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PJL
07-03-2001, 10:44 AM
Hi all.

I have good friends who have autistic twins... One of the symptoms of autism is a high concentration of heavy metals in the body, particularly mercury, but also lead and aluminium (aluminum for all you americans).

My friends recently passed me this article from an Autism newsletter that I think you will find interesting.

enjoy :)

fascinating article.......

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Author: David G. Williams, DC
Title: The Poor Man's Chelation Therapy

There's nothing I like more than learning about inexpensive, common
herbs or spices that exhibit unusual healing properties. Historically,
the use of herbs and spices in cooking evolved as a method to preserve
foods and make them safer to store and eat. While we've grown accustomed
to using these items to enhanced or accentuate flavors of food,
researchers continue to discover that they have much more to offer than
just good taste.

A recent example involves the work of Dr. Yoshiaki Omura. Dr. Omura
recently informed us that he discovered almost by accident, that the
leaves of the coriander plant can accelerate the excretion of mercury,
lead and aluminum from the body. He had been treating several patients
for an eye infection called trachoma (granular conjunctivitis), which is
caused by the micro-organism Chlamydia trachomatis. Following the
standard treatment with antibiotics. Dr. Omura found that the patients'
symptoms would clear up initially, then recur within a few month. He
experienced similar difficulties in treating viral related problems like
Herpes Simplex types I & II and Cytomegalovirus infection.

Cilantro Helps Flush Out Heavy Metals
After taking a closer look, Dr. Omura found those organisms seemed to
hide and flourish in area of the body where there were concentrations of
heavy metals like mercury, lead and aluminum. Somehow the organicism
were able to use the toxic metals to protect themselves from the
antibiotics. It just so happens that while he was testing for those
metals, Dr. Omura noticed the mercury level in the urine increased after
one consumed a healthy serving of Vietnamese soup. The soup contains
Chinese parsley, or it is better known in this country, cilantro. (Some
of you may also know it as coriander, since it comes form the leaves of
the coriander plant.) Further testing revealed that eating cilantro
also increased urinary excretion of lead and aluminum. And when cilantro
was used concurrently with antibiotics or natural anti-viral agents and/
or fatty acids like EPA with D.A., the above infection could be
eliminated for good. (Acupnct Electrother Res. 95:20 (3-4): 195-229.)

Dr. Omura has made a remarkable discovery. He's found a novel technique
which greatly increases our ability to clear up recurring infections
both viral and bacterial. And perhaps more exciting, he's discovered an
inexpensive, easy way to remove (or "chelate") toxic metals from the
nervous system and body tissue - one that anybody can use. This is
Great News for Amalgam Sufferers Chelation therapy using chemicals like
EDTA has long been used to help remove these heavy metals, but cilantro
is the only natural substance I'M aware of that has demonstrated this
ability. This will become news for people suffering from the ill effect
of amalgam dental fillings, which contains approximately 50% mercury.

Dr. Omura recently performed another study in which three amalgam
filling where removed from an individual using all of the precautions
available to prevent absorption of the mercury from the amalgam. Even
with strong air and water suction, water rinses, and a rubber dental
dam, significant amounts of mercury were later found in the individual's
lungs, kidneys, endocrine organs, liver and heart. There was no mercury
in these tissue prior to the amalgam removal. Remarkably, without the
help of any chelation agents, cilantro was able to remove the mercury in
two to three weeks. (Acupuncture Electrotherapeutic Research 96;21 (2):
133-60.) Since some of the patients didn't like the taste of fresh
cilantro, Dr. Omura had a pharmaceutical company create a 100 mg
cilantro tablet. In the above dental study, one tablet was taken four
times a day. As of yet, I haven't been able to find a tested commercial
tablet of cilantro.

It is believed that the active component in cilantro are easily
destroyed during processing. For this reason, I recommend sticking to
fresh herb. It can be eaten raw in soup or salad, on tacos, or as
garnish with practically any dish. Recipe for Cilantro Pesto (Make That
"Chelation Pesto") I would think it should also work if the cilantro
were juiced, but perhaps the easiest and tastiest way to use the herb
would be as the main ingredient in a home made pesto sauce. You can
start with the basic recipe below and add other nuts and spices to suit
your taste.

Cilantro Pesto
1 clove of garlic
1/2 cup of almonds, cashews, or other nuts
1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons olive oil

Put the cilantro and olive oil in blender and process until the cilantro
is chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and process to a lumpy past.
(You may need to add a touch of hot water and scrape the sides of the
blender.) You can change the consistency by altering the amount of olive
oil and lemon juice, but keep the 3:1 ratio of oil to juice. (If freezes
well, so you can make several batches at once.)

In light of the ever-worsening quality of our water and soil and the
widespread use of metals in everyday items like deodorant and cans, I
would seriously suspect that all of us have some toxic metals in our
body. And unless they are carried out by a chelating agent, things like
lead, aluminum and mercury remain in the body forever. Besides
associated with arthritic condition, depression, muscle pain and
weakness, memory loss and deterioration, and maybe even Alzheimer's
disease.

Summer's here and cilantro is readily available across the country. It
is very popular herb in Mexican cooking, and due to their large Mexican
populations is easy to find anywhere from Texas to California. In other
areas, you may need to visit an Oriental market or specialty
supermarket, (Remember, it's also called Chinese parsley.) I would
highly recommend that you take advantage of this "poor man's chelation
treatment". I'm in the process of doing it now my shelf and intend to do
so at least once or twice a year from now on. All it takes is adding
fresh cilantro to your everyday foods or eating a couple teaspoons of
cilantro pesto a day for two or three weeks; either will give the dose
Dr. Omura used in his research. Judging by the price around here, that
means you'd be spending less than a dollar for two weeks of cleansing!
Of course, if you really don't like cilantro, you can always spend a
thousands times that much on a series of intravenous chelation
treatments...