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“In a year’s time after taking the RNPA Learning Intensive, my career, my health, my family, my very life has been transformed. I am forever grateful” — Karen DiMarco, RN, iRNPA

“The way of the future of absolute must if you want to make and be the difference in righting the wrongs of healthcare. Kare is a wonderful mentor who has put her soul into this program. Passion, Vision, Perseverance.” — Lana Benton, RN, iRNPA

“The forethought, experience, openness, philosophy and preparation provides all the tools, thought process, and confidence to begin and succeed as an iRNPA.” — Leta Gill, RN, iRNPA

“My experience attending the iRNPA program was a refreshing one, to say the least. This program was packed with life changing information that is not readily taught or available to RN's. This program equipped me with the tools I need to be an iRNPA!  If you are ready for a change after working for many years in the clinical setting, and are driven to help patients and families, this is the program for you!  Karen is a wealth of knowledge that is unmatched in the advocacy process.” — Jamie Long

“Thank you so much for putting together such an incredible RN PA intensive course!  It is truly intensive but so worth it!  I learned a lot and will be using the Medical Time Line and lab spreadsheet with as many clients as i can.  All great information and can’t wait to get my speaking engagements lined up now that I have your fantastic power points!” —  Nan Wetherhorn, Health Care Advisor,

What’s in your teeth may be causing your high blood pressure…and be a cause factor of heart attacks and strokes. How does that happen?


heart_cuteNicholas Gonzalez, MD, explains: “According to a research paper published in the 2011 issue of The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, mercury affects the heart and blood vessels in several ways:”

  • Mercury in your body increases inflammation
  • It causes thrombosis (the formation of blood clots in the veins)
  • Mercury contributes to abnormal endothelial function (remember that the endothelium is the thin layer of cells that lines the interior surface of your arteries and is a prime indicator of cardiovascular health or disease)
  • Mercury impairs the immune system
  • It interferes with the production of energy in your cells
  • Mercury causes high blood pressure
ekg_heartThe author of the research paper, Mark C. Houston, MD, also explains that “The clinical consequences of mercury toxicity include hypertension, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction (heart attacks)” and abnormal heart rhythms as well as carotid artery obstructions and strokes.
What are the sources of mercury?  Some of the main ones: blue and striped marlin, swordfish, shark, Atlantic salmon, orange roughy, grouper, Chilean sea bass, and blue fin tuna; vaccines (from multi-dose vials;* you can request single dose vials), some cosmetics, some tattoo dyes; “silver tooth fillings; compact fluorescent light bulbs. 
What to do?  Ask your physician to check for levels of mercury in your body, especially if you have high blood pressure, heart disease or a history of strokes.   The levels of mercury in the body can be evaluated by analyzing the hair, blood and the Provoked Mercury urine test (this one is the gold standard). 
If you still have those “silver” fillings (50% mercury), have them safely removed by a dentist trained in proper removal technique.
Consider taking selenium supplements and fish oil – they both antagonize mercury toxicity.  Increase your body’s ability to fight inflammation by eating more fruits and vegetables.  Increase your intake of antioxidant supplements.

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