Mercury (Hg)—How To Find It

Mercury in vaccines is toxic to the brain

Recently while doing research in another area, I came across information that struck me as something one would never have imagined someone keeping statistics about: Mercury amounts released into the atmosphere during cremation of dead bodies—cadavers.

Statistics have been generated for several years now and the findings are remarkable, to say the least and should be important enough to stop the use of ‘medical’ mercury in dental fillings (amalgam fillings) and vaccines, which contain mercury in the form of Thimerosal. Another mercury source probably is from pacemaker batteries. There’s even been talk, as I understand, of having filled teeth removed from dead bodies before cremation, as the amount of mercury going out the crematorium stack is mounting.

Since mercury is now becoming a serious environmental hazard—so why the CFL light bulbs that contain mercury—especially in food grown in California due to mercury used in the 1840s gold rush mining days leaching into water supplies now used in agriculture, environmentalists are taking serious note of mercury pollution sources.

Interestingly, a draft fact sheet produced by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency stated that an average emission of 5 grams of mercury is assumed. Furthermore, that same draft indicated that cremations account for “just under 32% of mercury emissions to the atmosphere.

In February 2001, a British newspaper article reported that an average of 2.95 grams of mercury per cremation was emitted into the atmosphere. In Norway a researcher reported that an estimated 2 to 4 grams of mercury per cremation were emitted into the atmosphere. Those figures are based upon adult body cremations.

A statistic was generated that one would not have thought meaningful, i.e., Mercury in Crematoria Workers as per The Lancet, 1998. The measurement was taken from mercury found in hair in parts per million. That type of tissue testing/sampling has been around for years—the U.S. Army used it—and it’s known as a spectrographic hair analysis. See this link for more information about that http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ac60281a040.

Now, if the mercury hair test results information was accepted and published in The Lancet, why not start taking hair sample studies of infants, toddlers, and teens who have neurological health anomalies such as autism spectrum disorder, ADD, ADHD, narcolepsy, epilepsy, and learning disabilities to find the heavy metals that are hanging up on enzyme systems and pathways that are causing damage, which a detox program could relieve? Doesn’t that make sense, since no one seems to be getting to the bottom of why our kids are getting neurologically impaired by the droves—how about pandemic, and which seems to coincide with the more vaccines they get, the more neurological problems occur.

Heavy metals and neurotoxins like aluminum and mercury store in soft body tissue in kiddies similar to the way lead stores in bones in adults. However, both aluminum and mercury store in soft body tissue and bones in growing children. Hair would be the most logical body tissue to sample since it grows about one-quarter to half an inch a month; is not traumatic to obtain; and is a reliable tissue sample comparable to blood, urine, fecal matter, etc., since the body naturally grows it.

That would be a most logical starting point to finding out what’s most likely storing in kids’ brains and bodies that is making them neurologically disabled. It’s not rocket science but it is ‘damning’ because it does tell what heavy metals are stored in the hair.

From where I come in my studies and research—by the way I wrote the book Understanding Body Chemistry and Hair Mineral Analysis in the early 1980s, so I think I know something about what I speak, assaying neurologically-compromised children’s hair for heavy metals could be the defining factor of what’s making them sick. It could be that simple, if the feds get out of the way and let researchers and medical doctors who know what to do, do the work.

Now here’s what I’m thinking from an analytical and scientific standpoint: What would be the amount of mercury and/or aluminum in an infant, toddler, and teenager—especially those who had no silver fillings in their teeth. My contention is that not only should mercury be measured but aluminum since both neurotoxic metals are injected into children in vaccines/vaccinations at very vulnerable ages, i.e., 2, 4, 6 months and onward for a total of 68 up to college age.

Personally and from a scientific mindset, I would like to see this kind of assay work done as part of the investigation into why so many young children in the USA and globally now are seriously impaired neurologically. I think it’s time to bite the bullet on the real science of why kids are so sick, and it’s as easy as this to start the process when accurate assays, record keeping, and statistical data reporting are not impeded by those who have special axes to grind or financial interests to preserve.

In my opinion, instead of mandating more vaccines/vaccinations, health agencies should be mandating and implementing hair testing of every child should begin as soon as enough hair can be taken for a viable spectrographic analysis. Hair tells what the body has stored in tissue, and can be the clue science is looking for.


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Catherine J. Frompovich

Catherine J Frompovich is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting. Catherine is an editor and writing consultant who helps authors get into publication. For numerous semesters she taught several writing courses for a suburban Philadelphia school district’s Adult Evening School. Her passion is assisting and guiding authors into print. Catherine’s latest book, A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, will be available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook sometime in July 2012. Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008).

  • Austinexile2

    Interesting that you mention hair samples and mercury detection. The fact is that people differ genetically in their ability to excrete mercury. And a study of autistic children found no mercury in their hair because they do not excrete it efficiently–rather the mercury in their bodies was found via chelation. It had accumulated in their fatty tissue which, ofcourse,  includes the myelin in their brains

  • Cherry Misra

    This is a very interesting article. Some of these less talked about sources of mercury must be talked about.   One  other source of mercury that needs very much more attention is fish.  It is so easy for people to say that the little bit of mercury in fish cannot be a problem- or x type of fish is the only one that has mercury-  I have heard so many such comments and I know it just is not true.  Nearly all of the early cases of autism in India- prior to increased vaccines-  was in populations that eat fish often.  My own daughter, tells me that while living in New York, she began eating fish very often and she developed a tremor of the hand.  This vanished when she moved away from NY and married a vegetarian and she herself became a vegetarian..   I think that the fish industry, like big pharma knows very well how bad fish is for people- because once or twice a year they turn out some junk science to prove how wonderful fish is for you- and your baby wont be intelligent if not given fish, and it prevents Alzheimers !  (Dont you love that one!-  when mercury probably causes Alzheimers !   And all their junk science studies, not replicated by anyone make their way very swiftly into the world media ! 

  • Johnfryer

    Mercury is a huge pollution problem in the world and in peoples bodies from amalgams and vaccines. While the absence of mercury in hair indicates failure to excrete the metal; analysis of hair does show valuable information and is vastly underused or never used by mainstream medicine.

    Various reasons could include presence of uranium turning up. Not good by any means and should be zero except for Chernobyl, Fukushima and the normal leakage from hundreds of power stations.

    Not so much in a hole but digging faster and faster to make the hole problem worse.

  • DrA

    Austine Xile E2
    Aloha Austin, would you be kind enough to post a link to the article mentioned re Hg(mercury) in hair vs chelation in autistic children? thanks so much!

  • Johnfryer

    Hi Dr A try


    These people are so knowledgeable that they attract very powerful political legal and industry criticisms but along with their faux pas’s they have pushed forward our knowledge and the reduced mercury in hair is breathtaking in its simplicity and accuracy.

    When people are demercurised it does bring improvements to many but typically it take 200 rounds to do away with harm from too many mercury vaccines.

    And then mercury floods out of the tiny bodies.

  • Johnfryer

    The Faroes studies showed the long term effects of mercury in fish on a population. It caused development delays and reduced intelligence.

    Those of the Seychelles were better.

    But compare the two areas, one in polluted seas (mercury plus plus plus) and one in the middle of a vast ocean.

    If the Seychelles study shows trouble then its big trouble.

    People argue about both but the Faroes scientists know their study is accurate despite again political, legal and industry attempts to explain it away.

    And people still need to appreciate that mercury just loves to DESTROY ozone and is a better explanation for the ozone hole than CFC’s which ARE bad as well.

  • DrA

    Thank you Austin.. well versed in the political debacle.. but need actual study data.. then I can digest and critique… in order to ‘beat’ the hypnotic status quo, one must know the data much better than the opposition :-)

  • drking33

    If the goal is to ddetermine the body burden of lead, mercury and/or arsenic, then the urine porphyrin profile analysis in a light-protected first-moning-urine sample is a more reliable method that hair testing as hair testing misses those who, for whatever reasons, do not excrete most of the heavy metals to which they are exposed.  Articles on 4 continents (NA, SA, Europe and Asia) have establishe the validity of this test in a properly qualified lab and some have shown that the test results in unchelated children track the severity of the neurological damage in children with significant neurological damage (those with a diagnosis of an ASD). 

    Givden the reality of non-excretors for these metals, the hair test is NOT a reliable screening tool for susceptibility to poisoning by mercury, lead and/or arsenic. 

  • Austinexile2


    Reduced levels of Mercury in First Baby Haircuts of Autistic children.

  • Guest

    Are there any vaccinations that are safe and must haves??  I’m trying to figure out if I should continue my 14 month’s shots and then my son when he turns 5yrs old. Thoughts?

  • Footloosewoolhouse

    How can any vaccine be safe? They are unnatural, filled with toxins & foreign mutated substances, unproven & extremely risky to health. You cannot inject toxins & expect health, wouldn’t you think?

    Parents are scared into giving them to their kids. The best defence is to educate yourself. You will soon reach the poinst where you reliase the human immune system is far more capable than Pharmas would have you think…& far more healthy & able to fight ANY infection if it is simply supported with chemical-free food & a natural life-style. Yahoo Groups has an EXCELLENT  informative group named 

  • Catherine J Frompovich

    Folks, I just love when we get this type of interaction going.  I enjoy being a catalyst who gets people thinking, talking and, hopefully, doing.  Please keep the information coming, as I hope that the folks at CDC and FDA who read VacTruth articles are taking note that something can be done, and they had better get on the ball about doing just that, instead of promoting Big Pharma’s apparent but supposed well meaning and probable toxic agenda.  Did I just say that?

  • guest

    there’s never a bad time to STOP giving your children vaccines!

  • Catherine J Frompovich

    The question I have regarding your comment is this: Why DOES mercury (Hg) show up on hair tests–and it does–as I’ve seen in many years of practice as a consulting nutritionist? 

    As you and others state, ASD children don’t excrete Hg. That may be the case–initially.  However, I’ve found that when one sees other mineral imbalances on spectographic assay reports, there are ‘hidden clues’. When a specific mercury detox program was employed, subsequent hair tests often went off the charts in Hg when on the original hair test taken, Hg was zilch. 

    Many mineral imbalances can be interpreted from the viewpoint of what is displacing or replacing it, and when that is addressed supplementally, nutritionally, and via detox, those toxic elements are forced to surface and then deposit in not only hair but finger and toe nails, and even skin.  Some issues of eczema result from toxic metals surfacing, in my opinion.

    As you state, toxins store in fatty tissue, especially internal organ ‘fat bumpers’, and that’s the hardest to detoxify and where chelation apparently is most effective.  Also, recall that the brain has the highest concentration of fat of any organ in the body, which it definitely needs to function.  The brain even manufacturers some cholesterol!  Is that a clue as to why Hg may be a cause of ASD and other neurological anamolies, e.g., toxins gravitating to and storing in high fat organs?  Something to consider, I think.

  • Carol Lamb

    Thank you for this information, more for the archive!

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