Three years ago I experienced a severe Morgellons outbreak that opened my eyes to a myriad of bizarre symptoms that may offer clues to understanding the syndrome. One of the strangest symptoms involved my body conducting electricity. For two months I shocked everything I touched, and my hair stood on end like I was caught on an alpine ridge during a thunderstorm.
I've searched the interwebz for medical conditions that cause the body to generate, harness, or emit electricity and found very little.
What I discovered, however, is that worms can be quite proficient in generating electricity. They convert metals to quantum dots through detoxification in their guts.
In this new research, the team set out to determine if common earthworms could be used to create cadmium telluride quantum dots. The thinking was that because earthworms are known for their detoxifying abilities – they do so by shuttling toxins into a special layer of their gut – they might be able to cause certain metals to combine as they are processed, creating nano-sized materials that qualified as quantum dots. In this case, they fed several earthworms soil with sodium tellurite and cadmium chloride mixed into it, for 11 days. Afterwards, they examined the material excreted by the worms in their tissue and found in detoxifying the metals, the worms had indeed created cadmium telluride quantum dots.
The creation of such quantum dots as part of a biological process leads to particles that are water soluble – that means that they might be put to use in biological settings.