Dr Mark Sircus: Mercury & Chronic Disease

Mercury Causes Chronic Disease

The association of mercury to chronic diseases is well documented in the didactic scientific literature. The search for the association between mercury and cardiovascular disease reveals 358 scientific papers exemplifying the relationship; between mercury and cancer we find 643 scientific papers. The association of mercury with neurodegenerative diseases is the most significant, with the references numbering 1,445.[1]
If mercury is the primary source of autism, it may be
for Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes as well as
a long list of other neurological disorders.
Levels of mercury currently regarded as safe for adults could be impairing brain function without doctors and health officials diagnosing acute or chronic mercury poisoning. Mercury could be reducing the mental performance of millions if not billions of people worldwide and medical experts are just not seeing it.
The main areas of anxiety in regards to mercury are dental, medical, and environmental. These three areas comprise what is known as the three faces of mercury. Rarely are the three mercury concerns presented together so seldom do we get a fair account of the accumulating danger. The mass media does not present the true picture and often we get pronouncements about the safety of mercury. This is not surprising in a civilization based on the wide scale use of chemicals of a poisonous nature used in everything from the foods we eat to the water we drink.
One thing to always remember about mercury is that it is an accumulative poison so one area of contamination is not separate from another. If for example a pregnant woman eats lots of fish, has many dental amalgams and is receiving injections of mercury containing vaccines at the same time the risk to her own health and that of her developing fetus is greatly multiplied.
Tuna is uniformly rich in selenium. Nearly 300 scientific studies
have demonstrated that this essential element protects against
mercury exposure. Any group carping about mercury in fish
without also talking about selenium is hiding half the story.
One of the main chapters in this book is about mercury contamination of fish. There are many unexpected twists and turns in the mercury story. Although the majority of attention has been given to fish as the greatest danger in regards to mercury toxicity we have to entertain the possibility that because of selenium, which is an antidote for mercury, fish could be not be as much of a problem as dental amalgam, mercury injected via vaccines, or direct absorption through the air, water and other foods which are becoming increasingly contaminated. The way things are now in the media attention is focused mostly on fish consumption as the main danger from mercury and this is actually a red herring removing us from focusing on the total threat that mercury has become.
When selenium, which is present in most fish, and mercury are found together, they connect forming a new compound. This makes it difficult for the human body to absorb the mercury separately. As we shall also see scientists have also tagged cysteine in fish binding with mercury also making it safer to eat. When mercury “binds” to selenium or cysteine it is no longer free to “bind” to anything else — like brain or kidney tissue. An accurate picture of the health consequences of eating fish must include other substances that affect the way mercury interacts with the human body. Still though, “evidence of mercury’s health risks is strong enough that people, especially children and women of childbearing age, should be careful about how much and which fish they eat,” declare scientists at the Eighth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant.
When it comes to eating fish each individual needs to make up their own mind because there is scientific conflict about what was just communicated above. Despite information that selenium found in many foods and omega-3 fatty acids in fish might protect against mercury’s effects or rid the body of the mineral, many scientists disagree. It is a most delicate subject but there is nothing delicate about mercury and the harm it can impose on human physiology through either long term low level chronic exposure or through acute exposure when it is injected for some stupid reason. Stupid does not quite cover the huge subject of vaccination and the inclusion of mercury in vaccines to act as a preservative.
The actual picture projected out to the public is this: Fish are dangerous beware, consume with care, mercury spills in schools are emergencies of disastrous proportions but there is absolutely no problem with leaking dental amalgam or mercury containing vaccines. Clearly mercury is something to be concerned about especially when it concerns the young. And clearly the information given out by the government is not always to be trusted as we shall clearly see below when it comes to the huge tonnage of mercury placed directly in peoples’ mouths. Also one must be extremely careful when reading statements from The Center for Consumer Freedom, and other such organizations which scoff at environmental activists who would warn young mothers about the dangers of fish. They are funded by the food industry and would have you eat bellies full of mercury containing fish.
Also most importantly, since mercury is not accepted by the medical industrial complex, as contributing to the exploding rates of chronic diseases like autism and diabetes, they fall far short of the mark of providing appropriate health care recommendations and treatments, which could literally save lives. Instead, as chronic disease rates soar off the charts you have health officials scratching their heads in ignorance while preaching about the safety of mercury and many other highly toxic chemicals. Beware and take care anytime you hear someone professing that poisonous substances are safe, meaning giving the green flag to go ahead and expose yourself. When pro fish lobbies say mercury levels would have to be nearly six times as high before they would represent mercury levels known to pose a human health risk they are missing the mark widely because they are not really recognizing the risks at all.

[1] Buttar, Rashid. Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Update of Federal Government Initiatives and Revolutionary New Treatments of Neurodevelopmental Diseases US Congressional Sub-Committee Hearing
May 6, 2004