infect Dis. 1997;3:145-153.
  3. Golub B, Falk G, Spink WW. Lung abscess due to Corynebacterium equi: report of first human infection. Ann Intern Med. 1967;66:1174-1177.
  4. Barton MD, Hughes KL. Ecology of Rhodococcus equi. Vet Microbiol. 1984;9:65-76.
  5. Scott MA, Graham BS, Verrall R, Dixon R, Schaffner W, Tham KT. Rhodococcus equi-An increasingly recognized opportunistic pathogen: Report of 12 cases and review of 65 cases in the literature. Amer J Clin Pathol 1995;103:649-655.
  6. Johnson DH, Cunha BA. Rhodococcus equi pneumonia. Sem Respir Infect. 1997;12:57-60.
  7. Kwon KY, Colby TV. Rhodococcus equi pneumonia and pulmonary malakoplakia in acquired immunodeficientcy syndrome: Pathologic features. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1994;118:744-748.
  8. The aerobic gram-positive bacilli. In Color atlas and textbook of diagnostic microbiology. Eds Koneman EW, Allen SD, Janda WM, Schreckenberger PC, Winn WCJr. 1997; 5th ed. JB Lippencott Co, Philadelphia, pp 651-708.
  9. Beaman BL, Saubolle MA, Wallace RJ. Nocardia, Rhodococcus, Streptomyces, Oerskovia, and other aerobic Actinomycetes of medical importance. In Manual of clinical microbiology. Eds. Murray PR, Baron EJ, Pfaller MA, Tenover FC, Yolken RH. 1995; 6th ed. ASM press, Washington DC, pp 379-399.
  10. Staneck JL. Aerobic actinomycetes: Nocardia and related organisms. ASM teleconference. August 9,1994.

Contributed by Scott M Kulich MD, PhD and William A Pasculle ScD


Mycotoxins and our food supply Entry for March 20, 2007 (3 OF 3)

You don’t want to. I know. I met the Trichothecene Mycotoxins up close and personal, left the known place of my introduction to them in the middle of the year 2003, and to this day am in the worst pain I have ever known, and continually find myself faced with sores, pneumonia like infections, burning tingling skin, blurry vision, teeth pain, cramping organs, bone pain, degenerative discs now, and the list goes on and on.
In Canada I have: no Canadian diagnosis, an American diagnosis, a letter from US Pathologist, and a letter from a Canadian Epidemiologist,… all focused on a potential public health catastrophe involving the health trends of the population at large here. Mycotoxins are the main suspect. However, our government has so far refused to look into or honor the request by qualified professionals that there be an investigation into the cause of the health trends of the area. This refers to both human and animal health trends.
The levels of trichothecene mycotoxins found in my body set off alarm bells in the US and prompted some action in Canada that dead ended for unknown reasons. One of the letters I have ( both letters were directed to government), specifically asks for an investigation by government and suggests the local branch of the CDC. They have refused to investigate. They also refused to put their decision in writing.
I hope these bits and bites of information are opening eyes wide open.
Public knowledge is sometimes the most effective tool in affecting change.
Sometimes it is the only tool that will work.
After all, once the public knows, there is no point to secrecy. It then becomes a self defeatist methodology.
Did you know:
Fact: 250, 000 people died in Russia from eating mycotoxin contaminated food during the war.
Fact: Trichothecene mycotoxin was used in Yellow Rain which was used in the Vietnam War to defoliate the trees so the enemy could be seen coming.

Trichothecene mycotoxins and our food supply Entry for March 20, 2007 (2 OF 3)

This an excerpt from an official federal government website document discussing their primary research projects and concerns for 2006 – 2007. It is of special interest to me as part of a diagnosis I was given involved substantial health insult from multiple mycotoxins located in the ambient environment where so much harm came to my pets, my plants, myself, and the wildlife where I was.
I was in a meeting regarding this subject a little over a year ago. The meeting was between myself and two government appointed officials with our health authority. One representing Health as the Public Health Officer for the region, the other representing Environmental Health as a Environmental Health Officer. I was told that not only was there no mycotoxin “problem” in the Province in which I live, but Quote “no where else in Canada for that matter” unquote.
I was also told by the Public Health Officer that there is “no proof that mycotoxins cause health problems”. Did I mention that with permission, this meeting was taped.
The chain of government as it is means that this man would have to conduct himself according to the levels of government involved in the research from which I got this and the next exerpt.
It seems to me that either the public health and environmental health officers didn’t know about this research or their own pier’s knowledge of the problem ( you think?), or an attempt was made to dissuade me from my focus in this topic area.
Like I said before, this is nothing to sneeze at. It kills. It is also pretty evident that there is so much at stake in the business end of this whole topic area that there is a complete unwillingness to inform the public of any perceived, potential, or realized risk to the public (the spending consumer), their livestock, their pets, their water, their food, etc..
This is a real problem, as we are dealing here with an invisible but very deadly threat. As we cannot see it, we have to rely on those with the tools to detect it to tell us it is there.
If I think about this based on my experiences so far, this is not good news…… unless….., the value for life itself reclaims priority over financial pursuits.
Are we closing in on a world where people and animals start starving because nothing is safe to eat?
If we were, would we be told this?
Fact: Mycotoxin exposure is linked to reproductive failure in both animals and humans. Again, this fact can be found in the government’s own literature.

Entry for March 20, 2007 (1 OF 3)


Canadians fear their pets harmed by tainted food

Flop, left, dressed as John F. Kennedy and Ace dressed as Jackie O share a bowl of food during the 6th annual IAMS Home 4 The Holidays pet adoption drive kick off, Monday, Nov. 14, 2005 in New York. Both puppies are available for adoption from the Animal Haven no-kill shelter and sanctuary in New York City. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) News Staff

Updated: Mon. Mar. 19 2007 1:35 PM ET

Some suspected Canadian cases of food-induced kidney failure in pets are emerging in the case of some premium dog and cat foods manufactured by an Ontario-based supplier.

“I’m absolutely devastated, I’m heartbroken. He is only six years old. He’s my companion,” said Sara Solomon about her cat Taz, who has been given two weeks to 10 months to live.

She found out that the cat food she had been purchasing for him was manufactured by Menu Foods.

That Streetsville, Ont. company, one of North America’s largest suppliers of pet food, is recalling dog food sold throughout North America under 48 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. Stores such as such as Wal-Mart and Safeway carry the products.

The recall follows complaints that 10 pets south of the border died of kidney failure after eating the foods.

“At this point they have done the right thing, pulling $40 million of product, but I’m waiting for answers,” Solomon said.

“You trust them that they know what they are doing when they make the food and you give it to your dog and you don’t realize you are poisoning your dog,” said Debbie Turcotte of Sudbury, Ont.

Her family’s pet dog Belle stopped eating about a month ago. The food she ate is on the recall list. While the animal will live, her kidneys are damaged.

Paul Henderson, the CEO of the Toronto-area company, says it’s not clear what the problem is and the recall is precautionary.

“We’re not entirely sure what has happened,” Henderson said in an interview with the Canadian Press.

“We’ve undertaken a battery of technical tests … and all of those tests have failed to identify any issues at all with our product.”

A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was available from the Menu Foods website.

The company also designated a phone number that pet owners could call for information — 1-866-895-2708 — but callers kept the lines busy.


The recall covers the company’s “cuts and gravy” style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches from Dec. 3 to March 6.

Concerns from the U.S. about the food began filtering back to Menu Foods through toll-free customer lines starting at the end of February.

Menu Foods produced more than one billion containers last year, including products to 17 of the top 20 retailers in North America for sale under store labels such as Master Choice, Compliments and Select and manufactures for several national brands.

Two other companies — Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. — said Saturday that as a precaution they were voluntarily recalling some products made by Menu Foods.

Many stores that sold the affected brands frantically pulled packages off shelves.

Company spokesperson Sarah Tuite has said the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, which has since been dropped for another source. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokesperson Julie Zawisza said it’s still too early to determine what could have affected the food. She said that even if wheat gluten is the source “it doesn’t necessarily mean the wheat gluten per se. It could be another substance associated with the wheat gluten.”

Menu Foods said it has beefed up the testing of all raw materials and finished goods.

Dr. Joseph Szanto, a U.S. veterinarian, had this advice on recognizing problems in pets: “The signs of kidney failure would initially be a change in water consumption, depending on the kind of kidney failure, less or more water, the amount of urination may change — more or less — and also a decreased appetite.”

Solomon spent more than $5,000 trying to save Taz. Unfortunately, she will have to say goodbye to her feline friend.

With a report from CTV’s Denelle Balfour and files from the Canadian Press and the Associated Press

�� 2007 CTVglobemedia All Rights Reserved.

Me after exposure at a contaminated location Entry for March 12, 2007 (2 of 2)

Picture taken February 2003
And one day the singing stopped.
Ironically, that beautiful scenery and wildlife habitat is the very thing that killed my cat, my youngest dog, one of my indoor birds, the wild birds I fed, all my houseplants, some of my outdoor plants, every ground dwelling insect on that property and beyond,coyotes, frogs, crickets, rodents, and nearly killed me.
My quaint little home in the country turned into the biggest undoing of my life’s accomplishments, agendas, health, and goals that ever could have been concocted. In so doing my entire world was yanked out from under me, and I was left in total ruin. Too sick to work my way out of this one, I have not had a home, or the use of any of my possibly unsalvageable possessions for the past 4 years. For someone to whom home base and good health meant so much, these are blows to the very fabric of my existence. I also feel sick over the idea that I brought innocent animals that trusted in and depended on me into an environment that cost them their lives. And if I think about the unfoldment of events as they did unfold, and the realization that there were people who knew what I was in the midst of, and said nothing………that makes me sick all over again. It was all about the money for them. How many of these scenarios are playing themselves out all over the globe? Probably many. I recall one particular incident that sits at the forefront of my memory, because I should have realized something was up with this one, but I let it go over my head.
The landlady came to collect her rent. I offered her a coffee. She looked like she was going to throw up, quite literally. She accepted, but she never touched it. There was a second occasion that played itself out exactly the same way, only the second time her husband teasingly said she should have a coffee with me before he laughed and left. He left her there with me for almost 2 hours. She never touched that coffee, and was white as a sheet. She really did look like she was going to get sick.
I later learned that not only did none of the septic systems in this area ever work properly due to the lay of the land and never should have existed there in that form in the first place, but these people I was renting from were on record as being out of compliance under the septic act for at least 2 years with a failed septic field, which I learned from the very health authorities who would have been responsible for protecting the public, myself included, from such exposure. They later denied any such knowledge. I also discovered that there were multiple breaks in the water lines to the building, which sat below the water table line, that were supposed to be fixed, but it was later learned that although the municipality authorized the repairs and a bill, no one ever inspected the work, and it turns out the work was never done. Just billed for. I was using raw sewage tainted dirty marsh water the whole time. Of coarse due to liability concerns, due process was anything but legitimate and forthright. So there I was, all my houseplants dead, my cat, my dog, and one bird on it’s way out, and me, I was telling people ” I feel like I am dying. It feels like I am being eaten alive from the inside out.” I was right!
But was I going to get any help from the proper authorities or responsible parties? No. I was left to my own devices. Thrown to the wolves. Screw up after screw up meant the liability issues were now astronomical.
I had a hard time getting a truck to move me. After some degree of media attention, no one wanted to come on the property, and I was too sick to get myself off. I had no place to go. I had no place to take my sick pets.
My mother ended up helping me for part of my exit. My mother started to develop my symptoms about 6 months after helping me, and of coarse before we knew she had had coffee there, and ate food from there. My dog who died died of a rare and rapidly replicating non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. My mother now has Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. My doctor told me way back in the year 2003, when I still lived in this deadly place and was trying to get out, that I “could” develop leukemia as a result of my exposure. However, there is still to this day no official diagnosis or explanation for my symptoms or condition here.
I never saw it coming. Of coarse without some background in microbiological fields or any other high powered microscope dependant field, you wouldn’t know how to recognise the early warning signs of a problem of a microscopic nature, and of coarse you wouldn’t be able to see it, as this world is way too small to see with the naked eye.
Eventually, mass accumulation allows for visible signs, but by then you are dealing with substantial quantities. If it is harmful, it is most likely already working it’s way through your system, and in time you will start to show the effects of it’s presence. Slow, steady, progressive, and potentially deadly is it’s wrath.
Just look at what it did to me in 2 years and 2 months! And that is only the outward visible effect. The internal damage, which is still ongoing and extremely painful is much worse.
I do not eat junk food. I eat homemade, not canned, not takeout. I do not drink or do any of that other mind or mood altering stuff. I don’t even take medications unless it is absolutely impossible to heal without their use. I have always been a very active nature loving person who tried to live a healthy life.
I was about to get pulled into a world of learning out of a need to know that I never knew existed. Four years after leaving this deadly location a newspaper reporter referred to me in an article on ducks that died of “invasive aspergillosis”, part of the diagnosis I was given in the US but not here, as “an amateur expert” in the area of mold related illness and environmental concerns. I have also amassed a vast knowledge around staphylococcus aeurius, amoeba hystolitica, toxic mold, toxic algae, mycotoxins, neurotoxins, pfiesteria, agent orange, DDT, perchlorate, fungal bacteria used in bioremediation, to name a few, and known associated health and environmental effects.. Not a journey I had planned, but here I am.
If sharing what I’ve learned can spare even one person the carnage, pain, suffering, and hardship that is now my life, then all is not lost.
I hope I have some of your attention here now. This could happen to anybody in this over crowded world full of our many generations of waste to which we continue to deposit our contributions.
How many playgrounds, malls, or subdivisions do you know of that are built on an old landfill site (aka: garbage dump)?
Do you know what the hazards of chemical insult or raw sewage or excess fertilizer or aircraft emissions are?
If you don’t… you should. You, your children, and your children’s children’s lives depend on us coming to the realization of what is happening to the ground and soil and the water we and all living things depend on to provide us with the essential nutrition we cannot live without.
As I can attest to and should be obvious by looking at
what it did to me, it can kill us.
Would you want this to happen to you? To your children? To your pets?
Have you ever seen an animal go through the process of dying of cancer? I found it very disturbing to witness for more than the obvious reasons. Animals do not complain. Right to the end they continue to try to be their accommodating smiling selves. It seems unnatural to me for animals to have cancer. Cancer is a man made condition.
Unnatural conditions are brought on by unnatural conditions.

Me before exposure at a contaminated location Entry for March 12, 2007 (1 of 2)

Picture taken December 2001
A good friend of mine and I were talking the other day, and he mentioned a phrase he had coined before in regard to what I have been through and am going through all due to environmental degradation and all that goes hand in hand with such things in today’s world. He is one of several people who have told me I am the perfect poster child for such issues. Let me tell you, it is no enviable position to be in.
That is where I got the header line for this and the next entry.
I have also been referred to as “the canary in the coal mine” by someone from the David Suzuki Foundation, a biology researcher, several lawyers, a politician,… to reference a few. Again, not an enviable position to be in.
If you don’t know what the significance of that phrase is: They used to send canaries into mine shafts. If the canaries came back out, it was safe for the miners to go in. If they did not come back out it was not safe for the miners to go in. They would succumb to gas buildup in the shaft, as the canaries who did not return from within would have.
The picture in this post is my driver’s license picture from December, 2001.
It shows what I looked like when I moved into a quaint little place I would call home for the next two years and 2 months. I moved to the country in April of the year 2001. I picked this spot because no one could build anything behind it as there was a large marsh back there. At night the coyotes sang, the crickets sang, and the frogs sang. I thought although the “building” needed work, I was going to love listening to the wildlife sing under the stars, which I would be able to see as there would be no street light glare to drown out the view of the sky at night. As for the building and yard, I spent the bulk of my working life in construction and landscaping type occupations, so the building and yard I could fix up when time allowed and I could make it look nice. A lot of work, but work has never scared me. The scenery and wildlife habitat was the main draw for me. And I thought that my pets would love it there too. A well intentioned move with my health and well being and that of my pets in mind.
The next picture is of me just before I left this deadly location.

Undervalued Treasures Slide Show

The slide show wasn’t intended to end up as part of my blog, but since it is here and I do not know how to move it, I’ll work it into the theme I am focused on here.

Enjoy the beautiful pictures and the messages within. These images are representative of some of the beauty that is being lost to “so called” progress. Notice the entire planet is also amongst these images?

When compared to the photos in my previous posts of the environment where I have lived in recent times, the difference in beauty and appeal is pretty self explanatory.

Which would you prefer to look out your window at?

Which would you prefer to go for a walk amidst?