Mercury Toxicity Is A Commonly Overlooked Cause of Disease
Mercury is one of the most toxic substances to the human body and especially to the brain. Yet, most people (and doctors) never realize that it may be causing their decline in health or that the amalgam fillings in their mouth may be the root of issue.
Studies like the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) amalgam study show that the number of amalgam fillings in your mouth is proportional to how much mercury is in your brain (1).
The studies indicate that the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, parts of the brain, accumulate most of the mercury and are significantly impacted by this highly toxic heavy metal. These areas of the brain are the master glands that control the hormone producing glands, like the thyroid and adrenals.
So, when the brain is impacted by mercury toxicity, there are significant effects to the entire hormonal system. When our hormones are out of balance it affects how we think, how we feel, and how we handle stress. This can result in anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, and the inability to lose weight.
Proper detoxification of heavy metals is a process that must be taken with great care. In the case of amalgam removal, the process should ideally begin with a preparation phase prior to removal of the amalgams. The preparation phase should begin to open the pathways for detoxification (liver, kidney, gut, and lymphatics) and boosting glutathione levels so that any mercury that is released during the removal process can make its way out of the body.
For the removal of the amalgam fillings, it is crucial that you work with a dentist that is trained in safe amalgam removal so that you are not exposed to a large dose of mercury during the procedure. Many people have been significantly harmed through improper and unsafe removal procedures, so I urge you to choose your doctor wisely.
Once the amalgams are removed, you still must detoxify the mercury from your body. If you don’t undergo a systematic process of detoxification, the mercury will remain stored in the body and the brain. Some people feel better initially, but symptoms eventually return as store mercury begins to circulate.
The detoxification process is another crucial part of this process and should not be done without first removing any amalgams. Many methods commonly used to detox metals are either ineffective or unsafe. Herbs like cilantro and chlorella are ineffective because they are weak binders, which means they don’t bind to the metals well enough to eliminate them. Heavy metals are heavy as the description says, the detoxifier must bind tightly to fully eliminate it from the body.
Many doctors perform IV chelation using a prescription chelator such as DMPS and unlike the herbs and other binders I mentioned above, it does work. The problem with using IV chelation therapies is that they will pull a lot of heavy metals all at once and do not stay in the body long enough and therefore can cause redistribution of heavy metals.
The key to effective to effective heavy metal detox involves a few steps. Step 1 is upregulating the body’s detoxification ability by providing amino acids, enyzymes, glutathione, and methyl groups. Step 2 is to use a true heavy metal binder using proper dosing procedures, like we use in our office, to detoxify the body from mercury. Step 3 is to use the heavy metal binder to detoxify the brain. This final step is where the true magic happens.
When this comprehensive approach to detoxification is used, many people with seemingly unexplainable illness are finally able to get their life back.
1. Echeverria, D., Aposhian, H.V., Woods, J.S., Heyer, N.J., Aposhian, M.M., Bittner JR., A.C., Mahurin, R.L., Cianciola, M. Neurobehavioral effects from exposure to dental amalgam Hg: new distinctions between recent exposure and Hg body burden. http://www.fasebj.org/content/12/11/971.long