"Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life." — Linus Pauling

I’ve fallen down another rabbit hole. Last Sunday, a friend here in Costa Rica, Dennis, sent me a video (the first one below). It got me going, to put it mildly. Since that moment, 5:30am last Sunday morning, I have been glued to my computer all day everyday, reading, researching, crying in anger and empathy, being more grateful than I thought possible, laughing when Jenny McCarthy is in my video du moment. I was never a fan; I am now. And aha-ing. Big-time aha-ing. Here’s the video that got me started:

Then I watched this:

And I was hooked. (Here’s Part II with Jenny in case it’s not easy to find.)

Before you say, "I thought they took thimerosal out of vaccines," or "there’s no proven link between vaccines and autism," search Hannah Poling. I did. Let everyone at the FDA inject trace amounts of thimerosal into their children if it’s so safe. But it’s not just thimerosal. There’s more crap in there: watch this (I just watched the first part, but this is 1 of 5.)

I’ve watched between three to five videos a day, just scratching the surface. By last Sunday night, I had joined nine yahoo groups: Adult Metal Chelation, Autism-Mercury, AutismNCD (NCD or Natural Cellular Defense is a chelation product using zeolites), BioRay Natural Detox (support forum for BioRay detox product use), Candidiasis (yeast overgrowth is a factor in just about everything), Chelating Kids2, GFCF Kids (Gluten-Free Casein-Free diet forum), Dental Chelation (I’m having the rest of my mercury fillings removed tomorrow) and Curing Candida. Each group sends out a daily digest; I read it all.

I have a folder with 57 new documents: notes, details on supplements, natural cures, diet, downloaded ebooks. A bookmark folder with at least 50 other websites to visit and articles to read. I swear I’m not usually so OCD. Really. This hooked me. Why? Mo and Ryan aren’t autistic. And, since there’s hope here, actual recovery, you might ask what is so discouraging?

No, Mo and Ryan aren’t autistic. But autism is not the only dis-ease believed related to heavy metal poisoning. Asthma is right up there, as is ADHD. Whether or not Ryan truly has asthma may be in question. But there is some breathing/allergy thing going on, no question. And while Mo is not ADHD, he’s a tad antsy and can be more than a tad unfocused. Public school officials would have him on Ritalin, no question. There are moments I’ve considered it…

When the boys were tiny infants (hard to believe),
I couldn’t vaccinate. They were so little and there were so many syringes
of junk. The one time my over-protectiveness had real merit. I didn’t know why I couldn’t do it… I had heard about thimerosal but, of course, everyone pooh-poohed that: "What if he got measles??? A little thimerosal seems worth the risk!" But I had the measles… I lived. So, for awhile, I trusted my
instincts and refused the shots. Somewhere along the line, the world
wore me down and each boy did probably half the
series. I could kick myself now.

Linus Pauling says 90% of all disease is related to heavy metal
poisoning. I’m beginning to see the light. Even if the vaccines had no ill-effect* on us, we each have ongoing physical issues that I believe are related to toxicity and yeast. I now believe all of them could be made right again, if not cured altogether, following the diet and supplementation protocols I’ve been studying.

To my dismay, this will be pretty difficult to implement here in Costa Rica. The Costa Rican government has its own ideas about what’s good for you. I shouldn’t be surprised: after all, parents are required to vaccinate their children here. If you don’t, they can be taken from you. No consideration given to the thimerosal connection. Autism is on the rise here, but hard to monitor because… well, efficiency is not their long suit.

Did you know that all salt here, even sea salt sold in the health food store, is fluoridated? Ticos are proud of their teeth. They are strong and white, there’s a dentist on every corner. Maybe that wasn’t always true, so the government made a law about the salt? I don’t know… But you want a good scare, google fluoride. The stuff is literally poison. We brush our teeth with a baking soda / hydrogen peroxide paste. It’s better with salt in it. Except in Costa Rica.

When needed, we all do the modified neti pot routine: mix 1/4 t salt in a glass of warm water. Pour a little in the palm of your hand and snuff, then spit. It cleans out your nasal cavities big-time. Yogis have been doing this for years. A clear nasal cavity is the secret to a long life. Except if you are snuffing fluoride.

Yesterday, I found Hain brand sea salt in the local health food store for $4. Compare that to a container of Morton’s a friend brought from the states last month: $.67. Sigh. I did find Kosher rock salt at the deli. It doesn’t mention fluoride and I’m going to call the local packager, see if it’s clean. I’ll keep you posted.

All flour here has added iron by governmental decree. Even the whole wheat flour from Bio-Land, the local health food supplier. Even imported flour. It’s bad enough Hal has hemochromatosis (too much iron in the blood – the only "medication" is to get bled… pretty.) But even without that complication:

"Humans, like virtually all animals, have no means to excrete excess iron. Excess iron accumulates in tissues and organs disrupting their normal function. The most susceptible organs include the liver, adrenal glands, the heart and the pancreas."

That doesn’t sound good. Can I live without salt and whole wheat flour?

Pesticides are heavily used here. If there is any regulation about using them, it ain’t enforced. We eat organic as much as possible – thank goodness, we have a pretty good organic market in Escaz├║. Where I can buy $2 organic pineapples instead of the $.50 DDTed ones at the feria…

The biggest disappointment is in finding supplements. Most of them we can’t get here: GSE, coconut oil, probiotics… the list is long, long, long. The ones we can get here are prohibitively expensive. I bought a bottle of Biotin yesterday: 100 1mg tablets for $7 = $.07 per mg. Online, I can buy a bottle of 300 5mg tablets for $12: $.008 per mg… practically free.

Ok. I’ll order online. If it slips through customs, I’ll be good to go! If customs grabs it, they will either charge a duty which is supposed to be 100% or not let me have it because I don’t think I’m allowed to import vitamins or medication. But I’ll give it a whirl, test my luck for $50 worth of vitamins at a time. Or, if you are coming here, I could ship them to you and you could be my mule. Sounds exotic, eh?

Still loving Costa Rica, except for hurdles like this. Makes me yearn for a big health food emporium like they have in the… Ack. I almost said it. OK, need a little laugh? Watch this:

*If you had vaccinations, they had ill-effects. Mercury never goes away by itself, even trace amounts. And it’s one of the most toxic substances known to mankind.

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12 comments to Discouraged.

  • WolfieCR

    opening a can of worms……I am going to tell you (in case you didnt know it already) that there is indeed salt without fluor for sale in Costa Rica…..there are a couple of places where the water already has fluor in the concentrations considered necessary to prevent cavities.
    If you see this link you will see “sal sin fluor”
    If I recall correctly the places in CR that get salt without flour are near volcanoes

  • Arp

    An excellent book on the pros and cons of vaxing is ‘Vaccinations’ by Aviva Jill Romm. It really made no sense to pump our little babies with more pathogens (not counting mercury) at such a young age. And it’s absurd that the usual answer when it comes to vaccinating is more. Apparently rotovirus is such a threat that it’s a common vax for 4 month olds. We listened to our neighbor tell us about her 4 month old nephew whose intestines collapsed after he got the rotovirus vax. They had to be pumped with air 4 times (and apparently 9 is the limit before it’s too stressful for the baby). Of course she then researched online and … it’s a significant side effect specific to boys. And now there’s a debate about the HPV vax (no debate in my mind, though).
    One thing that tends to get overlooked in the vax debate is the benefits of breastfeeding, all the nice antibodies and stuff that mothers pass on to their babies. Let’s see formula replicate that. (I could go on & on about breastfeeding. Arp :hearts: boobies :-))
    Then there are the other health risks of vaccinating – like not actually getting lifelong immunity to some diseases. In the majority of cases, a child getting measles or chickenpox experience an illness and discomfort (yes, there are always rare cases of death). They then have lifetime immunity, while vaccinated kids need boosters and run the risk of getting the disease as an adult when the risks are actually much, much higher. Humans love to take a good idea (beating a serious disease like smallpox) and completely overuse it.

  • Thank you, Wolfie. I visited the site and wrote to them to find out where they sell the good stuff!
    All good points, Arp. Thank you.

  • robin

    Now this is a hole that I fell down before my granddaughter was born. I read myself sick. I got my daughter the book by Dr. Sears but am not sure how much she used it. We had fab plans for being all health concious (sp) and then she moved in w/ the baby’s dad and all our crunchy plans went to hell. At least she has a pediatrician that is willing to space the shots out for her so babyM isn’t getting a ton at one time. That’s something I guess. And being a girl is extremely helpful – if she was a boy I would have already gone insane with worry by now.
    I agree; Boobie is best (and my dau did at least do that for 4 mo.) and several of the vax’s are just dumb. (CPox especially)
    Now read up on all the vax we are sending to 3rd & 4th/developing countries in order to “help” them – all those vaxs have still have Merc in them and, of course, Autism is on the rise in those countries.
    And then there’s the new stance from the FDA wanting to irradiate all our veggies to keep eColi at bay.

  • It is hard thinking outside the box when you are one of the only ones thinking that way. I know the feeling… Another friend sent me this lovely piece today. It starts in French but it’s 99% English: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x66qcw_le-codex-alimentarius_news. This is really scary.

  • You know, Robin, she might watch the 2nd video here, parts I and II with Jenny McCarthy. That was pretty compelling for me…

  • You know those cute, curly eco-lightbulbs that everyone has now? I threw mine out after I found out that A, to make turning the damn thing on even remotely energy efficient, you’ve got to leave it on for at least 15 minutes, B, there is reason to suspect they are a fire risk and C, if you break one, you will release unsafe levels of mercury vapor into a room and that vapor will hang around at the lower (child sized) area of the room.

  • At $10 a pop, who can afford to throw them away. Oh, wait, your husband has a job. I threaten the boys with no computer if they break one… so far we are safe.
    There is some poetic justice in the fact that the maid thieves stole all ours at one point. Ok, I’m evil, I take it back.

  • Hola Sally,
    Good to hear you are learning. We have never immunized our kids, obviously Maleah was immunized to the teeth, so to speak in China before we adopted her. She has had no shots since year one. My daughter also has decided not to immunize, here in Costa Rica no less. Well to make a long story short they almost did not let her leave the hospital. Finally an enlightened nurse informed the others that she could sign a consent form and leave. They just kept trying to explain to my daughter that she did not understand and that if she could only speak spanish she would understand! She did not have the nerve to tell them in the midst of the bullying that her three year old who was born in the US was also not immunized! She made the mistake of telling a doc here that her three year old was not shot up and I yelled at her good for that one. I reminded her about all the times I told docs yes the kids were current on their shots, not worth fighting! I am glad to see more parents are questioning now and not just getting the shots without even thinking. We still get accused of being negligent and abusive though after 30 years!

  • Hi Robbie, isn’t it amazing how brainwashed people get to be? I just watched Vaccine Nation – geez. Talk about a good idea gone bad. But people still try to make us feel bad about homeschooling! Fortunately, now that I’m 50, I don’t care what they think. Wonder what else I’ve been brainwashed about….

  • IronMike

    I wanted to relate an interesting (at least to me) personal anecdote about timerosal that seems to conflict with the general opinion of this post. In 2005 I was visiting in Costa Rica for 2 months and suffered an ant bite near Cahuita that became infected after I returned to San Jose. I visited a clinic near my hostel that had a pharmacy (primarily to perhaps get a free medical opinion). The pharmacist sold me a 1 ounce tube of antibiotic ointment for $16. (And incidentally when I returned to the USA, antibiotic ointment with the same ingredients were available at Walmart in a 2 ounce tube for $2-guess they saw me coming!!). The ointment was not doing a good job of curing the infected bite, although the infection wasn’t worsening, so I bought a 120ml bottle of “Tintura de Timerosal” from a Mas por Menos nearby. I sprayed this solution on the infected bite 3 times daily and my skin returned to normal in 3 days. I didn’t know at the time that the solution was the same as Tincture of Merthiolate, which is rarely sold in the USA anymore. I brought the solution back to the USA with me and still have it 3 years later. Curiously, when I am cut or scraped, I usually try the antibiotic ointment first and if that doesn’t work well, then I use the timerosal solution, which resolves the matter in a few days. This whole episode reminded me of the tuna fish scare back in the 70s. Tuna fish contained trace amounts of mercury (more than other ocean-going fish species) and was considered unsafe to eat by many health-food enthusiasts. However, subsequent study also found that tuna fish contained trace amounts of selenium and that the selenium bound with the mercury so that the mercury was not absorbed during human digestion. Perhaps using the timerosal solution does cause me to absorb a bit of mercury, but the tradeoff is the prevention of infection that could result in blood poisoning.

  • There are so many natural products you can use to keep from getting blood poisoning. Try GSE:
    Heck, try neosporin… no mercury.

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