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Dystonia

Laurie had always been in excellent health, but during the winter of 98-99 she began to have some muscular discomfort in her back that made it uncomfortable to sit. These muscular spasms eventually worsened to the point that they began moving her spinal column out of alignment. Over the course of the next year and a half Laurie's spine went from being straight to being curved over 13 cm. off center. Her bottom ribs on one side were forced down below her hip bone, and her head forced to almost lie on her shoulder.

We had no idea what could be happening and nether did any of the numerous doctors that we visited. At the onset of her condition Laurie visited an osteopath who tried some manipulations and told her to go home and do yoga. Shortly after this I put a straight edge along her spine and discovered that her spine had moved off of center. In March of 1999 Laurie had an x-ray taken and it confirmed that she had a left thoracic scoliosis measuring 20 degrees

At this point we began seeing a physical therapist. Over the course of the three appointments we had with him he made some of the following observations: leans to the right with leg abducted to neutralize posture, shoulders internally rotated, muscle spasms on the right side, lateral shifting of the cervical spine, appearance of a slight rib hump on the left rib cage, shaking, uses neck muscles to lift chest to breath, and increasing anterior pelvic tilt. He told us that Laurie’s condition was not consistent with other scoliosis patients he had seen and recommended we see a specialist.
MRIs of Laurie’s spine showed nothing that would cause such a rapid progression of scoliosis, yet the orthopedic surgeon we began seeing continued to see deterioration. By June Laurie’s curve had increased another 10 degrees and she now had lost over an inch in height. Simple tasks were becoming painful and impossible to perform unless Laurie was leaning on something for support.

We visited almost every specialist in this part of the state but they were all stymied. Doctors told us that we needed to go elsewhere and that they would help us make arrangements to go wherever we wanted. Since travel was very difficult, we decided to go to the place that we thought would give us the greatest possibility of success. According to the studies we did, Mayo Clinic was rated number one in both neurology and orthopedics.

I had hoped our visit to Mayo would have been more productive. The doctors considered Laurie's condition to be very complex and rare. After numerous doctor visits and tests, the sum result concluded that she had cervical thoracic lumbar dystonia with torticollis and secondary neuromuscular scoliosis and that the "etiology is uncertain." All of this is a fancy way of saying that her muscles were doing strange things and that it was causing her spine to move and they didn't know why. They gave us a prescription for Dopamine. They thought it might help with the transmission of the neurological signals from her brain. The medication caused severe side effects, one of them being depression, and only succeeded in making the muscular contractions worse.

An x-ray taken Nov.1, 2000 showed decompensation to the left side of 13.5 cm. Laurie’s rib cage is in contact with her left iliac crest and she also has a clinical rotational deformity. (wmv video 3.27 MB)

Through a referral of a relative we found a doctor in central Washington that offered us some hope. Because Laurie had a total of 20 teeth that contained metal (15 of which were amalgams) and the fact that at the onset of this condition she had a root canal that was open for four months and sealed with an amalgam, he was convinced that her disorder might be the consequence of disturbed neuroelectrochemistry induced by the presence of mercury.

Mercury amalgam dental fillings are typically 50% mercury and a varying mix of silver, copper, tin and zinc. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that there is no safe level of mercury in humans that does not kill cells and harm body processes. Mercury is a toxic substance when being delivered to the dental office, and the fillings are toxic waste when leaving the dental office. Yet, it is claimed that the fillings are perfectly safe when placed inside your mouth. Mercury vapor constantly comes out of the amalgam dental fillings and into the tooth, jaw, body, breath, blood and brain of the person bearing them. Laurie had her first filling when she was seven. Over the years every time she would chew, grind her teeth, eat or drink hot foods and beverages, the rate at which mercury vapor would leave the mercury-amalgam mixture would increase and enter her mouth, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, bloodstream, brain and tissues.

Over the following months we had Laurie's amalgams removed. This was done by a dentist who is experienced in mercury amalgam removal. Precautions needed to be taken to insure that Laurie did not receive additional mercury vapor during the removal process. The dentist that performed most of the removals also performed mercury vapor and electrical current tests. The mixtures of metals can cause galvanism which produces electrical currents in the mouth and increases the release of mercury. Both of these tests showed very high readings.

We are now on a regime of detoxification through chelation with DMPS. Over the course of the treatments we have been doing a monthly urinalysis to test for the presence of heavy metals. The tests have shown copper levels that are approximately 15 times the normal levels (copper is another ingredient in amalgam fillings) and elevated mercury levels. Mercury toxicity has also been found to increase copper levels in the kidneys. The heavy metals induced the formation of metallothioneins which retain copper to an increased degree. Dystonia, the diagnosis that was given by Mayo, has been linked to accumulation of copper in the central nervous system as well as other toxic substances.

The positive outcome of the treatment thus far was proven in June of 2001 when we took the next in the series of x-rays that we have used for documentation. The orthopedic surgeon that has been following this case and measuring the x-rays found that Laurie's spine has gone from being 13.5 cm. off of center down to 7.5 cm. He also found that the twist in the vertebrates of the spine has also straightened out.


Updates:

Laurie (picture) had another x-ray taken in March 2002. Her spine has continued to straighten and is now only 4.8cm off center.

Laurie's March 2003 x-ray. The measurement of the spine reads 3.2cm off center.

Laurie stopped DMPS Chelation in January 2004.

Laurie in March 2006.

E-Mail: laurie@toxicmetals.info