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Mercury Detox

  1. Contact a physician who specializes in heavy metal detoxification.
  2. Protect the body with nutritional supplements.
  3. Go slowly, and let the body remove the heavy metals.
  4. Detox should not begin until all silver (mercury) amalgam fillings are removed.

Recommended Supplements

These can be started three weeks before having mercury fillings removed, but at least one week, if possible. There are different quantities, and supplements recommended for each individual, but this is a typical guideline. Remember that vitamins and minerals from natural sources are thought to be better than extracted and concentrated supplements, but even synthetic vitamins should be harmless for short-term use.

L-Methionine, L-cysteine, L-cystine, L-gluthaione—Amino Acids As directed, best on empty stomach Needed for sulfur. Also helps detoxify harmful metals and toxins
Selenium 100 – 200 mcg /day in divided doses Selenium neutralizes the effects of mercury.
Vitamin E 400 – 800 IU / day Works with selenium to neutralize mercury.
Very Important:
Alfalfa and/or Kelp 5 tablets / day Aids the body in removing toxins
Garlic 2 or 3 capsules / day Detoxifier, mild chelation ability
Vitamin A 50,000 IU for 1 month, decreasing to 25,000 IU Powerful antioxidant. Destroys free radicals
Vitamin C plus rutin 4,000 to 10,000 mg / day Helps remove metals, and strengthen the immune system.
Beta-carotine 15,000 IU Powerful free radical scavenger.
Vitamin B complex 100 mg 2x / day Functioning and protection of the brain
Brewer’s yeast as directed Source of B vitamins
Lecithin 1 tbsp 3x /day, or 1 capsule 3x / day Protects the brain cells from mercury poisoning

Detox Program

Every individual is different, and since mercury is highly toxic, it is important to go slowly, and be under the supervision of a qualified physician.

The supplements listed above are recommended to support the body’s natural detox mechanisms. Mercury may still need to be moved with mercury mobilizers. This is where detox can be dangerous. Since mercury is highly toxic, it is not wise to move it too quickly. Not only can it damage the liver and kidneys, but there is nothing to prevent it from entering the brain.

Mercury Mobilizers

  • Chlorella is probably the best, safest natural product to mobilize mercury. There is the question of whether the chlorella itself contains mercury from the environment, but a good manufacturer such as Source Naturals will not have that problem. The only issue some people have is trouble digesting the chlorella, so a digestive enzyme will be helpful in that case. It can produce gas, and flatulence, but the symptoms tend to subside as the person gets used to taking it.

When using mercury mobilizers, it is also a good idea to take supplements for liver and kidney support. I should probably get a commission from Source Naturals, but they have a good formula called “Liver Guard” that has everything I was looking for—A good combination of vitamins, minerals and herbs, but not too concentrated. I found it at a local health food market.

As with any detox program, start small. If detox symptoms occur (headache, nausea, etc.), reduce the dosage. Then gradually increase. For example, if you get some chlorella, and the instructions say to take 10 pills per day, start with one. If there is no ill effect, then the next day try two, then the next day try four. If there are any symptoms, reduce the dose and wait before incrementing again. It is a good idea to try chlorella at night in case there is any flatulence. The effect usually does not last more than a few hours, but it takes some people a few days to get used to it, if they do not usually eat many green vegetables.

Chemical Chelators

Chelation is used to remove heavy metals from the body. Since mercury is much more toxic than other heavy metals, such as lead, and arsenic, it can be lethal to move it too quickly. There is some controversy about the safety, as well as unscrupulous business practices in recommending treatment for people who don’t need it. If you choose this route, your Doctor can explain the process, but it is recommended that you wait at least a month after having all metal fillings replaced before even considering this therapy. It is probably better to wait six months to a year before forcing mercury out with such treatments. The body has a way of naturally eliminating toxic substances. After mercury toxicity symptoms have subsided, chemical chelation can be used to get the remaining mercury and other contaminants out of your body.

How Mercury Detox Works

Mercury is not water soluble, so most of it will be eliminated through the liver into the intestines, and out with the solid waste. Going through this route will allow some mercury to be reabsorbed into the bloodstream through the intestines. This is another reason to go slowly with detox. You do not want to reabsorb more than your body can handle. Some of the mercury will go through the kidneys, but it must be grabbed by something such as glutathione that the body produces to trap and eliminate it. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) has been shown to increase glutathione content within the body’s cells.

Common Symptoms of Mercury Poisoning

For a larger list of common symptoms see mercury.

  • Excessive tiredness and lack of energy
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances and waking up tired
  • Foggy brain
  • Digestive and bowel problems
  • Food intolerance
  • Frequent colds, sore throats, and generally depressed immunity
  • Excessive Headaches or migraine
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Skin, nail and hair problems
  • Generally feeling unwell

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