I’m always telling anybody who asks that one of the challenges of our movement is to attract the general public to our issues. There are so many pieces to this puzzle, our individual stories, the influence of special interests, the corruption of science, but at its heart the question is a simple one: what factors are causing an unprecedented rise in chronic diseases like autism, chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease, to name just a few?
It was with these thoughts in mind that I was delighted to pick up David Hammond’s new book, Mercury Poisoning – The Undiagnosed Epidemic, and find that he had so successfully navigated these treacherous waters. His book is well-organized, easy to read, and authoritative. Hammond has an excellent writing style and his chapters each take on a specific question, such as how mercury increases the toxicity of other metals, or the complexity of mercury symptoms.
Like most of us, Hammond comes to these issues through personal experience. He was a laborer in a steel factory in Australia and suffered from the effects of mercury poisoning via inhaled mercury vapors from the scrap metal in molten steel. He was fortunate enough to find an internet forum comprised of people who had also been exposed to mercury, undergo chelation, and recover his health.
In an unemotional, but straight-forward manner Hammond makes his points. Modern man is exposed to heavy metals far in access of our ancestors. Even low levels of mercury, over time, can lead to very severe health problems. Mercury exposure works in combination with other metals, increasing their toxicity. Hammond provides examples from the medical literature of the diseases which can be caused by mercury poisoning, and details cases of people who have removed the mercury from their bodies and regained their health.
If there is somebody in your life who is curious about mercury exposure, or you are confused about this important issue, I encourage you to go out and buy this book.
Kent Heckenlively is Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.