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Radical Medicine

Cutting-Edge Natural Therapies That Treat the Root Causes of Disease

Published by Healing Arts Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

A “radical” approach to holistic healing that examines the root causes and cures for ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, and heart attacks

• Offers cutting-edge detoxification and draining therapies to address the tremendous chemical onslaught of modern life

• Explains the profound health problems caused by dental amalgams, vaccinations, antibiotics, cosmetics

With the historic use of toxic mercury amalgam fillings, excessive courses of antibiotics, damaging childhood vaccines, and the many industrial pollutants and chemicals that have been spread into our air, water, and food over the past century, general holistic health guidelines are simply no longer adequate for most people. Only through radical measures--that is, getting to the true root or underlying cause of disease--can effective healing occur. In Radical Medicine, naturopathic physician Louisa Williams describes how to treat these and other modern-day “obstacles to cure,” in order to ensure against future degenerative disease and achieve the optimal health that is our birthright.

Examining the many health problems triggered by dental amalgams and poor dentistry, Dr. Williams explains that our teeth are focal points for health issues that arise elsewhere in the body. She explores the impact of vaccinations, the excessive use of antibiotics, and the chemical-laden products used as health and beauty aids--which are linked to Alzheimer’s disease, heart attacks, and breast and other cancers--and provides information on cutting-edge detoxification treatments as well as drainage and nutritional therapies. A practical guide for practitioners and patients alike, Radical Medicine offers a wealth of holistic, natural therapies for overcoming what is poisoning us and our world so we can achieve optimal health and well-being.


Chapter 3

Toxic Metals

Government Response to Environmental Toxicity

There is no longer any question that toxic metals in our air, water, soil, and food supply have a clear and deleterious effect on our health. In fact, when the words ecology and environment first began to become part of our everyday speech in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the U.S. government responded with numerous antipollution controls. Although environmental groups would argue that many of these regulations and programs have been inadequate and implemented only after intense lobbying and political pressure, the government’s vast response to environmental pollution measured in sheer numbers--agencies, employees, and funding--cannot be denied.

No Governmental Response to Dental Amalgam Toxicity

In dramatic contrast to the government’s response to environmental pollution, however, is its extraordinary lack of response in regard to an even more insidious and quite personal toxic insult: the placement of mercury amalgam fillings directly in our mouths. These dental fillings are significantly more damaging than toxic mercury emissions in the environment. In fact, studies have found that even when the environment is heavily polluted, the most significant factor that affects the levels of mercury stored in the body is the amount of mercury amalgam fillings in one’s mouth--not the polluted food, air, or water.

Approximately 85 percent of the U.S. population has received one or more of these mercury amalgam fillings. In total, an estimated 144 million adult U.S. citizens, and 2 billion people worldwide, have mercury amalgam fillings. Yet the government’s silence on this subject--probably the greatest health controversy since Thalidomide and DES*--continues to be deafening.

Despite the glaring scientific evidence that has mounted over the past few decades as to the clearly poisonous nature of this toxic metal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not classify dental mercury in any category; that is, as a class II device (requiring no proof of safety but subject to certain controls) or a class III device (requiring proof of safety) until July 2009 when, after a ten-year legal battle, they finally agreed to classify it as a class II device. Although even this was indeed a victory, consumer activists and holistic dentists and physicians contend that mercury amalgam should be classified as a class III device--that is, a potentially dangerous device that would need to be proved safe to be sold and used in dentistry. Since scientific research has incontrovertibly proved that mercury amalgam fillings are not safe, this would lead to these toxic fillings being banned.
*Thalidomide, a prescription drug commonly used in England and Germany in the 1950s and 1960s, was pulled off the market in 1962 due to the horrible birth defects it caused in infants. DES, a synthetic estrogen formerly prescribed to prevent miscarriage and premature labor, was banned in the U.S. in 1971 after many daughters of women who had taken it later developed vaginal cancer.

Mercury-Related Diseases

Alzheimer’s Disease
“No one knows yet what causes Alzheimer’s disease, believed to affect as many as 4 million people in this country. Experts believe that by the year 2050, the number may reach 14 million.”
Marin Independent Journal
December 17, 2001

On the contrary, many people who keep up with the scientific literature do know that one of the major causative factors underlying the onset of Alzheimer’s is mercury toxicity. Dr. Boyd Haley’s and his colleagues’ animal studies at the University of Kentucky were so clearly definitive in proving that mercury produces the identical brain aberrations and dysfunctional behavior seen in Alzheimer’s patients, that he stated: “The results of this experiment are terrifying. I’m getting the rest of my mercury fillings taken out right now, and I’ve asked my wife to have hers replaced too.”

Dr. Sam Ziff, one of the leading holistic dental researchers writing about mercury toxicity states: “How long can this blatant and contrived ignorance of peer-reviewed research demonstrating conclusively that mercury, regardless of source, is a major factor of Alzheimer’s disease, continue?”

Cardiovascular Disease
The occurrence of heart disease did not become statistically significant until the the 1920s. Over the next forty years, the incidence of coronary heart disease rose dramatically and became the leading cause of death in the United States. During this period not only did the use of margarine and refined oils increase approximately 400 percent but also the implantation of mercury amalgam fillings. Although many are aware of the dietary connection, few know about the correlation between mercury amalgam fillings and heart disease.

One study published in 1990 found that individuals with amalgam fillings had significantly higher blood pressure and a greater incidence of chest pains (angina), rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), and anemia than those who were dentally mercury-free. As noted by the Ziff brothers, two esteemed dental researchers, the existing scientific evidence firmly establishes that exposure to mercury amalgam damages the tissues of the cardiovascular system and could be the “missing link” in the etiology of the prevalence of heart disease.

Finding a Holistic Dentist

When interviewing a potential dentist, one should always ask first about the mercury amalgam issue and reject any dentist who is still using this toxic material. Even if the dentist offers to use alternative materials, it’s difficult to trust a dentist to completely and thoroughly drill out all the amalgam material when he is still placing it into some patients’ mouths. Furthermore, it’s more likely that this dentist has not had all the education necessary to learn how to remove mercury safely.

Removing toxic metals from the body is an essential step in the detoxification protocol of every holistically oriented individual. However, this removal must be done at the appropriate time, when the patient is strong enough to detoxify these heavy metals from his or her body with the help of appropriate nutritional supplements and remedies.

About The Author

Louisa L. Williams, M.S., D.C., N.D., received her doctoral training in naturo-pathic medicine from Bastyr University. She also holds a master’s degree in psychology and a degree in chiropractic. In 1984 she founded the Seattle Health Clinic, which specializes in environmental medicine and detoxification. She now lives and practices naturopathic medicine in Texas.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press (July 12, 2011)
  • Length: 712 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781594774119

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Raves and Reviews

Radical Medicine is a thoughtful and comprehensive guide to everything I have learned and do daily. It really reminds us how difficult this work is, how subtle, how layered we are. Patients most often do not understand this and increasingly want the magic vitamin. I am going to post some things from the book on the office bulletin board, so that people can appreciate what is really involved in healing.”

– Robert Zieve, M.D., author of Beyond the Medical Meltdown, founder and director of the Center for He

“As a patient, I found that the content of Radical Medicine directly reflected my own recognition of what my body/being needed for health and healing. I am now being treated at the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland, and their biological medical model mirrors some of the overall healthcare and wellness approaches explained in this revelatory and fascinating book. Radical Medicine contains a lifetime of wisdom.”

– Jeannine Walston, cofounder and executive director of EmbodiWorks, a nonprofit providing integrative

Radical Medicine is truly amazing--a wonderful work with such depth that I didn’t want to put it down. I thought I knew more than most doctors in certain areas but was surprised when I felt an eagerness to get back to working with holistic medicine while reading it. I didn’t think there was any resource out there that would elicit that reaction. I am blown away at its depth.”

– James Johnson, holistic health advocate

“Its [Radical Medicine] assessment of holistic, natural therapies makes for a powerful body of knowledge key to any natural healing collection.”

– Midwest Book Review, October 2011

“Williams is extremely thorough, providing well-rounded discussions of the issues, including their history and the approaches of both allopathic and complementary medicine...This is an ambitious book, and the author succeeds in her goal of almost exhaustively covering the issues of toxicity in relation to disease”

– Joan Parisi Wilcox, Quantum Health, December 2011

“It is a very important book for both practitioners and patients because it points out in detail what is involved in a person’s journey toward wholeness, a journey that is often difficult but always worthwhile. This book is invaluable in my life now and will be for many years to come; I highly recommend it to anyone who is on his or her journey toward health and wholeness.”

– Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide, January 2012

“Louisa Williams ends Radical Medicine by thanking her readers for having completed reading the book and urging prospective practitioners of her ‘radical’ approach to lead by example and in every way possible. I can only respond by thanking her for writing such an inspiring book in the first place and hoping that enough people who read this prodigious work can collectively provide enough critical mass to translate her ideas into widespread practice. Get a copy, read it and be inspired!”

– Huw Griffiths, New Dawn

Radical Medicine is breathtaking. The coverage of all areas of health is amazing, including the accurate history of craniopathy. Louisa L. Williams is to be congratulated for creating a masterpiece.”

– Reid Rasmussen, D.C., chiropractic physician

“I am impressed with the breadth and depth of Radical Medicine. In fact, just after reading this wonderful book I was able to help two of my most puzzling cases. Thank you, Dr. Williams.”

– Brett Jacques, N.D., contributor to the Textbook of Anti-Aging Medicine

Radical Medicine has set the standard in holistic medicine. Every important issue has been identified. What a magnificent book.”

– Harvey Bigelsen, M.D., author of Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs, founding member of the America

“This is the bible of true health. I have had so much joy reading it. Every dentist should be working with someone like Dr. Williams.”

– Sandor Hites, D.D.S.

Radical Medicine is an outstanding book, an important and useful contribution to natural medicine.”

– Pablo Bellavite, M.D., coauthor of The Emerging Science of Homeopathy

Radical Medicine brings tremendous scope, wisdom, and experience to the table. I am looking forward to integrating its pearls into my practice.”

– Chris Jeong, L.Ac.

“I’m amazed at Louisa L. Williams’s knowledge in holistic dentistry--great book!”

– Frances Chen, D.D.S.

Radical Medicine is cutting-edge, comprehensive, and easy for my clients to read.”

– Robley Pryor, colonic therapist

“Very impressive--there are no competitors to this unique book.”

– John Iams, physical therapist, founder of the Primal Reflex Release Technique

Radical Medicine is terrific. I appreciate the central role it has correctly ascribed to the harm being inflicted by traditional dentistry.”

– Charles G. Brown, Esq., National Counsel, Consumers for Dental Choice

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