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RE: Mercury - not Tesla Coiling!

Original poster: "Steve Cook" <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Can I caution anybody from playing with mercury. I once cleared up a small
spillage (about 200gm if memory serves me right) and I was in hospital the
same night with serious respiratory problems, and a couple of other
symptomds I'd sooner not go into. The radiographs were very interesting, you
could see the deposits in my lungs. BTW I was on elevated 02  for 12 hours
afterwards. The alternative treatment wasn't an attractive one, they use a
chelating agent (sequestrine) which has nasty side effects like fouling up
the immune system and preventing blood clotting.
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From: "Tesla list" <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 5:38 AM
Subject: *** SPAM *** RE: Mercury - not Tesla Coiling!

> Original poster: William Beaty <billb@xxxxxxxxxx>
> On Fri, 10 Mar 2006, Tesla list wrote:
>  > You are looking at refraction as much as density.
> Wrong.  Try the demonstration yourself.  There simply aren't any
> confounding artifacts caused by refractive shadows or by water vapor
> shadows.  Once you set up the demonstration, the "mercury vapor shadows"
> are fairly easy to create and observe, much like looking at shadows of
> smoke from smouldering incense sticks.
> Here's an analogy:  shine a visible fluorescent lamp on a wall, then hold
> up your warm hand and see the warm rising air makes any refractive
> shadows.  Nope, aren't any.  To create those shadows you need either a
> point source such as an arc lamp or laser, or a slit source using a couple
> of razor blades.  And even then those shadows are very hard to see without
> using a full Schelerien setup with a concave mirror and a second optical
> slit.  A visible fluorescent tube is way too big, and a shortwave UV lamp
> is roughly the same shape: not a slit source.
>  > If there was that much mercury coming off the tooth and if they were
>  > saying that it was categorically __not__ water vapor, why didn't they
>  > re-do the test and heat the tooth in a dry oven instead of soaking it
>  > hot water.
> What's missing from their video was a shot of their actual setup...
> and they didn't give us a parts list to let doubters duplicate the test on
> their own.
>  > Besides, as I said before, with a well-made amalgam, there is no free
>  > Mercury and no free Silver to speak of.  A simple point of inorganic
>  > chemical fact.
> When someone starts making flat assertions more than once, and calling
> them "facts" but without supporting them in other ways, I become
> suspicious.   Skepticism swings both ways.
> Also... *if* a typical amalgam sample was used in the video, and not a
> "badly made" one, then their demonstration proves you wrong.
>    "Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" - Feynman
> If the experts say that dental amalgam cannot outgas, yet simple tests
> show that it does outgas, then the experts are wrong.
>  > People are making serious $$$ by scaring people into having unnecessary
>  > dental work.
> That's a good point.  But why be so certain that those people aren't
> genuine whistleblowers with real data?  Don't leap to conclusions.
> How do we separate the new-age scare-mongers from the valid whistleblowers
> like those who pointed out the health problems caused by phosphorus, and
> asbestos, and beryllium oxide?  Experimental evidence, of course.  The
> simpler the experiment, the better.   If evidence shows that a genuine
> problem exists, while a large number of authorities say differently, then
> we should start being suspicious of the authorities.
> If typical fillings really do outgas mercury vapor, and if this mercury
> ends up on our kidneys, then no amount of talk can replace EXPERIMENTS
> which demonstrate the presence of such vapor. Faraday has a suggestion for
> those who like to endlessly argue, a suggestion that's the core of modern
> science: "let the experiment be made."
> ...which is just what their video is doing, eh?
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