CREATIVE OUTRAGE: A Medical Journalist Reports on the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly in Current MedicineHelke Ferrie September 1, 2013
Author: Helke Ferrie
Publisher: KOS Publishing
Book Publication: April 2013
Available for free online at www.helkeferrie.com
Normally, authors do not review their own books and, even more unusual, announce that the entire first print run disappeared for recycling almost at once. This is what happened to my new book Creative Outrage, launched on April 5 and pulped on May 22. It exists now only in digital form on my website. There, my previous two books are also available for free: Dispatches from the War Zone of Environmental Health (2004) and What Part of No! Don’t They Understand? (2008).
Authors don’t usually kill their books at birth. Well, what happened was, quite literally, a great stink. The explanation may also increase awareness of environmental illness.
Back in the mid-90s, while completing my master’s degree in physical anthropology at U of T, I became seriously ill with a neurological disorder known as Myasthenia Gravis. This illness is characterized by blurred vision, slurred speech, severe muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, and unpredictable partial breathing paralysis. I was no longer able to drive, push a vacuum cleaner, or read.
Standard medicine calls MG “idiopathic,” i.e. of no known cause. I refused to accept the very concept. Being founding members of Pollution Probe, our attention was caught one day by an article describing pollution in one’s mouth, namely in amalgam fillings. The source quoted was Professor Boyd Haley of Kentucky University, who was then working for the World Health Organization, stating that many neurological illnesses are caused by heavy metal poisoning from dentistry; Myasthenia Gravis was specifically mentioned. He directed me to the International Academy for Oral and Medical Toxicology (IAOMT). Convinced that the connection between my illness and my dental fillings was real, I contacted a Toronto member of IAOMT, who subsequently replaced my 17 “silver” fillings with biologically compatible resin, and within weeks I was able to drive, read, and best of all – breathe.
Mercury, as was discovered at Sweden’s Karalinska Institute, is stored throughout the body and its excretion half life can be 30 years. Dr. Jozef Krop (see my article on page 8), trained by the American Academy for Environmental Medicine, measured my mercury body burden using a WHO-developed test. He then put me on a mercury detox regimen using protocols that originated with the U.S. Navy to treat neurologically injured sailors exposed to heavy-metal-containing ship’s paint.
Since the First World War, it has been known that most potent nerve toxins enter the body through breathing. So newsprint (until it switched to vegetable inks), aftershave lotion, perfume, garden pesticides, powdered laundry detergents, most cosmetics, aluminum-containing deodorants, and more, can cause migraines, vertigo, seizures, asthma, and Parkinson’s disease; the mainstream medical literature on these facts is vast.
The great irony is that, after 16 years of working to raise awareness about environmental toxicity and its impact on human health, my own book arrived reeking of gasoline and glue. With great stockpiles of my new book lying about, my office became Toxic Vapor Central. Opening any copy of the book caused, for the first time in more than a decade, my old symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis to return transiently and I was hit by a blinding headache.
Once we were certain that all my books were contaminated and none fit for exposure to humans, I had them destroyed. Then I decided to tour bookstores and sniffed hundreds of other books at random – not one stank of the chemicals that mine did. When confronted, the Quebec-based printer, predictably, insisted that current standards were followed, but surprisingly made no fuss when he was told he would not be paid. Meanwhile, several copies had already gone directly to reviewers – one reported a full-blown seizure, the others called or wrote to report blinding headaches upon opening my book. Given that most of my customers are environmental activists or chemically injured people, my book would have been like deploying a chemical smart bomb on them.
I considered legal action against the printer, but realized that it would have been very time consuming and exhausting. So I abandoned my plains to release a print version of the book, and instead made it available for free on my website www.helkeferrie.com. At age 65, I prefer to spend my time writing rather than going to court.
Creative Outrage covers current regulatory issues and includes a new report from Europe. It also discusses the problems our life support systems face from biotechnology, environmental toxins, and electromagnetic fields. As well, a large section deals with cancer including a chapter directly from the Gerson Institute; another section focuses on the toxicity of pharmaceutical drugs and what to do; it ends with a celebration of the successes stemming from “navigating the mine fields cheerfully”. It is exhaustively sourced.
So, my book that reeked of harmful neurotoxic chemicals which supposedly had been long abandoned by publishers, also showed that such chemical trespass is now very rare. Ironically, a Multiple Chemical Sensitivity activist like myself was hit with this blast from the past. The book is my gift to you, which is easily downloaded from my website. Please accept and enjoy.