how mercury affects your health...

Mercury can poison every enzyme, damage every cellular structure, and kill virtually every cell in the body. There are more than 200 symptoms listed in the medical literature for mercury poisoning.

Of all the toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis, mercury is considered one of the most dangerous. Mercury is now number three on the Top 20 list of toxic substances compiled by the US Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry. Only arsenic and lead rank higher.

On average a person’s body contains between 10 to 15 milligrams of mercury. We absorb mercury when we breathe contaminated air, eat contaminated fish, receive vaccines preserved with mercury-based Thimerosal, or are exposed to a variety of pesticides, fungicides and petroleum products.

But your greatest vulnerability to mercury may come from the fillings in your teeth. “People with amalgam fillings are particularly vulnerable to a toxic overload of mercury,” says Myron Wentz, PhD, author of A Mouth Full of Poison. “The metal can poison every enzyme, damage every cellular structure, and kill virtually every cell in the body.”

Stress on the System
How much mercury is too much for the human body? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no known safe level. Mercury affects the brain and central nervous system, the endocrine system and can cause kidney malfunction. It increases the risk of heart disease, boosts your susceptibility to bacterial, viral, and fungal infections, damages the immune system and can destroy stomach and intestinal epithelial cells. Foetal mercury poisoning problems can be compounded ten-fold when a pregnant woman has mercury amalgam fillings put in or removed during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Initial signs of mercury poisoning include short term memory loss, mood swings, anxiety, depression, fits of anger, irritability, indecision, excitability, fatigue and headaches. The most common early symptoms are fatigue and short term memory problems since the brain is one of the first organs affected.

Over the past twenty years, The Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome group (DAMS), a US based patient support group, has evaluated over a thousand peer-reviewed and government studies that show that mercury is either the principal cause or a major contributing factor in over 40 chronic health conditions including Alzheimer’s and low thyroid function.

The good news? Having your mercury fillings removed by a dentist experienced at extracting these types of amalgams will alleviate the health effects of mercury originating in your teeth.

Filled with Mercury
Conventional dental amalgam fillings consists of about 50% mercury, 35% silver, 9% tin, 6% copper, and trace amounts of zinc. Once the amalgam is hard, the mercury is bound within it but very small amounts are slowly released due to corrosion or chewing or grinding motions throughout the life of the filling(s).

Mercury Detoxing
A procedure called chelation, that leaches heavy metals from the body, can assist the body’s detoxification mechanism in eliminating mercury and other chemical toxins from deep within your tissues. See the product Chelogarde for more on Oral .

Supplementing with N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) a precursor to cysteine can boost levels of glutathione, the most powerful mercury- scavenging anti-oxidant. In addition, the antioxidant supplement alpha-lipoic acid also enhances glutathione scavenging. Plus, vitamins C, E, riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3) and beta-carotene and selenium can help reduce mercury toxicity and, in some cases, help replenish glutathione.

Herbs like cilantro (Chinese parsley) and supplements like chlorella that contain high levels of sulfur can boost detoxification because they bind with mercury and aid in pulling it out of the body, says Dr. Engelsberg.  “I use chlorella tablets and fresh cilantro. The sulfur in each combines readily with mercury and enables the body to excrete it.”

Dark green vegetables which are high in sulphur help facilitate mercury detoxification.

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