Is There Mercury in Your Body? How Can You Know? What Can You Do?

mercury.jpgAccording to many scientific references, WE ARE ALL BEING COMTAMINATED WITH MERCURY. This article references the largest international conference on the subject to date, "The Impact of Mercury on Human Health and the Environment" that was presented at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans.

If we have eaten tuna fish sandwiches, sushi, been in an environment where coal is burned for heat or power, (which is a major source of environmental mercury,) have or had a mouthful of amalgams, drank water or breathed air, we very likely have mercury and other heavy metals.

We get mercury in our bodies from many different sources including mercury vapors in air, ingesting it through drinking water, fish, dental amalgams, vaccines, occupational exposures, home exposures including fluorescent light bulbs, thermostats, batteries, red tattoo dye, skin-lightening creams, and over-the-counter products such as contact lens fluid and neosynephrine (nasal spray), just to mention a few.

You absorb about 80 percent of inhaled mercury vapor and nearly 100 percent of the mercury in fish through your gut. Once this mercury is in your body it is primarily distributed in the kidneys and brain. Unfortunately it can be readily transferred to the fetus via the placenta. Mercury is lipophilic, meaning that it concentrates in fatty tissues, especially in the brain.

The only way it can get out of your body is via urine, feces, expired air, and breast milk. A major reason it is toxic to human physiology is because mercury has the ability to bind to sulfur-containing molecules in the body. These sulfur-containing molecules are found in nearly every one of our 5,200 enzyme systems and in the MITOCHONDRIA, as well as other chemical binding sites in the cells. One of the reasons that lipoic acid (Total Lipoic Acid) is so efficient at clearing mercury is because it contains sulfur groups that bind and remove the metals, with no toxicity to the body's cells. We are all being exposed, but each of us has differing abilities to clear toxins genetically. Remember, every cell in the body produces MITOCHONDRIA and is energy producing. Every chronic degenerative disease has a Mitochondrial Resuscitation issue. Therefore Heavy Metals are extremely detrimental to Health and Wellness. THEY MUST BE EVALUATED AND TREATED! We use nutrition, laser, detox foot baths, and far infra red saunas.

The symptoms vary from person to person and are dose related. Mark Hyman, MD states mercury in the body can be an underlying cause for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. He himself suffered with these conditions until mercury was discovered and eliminated from his body. Because of the action on the physiology, Mercury can produce many differing symptoms, such as muscle pain and twitches, insomnia, digestive problems, food allergies, depression, obesity, dementia, Parkinson's disease, cancer, heart failure, heart disease, autism, ADHD and anxiety.

Mercury levels are on the rise in this industrialized world. Barry Kohl, Ph.D. is an adjunct professor in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Tulane University. At the conference previously referenced, he stated many incidences have increased mercury concentrations, such as the 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption in Indonesia, the 1850-84 gold rush in California where mercury was used for smelting, the eruption in 1883 of the Sumatran volcano Krakatau 10,000 miles away, and the more recent Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980.

Coal-fired industrial plants and chlor-alkali plants use mercury in the process of making chlorine which isused in products such as plastics, pesticides, and PVC pipes. Over the past 100 years, there has been a 30-fold increase in mercury deposition, 70 percent of which is from human sources Dr. Kohl stated. Dental amalgams containing mercury have been major contributors of the total body burden.

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