The cost of “small amounts”- the elixir fallacy



Imagine a world where people live forever with disease free lives throughout. This is the unique selling proposition of the chemicals industry and their allied pharmaceuticals and energy supplying industries. They work in unison exploiting human vanity and frailty in the pursuit of eternal life and eternal youth. Add to this the intervention of a few Billionaire philanthropists, protectionist  politicians from the West who talk of “inconvenient truths” to stop the East expanding with their own expanding business market agenda in the third world, and a toxic cosh is produced.

More human life creates dependancy on energy, depleting energy resources encourage alternative sources of energy production, as well as the need to produce “sustainable foods” which in practice means GM crops- supplied by the chemicals industry. This perpetual loop is the self dooming prophecy for a species which cannot sustain itself by the natural means intended- except for the avarice of those who pull the strings.

This  is where we are currently at with this corporate life cycle, but it started many centuries earlier with witch doctors and animism and grew into the doctrines of organised religion to controlling the population- the chemical industry just perfected these basic techniques to sell us an elixir fallacy.

  • “Phosphorus is good for the nerves” so stated many charlatans who called themselves “doctors” in the nineteenth Century. Of particular note was a “Doctor” Ashburton Thompson who even tried to claim it as an aphrodisiac in his 1874 book “Free Phosphorus in Medicine.
  • Others such as phosphorus pill making German Johann Lincke had earlier tried to disguise the properties of white phosphorus by coating them in a metal solution on the surface of the capsule. Other notable idiots in the field of this dangerous science were
  • Johann Hensing, who believed that total phosphorus matter found in the brain made white phosphorus an important ingredient in achieving a good balance of this “vital” substance by consuming it.
  • Leroy who believed that it was a cure for TB  and even tried it on himself, believing its toxic effects were somehow of therapeutic value.


Dealers always offer the first fix free. After that it gets more expensive. On one hand they offer the consumer a trojan horse of a poison or potentially harmful substance whilst with the other manufacturing the antidote which either doesn’t work or is a placebo. Soft fizzy drinks contain phosphoric acid and tubes with toothpaste in the other contain calcium phosphate. Both were made by Albright and Wilson for these industries as they proudly liked to boast. Where would the dental industry be without fizzy drinks and toothpaste; the payoff is their backing of the fluoridation of water, which allows the dumping of  waste from chemical industry scrubbers, sodium fluoride- in “small amounts” of course.


Carbon tetrachloride was a chemical previously used for the treatment of hookworm. manufactured by Albright and Wilson, as confirmed in the 1933 publication Fine chemicals. Boldy stated in this literature is that it is “a remedy against  hook -worm in man and liver fluke in cattle.” In Richard E. Threllfall’s book 100 years of phosphorus making-

The manufacture has proved to be one of Oldbury’s most important lines.. after 1926 the output grew from a few tons a week to over 100 tons.”

Not cited is that it causes accute liver failure in man and is now banned for almost every use it was previously put, including fire extinguisers (as it could generate phosgene gas), and as a widely used refrigerant because it is an ozone -depleting cfc.


Even in the 1950’s Albright and Wilson were taking out adverts in the national press boasting about the use of this toxic chemical in rubber solution. We wonder just how many people using this chemical by handling it directly were poisoned by this AW product, and whether any link has ever been made by those contracting liver disease during this period of time who were doing something as mundane as fixing a bike puncture. That children would be handling such a dangerous chemical and were encouraged to do so, does not make it any less disgusting. One also has to wonder what the British Government at this time knew about the dangers of such chemicals, and what was done to supress this information from being made available to an unsuspecting public.





Hall’s hookworm study is one of many over the years where experiments on animals in laboratories with “wonder cures” fail completely in every respect. Thalidomide is the most widely known example- but how long did it take for the apology? But the pharmaceuticals industry cannot resist trying to reinvent new uses for such drugs for desperate people with leprosy and some forms of cancer. But what caused these in the first place, how did these diseases enter into those communities?

There are arguments that will rage forever concerning the use of animals in scientific research. Is it necessary or does it prove anything with regard to human health until it is tried out on human subjects through clinical trials? This subject has been written about extensively and we are not going to explore this emotive issue on this site.

What we can add to the debate is that Albright and Wilson were fully aware of the effects of testing toxic chemicals such as white phosphorus. They were already using animals in their cosmetics toxicity experiments at numerous universities as well as the notorious and controversial Huntingdon Research centre, which became Huntingdon Life sciences.




In 2015, HLS merged Harlan, also an animal testing consultancy, to become “Envigo.”

At their demise, Albright and Wilson as well as one of their biggest clients Colgate Parmolive were on a list which acknowledges their continued testing on animals or companies which contracted out testing on animals.

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When swanwatch asked the health and safety director at Rhodia about testing some of the sediment on animals if it was “harmless calcium phosphate” as they then claimed, we were met with excuses about Home Office licences etc. After we put to them the published study of bird experiments concerning exposure to white phosphorus they started to play a different tune. Rhodia claim  “ once Rhodia became aware of the availability of a specific test for white phosphorus in wildfowl we commissioned a specialist independent laboratory to undertake such a test on this swan’s remains.”

The matter of the test being wildfowl, rat or anything else is totally irrelevant. Harlan laboratories also use extensive animal species for biological research including the contoversial use of beagles, yet Rhodia claim to be a company who “do not test on animals.”  THIS HAS TO BE VERY SCARCELY BELIEVABLE.

In 2015, HLS merged with Harlan, , to become “Envigo.”

It is fair to say that without the published Eagle River Flats experiments on birds, and those which preceeded them, and the direct input from those who were involved in them, then this website and the truth about what was causing the deaths of wildfowl at this site would never have been determined.


The greater question remains what is the end goal of the chemical and pharmaceuticals industries animal research? Is it to produce disease free humans who will live forever? If that is what the aim is, it is one that will be doomed to failure.




Albright World November 1972

Mr Giorgio retired from Albright and Wilson around 1987. Here he is below receiving the obligatory scroll from Peter Bloore.

Mr Giorgio

This  press release from Irwin Mitchell partners concerns Mr Carmelo Giogio, shown in the picture.   Hired Foreign help is something that the chemical industry (Albright and Wilson in particular) liked to carry out- with dire consequences. Asbsetos itself was allowed to be deposited in the AW Gower Tip before and after licensing between at least 1938 and 1994 when the site formally closed. (It is still buried there however and has not been removed).


One can also imagine the dangers that as a firefighter, Mr Giogio and his colleagues were exposed to if a building within Trinity Street containing asbestos caught fire.

The article below appeared in Albright World in 1964. It relates to the supposed link between asbestos and smoking concerning the development of lung cancer- and is nothing more than an attempt to decieve its workforce into believing that the risk of handling asbestos itself  by those working at Albright and Wilson sites, (where it admits that it is present in asbestos lagging), can in some way be reduced if the workforce don’t smoke.



The individual cited in the article, J.P.W Hughes the supposed “group principal medical adviser”) had good form for talking out of his backside concerning employee health and safety. He tried to claim that phossy jaw was in someway related to people who had bad teeth rather than by breathing in p4 vapour in the first place, but there again as a director of this deceitful company between 1969-1974, that did not care about its workforce, he would have been financially liable if the workers had cottoned on to what they were being exposed to. This was ten years before the Health and Safety at Work Act. It is clear to see from this article’s ignorance just why the handling of asbestos is now claiming so many lives.

It should also be asked who benefits most from people getting ill? So long as there are people needing expensive drugs to keep them alive then the phamaceuticals industry and the chemicals industry that supply them will never be out of the business that it can be argued caused the problem in the first place.


There are many reports of burns being suffered by employees at Oldbury as a result of direct phosphorus accidents. Though these may well have decreased due to Health and Safety legislation, the historic practices even up to a couple of decades ago were nothing short of shambolic. From the BBC documentary “All their working Lives Revisited- Chemicals”, Walter Parkinson an Albright and Wilson phosphorus plant foreman at an unnamed site provides an interesting anecdotal account.

“If you wore ordinary clothes or overalls they would burn when they got a splash of phosphorus on, but Harris tweeds, the material.. you just singed, it didn’t burn, it didn’t burst into flames and make your burns any worse. If you got a splash on you this would protect you as it was thick stuff.

Some of the men; silly people used to go home in them. One particular man, Albert Rigby, he was a character in the works, he used to go about in these Harris tweeds, they were his going out clothes, and a couple of times he went in the pictures and during the heat, once you got it warm, the heat ignited the phosphorus on these Harris tweeds and there was great clouds of smoke all around him in the picture house and they thought the place was on fire.”

Albright and Wilson and the chemical industry share a bond with these unfortunate creatures in that they are all guinea pigs to chemical testing, whilst the major bosses behind them live luxurious lives far removed.

The use of chemicals to unnaturally extend life is why the chemical industry will remain in business for so long. As long as their fallacy persists to increasing life, so will there be those whose market it is fed by.

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