THE COLD WAR -
A STORY UNTOLD
An excerpt from “Rat Killers”
An Unpublished Manuscript from the Annuals of
the Defense Intelligence Agency
By Dr. Ralph Eyler M.D.
part of a partially unclassified document I am giving to Rod Cook, with some
touchups. I was in charge of Pathology for project “Rat Kill.” I was responsible
for “hijacking Rod during the Top Secret “Black” project described below.
Later, Rod and his cohorts hijacked me to work for the Armed Forces Medical
Intelligence Center under the Defense Intelligence Agency. None of our lives
were ever the same after this massive project! Dr. Ralph Eyler Ltc. USA Retired.
In 1977, The Armed Forces
Medical Intelligence Center, under the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), ran the
world’s largest ever Top Secret nutritional research project. Trouble
shooters and scientists came in from all over the world to work on it. It could
be compared to the Manhattan project that developed the atomic bomb. In fact,
some of the same scientists that developed the atomic bomb worked on this super
secret project. Some things seen today, such as the ORAC test for anti-oxidants,
had their birth in this project.
In late 1976 Russians
successfully tested a medium range missile with multiple warheads carrying
Neutron bombs. For those of you not familiar with Neutron bombs, they kill (or
severely maim), all living organisms within range of detonation. All inorganic
buildings, houses and airfields are left undamaged. One missile with six Neutron
warheads could wipe out an American Army division of 15,000 men. Not all would
die at once but the medical assets on the ground would be injured and any
chances of survival from radiation would be wiped out because of lack of medical
care. There is only one word to describe U.S. reaction – panic! Three of these
missiles could kill 45,000 U.S. soldiers in 15 minutes.
The project to try to counter
the effects of the Neutron bombs actually started with the American capture of a
Russian Nuclear submarine with a leaky atomic reactor in the 1960’s. With the
radiation dose the crew in the submarine were saturated with (over 1200 millirems accumulated), they should have all been dead (see footnote). U.S.
forces found three things on the deadly sub that evidently allowed this amazing
medical miracle. Empty bottles of brandy and wine were found. The Russian crew gave credit to the “submarine wine”, “vortexed water”
and brandy for saving their lives. If you see the movie about the capture, or
hear official reports, the U.S. never “captured” this Russian sub. One word –
The U.S. military had very
little in our arsenal for serious radiation attacks. We had an injectable
form of Glutathione, but it was fragile (heat and freezing) and the enzyme
extracts were expensive and time consuming to prepare. Glutathione had no prophylactic effect,
meaning a large group of soldiers could not take it ahead of a suspected
radiation event. We also had potassium iodide which was good for the
thyroid gland, but that wouldn’t be much good if the rest of the human organism
died before it’s thyroid got cancer.
Colonel Jack Fitzpatrick M.D.
(internist) came back into the Department of the Army from the position of Medical
Director for the Atomic Energy Commission to run the project. Dr. Fitzpatrick
picked me to be the Medical Pathology Director because of my Special Forces
combat medic (before med school) experience. "I highly recommended the project
pull in a young Army Captain (an ex-combat medic) with a heavy back ground in chemistry and
physics in his undergraduate degrees. This Captain, Rod Cook, would
of spend much of his off duty time, when not flying med ships, working in my
pathology lab or the emergency room at Nuremberg Medical Center, Nuremberg,
Germany. Plus I knew that Rod was a trouble shooter." Colonel Fitzpatrick picked
up the phone to DIA HQ and Rod and two of his sergeants were sent to Ft. Sam
Houston for a 18 hour a day, 30 day crash course in advanced laboratory
procedures to include the latest in lab test equipment (radiation protection
included) and their use and maintenance. "Rod was a little upset. Little did I
know at that time, he was running spy missions behind the Iron Curtain under a
medical support cover."
ROD’S SIDE OF THE
STORY: OPERATION “RAT KILL”
I was really upset when the DIA
jerked me out of my happy life in Germany. They had set me up for medical
spying behind the Iron Curtain which was fantastic. Then we were grabbed!
Two of my super great sergeants and I were flown directly to Ft. Detrick, MD with
12 hours notice. Things got better fast. I reported to Colonel Fitzpatrick,
saluted and got a ten minute briefing. The first question out of my mouth was,
“what’s my budget?” He replied, "$40 million", my mouth dropped. Next thought?
Knowing military paperwork I could see myself parked behind a desk 24/7. I
asked sadly, “how do I spend it.” Col. Fitzpatrick grinned and said,
check! Never more than one piece of paper, and if I’m not here you can sign
both authorizations on the disbursement form". Our project “Rat Kill” used “black
funds” (did not exist on any military books) and was classified “Top Secret.”
Since Project “Rat Kill” did not exist, the normal bureaucracy did not exist!
Heaven! The Colonel sent my two cohorts and me to Fort Sam Houston the next
day. Personnel were still being shanghaied to staff the project while we
were at school. We got in at 4 pm San Antonio time and advanced laboratory
school started that night at 8 pm. That further impressed me, because it was
Saturday! Thirty straight days of hell training did not let up from that day.
Terrible duty! Why? I was single and staying in a BOQ full of Army nurses with
no time off!
While at Fort Sam, I stayed on
the phone every chance I got. On my way back to Fort Detrick, I requisitioned
and loaded an old cancer treatment Cobalt Gamma machine (14 tons with shielding)
from Walter Reed leaving me an extra $10 million in my “kitty”. We “borrowed”
two electron microscopes from Medical R&D command one night, leaving me an extra
$7 million. The first check I had to write was for $6 million dollars worth of
lab equipment. Project “Rat Kill” was the first government agency outside of
Fort Sam to have advanced High Pressure Liquid Chromatographs, not just one, but
three, because we had to identify the all active elements in the nutrition
products we were testing.
We started Gamma blasting
normal lab rats to establish our baseline, to see how long the tagged rats would
live after being hit with deadly radiation. By the end of the project, we killed
almost one hundred thousand rats and I had a crew of over one hundred Army medics circulating cages
twenty four hours a day to record individual times of death. We had twenty
four Army lab techs doing
dissection, and five civilian temporary hires from the Ft. Detrick bio tech lab
shooting pictures. In all, the staff grew to over two hundred sixty-three people on the project
including M.D.s and fifty high level consultants. We started with six nutritionists
and a couple of nutrition formulators, but lost most of them when they flunked
training that included a day in the “dying rat” hangar.
The second group of rats to die
were the happiest. We fed them brandy for two weeks before we zapped them with
six hundred “rat equivalent” millirems of Gamma radiation (see chart below for human
exposures). Then we started feeding the batches of two hundred and
fifty rats wine, and then next
batches both wine and brandy mixed and expanded to nutritionals from there. We
established mapped protocols that today’s pharmaceutical companies would kill to
have, using AFMIC’s IBM mainframe and programming in Cobol.
My sergeants and I were
working sixteen hours a day, so in our spare time, we started building the first (that
we know of) “vortexed” water machine in the U.S. Today this type of water is
commonly known as “structured” water. The theory is that by breaking water into
smaller molecular “groups” they enter the living cell more easily. During our
experiments, the stats showed the rats fed structured water lived about .8% longer
after being hit with LD radiation. I still use structured water today. That
finding was turned over to R&D Command – Army Corps of Engineers. I heard later
they could find no practical way to make and maintain structured water on the
and the project was dropped.
mixed and blended
hundreds of nutritionals. Dr. Edward Teller (yes, one of the fathers of the
Hydrogen bomb) suggested broccoli because in Hungry (where Dr. Teller was born)
there was a farming region that raised broccoli and the population lived to old
ages. Years later he was proved right, research has shown Cyanohydroxybutene in
broccoli converts to higher levels of Glutathione in the human body which we
knew helped fight radiation sickness. For what we wanted, it was only about a
improvement and we wanted better.
I don’t have space, but this
was a star studded “black” project. With my forty million dollar check book, we had
the top consultants and advisors in atomic energy and medicine. By the way, Dr.
Teller came for free, out of patriotism and his care for mankind. God bless his
departed soul but, I had to fight with him, even to pay his airfare! All of
these VIP’s stayed in a ratty WWII barracks, with lousy air conditioning,
and big ugly guards with
machine guns outside. We had great food (catered) and furniture because I had a
spare $17 million in the magic checkbook. The word anti-oxidant was classified
“Top Secret” and not even used in “the barracks.”
We went in ten directions, mixing
and testing at once. In one phase of “Rat Kill” we started making wine. As results
went up, we focused on making low pulp, high wine skin. We didn’t know how close
we were. We made wine, fermenting it ourselves in vats, and vacuum distilling
knowing that heat would change the composure and might destroy what we were
looking for. Later, we separated the wine skins and pulp and fermented them
separately. We used 100F vacuum distillation at 22 millibars and liquid
nitrogen in the chiller. This gave us more brandy to test with (sometimes on
ourselves). What was left were the leftovers to feed our rat “volunteers.”
After 10 months we got a mix of structured water and grape skin that increased
radiated rat life span 5.86% over the controls. That was the best we got...
better, but not good.
The whole project came to
an abrupt slowdown. Dr. Teller and Dr. Ralph (above) found a pair of Russian
scientists who were willing to sell two bottles of real Russian "submarine wine".
I gave the final test on the check book, I went to Army finance at Fort Detrick
and wrote a check (disbursement form) for $100,000 in 1,000’s. I was off to
Budapest with a $100,000 in a black bag to have the CIA (our worst enemy) almost
ruin my skin (someday this article and more will be in a book).
SUMMARY: Many of the
developments out of this “Black” operation are in circulation today. ORAC value
by another name originated with “Rat Kill.” Some scientists from the Department
of Agriculture came up with the idea from our
structured testing that led to the Brunswick Lab process today. This was the
first use of HPLC testing on nutritionals. Now we know what we were
looking for. It was the
ingredient in the Russian “submarine wine”. Today the brand and common name
are Resveratrol. What Dr. Sinclair (world’s top researcher on Resveratrol) has
found, is it is a great antioxidant, but bigger than that? DNA
Mitochondrial strands breaking during cell replication. When people ask me why
I look younger than my age? I have a 30 year jump on the rest of you. Since
the end of the cold war the secret U.S. Army reserves of Resveratrol in
Europe have been dropped. I will bet you that with North Korea and their atomic bomb
fanatics... we have a good stock in South Korea for our troops and allies.
ROD'S FAMILY HISTORY
I always say I have a thousand
years of nutritional use as medicine behind me. My great grandfather was one
of the last of the true Comanche medicine men. While a boy, his great granddad
took him into the wilds of Texas hunting healing plants. Rod says, “we would go
on week trips walking creek banks and the hills of Texas looking for certain
plants that were used by Comanche medicine men for healing. We would shoot
with bows and arrows to eat rabbits. We would run trout lines for fish and
sleep on the ground in a bed roll.” For a 10 – 12 year old boy this was a pure
paradise. One of my long term projects is track down some of those plants
today. Of special interest are, the rare obscure ones that cured big sicks
(translation from Comanche). “Big sick” included infections (internal) and
cancer. If the Comanche could cure that, the value to society today would be
immeasurable, because millions are going to die today because we are running out
of any antibiotics that work!
If I am under contract to you
as your MLM consultant, I will test them for you. Since I operate on a
biochemistry base, I really don’t like talking to some of these people. So if
they are an M.D. or masters level (or above) biochemistry major, I can actually have a
good time chatting with them. My daily reading includes thousands of nutritional
RESEARCH articles each year. Pub Med, from the National Library of Medicine
(another story), run by the National Institutes of Health, is an old friend and
gets daily visits.
Example of questions I might
ask in an interview with a nutritional formulator:
Question: There is an MLM company selling
glutathione as a nutritional? What do you think of that, what can you tell me?
My answer: They may be prematurely aging people if they quit taking the
product, but some studies have shown the body
produces less glutathione if glutathione is used as a supplement. It would be a
lot safer to use a glutathione booster like Acetylcysteine (or NAC) to do the
Question: Some new MLM companies have anti-oxidants
that they claim have an ORAC value of over 3000. What do you think?
My answer: This may be
dangerous. There have been no serious tests done on high ORAC value products.
Some food scientists are questioning an ORAC value over 1000 or 1200. My
grandmother always taught me too much of a good thing is usually bad. If future
research shows high ORAC’s are harmful, the MLM company not only has hurt
people... but class action lawsuits will destroy the company.
Reference radiation exposure above:
Acute Radiation Exposure
Effects of Large, Whole-Body Radiation Doses
Effect Dose (rems)
observable effect 0-25
blood changes 25-100
blood platelets and
white blood cells
hemorrhage, death in
in less than two over 500
for over 80%