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Mercury Candida
Posted by: Shae
Date: November 29, 2001 7:24 PM

Due to my history and symptoms I feel 98% certain that I am mercury toxic and have intestinal candida. Could you please share your knowledge as to the most accurate type Blood Candida Serum Test and suggested lab as well as the strongest test suggested for Mercury? As a precaution, I am also having bloodwork for thyroid and urinary test for hormones.



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RE: Mercury Candida
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: November 29, 2001 9:45 PM

Mercury amalgams, fatigue with many other vague complaints are often associated with gut fungus and candida. Mercury and other heavy metals disable the gut and lead to leaky gut syndrome which in turn helps initiate a chronic infection of the gut associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) which can last for years, even a lifetime. I do not ordinarliy test for fungus and candida as the history makes the diagnosis - persistent gas, chronically watery or loose stool, sometimes constipation, sometimes upper GI problems such as acid reflux. However if I did a test it would be the Intestinal Secretory IgA. Secretory IgA from stool examination distinguishes between simple candida overgrowth not requiring aggressive intervention and candida adherence to the gut wall and a serious challenge to the immune system. The higher IgA reading, the more serious the challenge and the greater the need for intervention. As to merucury, the gold standard test is the IV DMPS Challenge (250 mg.) followed by a 24 hour urine collection. I prefer to use Doctors' Data in Illinois. They make a kit for that test. Your doc can order it from them at 800-323-2784.



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RE: Mercury Candida
Posted by: Shae
Date: November 30, 2001 4:02 PM

I have every reason to believe my problems to be Mercury and Candida related and only as a precautionary will have thyroid and hormones tested. Could you please give me a clue as to an appropriate approach for testing hormones?



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RE: Mercury Candida
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: November 30, 2001 5:00 PM

The best test for hormone status is a 24 hour urine collection. I also like to look at serum Free T3. The presence of mercury mimics hypothyroidism and actually produces hypothyroidism by disabling the peripheral thyroid hormone receptor sites. Thus many people with amalgams are hypometabolic, cold, fatigued, yet their thyroid hormone levels are normal.



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RE: Mercury Candida
Posted by: Shae
Date: November 30, 2001 5:27 PM

Must the urine be taken at a "paticular time" following my period, etc...even if my periods are not always regular?



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RE: Mercury Candida
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: November 30, 2001 6:20 PM

No, simply 24 continuous hours.



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Microscopic Live Blood Cells
Posted by: Shae
Date: November 30, 2001 10:31 PM

Could you please in laymans term further explain the knowledge one can receive by having blood analyzed the Enderlein Dark Field Method? Is it possible to determine "specific" organisms such as Yeast, Etc...? Can the level of acidity be measured?



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RE: Microscopic Live Blood Cells
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: December 1, 2001 12:18 AM

Live blood cell analysis "by the Enderlein" method is a bit of an anachronism. Enderlein's theory of pleomorphism was elegant, but it did not stand up to modern scientific scrutiny. The "organisms" he saw turned out to be polymerized hemoglobin, however the findings still indicate the basic underlying condition: acidity. It is not reasonable to try to describe here all the pictures one can see, but suffice it to say that illness appears dramatically different from health and many specific findings are visible. As to seeing yeast and fungus, this is possible after the red cells begin to lyse after about 45 minutes using phase contract lighting. Acidity is best measured in teh saliva - several times each day.



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