The health effects of metals in your body are disastrously subtle, imperceptibly accumulating over time until it is too late.
Slowly your bones, your liver, your kidneys, your brain become increasingly affected – apparently without reason.
Different metals have slightly different effects, different organs they tend to damage. Lead, for example, often ends up in bones, but can also dramatically influence mental ability.
Copper, cadmium, uranium, tin, aluminum, antimony, thallium, chromium, selenium… there is a long list of toxic metals.
But out of all of them, few are as pernicious and difficult to get rid of as mercury.
Mercury is a unique metal because it is a liquid at room temperatures. This gives it many useful properties for industrial applications. It is used in sensors and thermometers. It is a component of many batteries (which is why you should dispose of them properly).
It also binds biological molecules 1 billion times stronger than zinc or magnesium.
What does this mean?
Many of your proteins and enzymes and other important biological machinery have a slight electrical charge – this helps them go about catalyzing reactions and efficiently doing their biological business. A lot of your enzymes even have an atom of magnesium or another metal ion right in one critical location that is known as the “active site.”
This is where an enzyme catalyzes a reaction. Breaking down alcohol, for instance. Or transforming glucose into energy.
But when mercury comes into play, it can bind right at these same sites. Only now the enzyme won’t work. Mercury is too strong and the reaction cannot proceed. Or it may bind on the outside of a charged structural protein, bending it out of shape – a jackknifed truck in the middle of a busy road.
Anything mercury touches it breaks, blocks, or interferes. And with a billion times stronger binding affinity, it is extremely difficult to get out.
If you think of your body’s systems like a bustling city, a car accident here or there or a broken water main is no problem. But 20 accidents? 30? And downed power lines and 5 broken water mains? The city isn’t going to function so well.
This is essentially what mercury is doing to your body.
When you look at the laundry list of effects of mercury toxicity, you’ll notice that they are all pretty nebulous. It does not create one specific acute symptom like kidney failure or heart arrhythmia.
They are generalized conditions that pervade your life with an overall dysfunction: fatigue, headache, insomnia, nervousness, impaired judgment and coordination, loss of libido, emotional instability, hypothyroidism, foggy thinking, chronic fungal infection, candidiasis, autism, Alzheimer's disease, and speech disturbances.
And if you’re not looking for mercury toxicity, you could be misdiagnosed or begin treating symptoms instead of the cause.
So what can you do about it? Well, like many things, prevention is the easiest course of action. So first, let’s look at where we pick it up.
With so many industrial applications, it seems a bit od that it should end up in our bodies at all. Certainly nobody is running around eating batteries or sipping mercury from thermometers. So where is it coming from?
There are two basic routes. One of them is environmental, and with certain precautions this can be mitigated.
The other, however, is 100% voluntary, a product of our own uninformed choices.
In its elemental form, mercury exists in rock and ore. It enters the environment through poorly controlled mining operations, the burning of coal, and improper disposal of industrial mercury.
Regardless of how it is released into the environment, it enters the water cycle, and is eventually deposited in small marine animals and begins working its way up the food chain.
The levels of mercury in sardines or anchovies or other small fish are relatively low. But fish higher up in the food chain begin to accumulate more and more, reaching toxic levels. This is especially true in tuna, shark, and swordfish.
When a human, the next highest animal on the food chain, eats these contaminated fish, they are consuming the concentrated toxicity of thousands upon thousands of other organisms, which then goes into their own system. Regular consumption of tuna increases your mercury consumption by orders of magnitude – at least 100X that of consuming sardines.
The easiest way to mitigate exposure environmental mercury is avoidance. Be aware of how much tuna and swordfish you consume.Try to keep it to a minimum.
And if you live near a mine or a coal plant, seriously consider moving.
Mercury is considered toxic at almost any level of exposure in the environment. But when it comes to certain health applications, it is miraculously deemed acceptable. A battery in a landfill is toxic, but mercury in your mouth or blood is somehow just fine.
This is where things get a little scary.
The highest, most concentrated exposure most people experience comes from dental amalgams and certain vaccines. These are health treatments given to us by people in positions of authority, by people we trust, so we naturally assume they are safe.
Whatever the reasons, this is absolutely not true. Mercury is toxic and should be avoided at all costs.
Dental amalgams are a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, and copper, with about 50% mercury by weight. They have been used in dentistry for over 150 years and, while effective for the short term, carry a heavy price.
When put into a patient's mouth, the amalgam releases toxic mercury vapor for at least 30 minutes. These vapors are absorbed by your oral mucosa and mercury enters your system, just a few short centimeters below your brain. And while the highest exposure is in the first 30 minutes, there is always the chance of the amalgam breaking down and continuing to leach mercury into your body for years to come. It is a serious health risk.
This is a contentious issue in American dentistry, where 1 in 2 dentists continues this outdated and poisonous technology. Durability and low cost are frequently cited as reasons keep using them – teeth do take a lot of mechanical stress – despite one study that showed that dentists had over 4 times higher mercury levels as the rest of the population. Most countries in Europe, however, have already discontinued their use, citing health concerns over mercury toxicity.
Again, the best course of action is to limit exposure, so If you have amalgams, you can get them removed by a highly experienced dentist and replaced with other less toxic alternatives.
Vaccines are another extremely sensitive issue, but must be discussed openly if we are to have any control over our health.
The issue here is not whether vaccines work or not. Vaccines wiped out polio and smallpox. Vaccines work. End of argument.
Briefly, a vaccine works by providing a strong “alarm signal” along with an “antigen”. The “alarm signal” is usually a piece of bacterial cell wall called “endotoxin” or another general immune stimulating signal we naturally respond to. Your immune cells rush to the scene and gather up all the “evidence” to see what’s going on and identify any potential foreign elements. They find the antigen, which is usually a small piece of a viral protein. Your system spends the next several days figuring out how to make antibodies against it and now you have immunity.
The issue with vaccines is not if or how they work. The issue is with the other ingredients pharmaceutical companies put into them.
Specifically, the most dangerous ingredient is a compound called thimerosal. This is a major ingredient in many commercially distributed, highly profitable vaccines like Flu Shots. It is a preservative used to prevent bacterial infections and keep the vaccine vial sterile.
It is also 50% mercury by weight.
This a significant amount of a highly toxic metal to be injecting into humans.
This was first developed in the 1930s by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and used for a pertussis vaccine for Whooping Cough – another example of outdated and dangerous methodology continued for no real reason other than that’s what they’ve always used.
The official justification for thimerosal is that it is in the form of ethyl-mercury, which is theoretically processed better by the body than methyl-mercury, which is found in contaminated fish, and thus not as toxic. However, studies have shown that thimerosal dramatically increases the presence of mercury in the brain.
There is no safe exposure to mercury, regardless of what dentists or pharmaceutical companies say. It is toxic and should be avoided whenever possible.
For many of us, however, we’ve already been exposed. We already have dental amalgams, we’ve already had vaccines, we’ve already eaten plenty of tuna and swordfish.
How do we start getting rid of this stuff?
For acute cases of mercury toxicity, first consult a health practitioner with experience in metal detoxification. Detoxing mercury can be a long, slow process and you’ll want a knowledgeable professional.
The most common solutions are pharmaceutical chelators like DMPS, or EDTA. These are typically administered intravenously, but they have a few serious drawbacks. One of the biggest is that they can actually make you feel worse for a while.
As they pull metal out of your tissues, the metal begins to circulate in your system and disrupt your health as they are filtered out of your body. In this window of increased toxicity, the chelators can actually “drop” the metal into new locations. They can move mercury from your bones to your brain and make the situation worse.
Eventually, chelators eliminate the metal through excretory pathways, including the urine This is also problematic because heavy metals can cause damage to the sensitive glomeruli of the kidneys. The whole process of pharmaceutical chelation works, but it can cause damage in the process.
Fortunately, there are other easier options. Using a cutting edge combination of natural medicine and modern biotechnology, Metal-Free uses the most effective metal-binding peptides found in nature.
Pharmaceutical chelators bind the metal with a single bond. These peptides form a complete cage around heavy metal ions, binding them even stronger than typical chelators. This keeps the metal from being “dropped” and redeposited elsewhere.
It is completely natural, derived from a unique culture of bacteria and algae renowned for their ability to bind heavy metals in their environments. These peptides are derivied from living systems, using much of the exact same cellular mechanisms our own cells do.
This unique form allows it to be absorbed by your mucosal membranes, which means it can be delivered in a simple spray. No clinic visits or needles necessary.
Metal-Free is a complete game-changer when it comes to detoxing mercury and restoring your natural, vibrant health.
You can learn more about it here.
DISCLAIMER: These statements and products have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please note that this presentation is not intended to treat or cure any disease, nor should any of the subject matter be taken as medical advice.
The importance of having a well-functioning and healthy immune system has become increasingly obvious in recent times.
Sadly, everyone seems to have a different answer as to how you should go about strengthening your immune system. When you go to your local health and wellness shop, you might see twenty or thirty products that tout their “immune boosting” powers. An Amazon search reveals thousands of results.
Well, we’re here to tell you about an effective and ancient remedy that has been in use for over two thousand years: the red reishi mushroom.
We’ve all heard about all the negative effects of stress and the modern lifestyle.
We’re all rushing around, overworked, in a constant state of fight-or-flight and it has disastrous effects on our health.
But what if “stress” wasn’t the real problem?
What if our bodies knew exactly how to cope with the intensity of modern life… if we just gave the body what it needed to thrive?
And the key may be one little mineral.
I hope this finds you healthy and able to still get outside (or inside) for a daily run during this trying time of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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