[R]eading David Hammond’s Mercury Poisoning: the Undiagnosed Epidemic was very good for me. I learned some important things about my situation that have changed the way I think about my illness and I’ve begun some new experiments. I highlighted about 30 to 40 passages and want to share a couple of these insights with you.
First, one of the biggest eye openers for me was to understand how mercury interacts with lead. David reproduces a number of graphs showing that mercury causes an increase in lead toxicity of up to 18 times. When you see that on a graph it is powerful. There’s no doubt in my mind this is one of the reasons my progress has been slow and painful. And this may be the main reason I’ll be here writing about my seemingly endless suffering for another couple years.
Second, David mentions the fact that the male case studies in Jeffries’ Safe Uses of Cortisol on average take 30 mg of hydrocortisone while the women take a lower 20 mg. I’ve had to increase my dosage substantially since starting chelation and may end up at 30 mg very soon, but I won’t feel as bad about that now!
Third, I’ve begun experimenting with DMPS after reading about its ability to chelate lead in addition to mercury.
And finally, I was very impacted by this statement David makes near the end of the book:
There have been no sudden improvements in my original symptoms. They have all gradually and almost imperceptibly diminished over the course of the past three and half years.
I’ve decided to stop waiting and hoping for a big breakthrough and to start truly looking at my detoxification as a three-year marathon. The “breakthrough thinking” I started out with was dangerous for me as it set me up to take too much risk with my dosing and set me up for too much heartbreak.
I have a tremendous capacity for suffering especially when I think it will pay off in the long run. That approach would work great for me if I were single with no major responsibilities. Fact is though, that I’m married with kids and I run a struggling business. We all have combat exhaustion from a dozen years of illness and struggle.
So the three-year marathon is really the only way we’ll make it through together.
If you haven’t read David’s book, I’d encourage you to get started because everyone who reads it will find meaning and enlightenment in different places – these are just a few of my personal takeaways.