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The Body Snatchers
The Most Important Series I've Ever Written
Why do I consider this series of newsletters on the "Body Snatchers" the most important that I have ever written? These reasons!
1. Family physicians - When I recall my experiences over the past 30 years or more, I begin to realize evermore strongly just how much our family physicians don't know. And this very frequently applies to traditional specialists, naturopaths and alternative practitioners as well.
When I look back on the history of my interaction with traditional medical practitioners: the misdiagnoses of migraines, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), Manic Depression, and countless other illnesses, the neglect, the lack of concern, wrong prescriptions -- the list is endless -- I begin to wonder what other courses are available to me. The first solution I came up with is: always get a second opinion. And I also learned not to restrict myself to traditional medicine. I've visited naturopaths, homeopaths, nutritionists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and body workers.
What kind of evidence do I have that this is good policy for all of me? Have you ever gone to a doctor, spent thousands of dollars on visits and blood tests only to hear that there is nothing wrong with you, or "it's all in your mind." I have, and more than once. Have you ever taken pills and horrible tasting liquids for months, or even years, and still felt bad? I have, and more than once. In a 1999 report, the Institute of medicine estimated that as many as 98,000 Americans die every year because of medical errors. So never be afraid of offending you family physician by getting a second or third opinion. This is your life and wellbeing we are talking about. A study by the National Council on Patient Information and Education showed that at least 125,000 people each year die from prescription drugs their doctors never should have given them because they had pre-existing conditions that are clearly contraindicated in the drugs' packaging. Many people naturally trust their doctors and pharmacists to prevent these kinds of problems. But more than one study has shown that, more than ever, each of us has to be our own watchdog.
Another problem with traditional medical practice is their lack of continuing study. Most don't keep up with the latest research -- especially in the areas of alternative practices. New discoveries occur all of the time. For most the only new technology physicians learn about is from the drug companies. Therefore it's always "more of the same;" treating only symptoms with toxic drugs that cause one or more secondary symptoms. More that one person I've known are taking 12 or more drugs and still feeling bad.
2. Drugs and the FDA - The FDA was brought into existence
to protect us against unsavory companies that might produce health care
products harmful to the public. An article in the Journal of American Medical
Association (AMA) stated that approximately 106,000 deaths occur each year
For years now drug companies have been pressuring congress to pass
laws that make vitamin/mineral supplements and herbal remedies prescription
medicines. The drug companies are loosing hundreds of billions of dollars
a year to alternative health care. We are hitting their bottom line and
they want relief. A few weeks ago the European Parliament passed the "European
Union Directive on Dietary Supplements," which classifies supplements
as medical drugs rather that food supplements. Many supplements will no
longer available over-the-counter in
3. Pollution - When doctors ask for lab tests they practically never consider the effects of pollution on the health of their patients. This is a serious failing. As I mentioned in my previous newsletter the studies that have been arranged by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) prove that over 640 chemicals have been found in our environment, most of which have been shown, or suspected, to be damaging to our health. I realize how unrealistic it would be to test for 640 pollutants, but there is sufficient public-access information to narrow a specific set of symptoms to manageable number of elements for testing. A good heavy metals test should be mandatory, yet few physicians request them and few labs perform them. It's not an expensive test (mine was around $60). Blood tests routinely ordered by doctors can run into the thousands of dollars before they’re finished, and in my recent experience, they didn’t prove anything.
Last April when I first suspected that I may have hypothyroidism, I visited a medical doctor for the first time in over 30 years. Most of the lab tests he requested were to determine whether certain elements that are normally found in the body are within tolerance. He never tested for toxic environmental pollutants that shouldn't be there and have a potential to do harm.
4. The Endocrine System - As I've mentioned numerous times before in earlier newsletters, I consider the endocrine system to be the most important in the body. Why? Because this system in cooperation with our complex network of nerves, synapses, ganglion and the brain, control every function in the body. Here is another area where family physicians are seriously lacking in sufficient knowledge to serve their patients effectively. It is also a system that is seldom if ever given sufficient attention by most physicians when diagnosing a group of symptoms. The physician I consulted last April initially requested a battery of lab tests, none of which tested the thyroid. It was only after he didn't find any serious abnormalities initially that he consented to do one, and only after I suggested it. I don't believe he would have ever requested it on his own. To his credit, he finally admitted that he didn't have sufficient knowledge to make an accurate diagnosis and suggested a specialist which he said would probably charge about $600 per visit. I decided to do my own research instead. Within the last few years I’ve begun to treat my symptoms as exciting adventures and opportunities for learning new things. I now have enough confidence to do this only after I was able to dissolve my fears of illness and death. I can do this comfortably with a chronic illness but not serious one.
The Body Snatcher Series
In part I of the "Body Snatchers" we discussed the potentially devastating health effects of heavy metals such as mercury, lead, aluminum, nickel, chromium, barium and others. In this issue, and subsequent issues, we will continue the discussion focusing on the questions:
How are these toxic metals getting into our bodies?
What kinds of symptoms do they produce?
What harm are they doing to our bodies?
What role does the endocrine system play?
How are heavy metals effecting those functions?
How do those malfunctions effect other vital functions of our body (e.g., our cardiovascular system, our pulonary system, our digestive system, our nervous system and even our mental/emotions abilities?
What can we do about it?
The Cure for all Diseases
Dr. Hulda Regehr Clark, author, health researcher and lecturer, after
receiving her bachelors degree in
"No matter how long and confusing is the list of symptoms a person has, from chronic fatigue to infertility to mental problems, I am sure to find only two things wrong: they have in them pollutants and/or parasites. I never find lack of exercise, vitamin deficiencies, hormone levels or anything else to be a primary causative factor. . . It's a valiant quest: The quest for health. With optimism in one hand and determination in the other, you too can work miracles for yourself that my clients accomplished in the case histories (numerous documented accounts may be found in Dr. Clark's books). More good news is that it is not expensive. The cost will range from a few hundred dollars to only a few thousand in order to eliminate both problems and cure your chronic diseases."
How are toxic metals getting into our bodies and what symptoms are they producung? My first answer to this question came when I first read the book The Cure for all Diseases by Dr. Clark. While Dr. Clark does not have medical degree, her background in formal education, naturopathy, direct experience and training, as well as high level research, is extremely impressive.
Early in her studies, Dr. Clark learned that all of the parasites and pollutants that cause illness have a vibration with a unique frequency. She knew that if she could isolate each pathogen that she found in patients with cancer, aides, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other serious illnesses, this could be a sgiant step in the direction of finding a cure. Through her years of research she was able to catalogue the frequencies of thousands of parasites and pollutants. Among the pollutants she found over 30 heavy metals. I’ll mention only those that she found most consistently in her patients, and were the most damaging to our health. These include aluminum, arsenic, barium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury and nickel. As many of you are aware, most of these elements are required by the body, but as Dr. Clark has stated in her book, The Cure for All Diseases, they must be in organic form. When found on the supermarket or drugstore shelf, they are practically never organic. This is the reason Dr. Clark say that many supplements do more harm than good. “Biochemists know that a mineral in raw element form always inhibits the enzyme using that mineral. Copper (for example) from the meat and vegetables you eat are essential. Inorganic copper, like you would get from a copper bottomed kettle or copper plumbing, is carcinogenic. Unfortunately, the inorganic form of metals is what pervades our environment.”
Aluminum is suspected of being a cardiovascular and blood toxicant, neurotoxicant, and respiratory toxicant.
Aluminum gets into the body when we wrap our food in aluminum foil, cook our food in aluminum pots and pans, drink our soft drinks from aluminum cans, shake our salt from plastic salt shakers or bake our cakes with baking powder. Several years ago I decided to list ingredients that I found in personal care products I found on drugstore shelves. Every deodorant on the shelf contained aluminum. Several research studies suspect that breast cancer may be caused by aluminum deodorants. Many believe that the body absorbs metal molecules merely by touching them.
Arsenic is recognized as a carcinogen, and developmental toxicant, and is suspected of being a cardiovascular and blood toxicant, gastrointestinal and liver toxicant, Kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant, trproductive toxicant, respiratory toxicant plus skin and sense organ toxicant.
Arsenic may get into the body through our food and air (used in pesticides), lawns treated with herbicides and pesticides, our furniture and carpets that are treated for stain resistance.
Barium is suspected of being developmental toxicant, neurotoxicant, and respiratory tocicant.
Barium may be found primarily in women’s lipstick, but has also been found in some cosmetics and dental fillings, exhaust fumes.
Chromium (along with nickel) has been named by Dr. Clark as the most carcinogenic metal in the Periodic Table. It is also suspected of being a cardiovascular and blood toxicant, developmental toxicant, gastrointestinal and liver toxicant, reproductive toxicant and respiratory toxicant.
Chromium is often found in dental fillings, eyebrow pencil, water softening salts. Stainless steel cookware contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel. So “throw those metal pots away,” says Dr. Clark. “all metal seeps.”
Copper has been known to cause, cancer, leukemia, schizophrenia, high blood pressure and infertility. Dr Clark found copper in all cancerous tumors that she tested. “This makes plumbing the second greatest hazard,” --next to mercury -- says Dr. Clark. Copper is also a cardiovascular and blood toxicant, developmental toxicant, gastrointestinal and liver toxicant, reproductive toxicant and respiratory toxicant.
Copper can be found in some tooth fillings, copper pots and pans and copper piping can be found in the plumbing of older houses.
Lead is a known carcinogen, developmental toxicant, and reproductive toxicant. It is suspected of being a cardiovascular and blood toxicant, endocrine toxicant, gastrointestinal and liver toxicant, Immunotoxicant, kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant, respiratory toxicant, skin and sense organ toxicant. Lead toxicity also often causes leg cramps or spasms, lower the body’s immune defenses.
Lead may be found in soldered or galvanized plumbing.
Mercury is a recognized developmental toxicant and suspected of being a cardiovascular and blood toxicant, developmental toxicant, endocrine toxicant, gastrointestinal and liver toxicant, kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant, reproductive toxicant and respiratory toxicant. It is suspected of penetrating, and impairing the function of, virtually every cell in the body including the brain. Neuropsychiatric symptoms include; insomnia, nervousness, hallucinations, memory loss, headache, dizziness, anxiety, irritability, drowsiness, emotional instability, depression and poor cognitive function.
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This is the reason that Dr. Clark often suggests to her patients that removal of mercury fillings be the first course of action in any healing modality. In addition to amalgam fillings, mercury may also infect the body from fish and seafood, pesticides, laxatives, batteries, paper and pulp products, drinking water, and paint products.
Nickel is a known carcinogen. It is suspected of being a cardiovascular and blood toxicant, developmental toxicant, immunotoxicant, kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant, reproductive toxicant, respiratory toxicant, skin and sense organ toxicant.
Nickel can get into the body through amalgam fillings, cosmetics (check your ingredients). Nickel is found in the soil and usually clings to vegetables in microscopic quantities. Stainless steel is 8% nickel and is found in you knives forks and spoons. Many foods interact with the metal. You can often taste it. Bacteia in your body need nickel to survive. When you eat with metal flatware, you are helping bacteria destroy your own body. Chicken feed also have nickel, so eating chicke or chicken eggs put nickel into the body. Oils on your skin dissolve nickel in metal jewelry, watches and metal eyeglasses, and transport it into the body. Once you get all the nickel out of your body, you might begin to notice hair beginning to fill in the bald spots. You can also stop prostate problems dead in their tracks by eliminating nickel pollution of your body. To get rid of nickel already in the body, Dr. Clark recommends 500mg. of histidine once a day for three weeks. Histidine is an effective nickel chelator.
It's All In Your Head:
"Dr. Hal A. Huggins, author of It's all In Your
Head received his DDS from the
During his research to discover why mercury is so devastating to the health, Dr Huggins discovered that the mercury itself does not cause illness, but rather it's the electromagnetic energy emanating from the mercury. The following is an excerpt from his groundbreaking text.
"Mercury [energy] kills cells by interfering with their ability to exchange oxygen, nutrients, and waste through the cell membrane. Inside the cell, mercury destroys our genetic code, DNA, leaving us without the ability to reproduce that cell ever again. Immunologically, mercury embeds itself in a cell membrane, giving the cell the appearance of being a 'nonself,' which is the trigger for the immune system to destroy that specific cell. With mercury in your cell membranes, the immune system will start destroying your own tissues, thus the term autoimmune disease… Mercury can interfere with nerve impulse transmissions, causing organs to get wrong messages. This may be related to frequent memory problems,.. Mercury can become attached to hormones and deactivate them, even though blood tests say that plenty of hormone is present. Many hormonal deficiencies, including thyroid, pancreas, and sex hormones, are the result of this process… When mercury interferes with energy production and oxygen transport, all cells are affected."