Lincoln took mind destroying mercury pills


This may help explain it all!

In the 6 June 08 New York Times op-ed page, columnist David Brooks writes in "The Art of Growing Up":

In January 1841, Abraham Lincoln seems to have contemplated suicide. His friend Joshua Speed found him one day thrashing about in his room. "Lincoln went Crazy," Speed wrote, " I had to remove razors from his room — take away all the Knives and other such dangerous things — it was terrible."

Lincoln was taking three mercury pills a day, the remedy in those days for people who either suffered from syphilis or feared contracting it. "Lincoln could not eat or sleep," Daniel Mark Epstein writes in his new book, "The Lincolns." "He appeared at the statehouse irregularly, hollow eyed, unshaven, emaciated — an object of pity to his friends and of derision to others."

Later, Lincoln wrote of that period with shame, saying that he had lost the "gem of my character." He would withdraw morosely from the world into a sort of catatonic state. Early in his marriage, Epstein writes, "Lincoln had night terrors. He woke in the middle of the night trembling, talking gibberish.”….

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Now, this indictment of Lincoln does not come from Chuck Demastus’ Southern Heritage News & Views, or, or Tom DiLorenzo or from any other of our compatriots, who have also written about Lincoln’s episodes of mental instability. No, it comes from a moderate Republican columnist, quoting a pro-Lincoln biographer in the liberal NYTimes.

Ingesting mercury can indeed make you crazy.

Mercury is known as the most deadly non-radioactive element on earth, and The Great Emancipator’s regular exposure to it may help explain his well-known periods of depression and his sometimes bizarre behavior.

Mercury has been known for hundreds of years to be deadly — a compound that severely damages the brains of humans. The famous Mad Hatter from "Alice in Wonderland” was made insane by breathing vapors of mercury used in making hats, a common occurrence in the 19th century.

In the 1st century A.D., Roman prisoners received death sentences by being forced to work in cinnabar mines, thus exposing them to fatal levels of mercury. In Minamata Bay, Japan, over ten thousand people in the fishing village were poisoned (and some two thousand killed, plus numerous dogs and cats) by fish and shellfish contaminated with mercury waste dumped into the bay in the 1950’s and ‘60’s. In Iraq in 1971-72, up to 1,000 people were killed and as many as 60,000 gravely poisoned by imported U.S. grain treated with a mercury-based pesticide banned for use in America.

Today, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and most state governments warn against eating many types of fish contaminated with tiny traces of this deadly metal, especially pregnant women and nursing mothers.

Clearly, mercury must have damaged Lincoln’s brain, which could have played an important role in deciding our nation’s fate a few years later.

Apparently, when Lincoln started the bloodiest and most tragic and most unnecessary war in our nation’s history, he may have been a bit unbalanced, or, as they say, "mad as a hatter."

Lewis Regenstein