Why Did This Woman's Blood Produce A Toxic Nerve Gas?

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31 Oct 2022, 12:37 pm

Joe Scott talking about a case back in 1994 in Riverside, CA where a patient was wheeled into the ER and some part of the chemistry (between oxygen, topical ointment, etc.) turned into a neurotoxin. Think he was posting this as a bit of a Halloween special but wow, talk about some oblique and tragic circumstances.


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31 Oct 2022, 6:18 pm

Hmm . . . not an urban legend, according to Wikipedia . . .

”The incident was initially considered to be a case of mass hysteria. An investigation by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory proposed that Ramirez had been self-administering dimethyl sulfoxide as a treatment for pain, which converted into dimethyl sulfate, an extremely poisonous and highly carcinogenic alkylating agent, via a series of chemical reactions in the emergency department. This theory has been endorsed by the Riverside Coroner's Office and published in the journal Forensic Science International.”


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