Mercury has been linked to several diseases, including autism, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, neurodevelopmental diseases, nephrotoxicity, and cancer.
The mechanism of toxicity of mercury in the adult brain is related to proteins involved in excretion of mercury, including glutathione, glutathione transferase, metallothionein and ApoE. Mercury depletes glutathione and ascorbate (vitamin C), and inhibits thiamine (B1) and pyridoxine (B6).
Mercury can also affect the central nervous system by concentrating on the spinal fluid, kidneys and reducing ability to concentrate. This metal inhibits nerve growth, and easily passes through the placental barrier. The chemical can also reduce nerve function and communication, which can lead to the development of neurofibrillary tangles - a common characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. In fact, recent findings suggest that the Apo E4 gene may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease because it has an impaired ability to bind to mercury and transport it from the brain.
In addition to the compelling evidence linking mercury toxicity to Alzheimer's disease, research shows that it may also be related to cardiovascular disease.
Two studies have reported an increased risk of heart attack. And the data presented in heart failure of unknown causes is very convincing as well.
In biopsy samples it was found 22,000 times the level of mercury in people with heart failure of unknown causes compared with controls, whose with heart failure was caused by the virus, heart attack or high blood pressure.
According to researchers, there seems to be a subset of the population that can not effectively excrete mercury and are at greater risk than the general population. This susceptibility is probably due to genetic differences, diet, exposure to other toxic substances, antibiotics, etc.
Mercury is a risk factor in many diseases - but can be measured safely. And the best part is that the body can be detoxified from mercury mitigating some of its toxic effects. Of course, more studies are needed to shed light on this important issue.
First, you need to understand that identifying problems associated with mercury and heavy metal detoxification has to be done very carefully and under the supervision of a trained physician.
Below is a three-step plan to find out if you are suffering from mercury poisoning and how to detoxify.
This process may take a few months. This preparation is achieved by optimizing nutritional status and detoxification capacity. Once this is done, it will begin mobilization and excretion of metals in urine, bile, feces and sweat.
Follow these recommendations:
At this stage you can integrate the following supplements to support your liver detoxification processes even more:
Look for a biological dentist to assess the extent of their mercury fillings and options for replacement. This can be done slowly over time, but it must be done very carefully and only under the supervision of a trained biological dentist.
Test to assess the total body burden of mercury. This can be done through a test of heavy metals in hair.
Use chelating agents to remove mercury out of your body. The safest and most effective treatment is oral DMSA. It is taken as follows: A 100-250 mg capsule DMSA orally three times a day before meals. Take it for three days. Then take 11 days off. Do this for six months. Then check your mercury level again.
Perform baths sauna- especially on days taking DMSA.
Consider administration of vitamins and antioxidants intravenously for three months supply of glutathione, phospholipids, vitamin C, B vitamins to boost detoxification.
Drink plenty of filtered water and liquids to generate a light-colored urine.
Be sure to have bowel movements twice a day. This is very important to prevent the reabsorption of mercury in the intestine. You can add ground flaxseed, or take one to two capsules of 150 mg magnesium citrate twice daily if not going to the bathroom regularly.
Thus, it is essential to determine if mercury toxicity is a problem for you. It is very important for achieving vibrant health throughout life.
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