Article by Dr. Jack Levenson
Mercury salts, even in low concentrations, are capable of inactivating sulphydryl groups in proteins, enzymes and enzymes inhibitors, with a resultant increase in permeability of cell walls, poor cellular nutrition, and interference with enzyme chemistry within cells.
In the lungs, Mercury vapour tends to oxidise into free radicals (Mercury ions). This electrically charged form of Mercury readily reacts with haemoglobin in red blood cells, insulin thyroxine from the thyroid gland, sulphur containing vitamins from the B complex group (such as vit B1 and biotin) and the sulphur amino acids and enzymes with a sulphur content.
When Mercury reacts with haemoglobin, the result is chronic fatigue. When it reacts with insulin, the pancreas is stressed and produces extra insulin. When it binds to coenzyme A, which converts food to blood sugar, it leads to low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) resulting in mood swings and food cravings. Coenzyme A is also necessary for the formulation of haemoglobin.
When Mercury vapour becomes wrapped in saliva and swallowed, it combines in the stomach with hydrochloric acid (HCl) to form mercuric chloride which reduces the efficiency of the primary stages of food digestion. Primary food digestion is HCl dependent.
Mercuric Chloride was used many years ago in medical practice under the name of corrosive sublimate. It was used to kill bacteria, and that is what it does. It kills friendly bacteria in the gut, thus allowing the overgrowth of opportunistic micro-organisms such as parasites, candida and other yeasts. It also damages the stomach wall and destroys some kidney tissue.
- Mercury is one of the most toxic substances known to mankindø
- Mercury vapour is released from amalgam fillingsø
- Patch testing shows responses to amalgam fillings that are related to time and extent of exposureø
- Mercury is a cumulative poison and a percentage is retained in tissues and organsø
- Mercury can be encouraged to leave the body by chelating agentsøthe main pathway of excretion is via faeces and much smaller amounts in urineø
- Some individuals react to accumulation of Mercury in the body
‘Let thy food be thy medicine, let thy medicine be thy food’ (Hippocrates)
Algaes bind to Mercury, aiding its removal from the body. They are also used nutritionally, being an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids and can be taken on a continuous basis. When choosing an algae product, care should be taken that its source is Mercury free.
Long used as a standard treatment for Mercury poisoning, selenium protects by breaking down the carbon/Mercury bond. When this occurs, in the gastro-intestinal tract, selenium ‘escorts’ the Mercury out of the body.
Vitamin B Complex to support the central nervous system and aid liver function
Vitamin E a powerful antioxidant which also increases the effective action of selenium
Oral Vitamin C very effective chelator and should be used continuously. As Vitamin C precipitates selenium, if both are supplemented, they should be separated by 2 hours
Zinc and Magnesium both these minerals are partially inactivated by Mercury and often need to be supplemented.
Coenzyme Q10 when low on energy
Pycnogenol a powerful antioxidant
Digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid
The purpose of detoxification is to mobilise Mercury from depots in tissues and organs, and bind it so that it may be excreted, and allow the body to restore itself to natural good health.
Daily – coriander, seaweed
Vitamin C powder
Avoid processed foods, eat fresh meat, particularly poultry, fruit and vegetables – all organic whenever possible. Foods containing sulphur, such as eggs, onions and garlic.
Fish, both fresh-water and from coastal areas, should be avoided as they usually contain high levels of Mercury and other toxins.
Small fish such as whitebait, sprats and sardines are protected by selenium, and are a good source of calcium. The larger the fish the more Mercury is present. Herring, mackerel and salmon are good sources of essential omega 3 fatty acids.
Avoid foods which are salty, sour or eaten at a high temperature and snacks between meals. All increase Mercury vaporisation. Refined carbohydrates and sugars should be avoided as the oral bacteria react to produce lactic acid which increases corrosion of amalgams.
Detoxification procedures to help flush retained Mercury from the body
Gut dysbiosis management
Organs affected by elements
Brain – lead, Mercury, manganese, aluminium
Thyroid – cobalt, iodine, selenium
Heart – calcium, magnesium, nickel
Respiratory passages – arsenic, cadmium, nickel, chromium
Liver – selenium, nickel, chromium, arsenic
Kidneys – Mercury, cadmium, arsenic
Fat – cadmium
Bone – cadmium, lead, strontium
Nerves -cadmium, lead, Mercury
Skin – arsenic
Mercury – reduced sensory abilities (taste, touch, vision and hearing), metallic taste with increased salivation, fatigue, anorexia, irritability and excitability, psychoses, mania, anaemia, paresthesias, tremours, loss of co-ordination, cardiovascular disease, hypertension with renal dysfunction.
Arsenic – fatigue, headaches, dermatitis, increased salivation, muscular weakness, loss of hair and nails, hypopigmentation of skin, anaemia, skin rashes.
Cadmium – loss of sense of smell, anaemia, dried scaly skin, hair loss, hypertension, kidney problems
Lead – children: delayed mental development, hyperactivity, delayed learning, behavioural problems – children and adults: fatigue, anaemia, metallic taste, loss of appetite, weight loss and headaches, insomnia, nervousness, decreased nerve conduction, possibly motor neuron disorders.
Request a Heavy Metal Screening to ascertain whether you have Mercury in your system.