We formed a circle on the kindergarten floor awaiting our teacher’s attention. Miss Miller’s “show and tells” were the best. She explained that we were to learn about a special liquid metal called mercury. The small silver balls were passed around for us to play with on the linoleum floor. At five years old everything is magical.
The innocence of the 1950s still plagues us. Today, scientists warn us about the dangers of mercury, and if a teacher today were to allow us to play with mercury, she would be subject to the wrath of parents and school board and cited by the DEC. Hardly magical any more.
What about those of us who had been exposed to mercury half a century ago? And those who have suffered its dire consequences on a day-to-day basis via dental amalgams? Consider a medical method that has a world wide reputation with a proven record: homeopathy. Homeopathy has provided a way of dealing with mercury poisoning and the likes for the last 200 years.
Homeopathy is an intelligent form of medicine that treats the person as an individual. Unlike modern medicine that treats symptoms, homeopathy focuses on the individual and how he is physically and mentally experiencing the illness. From the homeopathic point of view, illness is expressed through the body’s innate intelligence via symptoms. Homeopaths don’t want to erase symptoms. Instead the goal is to use these symptoms to determine which homeopathic remedy best suits the individual. The homeopathic physician first carefully notes the symptoms and then looks for a match to a homeopathic remedy that has been shown to eliminate the sufferings. This will uproot the illness.
Although many confuse homeopathy with the term holistic, this method is a specific medical discipline that was widely used in the US until half a century ago. It never lost favor in lieu of drugs in England, India, France and Germany, where over 40 percent of the doctors are homeopaths. It is indeed a medical discipline in a unique category.
Homeopathy uses minute amounts of plant, animal and mineral compounds which, when properly administered, stimulate the patient’s ability to reach to its most economic function. Homeopathy is predicated on the principle that our bodies have the ability to resolve health issues when given the correct stimulus.
Once homeopathy has been employed and the suffering diminished, laboratory testing to determine the amount of mercury remaining will confirm the changes. This process often takes months but the reward for waiting is worthwhile.
Each person with mercury poisoning will present in her own way. One, for example, will have ataxia (a type of paralysis), another may have excessive perspiration, a swollen tongue and profuse saliva, while another may have memory loss and foggy thinking. Choosing the correct remedy is best left to a homeopath with solid credentials and experience. However for the sake of interest, let us examine the possibilities.
The most common remedy for addressing poisoning, even at low levels, is Natrum muriaticum 6x (Nat mur). The picture that Nat mur 6x covers is one of oversensitivity. For those who suffer around perfumes, cigarette smoke and chemicals, particularly if mercury is associated with their illness, Nat mur should be strongly considered. It may take time and patience before improvement occurs, but Nat mur 6x can address the associated issues. This is one of the few remedies that can be recommended for most people who have been exposed to mercury with reasonable accuracy. It can be taken daily for weeks.
If the pathology is paralysis, one of the most valuable remedies is Hepar sulph. Given in proper dosage and timing, it can be most beneficial for those who also are hyper-sensitive. This can include sensitivity to weather changes, sensitivity to pain and to the odors of chemicals, as well as to food and even animals. The need for Hepar sulph may also present with painful and swollen lymph glands. Once the practitioner determines that Hepar sulph is the best match, the patient usually takes it monthly for a specific amount of time, depending on the needs of the sufferer.
Metal poisoning can also cause psychological pathology. Nitricum acidum is a powerful remedy that aids someone who has had a disturbance of the central nervous system as a result of mercury poisoning. Its need is determined by behavior associated with strong and persistent fears of death. It may also be appropriate for someone who worries immensely about their health, often expressed in panic attacks. Nitricum acidum is a mainstay treatment in the homeopathic literature.
Homeopathic Sulphur should be considered if mercury poisoning is associated with heat. For example, the person may experience heat in an uncomfortable way. He may find that perspiration is excessive and that his odors are of an offensive or metallic nature. This is a remedy that has been shown clinically to provide immeasurable relief for children who have had reactions to vaccines laced with mercury. It can be of value even years after the time of the inoculation.
Consider the case of Robert. On a Thursday, this healthy six-weekold newborn was inoculated for polio. By Saturday he was too weak and limp to nurse and presented with a temperature of 105 degrees. His parents linked the reaction to the vaccine since nothing else in his short life could be associated with such a reaction. After three days of suffering, Robert was given two doses of Sulphur 200c. The fever and listlessness were aborted within hours and Robert resumed nursing happily with no residual illness. What is most remarkable in this case is the absence of side effects. Homeopathy has a sterling reputation for results such as this.
The above remedies provide only a small sample of the choices a homeopath has at his or her disposal for reinstating health in someone suffering from the ill effects of mercury. Thus, even mercury is not to be feared in light of homeopathy’s reputation. Nonetheless, if our guileless Miss Miller had known about the dangers of this metal, she might have sought elsewhere for a source of magic with which to dazzle us.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2008.