Monday, April 26, 2010

It's toxic

It is amazing how much work has gone into proving that the mercury from amalgam is not toxic. It is even stranger that study after study comes back saying that there is no danger in injecting ethyl mercury into babies. Why is that?

I believe it is because people have a very short attention span, and they don't want to believe that mercury works by poisoning slowly. The slowness of the process is the culprit. To understand how mercury poisons, it has to be understood that it actually doesn't kill anything very effectively.

What it does is hitch a ride on any suitable molecule in the body. It occupies the places on many enzymes and vitamins and denatures them. It occupies certain amino acids to keep them from doing their jobs. It goes into cells and pretends, mimics, to be something it isn't. It is the great impostor. It is the wolf in sheep's clothing. It is the hitchhiker that doesn't want to leave at the end of the ride.

It doesn't kill unless it overwhelms the capacity of the organism. It just goes to a place in the body and stays and makes life unpleasant. Mercury doesn't care. It just loves to adhere to sulfur, and where the sulfur goes, it goes. It occupies the endocrine system and exhausts it. It robs the body of energy. It disassembles the tubules of nephrons or nerves. It is just plain a nuisance, and it also kills when there is enough of it. It kills by rendering organ systems useless.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

The prospect of hope

What a thing to say: The prospect of hope. Hope is so forward looking, and to have a prospect of hope is, the way I look at it, all I can do. It is sort of like mining for hope, being a prospector for a cherished good. Now let's see. "Hope" where have I heard that before? Sounds similar to "Nope." I really don't want to go there. Hope is positive. Nope is negative. I guess I have to consult my trusty dictionary again to put me in place.

And here it is. Hope according to the The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots derives from keu-² meaning "to bend" whence "a round or hollow object." So they are trying to tell me that when you are on bent knees you are in a state of Hope? Well I guess that would be something like praying. I can see that. But looking at it that way then really means that the word Hope comes from a state of despair as in having been brought down to your knees.

I didn't expect that. Hope is supposed to be a good feeling, something that makes you look up. How's that? Looking up? Oh, yea, you can only look up when you are down.

I guess I'll stop prospecting for Hope. Since I am not down, I can't have any Hope. I am not on bent knees. Still, I would like the idea of Hope to be more like a Cup of Kindness. Interesting, the word Cup is derived from keu-² as well, and hive, and cube, and cupola, and incubate, and at the end of the dictionary entry there is one from Middle Dutch, and there it means "one who squats" or peddler. Nope, I can't win.