We are asking for your help with on-going research into scoliosis and the possible link to heavy metals. If you have been diagnosed with scoliosis or know someone who has, then please help us in our research by filling out the questionnaire at www.understandingscoliosis.org
You can also contact Rebecca Dutton directly:
Scoliosis Research: why we need your help if you have scoliosis.
By Mrs Rebecca Dutton
I see many connections between heavy metals and illness. I am currently involved with research into a possible link to scoliosis and need people with this condition, to fill in a questionnaire on my website www.understandingscoliosis.org
You may want to know more about my own story. During the 1970s I was employed by a dentist as a practice manager and nurse for three years. I spent many hours each day mixing amalgam fillings in a rubber finger stall, exposed to mercury vapour from the action of rubbing silver alloy and mercury together. I had no personal protection equipment, gloves or mask and no ventilation system to filter the mercury. When I became pregnant during the latter part of my employment, my duties remained the same, apart from not being present when X-rays were taken. My daughter was diagnosed with a neurological condition and scoliosis at 16 years of age.
I firmly believe this was the result of her exposure to mercury in my womb. Her test results appear to support my theory, showing mercury on her DNA, a high sensitivity to mercury and displacement of essential metals, necessary for the function of the cells. At 17 years of age, she underwent major spinal surgery to correct her curvature, which involved the removal of 6 intervertebral discs, a rib and the placement of a titanium rod in her spine. This caused many problems as the spine is designed to be flexible not rigid. The psychological impact was huge, living with restricted movement and physical limitations. My daughter‘s experience has made me determined to research the possible causes of scoliosis and to investigate alternative treatments which may prevent the need for surgery.
As a result of my research, I was asked to set up the website www.understandingscoliosis.org with the former Culture Correspondent of BBC Newsnight, Madeleine Holt. Our aim is to encourage people to investigate alternatives to surgery for spinal curvature, and to examine the possible causes of scoliosis. Madeleine developed scoliosis as a teenager (though she never had spinal rods) but now, after removing all heavy metals, is completely pain free.
Scoliosis surgery has never been proven to eliminate spinal curvature, reduce pain, improve lung function or correct the deformity of the ribs and torso. The rate of complications may be higher than reported as may the long-term risks. Despite these facts, there is little or no interest in the orthopaedic community in finding methods of scoliosis treatment that do not involve scoliosis bracing or surgery.
I believe that there is a link between mercury and scoliosis, often as the ’initial insult‘, and I have written a hypothesis on the connection. This was spurred partly by my observation that a pattern was emerging: many patients who contacted me with mercury sensitivity also had scoliosis. I contacted Professor Vera Stejskal, Associate Professor of Immunology, University of Stockholm, Sweden and inventor of the MELISA test, to ask if we could conduct a research study to see if mercury may be implicated in the development of scoliosis. She very kindly offered to put a questionnaire on my website. This is pioneering research, as yet not endorsed by the medical establishment, which may play an important part in understanding why idiopathic scoliosis develops in the first place.
There needs to be more research on this before such a link would be taken seriously, so if you are interested in participating in our scoliosis study, or need help and advice on ways to improve scoliosis, we would love to hear from you.