For me, alternative medicine involves discovering and helping individuals find out what molecular mimics are getting their immune systems so riled up that they attack their own tissues with inflammation. I look at causes and treatment as a doctor, and then I look again as an alternative physician with a kind of “pre-knowing” that attempts to peer through the collective mind fog with a more sensible view on what the human body can tolerate.
I understand that learned authorities in powerful positions are extremely wary of my thinking because of the lack of adequate randomized control studies. To them, I am the one with fuzzy thinking. But maybe, like video cameras that can create a clear picture from a shaky camera, I have the fuzzy logic. I respect their knowledge of medicine, but do not wish to follow them into the collective mind fog.
For example, some really crazy thinking is going on about continuing to allow mercury fillings. Dentists can’t throw it down the sink, because it is hazardous waste, but they are allowed to put it inside your teeth. While mercury fillings are still legal in the United States, they've been banned in countries in Europe.
When mercury enters the air from coal-fired power plants and the water from mining operations, it accumulates in fish to levels that make fish unsuitable for consumption by pregnant women and small children more than once a month. What makes it ok to put it in your mouth?
To your health,
Dr. Alan M. Dattner
New York, New York
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