Mercury toxicity is much more common than you know.
The amount of illness that may be caused or at least seriously aggravated by mercury buildup in our bodies is a VERY, VERY long list. There are undoubtedly many cases of mercury toxicity (mis-)diagnosed as conditions such as chronic sinusitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions… to name just a few. It’s not that these are invalid diagnoses, but mercury toxicity may be the underlying culprit.
Standard medical testing for mercury is a blood test, which is highly inadequate because only very recent mercury exposure or very high mercury toxicity will show up in a blood test. A urine test with a chelating agent (small magnet that grabs mercury and other toxic metals from your tissues) is one of the best tests. Urine testing is not without its false negatives though because mercury deposits into the nervous system and deep tissues so determining the true burden in any blood, hair or urine test can be difficult.
Mercury Toxicity Symptoms:
- mood swings, nervousness, irritability, & other emotional changes
- headache & migraines
- abnormal sensations
- muscle twitching
- muscle wasting
- brain fog & decreased cognitive functions.
Why do I have Mercury in my Body?
Unfortunately, we are all exposed to mercury in many forms these days. Levels of mercury in the environment are increasing due to discharge from hydroelectric, mining, pulp, and paper industries. Even in the relatively clean air of beautiful British Columbia mercury vapour is in our air because of coal burning plants mainly in China.
For most of us it is a slow gradual accumulation that is the problem instead of one large exposure (like swallowing a mercury amalgam). Mercury can cross the blood-brain barrier into our brains so mercury your parents and even grandparents were exposed to will have been passed onto you.
How do I Remove Mercury from my Body?
When it comes to removing mercury there are only a few best ways to do so. Improper mercury chelation (removal) can make you feel far worse… even if you feel better at first. There are many claims about mercury chelators on the internet and in common knowledge. Many of these remedies may be supportive, but are inadequate by themselves. And, of course, there are remedies that are more toxic than the mercury itself.
The best mercury chelators are Alpha Lipoic Acid (R-ALA), DMSA and DMPS. Other supports to help general detoxification may be useful, but they should not be used to remove mercury without at least one of the three chelators above.
Mercury toxicity is a serious health concern so please see a Naturopathic Doctor or Medical Doctor qualified in chelation therapy (like me!). Medical misunderstanding or ignorance about chelation can be as dangerous as that found on the internet.
Yours in health,
Dr. Patrick Callas, ND