Illness Defined
The Theorem

Quarry Bulletin - Westford, Massachusetts U.S.A.


A New Book  by Richard Diaz

Reviewed by Shirley Chambers in January 2007

    Several weeks ago when I was at the Lahey Clinic, I ran into a friend whom I had not seen in some time. She explained to me that she was at the Clinic having a battery of tests made to see if the doctors could discover the source of her mysterious ailment. On impulse I asked: "Have they tested you for heavy metals?" Now where did I come up with that?

    I had recently been reading a book published by Richard Diaz entitled "Illness Defined." Richard has spent much of his lifetime investigating illness, and he believes that in order to understand illness, you must first define it. He does just that in this book.

    When Richard was in military service in Vietnam he was impacted by a number of herbicides used by our military there, commonly known as 'Agent Orange' today. He believes that this was one of the catalysts for his present condition which is diagnosed as multiple sclerosis, the source and cure for which remain unknown.

    So, who better to write a theorem on illness and poisons than Richard Diaz? Collecting the data for this book has been a long and, at best, arduous task. Richard calls it a passion driven quest for facts. The author says "The elements of bad health are a compromised immune system, systemic consumption, and heavy metal body burden," and he describes each of these elements in some detail.

    "The only defense to poisoning is awareness."

    It seems that metals which poison us come from common sources of everyday life: food (especially the mercury in fish), drinking water (arsenic, fluoride, lead), vaccines and plasma, consumable products (mercury, arsenic, aluminum), household items, cosmetics, the metal fillings in teeth, toys, and even some jewelry. The real bad boy of all of these metals is mercury. Richard says it is the easiest to identify in the human body, but it is also the most expensive and painful metal to eliminate and control.

    "The hope of safeguarding our futures must be driven by the creativity, ingenuity, commerce and the industry of the individual citizen to bypass and overrule the corruption, greed and deviant behavior of our governing and manufacturing authorities." (Now this is surely food for some serious thought.)

    When you read a book such as this one, and I suggest you do, you begin to apply all these findings to yourself and to your family. I found this book both enlightening and frightening at the same time. I think about all the heavy metals that I have had (and still get) in the water I drink, the food, the air, my tooth fillings, cosmetics, and on and on, and I wonder by what miracle I have lived as long as I have.

    Reading this book has been an awakening.

Personal Correspondence


From:     Ruth M. D.   Attorney at Law    January, 2007

"Compelling Argument"

Lowell Sun

By Bridget Scrimenti,

Article Last Updated: 08/16/2007  11:42:52 AM EDT

Westford man: Ban vaccines with mercury

WESTFORD -- The shots prevent tetanus, the flu and other potentially deadly illnesses. But Richard Diaz wants Westford to ban such vaccines with preservatives that contain mercury. "It's the second most deadliest of metals and we use it like it was candy," said Diaz, a resident.

Thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, is used in the majority of flu and tetanus vaccines in the United States.

State lawmakers are considering a bill to prohibit vaccines with thimerosal from being given to pregnant women and children under the age of 3. The bill, which was refiled this session, would only allow trace amounts of thimerosal in vaccines, allowing 1 microgram of mercury per dose or less, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

"Vaccines are not the issue," said state Rep. Garrett Bradley, D-Hingham, who is sponsoring the legislation. "We have to take a known neuro-toxin out of what we're injecting in our children."

In 1999, the FDA, the National Institute of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that manufacturers reduce or eliminate thimerosal in vaccines as a precaution.

While thimerosal has now been removed from all pediatric vaccines, it is still used in flu vaccines given to children and adults.

The federal government doesn't consider thimerosal to be hazardous.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently conducting a study with Italian researchers to see if there's a link between thimerosal exposure and neurological developmental disorders, according to the CDC.

Thimerosal-free vaccines are available, but typically cost about $2 more per dose, according to the state Department of Public Health.

The thimerosal-free vaccine requires a single dose, while a less-expensive, multidose vaccine is used multiple times and needs thimerosal as a strong preservative, according to the CDC.

While other states, such as California and New York, have already banned vaccines with thimerosal for children, Bradley hopes the new legislation will drive manufacturers to produce more thimerosal-free vaccines.

This year, the state Department of Public Health ordered about 700,000 flu vaccines, with more than 500,000 vaccines containing thimerosal, and 130,000 thimerosal-free vaccines for children.

"All vaccines that we distribute are safe and effective according to the Food and Drug Administration," said Dr. Alfred DeMaria, state assistant commissioner of public health.

DeMaria says the state follows federal guidelines that allow thimerosal to be used in vaccines.

Westford receives about 1,800 to 2,000 flu vaccines with thimerosal from the Department of Public Health each year, said Sandy Collins, the town's director of health-care services. The town only vaccinates adults; children must receive vaccines through a private health-care provider.

At Monday's Board of Health meeting, Diaz asked the board to vote not to use any vaccines with thimerosal and aluminum for children and adults. Aluminum is used to enhance immune responses after vaccination.

If the board decides to continue using thimerosal vaccines, Diaz asked that it distribute a data sheet about thimerosal and aluminum.

The board did not take a vote, and wants to review additional information. Members Joanne Martell and Tom Mahanna were absent.

Diaz, who has multiple sclerosis, says he was exposed to mercury while working in the Navy, and as a hazardous-materials cargo agent. He believes his exposure to mercury played a large role in his illness and compromised his immune system.

"This is very simple," Diaz told the board at Monday's meeting. "This is a poison."

The board will review Diaz's request to ban thimerosal at a public meeting on Sept. 24.

'This is Russian roulette' Westford man petitions health board

to nix vaccines containing mercury-based preservatives

By Bridget Scrimenti,
Lowell Sun

WESTFORD -- Richard Diaz has a warning: Mercury is a poison that should be avoided.

"This is Russian roulette," the Westford resident said of mercury. "This is a guaranteed demise of anyone who comes in contact with it."

Diaz asked the Westford Board of Health to ban vaccines with preservatives that contain mercury.

Thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, is used in the majority of flu and tetanus vaccines in the United States.

However, the Board of Health will continue to administer vaccines with thimerosal.

"We feel there's a greater risk of getting sick and dying of the flu than the 25 micrograms of ethyl mercury in thimerosal," said Board of Health Chairman Zac Cataldo.

At Tuesday's Board of Health meeting, Dr. Alfred DeMaria, assistant commissioner of the state Department of Public Health, and Dr. Susan Lett also from DPH, spoke about thimerosal in vaccines.

Both the DPH and federal government consider vaccines with thimerosal to be safe and effective.

While thimerosal has been removed from pediatric vaccines, it is still used in flu vaccines given to children and adults.

Diaz also asked the board to hand out a data sheet about thimerosal, but Cataldo said residents who receive vaccines currently sign a consent sheet that identifies thimerosal in the vaccine.

Thimerosal-free vaccines are available, but typically cost about $2 more per dose, according to the state Department of Public Health. The thimerosal-free vaccine requires a single dose, while a less expensive, multidose vaccine is used multiple times and needs thimerosal as a strong preservative, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Diaz, who has multiple sclerosis, believes mercury exposure has played a large role in his illness and compromised his immune system.

Diaz says he will continue to promote mercury awareness, and wants the board to warn residents about cleaning products that contain mercury.

"It's a slow-motion calamity in progress," Diaz said.

Essay on the Heavy Metals Toxicity

Valerian Papadaki,  Moscow , Russia

 I am a native Russian, so my English is sometimes not up to the mark. Pray forgive me my mistakes.

The book I have chosen to write about is unique: it is one of those books which are "to be chewed and digested" as Sir Francis Bacon once put it in his famous essay "Of Studies". One may even say that it is a kind of warning to Mankind at large, being, at the same time, "the voice of one crying out in the wilderness". It is called "Illness Defined - The Theorem" by Richard Diaz, a man remarkable in many ways.

It was published in 2006 in the USA in a limited edition on the author' private means, and the way I acquired it is worthy of note. I live in Moscow , where I teach English to all and sundry, and do an occasional translation from English into Russian and vice versa, in my free time: In the evenings, I sometimes chat with the English-speaking folks via the Skype program on the Internet. It was there that I stumbled on Richard, who was online, trying to attract people to the threat which heavy metals pose for mankind. It was those soul-inspiring talks with Mr. Diaz that eventually resulted in my ordering his book from the USA .

The book deals with the so-called heavy metal burden in man's body. As the author himself puts it, "once you know how your body is compromised, you will be prepared to avoid illness and be better prepared to deal, effectively, with recovery efforts".

A man' health is compromised, or injured, in a lot of ways, which, according to the author, can be reduced to three main vectors, namely, the action of micro-organisms, the trauma, and the poisoning. These vectors can cause a myriad of illnesses and conditions. However, when they present themselves in a medley they complicate and confuse an effective cure by creating synergistic symptoms. Whereas the first two vectors, being self-evident, are easily detected, poisoning with heavy metals "is rarely obvious" and the organism's exposure to them must go through a long period before their harmful effect reaches the critical stage. Therefore, tests of the blood and urine in a body contaminated with heavy metals "will be ineffective unless a provocative chemical agent is used to draw the metals from their storage sites". Things are aggravated by the fact that man's homeostasis prevents early detection of the environmental poisoning with heavy metals (and not only with them!) until it is too late.

The state of bad health can be shown as an equilateral triangle with its sides representing the compromised immune system +/-, the systemic consumption +/-, and the heavy metal body burden. The immune system can move in two directions: "it can either be overly aggressive (+) and mistakes normal, natural body functions as targets to be defeated or inept (-) and will not identify and/fight any targets for defeat".

The systemic consumption factor is also given +/- signs, which is, simply stated, too much, or too little. As the author rightly states, "in today's world, we are given small doses of preservatives, fungicides, pesticides, and a host of other chemical elements that are advertised to be "safe". This is a true statement if these chemicals are examined by individual exposure levels. However, if observed in total over a period of a lifetime, considering the cumulative effects, the picture of good health is lost slowly, with every minute dose. That is to say, when observed from the long view, the supplemental toxins are systemic. Since we are all creatures of habit, we can not escape the influences of society (i.e. the mercury in vaccines, dental amalgams and fish, and the lead in gasoline, paint and ceramics). The only avenue we have to maintain health is the identification, elimination, and deletion of these toxins from our consumable environment and body burden".

With the heavy metals, however, the situation gets much more complicated as "our vital systems begin to fail when the accumulation of them reaches the so-called ignition point (here the author makes a comparison with the setting of fire, which needs three basic elements to start: the fuel, the oxygen, and the ignition factor).

So far, so good! Then, in the next chapter, the author takes sudden turn and plunges into the realms of mythology and occult. True, in the very beginning he takes an excursus into history, mentioning the effects of lead on the collapse of the Roman Empire . Now we descend much lower, into the hoary past. Chapter 3 is devoted to the symbols used in medical science, namely, the caduceus. This is intriguing. What is the hidden meaning of it? What insights can be elicited from its emergence on the book's pages? As the author himself puts it, "I found it interesting and illuminating. You will have to come to your own conclusions". As it turns out, that the caduceus, the winged staff with two snakes wrapped around it, was an ancient astrological symbol of commerce (see Wikipedia) and is associated with the Greek god Hermes, or Mercury of the Romans, who was the messenger for the gods, conductor of the dead, and protector of merchants and thieves. Is this a hint that many men of medical profession are not quite honest?

As the symbol for medicine, however, the caduceus is often used interchangeably with the Rod of Aesclepius (single snake, no wings), although learned opinion prefers the staff of Aesclepius (the Greek god of medicine and healing), reserving the caduceus for representing commerce. Some medical organizations join the serpents (of the caduceus) with rungs to suggest DNA double helix. The last mention of the sacred serpent is culled from the Holy Bible, adding more confusion to the issue. "Whoops!" (An exclamation used by the author apparently to show us his disgust of this obscure matter).

The remainder of the book (which consists of 14 chapters) is a sober and factual description of various ways the heavy metals compromise the human body. The textual material is supplied with a plethora of the Internet sources and websites, which makes it, if anything else, a good reference book of its kind.

Chapter 4 deals with the fish and seafood as the most apparent source of the body's contamination with mercury. Without much beating around the bush, the author cites the FDA and EPA recommendations, given to future mothers as to how to avoid being poisoned with mercury while eating fish and shellfish. There are also a number of FAQs about mercury in fish and shellfish and the tables showing the mercury levels in commercial fish and shellfish. Very illuminating, indeed, but who cares!

Chapter 5 is devoted to the heavy metals in drinking water. Here we learn that arsenic, fluoride, lead, and mercury in drinking water may gravely compromise the body's health, and result in delays in physical and mental development of children. There is another chart listing the contaminants contained in water and their potential health effects as well as the sources of the water contamination. Taken together with the notes to the chart, it is really elucidating.

Chapter 6 treats of the vaccines and plasma adulterated with mercury in the so-called thimerosal, which is a preservative used therein. There is a chart specifying the thimerosal content in the currently manufactured US licensed vaccines. A source of revelation for the professional, it can scare an ordinary layman.

Chapter 7 highlights the need to be cautious in purchasing consumable products, which may contain measurable amount of mercury. Notable among these are some herbal drugs from China and items of the ayurvedic medicine. Also included in the list of potential contaminants are:

Antiperspirants (aluminum)

Candles (aluminum, fluoride, lead, arsenic, and mercury)

Old mirrors (mercury) as well as such household items as



Fluorescent bulbs

Some vintage toys and games


Necklaces and jewelry

Soap and cosmetics

Dyes and pigments


As the author himself aptly put it, "a chapter like this could go on indefinitely".

What follows in Chapter 8 is a lively diversion from more somber facts of the previous chapters, being the recording of the online chats on the subject of the various uses of mercury in everyday life and the risks involved therein. As the author himself puts it, "this is a good example of the inconsistent attitudes and the quality of information that is circulating among tradesmen and professionals on this controversial subject".

In fact, it is rather an expression of the widespread ignorance of the dangers ensuing from handling this poisonous stuff. As it turns out, one of the participants of the forum has a bottle of mercury which he does not want to get rid of "cause if I store it safely it isn't gonna hurt anything and if a use ever comes up I’m sure it would by pretty hard to get it nowadays". There follows then a lively discussion as to what uses can be devised for this highly hazardous material (and not all of them recognize this patent fact!). People recollect various episodes from their childhoods and from history and suggest a variety of uses from selling it on the ebay to prospecting for gold and making the barometers and switches. Some make lighthearted remarks, revealing their 'I-care-less' attitude to the whole matter, others sound more concerned, advising the boy to "dispose of it in an environmentally responsible way". There are also quite sober voices warning him that mercury is "hazmat and neurotoxin" On the whole, the forum makes one fully aware of the environmental risks of living in the contemporary world as it is never "free from idiots who, despite all manner of "green products" (environmentally safe) : will succeed in hurting themselves and others". A separate topic emerging in the chapter is the amalgam used in dental fillings, which is 50 percent mercury, and it is treated more in detail in Chapter 12.

Chapter 10 is devoted to "Behavioral, Structural, and Functional Abnormalities Associated with Various Heavy Metal Toxins". Incidentally, each chapter is prefaced with an epigraph epitomizing, as it were, the author's personal attitude to the issue in question. The one to Chapter 10 quotes Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, who said that "medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind". Clear enough! The four charts included herein list a number of "psychiatric disturbances, cognitive impairments, sensory abnormalities, and motor disorders resulting from the heavy metal poisoning. It is scary stuff when one considers how easily one can be exposed to their lethal influence. It also describes some commonly encountered toxic metals and compounds. Chapter 11 seem at first sight to be besides the point, being as it is, an English translation of the German article written in 1926 by Dr Alfred stock for the Zeitschrift fuer angewendte Chemie and entitled "The Dangerousness of the Mercury Vapor". When one goes through it, one immediately sees its relevance. The German researcher speaks of the "insidious mercury poisoning" which may take a long time before one is aware of its deadly after effects. The researcher also mentions (for the first time in medical history, as it seems!) a little known source of mercury poisoning: amalgam dental fillings. The matter is given a very detailed consideration in Chapter 12 with a conclusion that dentists should "reassess their legal and ethical positions" on this point as the evidence of the amalgam toxicity and the availability of safer materials substantially increase the liability of the amalgam protagonists.

Chapter 13 provides us with some recent data on the mercury poisoning in the USA . Here we come across, also for the first time apparently, the now well-known 21-day course of DMSA therapy, which is an important treatment of patients that have been exposed to the elemental mercury poisoning.

Chapter 14 sums up the author's study of the issue of the "heavy metal body burden ". The Rule supplied at the end of it is the quintessence of the author's philosophy and may be cited here unabridged: "If the patient has been diagnosed with a disease or condition that has no identified cause and/or prescribed cure, the probability of his/her being influenced by one or more of the heavy metals is severe. It is possible to have all three vectors of illness affect the health simultaneously. When more than one vector (see Ch. 2) is obvious, the heavy metal influence must be minimized before a cure or a treatment will be effective". So, here it is!

In conclusion, one must say that it is for the Reader to judge the importance and topicality of the issues raised in the book. Some may brush it aside as an amateurish attempt to draw attention to a serious issue, others - to consider it too haphazard and jumbled. In my humble opinion, this monograph must be read quite thoroughly, and the more people will read it, the better are the chances for our survival.

I found the book very informative and a must read for everyone who is concerned about the health impact caused by Mercury exposure via eating Mercury contaminated sea food, Dental Amalgam and other sources of Mercury in our daily life. The book is very readable, well researched and up to date with latest information and many case studies. I highly recommend it to any one interested in their health and in the environment.
With best Regards, Pete
Environmental Reclaimation - Australia