Mercury, Radiation, Fungus and Magnesium Deficiencies Lead to Diabetes and Cancer

Published on March 12, 2021

In their book Infectious Diabetes, Doug Kaufman and Dr. David Holland describe a significant link between diabetes and cancer, pointing out that when our immune system is compromised and unable to fight off fungal invasions, we succumb to diabetes and cancer more quickly.

In this essay, we are looking at multiple factors for diabetes and cancer simultaneously. Each element is complex and deserves discussion at length, but we will cover the territory quickly for expedience. Modern medicine is just terrible when it comes to yeast and fungal infections. So it is understandable that there was panic in hospitals around the world before the Age of COVID about untreatable deadly fungus infections. It is also understandable that oncologists will not admit that fungus and other infections can cause cancer when they do, at least 20 percent, and some oncologists think as high as forty percent. Late-stage cancer is usually accompanied by severe fungal and yeast infections.

People with diabetes are predisposed to cancer at much higher rates than non-diabetics. People with type 2 diabetes (the most common form) are twice as likely to develop liver or pancreatic cancer. They also run a higher-than-normal risk of developing colon, bladder, and breast cancer by 20% to 50%. Patients with type 2 diabetes also have a 20 percent increased risk of developing blood cancers, such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma, according to a meta-analysis led by researchers at The Miriam Hospital.

Blood Sugar and Fungal Infections

High blood sugar is one of the main risk factors of fungal infections of the oral cavity, the lower part of the gastrointestinal tract, skin, foot, urogenital system, and blood. High blood sugar levels are the leading cause of thrush. Sugar feeds fungal infections just like bacterial infections, so striving to manage blood sugars helps control these infections and reduce their likelihood even before one gets diagnosed with diabetes. High sugar levels hinder the immune system. Bacteria, viruses, and fungi, including yeast, can get out of control if a person’s immune system cannot control the body’s sugar levels.

"Monitoring of blood-sugar levels, insulin production, acid-base balance, and pancreatic bicarbonate and enzyme production before and after test exposures to potentially allergic substances reveals that the pancreas is the first organ to develop inhibited function from varied stresses," writes Dr. William Philpott and Dr. Dwight K. Kalita in their book Brain Allergies.[1]

Masks and Fungal Infections

Today we have the added complication of people wearing masks, which increase the chances of dangerous fungal infections. The hot trash stench that gets trapped inside the mask can be a source of mouth sores, says Maggie Kober, MD. "The face mask traps warm moisture that is produced when we exhale. For many, this warm moist environment surrounding skin creates the perfect condition for naturally occurring yeast and bacteria to flourish and grow more abundant. This overgrowth of yeast and bacteria can produce angular cheilitis, the cracking and sores at the corner of the mouth."

Fungi and Pancreatic Cancer

On October 3, 2019, The New York Times published an article titled, "In the Pancreas, Common Fungi May Drive Cancer," reporting on findings of a study published in the prestigious Nature journal. According to this study: fungi migrate from the gut lumen to the pancreas, and that this is implicated in the pathogenesis of Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA), which is a malignancy of the exocrine pancreas with the worst prognosis among all solid tumors; and soon to become the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths.

PDA tumors in humans and mouse models of this cancer displayed an increase in fungi of about 3,000-fold compared to normal pancreatic tissue. Solid tumors excrete acid, and the spread of cancer cells is stimulated by acidic conditions in the surrounding tissues. Acid is a byproduct of glucose metabolism, which ties in with research showing cancer feeds on and is accelerated by a diet high in sugar.

According to the researchers, PDA tumors had far more significant amounts of a common fungal genus called Malassezia. Fungi trapped in the pancreas drive tumor growth. Fungus infections are now officially one more factor to consider in the alphabet soup of cancer proliferation factors.

Mercury and Candida

Mercury can wreak havoc in the body, especially the vapors from mercury dental fillings, which can feed bacteria, fungi, and yeasts that thrive on mercury. In "The Yeast Syndrome," written by Dr. Trowbridge, he states that some doctors specializing in candida treatment see 98% of their chronic Candida patients also tend to have mercury toxicity.

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Another major issue with mercury and candida is that mercury acts like an antibiotic when it enters the body and wipes out all the healthy bacteria, allowing candida to take over. At Michael Biamonte’s health clinic, where he tested the mercury levels in his patients with various illnesses, 84% of his patients with candida had elevated mercury levels.

According to the EPA, mercury exposure at high levels can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and immune system of people of all ages. Damage to the immune system invites the growth of cancer.

Do Not Even Try To Tell Your Doctor

There is hardly a doctor on the planet who will admit that in diabetes, we have mercury toxicity slamming into widespread magnesium deficiencies. Also, acid conditions (low oxygen and cell voltage) strike the pancreas first, and this is compounded by low CO2 blood serum levels, which create bicarbonate deficiencies.

Low serum and intracellular magnesium concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, and decreased insulin secretion. Magnesium improves insulin sensitivity, thus lowering insulin resistance. Magnesium and insulin need each other. Without magnesium, our pancreas will not secrete enough insulin–or the insulin it secretes will not be efficient enough–to control our blood sugar.

Signs of severe magnesium deficiency include:
Extreme thirst
Extreme hunger
Frequent urination
Sores or bruises that heal slowly
Dry, itchy skin
Unexplained weight loss
Blurry vision that changes from day to day
Unusual tiredness or drowsiness
Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder, or vaginal yeast infections

But wait a minute, aren’t those the same symptoms for diabetes? Many people have diabetes for about five years before they show intense signs. By that time, some people already have eye, kidney, gum, or nerve damage caused by their cells’ deteriorating condition due to insulin resistance and magnesium deficiency. Dump some mercury and arsenic on the mixture, and pronto we have the disease condition called diabetes.

When I first got diagnosed with diabetes at age 68, it took me only two weeks to drive my blood sugar levels back to normal with high magnesium chloride intake. Magnesium just so happens to be an issue for cancer patients as well as diabetes.

Core Issues of Mercury, Magnesium in Diabetes

Though diabetes has multiple etiologies, nothing explains the epic rise in diabetes, as does the relationship between the rising tide of mercury and the decreasing magnesium sufficiency. Mercury toxicity and magnesium deficiency are common causes of cancer and diabetes.

The CDC says that diabetes is disabling, deadly, and on the rise. The incidence of diabetes is skyrocketing not only in adults but in the juvenile population as well. Health care experts have called the alarming rise in diabetes and its related complications "an epidemic" that threatens to spiral out of control. In 1997 15.7 million adults in the United States were reported to have diabetes. By the year 2002, this number had already swelled to 18.0 million or 8.7% of all adults.[2]

Diabetes is a fundamental disease that affects the entire colony of cells because it has to do with energy metabolism and the vastly important hormone insulin and its receptor sites. All life is dependent upon metabolism, the input of nutrients, and the removal of wastes. Insulin allows blood sugar (glucose) to be transported into cells to produce energy or store the glucose until it is needed. Insulin binds with receptors on cells like a key would fit into a lock. 

Diabetes and Diet Connection

The medical establishment insists that there is no link between sugar consumption and diabetes. Sugars increase our body’s adrenaline production, which puts the body into a state of fight or flight stress, without anything to fight or flee from, except the consumption of sugar. This stress reaction increases the production of both cholesterol and cortisone. White sugar lacks the vitamins and minerals required for its metabolism. To be metabolized, "empty" sugars must draw on our body’s stores of vital nutrients. The more sugars you eat, the more vitamins and minerals you need. It can leach B, C, D vitamins, and the following essential minerals: calcium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, selenium, magnesium, and chromium from body tissues.

As these are depleted, our body becomes less able to carry out other functions that require minerals and vitamins to be present. White sugar and all the foods that use it can be considered poison simply because they strip the body of crucial minerals and vitamins that allow other vastly more toxic poisons to defeat the body’s defenses.

In 2000-2001, about 82,000 lower-limb amputations
were performed annually among people with diabetes.
In fact, statistics show that every hour, nine people with diabetes
must have a toe, foot, or leg amputated to save their lives

Diabetes, Chemical, Heavy Metal, and Radioactive Poisoning

Few in the world of medicine see that diabetes results from poisoning. In volume 18 of Clinical Toxicology in 1981,[4] there was a write-up about suicide attempts using rat poisoning where all four cases showed hyperglycemia and ketosis. The authors concluded that ingestion of rodenticide could cause diabetes mellitus after they noticed that the onset of diabetes mellitus varied within a very short time after swallowing the poison – only 4 to 7 days.

Medical science avoids telling doctors how sensitive the insulin receptor sites are to chemical poisoning. Patients treated with the atypical antipsychotic agents clozapine and olanzapine are showing increased risk for insulin resistance, according to a study published in the January 2005 issue of The Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journal.[5] The American Diabetes Association warned people to watch for signs they are developing diabetes, obesity, or high cholesterol if they take Abilify, Clozaril, Geodon, Risperdal, Seroquel, and Zyprexa.[6]

The Hun Hordes of Mercury

Researchers were baffled by the increased incidence of diabetes in Appalachia. In West Virginia, the only state entirely in Appalachia, 1 in 10 people aged 18 and older were told by a doctor that they had diabetes in 2002. Dr. Robert B. Walker of Marshall, noting that West Virginia’s incidence of diabetes is 41 percent above the national average, said, "No disease stresses rural West Virginia families and health providers more than diabetes."[7]

Up and down the eastern part of the United States, we find high levels of mercury. No one in mainstream medicine is taking into account the intensifying increase in background mercury contamination of fish, water, air, soil, and foods or calculating the hundreds of trillions of mercury atoms and molecules absorbed directly each day, day after day, year after year through having gram weight quantities placed directly in the mouth. Also, almost unbelievably, mercury is injected directly into childrens’ bloodstreams via flu vaccines.

When it comes to children and early onset diabetes, thimerosal in the flu vaccine is one likely villain. According to the FDA, a vaccine containing 0.01% thimerosal as a preservative contains 50 micrograms of thimerosal per 0.5 ml dose or approximately 25 micrograms of mercury per 0.5 mL dose. "Since the molecular weight of mercury is 200.59 g/mole (or 200.59 micrograms per micromole) and a g mole contains about 6.0221367 X 10 to the 23power atoms50 micrograms of mercury is about 2.1425 X 10 to the 11 power atoms or about 214,250,000,000 trillion atoms of supercharged insulin death particles.

The good news is that approximately 87% of the projected vaccine supply, or 171 million doses of flu vaccine, produced for the 2020-2021 flu season will be thimerosal-free or thimerosal-reduced (i.e., preservative-free). Unfortunately, in years past, this was not the case. For very young children, lower doses are used, so six-month-old babies can only expect to be smashed by only about 53 trillion atoms of mercury.

In 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a document clearly stating that dental amalgams are the largest source of mercury in the general population. The estimated average daily intake of mercury from dental amalgams was estimated to be 3.8-21 micrograms per day, with 1-12 micrograms per day being retained in an adult’s body.[8]

The amount of mercury absorbed from amalgam fillings depends on the number and size of fillings, the amount of friction from chewing, elevated temperatures from hot food or drinks, and electrical currents (oral galvanism) created when different metals (i.e., a gold crown and an amalgam filling)are in contact with each other. One study showed that after ten minutes of chewing gum, the mercury concentration in mouth air increases 5-7 fold and remains elevated for 90 minutes.

In 1995, Health Canada commissioned a similar risk assessment study of amalgam fillings. The report concluded that dental mercury released by amalgam dental fillings did present a health risk. A tolerable daily intake was recommended to be .014 micrograms of mercury per kilogram of body weight per day (about 0.95 micrograms per day for a person weighing 150 lbs).[9]

Mercury Toxicity, Enzymes and Sulfur Bonds

Enzymes are proteins, and like all proteins, they consist of chains of amino acids. These chains have to be faulted in a specific way to give the enzyme its activity. In many enzymes, the structure of the enzyme is ensured by cross-bonding of the amino-acid chains. These cross-bonds consist of double sulfur bonds. Sulfur-bridges are covalent S-S bonds between two cysteine amino acids, which tend to be quite strong. These sulfur bonds are damaged when poisoned.

Mercury binds to the -SH (sulfhydryl) groups, resulting in the inactivation of sulfur and blocking of enzyme functions while producing sulfur metabolites with high toxicity that the body has difficulty dealing with. Sulfur is essential in enzymes, hormones, nerve tissue, and red blood cells. These sulfur bonds are crucial to human biology.

Insulin has three sulfur-containing cross-linkages, and the insulin receptor has a tyrosine kinase-containing sulfur bond, which are the preferred targets for binding by both mercury and lead. Should mercury attach to one of these three sulfur bonds, it will interfere with the insulin molecule’s normal biological function.

Thiol poisons, especially mercury, and its compounds, reacting with
SH groups of proteins lead to the lowered activity of various enzymes
containing sulfhydryl groups. This produces a series of disruptions in
the functional activity of many organs and tissues of the organism.
I.M. Trakhtenberg[10]

Mercury is the most potent enzyme inhibitor that exists; it is in a class of its own and well deserves its title as the most toxic non-radioactive element. Because mercury and lead attach themselves to these highly vulnerable junctures of proteins, they find their extraordinary capacity to provoke biochemical shifts and morphological changes in the body.

When mercury blocks thiol groups, cellular proteins lose their reactive properties, lose their ability to carry out their routine function. The general insulin activity model indicates that one insulin molecule engages the cysteine-rich domain of the receptor, touching down on both sides of the protein chain that are separated by the disulfide bond. If the receptor’s geometry has been changed by mercury, the message that insulin has arrived to give the cell is not received.

Mercury is an inhibitor capable of interfering with PTK catalytic activity precisely because it is collapsing/damaging these sulfur-containing cross-linkages, which changes the geometry of both insulin receptors and insulin itself. The world is heavily polluted with mercury for many reasons, but a significant part is coal-fired energy plants. The real problem with the burning of coal is not CO2 but mercury emissions.

Vaccines are the largest cause of
insulin-dependent diabetes in children.
Dr. J. Barthelow Classen

The beginning symptoms of diabetes are so mild that most who exhibit them do not realize that they are under a sentence of premature death and disability. The same could be said about the beginning symptoms of mercury poisoning. And of course, the same can be said about magnesium deficiencies that eventually lead to death by stroke or heart disease.

Radiation and Diabetes

We already stated that diabetes results from poisoning. Pancreatic beta cells are sensitive to reactive oxygen species (ROS) and oxidative stress caused by radiation exposure. Radiation is another form of poison.

Incidence of type 1 diabetes mellitus, a disorder involving the immune system, was observed within Hiroshima’s residential population among survivors of the atom bomb detonation. Studies have also shown that thymectomy and a sub-lethal dose of gamma radiation induce type 1 diabetes in rats. Mass screening for diabetes mellitus has been conducted on 64,000-113,000 atomic bomb survivors residing in Hiroshima City since 1961. From 1971 to 1992, a 2.7-fold increase in diabetes mellitus was observed in males and a 3.2-fold increase in females.

Researchers at the Pediatric Hospital A. Meyer, Florence, Italy, studied children in Gomel, Belarus, after the Chernobyl disaster. The study results confirmed the hypothesis that environmental radiation pollution, such as that stemming from the Chernobyl accident, can cause diabetes.

More on Magnesium and Diabetes

Magnesium deficiency is a predictor of diabetes, heart and kidney disease, and even cancer. People with diabetes need more magnesium and lose more magnesium than most people. According to a report in the January 2006 issue of the journal Diabetes Care, both men and women who consumed the most magnesium in their diet were least likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Dr. Simin Liu of the Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health in Boston said, "Our studies provided some direct evidence that greater intake of dietary magnesium may have a long-term protective effect on lowering the risk of diabetes."

The thirst that diabetics experience is part of the body’s response to excessive urination. Excessive urination is the body’s attempt to get rid of the extra glucose in the blood. This excessive urination causes increased thirst. The body needs to dump glucose because of increasing insulin resistance. That resistance is being fueled directly by magnesium deficiency, which makes toxic insults more damaging to the tissues at the same time.

Magnesium is necessary for both the action
of insulin and the manufacture of insulin.

Magnesium is an essential building block to life and is present in ionic form throughout the full landscape of human physiology. Without insulin, though, magnesium doesn’t get transported from our blood into our cells where it is most needed. When Dr. Jerry Nadler of the Gonda Diabetes Center at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California, and his colleagues placed 16 healthy people on magnesium-deficient diets, their insulin became less effective at getting sugar from their blood into their cells, where it’s burned or stored as fuel. In other words, they became less insulin sensitive or what is called insulin resistant. And that’s the first step on the road to both diabetes and heart disease.

In a study from Taiwan, the risk of dying
from diabetes was inversely proportional to
the level of magnesium in the drinking water.[11]
Dr. Jerry L. Nadler

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[1] Brain Allergies: The Psychonutrient and Magnetic Connections.By William Philpott, Dwight K. Kalita Published by McGraw-Hill Professional, 2000

[2] CDC.

[3] CDC, Diabetes: Disabling, Deadly and on the Rise, May 2003.

[4] Gallanosa, AG, Spyker DA, Curnow, RT. Clinical Toxicology, Vol 18. No.4, pages 441-449, 20 references, 1981 Diabetes Mellitus Associated with Autonomic and Peripheral Neuropathy After Vacor Rodenticide Poisoning: A review

[5] Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2005; 62: 19 – 28.

[6] Journal Diabetes Care. February 2004

[8] Schneider PE, Sarker NK. Mercury release from dispersalloy amalgam. IADR Abstract #630, 1982.

[9] USPHS, ATSDR. Toxicological Profile for Mercury: Update TP-93/10, page 125.

[10] Trakhtenberg, I.M. From Russian translation. Chronic Effects of Mercury on Organisms.


Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Professor of Natural Oncology, Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Founder of Natural Allopathic Medicine

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