Energy Capsules - The Porphyrins
Written by Hal A. Huggins, DDS, MS
I have read quite a bit about urinary porphyrins, yet find very little for the treatment to reduce porphyrins. What are they anyway? They are the precursors, or forerunners of two of our basic energy systems. Porphyrin is a complex molecule that contains eight side chains called carboxyls. For the chemists, well, they already know, but carboxyl is a COOH molecule. That means a bunch of carbons, oxygens, and hydrogens. So... Porphyrin with its 8 carboxyls is not of any great use as such, but if the body were to knock off the carboxyls, it would find a molecule of "heme" underneath. It is sort of like a sculptor chiseling away all the stone that doesn't look like the statue he is creating. When the heme appears, now the body can find use for this creature. Heme is one of the primary ingredients of our oxygen-carrying molecule called hemoglobin. Hemoglobin and oxyhemoglobin were recently discussed, and this is the family upon which those items depend for their existence. Heme and globin combine, and bingo, you have hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is important for energy transfer, because it transports oxygen, and without oxygen, there will not be much energy utilization.
Heme does one other interesting thing. It is active in another energy reaction called the cytochrome oxidase system, which gives off lots of ATP. ATP is chemistry talk for adenosine tri (3) phosphate, which is the primary energy storage unit in our bodies. We go through lots of it daily -- some 90 pounds in the "standard man" of 150 pounds. 90 pounds? Where is it? ATP is a molecule that gives up its energy and forms ADP, which is the same compound minus a phosphate group. It requires energy (from the cytochrome oxidase series) to retrofit another phosphate onto the ADP (a "di" phosphate, or two of them) to form the energy storage unit ATP again. This reaction of ATP to ADP back to ATP back to ADP goes on many times each second, and if one were to measure the total amount of ATP cycled and recycled daily, it would add up to 90 pounds.
Since this reaction involving ATP is our primary energy source for most reactions in all of our cells, we need as much as we can make.
Here's where the interference comes in. From the Coors Study we noted differences in porphyrin levels, but keep in mind that mercury is not the only thing that alters the levels. When an interference occurs in the cleavage pattern of 8 carboxyls down to 7 down to 6 etc, porphyrin is knocked out of its flight pattern and crashes into the urine. When a test for porphyrins in the urine detects porphyrins, one knows that an interference was present. During periods of maximum efficiency, there is no detectable porphyrin in urine. If the interference occurred early in the game of cleaving off carboxyls, then one will find the "8-carboxyl" form of porphyrin in the urine. If it is later, 6's, 5's or 4's may appear. Observation over the years has demonstrated that most of the time when the 8's appear, the problem took place in the liver. When 4's appear, the problem was probably in the kidney. But the important thing is that when an interference occurs, your energy is literally going down the toilet.
We have observed from the Coors Study that when amalgam is present, many people show porphyrins in their urine, and when the amalgam is removed, the porphyrins are reduced or drop to zero. Do you suppose that this is another reason why so many people feel an increase in energy when their mercury leaching fillings are removed?
In patients who have root canals and cavitations and nickel crowns, we find quite an assortment of porphyrins in the urine. Selecting just the total amount of all porphyrins, we found one MS patient who had about 2100 micrograms of porphyrin per liter of urine. The optimum is probably less than 100, and average amalgam bearing population is closer to 300. After removal of all offending dental substances, this MS patient's porphyrins dropped to 200 in a few days. Is there any wonder why such a person feels and walks and thinks better? Some patients think it is a miracle, but in actuality, it is just experiencing an anticipated increase in energy and efficiency due to having more porphyrin to convert into heme, and from there into hemoglobin and ATP. Simple, eh what?
Of course, do not expect this to happen if the fillings are just randomly removed. There is a protocol. This protocol is based on what we have found to work and not work over the past nearly three decades now. But, I have to admit that not much of the total protocol was used in the Coors Study in order to isolate the effects of amalgam per se. Patients did receive the patient protection protocol of sequential removal, use of the rubber dam, lots of water sprayed on the removal drill, and replacement with a serum tested compatible dental material. The Coors Study as well as our total dental revision patients all showed that there is a relationship between energy formation in the body and the presence or absence of toxic dental materials. This was shown through changes in hemoglobin, oxyhemoglobin, and now in porphyrin excretion. Now you are better informed for that next trip to the dentist.
Hal A. Huggins DDS, MS, is a leading pioneer and the world's foremost authority in identifying toxic dental materials, balancing body chemistry and developing a multi-disciplined approach to reversing autoimmune diseases.