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L.Hartford Van Dyke, Jr.

(Taken from an affidavit submitted by author 15 August 1995)


Pure monomeric formaldehyde, CH2O, upon keeping, becomes transformed into the polymer (CH2O)3 and the solution consisting of about 37% of formaldehyde by weight (formalin) polymerises to para-formaldehyde, (CH2O)n.

The next most complicated aldehyde, acetaldehyde, when treated with a trace of sulphuric acid, polymerises into para-acetaldehyde, also known as paraldehyde.

Paraldehyde (para-acetaldehyde) is employed medicinally as a sedative without action on the heart, and is administered intravenously as a hypnotic or anaesthetic.

Since the organic properties of organic chemicals extend across a chemical series, it follows that para-formaldehyde and formaldehyde are at least anaesthetics. But formaldehyde is known to be a bacteriostatic. So we must allow that formaldehyde could be at least a biostatic, or what might be termed a "strong" or "hard" anaesthetic.

This leaves us with the question: Is formaldehyde a biostatic causing suspended animation, or does it cause chemically irreversible damage to living structures, and is it therefore a deadly poison?


The chemical formula of formaldehyde is CH2O. Therefore, formaldehyde is a carbohydrate. Formaldehyde is the simplest sugar. Its structural formula is:


from which it is seen that a molecule of formaldehyde consists of a water molecule kept separated into its parts, in a potential energy state, by a central carbon atom.

A molecule of formaldehyde reacts with a molecule of oxygen to produce a molecule of carbon dioxide, a molecule of water, and energy. Its energy delivery equation is:

CH2O + O2 ------> CO2 + H2O + energy

A glucose molecule (simple sugar) consists of six formaldehyde molecules.

Glucose= C6 H12 O6 = (CH2O)6

Glucose has an energy delivery equation similar to formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde, and glucose are all classified as chemiluminescents because, when they are slowly oxidised in an alkaline alcoholic solution, they cause the solution to glow.

Therefore, we see that formaldehyde is technically a carbohydrate food source, capable of supplying energy for cell life under the proper conditions, and not necessarily a poison.

Therefore, formaldehyde is a biostatic.


When a person is asphyxiated, deprived of oxygen, as in drowning, the nerve cells of the brain are starved of oxygen and are said to "die", and to "die" sooner than other cells in the body "die".

The brain relies on oxygen and fluid flow (plasma and blood flow) to get rid of its waste products. Its working parts are much smaller and much more intricate than muscle fibre (which can be cleansed by the physical movement of the muscle tissue). When oxygen does not arrive at the fine structures of the brain, the system starts to shut down and the waste products (of the chemical activity of the brain) accumulate and paralyse the brain cells, which then become biostatic (not dead), creating the condition known as "brain death", an improper term because death has not yet occurred, but the reversal requires a technically sophisticated process.

In order to restore the brain action, the brain's waste products must first be removed and then energy must be provided to restart the brain function.

While the waste products are being flushed out of the brain, new waste products must not be generated, or the brain cell paralysis will continue.

Therefore, the brain must be put on standby in suspended animation by a biostatic substance.

The application of pure formaldehyde solution would flush out the waste products, and bond the formaldehyde (carbohydrate) to the brain structure as a polymer, para-formaldehyde. This bonding is the well known plasticizing effect of formaldehyde.

A transfusion of an intravenous solution, oxygenated by, say, a dilute solution of hydrogen peroxide, would then be used to clear out the free formaldehyde solution in the body to prevent a coagulation/plasticizing reaction with the next-to-be provided new supply of continuously oxygenated blood.

Finally, a transfusion of continuously well oxygenated blood would be provided to the body. This oxygen would react with the formaldehyde (carbohydrate) which is bonded to the brain structure, and either carbon dioxide and water and energy would result, or the formaldehyde would be oxidised to formic acid.

Formic acid occurs naturally in animal secretions and in muscle. It is the acid which causes the pain of ant, bee, and nettle stings. In its concentrated form it causes blistering of the skin.

If a pain phenomenon in the brain or body were to be caused by the formation of formic acid, then dripping a very dilute solution of aqueous ammonia into the blood stream should diminish the pain by neutralising the formic acid.

Formaldehyde and formic acid react with ammonia to form aminoformic acid (a.k.a--carbamic acid), the simplest amino acid, and hence probably an assimilatable protein food for living structures.

The infusion of aqueous ammonia before the infusion of oxygenated solutions or oxygenated blood, would allow the ammonia to steal the formaldehyde from the protein (and other) molecules (RNA, DNA). This would not be desirable if the oxygen must react with the formaldehyde in close proximity with the cell structures in order to restart the brain function.


Formaldehyde reacts with practically all types of organic compounds including unsaturated hydrocarbons, aldehydes, ketones, esters, alcohols, carbohydrates, proteins, amines, amides, and phenols.

It is this versatile chemical behaviour which makes formaldehyde such an important intermediate in technical processes.

Once formaldehyde enters a biological system and seizes control, the ordinary definitions of what constitutes life and death have to be completely reconsidered because chemical reversibility becomes the primary issue.

A process for reversing pure formaldehyde embalming has already been suggested and described in the case of the treatment of "brain death"

The success of the reversal of the embalming process when an impure formaldehyde solution is used would depend upon the degree to which the formaldehyde dominated over all of the other chemical components of the embalming mixture. If the formaldehyde was the most chemically active of all of the components of the embalming fluid, then there might be an effective reversal of the embalming process.


Here we must step into the field of immunisation.

We immediately find that the solution used to generate antitoxins or toxoids is, again, formaldehyde.

As a practical example, the toxicity of the bacterial toxins is destroyed by the treatment with formaldehyde to give formal toxin, which may be used to produce a high degree of immunity to disease caused by the toxigenic bacteria.

The toxoid is usually made by exposing toxin to the action of formaldehyde solution for several weeks. The resulting product seems to be identical with the original toxin in every respect except for the loss or reduction of its ability to produce poisonous effects in man or animals.

Again we see the cloaking action of the formaldehyde (carbohydrate) attached to other substances.

If formaldehyde is capable of acting to produce a toxoid against cancer, then there is still the question as to whether or not that toxoid would survive a resuscitation process.


We see then that the toxoid phenomenon of formaldehyde is a cloaking action in which the formaldehyde produces a superficial resinous or plastic (carbohydrate) surface or skin on an existing toxin. This also extends the explanation of the biostatic phenomenon and the anaesthetic phenomenon, and suggests that formaldehyde as a food, as a biostatic, and as a resin/plastic former might be used in many critical and lengthy surgical operations where (1) zero bleeding, (2) no stitches, and (3) an instant source of energy for recovery are important considerations.

Ultimately, formaldehyde might prove to be the most versatile substance in medicine and medical technology.

L.H.Van Dyke, Jr.
15 August 1995.

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