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On Selenium & Mercury Toxicity
First, a special welcome to our new list members! And thank you everyone for joining in our recent WAPF event at the Lexington downtown library with Bob Reeves. Bob shared so much good information, particularly on Mercury toxicity and how to mitigate it.
ICYMI (and even if you were there), Bob shared the following articles that help explain what we've been talking about on the topic.
PART ONE: Selenium, Metamorphosis from Toxin to Essential Mineral by Jeffrey Dach MD
Selenium is an essential trace mineral critical for antioxidant defense, fertility, thyroid hormone metabolism, immune response, and muscle development. First discovered in 1817, selenium was considered a toxic substance best avoided. 140 years later, in 1957, the status of Selenium dramatically changed with a report of the first selenium deficiency disease. An obscure biochemist at the NIH, Klaus Schwarz, found that Vitamin E deficient rats were protected from liver degeneration by selenium.
PART TWO: The Case for Selenium by Jeffrey Dach MD
Selenium Toxicity from overconsumption of Brazil Nuts, selenosis, was “reported” on an episode of Dr. House, a medical TV show that often takes artistic liberties to enhance entertainment value.
In reality, there has never been a reported case of Selenosis from ingesting Brazil nuts. This is merely one example of many egregious errors and biases against natural medicine on the Dr House series, and is to be expected, considering the massive drug company advertising supporting the show.
PART THREE: Selenium Deficiency: Your Vitamins Are Killing You by Jeffrey Dach MD
Decades ago, when Linus Pauling and Abram Hoffer first proposed mega-dose vitamin therapy as a serious treatment, mainstream medicine, aided by the press, promptly discredited this as quackery. To this day, the media faithfully bombards us with the message that vitamins and minerals are useless, harmful or even killing us.(1-6) When one considers the lowly vitamin pill as an economic rival to drugs, and the dependence of the media on drug company advertising, the motivation to discredit mega-dose vitamins becomes all too obvious. Seemingly oblivious to this negative message, physicians quietly go about their business using megadose vitamin therapy in the intensive care unit with considerable success. Recent reports of this have been appearing in medical journals, finally vindicating Linus Pauling and Abram Hoffer as yes, of course, they were right all along.
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