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In 1999, Mike was poisoned by a heavy metal exposure at work. Quickly, he complained of burning and numbness in his feet eventually spreading to other parts of his body. After several misdiagnoses, foot operations, and a lifetime of research on the web, Mike diagnosed himself with Mercury poisoning in 2004. Traditional medicine continually dismissed his claims of exposure . The levels could not be detected in blood sampling and because it was very rare, to many it simply did not exist.
After the birth of our son Stuart, Mike's quest was to "get better" and see his son grow up. He was a blessing and Mike had a reason to live. Once he found the "right" doctors to treat him, we began chelation. With massive amts. of DMPS and mostly vitamin C, the merury was able to bind with the combination and was eventually excreted through his urine. For many years, he received these drugs several times per week per IV solution at home by me. He was getting better and life was looking bright.
Chelation continues until today. Although a very successful and life saving treatment, mercury's heavy composition eventaully settled into his body leaving him with permanent nerve damage. Over the years, very subtle changes in Mike's personality began to change. Recently his behaviors have quickly progressed to the point that he was finally willing to seek traditional medical help that years prior had failed him.
Mike has been diagnosed with frontal/temporal dementia. At this stage in the disease process, he is for the first time at peace. He's happy, calm and enjoying his retirement. He's dillusional and friendly especially to strangers. He is a flight risk, and no longer able to drive. He is vulnerable and I worry about his safety. Stu and I are grateful he's no longer suffering psychologically from this debilitating disease and finally have the answers to so many unanswered questions and behaviors over the recent years. The future is uncertain but the love and dedication we have as a family unit will remain unbroken.