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Putting Out the Fire

Published on February 1, 2011

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In an early chapter we met Dr. Rashid Buttar, author of The 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away, who along with Dr. Boyd Haley, then chairman of the chemistry department of Kentucky University, had considerable influence over my early thoughts in terms of the chemistry of mercury and the misery it measured in human terms. I actually worked in cooperation with Dr. Buttar in research and writings about The Rising Tide of Mercury that is occurring on our planet.

It is the inability to see the effects of chronic, low-level toxicities on human health that has been, and remains, our greatest failing as intelligent beings. – Dr. Boyd Haley

People should not be happy to know that even in these six short years since I began my study of the exceptionally strong neurotoxin, mercury pollution has gotten disturbingly worse in the world, and we have reports from the United States to confirm that. Our failure as intelligent human beings is costing us stupendously in terms of enormous increases in chronic disease in children and adults alike.

Power plants in America emitted 134, 365 pounds of mercury pollution in 2009, according to the new Environment America report, “Dirty Energy’s Assault on Our Health: Mercury.” The report found that power plants in just four states—Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia—are responsible for over 35 percent of all mercury pollution from power plants in the United States.

In the late 1990s the estimates for coal-fired plants stood closer to 50 tons or 100,000 pounds, so Americans have been living through a 30 percent increase in the past decade or so. Globally the count is worse because China alone has been putting on the electrical grid one new coal-fired plant after another. India also has been expanding its industrial base rapidly using much more coal.

At the same time we have some nightmarish reports about recent dramatic rises in the incidence of diabetes but of course no one is connecting the dots between increasing mercury exposure and the diabetes pandemic. The number of diabetics in the United States has grown to nearly 26 million, a 10 percent increase over 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in January 2010. About five years ago I published an essay entitled “The Hun Hordes of Mercury and Diabetes” but not many paid attention. In the case of diabetes mercury is especially telling for it affects the beta cells, the insulin itself, and the insulin receptor sites setting off a myriad of complex disturbances in glucose metabolism.

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Scaring everyone is a recent study that estimated one in three Americans will have diabetes if current trends continue. And of course one’s chance of getting cancer, stroke or a heart attack increases when one is diabetic. The damage mercury is doing is well hidden and not openly discussed by doctors and dentists because they still use mercury themselves, pretending and living with the fantasy that they are doing no harm with it.

Mercury plays no part in sustaining human life. It is a dangerous and volatile heavy metal that can devastate every aspect of human physiology and even collapse the sulfur bonds in insulin. Signs of mercury poisoning include excessive peeling skin, discoloration, rapid heartbeat, muscle weakness and others. It has even been linked to the onset of autism in some cases. Mercury poisoning is highly treatable if caught in the early stages and I strongly recommend using the most natural and pure medicinals, starting with the purest water possible.

In 2009, 12 coyotes died on the beach across the length of the Padre Island National Seashore, and more likely died hidden among the dunes. Scientists at first attributed the die-off to a red algae bloom that caused toxins to build up in fish the coyotes ate. But necropsies revealed a surprise: the animals had mercury levels of 16 parts per million in their livers. Mercury toxicity eventually kills and this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the impact on the animal kingdom and the impact on our children and our own lives.

“I can now very comfortably and definitively state to you,” says Dr. Rashid Buttar, “that, in my opinion, based on the evidence, every single chronic insidious disease process is related to one word: toxicity. You cannot address the issues of aging unless you address detoxification.” Dr. Buttar, board certified and a diplomate in preventive medicine and clinical metal toxicology, and vice-chairman of the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology, contends that he only recently (around 2004) arrived at this conclusion. “Five years ago I wouldn’t have said this, even a year ago I wouldn’t have said it. But the more success we’ve had, the clearer it has become: All chronic disease is toxicity. You get rid of the toxicity and you put out the fire. You may need to rebuild afterward, but you must put the fire out. Conventional medicine is just covering your eyes so you don’t see the fire.”

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Dr. Boyd Haley believes that the CDC and the FDA are strongly influenced by the pharmaceutical and vaccine industries and that they have been derelict in their duty to safeguard the health of the American people. As a result of their delinquency, we have been systematically poisoned by mercury derived from silver amalgam fillings in our teeth, and our children, especially boys, have been severely damaged by vaccines containing thimerosal.

Dr. Rashid Buttar is well known for his work with the synthetic chelator TD-DMPS for children with autism as well as his cancer work with adults. His thoughts on the basic principles of managing and ridding our bodies of mercury burdens reach to people of all ages with numerous illnesses. With mercury being proven to be increasingly involved in disease processes, the need for chelation and detoxification becomes more and more clear every day. Below are his beliefs.

“Children diagnosed with autism or autism spectrum disorders suffer from acute mercury toxicity secondary to huge exposure while in utero (maternal amalgam load, dietary factors, maternal inoculations, Rhogam injections, etc.) and early on in life (vaccinations preserved with thimerosal, etc.). Adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s suffer from chronic, insidious mercury toxicity secondary to exposure over a long time (amalgam load, inhalation of mercury vapors, combustion of fossil fuels, dietary factors, etc.). By addressing and eliminating the mercury ‘spark,’ the secondary ‘fires’ become far easier to manage clinically and the improvements realized from treatment of the resulting imbalances become easier to maintain.

“The reason for some individuals to have severe damage from mercury where others do not have serious adverse neurological deficits is due to various factors that include biological individuality and genetic predisposition. In addition, factors such as the type of toxicity exposure the individual was exposed to makes an enormous difference. Was it inhaled, ingested, injected or exposed on their skin? What type of mercury exposure did the individual receive? Was it organic or inorganic mercury? If it was organic, was it ethyl mercury or methyl mercury? How frequent was the exposure to the source of toxicity? Was there a significant maternal load present prior to birth?

“Was the situation exacerbated by the mother being inoculated, or having Rhogam administration either during gestation or prior to conception? How many vaccine administrations took place and over what period of time? What about the diet? How about the proximity to industrial sites, and exposure to combustion of fossil fuel? As you can see, the variables are extensive. But the treatment is essentially the same. The only difference is the extent of continuity of treatment.

“The underlying common denominator in chronic neurodegenerative disease seems to be either decreasing vascular supply (less blood to the brain) or accumulation of heavy metals, specifically mercury. The inability of an individual to eliminate toxic metals, especially mercury, is directly related to the level of neurodegeneration experienced. In the young patient population suffering from autism or pervasive developmental delay, the vascular supply is not an issue. The underlying pathology of children with autism and the geriatric population with Alzheimer’s is of the same etiology, specifically mercury toxicity. Both these patient populations suffer from the inability to excrete mercury as a result of a genetic predisposition resulting from the Apo E allele. This allele appears to be associated with the inability to get rid of mercury from the system. If these patient populations inhabited a complete mercury-free environment, they would not have the problems associated with autism or Alzheimer’s.

When the mercury is successfully removed from their systems, these individuals begin to significantly improve due to a cessation of the destruction and denudation of the neurofibrils, as evidenced by steady improvement in cognitive function. Mercury is the ‘spark’ that causes the ‘fires’ of autism as well as many other neurodegenerative diseases including PDD, ADD, ADHD and Alzheimer’s. Autism is the result of high mercury exposure early in life versus Alzheimer’s where there is a chronic accumulation of mercury over a lifetime. A doctor can treat ALL the ‘fires,’ but until the ‘spark’ is removed, there is minimal hope of complete recovery with most realized improvements being transient at best.

“Mercury is the underlying common denominator of all the problems from which these children suffer due to impairment of their excretory pathways. And the only solution for these non-eliminators is to effectively remove the mercury while repairing and enhancing the damaged elimination and detoxification pathways. Concomitantly addressing the GI tract is vital if the goal of treatment is to achieve permanent recovery.

“Once the process of mercury removal has been effectively initiated, the source of damage is now curtailed and full recovery becomes possible. Complete recovery can now be attained and further enhanced by utilizing various additional essential therapies including nutrition.”

Physicians treat heavy metal toxicity in a number of ways that can be quite confusing. The field of detoxification and chelation is a strange one where wars are fought over whose method is better. My approach through Natural Allopathic Medicine is comprehensive, using basic substances like magnesium, iodine and sodium bicarbonate to support detoxification, chelation and healing. Magnesium Oil is both necessary in detoxification and protective against mercury damage in autism and diabetes.

I even use super nutritional substances like Rejuvenate whose backbone is made from chlorella and spirulina for there is nothing like it or better tasting to support overall cell physiology and recovery.

For those who are new to the concept that nutritional maximization has a lot to do with the removal of heavy metals we can look to mercury compromised children with autism. Traditionally there are several nutrients that children suffering from autism (mercury toxicity) are routinely lacking at the proper levels. They include calcium, zinc, vitamins C and E, varied amino acids, selenium, magnesium, taurine, and essential fatty acids.

It’s hard to miss the changes that a dietary change will bring about in your child. Potentially, the severity of your child’s behaviors can be reduced, and they may also improve in the area of social interaction if you feed them the rocket fuel provided by super concentrated nutritional substances.

But we do need to go after the heavy metals and especially mercury very specifically and pointedly. I will report on this more in my upcoming book Toxicity Syndrome, but for years I have been recommending HMD (Heavy Metal Detox) developed by Dr. George Georgiou in Europe along with the internal and external use of clay.

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  • sage691

    My daughter had the Gardasil shot. I was opposed to it but was overruled by other family members. Now that we know about the ill effects of this vaccination…. what should we be doing to offset its ill-effects besides the heavy metal treatments? Could you do an article about Gardasil and recommendations for treatment? My poor daughter is devastated and so am I…. thanks.

  • Sandra B

    I remember handling raw Mercury in my Chemistry class,when at school in the seventies. I can remember it being dropped on the floor by accident, which resulted in it splitting into loads of small round globules. The whole class, myself included, found it fun trying to capture and pick up these globules with out any protection! Then by the time I was a teenager I had a mouth full of almagnam mercury fillings and can remember going to the dentist often as a child. Then when I was 21 my place of work offered free flu injections, which I took up despite never ever suffering from flu or even colds prior. After this, within the following 12 months I contracted Flu on 3 occasions. I mentioned this to my Doctor as I thought this unusual but I was told that this was normal. I began suffering with severe headaches, then severe constipation for a number of years. I went from no sick time off in work to regularly taking many sick days off. Then in the year 2000 I was diagnosed with. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which had began 6 months earlier after I had a virus, which I felt never went away. In 2005, I began experiencing gynaelogical issues which eventually resulted in 3 operations to resolve 6 years later. In 2010 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and take high doses of pain meds and inject daily with Coxapone. I dislike taking medicines but have no option at the present. However, over the last 13 years of suffering with Chronic Illness I have began learning about the benefits of fasting and alkanity of the body, so I was interested to read your alticles about these, as well as this article on Mercury poisoning. It was after paying to see an holistic therapist, recommended by my doctor, that my interest into the impact food and the environment has on your health.

    remove toxins from my body and restart my immune system to see if this helps with my symptoms. However, I will have to continue to take my painkillers etc until the pain levels allow for me to reduce these. I just hoe these do not contradiction

  • Steve

    I’m sorry I did not read your entire wonderful article or I would have seen you posted a suggestion to detox ones system. Thank-you.

  • Steve

    I remember as a kid in the seventies breaking open mercury light switches and playing with the silver liquid in my palms. I played with it for about a week, then took some to school in a vial for show and tell. A week later a letter went out to all of the students warning parents of the dangers of playing with mercury, and my teacher disposed of my exhibit. I had no idea of the dangers as a kid, then close to the year I turned 30 was transformed it seemed overnight into a type 1 diabetic.

    I had warning signs in my teens, low blood sugars for over ten years, then wammy. Insulin dependent since 1993. My question is does anyone know of something that can absorb toxic metals such as mercury out of ones system? I was a very creative kid, probably absorbing many toxic substances in my adventures.

    Thanks for anyone’s help,

    Steve

  • Thanks for this very interesting article Dr. Sircus. I can tell you that here in Europe (Belgium & The Netherlands) the situation with dental amalgam is still about the same after all these years of evidence. Lots of dentists putting mercury in people’s mouth, since “officially” there is nothing wrong with it. So we get desperate people on our amalgam forum on a daily basis.
    I think because we are so overwhelmed with different toxicities, it becomes even more difficult to prove that mercury is mainly responsible for certain disasters in the body.
    We have a lot of discussion about detox protocols, because that appears to be delicate with some people struggling to find the best natural way for them, without getting even more sick.

    Thanks again and keep on with the good work,
    Pieter