Monday, January 27, 2014

Rising Above Mercury: My Story of Poisoning and Recovery by Nancy Seagal

I read Rising Above Mercury: My Story of Poisoning and Recovery by Nancy Seagal CCH over the course of two days. Rising Above Mercury is a work of nonfiction that chronicle's the author's struggle with mercury poisoning and her recovery.

I first learned about both the author, Nancy Seagal, and her book, Rising Above Mercury, last week, when I attended an author discussion and book signing at Granada Books, (an independent bookstore) in downtown Santa Barbara. I had the opportunity to purchase Ms Seagal's book after she had discussed her struggle's with mercury poisoning and full recovery, which was followed by a brief question and answer section. 

Rising Above Mercury is approximately 148 pages in length and is a quick book to read. This book opened my eyes to the struggles/difficulties of dealing with mercury poisoning. It also appears, that medical professionals don't seem to keen on testing for mercury poisoning after all other test results come back negative. It kind of make you question why not? 

Book description from Ms. Seagal's website:

Author Nancy Seagal captivates her audience by sharing her deeply personal and highly informative true life story of unexplained illness, medical ignorance, and remarkable recovery.

For twelve years, Nancy was sick with an undiagnosed and repeatedly misdiagnosed illness. She was hospitalized a number of times for severe pain and intermittent paralysis. At times confined to a wheelchair or had to rely on a walker, and suffered from debilitating symptoms like fatigue, wide spread pain, muscle spasms, insomnia, and other ailments. Her career was severely impacted, her life put on hold every time she got sick. She went broke. Doctors at leading medical facilities told her she had fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis,and even a conversion reaction disorder. They told her the illness was neurological,they told her it was psychological, they told her it was all in her head. The doctors patronized and dismissed her.
Rising Above Mercury is my seventh book read for 2014. 

Until my next post, happy reading! 

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