A little about me as told by my wife...

We are not certain precisely when my husband became a believer. We know that it occurred sometime during our first year of marriage. We also know that it was very hard for him to surrender himself into God's loving care, because of anxieties that my husband had acquired while a child.

During most of his childhood, my husband was poor. He told me that they liked to believe that they were lower middle class, but now he knows that they were just plain poor. He never was sure when he'd have enough clothes, or shoes that fit, or food on the table. As a result of this past, my husband didn't want to live his adult life in want.

Also, now as an adult, my husband was hearing Christians say: Trust in God...He wants to save you from your sins and have a relationship with you. My husband kept on holding back from God for months because he wasn't sure if he could trust this Jesus to truly take care of him....all his needs,.., spiritual as well as physical. Finally, the scripture Matthew 6:25-34 broke through the wall of his fears and my husband surrendered himself completely into the Lord's care. And he was excited; excited about living the Christian life. He wanted to follow Jesus' leading in life. He had sold out to Jesus completely.

During our first year of marriage, my husband was learning his profession. And as "the new kid" he was assigned to run the work and deliver it when it was done. Quite often these deliveries took place in the late night hours. And he usually had many stops each night. In order for me to even have time to talk with him, I often chose to ride in the car with him while he made his deliveries. It was during one of these evening delivery trips that an interesting event occurred.

We were downtown and finishing up to go home. It was cold that night and the sky looked like some snow flurries could be expected. Since we hadn't had snow yet that winter, the sidewalks were clear, but everything was so cold and gray. Our car had just turned the corner when my husband saw a man walking on the sidewalk toward a wide doorway and my husband pointed this man out to me. The man was dressed poorly; very inadequately for the weather. And his shoes, if you could call them that, were split in so many places that they could not possibly keep out the elements.

Almost as quickly as we drove past this man, my husband pulled over to the curb, put on his flashing lights, and announced that he was giving that man his shoes! I really had no time to protest because my husband was already out of the car. I watched as they talked and after some discussion, the man accepted the shoes. My husband came back to the car in his socks and we talked as we drove toward home.

I was concerned because my husband had only two pairs of shoes that were decent enough for work and here he'd just given one pair away! But my husband said that the scriptures said that if you have more than enough and someone was in need, then the Lord wants us to share. He also explained that he could only wear one pair of shoes at a time anyway, so now this simplified things. We closed the conversation with the thought that when my husband needed another pair of shoes, the Lord would provide them.

Time passed, and we could have used that extra pair of shoes, but we got along. Occasionally we talked about the incident and wondered if the Lord had ever intended to give my husband that second pair of shoes.

Approximately 18 months after my husband gave away his shoes, we were visiting at a friend's apartment. Midway through the evening, our host got up and told my husband that he had something for him. He brought back a pair of brown loafers. They fit perfectly. He went on to explain that for more than a year the Lord had been prompting him to give these shoes to my husband, be he just hadn't gotten around to it. We mentioned that my husband had wanted another pair of shoes, but didn't go into any details. We looked at each other and we couldn't wait to talk about it on the way home.

We decided that the most important issue in the "shoe incident" was the way in which the Lord used people to convey his blessings. But the people were always "allowed" to function within their own free-will. My husband was a vehicle for blessing for the man with no shoes because my husband was so willing to obey without question. Our friend withheld a blessing that the Lord intended for us because he was unwilling to obey without question. And the Lord never made our friend obey, he only prompted and let our friend choose to obey. This was an exciting revelation to us because we were able to see both sides of a blessing and how a man can choose to be a part of it.

10 types of people...

There are only 10 types of people in the world:
Those who understand binary, and those who don't.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Mercury poisoning symptons

Excerpts from What You Don’t Know Ma be Killing You! by Don Colbert, M.D.

Copyright 2000 ISBN: 0-88419-627-5

Chapter 1: The Menace of Mercury

If you fillings have turned black you may be in trouble. (page 10)

Mercury, a well-known toxic heavy metal, has been scientifically proven unstable and has been shown to slowly bleed out of the amalgam filling. It finds a home inside the human body, mainly concentrating in the liver, kidneys, brain and endocrine glands. A recent study at the University of Tennessee showed mercury to be second only to radioactive plutonium on the toxic scale of inorganic heavy metals. (page 10)

Heavy metal toxicity (as occurs in the slow release of mercury from amalgam fillings) is very slow. Usually the victims simply feel bad. They may say, “I don’t know what is wrong with me – I just don’t feel good, and I am very tired.” (page 11)

Whether or not mercury silver fillings cause specific diseases is an important issue facing medical researchers today. Mercury exposure from any source and in any amount will usually cause mercury poisoning to some extent. (page 12)

The Effects of Mercury Poisoning (page 12)

· It inhibits DNA repair.

· It alters the cell’s ability to control the exchange of materials coming into and going out of the cell.

· It can alter the specific arrangements of atoms within a molecule (the tertiary structure of molecules), thus producing a nonfunctional chemical.

· It can hinder the function of enzymes.

· It interferes with nerve impulses.

· It produces autoimmune responses.

· It interferes with endocrine function.

· It displaces other good minerals in the body.

· It can kill or alter digestive bacteria.

· It can contribute to antibiotic resistance.

What are the Symptoms of Mercury Exposure? (pages 12 - 14)

Some of the symptoms that may be associated with mercury exposure include:

· Tremors in fine voluntary muscle movements, such as handwriting.

· Depression, fatigue, increased irritability, moodiness and nervous excitability.

· Inability to concentrate and loss of memory.

· Insomnia or drowsiness.

· Nausea and diarrhea.

· Loss of appetite.

· Birth defects and miscarriages.

· Nephritis or symptoms of kidney disease.

· Pneumonitis.

· Swollen glands an tongue.

· Ulceration of oral mucosa.

· Sores and ulcers in the mouth.

· Dark pigmentation of gums and loosening of teeth.

The lunula, which are the “half moons” at the base of the nail, amy have disappeared. Your fingernails are the windows of your body. (page 13)

When I was mercury-toxic,only my thumbs had lunula. Since I’ve detoxified, all of my half moons have returned on my fingers except on my little fingers (you’re not supposed to have one on your little finger). This alone is not always a sign of mercury poisoning, yet it is common. (page 14)

There is also concern that mercury leads to memory problems – often termed “mercury fog”. It can impede the nerve cell’s expiratory system – the nerve cells can’t get the nutrients in or expel the waste out. The resulting “fog” can trigger loss of memory. (page 14)

When I discovered that I had mercury poisoning, my attack on my problem was twofold. First, I went through a special mercury detoxification regime to begin binding the mercury and to strengthen my immune system by using vitamins, minerals, amino acids, chlorella (a form of algae), garlic and other supplements. Next I had the eight large amalgam fillings in my mouth taken out and replaced with porcelain. It was both the detoxification program and the removal of the fillings that made a significant difference. My renewed energy level was astounding. (page 15)

Dietary Considerations (pages 18 -19)

The largest dietary source of mercury comes from fish and fish products.

Most tuna have a fairly high content of mercury.

During your detoxification program, limit your consumption of tuna, shrimp and lobster. To be safe, you may want to eliminate all fish from your diet while you are detoxifying.

Pork and fatty cuts of red meat should also be eliminated from the diet during detoxification.

To enhance excretion of mercury and other toxic metals, increase fiber intake to 30-40 grams per day.

Eat unsweetened yogurt to assist in the maintenance of your intestinal flora, or take Lactobacillis acidophilus and bifidus.

Drink a minimum of two quarts of filtered water daily. A gallon of water daily si the preferred intake.

Chewing gum causes the release of mercury vapor from amalgams.

Normally, safe seafood includes:

Pacific (not Atlantic salmon)

Red snapper





Sea bass




Farm-raised catfish

Stripped bass

Lake trout


02/01/2004 Sunday

I shared with Pastor Jeff my plan to remove my silver amalgams. I told him how on the previous week I had difficulty in putting on my tie. I was able to conceptually figure it out and was able to put on my tie on subsequent days.

I feel that I have a physical and spiritual obligation to take care of my body – that is a major reason why I want to remove the silver amalgams.

1 Cor 6:19-20

19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (NIV)

1 Cor 3:16-17

16 Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple. (NIV)

02/03/2004 Tuesday 1:30pm – 3:45pm

Five silver amalgams removed. I had requested prayer from family members and friends for the procedure. Keith Easter even said that he was praying during the dental procedure.

I was told that my skin may itch as the anesthesia was wearing off, and that I would need to take Advil for up to 72 hours. I experienced no discomfort during or after the procedure. I did not take Advil.

“The evil has been removed”.

I was told to eat soft foods like chicken noodle soup. I choose to have homemade plain yogurt and one gallon of water that evening – to start the mercury detox process.

02/04/2004 Wednesday

I had cereal for breakfast. I noticed that three of my five fillings had some tenderness when chewing. I was told that I may experience tenderness with my fillings for three months to a year.

02/05/2004 Friday

My fillings feel just fine – no tenderness when chewing. I went to lunch with my brother at a Mexican restaurant on Davis Island. I had crispy tacos and had no discomfort chewing my food.

04/10/2004 Saturday

I still experience ringing in my ears. The lunula is returning to the middle right finger. I have not had any feelings of depressive malaise since the amalgam removal.

06/30/2004 Wednesday

I still experience ringing in my ears. The lunula is returning to the left thumb, right thumb, and middle right finger. The lunula is a faint milky color and is irregular in shape. I continue to not have any feelings of depressive malaise since the amalgam removal.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004