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Images from a Mercury Toxic Life

November 3, 2011

I was spending a weekend away recently when a friend I didn’t see very often walked into the kitchen just as I picked up my pill holder to take my morning supplements.

“What IS that?” she asked. “Is Netflix doing something new I haven’t heard about?”

“Um, it’s my pillholder,” I said, sliding it out so she could see.

I realized that necessity had led me to create a stylish and intriguing object.

My pill holder was the exact width of the tearaway cover from a Netflix envelope, so that was the paper I’d grabbed out of the recycling to make my wrapper. (The wrapper of course being a necessity as pill holders age, and lose their ability to stay shut when bounced around in a backpack.)

It makes me think of all of the images that go along with the mercury toxic life. The bedside table chelation tableau of DMSA, ALA, pillholder, alarm and water. The shelves, bags, boxes, and even more shelves needed to hold all the supplements. The mindboggling number of pills, capsules and medications we take in a week (click here to see a striking example of that).

If you have images of your mercury toxic life that you’d like to share, send them to me at, and I’ll share the most interesting ones in a future post.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne Shuford permalink
    November 9, 2011 1:00 am

    Can you tell us how you separated put all your supplements, packaging them up for the day? Your picture makes it look so organized, and my foggy brain gets so overwhelmed with all I’m trying to take (Cutler recommendations).

    So what was in each pill packet you have there that helped you, and how did decide when and how to bundle different supplements together?

    And what kind ofpill carrying things did you buy? I find that theresbno pill carrier with compartments big enough for all the pills I need to take at once at certain parts of the day. Where did you get the pink and blue pill holders? They look roomy :).

    And also, did you ever get concerned about the plastic pill carriers leaching chemicals onto your supplements?? That’s scares me about packagi g them up for the whole week, just to have them sit in cheap pill pocket zip baggies or plastic pill carriers. Goodness knows, I don’t need more chemicals introduced to my body :).

    Thanks for any advice and guidance. – Anne 🙂

    Ps. How is your name pronounced? Is it like Anne/Ann? Or more like rhymes with rain? I like it very much 🙂

    • November 10, 2011 12:05 pm

      Hi Anne,

      The picture of the pink and blue pill holders isn’t mine, it’s from a website called If you go to that site and click on ‘Contact’ you can ask them about their pill holders–they do look very nice.

      I have never been concerned about plastic leaching from my pill holder. My understanding is that a plastic container has to get wet before it can leach anything into its contents, but I’m just guessing here.

      And my name is pronounced ‘Awn-ya’. It’s in the Irish language and is Irish for Ann, so we actually have the same first name–and now you know how to say yours in Irish 🙂


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