5 Main Goals to Achieve Before Detoxifying Mercury and Other Heavy Metals
There are wide variations in the management of a detox plan for the mercury poisoned. It all depends on the severity of the toxicity and the vitality of the individual.
You may think this is a “no-brainer”, but time and time again, I hear from people who continually struggle to detoxify – often for years – while making little if any progress. Too often, they continue to worsen.
This is exactly what happened to me. I was severely mercury toxic for way too long. I consulted with dozens of doctors who always recommended the same old thing… thousands of dollars in lab tests, most of which were not covered by my health insurance; chelation with DMSA or DMPS and other “natural chelators” [cilantro tincture, etc.]; expensive nutritional IV’s and many hundreds of dollars each month of the standard supplements for the mercury toxic [chlorella, cilantro, NAC, MSM, synthetic vitamins and minerals, microsilica, etc.].
Year after year, from doctor to doctor, I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and continued to get worse. I endured increased anxiety, irrational fear and panic attacks, heart palpitations, horrifying obsessive thinking, depression, insomnia, headaches, severe skin burning, stinging and itching and debilitating exhaustion – just to name a few.
When explaining my increased symptoms to my doctors, they simply fluffed-off my complaints dismissively, saying, “well, it’s just what you have to do to get rid of the mercury”. I feel that most of them thought I was either over-exaggerating or just being a wuss!
I’ve found that many health professionals seem to have a “one-size-fits-all” protocol for the mercury toxic. I am here to tell you what SHOULD be a no-brainer – that mildly toxic cases can usually handle detoxifying from the start of their program and can usually tolerate these forms of supplements. Moderate to severely mercury toxic cases usually CANNOT.
The more one is mercury/heavy metal toxic, the more severely they are nutritionally depleted on a cellular level. Their organs and glands are weaker, their nerve cells/endings are more hyper-sensitive and the more serious their leaky gut condition is and it’s often accompanied with a significant hypo-thyroid condition.
For more severely toxic cases, the body needs to first be effectively prepared to enable safe and efficient detoxification. Otherwise, unnecessary cellular damage occurs, symptoms will worsen and set-backs will result. One must first accomplish the following five main goals to a certain degree before removing the metals.
1. REPAIR THE LEAKY GUT.
About 75 % of the immune system is the good, healthy bacteria that reside in the mucosal layer which surrounds the inner intestinal lining. This mucosal layer easily gets damaged from mercury and other heavy metals.
Leaky Gut, IBS, dysbiosis, candida over-growth, parasites and poor assimilation and methylation develops – all which lead to nutritional deficiencies, the production of mast cell histaimine release and a hyper-sensitive immune response, causing increased sensitivities to the metals and other toxins, as well as foods and nutraceuticals. One must effectively rebuild this protective mucosal layer in the intestinal tract. Until the mucosal layer is restored, you will struggle to make significant progress repairing your intestines and rebuilding your immune system.
There is an effective way to improve the condition of leaky gut rather quickly and too many health professionals in the U.S. do not know how to accomplish this. It involves more than just a typical “candida diet” and probiotics!
2. ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN BALANCED THYROID HORMONE LEVELS.
Moderate to severe toxic cases often develop a hypo-thyroid condition. Mercury binds to thyroid hormone like a magnet, ‘robbing’ it from the body’s cells. Thyroid hormone gives your body’s cells the energy they need to perform their function. If you have a hypo-thyroid condition, every cell, gland and organ in your body is struggling to function optimally. A hypo-thyroid condition is often missed due to outdated, incorrect laboratory reference ranges*. It is imperative to achieve balanced thyroid hormone levels.
3. RESTORE NUTRITION TO YOUR BODY’S CELLS.
It is critically important to get in the specific food sources that enable the body to filter and remove mercury. These specific food sources must be of a form that are extremely easy to digest, as assimilation and methylation is presently impaired. Mercury also acts like a magnet by attaching to minerals in your body, further contributing to nutritional deficiencies. Improved nutrition must first be achieved to a certain level in order to avoid needless suffering and set-backs from detoxification.
4. RESOLVE THE OVERGROWTH OF UNWANTED MICROBES.
Heavy metal toxicity creates the perfect environment in your body for unwanted microbes to easily thrive and multiply. Unwanted microbes include bad bacteria, candida, viruses, fungi and parasites. In time, as you make progress with the above 3 goals and continue to make progress detoxifying, your immune system will become strong enough to effectively prevent the overgrowth of pathogens. Until then, it is imperative to aid the body by resolving the overgrowth of bad bugs and inhibiting their re-growth. This involves more than taking some antimicrobial herbs!
5. REPAIR AND PROTECT DAMAGED CELLS.
This includes organs, glands, brain cells and the myelin sheath of all nerve cells caused by the ongoing damage from the metals and pathogens. Improving these five conditions alone will significantly improve your symptoms and better stabilize your strength and vitality. At this point, your body will then have the ability to efficiently detoxify the mercury and with little or no exacerbation of symptoms.
To avoid unnecessary difficulties during a heavy metal detox program, the most important thing to know is that proper preparation of the body is essential to a safe, pain-free heavy metal detox program.
*One source of many: 2012 published article by best-selling author and thyroid researcher Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum M.D., titled, “The Tragic and Invisible Epidemic of Thyroid Disease”: http://www.vitality101.com/health-a…
Mercury and Heavy Metal Detox Specialist, Connie Fox HHP, CNC, AADP www.MercuryMadness.info
The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease, illness or health condition. It is recommended to discuss health or nutrition related matters with your physician.