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DNA and Mitochondrial Time Bombs: Uranium, Mercury and Diabetes

By Mark Sircus

Forget Cancer, forget AIDS, Diabetes is fast becoming the king of all chronic disease which is decimating the human race.

The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta declares that 33% of the babies born this year will be diabetic by the year 2050. — Dr. Alan Cantwell

Diabetes, which is expanding almost exponentially in the world today, can in part be traced to the increasing radiation to which we are all being exposed. Every physician knows that radiation can lead to cancer, but making a connection between depleted uranium (DU) and diabetes seems ludicrous at first glance. Unfortunately it is not. Most medical doctors have never heard of this but neither have they paid attention to the fact that mercury and other toxic chemicals are also primary causes of diabetes. Even though there is little research into the connection between radiation poisoning and diabetes we should not remain blind, deaf and dumb about it.

Diabetes is a disease that affects a person’s every cell because it has to do with energy metabolism and the vastly important hormone insulin and its receptor sites.

Type two diabetes, which is fundamentally due to nutritional deficiencies (especially a lack of magnesium) colliding head on with a host of chemical poisons and heavy metals, is also being triggered by the heavy metal toxicity and radioactivity of uranium oxide and other radioactive isotopes that are circulating widely in the environment. Unfortunately, exposure levels are increasing dramatically with each ton of vaporized depleted uranium but that is not stopping the American and British governments from manufacturing, selling and using depleted uranium weaponry.

“Depleted (DU) uranium is highly toxic to humans, both chemically as a heavy metal and radiological as an alpha particle emitter, is very dangerous when taken internally,” writes Dr. Rosalie Bertell, Canadian Epidemiologist.i A new study, conducted by biochemist Dr. Diane Stearns at Northern Arizona University confirms that, separate from any radiation risks, cells exposed to uranium will bond with the metal chemically.ii Uranium and phosphate have a strong chemical affinity for each other and the DNA and Mitochondria are loaded with phosphate so uranium is a DNA and Mitochondria deep penetration bomb. The uranium is attacking on fundamental cellular levels while mercury offers a knock out punch by attacking the sulfur bonds besides being highly toxic to nerve cells. It’s totally crucial to medical practice in the 21st century to understand this convergence of toxicities. We can now clearly see what is being attacked and who are mortal enemies are. Invisible clouds of radiation are meeting up with what can only be called The Hun Hordes of Mercury. Mercury now sits across our planetary environment everywhere, an invisible chemical cloud whose density is only increasing.

Diabetes is often conceptualized as a severe imbalance of part of the endocrine system that destroys our ability to metabolize food. The imbalance results in elevated levels of insulin, a lack of insulin, or the cell insulin receptor sites becoming insensitive to insulin.

The common causes of diabetes are thought to be obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise but the science is rock solid in pointing to etiologies that are more fundamental. Poor diet is in reality a cover up phrase for not only severe malnutrition but for massive chemical poisoning from food additives, preservatives and pesticides. Some of these chemicals, like MSG and Bisphenol A, are known to directly provoke obesity.

Adult obesity rates in Britain have quadrupled in 25 years.

Carbonated soft drinks are the single largest source of calories in the American diet.–Non profit Center for Science in the Public Interestiii

When we look at a person like this we just assume that if he only would stop eating he would be well. Our notions about obesity just happen to be erroneous. There is something seriously wrong with the food being eaten by the masses. Essentially, populations are being poisoned and starved simultaneously by the food they eat and now genetically modified food is being brought front and center before science and found to be a terribly dangerous idea. Obesity is actually a state of gross malnutrition in most people, one that finds a person unable to metabolize foods correctly. This is accompanied by high body burdens of toxins some of which are provoking the obesity. The public has been led to accept junk food resulting in people with weakened immune systems who are under nourished and over fed. Their food is irradiated, contaminated with (highly profitable) chemicals, and then mix in your genetically modified foods - with inevitable consequences.

Organochlorine pesticides and some PCBs may act through increasing insulin resistance to heighten the risk of type 2 diabetes.iv

As it is with the autism epidemic, the medical establishment and the government are stonewalling investigations and new understanding of the runaway train that diabetes is fast becoming. We are officially recognizing the tragedy of skyrocketing diabetes rates in adults and children but the multiple causes are being ignored and so treatments are not appropriate and prevention efforts a joke. We must see clearly is that diabetes is actually an extremely serious warning to civilization, it is an announcement that the rising tide of radiation, mercury, other deadly chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs are poisoning humanity.

Heavy metal poisoning is so common these days that it is literally impossible to avoid it. Even young newborns have been shown to have heavy metals as soon as they emerge from their mother’s womb, as well as receiving mercury from breastfeeding. –Dr. George Georgiou

These toxins are literally killing us. Metals such as iron, mercury, arsenic, lead and possibly aluminum play a role in the actual destruction of beta cells through stimulating an auto-immune reaction to them after they have bonded to these cells in the pancreas. It is well documented in the medical literature that chemicals and drugs can cause temporary or permanent create insulin-dependent diabetes. But the permanent radioactive contamination and environmental devastation of areas bombed with depleted uranium are showing huge increases in cancer and birth defects following attacks. These will increase over time due to chronic exposure, increasing internal levels of radiation from depleted uranium dust, and permanent genetic effects passed on to future generations. In areas thousands of miles from the battlefields and tests sites everything will be in slow motion compared to places like Iraq and Afghanistan. The further away the slower but the contamination is everywhere exerting pressure on the health of the entire human race.

Both mercury and uranium oxide are floating in the environment like invisible clouds that have spread out everywhere. They are raining down on us, damaging and damning our future.

Simultaneous exposure to mercury and uranium shows markedly increased damage to the kidneys than when exposure is to each metal singly. Insulin has three sulfur-containing cross-linkages and the insulin receptor has a tyrosine kinase-containing sulfur bond, which are the preferred targets for binding by both mercury and lead. Should mercury attach to one of these three sulfur bonds it will interfere with the normal biological function of the insulin molecule. Nephrotoxicity of the kidneys with necrosis of proximal tubules has been seen to increase significantly with dual exposure to both uranium and mercury.v In February, 2007 The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reported that the number of new cases of kidney failure jumped 114 per cent. The burden of renal disease is also growing rapidly in India. The mean age of ESRD patients requiring dialysis in India is 32-42 years compared to the 60-63 years in the developed world. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a worldwide public health problem.vi

Doctors fear that within a generation or so, a huge wave of new cases could overwhelm the public health system and engulf growing numbers of the young, creating a city where hospitals are swamped by the disease’s handiwork, schools scramble for resources as they accommodate diabetic children, and the work force abounds with the blind. –New York Times

Lead and aluminum are other common heavy metals that have been shown to dramatically increase the toxicity of mercury. Interestingly, lead is the final end product of the step by step radioactive decay of uranium. It would not be far fetched to imagine uranium and lead having very similar chemical characteristics though uranium is twice as dense. Heavy metals are not the only trigger invoking the acceleration of diabetes. Dr. Lisa Landymore-Lim in her book “Poisonous Prescriptions” explains clearly how many drugs used by the unsuspecting public today, are involved also in the onset of impaired glucose control and diabetes. She explains using the example of the drugs streptozocin, and alloxan, both used in diabetes research to make lab rats diabetic and in Vacor, a rat poison known to cause insulin dependent diabetes in humans. Allopathic medicine has to face up to the fact that many drugs, including most surprisingly, the antibiotics including penicillin, as well as an entire host of others, causes changes in the beta cell and/or insulin function.vii (See Chemical Causes of Diabetes on the IMVA site.)

Thiol poisons, especially mercury and its compounds, reacting with SH groups of proteins lead to the lowered activity of various enzymes containing sulfhydryl groups. This produces a series of disruptions in the functional activity of many organs and tissues of the organism. –Professor I.M. Trakhtenberg, Russiaiv

It is through mercury’s attack on these sulfide bonds (SH) that mercury is able to transform the biological properties of proteins and change important physiological functions. What few doctors and health officials recognize is that chemicals and radiation combine to act on the very same cellular enzyme pathways. Lead is no slouch in this area either. The interaction of lead with sulfhydryl (SH) sites causes most of its toxic effects, which include impaired heme synthesis, inhibition of erythrocyte Na/K ATPase, diminished RBC glutathione, shortened RBC life span, impaired synthesis of RNA, DNA and protein and impaired metabolism of vitamin D. Lead may also affect the body’s ability to utilize the essential elements calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

One type of contamination reinforces and strengthens the other so medical treatments need to simultaneously address both chemical toxicity and radiation poisoning. Exposure to radiation causes a cascade of free radicals that wreak havoc on the body. Radiation also decimates the body’s supply of glutathione, which allows free radicals to run rampant through our tissues and organs. These free radicals are destructive and are one of the most fundamental causes of disease. We need a broad full spectrum chelatorix and antioxidant that is certified for both uranium and mercury and a list of other heavy metals and toxins. There are also targeted natural chelation formulasx on the market that also work well at eliminating uranium in addition to mercury that are not so complete but fit into a total detoxification and chelation program. Importantly we do not want any medical or healing substance to add its own toxicity to the cesspool of chemicals already present in the body and blood stream.

There are three things that determine the toxicity of radioactive materials:

  • Chemical effects – Uranium is chemically very toxic.
  • Radioactive effects (includes half-life and energy released) One gram of DU (1/20th of a cubic centimeter) releases 13,000 alpha particles a second. One alpha particle can cause cancer under the right conditions and certainly it has the capacity to wreck havoc in beta cells and everywhere else.
  • Particle size - in the nano particle range (diameter of 0.1 microns or smaller) the particulate effect (non-specific catalyst or enzyme) is far more biologically toxic than the first two effects. This is why DU is so devastating.xi (See extensive notes on this in the reference section)

Type Two Diabetes is an increasingly prevalent disease in the world, especially the United States, where the number of new patients grew 49% between 1991 and 2000.

The Chernobyl incident was a major humanitarian disaster, which has resulted in a plethora of health problems that are still far from being fully recognized. Most studies analyzing the medical consequences of this catastrophe have so far focused on diseases such as thyroid cancer, leukemia, immune and autoimmune pathologyxii,xiii even though an increase in the incidence of Type 1 diabetes mellitus, a disorder involving the immune system, was observed within the residential population of Hiroshima among survivors of the atom bomb detonation.Xiv Studies have also shown that thymectomy and a sub-lethal dose of gamma radiation induces Type 1 diabetes in rats.xv

Dr. Chris Busby analyzed bomb crater samples and an air filter from an ambulance used in Beirut in July during the Israeli attack on Lebanon and found not only DU, but also that it was enriched with U235. The US sent the DU bombs to Israel two years ago, which was all over in the US media, and more in July when Israel ran out of them.

Leuren Moret, Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab whistleblower, predicts that we can expect the use of depleted uranium weaponry by Israel in the recent aggression against Lebanon will continue to add to increasing diabetes in the region as well as globally.

And behold, alarming news is coming in from northern Israel in the wake of their use of depleted uranium in the recent war in Lebanon. In recent months a sharp increase has been noted in the number of new patients suffering from juvenile diabetes in the north. This is reported by the juvenile diabetes department at Ziv Medical Center, Safed. The staff of this department still has no numerical data on the dramatic increase in the number of new patients, since they continue to arriving at the hospital every day. “The children who have come to us over the past weeks live in Safed and other communities in the Galilee-populations that have not shown such a high incidence of the disease in the past,” said Dr. Orna Dali-Gottfried, director of the department of pediatrics, juvenile diabetes and endocrinology at the hospital.xvi The truth seems to indicate that American depleted uranium munitions nuked both Israel and Lebanon.

Researchers at the Paediatric Hospital A. Meyer, Florence, Italy studied this question by assessing the incidence of the disease in children in Gomel, Belarus, in the years subsequent to the Chernobyl disaster. The results of the study seem to confirm the hypothesis of the influence of environmental pollution subsequent to the Chernobyl accident can cause diabetes.xvii

Mass screening for diabetes mellitus has been conducted on 64,000- 113,000 atomic bomb survivors resident in Hiroshima City since 1961. From 1971 to 1992 a 2.7-fold increase in the prevalence of diabetes mellitus was observed in males and a 3.2-fold increase in females.xviii

Liquidators of the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident (LCA) who had worked within the 30-km zone for not more than 3 months in 1986, and early in the year 1987, were examined in 1988-1992 and again in 1997-1998. Hyperinsulinemia was recordable in these workers with normal and abnormal body mass indexxix for the space of 3 to 12 years after the accident. Hyperinsulinemia, as the researchers saw it, was related to direct or indirect action of irradiation because those persons with prior acute psychogenic stress and healthy people have been found to be free from hyperinsulinemia. The possibility cannot be ruled out that hyperinsulinemia is a predictor of increased body weight gain and obesity in these workers.xx

We have a significant and documented increase in the incidence of Type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents after Chernobyl in the radioactively contaminated area of Gomel compared to Minsk.

–Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany

Dr Chris Busby, who has extensively researched the low-level radiation threat, and is the scientist who revealed vastly increased radiation levels over England after the last attack on Iraq, has made a link between everyday radiation exposure and a range of modern ailments: “There have been tremendous increases in diseases resulting from the breakdown of the immune system in the last 20 years: diabetes, asthma, AIDS and others which may have an immune-system link, such as MS and ME. A whole spectrum of neurological conditions of unknown origin has developed.”

According to Moret, it won’t take more than two days for the uranium particles to reach India from Iran. Egypt, the Middle East, Central Asia and Pakistan would also be affected.

To top off all the aforementioned evidence, there is now a new form of diabetes being identified and classified. There is an increasing number of people who are being seen to have both type one and type two diabetes at the same time, and now this Type 3 Diabetes is being linked to gene mutation. Type 3 is caused by mutation in the hepatocyte nuclear factor-1-alpha gene (142410), which maps to chromosome 12q34.xxi Chronic complications and clinical expression of diabetes seems to be more severe when genetic mutations are involved, leading to more frequent development of diabetic complications.

With Bisphenol A it seemed very clear that the genes for obesity are being affected, causing a rise in insulin resistance and diabetes. Not so clear with DU, but seems that it might do much the same if not worse.

With all the controversial information available today on diets and obesity, it gets so confusing and complicated that no one in their right mind could reasonably figure out what to do for themselves, except by trial and error. Some diets work for some, others work for others. All have their limitations and potential problems. Everyday both doctors and patients are looking at this “new peptide” and that new bit of info about “fat” or “carbohydrate” and “sugar” and its effects on our bodies, instead of looking at these causes. Chemical causes might not be the only causes, but they are most likely the source of the environmental triggers that have already been accepted as playing a major role in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

“Low level radiation risk is 100 to 1000 times greater than the International Committee for Radiation Protection models estimate.” Leuren Moret

Scientists may be seriously wrong in their idea of just how much increased background radiation the human body can withstand without long term effects. Public health officials across the board tend to grossly underestimate the dangersxxii and medical officials are claiming, as usual, that toxic substances are actually good for your children. They say that about mercury and they say that about radiation.

Along with the pancreas, insulin receptor sites are vulnerable to chemical poisoning like any other part of the body. Perhaps these aspects of human physiology are even more sensitive and that is why we are seeing exploding rates of diabetes. Dr. Herman Muller, who has received a Nobel Prize for his work, has shown how the human race’s continuous exposure to so-called ‘low-level’ radiation is causing a gradual reduction in its ability to survive, as successive generations are genetically damaged. “The spreading and accumulation of even tiny genetic mutations pass through family lines, provoking allergies, asthma, juvenile diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, high blood cholesterol conditions, and muscular and bone defects.”

Streptozotocin injected to animals exposed to 1-Gy gamma irradiation experienced a drastic decrease in beta-cell function which was manifested by hyperglycemia and less intensive secretion and lesser content of insulin in isolated pancreatic islands, as compared to control.xxiii

“The data is coming in country by country confirming my discovery of a global epidemic of diabetes which began with Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and has continued to increase during atmospheric testing, nuclear power plant operations, and very sharply since depleted uranium was introduced in 1991. Govt. data from Japan, the US, India, and now Europe confirm large increases in diabetes since 1991, in most cases, the highest increases since 1945,” writes Leuren Moret.

The Lancet, analysed the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in Ontario, Canada between 1995 and 2005. It found an increase of 69 per cent over the 10 years compared with the World Health Organisation’s prediction of a 39 per cent increase between 2000 and 2030. Dr Lorraine Lipscombe, of the Institute for Clinical Evaluation Science, Toronto, said that it also saw a higher rise in the rate of cases in younger people under 50 than in older people. “A 27 per cent increase has taken place after only five years,” she said.

According to Dr. Katsuma Yagasaki “One alpha particle passes hundred thousand atoms before it stops, blowing out hundred thousand electrons constituting a molecule.” Basically each and every uranium oxide particle is dangerous to our health and this view was sustained on 29 June 2005 when a National Academy of Sciences panel in Washington DC pronounced that no level of radiation is safe for humans. The panel concluded that “any dose of radiation, no matter how small, can induce cancer.” Doctors say Type 2 can often be postponed and possibly prevented by eating less and exercising more. Though eating less poisonous food already deficient in basic nutrients is always a good idea, it will not protect the body from heavy metal and radiation contamination.

A Los Angeles Times front-page report on 16 September 2006 claims that there are more than 41 million Americans with blood glucose abnormalities “that indicate they may soon develop diabetes.”

Researchers have even investigated in vivo the effects of a chronic exposure to DU on vitamin D(3) metabolism, a hormone essential in mineral and bone homeostasis. Anything that affects mineral homeostasis is going to be important in setting up conditions for diabetes.xxiv This is the first time that DU was seen to depress levels of vitamin D active form and vitamin D receptor expression, and consequently could modulate the expression of vitamin D target genes involved in calcium homeostasis.

This brings up the whole point of toxicity breaking down mineral content, something that is crucial in the process of becoming much more vulnerable to the chemical onslaught. Mineral content depletion is a basic cause in diabetes and neurological disorders, it leaves the body less able to cope and eliminate toxins on a daily basis.

This is important to our medical review that concludes that toxic exposure to uranium is dangerous and readily provokes diabetes. In this case we see that vitamin D deficiency predisposes individuals to type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to impair insulin synthesis and secretion in humans! Furthermore, epidemiological studies suggest a link between vitamin D deficiency in early life and the later onset of type 1 diabetes. In studies on diabetic mice, pharmacological doses of vitamin D have been shown to delay the onset of diabetes, mainly through immune modulation.

Clearly vitamin D deficiency is involved in the pathogenesis of both forms of diabetes.xxv Cesium-137, which is a radioactive formxxvi of Cesium that is a common radioactive contaminant also weighs heavily on vitamin D.xxvii According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies the most likely radioactive element in a dirty bomb is cesium-137. The words “dirty bomb” has been on the lips of health and law enforcement officials since the terrorist attacks of 2001 but, like everything else when it comes to problems with nuclear fallout, no one is prepared.xxviii

When it comes to diabetes, doctors are not even close to the truth. Many people believe that because of the huge income diabetes provides doctors and hospitals, the medical industrial complex is not interested in pinning down causes. Certainly they are not interested in radically changing treatment protocols or at looking into the diagnosis of toxic body burdens that diabetic patients are commonly carrying. Parents of autistic children are accustomed to this official confusion about neurological disorders and their causes.

Now millions around the globe who are falling prey to diabetes will have to accept their suffering quietly because the medical community is not going to help them avoid or recover from diabetes. Neither the FDA, CDC or EPA or AMA is going to halt the use of depleted uranium weapons nor the use of mercury by dentists nor cut down severely the pollution of the environment with mercury. You will not hear the cry for organic food go up either so the population can clean its blood streams of pesticides and many other hostile chemicals. We all need to start seriously questioning current findings, form fresh approaches to pathology, and find new methods to eradicate ailments that plague humankind. Without a large revamping of methodological procedures, we will continue to have lower success rates and other less than ideal outcomes when it is clearly not necessary.

There is nothing easy about the diagnosis of heavy metal poisoning and medical authorities have been known to denigrate doctors who test for heavy metals and use treatment programs to chelate out these metals. Some medical boards have even gone so far as stripping doctors of their medical licenses for practicing chelation therapy. This means doctors are kept as far away from the truth as possible. This will change rapidly starting as early next year as handheld devices become available in doctors offices that will directly test cell toxicity levels down to the parts per billion levels.

Qatar and other Gulf States now top the world in the incidence of obesity and diabetes among their nationals.

We are now in a global diabetes epidemic (since 1991) and it does seem reasonable to assume that the global contamination from depleted uranium is a contributor. Mercury has also been rising steadily (as well as other pollutants) so it’s a heads or tails throw to ascertain which toxic influence is contributing more to what can only be called a plague. India now has 39 million diabetics and expects 50 million by 2010 (in third world countries 80% go undiagnosed.)

The US Centers for Disease Control reported in 1980 that there were 5.7 million diagnosed cases of diabetes. That number increased by 1 million in a decade, by 1990, to 6.7 million. Between 1990 and 2002 the number increased to 13.5 million, with the largest increase of 2 million in a single year between 1996-97. That is an 18% increase from 1980 to 1990 and a 136% increase from 1980 to 2002. 1996-97 was the period Clinton did heavy grid and carpet bombing in Europe with massive amounts of depleted uranium dirty bombs.

Uranium oxide particles are DNA time bombs. Because of the affinity of a phosphate in human DNA towards uranium, these particles destroy the DNA so the disastrous effects of depleted uranium won’t be limited to only one generation.

According to Moret, depleted uranium is the “Trojan horse of nuclear war. It is the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.” The pyrophoric nature of depleted uranium causes it to burn at very low temperatures. This makes it an ideal radioactive gas weapon. “Once it gets vaporized, microscopic particles of uranium oxide remain suspended and form the radioactive component of dust.”

Attack on Iran would be nothing short of a low level nuclear war against India. –Leuren Moret

That Trojan horse has already come to roost in Great Britan, where radiation levels, weeks after the last war in Iraq started, went up by a factor of eight from normal levels. Dr. Busby calculated that some citizens in different parts of the country would have inhaled about 26 million particles of uranium oxide. Like Troy burning, the blood in Britain’s citizens is smoldering. Matt Hunt, science information manager at Diabetes UK, said: “By 2010, we estimate that the number of people with diabetes in the UK will increase by around 30 per cent to three million.xxixThirty percent in three years is a catastrophe.

Since the military use of DU is barely 15 years old, it is too early to know what the long term cumulative effects might be over the course of a century or more. We do know that uranium oxide particles are here to stay and that the invisible particles are suspended in the air, some are rained out into the soil, the water, the dust; they become recycled back into the air, pervade the food chain; and often nobody can tell until years after the biological damage has been inflicted that their health or existence has been jeopardized.

The biggest crime and fallacy is that while diabetes can be reversed by dietary and exercise programs, everyone is ignoring other plausible ways to reduce our loads of these toxins, thus improving our lifestyles and outcomes. These diets and programs and even the “cures” are often brutal in their need for time, attention and often for even more toxic drugs. Such programs come at a high price, including an often extreme cost to a quality of life that is often markedly degraded. Everyone is looking for the magic pill, and most succumb to the pills and medicine their doctors often injudiciously, and without real understanding, give them at the drop of a hat.

It is disheartening enough that industry pollutes our world with mercury to produce the energy necessary for modern societies to function. But to learn that the military, for no other purpose than to further the political and economic ambitions of a few, is polluting the entire world for eternity is the most terrible catastrophic event in history. There is no possibility of reversing the current uranium pollution and probably no way to influence the Americans and British to rethink and admit their ways.

DU is a toxin that crosses the blood-brain barrier, producing behavioral changes in male rats and lipid oxidation regardless of gender in as little as 2 weeks.xxx

Depleted uranium is able to enter the brain after exposure to repeated inhalation, producing behavioral changes.xxxi Mercury of course is neuro-toxic as is lead. Our kids are being attacked on all sides by chemicals and heavy metals and radioactive substances with their own special type of toxicity. It is inane to separate out causes of this nature one from the other since we have to deal with the entire spectrum of environmental pollutants ending up in our children’s bodies. Both autism and diabetes are human disasters of untold proportions.

To sign a petition calling for Peace in the Middle East go to Avaaz.org. Next month’s issue will include some good news. We’ll let you know how you can avoid heavy metal exposure and how to get involved with stopping the whole scale destruction of our planet with depleted uranium weapon testing and industrial heavy metal pollution. Mark Sircus will also share with us his protocol for heavy metal removal. Mean time, if you, dear reader, have any suggestions as to how we can put a stop to the depleted uranium and heavy metal poisoning of our planet, please comment below. Let’s do something! - Ed

[i] http://cndyorks.gn.apc.org/news/articles/du/drrb.htm

[ii] A radioisotope of an element will bind best to the same substrates which a non-radioactive isotope of the same element will bind. Dr. Stearns has established that when cells are exposed to uranium, the uranium binds to DNA and the cells acquire mutations, triggering a whole slew of protein replication errors, some of which can lead to various cancers. Stearns’ research, published in the journals Mutagenesis and Molecular Carcinogenesis, confirms what many have suspected for some time - that uranium can damage DNA as a heavy metal, independent of its radioactive properties. The biochemical reaction of heavy metals can cause genetic mutations, which in turn can curtail cell growth and cause cancer. Heavy metals that are also radioactive amplify this effect and can cause distortions in shape and thus function even of red blood cells.

[iii] Full-calorie soft drinks are also linked with reduced intake of milk and fruit and increased risk of type 2 diabetes. “Recommendations to reduce population soft drink consumption are strongly supported by the available science,” concludes the review of 88 studies. “Nobody claims there is a single cause to the obesity problem, but the existing science certainly puts soft drinks in the list of leading contributors,” said review co-author Kelly Brownell, Ph.D. Of 21 studies, 19 showed that as people drink more soda pop, the number of calories they consume rises. Instead of satisfying a sweet tooth, soft drinks may do just the opposite. The “most striking link” was between soft drink consumption and the incidence of type 2 diabetes, according to the reviewers. “This result alone warrants serious concern about soft drink intake, particularly in light of the unprecedented rise in type 2 diabetes among children,” the review says.

[iv] Diabetes Care 30:622-628, 2007 DOI: 10.2337/dc06-2190 American Diabetes Association.
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/30/3/622

[v] Biol Trace Elem Res. 2001 Winter;84(1-3):139-54. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11817685&dopt=Abstract

[vi] In February, 2007 The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reported that the number of new cases of kidney failure jumped 114 per cent, from just fewer than 1,100 in the first year to more than 2,100 cases in 2004, adding that the incidence of Type 2 diabetes jumped during the same period. In the United States (US), there is a rising incidence and prevalence of kidney failure. The number of patients enrolled in the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) Medicare-funded program has increased from approximately 10,000 beneficiaries in 1973 to 86,354 in 1983, and to 452,957 as of December 31, 2003. In 2003 alone 100,499 patients entered the US ESRD program.

[vii]These is some structural similarity between the chemicals streptozotocin, alloxan and vacor: in each, there is at least one oxygen atom joined by two bonds to a carbon atom (C=O), which forms a carbonyl group, which is flanked on each side by a nitrogen (n) atom. This is interesting since carbonyl groups and nitrogen atoms are often reactive species due to their excess of negative charge. That is, they are electron rich sources that very often have an affinity for positively charged species such as zinc ions (ZN)2+.Therefore, they behave like magnets attracting oppositely charged species. Since insulin is stored in the pancreas in combination with zinc, the pancreas has the highest concentration of zinc in the body and could conceivably present a source for chemical attack.

[viii] Trakhtenberg, I.M. From Russian translation. Chronic Effects of Mercury on Organisms. In Place of a Conclusion

[ix] http://www.scienceformulas.com/

[x] http://www.detoxmetals.com/

[xi] In Science, Volume 311 on Feb. 3, 2006, page 622-628 is an article called “The Toxic Potential of Materials at the Nano Level.” It explains how any kind of material - it could be ordinary carbon or a metal that is not radioactive - if these particles are small enough (tinier than a micron which is a millionth of a meter, or one ten thousandths of a centimeter) if these particles are that small, it turns out they are toxic in themselves, whatever their composition. “That’s exactly what’s happening in the case of nanoparticles which are produced when the uranium burns upon impact and melts steel and the fine particles are so small, they act like a gas. So what you’re getting is a gas of uranium that gets transported around the world and is now proven by these latest measurements,” says Dr. Sternglass.

Depleted uranium shouldn’t be used. It’s a gas, and we’ve already signed the Geneva protocol not to use gas in warfare. It’s already illegal. It’s a metal fume. A metal fume is a gas. –Dr. Rosalie Bertell, International Institute of Concern for Public Health

Mankind has lived with low-level background radiation for as long as we have existed but the uranium in a DU weapon explodes on impact as it penetrates a target. It burns with an extremely high temperature (above 5,000 degrees centigrade) and in the process vaporizes into particles so small that more than half them, by mass, are smaller in size than the wavelengths of light. The minuscule radioactive particles then become airborne like a gas and will eventually extend throughout the planet. They are a phenomenon that does not exist naturally and never did before now. They are a totally new, biologically dangerous, and have global reach. These nanometer-size uranium particles are a growing part of our world since 1991 and government and military officials are incredibly cavalier about it.

“Comparing a small DU particle to a red blood cell would be like comparing a man to a 50,000-foot high mountain, a mountain twice as high as Mt. Everest” writes Rolf A. F. Witzsche. The few atmospheric nuclear-bomb tests that were conducted in the 1950s and 1960s utilized only small amounts of uranium, too little to be significant in comparison with the thousands of pounds of the stuff that have been exploded in four battlefield theatres and on many military test ranges.

[xii] Kuzmenok O, Potapnev M, Potapova S et al. (2003) Late effects of the Chernobyl radiation accident on T cell-mediated immunity in cleanup workers. Radiat Res 159: 109–116

[xiii] Lomat L, Galburt G, Quastel MR, Polyakov S, Okeanov A, Rozin S (1997) Incidence of childhood disease in Belarus associated with the Chernobyl accident. Environ Health
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[xv] Ramanathan S, Bihoreau MT, Paterson AD, Marandi L, Gauguier D, Poussier P (2002) Thymectomy and radiationinduced type 1 diabetes in nonlymphopenic BB rats. Diabetes
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[xvi] http://israelbehindthenews.com/Archives/Dec-19-06.htm#results

[xvii] J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2002 Jan;15(1):53-7. Incidence of childhood type 1 diabetes mellitus in Gomel, Belarus.Martinucci ME, Curradi G, Fasulo A, Medici A, Toni S, Osovik G, Lapistkaya E, Sherbitskaya E. Regional Centre for Juvenile Diabetes, Paediatric Hospital A. Meyer, Florence, Italy.

[xviii] Trends in the prevalence of diabetes mellitus among Hiroshima atomic bomb survivors. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 1994 Oct;24 Suppl:S29-35. Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Casualty Council, Health Management Center, Japan.

[xix] The measure correlates highly with body fat. Calculated as weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters (kg/m 2 ).

[xx] Lik Sprava. 2001 Jul-Aug;(4):26-8. Analysis of irradiation dose, body mass index and insulin blood concentration in personnel cleaning up after the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident. Zueva NA, Kovalenko AN, Gerasimenko TI, Man’kovskii BN, Korpachova TI, Efimov AS.

[xxi] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/dispomim.cgi?id=600496

[xxii] It could be possible, for instance, that a mere .001 rise in the rem could generate an increase globally in sickness. And the proximity of the source of rem increase may be less relevant than we think. Long term exposure to >0.001 increased rem overall may be actually be quite profound. Our knowledge of the effects of radiation derives primarily from groups of people who have received high doses so in reality medical science knows and understands very little about low level risks.

[xxiii] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=8502739&dopt=Abstract

[xxiv] Biochim Biophys Acta. 2007 Feb;1770(2):266-72. Epub 2006 Oct 19. In vivo effects of chronic contamination with depleted uranium on vitamin D3 metabolism in rat. In DU-exposed rats, the active vitamin D (1,25(OH)(2)D(3)) plasma level was significantly decreased. In kidney, a decreased gene expression was observed for cyp24a1, as well as for vdr and rxralpha, the principal regulators of CYP24A1. Similarly, mRNA levels of vitamin D target genes ecac1, cabp-d28k and ncx-1, involved in renal calcium transport were decreased in kidney. In the brain lower levels of messengers were observed for cyp27a1 as well as for lxrbeta, involved in its regulation. Experiments were carried out in rats after a chronic contamination for 9 months by DU through drinking water at 40 mg/L (1 mg/rat/day). This dose corresponds to the double of highest concentration found naturally in Finland.

[xxv] Diabetologia. 2005 Jul;48(7):1247-57. Epub 2005 Jun 22. Diabetologia. 2006 Jan; 49(1):217-8. Vitamin D and diabetes.Mathieu C, Gysemans C, Giulietti A, Bouillon R. Laboratory of Experimental Medicine and Endocrinology (LEGENDO), Catholic University of Leuven, Herestraat 49, 3000, Leuven, Belgium.
chantal.mathieu@med.kuleuven.be

[xxvi] Cesium-137 (137Cs) has a physical half-life of 30 years with a beta energy peak at 174.0 keV.Following entry into the blood, it is distributed uniformly through all body tissues. Approximately 10% of cesium is eliminated rapidly with a biological half-life of 2 days and 90% is eliminated more slowly, with a biological half-life of 110 days. Less than 1% of the cesium was retained with a longer biological half-life of about 500 days. Cesium follows the movement of potassium and is excreted into the intestine, reabsorbed from the gut into the blood, then to the bile, where it is excreted again into the gut (enterohepatic circulation). Without insoluble Prussian blue treatment, ~80% of cesium is excreted through the kidneys and ~20% in the feces. Because of cesium’s long physical half-life, the rate of radiation elimination is similar to the rate of element elimination from the body.

[xxvii] Chronic contamination with 137Cesium affects Vitamin D3 metabolism in rats.Tissandie E, Gueguen Y et al; Toxicology. 2006 Aug 1;225(1):75-80. Epub May19. 2006

[xxviii] http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=sci_tech&id=5116298

[xxix] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/03/02/ndiab02.xml

[xxx] Briner, W. and J. Murray (2005) “Effects of short-term and long-term depleted uranium exposure on open-field behavior and brain lipid oxidation in rats,” Neurotoxicology and Teratology, vol. 27, pp. 135-44: http://www.bovik.org/du/du-on-rats.pdf

[xxxi] Monleau, M.; C. Bussy; P. Lestaevel; P. Houpert; F. Paquet; V. Chazel (2005) “Bioaccumulation and behavioural effects of depleted uranium in rats exposed to repeated inhalations,” Neuroscience Letters, vol. 390, pp. 31-6

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Mark A. Sircus Ac., OMD, is director of the International Medical Veritas Association and, as senior editor, launched the first issue of the Medical Veritas Journal of Medicine. Dr. Sircus was trained in acupuncture and oriental medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Sante Fe, N.M., and in the School of Traditional Medicine of New England in Boston. He served at the Central Public Hospital of Pochutla, in México, and was awarded the title of doctor of oriental medicine for his work. One of the first nationally certified acupuncturists in the United States, he was persecuted by the medical board of New Hampshire in the early 1980s for practicing medicine (acupuncture) without a license. This led him to diversify his healing work into other areas especially counseling and psychology. Today, Dr. Sircus is spearheading a dramatically different medical organization dedicated to unifying the various disciplines in medicine with the goal of creating a new dawn in healthcare. Dr. Sircus is particularly concerned about the effect vaccinations have on vulnerable infants and is identifying the common thread of many toxic agents that are dramatically threatening present and future generations of children.

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COMMENTS - 11 Responses

  1. GREAT article. Heavy metal toxicity is EPIDEMIC. One of out one persons are coming down with a disease. This isn’t how it’s supposed to be. Thank you for your work. Barbara Tancredi BSc, CN

  2. Mercury performs a useful function in workplaces and even at home. But still, it is a toxic and can impair our health. Mercury is a highly dangerous substance that can kill if exposed to only a small amount. Jeremy Piven, star of the multiple Emmy award winning HBO program Entourage, was earning some serious extra cash for appearing in a Broadway play. He left the production on advice from his doctor due to a high mercury count in his blood. If you want to find out what would cause Jeremy Piven to turn down so much extra cash, check out this article.

  3. 3. john fryer chemist
    Nov 2nd, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Hi

    Don’t forget the action of U and Hg with organophosphates.

    A lot of work now being done to show how mercury and OP’s act together and often on same enzyme systems.

    A lot of the fundamental theory uses over simplistic analogies.

    OP’s on esterase activity and mercury on the sulphur - hydrogen moiteis.

    But the harm and action goes much further so all illnesses are virtually unique with them luped into as many classes as possible to lower the numbers to acceptable levels.

    When as for diabetes, epilepsy, Alzheimer Disease and autism this isn’t possible we get lots of lies like are they real epidemics etc etc.

    The increase of uranium just adds one more relatively new menace of which we need not to wait to 2020 for clear vision but 2050 by this time it won’t be one in two or one in one as claimed here but how many different diagnoses for each person.

    Yes master miss mrs or mr sick person.

    You have a clear case of autistic, alzheimer, epileptic schizophrenic diabetes and you are my 50th patient today.

    God help us from doctors, government and university EXPERTS.

    Bring back COMMON SENSE

  4. Great and nice article about DNA and Mitochondrial.

  5. I was pregnant with my son when Chernobyl melted. I lived on Lake Erie, Ohio at the time. I acquired what we termed “nuclear itch.” Four years later, my son developed Type 1 Diabetes. He is 25 and virtually blind. I’ve always been convinced that Chernobyl was a great contributing factor. We need to get rid of this crap NOW!! Oh yeah, I lived about 15 miles away from the Perry Nuclear Plant, and obviously live close to Three Mile Island.

  6. 6. Margaret Davino
    May 7th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    If the Japanese incidence of diabetes rose after the Fat Man was detonated, and the Trinity nuclear test was performed in White Sands, New Mexico, would a soldier stationed in White Sands ten years after the test be exposed to residual radiation, and if so, could it alter their DNA and cause them to get juvenile diabetes? Our family had no history of this disgusting disease before my father was stationed there. Within 10 years, he had juvenile diabetes and died in 1989 at the age of 58 due to many complications. My nephew, now 17, was diagnosed at 2, my sister at 43, and now, me. I’m convinced it was due to exposure while he was proudly serving our country and I am sooooo pissed off right now.

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