Saturday, October 18, 2008

Vitamin D and some of the mercury studies

Recently Vitamin D deficiency has been connected to autism. Nobody gave a reason for why there might be a connection. My contention is that the reason why people with autism might have vitamin D deficiency is not only because autistics often have intestinal absorption problems but also because mercury attacks the kidney in the place where the Vitamin D hormone 1,25 dihydroxy cholecalciferol (calcitriol) is made. That place would be the kidney's proximal tubule.

I learned of another reason that connects mercury and Vitamin D to autism. It turns out Vitamin D is necessary for making glutathione and glutathione is all important for the mercury detoxification process. Autistic kids can't detoxify well enough to prevent autism. Who would have thought? So here we have a double whammy. There is not enough calcitriol being made because mercury destroys the kidney and for that reason there is not enough glutathione made to detoxify mercury.

Any comments? Please!


And here is more: I read Dr. Jane Hightower's book "Diagnosis: Mercury". It is a well-written book and gives a great account about the conflicts of interest that surround the mercury debate. A must read! It gives lots of insight into the politics of mercury.

As I was reading the book it occurred to me that the reason why the Seychelles and Faroe studies show such divergent outcomes. The Seychelles children had no ill effects from eating mercury-laden fish, the Faroe Island children did. One might be able to explain the discrepancy by relating it to the abundance of Vitamin D in the Seychelles and the relative lack of it in the Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands are at a latitude where Vitamin D deficiency is very likely even with high fish consumption. The Seychelles are close to the equator. That makes children who live there much better able to make Vitamin D and with that more glutathione for better detoxification.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Trickle up economy

I never thought that I would ever see Ronald Regan's "Trickle Down" to become "Trickle Up". But now we have it. It defies gravity. The poor are lifting the rich out of their desperate straights. Funny, I don't feel good about it. So something coming out of our taxes is handing out welfare to the rich. Sounds like Robin Hood in reverse: Robbing the poor to give to the rich. Can anybdy explain that to me. Aren't we supposed to have a lot more power than that. Isn't democracy the form of government that gives the people the power to determine who leads us?

The mess we are in now was all foreseeable when we voted for a man whose speeches went as deep as cutely batting his eyelashes and declaring that he was not going to do any nation-building. Seems to me that making a mistake once by electing that man, might have been forgiveable. Voting that way twice can only to be attributed to deficient IQ.

Now we have another version of that in a woman cutely winking and taking money for Alaska for a bridge to nowhere, and then not returning it when the bridge to nowhere was not built. If I asked for money that way and then did not do with it what it was earmarked for, I would have to return it. Let's not compound the problem by doing it again. Are we not once burned and twice shy?