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This article from the WPF lays the historical foundation underlying the idea that we can drug our way to a healthy family.
“New drugs present greater hazards as well as greater potential benefits than ever before—for they are widely used, they are often very potent, and they are promoted by aggressive sales campaigns that may tend to overstate their merits and fail to indicate the risks involved in their use. . .
There is no way of measuring the needless suffering, the money innocently squandered, and the protraction of illnesses resulting from the use of such ineffective drugs.
John F. Kennedy, in his Consumers’ Protection Message of March 15, 19621
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The doctor comes with free good will, but ne’er forgets his calomel.
American folk saying, mid 1800s
We have all heard about the deleterious effects of mercury and how it is one of the most poisonous substances on earth. In fact, the World Health Organization has deemed mercury unsafe at any level of exposure.
Nevertheless, people have always been fascinated with this seemingly magical substance.
Mercury, also known as quicksilver, it is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature, and if it spills, the little globules are impossibly elusive to recover.
)Note that in the earth, mercury is not generally found in pure form but rather as part of cinnabar, or mercury sulfide.)
Like all heavy metals, mercury (Hg) in any form is extremely toxic to life. The Romans mandated mercury mining in Almadén, Spain as a form of capital punishment. Typically prisoners died after six months to three years of labor.3
The ancient Greeks relied on mercury to manufacture mirrors; to be a member of the mirror guild was considered a high honor, even though most mirror masters died in their 30s, poisoned by their craft.
The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland probably used mercury in the felting process for his hats, hence his skewed perception of life.
Mercury is also used to extract gold and silver from ore.”