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This book deserves a reading by everyone who is affected directly or indirectly by Alzheimer's or other conditions causing "brain fog." Although conventional medicine offers absolutely no hope at this point in stopping or reversing the course of dementia, the author does. Careful not to promise recovery (lest the FDA pounce), he nevertheless lays out a detailed alternative program that proved successful in his own life--he was pretty far gone mentally--and in the lives of numerous others afflicted with Alzheimer's and other debilitating diseases.
His basic premise is that many such problems are the result of an accumulation of toxins that overload the body's primary systems, including the immune system. He targets mercury fillings as a major culprit. Numerous studies have revealed that the 52% of mercury--one of the most toxic substances known to man--in so-called "silver" fillings leaches out into major organs of the body, reeking havoc on neurological functions.
The author also recommends various dietary and environmental changes in lifestyle to speed recovery. In addition, he lists numerous related books as must reading for anyone seriously determined to take an active role in combating the disease.
Although some may find the author's suggestions unorthodox, he offers hope for recovery, where conventional medical wisdom offers none.
The Role of Mercury in Alzheimer’s Disease
The most common cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is due to toxic metal that leaches from mercury-silver amalgam dental fillings and (in combination with chemical and petrochemical poisoning4) causes many other medical complications. Dr. Murray Vimy, a dental researcher from the University of Calgary, Canada, and member of the World Health Organization (WHO) states:
. . .”In a human autopsy study,5 brain tissues from people with AD at death were compared with an age-matched group of control brains from subjects without AD. The only significant difference in metal content between the two groups of brains was mercury, being considerably higher in the AD group. Mercury concentration was prominent in the hippocampus, the amygdala and particularly in the nucleus basalis, all brain structures involved in memory function.
. . .”Most recently, our laboratory has demonstrated that ioni mercury and elemental mercury vapor markedly diminished the binding of tubulin polymerization, which is essential for the formation of microtubule in the central nervous system. These studies are direct quantitative evidence for a connection between mercury exposure and neurodegeneration.”
On March 9, 1995, a friend faxed to me her mother’s autopsy report from Mayo Clinic. Her mother died of AD. The poor woman had 53 times more mercury in her brain than people who die of other causes.
Addy Defur had lost her short term memory. She was depressed. She had back pain and chronic fatigue. Luckily Addy was still able to read Beating Alzheimer’s and sought out a dental detoxicologist.6 Back pain ceased when her first root canal was extracted. She replaced all of her mercury-silver amalgam fillings, recovered from depression and regained most of her short term memory. She is full of energy. I would had expected that she would need to replace her gas furnace.7
Doctors are unable to recognize Mercury Poisoning
After the mercury-silver amalgam (and other metals used in dentistry) have been inserted into the patient’s oral cavity, subtle changes in blood chemistry have been observed that point to specific chronic disease, e.g., cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), etc. The difficulty in recognizing the amalgam connection to chronic disease is that clinical symptoms are not present until the patient’s immune system collapses. Clinical symptoms might not be apparent for three days, three weeks, three months or 30 years. In addition, physicians are not trained to recognize the subclinical signs of chronic low level mercurial poisoning. Goodman and Gilman’s 1990 eighth edition of the Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics says, “With very few exceptions, mercury poisoning is most often not diagnosed in patients because of the insidious onset of the affliction, vagueness of early clinical signs, and the medical profession’s unfamiliarity with the disease.”
To confuse the issue, other medical conditions cause short term memory loss. To name a few, these include, diabetes, an electrolyte imbalance,9 malabsorption due to celiac disease, Pyroluria, low stomach acid, and in particular, cerebral allergic reactions to foods, food colorings, food additives (particularly MSG and NutraSweet), pharmaceutical medications, alcoholism and chemical contamination. I have found that neurologists talk a lot about laboratory tests necessary to uncover the cause of the patient’s memory loss. So far, I have not found one geriatric Alzheimer’s sufferer who was given more than a cursory examination. It appears that many older patients exhibiting signs of short term memory loss are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, sent to a psychiatrist, and administered psychotropic medications to control their behavior.
Mercury does not normally exist in the human body. It enters through ingestion from dental fillings, seafood and is absorbed as a byproduct of chemical processes and drug products. Patrick St?rtebecker MD Ph.D., deceased, the world renowned neurologist and writer from Stockholm, Sweden, wrote in his book Mercury Poisoning from Dental Amalgam-a Hazard to Human Brain, “Dental amalgam is a highly unstable metal that easily gives off mercury vapor. The most dangerous route for transport of mercury vapor, being released from dental amalgams, is from the mucous membranes of the upper nasal cavity and directly upwards to the brain where mercury vapor easily penetrates the dura mater.10 Mercury (vapor) can act in a much stronger concentration straight on the brain cells.”11
Dr. Dan Kangan and Dr. P.L. Fan of the ADA found blood samples of people who have one amalgam filling average .07 nanogram (one billionth of a gram) of mercury in each gram of blood. This equals the equivalent of 21 trillion atoms of mercury circulating in each gram of blood and is enough mercury to destroy 21 trillion molecules of the amino-acid cysteine. The destruction of each molecule of cysteine destroys one nerve cell of the brain. The destruction of 21 trillion nerve cells in the brain would be capable of producing some evidence of psychotic behavior.