Dangers of mercury toxicity
In spite of a recent increase in public awareness, heavy metal toxicity (mercury being the most common) often remains one of the most overlooked and underestimated causes of unresolved chronic illness. Mercury is a highly reactive toxic agent that has a strong capacity to damage the brain and central nervous system, as well as cause numerous gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, immunologic and other systemic disorders.
Mercury toxicity may stand behind many forms of neuro-degeneration, such as depression, memory loss, numbness and tremors of the extremities, ringing in the ears, and even both speech and visual impairments. It may also contribute to food sensitivities and various inflammatory gastrointestinal conditions, repeated viral and fungal infections, allergies, endocrine disturbances (especially thyroid), kidney and adrenal disfunction, chronic fatigue, and a general poor quality of health overall. Mercury and its compounds are particularly toxic to both a fetus and young children, and may lead to serious birth defects and inhibition of myelin formation in the developing brain.
Various forms of mercury
Various forms of mercury that we can accumulate through a polluted environment, dental materials or contaminated foods, are not the same in their systemic effects, their patterns of accumulation, or even their detoxification mechanisms. Methyl-mercury, for example, is an organic form of mercury found in fish and other animal tissues. Although it is mobile and easily absorbed, it is difficult to eliminate from the body. Inorganic mercury, on the other hand, is highly toxic but not very mobile in its natural form. However, inorganic mercury accumulates in the tissues and is very difficult to remove when mobile forms of mercury such as elemental mercury vapor (dental amalgams), methyl-mercury (fish) or ethyl-mercury (vaccine preservatives) enter the tissues and break down into their inorganic mercury form.
Mercury speciation analysis
Mercury speciation is a unique analytical testing process developed by Dr. Christopher Shade, Ph.D at www.QuickSilverScientific.com, which allows for
the separate measurement of different biologically active forms of mercury in a single test, including the ratio of organic to inorganic mercury. This critical data, unavailable from any conventional total mercury analysis, facilitates a more complete understanding of mercury’s toxic effects as well as the body’s mercury excretion abilities.
What can be done
One of the main shortcomings of conventional heavy metal detoxification protocols, such as IV chelation for example, is in putting an excessive stress on the detoxification organs like the kidneys, and thus pushing the body into an overwhelmingly stressful detoxification mode. This inability to cope with the deluge of released toxins can often lead to re-distribution of heavy metals throughout the body, and an increased concentration of them in the brain in particular. The mercury speciation lab test provides unprecedented information to health care practitioners, like ourselves, to not only assess the patients’ levels of contamination from each form of mercury but also to plan a successful personalized detoxification strategy. Reversing mercury toxicity and healing the body from its devastating impact lies in restoring and optimizing the body’s own mechanisms for detoxification and regeneration. Using the IMD (Intestinal Mercury Detox) program in combination with natural herbal formulas, along with supporting nutritional supplements, allows for the gentle and gradual detoxification of the body at its own natural pace.