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Is Mercury a Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Many years ago (about 1984) I had the good fortune of being introduced to Dr. Tadeo Takuchi of Minamata, Japan, who was first to observe that the mysterious “Minamata Disease” affecting so many of the Minamata Bay area people was due to methyl mercury that had biotransformed from inorganic mercury being dumped into the bay from a vinyl chloride factory. What he had noticed was that the people with “brain involvement” had high levels of a particular serum marker, Beta-2-Microglobulin (B2M). Those who had the highest level in the urine, as well, were the people with the most severe brain problems. So he recommended that B2M (serum and urine) become part of my routine chemistry profiles. We’ve used it ever since with great satisfaction. Then, in 1995 OSHA adopted B2M as their multi-tier indicator for when to issue a medical advisory or remove someone from the workplace due to mercury exposure, irrespective of the chemical species of mercury.

Per Alzheimer’s Disease: It is known that B2M comprises a large portion of the shellac-like amyloid that is laid down to cover the broken microtubules that characterize the severity of dementia. Important to the Free Radical Therapy clinician: B2M is a government-approved marker for the most serious of exposures to mercury, which could be important to doctors who desire to assess mercury. At IHR, 20+ years of including B2M in our chemistry profile has confirmed that you really can’t provide a full assessment of mercury exposure and body burden without it. Too, a rise in urine B2M indicates some degree of damage to the functioning of the renal tubules where (similar to what is seen in Alzheimer’s Disease) amyloid accumulates at the site of injury so as to maintain some integrity until a degree of repair can occur.

The chemistry reveals other “footprints” of mercury exposure, which include high or low serum BUN, a reduction in fasting cortisol and G-6-PD, along with a slight rise in the MCV and the eosinophilic white blood count. A moderate rise in IgA with a slight rise in total bilirubin indicates exposure, but also indicates good genetics and better protection. A rise in Beta 2 Microglobulin in serum and/or urine indicates a highly serious circumstance.

Chemistry also provides information that demonstrates and predicts who will react to their mercury or not. Typical markers include the acid/base balance, protein status, and the level of total cholesterol. Per cholesterol, a high reading is initially protective of the brain and nerves (possibly at the expense of the heart), while a low reading leaves the brain and nerves at risk of reactivity.

Understanding how to interpret the toxic footprints of chemistry and respond to the markers provides the essence of Free Radical Therapy, whether the problem is mercury or exposure to some other toxic agent. Hopefully this information is of use to the veteran as well as anyone new to this health model-based system.

Thanks again to the IAOMT and to Consumers for Dental Choice for their dedication towards doing what they can to ban any further use of mercury in our dental fillings. Thanks also to a recent California opinion that a local (if not broader) ban on amalgam should now be imposed:

What you see at work here is the effect of “reasonable people” doing the reasonable and correct thing, allowing us all a better chance to win at life.

FDA Advisory Panel To Review Dental Amalgam

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The panel will convene December 14-15, 2010.

For many years our own Institute For Health Realities (IHR) was intensely involved in helping to secure funding for research on the safety of dental amalgam, publishing on the topic and arguing before state dental boards and doctor groups against the continued use of amalgam dental fillings. Today, this fight continues through two highly regarded organizations: The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and Consumers For Dental Choice, headed by consumer advocate and former Attorney General for West Virginia, Mr. Charlie Brown.

The IAOMT and Consumers For Dental Choice have pushed long and hard, and with great success, against the really bad idea of placing mercury in the mouths of our people. As a consequence, fewer amalgam fillings are being placed today, but it nevertheless remains the most commonly used restorative material in dentistry. Whoever can afford the better materials routinely get them, but for anyone who is on a budget or who depends upon welfare, amalgam is what they get.

Now, however, with the continued pressure from the wonderful organizations just cited, and with the recent reporting of a link between mercury and the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, there is now adequate hope that some type of agreement can be reached at the new Advisory Panel discussion that can soon take us on the road to forever change for the better.

Charlie Brown says that “if you are tired of the FDA protecting horses and dogs from mercury but claiming that dental mercury is good for the public health, we urge you to comment now”. You can do this by visiting:

Thanks from all for your support!

Why I Always Like a Blood Chemistry

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Looking over questions I’ve answered for clients over the years, one thing stands out. It seems no matter what the question, the answer always ends with some version of, “Without a chemistry, you won’t really know for sure.” For example:

Q. What are your thoughts on drinking alkaline water?

A. Drinking alkaline water is indeed a means of alkalinizing. Yet it does this without truly addressing why your body is acidic…you put yourself at risk without knowing underlying reasons…only a chemistry will tell.

Q. I have a patient with alopecia and wanted to test her for toxic exposure.

A. Alopecia areata is now being recognized as a form of autoimmunity…As with all autoimmune conditions, it begins with a low protein status followed by exposure to a toxin…it’s important to have a chemistry done to see the relationship of toxins, protein status, autoimmune status and whatever else presents itself.

Q. I’ve heard about DNA testing where a drop of blood is put into some sort of machine and treatment is determined from the reading. Could this be a path to healing?

A. While this can be an excellent tool…it can also be misleading…even though everyone has the same basic information in their DNA…the signal that calls upon a particular bit of information is also affected by diet, lifestyle and the environment…only if the DNA interpretation is being done by someone who understands the environmental component to chemistry and gets the maximum mileage from a comprehensive chemistry…is the prospect hopeful.

Many of my readers already know why I think this is so important – but then again I still get these questions almost daily. So let me reiterate why a good chemistry evaluation is the foundation for the best quality health care you can provide to your patients.

No two people will ever have exactly the same blood picture. We are all made in similar fashion, but the body of each person is facing its own individual challenge. This is what we’re trying to discover with a chemistry.

The only way to determine the status of the six homeostatic controls and the protein threads that tie them all together is through the use of a chemistry, and the right one at that. It’s also the only way to get an idea of the footprints of toxic exposure that may be complicating the health picture.

Without a chemistry you can’t know the manner in which the body is handling stress, or how you might be able to support what the body is trying to do to win. Clients and patients ultimately want to get at real solutions for what’s happening in their lives – not generic solutions that “probably” will help them because they help “most” people. Ultimately, the right chemistry and interpretation offer the best way to support your clients and patients and achieve lasting success for them.

The bottom line: For anyone who desires only generic answers to how to correct or prevent this or that health issue, chemistry is unimportant. But for anyone seeking real and lasting health answers, or any doctor who desires to deliver real and lasting answers, the road to success will always depend upon the available data, which means getting a blood chemistry. Don’t go to work without it!