Andy Cutler thought that up to 50% of the population of the States has enough mercury in them to cause symptoms. “Oh well,” he told me once in a bemused way, “It is not the first time that the mass poisoning of an entire population has been missed.”
When I was a little girl, I heard that homosexuals, a mysterious and fascinating group, could recognize each other because of hidden cues that ordinary people miss. I don’t know about that, but this is true for mercury-toxic people. Among the myriad other symptoms, the slightly skewed gaze, the “outsiderness,” the awkwardness and eccentricity resonates with something similar in me. After looking at thousands of hair tests, Andy also concluded that toxic people are attracted to other toxic people and get married. “We sure wind up with toxic sweeties” he joked. He didn’t talk about that much, though, because it sounded too weird.
The medical and scientific literature has been packed with information about mercury for hundreds of years. Anybody reading it should suspect mercury in all the “idiopathic” problems that plague us today. The ads that run incessantly on the TV are largely for drugs for the symptoms of mercury poisoning: rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, mental disorders, autoimmune disease are all afflictions that such a complete metabolic poison will cause. David Hammond called his book, The Undiagnosed Epidemic and that about sums things up. Below are a few reasons why mercury is so consistently missed:
1. People get constellations of mercury's over 150 different symptoms. One person might have fibromyalgia and the next bipolar disorder. It’s confusing and hard to grasp that the same thing could cause both these conditions.
2. Mercury is hard to test for. It can start causing problems even 30 years after the original exposure and by that time, it is socked away behind lipid barriers and not available to come out in the blood or the urine. We look for signs of some of the havoc it causes in the patterns of the essential elements on a hair test, but even hair tests are often not informative.
3.There are politics involved. In one lecture Andy said that people get “all emotional” about mercury because the exposures tend to be iatrogenic. At another time he was less mild and called the medical use of mercury, “a breathtaking exercise in criminal irresponsibility.” Dr. Boyd Hayley, who is a research chemist and an academic, said that when he discovered that mercury caused all the symptoms (in vitro) of Alzheimer’s disease and that nothing else did, he thought the NIH was going to back up to his lab with a truck full of money. Instead, his grants weren’t renewed, and he never got any more funding.
4. Mercury toxic people aren’t very good advocates for anything. They can range from being somewhat eccentric to outright mentally ill. Or else they have debilitating and confusing physical problems. Or they have both mental and physical problems. They don’t have energy to go out and lobby and advocate. Even if they did, they are often so eccentric that nobody takes them seriously. Those who have put years into recovering won’t have much motivation for anything other than living the life that they have won back with so much work. Even then they can still have a reputation for being obsessive and weird.
I try not to talk about mercury in my family even though I see people suffering from it every