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Letters to the Editor Issue 171

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Vaccines Reduce Natural Immunity

by Mark Sircus Ac OMD

An old medical acquaintance of mine Dr Harold E. Buttram wrote many years ago about a little-noted letter-to-the Editor in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1984 about an interesting German study. In the study, a significant though temporary drop of T-helper lymphocytes was found in 11 healthy adults following routine tetanus booster vaccinations. "Special concern rests in the fact that, in 4 of the subjects, the T-helper lymphocytes fell to levels seen in active AIDS patients. The implications of this study are enormous. In regards to this German study, if this was the result of a single vaccine in healthy adults, it is sobering to think of the possible consequences of multiple vaccines (18 vaccines within the first six months of life at latest count) given to infants with their immature and vulnerable immune systems," wrote Buttram.

The New England Journal of Medicine study showed that tetanus vaccines cause T-cell ratios to drop below normal, with the greatest decrease after two weeks. Though the altered ratios were found to be similar to those found in AIDS victims, the important information from this study has never seen the light of day. "I consider it one of the most flagrant examples of negligence in the area of safety testing in childhood vaccines, the fact that this study has never been repeated," wrote Buttram.

Literally billions of people around the world have been given tetanus toxoid processed with formaldehyde (as anthrax vaccine is). This might seem incredible when one looks at the fact that during World War Two the American Army reported only six cases of tetanus of which two of the cases were vaccinated. Vaccines in general are medicines against boogie men viruses and it was a dark day when institutionalized medicine fell down this black hole.

Dr Buttram has been gracious enough to agree to write a forward to my upcoming book Humane Pediatrics. Through the years I have written about paediatrics starting with my books on the dangers and terrors of vaccines and paediatric medicine. It is simply terrible how Paediatricians think and how hurtful they act. For instance:

If T helper and other similar types of immune cells have their activity reduced by vaccines then we have a stupendous medical disaster on our hands. And that is exactly what we have. One of the main functions of the T helper cell is to augment or potentiate immune responses by the secretion of specialized factors that activate other white blood cells to fight off infection. Then we have specialized T cells that are important in directly killing certain tumour cells, viral-infected cells and sometimes parasites. Some of these T cells are called natural killer cells, and they directly attack and kill cancers such as melanomas, lymphomas and viral-infected cells, most notably herpes and cytomegalovirus-infected cells.

Mark Sircus Ac OMD
Director International Medical Veritas Association IMVA   

Copyright © 2009 all rights reserved

Heavy Metals, Mercury and Cancer

by Mark Sircus Ac OMD

Dr Rashid Buttar testified before congress that "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." The official position currently is that there is "some" evidence that methylmercury can cause cancer in humans.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified methylmercury as "possibly carcinogenic to humans".

Lead and aluminium are other common heavy metals that have been shown to dramatically increase the toxicity of mercury. Interestingly, lead is the final end product of the step-by-step radioactive decay of uranium; no wonder it's so toxic. Medical researchers are still trying to understand the numerous processes by which various heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, chromium, etc.) contribute to carcinogenesis, but everywhere in officialdom we find ridiculous doubts about their effects especially when it comes to mercury and its high state of toxicity.

It has been shown that mercury rapidly depletes the immune system. Mercury has also been shown to induce auto-immune diseases. Anything that depletes and disturbs the immune system will increase one's chances of contracting cancer. Mercury binds with haemoglobin, which is responsible for oxygen transport to the tissues. This results in less oxygen reaching the tissues when the body is polluted with mercury. We don't have to look far in understanding how a heavy metal like mercury can eventually lead one to cancer's door.

"There is no safe level of mercury, and no one has actually shown that there is a safe level," said Dr Lars Friberg, Chief Adviser to the WHO on mercury safety. Survival Medicine for the 21st Century (2,200 page compendium) has a two hundred page section called The Rising Tide of Mercury because mercury toxicity needs to be factored into all notions of health and disease today. According to the observations made by the internationally recognized medical researcher, Yoshiaki Omura, MD, all cancer cells have mercury in them.

Dr Hans Nolte wrote, "The wave spectrum of mercury contains more than thirteen wavelengths, whereas only one or two frequencies or wavelengths are usually observed for the other heavy or noble metals."[1] It is Dr Nolte's belief that the many harmful effects of mercury could be explained to some degree on the basis of this great variety of wavelengths. Dr Omura's clinical observation concludes that one of the primary reasons cancer returns is because residual mercury re-ignites a pathological environment even after surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and alternative therapies report a positive effect.

Heavy metals clog up receptor sites, break and bend sulfur bonds in important enzymes like insulin, damage the DNA and in general muck up everything and anything to do with healthy biological life.

There is a growing body of scientific research that suggests heavy metals contribute to carcinogenesis by inducing/increasing oxidative stress.[2] Oxidative stress damages DNA and can lead to mutations which promote cancer.[3,4, 5] Heavy metals also disrupt the process of Apoptosis (programmed cell death).[6] Apoptosis is vital for safe removal of sick/unhealthy cells, including cells that may become cancerous.

Heavy metals create contaminated environments both inside and outside the cells. These environments attract all kinds of pathogens - viruses, bacteria and fungi. Some say many cancers are caused by infections; others say cancer is an infection and others will insist until they reach their graves that cancer is strictly human cells running amuck with their DNA gone crazy. That many doctors believe this it does not make it true.

Our definition of cancer is a little more broad minded than blaming malfunctioning human DNA as the sole cause of cancer. Cancer is a prime example of how heavy metal toxicity, free radical damage, pathogen infection, mineral and vitamin deficiencies, inflammation, mitochondria dysfunction, immune system depression, genetic mutation, cell wall damage and oxidative stress all come together into an end stage life threatening condition. Cancer treatment can be approached in many ways but the best way would be to address all these problems simultaneously.
Cancer and Mercury Laden Dental Amalgam
Most of our cancer patients have a lot of amalgam dental fillings.
Professor W Kostler
Mercury vapours in the mouth which spreads mercury to all points in the body, increased use of antibiotics, periodontal disease, inappropriate oral care, yeast and fungal overgrowth, and decreasing immune strength are all colliding and reinforcing each other in a downward spiral that leads to chronic diseases and cancer. Each year in the U.S. an estimated 40 tons of mercury are used to prepare mercury-amalgam dental restorations. Scientific studies have concluded that the amalgam is the source for more than two thirds of the mercury in our human population. On a daily basis each amalgam releases on the order of 10 micrograms of mercury into the body. This mercury either accumulates in the body or is excreted via urine and faeces into our wastewater systems.
Mercury from amalgam fillings has been shown to be neurotoxic, embryotoxic, mutagenic, teratogenic, immunotoxic and clastogenic.
It is capable of causing immune dysfunction and auto-immune diseases.
Dr Robert Gammal
Dentists and their parent dental associations are loathe to inform patients that the mercury they place in the mouth is a deadly poison that negatively influences not only their oral environments but total body physiology as well. This is a shame that the majority of dentists will take to their grave. "Mercury is one of the most potent chemical inhibitors of thiol-sensitive enzymes and mercury vapour easily penetrates into the central nervous system," writes Dr Boyd Haley who goes on to say, "Amalgams leak mercury; this is a fact that any chemistry department can confirm. We have made amalgam fillings outside of the mouth, placed these fillings in sterile water for 15 minutes to several hours. We then tested this water for toxicity to tubulin and creatine kinase. The result was that the solutions in which amalgams were soaked (even for fifteen minutes) were extremely toxic. This work is supported by reports doing similar experiments at the University of Michigan Dental School where they described solutions in which amalgams were soaked as being "extremely cytotoxic".
It is estimated that an amalgam filling will release up to half of its mercury content over a ten year period (50% corrosion rate).
Dr Robert Gammal
Dr Hal A. Huggins stated that amalgam fillings can devastate human health. The most common form of exposure to mercury is by inhalation of vapour and there is widespread general agreement that this leads to a slowly developing and insidious poisoning, which at first yields psychic and other general effects that are vague and difficult to diagnose. Yet dentists have continued to expose children to the toxic effects of mercury.


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[6]. Disorders of apoptosis may play a critical role in some of the most debilitating metal-induced afflictions including hepatotoxicity, renal toxicity, neurotoxicity, autoimmunity and carcinogenesis.  Metals and apoptosis: recent developments.Rana SV.  J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2008;22(4):262-84. PubMed. Epub 2008 Oct 10;

Mark Sircus Ac OMD
Director International Medical Veritas Association IMVA  

Copyright © IMVA International Medical Veritas Association 2009 all rights reserved


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