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ß-Methylamino-L-alanine and Murder

11/16/2015 3:10 PM

β-Methylamino-L-alanine and related compounds in rapid onset ALS and dementia.

My goal in discussing this issue is to bring attention to and hopefully encourage widespread testing for β-Methylamino-L-alanine and related compounds in rapid onset ALS and dementia; thus discouraging its use as a murder weapon for such purposes as inheritance, spousal murder, and etc.

First indications are that this substance is highly toxic, abundant, and relatively easy to procure or extract.

Questions:

  1. Would it be an effective murder weapon?
  2. Is this and related compounds tested for in rapid onset ALS and dementia?
  3. If not why not? It appears it can be detected numerous ways.
  4. Can it be detected in hair follicles?
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Re: ß-Methylamino-L-alanine and murder.

11/16/2015 3:35 PM

Found this....

"BMAA is produced by cyanobacteria in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments.[2][3] In cultured non-nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria, BMAA production increases in nitrogen depleted medium.[4] BMAA has been found in aquatic organisms and in plants with cyanobacterial symbionts such as certain lichens, the floating fern Azolla, the leafpetioles of the tropical flowering plant Gunnera, cycads as well as in animals that eat the fleshy covering of cycad seeds, including flying foxes.[5][6][7][8]

High concentrations of BMAA are present in shark fins.[9] Consumption of shark fin soup and cartilage pills may therefore pose a health risk.[10] The toxin can be detected via several laboratory methods, including liquid chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, amino acid analyzer, capillary electrophoresis and NMR spectroscopy.[11]"

"BMAA is considered a possible cause of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/parkinsonism-dementia complex (ALS/PDC) that had an extremely high rate of incidence among the Chamorro people of Guam.[22] The Chamorro call the condition lytico-bodig.[23] In the 1950s, ALS/PDC prevalence ratios and death rates for Chamorro residents of Guam and Rota were 50-100 times that of developed countries, including the United States.[23] No demonstrable heritable or viral factors were found for the disease, and a subsequent decline of ALS/PDC after 1963 on Guam led to the search for responsible environmental agents.[24] The use of cycad (Cycas micronesica[25]) seeds in food decreased as that plant became rarer and the Chamorro population became more Americanized following World War II.[26]

In addition to eating the seeds directly, BMAA may be ingested by humans through biomagnification. Flying foxes, a Chamorro delicacy, may feed on cycad seeds and concentrate the toxin in their flesh. Twenty-four specimens of flying foxes from museum collections were tested for BMAA and BMAA was found in large concentrations in the flying foxes from Guam.[27]

Studies on human brain tissue of ALS/PDC, ALS, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and neurological controls indicated that BMAA is present in non-genetic progressive neurodegenerative disease but not in controls or genetic-based Huntington's disease.[28][29][30][31]

There is currently ongoing research into the role of BMAA as an environmental factor in neurodegenerative disease.[32][33]"

Seems it would be a poor method of trying to kill somebody, and very risky getting caught....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta-Methylamino-L-alanine

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11/16/2015 8:37 PM


Hey, what's for dinner?

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11/16/2015 11:01 PM

why it is called "flying fox"

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11/16/2015 3:37 PM

A1) A flush toilet is an effective murder weapon, as is a rock.

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11/17/2015 4:52 PM

Being "swirlied" to death? What a way to go!

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11/16/2015 4:43 PM

You should direct your questions to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta GA.

The Department of Homeland Security in Washington D. C.

Myth Busters.

Maybe Sheriff Joe Arpaio will have time as soon as he cracks the caper of the false birth certificate of that black man who has taken over the White House under false pretenses.

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11/16/2015 8:19 PM

This is an inappropriate question. Why telling everyone what to use if they need to?

Husbands and wifes beware. There is your slow death coming sponsored by Gavilan!

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