I’ve been sick with viruses twice since WIPP. Also became disabled for two days, unable to walk. The skin symptoms are worse than any point except May-June 2012. I’m putting this period in 3rd place after Fukushima in terms of health problems. The post-WIPP period is now ranked worse than the period of the initial Fukushima plume in 2011.
1. May-June 2012
2. Nov 2011-Jan 2012
3. Feb-Apr 2014
4. Apr-June 2011
5. Sept 2013
This latest virus has knocked me for a loop. My son had it a week and a half and he is still coughing. I’ve had it for a week. I think my strength is coming back some… my ears are still ringing though.
Prior to this, I had another bad bout with the flu a month ago. The skin eruption on my hands, which had been developing since January, and which got worse in February, got even worse with this virus. I did a little research and found that pomace (the seeds, stems and skins from grapevines) reduces the level of interleukin-6. IL-6 is inflammatory (usually), and works together with the cytokine TGF-β to differentiate raw T-cells into inflammatory Th17 cells, which is associated with psoriasis (and many other inflammatory disorders). IL-6 is produced when the immune system detects antigens (such as viruses and plutonium particles). Well, I purchased some Italian grappa, which is pomace brandy, and to my delight it cleared up the skin eruption of my hands around 90%. You see, almost nothing works, and to find something that helped is very welcome.
Well, along came the new virus. My son got sick. A funny thing happened at the time, the skin of my fingertips started puckering like I had gone for a dip in a swimming pool. This turns out to be a result of vasoconstriction of blood vessels in the fingers. Apparently my immune system was fighting something off. Then I came down with the illness.
Now, not only in the skin eruption back in my hands, but it spread to the rest of my body. I’ve got what looks like corns on every one of the 10 toes. And the grappa doesn’t work any more.
But what is most concerning is the red spots under the nail cuticles… and pitting and hardening of skin unaffected by the psoriasis. This is a new autoimmune disease process that wasn’t there before.
Systemic sclerosis or systemic scleroderma is an autoimmune or connective tissue disease. It is characterized by thickening of the skin caused by accumulation of collagen, and by injuries to the smallest arteries. There are two overlapping forms. Limited cutaneous scleroderma is limited to the skin on the face, hands and feet. Diffuse cutaneous scleroderma covers more of the skin, and is at risk of progressing to the visceral organs, including the kidneys, heart, lungs and gastrointestinal tract are affected.
Survival is determined by the severity of visceral disease. Prognosis is difficult to predict until the disease differentiates into recognizable subsets. Patients with limited cutaneous scleroderma have a good prognosis, with 10-year survival of 75%, although <10% develop pulmonary arterial hypertension after 10 to 20 years. Patients with diffuse cutaneous scleroderma have a 10-year survival of 55%. Death is most often from pulmonary, heart and kidney involvement, although survival has greatly improved with effective treatment for kidney failure. (link)
I am not saying I have systemic sclerosis (SSc), the symptoms are not all there that would meet the diagnostic criteria. But it is trending in that direction. It may be another condition related to it. But the important thing is that SSc is characterized by overproduction of the cytokine TGF-β. Earlier I mentioned that excessive IL-6 from foreign antigens (like plutonium) was causing TGF-β to differentiate too many inflammatory Th17 cells. Well, it appears that I now have excessive TGF-β too. It explains the massive skin breakout.
… it is possible that the psoriasis, or its treatment, may have triggered the development of SSc, presumably in a susceptible host. A variety of immunological changes have been well described in patients with psoriasis. Both psoriasis and SSC are predominantly characterized by skin involvement, and it could be hypothesized that the skin abnormalities in psoriasis may have altered the passage and processing of foreign antigen through the skin, thus triggering the development of scleroderma. (link)
The skin breakout changed the way that the antigens were passing through and out of my skin. In addition to the radioactive material, there are viruses coming out, and also apoptotic debris from all the carnage from the immune system. This has triggered a whole new disease process.
This whole thing started in January. I was getting thyroid symptoms then… and the December event at Fukushima had something to do with it. Then WIPP came along in February and it got much worse. The grappa helped but then influenza came along and settled the issue.
In a football analogy, the quarterback FUKUSHIMA starts running, pitches the ball to the running back WIPP, who gets stood up just before the goal line by the safety GRAPPA… but then the lineman INFLUENZA come up from behind and pushes the pile over the goal line. Disease 7, me 0.
I wanted to add some new results of iodine-131 in Japanese sludge. I-131 in Chiba has shown an uptick, but is still below the levels of December through February. This is consistent with the recent upturn in visible activity from the Fukushima webcams.
Tokyo iodine levels are still elevated, but below the peak in late January.