Some peace while putting the pieces together
I am creating this at the new coffee shop in town. The owner and I just talked about a concept we're calling a "bright ripple". The bright ripple starts with one, builds to two, and keeps growing. It's positive action growing exponentially until it creates a tsunami of bright beauty and chases off the dark. Everyone get your boards and surf the ripple!
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I confess I’m a church hopper. One of my monthly haunts is the Unitarian Universalist meeting. On a recent Sunday, I met the women who owns the website http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ . I’d been speaking about my own health history and she asked, “Have you been tested for the MTHFR genetic mutation?”
I’m certain I raised an eyebrow with a, “No.”
“You need to get that tested. Have you got a piece of paper?”
As all decent writers do, I had a pad of paper and pen in my pocket. She wrote down a couple of websites with, “23andme.com will give you your family history, then send it on to livewello.com they can give you the genetic information.”
We spoke for a while and I must say I was impressed enough to go home and sent my payment off to 23andme.com to get my testing underway (cost about $108). About a week later, a small box with a vial for me to spit in arrived (about 5% of saliva is made of genetic materials). One cold evening I spent about 15 minutes getting my spit sample to the “fill line” (amazing how dry your mouth gets when you are attempting such). I sent it off and eagerly anticipated the results.
It was almost three weeks later that I was emailed the results. My Irish and English pedigree was confirmed and rumors of some Native American blood dissolved (old family story which was probably started by my mother). Other findings included: 3.1% Neanderthal!!!! (love that finding!) and somehow I’m a distant cousin to Prince Phillip. I pondered and shared results with relatives.
My next step was to send my genetic results to livewello.com. The results came back by email within a couple of minutes (cost $18) and provided proof of my having the MTHFR mutation and several others associated with low glutathione production (body uses this to chelate heavy metals). It is a FACT, I am not well designed for the removal of mercury!
I also sent results to nutrahacker.com to get useful dietary and supplemental information specific to my genetic make-up (cost of somewhere around $50). They provide a four page summary of what to take and what to avoid (very helpful!)
One last piece I utilized was free results from NRI (Neurological Research Institute) which was labor intensive (had to look up genetic mutations from printout and enter data). The results provide suggestions for bettering methylation cycle.
In the end, I’m still the same person with a little more knowledge. For the cost of around $170 total, I was able to learn (and am still learning) tons of information helpful for myself and family members. I highly recommend the use of modern genetic testing to better know yourself.
To Your Health,
Joe (AKA The Neanderthal)
Monday, September 1, 2014
The recent suicide of Robin Williams was a shock to say the least. I've spent the weekend camping with friends and found myself in thought returning to his case repeatedly. I believe Robin Williams was dealing with issues of mercury toxicity.
In fact, I recently sent a letter to my local paper- The Cortez Journal and post it here as well-
The recent Journal article discussing suicide, in light of Robin William’s death, presents isolation as a primary cause. Another possible cause to consider is heavy metal toxicity (especially mercury). Mercury is the second most toxic substance known to man; the profession with the highest suicide rate is dentistry. Symptoms documented in relation to mercury toxicity include- among others-anxiety, depression, and suicidal tendencies (recent studies have also linked neurodegenerative conditions such as MS and Parkinson's).
Those living in the Four Corners should become alert to symptoms associated with heavy metal toxicity. While mercury in dental work is one source, there has also been historic mining activities (mercury used in the extraction of gold and silver is found in tailing piles and may get into ground water) and several power plants adding to local toxic burdens. Fish consumption is also a known source of mercury.
Genetically, some of us (myself included) are not well-designed for natural removal of heavy metals and can suffer from cumulative effects. To recover from serious symptoms (including paresthesia), I had to have mercury fillings removed/replaced, undergo chelation, and aggressively detox (Keleher, Joseph W. “Hell and Back Again” Explore! 17.4, 2008). With proper medical guidance and taking a “toxins out, nutrients in” approach, many can miraculously regain health.
For those interested in approaches to detoxification, I recommend the works of Mark Hyman, MD, Alison Adams, ND, Dr. Chris Shade, and Joe Mercola, MD.
To Our Health,
Those of you who have followed this blog know I consider Morgellons Disease in part or whole to be cause from mercury as a neurotoxin. I light of all of this, a couple of topics fit Robin William's case- he came from Celtic bloodlines (I have speculated a connection as Irish, Welsh and Scottish seem to have difficulty removing heavy metal toxins and this may be genetic) and also, he lived in the lower Guadalupe River watershed (the largest mercury mines to exist in the US were at the headwaters of the Guadalupe) where the CDCs most likely cluster of Morgellons Disease sufferers were located.
Returning from a camping trip, I checked my emails and found an article posted by Alison Adams which reflected similar thoughts (though with more depth). You can read this here- http://www.thenaturalrecoveryplan.com/articles/Robin-Williams-Health-Woes-Joining-the-Dots.html
Talking about mental and physical health in light of toxicity need to become more mainstream. As for Robin Williams, I wish he hadn't snuffed out his own light. He is greatly missed.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Though it’s a bit jumbled and emotionally-ridden, I wanted to share some thoughts on today’s health system. I know most everyone fighting Morgellons has some serious war stories...but also tear-jerkin' tender moments.
The medical world is pretty frustrating. It seems the approach to “quality research” makes the professionals appear as Jane Goodall knockoffs studying the lifestyle of sloths. Come on, folks! Let’s move it! On cancer. On diabetes. On Morgellons!
When I returned to Cortez, CO not quite two years ago, I was saddened to hear my Primary Care Physician had died from a brain tumor. He was caring, sincere and willing to listen- all good characteristics. I’ve since found a replacement, but made him alert to my slant towards Functional Medicine.
I have for several years been promoting Functional Medicine though written and spoken words. I decided, if I could afford it, I should make an appointment with a nearby Practitioner who specializes in neurology and see if it was beneficial. The phone receptionist told me my initial visit would be two hours long and cost me $720 out of pocket (they can’t take insurance…of course).
So, what is my point in sharing this? I question the need to make health assistance so expensive. Yes, medical professionals should make something for their knowledge, schooling, and experience, but when it becomes inaccessible to the general public because of cost, something is wrong.
Occasionally, those who are promoting health come through with a very good idea….and this one’s FREE! A detox summit will be offered online and should be very worthwhile. Here’s the link to check it out- http://thedetoxsummit.com/ I’m impressed with the speaker line up. I did sign up as a Detox Summit Affiliate, primarily to promote the free content.
Happy health! Joe
Saturday, June 14, 2014
I have been following a new approach to detoxing based primarily on an interview of Dr. George Yu by Dr. Joe Mercola .
Here is the approach I am taking/ suggesting-
Open bodies channels for elimination of toxins- kidney, liver and colon through coffee enemas, supplements, and diet
Follow healthy diet and utilize large doses of natural chelators (cilantro and chlorella)
Exercise, Niacin and Sauna-
Exercise, Niacin and Sauna-
Dr. Yu suggests building up to 5000 mg of niacin. I was able to get as high at 2500…but found myself having serious reactions (my skin turned blotchy red especially in upper torso/around joints and vomiting in the am).
I am fortunate to have a sauna. I know some may consider this an extravagant expense. I actually found my sauna heater and door on craigslist. With cedar, redwood and electrical work, I spent right around $2000.Ramona on Morgellons
Morgellons sufferers may have bodies ill-designed for toxic removal. The fact that Morgellons has forced me to better understand my body and how it works makes it more of a blessing and less of a curse. I plan routine detoxing in an ongoing fashion.
Hope this is helpful.
To your health,
Saturday, May 24, 2014
I’ve heard it many times from Morgellons sufferers- “I feel like I’m in a Stephen King novel.” I wrote the “Master of Horror” to ask if he’d consider coauthoring a book on Morgellons Disease with me. I was pleased to get a response from his Assistant (though also humored to find two grammatical errors).
I had a potluck last night and shared the note with one of my writer friends. David suggested, “You should ask him to write an intro to the book; it’d get you just as many of the public interested and he’d not have to make too much of a commitment.” Good idea!
I’d like to pitch the intro idea to Stephen King. The likelihood of him considering might increase if he received a letter or two (or a hundred or a thousand) from Morgellons sufferers from around the planet recommending my project. Please consider sending a note to: Stephen King, 1380 Hammond St., Bangor, ME 04401. Help me show the world Morgellons Disease deserves everyone's attention.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
This woman's account of all she has gone through could be the story of so many of the sufferers I've communicated with. The world does need to know! Laura Cherry Talks About Morgellons God bless her for sharing!
Friday, November 8, 2013
The Dream- I am in a crowd, at a ball or some fantastic party where everyone is laughing, dancing and lifting a glass to life. I’m in the center of the action. It is a fantastic place!
Somehow, someway, I spot a bomb hidden under a table, a meteorite dropping from the sky straight for our heads, or some other impending doom. I scream! I have no voice. I scream again until red in the face and veins pop. No one hears. The band keeps playing. The couples dance and laugh. I have no voice. I am not heard. I surrender and awake panting with the chilling unsettled acceptance of reality.
The Reality- I am the first person to document recovery from Morgellons Disease. When the symptoms first started, I had not heard about Morgellons (I was directed to information by a scabies cleaning product representative). I researched all I could about Morgellons Disease; there wasn’t much. I found an article by Dr. Omar Amin, a parasitologist, relating symptoms to dental adhesive; it was a miracle.
I did recover. It was something worth sharing. I sent my write-up to Dr. Omar Amin, so he could share it with others; he returned my email a month later with the news the editor of Explore! medical journal was interested in publishing my account (http://www.academia.edu/1645880/Hell_and_Back_Again_An_Account_of_Morgellons_Disease_and_Its_Cure_From_a_Former_Sufferer) .
While editing my account for Explore!, I decided to see what else was written about Morgellons Disease. I found Kellett’s 1935 article “Sir Thomas Browne and The Morgellons” (http://penelope.uchicago.edu/letter/kellett.html) and in reading and rereading I noted patterns in descriptions by medical professionals of long ago. I decided it was worth investigating further. I felt I had no choice but to define the common ground between my symptoms and the symptoms documented in the Languedoc Provenance of France from 1550- 1776 and later in Victorian London. The accounts in France made no mention of possible cause, but the accounts in Victorian London stated a clear association with hat bands.
How could hat bands connect to my recovery by the removal and replacement of my amalgam fillings? Duhh! Mercury!
Once summer break arrived, I drove to Sandy, Utah, left my pick-up truck at my brother Chris’s place and caught a flight to London. I decided to look for the “smoking gun” connecting mercury to Morgellons Disease. I had little plans except to get to the hostel at Holland Park and see if I might see a Shakespeare play at The Globe (I actually got to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream via a half-price ticket on my first night in Merry Olde London!)
Without giving a long-winded account of my travel and research adventures from the summer of ’08, I will simply provide a link to the final published findings -( http://www.academia.edu/1645874/Patterns_in_Early_Morgellons_Disease_Considered_as_Effects_of_Mercury_Exposure.) I do believe with further investigation, the account in Languedoc will clearly connect to mercury exposure through the use of dyes containing cinnabar (this area of France was known for drapery production during the timeframe of documented Morgellons Disease symptoms.) With time, money, and support, I’d be willing to head such a project.
Back to the scream, I’ve published other pieces related to Morgellons Disease (see “Morgellons Research” on my website: jwkeleher.com ), I’ve blogged about the relationship to toxicity (see morgellonsjoe.blogspot.com) and I’ve communicated endlessly about it with sufferers and professionals on and off line.
So, what is it I’m screaming? MORGELLONS DISEASE IS A VARIATION OF MERCURY POISONING!
I’ve been screaming on and off for well over six years. The Holman Foundation researchers have shown a credible connection to borrelia which is used to diagnose Lyme disease (see- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23326202 ); what they haven’t bothered to present is lyme disease and mercury poisoning are often misdiagnosed one for the other as well as the fact that mercury and borrelia occupy the same pockets of the body (guess what? Borrelia love mercury. See- http://www.lyme-disease-research-database.com/lee_cowden_interview.html Who’da thunk!)
Have I done enough screaming for today? Probably not. Let me know if you've heard my scream.