Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Brain Scans: Before and After Mercury Amalgam Removal, Mercury and Cancer

Pictures from a brain scan I had on December 18, 2000 at UConn to try to figure out the cause of my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

They found nothing but a small "lipoma" at the cribriform plate, and 2-3mm cerebellar ectopia.

Pictures from a brain scan I had on September 26, 2001 at UConn:

No changes from previous MRI.

In July of 2002, I had all 15 of my very large mercury fillings removed, without precautions. I should have asked for an oxygen mask, but I didn't. I had to breathe through my nose the entire time the dentist was drilling in my mouth. Two weeks later, I suffered my first severe migraine with vomiting. I went to the ER and they did a CT scan which showed "portions of brainstem limited for evaluation due to bone artefact."

On May 27, 2003, I had another MRI done at Jefferson X-Ray, which was read by Dr. Reuben Rock, an MD and DDS. I asked him to check specifically the front of the brain for any signs of mercury toxicity due to the unsafe removal of my amalgam fillings.

Here are photos of the same slices of the brain from that MRI:

And here is a copy of the report by Reuben Rock, MD, DDS:

Here is a close-up:

He wrote: "With specific reference to the anterior cranial fossa, there is no evidence of any abnormal signal or enhancement."

And "The anterior cranial fossa in particular is within normal limits."

But also, cerebellar ectopia is now 4mm.

Here is what the EPA says about mercury and cancer: Mercury and Cancer. No human data indicate that exposure to any form of mercury causes cancer, but the human data currently available are very limited. Mercuric chloride has caused increases in several types of tumors in rats and mice, and methylmercury has caused kidney tumors in male mice.

I wonder why the human data currently available are very limited? Is it because radiologists who happen to be DDS's falsify radiology reports like this?

Something to think about.

I love studying science and medicine, but radiologists truly scare me. This MRI exam was done 12 years ago, and back then (and actually still today), patients are not allowed to sit down with the radiologists who interpret their exams and ask them questions.

At this year’s American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting, one study showed that 47% of participants would appreciate having contact information for the radiologist who interpreted their exam, and 14% wanted to have the option to meet with the radiologist.

I have also read that even physicians have problems getting radiologists to talk to them when they have their own scans done.

Anyhow, back to the mercury . . .

Far more mercury is released when amalgam fillings are removed than their entire lifetime if left undisturbed.

I'm pretty sure that dark spot is lytic and ischemic bone (osteonecrosis) along the floor of the anterior cranial fossa, similar to what is seen in NICO lesions. One of the causes listed for these lesions is lymphoma.

Evaluation of the adult patient (aged >40 years) with a destructive bone lesion.

Other causes of osteonecrosis (mercury, bismuth, arsenic).

I should also mention that I have a very rare genetic mutation: I am homozygous T/T for SNP rs1913474, which makes me susceptible to lymphoma. The reason this is so rare for me, is that according to HapMap, 0% of the Caucasian population has this genotype, and it is only seen in the Chinese and Japanese populations.

However, I find it hard to believe that if I have this genotype, and I am Caucasian, that there are not other Caucasians out there who have it as well. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is also considered a rare disease. Perhaps in this case, 0% simply means less than 1% of the Caucasian population.

If you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you may want to get your genome sequenced thru 23andMe and check your raw data for this SNP. If you are T/T, you may want avoid having mercury or nickel (which also causes bone lymphoma) placed in your mouth, especially nickel posts into the tooth, under bridges.

Thankfully, geneticists are now working on this:

"We identify mercury, lead and cadmium as associated with the largest number of disorders. Symmetrically, we show that breast cancer, harm to the fetus and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are associated with the most environmental chemicals. The information gathered in this study is meant to be complementary to the genome and help us understand complex diseases, their commonalities, their causes, and how to prevent and treat them."   2015;20:171-82.

No increased risk of NHL with cadmium or lead. Must be the mercury then: 
Blood Erythrocyte Concentrations of Cadmium and Lead and the Risk of B-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma: A Nested Case-Control Study

Cutaneous pseudolymphoma following tattoo application (containing mercury): report of two new cases of a potential lymphomamimicker.

Neurotoxicology, Third Edition: Mercury and Reticulum Cell Sarcoma (Bone Lymphoma)

Nickel and Reticulum Cell Sarcoma (Bone Lymphoma)

Arsenic, cadmium, mercury and nickel stimulate cell growth via NADPH oxidase activation.  2014 Nov 10

Mercury has been linked to numerous diseases. Some of the most serious include Lymphoma, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease and Lupus. 

Mercury Study Report to Congress: Mercury and leukemia. 

Cancer Drug May Also Treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Oh, and by the way, did you know that Prednisone, can kill lymphoma cells?

In my next post, I will show you the radiology reports and images from my brain scans taken on January 7,  2013 and just last month, the day after Christmas.

I actually thought that the big black spot in the MRI scans taken in 2003 was just an artefact, or inflammation of the brain caused by mercury vapor, until I was able to download the DICOM images from my MRI scans of 2013 and 2014 on my home computer just this month and take a look at them.

Has anyone else ever gotten a brain MRI about a year after very large amounts of amalgam removal? I may be very rare and unique in that aspect as well.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Interior Design and Faux Painting:

That's me at Sacred Movement Yoga in Bishop's Corner, West Hartford, a yoga studio that I just finished designing with Johnny Frechette. Check out the before and after pictures at my new website, Inside Artists. Let me know what you think!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Health Update: Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder

My mixed connective tissue disease is back.
I recently had a positive ANA titer again. 1:640. Speckled.
Mixed connective tissue tissue disease could carry a high rate of malignancy. Ugh.
I am currently on a gluten-free (for over a year now).
But my night-sweats are back and my fatigue levels are up.
My Vitamin D levels are good (51 at last check) though.
I will try a strict paleo diet and check back in later.

I wonder if all that farmed salmon I ate this summer at the Market in Hartford (in the all you can eat $7 salad) had anything to do with my titer becoming positive again. Plus, I'd bet the salmon at Whole Foods salad bar is farmed as well. I've eaten salmon there too recently. I had no idea they vaccinated farmed salmon! Ew! And all of the vaccine toxins are stored in the fat of the fish, and you eat them.

Mixed Connective Tissue Disease: "A rheumatologist may suspect mixed connective tissue disease if a patient appears to have lupus, scleroderma, vasculitis, polymyositis, Sjögren's syndrome, lymphoma or viral pericarditis but also has symptoms of the other conditions as well."

UPDATE (01/27/12): I had a PET scan done this month. Hot spot on right breast (I have a long history of a few small calcifcations there), and right hilar area (had a bad flu at the time, so probably nothing). Also a few subcentimeter hypodensities on liver too small to characterize, and 2-3 small calcifications on liver and spleen. No evidence of any acute lymphoma.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Faux Painting: Pearl Metallic Finish

Just finished a sample board for my next project using pearl metallic paints:

I'll be using an over-scale damask pattern by Royal Design Studios ~ this stencil was for sample-making purposes only.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Inside Artists' Homes . . .

Cool pics from Flavorwire ~ take a peek inside the homes of a few famous artists . . .

My fave: West Village Home of Julian Schnabel (via NY mag)

Vanity Fair Goes To The Schneighborhood

Check out more artists' homes (including Georgia O'Keefe and Keith Haring) here . . .
Creative Habitation: Inside Artists' Living Spaces

Now that I live at ArtSpace Hartford, I'm thinking a good article for my new website Inside Artists would be to take a peek into the homes of the wonderful artists that live here . . . I am amazed at how uniquely different they all are!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Color: Design Seeds

FABULOUS website for color schemes: Design Seeds

Check them out!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

I've Moved . . .

In case you're wondering why I haven't been blogging as much as I used to, here is one of the reasons:

After sixteen years of living in beautiful rural New Hartford, where I raised my two super boys, Leo and Cosmo, I've just moved into a gorgeous 2br artist's loft in Downtown Hartford with my boyfriend, Johnny Frechette Super Fine Artist. The boys will be joining us as soon as we unpack and the school year is over.

Check it out:

I am also planning to launch a new and improved interactive website soon called Inside Artists (with an "s") that will feature many guest bloggers: environmentally friendly artists, decorators, designers, natural health care researchers and healers ~ we are all inside artists.

I am currently working on getting together the funds to purchase a new computer, digital SLR camera, and any other equipment or help that I need to pull it off ~ and I promise you will LOVE it!!

In the meantime, if you haven't done so already, please friend me on Facebook, as I actively use this site to update friends and family on all natural health issues, and join my Dana Herbert Inside Artist page to follow my art and design project updates.

I will also be posting "after" pictures of our new space once I am finished unpacking ~ but be patient. I had only 28 days (the month of February) to move out of my old apartment and I am completely wiped out! I didn't think it would even be possible, but Johnny was a huge help.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Anti-Cancer Treatments: Grass-Fed and Dry-Aged Beef

Organic grass-fed and dry-aged beef.
Available at The Meat House on Route 44 in Avon,
next to The Garden of Light.

Reports show grass-fed beef to be higher in omega-3 fatty acid and in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than grain-fed beef. Omega-3's and CLA's have been reported to aid the human immune system in fighting off cancers and other diseases.

Can A High-Fat Diet Beat Cancer?

Health Benefits of Grass Fed Meats, Eggs and Dairy

The Benefits of Dry-Aged Beef

History of Dry-Aging

The Grass-Fed Revolution

Eat Wild

The Paleo Diet

The Promise of CLA

The Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

How to Cook Grass-Fed Beef

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I loved waking up to find this in my email this morning:

Dr. Mercola (@mercola) is now following your tweets (@danaherbert) on Twitter.

Dr. Mercola
Chicago, IL
Bio I am an osteopathic physician, health activist and founder of the #1 natural health site I advocate dietary and lifestyle approaches to health.
4,039 35,161 43,741 1
tweets following followers list

You follow 3 users who follow @mercola:

@mercola follows 3 users who follow you:

You do not follow Dr. Mercola.

What's Next?

I am now following him back.
I LOVE Dr. Mercola!

Guess I'd better start blogging again . . .

Monday, December 6, 2010

Faux Painting: Wall Mural by Melissa Barbieri

I love this wall mural by Melissa Barbieri.