- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Island Press; 2 edition (March 16, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610910028
- ISBN-13: 978-1610910026
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Diagnosis: Mercury: Money, Politics, and Poison Paperback – March 16, 2011
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That led her on a challenging trip to get mercury recognized since so many are being misdiagnosed.
I suspect part of the reason is the amalgam in lots of our teeth and the fact IT contains mercury.
Mercury AND aluminum is frequently being put into vaccines that are to be injected into the most vulnerable of us - infants.
This book could go a long way to bring this vital subject to the attention of the public which is the only way progress will be made. It is encouraging to note that packaged fish at Safeway grocery stores in Oregon and Washington now contain labels indicating the concentration of mercury.
powerful expose on how fish can seriously harm us and how the government has allowed a major problem to persist. Amazing and interesting
and necessary for all to read!
For day-to-day healthy living, this book is primarily helpful for avoiding mercury toxicity from fish. For example, canned albacore tuna is in the range of 0.5 to 1 mcg/g, and should not be eaten while pregnant, probably should not be eaten at all. The only reason it doesn't have a warning label is that its mercury was legally decided to be from "natural" sources, so doesn't fall under California's Prop 65 labeling requirements.
The book also has fascinating background information on man-made mercury contamination from chlor-alkali plants, from methyl-mercury fungicides on grain sent to Iraq, the history of mercury contamination, the setting of safe limits, and development of chelation drugs.
Dr Hightower thinks that mercury toxicity should be a "diagnosis of exclusion": if you can't find some other issue, then consider mercury toxicity.
My belief is that mercury toxicity should be checked first, because it can cause a wide variety of symptoms including gut issues, thyroid/adrenal problems, autoimmune disease, and psychiatric/neurologic conditions. So if you just treat these symptoms, the patient will continue to have issues. Andy Cutler has a differential diagnostic process in his book Amalgam Illness, Diagnosis and Treatment : What You Can Do to Get Better, How Your Doctor Can Help, and a diagnostic for mercury and other heavy metals using hair-mineral analysis in his book Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities.
Using Cutler's frequent low-dose chelation protocol, thousands of people have safely healed from mercury toxicity.
Two other excellent books are Hammond's Mercury Poisoning: The Undiagnosed Epidemic, and Forsythe's The Mercury Diaries, about healing from chronic mercury toxicity using Andy Cutler's protocol.