Where there is a will, there is a path.

Information can be useful hopeful. I am fed up with getting only catastrophic news and disinformation. Let me tell you now about one of those metals that poison us softly (mora, mora, they would say in Madagascar) and, it’s important, how to avoid using it without you knowing for you perhaps don’t know that many of your jewels and clothes contain some: the watch bracelet, the jeans button (that is in contact with your skin), the fastening of the bra. . . And even the 1 and 2 euro coins!

There are jewels without nickel. You must look for them. It should be written on them.

Don’t rely on other people. You are responsible for your health, your life, your sorrow or your joy.

Nickel glitters. We have known for a long time that all that glitters is not gold. It’s abundant and doesn’t cost much. France controls sizable mines in New Caledonia that nearly suffice to maintain the financial balance of that territory.

But nickel is suspected of being toxic, allergenic and carcinogenic. In spite of that, it’s used in dentistry (nickel/chrome alloys), in costume jewelry and even in gold jewels. Sometimes only 0.5%. The One and Two euro two-colored coins contain nickel which we touch daily. We nearly avoided the danger when Sweden was, for sometime, a candidate for the single currency; but, bang! it chose keeping its crown (which seems logical in a kingdom) and . . . too bad for us. There is another place where nickel is rife, very near our look, yes . . . you’ve guessed right: in the frames of our glasses! I noticed that mine had become green, after perhaps seven or eight years, a beautiful emerald green, the color of nickel ore when it is still an oxide. I am familiar with that color because when I was twelve I visited a factory owned by “Le Nickel” company in Le Havre and because, many years later, a brought back from New Caledonia a pebble of nickel ore; in passing, its inhabitants call their island “the pebble” because it is rich in many types of metal ores. When I bought a new pair of specs, I asked the charming lady optician to telephone the manufacturer of the one I had chosen. He confirmed it contained nickel, a fact she did not know.
They are naughty and put nickel everywhere without telling anybody. I therefore bought for—alas!—twice as much, a frame in pure titanium and bearing the label “no nickel allergy.”

I remember that ten years ago I had the eczema of the upper eyelid. It was difficult to cure and recurrent. The frames are a few millimeters away from the skin and “scientific minds” will no doubt say there is no proof; but “logical minds” will say they may be suspected and that, therefore, it is justified to take precautions. But, back to my valued eyes; more than thirty years ago, I suffered from vitreous detachments, then again five years ago, then again last year. Is there a connection? I have my doubts! One may have second thoughts about the other ocular conditions: glaucoma, cataracts, conjunctivitis, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) whose wet form develops a hyper vascularization in response to a local anti-cancerous treatment . . . well, well, well, I did mention above that nickel can be carcinogenic. . . Before all that, the metallic buckle of my wristwatch that touched my skin had caused a micro-eczema, circular and pruritic rash, the size of a pinhead on the forearm near my wrist. That micro-eczema stayed there for years before disappearing and today I can still see the lightly darkened place where it had been.

In conclusion, and in practice, be vigilant: ask nickel free when buying. Mine is a militant text.
Jewels without nickel exist. As an example, a brand Bala Boosté is tested “nickel free”; that is good news.

If you react to nickel: Nicollium CH.

By the way, a few words about other suspicious and toxic metals:

—Aluminum. Let’s send our old pans to a museum and beware of too many vaccinations because aluminum is used as a booster. And we are sometimes unaware that it has been added to tap water, in order to make it look clearer, when mud makes it look reddish.
—Mercury. They don’t put it in medical thermometers any more. But dentists still use it in France while it’s been forbidden for a long time in the northern European countries. For the filling of teeth lead is not used but mercury that allows the proper mixing of metallic powders and the forming of a solid mass that will fill the cavity exactly. The problem arises when, as time goes by, mercury disappears progressively and spreads in the body. Mercury wreaks havoc in French Guyana because illegal gold panners throw that “rogue” metal in the rivers. It reappears in the flesh of fish that locals fish downstream.
This is a political problem that is not in the purpose of my book.

If your dentist doesn’t know how to work without nickel and without mercury . . . find yourself another dentist!

Beware of excessive vaccinations because of mercury and aluminum. Remember: nickel free.

By the way, do you know the etymology of the word “french”? I’s the same as that of free. A dream.

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