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Fungus, Thyroid and Mercury
Posted by: Davey
Date: April 19, 2001 12:04 AM

If there are symptons of low thyroid and metal/mercury toxicity, which issue should be addressed first? If metal/mercury is suspected, should a DMPS challlenge test be conducted or is there a danger that this will "stir up" any present mercury and make a toxic person worse? Should urine in a DMPS challenge test be collected for 6 or 24 hours? Should/can DMSA detox be done prior to removal of amalgams in order to get rid of some mecury, thereby helping the patient feel better and begin to self correct low temp and fungus issues prior to the rigors of amalgam removal.

RE: Fungus, Thyroid and Mercury
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 19, 2001 1:45 PM

We (doctors that is) believe the heavy metals are the primary problem and the yeast/fungus is there, perhaps, absorbing it and protecting you from it, although also producing their own toxins and thus giving you a different kind of illness. Under any circumstance, the critters will not go away until the metals are gone. I have yet to see a DMPS Challenge Test do more than produce temporary symptoms. It does remove heavy metals and is a therapy in itself. I have heard other doctors refer to more serious reactions, but I have not seen them and have done hundreds. A gentler way of going about it is oral DMSA. Six hour collection is sufficient. It makes no sense to use DMSA or DMPS before removing the metal as it will skim mercury off the surface of the amalgam and release some of it into the rest of the body, therefore contriburing as much escaped mercury to the system as it removes.

RE: Fungus, Thyroid and Mercury
Posted by: Davey
Date: April 19, 2001 6:23 PM

I understand that hair analysis is not an authoritative determinate of a person's heavy metals level - if it (hair analysis) says you have metals you probably do, however if hair analysis shows negative metals, you could likely still have mercury hiding in your cells. Is a DMPS challenge test highly authoritative, will it always show the true picture of metals you have? Or can metals "hide" from a DMPS challenge test? Also cadmium. I haven't seen much about cadmium, do high levels of cadmium cause illness?

RE: Fungus, Thyroid and Mercury
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 20, 2001 10:43 PM

DMPS challenge is the best we have and sometimes it is necessary to perform it multiple times to finally get a positive result. It sometimes acts like an old engine which doesn't want to start, but when it does look out for the exhaust (crude analogy). Cadmium toxicity causes kidney and liver dysfunction, brittle bones, and adversely affects reproduction. Once ingested, cadmium cannot easily be excreted from the body and accumulates, usually in the kidneys and liver. The kidneys are responsible for calcium levels in the blood, and when cadmium levels rise and kidneys tubules fail, calcium levels drop. To compensate, the body "borrows" calcium from bones. In Japan, elderly women eating a diet heavy in cadmium-contaminated rice suffered from severe bone decalcification. There is also a major threat to wildlife in the areas around cadmium mines. Hair analysis can be negative in metal toxic individuals who are "non-excreters" (and they are the people who most often get into trouble anyway) - since hair is one of the ways of excreting heavy metals.





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