Danbury Connecticut had been known as “Hat City,” or the “Hat Capital of the World” since the mid 19th century. At one time Hat City had 56 hat factories where as many as 5 million hats were made per year. To make smooth-matted felts, in a process nicknamed “carroting,” animal skins like beaver were separated from their pelts by steaming them with an orange-colored-mercury-nitrate solution. The steaming orange fumes rose up into the air, condensed upon the ceilings, and then fell back down upon the workers, coloring their hair and skin orange, something akin to Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.
Tuberculosis was rampant in the factories as the wet environments and the employee’s mercury-affected immune systems made them unable to fend off even simple viruses. In Newark and Orange, NJ, for the years 1873 to 1876, 66% of recorded hatter deaths were men younger than 30 years of age. Workers didn’t need vaccines to boost their immunities; they needed to detoxify from mercury.
The hat makers nervous systems were seriously affected, causing hair loss, drooling, a lurching gait, uncontrollable twitching of muscles, and problems in thinking clearly and talking. Today this would be diagnosed as multiple sclerosis, or another concocted term like fibromyalgia.
Mercury settling into the workers brains and central nervous systems created anxiety, depression, emotional instability, and a fear of being watched. The healthcare industry calls these conditions manic-depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, mania, borderline personality disorder, autism, and the list goes on and on. These fancy names obfuscate what should be the first question asked in healthcare, “Is the patient ill from toxic metals?” Instead, healthcare practitioners follow the most profitable solution for their industry by treating only symptoms, claiming the patient has a genetic predisposition for the condition.
Today, we bioaccumulate mercury from dental amalgams, vaccines, corn syrup, fish, light bulbs, coal, acetaminophen, and many other sources. Johnson and Johnson’s Tylenol is a coal-derived pharmaceutical that is a reductase inhibitor, blocking a person’s ability to detoxify.
In America, carroting was used until 1941, when World War II took away the hatters supply of mercury to make detonators for bombs. What was the replacement? The industry began using hydrogen peroxide, which Europe had done for the health of its workers before the year 1900, 40 years earlier. Rampant capitalism has its benefits, and costs. Don’t let your health suffer because you blindly trust a for-profit industry.
Written by Neeta and Albert Wilking
The Danbury Shakes research and proposal by Neeta
Editing by Albert Wilking