By: Kimmy Templeton
I was 19 years old and living at home for the summer. I was working full time to save up money for my second year of college. A couple weeks before I left to go back to school, I went to the dentist and found out I had a cavity. After the cavity was fixed and filled with a new composite filling the dentist let me know that he was kind enough to drill out a nearby large mercury filling and replace it with composite while he was at it. He did not take any precautions whatsoever. This is before I knew the hazards associated with mercury but I remember thinking in the back of my mind ‘I hope that’s ok, it might not have been the best thing to do. I’m sure it’s fine…they wouldn’t have put something toxic in me anyway.’ I remember feeling like I shouldn’t drive myself home because I felt kind of dizzy and weird. I had to stop at the store on my way home and ended up sitting on the floor in one of the isles for a couple minutes because I just felt strange and out of it. I hadn’t had any anesthesia or happy gas or anything (of course I didn’t blame the mercury for anything it didn’t even occur to me at the time). I don’t remember the next couple weeks being too out of the ordinary- I do remember feeling a little off.
2 weeks later fall semester began and I went back out of state to college. I stayed in my room most of the time and was just really nervous and anxious. I remember being so nervous all the time sometimes to the point of trembling. I felt really overwhelmed- almost horrified going to my classes and talking to people (which was not like me ). I got one cold sore after another after another. I got a cold that just didn’t go away, then it seemed to change into the flu. I also had gotten seasonal allergies, which I hadn’t had before. My immune system was obviously struggling. I was so tired all of the time. One of my classes was up a flight of stairs and it was all I could do to get there, I had to go a few steps at a time and rest in-between. The palms of my hands and the soles of my feet started itching and soon itched so bad that it took every piece of energy I had left in my body not to go completely insane. The itching was the worse at night. I would soak my feet in ice water to try to numb them. I would put them in very hot water because pain was better than itching. I had bloody scabs all over my feet from itching. After getting the idea online I even tried peeing on my feet once (I probably shouldn’t confess to that but that’s how desperate I was). I remember not being able to paint my fingernails because I couldn’t not itch for the 2 minutes it takes for the nail polish to dry. I had to call home and ask my parents for money after I drained my bank account buying and trying probably every anti itch cream, spray, and powder on the market; none of them helped. I was struggling in school because I would fall asleep in class. I remember being so tired that I had to set my alarm to go off on snooze every 10 minutes while I would study in my bedroom so that It would wake me up. I would maybe get 5 minutes of studying in, then I’d doze off for 5 minutes until the snooze would wake me up so I could go for 5 more minutes. This is how I studied.
When I went home for thanksgiving my parents were really shocked at how bad I was itching. I had told them about it but they had no idea how bad it was until they saw me. I accidentally woke my dad up at 3am while I was getting ice from the ice maker in the fridge to soak my feet. My dad stayed up with me for a while and saw what I went through every night – all night while the rest of the world was sleeping. He called the Dr’s office and made me an appointment. I went in and they looked at me, asked some questions, drew my blood, and concluded that I was “stress itching.” In other words; it was some sort of psychological thing I had made up in my mind. I kept trying to tell them that it was the itch that was making me stressed and that it was not all in my head.
I went back to school without answers and even more frustrated. I returned home a month later for Christmas. Now I was doing even worse. I was getting 1 hour to an hour and a half of sleep a night. I was starting to look different in my face and in my eyes. I looked like someone who was suffering and who was horribly sleep deprived. I looked how I felt…like someone going through hell. I felt like I was going to go crazy and like I was trapped inside my body with no way out. Now I itched in the inside of my ears, my eyeballs…everywhere. It was like I could almost feel all of my blood itching as it pulsed through my veins. My dad called and literally begged several doctors to squeeze me in as soon as possible. He was told that there was a 2 month wait by most specialists. I think he threatened to come sit in the waiting room and stay until they saw me, whether I was scheduled or not. I was able to get into a dermatologist. It was a bit of a drive for us, but we were just happy that someone would see me. My parents did not believe it was a “stress itch” any more than I did. We figured since I was itching maybe it was a skin issue, but no matter how much I scratched I never could scratch the itch away. The Dr looked at the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet where I itched the worst. I did not have a rash…there was really nothing to see other that the blood and scabs that covered my feet. The Dermatologist talked about how the itching was a serious symptom and what it might mean (anything but a skin issue) and seemed to know what to check for. After some blood work and an x-ray he said he would call with the results. The next day I left to go back to school. I was so tired that I ran off the road 3 times and fell asleep. My brain and my ability to think and function was just not there any more. When I look back I am absolutely horrified that I was driving in that condition. I made it back to my apartment without injuring anyone else or myself, and got the call the next morning. The x-ray showed a mass the size of a small orange resting on top of my heart. I had lymphoma (most likely Hodgkin lymphoma but I needed more testing).
Eventually I had become good friends with my roommates and so it was hard for me to leave. I asked my parents to give me a couple days to say my goodbyes and deal with things. They respected my wishes even though looking back it probably just about killed them. I remember my roommates and my best friend sat around crying most of the day. I didn’t have any information. I didn’t know what my treatments would be. I didn’t know how long it would take. I didn’t know my likelihood of living or dying. I had to tell the boy I was dating the news too and I just told him to go find someone who was not “diseased.” I hated that I had spent the last 3 months of my life being miserable. I hated that It looked like it was just the beginning of my misery, and I hated that I was now making the people I cared about miserable too. My friend went with me to try to return my books, and go tell each of my teachers the news and try to convince the university to give my tuition back since I had only gone to 1 day of the new semester. It was a horrible day – a day I wish I could forget. One of my roommates insisted that I shouldn’t sleep in my room all alone, so that night she pulled her mattress into the floor of my room and slept next to me. I remember waking up in the night in a panic and thinking “what a horrible, horrible dream!” Then I looked over and saw the mattress, and my roommate asleep on it, and realized that it was not a dream. It was my reality.
My parents came and got me and all of my belongings and brought me home. All of the Doctors appointments started and soon I was in surgery to have a lymph node biopsy. I remember welcoming the needle and the anesthesia as they would put me out of my misery and save me from the itching even if it was just for a short time. As soon as I woke up I was told that I had Hodgkins disease and started treatments soon after. I went through several months of chemo followed by radiation. A few months after my treatments were over and we thought I was better, I began itching again and went to the doctor for more testing to find that there was remaining disease inside me. This only happens in about 5% of Hodgkins disease cases. My prognosis was now not looking near as good. I had gotten engaged 3 weeks before I found out. We decided to get married before I began my treatments in case it was our only chance. We decided that Wednesday to get married on Friday (2 days later). I was now 21 years old. I did months of very strong chemo followed by a bone marrow transplant. The hospital was an hour and a half away from home but my mom stayed with me for the several weeks I had to be in the hospital and again in the parking lot in a mobile home for a few more weeks (it’s a requirement incase immediate medical attention is needed). Then I returned home for a brief break before radiation. For the next several months my husband and I lived at my parents house in my childhood bedroom. I had to have someone with me at all times and be very careful about germs and bacteria. As part of the bone marrow transplant recovery process, I also left the house only when necessary (and only when wearing a full face mask).
It was years later that I made the connection between what happened to me and mercury. I have read many similar stories online specific to lymphoma (Hodgkins disease is a type of lymphoma.) It occurs in the lymph nodes ,which act as filters to cleanse the body. The cancer center did not ask me any questions about my lifestyle or about anything I had been exposed to. I would have thought they would do extensive questioning and investigating, but they don’t. Their focus is on advancing the treatments rather than figuring out causes or triggers. The summer that ended with having my filling drilled out, I remember thinking I had never felt so good, or been so happy and had so much energy. That ended when I had the filling out. Also, I had a chest x ray a few months before having my filling out for a different reason and the mass was not there.
I am convinced of the role mercury played in the downturn of my immune system and the development of the hodgkins disease. I realize that not everyone will agree with me – but maybe we can at least all agree that it is something I should never have had to even wonder about. You may think my story has a happy ending… I mean; I’m here to write about it. And I am grateful to be alive, but most cancer survivors (especially those who’s illness and treatment take years of their life) will tell you that you never get your life back. You just don’t. It changes the way you perceive the world. You no longer feel safe or can blindly trust anything. Your innocence is gone, and so is your ability to be free – and care free. Part of who you were before is now lost and you are reminded every day of the hell you endured and the kind of human suffering that you wished you had never learned was possible.
Most people, I think, know that mercury is a toxic poison. There is lots of information (and a lot less debate) about the dangers of mercury in seafood, in fluorescent light bulbs that break, and emissions from coal burning and nuclear power plants. But for some reason when it comes to having a mouth full of it, people will continue to argue and disagree over it’s toxicity. The FDA granted permission to the amalgam makers and suppliers that they do not need to tell patients of any risks associated with mercury, including small children and pregnant women. There has been quite an uproar about it (even within the FDA) since the research pointed in the opposite direction. I think people are specifically waiting for the ADA of FDA to come out and say that it is toxic. I do not see that happening. Why would they want to admit liability for the billions of amalgam fillings that have been put in and taken out for decades now? It’s kind of like if you are wondering if you should get a Ford car. The very last place you should go to ask if Ford is the best car, the safest car, or the most reliable car is the Ford dealership. You need unbiased information. I also know that statistics and results of studies can be skewed. If an organization has incentive to prove something safe or to prove it dangerous, it can be done just by the way information is gathered or data is interpreted. Go look on the packaging for a sharpie permanent marker. It will say non-toxic. Yet most of us know of someone who has intentionally or unintentionally gotten high off of a sharpie. Just because something is called “safe,” does not mean that it is not harmful, rather it means that it “harms an acceptable number of people.” I don’t personally believe that there is an acceptable number of people, especially for those who are those people.
No dentist “wants” to believe that mercury in your mouth is dangerous. To believe this means that you would have to come to terms that you have been doing unsafe practices and risking patients’ health and possibly your own. No wonder some dentists (the one, who unsafely drilled out my filling, included) will likely go to their grave holding on the belief – or the hope – that mercury is not toxic. I felt the responsibility to I call the Dentist’s office who took out my filling and see if they were now doing safe removal technique. The reply I got was “Only if the patient specifically asks for it.” They informed me that all of the particles that were spewn into the patient’s mouth could just be spit out or would uneventfully be passed in the stool and urine the next day. I was appalled at the lack of knowledge about mercury particles, and that they obviously were not aware that mercury also has a vapor. It’s not ok to be ignorant – not when someone’s health is in your hands and they are trusting you. I don’t think there are many dentists who really do their research and then conclude that mercury is safe. It is the uneducated that hold onto this belief. We cannot rely on our old ways of thinking or the old ways of doing things. We have to evolve with the times and open up your eyes and see reality whether we want to or not. We cannot always wait for both sides of the debate to agree, or research being done by both sides to show the exact same thing. I think this is what people are waiting for. The bad thing is that they may be waiting forever. Just like anything else, there will always be people on both sides of this issue and people will be hurt in the meantime.
One thing I know for certain is that those who practice mercury free dentistry and safe amalgam removal technique will never look back and say “Dang it, now that I found out that mercury is really good and beneficial for our health I feel horrible and regret actually trying to protect my patients from this great stuff.” It’s infinitely more likely that it will be the believers on the other side or the argument who will regret their actions.
FDA Stuns Scientists, Declares Mercury in Fish to be Safe for Infants, Children, Expectant Mothers!
By Mike Adams, December 17, 2008 | Key concepts: Mercury, FDA and Fish
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In a truly astonishing betrayal of public safety (even for the FDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today revoked its warning about mercury in fish, saying that eating mercury-contaminated fish no longer poses any health threat to children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and infants.
Last week, the FDA declared trace levels of melamine to be safe in infant formula. A few weeks earlier, it said the plastics chemical Bisphenol-A was safe for infants to drink. Now it says children can eat mercury, too. Is there any toxic substance in the food that the FDA thinks might be dangerous? (Aspartame, MSG, sodium nitrite and now mercury…)
This FDA decision on mercury in fish has alarmed EPA scientists who called it “scientifically flawed and inadequate,” reports the Washington Post. Even better, the Environmental Working Group (www.EWG.org) issued a letter to the EPA, saying “It’s a commentary on how low FDA has sunk as an agency. It was once a fierce protector of America’s health, and now it’s nothing more than a patsy for polluters.”
Is anyone really surprised? The FDA is a drug-pushing, people-betraying, scientifically illiterate criminal organization that, time and time again, seeks only to protect the profits of powerful corporations whose products poison the people. This statement is no longer a mere opinion. It is an observable fact based on the FDA’s own pattern of behavior and its outlandish decisions that predictably betray the American public.
The real reason this is happening
You want to know the REAL reason the FDA is easing up on its warning about mercury in fish? It’s because the agency is being relentlessly pounded over two related issues: Mercury in dental fillings and mercury preservatives in vaccines. And the FDA can’t keep up its lie about the “safety” of vaccines and mercury fillings if it has already declared mercury to be dangerous in fish, right?
To the criminal minds running the FDA, the clever solution is to revoke the warning about mercury in fish. Thus, the FDA takes the position that all mercury is safe, and suddenly they’re off the hook on mercury fillings and thimerosal in vaccines.
In other words, the FDA has just aligned itself as a defender of one of the most neurotoxic substances that’s ever been found. Only a truly corrupt regulator could even attempt to defend such a position, and only a truly insane individual could argue that mercury exposure is safe for infants, children and expectant mothers. Not coincidentally, mercury exposure causes insanity (look up the historical term “mad as a hatter”).
Given that most of the FDA decision makers probably have mercury fillings in their mouths and mercury molecules lodged in their brains from getting their vaccine shots, it’s no stretch to consider the possibility that the FDA decision have, in a very strict medical sense, lost their minds due to mercury exposure. There’s hardly any other way to explain the mad behavior of FDA officials.
I think it’s time we called for an FDA MUTINY and declared the leaders of that agency to be too incompetent to run it anymore. These people need to be relieved of command before their hazardous pronouncements lead to yet more consumers being poisoned or killed. The FDA scientists, in my opinion, should revolt (in a non-violent way, of course) against the politically-motivated decision makers spewing all this “eat more poison” advice.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/News_000622_mercury_FDA_fish.html#ixzz2K66UGqDY
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