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The Body Snatchers – Part I
Much of my spare time over the last 20 years has focused on the question: "How can I promote my own physical, mental and spiritual well being." Much of those 20 years, however, the focus has been on the health of the physical body--primarily dealing with learning about its functions and its needs. This is what I have been sharing with you, the readers of the Future Technologies Newsletter since January of 1998.
It was in 1995 that I began to realize the devastating impact the environment has been having on my health, took university courses on ecology, studied pollution's impact on the environment and how this devastating trend might be reversed. With books like Silent Spring now we all know that a major portion of this pollution comes from our generation and use of energy. I studied the dozens of ways that we could generate clean, environmentally friendly energy.
Then in 1997 Dennis Lee, inventor, researcher and former industrialist, came to town claiming he had the solutions to all of our pollution problems. In his research lab, he said he was developing six different technologies that generate free energy for our home and cars, including the technology of Nikola Tesla. I was so impressed with Lee's work, his products and his planned research that I purchased the right to market all of his products. Then in 1998 I launched this newsletter to give others the benefit of all my research and experiences.
While much of my own research focused on the environment, a major goal is physical and mental health. The tale that I have to weave in this series of newsletters is both educational and scary. It really began back in June of 2000. I was conducting research for the upcoming newsletter in July. I shared some of my research on the endocrine systems--probably the most important system in our bodies--a knowledge of which general practicing physicians know relatively little about. That July 2000 newsletter contained only an overview of the extensive research that I conducted.
As you may recall, the endocrine system consists of a chain of seven major ductless glands along with all the complex nerve connections that constantly interact with each other. These consist of the Pituitary and Pineal (located in the head), the thyroid (located in the neck), the Thymus (located over the heart), the two Adrenals (located to the left and right sides of the midriff) and the gonads (located below the abdomen. This system of glands and nerves literally control every function in the body. This is a scientifically deduced fact. The malfunction of any one of these glands can cause serious imbalance in any of the body's systems.
While I was researching the Thyroid gland I stumbled onto the Web site of Mary Shamon <http://thyroid.about.com/> whose focus is exclusively thyroid problems. In her Web site she has a wealth of information on the thyroid, but the page that hit me between the eyes was a page listing the possible symptoms of hypothyroidism. The writer advised that anyone who has three or four of these symptoms should be tested for potential thyroid problems. Here is the list:
I am gaining weight inappropriately
I'm unable to lose weight with diet/exercise
I am constipated, sometimes severely
I have low body temperature (I feel cold when others feel hot, I need extra sweaters, socks, etc.)
I feel fatigued, exhausted at times
I Feel run down, sluggish, lethargic
My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, or falling out
My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, or thick
I have a hoarse or gravely voice
I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
I have developed carpal-tunnel syndrome, or it's getting worse
I am having irregular menstrual cycles (longer, or heavier, or more frequent)
I am having trouble conceiving a baby
I feel depressed
I feel restless
My moods change easily
I have feelings of worthlessness
I have difficulty concentrating
I have more feelings of sadness
I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
I'm more forgetful lately
The following symptoms have been reported more frequently in people with hypothyroidism (the thyroid isn't producing enough of its hormone):
My hair is falling out
I can't seem to remember things
I have no sex drive
I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
I'm snoring more lately
I have/may have sleep apnea (stop breathing repeatedly during sleep)
I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
I feel the need to yawn to get oxygen
My eyes feel gritty and dry
My eyes feel sensitive to light
My eyes get jumpy/tics in eyes, which makes me dizzy/vertigo and have headaches
I have strange feelings in neck or throat
I have tinnitus (ringing in ears)
I get recurrent sinus infections
I have vertigo
I feel some lightheadedness
I have severe menstrual cramps
I was shocked to learn that I had, periodically experienced at least half of the symptoms listed for hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone being produced). My first thought was to search for a natural remedy. I found several, tried them for almost a year, then gave up. None made a difference, so I began to wonder whether my symptoms were really related to the thyroid.
I went to a traditional medical doctor for testing. It was an extensive battery of blood tests over a period of several months that cost nearly $2000. The tests were all negative, yet I still had an intuitive sense that thyroid was the problem. I continued my research, and months later I received the quarterly Edgar Cayce Book Catalogue. In the catalogue was a book dealing exclusively with thyroid research called Thyroid Power by Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames.
I learned two vital bits of information from this book: 1. Thyroid tests of the medical profession are often inaccurate due to the excessively wide range of acceptable readings, and 2. thyroid problems are, more frequently than not, caused by heavy metals--mercury in particular--accumulating in the glands and other body parts.
These were major discoveries in my quest for a solution. I decided to ask my dentist at the next checkup about mercury in my dental fillings. He confirmed that a major cause of thyroid impairment, as well as many other health problems, is mercury in particular, as well as other heavy metals in the body.
My dentist recommended a naturopathic physician where I could get tests for heavy metals. After another battery of blood tests and another thousand or two dollars nothing was proven. When the heavy metals urine test came back, I discovered that I have 24 heavy metals in me, 12 of which were in the danger area: lead, mercury, barium, chromium, copper, gallium, lithium, manganese, nickel, rubidium, titanium and tungsten. Two of those twelve were nearly off the chart: nickel and lithium. Naturally, I began to wonder how these metals are getting into my body.
decided to check the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Web site to see
what research they have done. I found a link there (www.scorecard.org/chemical-profiles/ probably to an EPA contractor) that included
some incredibly extensive research into environmental pollutants. Scorecard
provides detailed information on more than 6,800 chemicals (www.scorecard.org/chemical-profiles/def/universe.html),
including all the chemicals used in large amounts in the
Scorecard catalogued over 650 pollutants in our environment, listed with their health effects. I randomly reviewed about 50 of them, and, of the 50, 49 were known carcinogens, plus numerous suspected of causing other illnesses. Many of them, which included heavy metals, were suspected of disabling the endocrine and immune systems (regulated by the thymus gland).
For each pollutant Scorecard also ranked how dangerous it is to the health. Aluminum, arsenic, lead, mercury, and nickel were among the more hazardous metals.
Scorecard also covers how much of this metal is being produced, which industry produces it and what products it may be found in. It also lists geographical areas, facilities or industrial sectors reporting the largest releases, federal regulatory coverage and valuable links to other sites.
it appears from this incredibly detailed research I, along with millions of
others in our country, are being constantly bombarded by an environment that
is slowly killing us. I will wager a guess that most of our population
have about the same or similar pollutants in their bodies as I do.
was particularly interested in environmental toxicants in
Since I cannot protect myself while I am out in the open air, I have been doing all I can to protect myself in my own controlled environment. I have been drinking either filtered or distilled water for about 5 years. I have been eating organic foods whenever I can get them for about 3 years, and I have been filtering and oxygenating my air for over a year.
So how are all of these heavy metals getting into my body after I've been so conscientious about avoiding them, or have they already been there for 20 years or more? How are they effecting my hormone balance, endocrine system and neurological system that are inseparably linked to all of my body systems? What are the health effects that result from the impairment of these vital body systems? How may these impairment be corrected. These will be subjects for upcoming newsletters.