the September 2007 Idaho Observer:
Due to the enormity of the problem of heavy metal poisoning in today's world, and the fact that entire books have been written on this subject, this column will attempt to bring to light some of the methods people have successfully employed to regain their health without going bankrupt in the process.
By How to remove mercury and other heavy metals from your body – safely and inexpensively
In the July, 2007, Back to Basics column we covered the devastating effects of mercury poisoning and the fact that many Americans experience the effects of mercury being slowly released on a daily basis from dental fillings. Due to this fact, the most important step to take in removing mercury from your body is to safely remove the mercury amalgams.
Simply removing them is NOT a safe method. There is actually a science to this process. Dozens of dentists throughout the country have dedicated themselves to learning exactly how to do this safely and with the least amount of adverse effects.
This is undoubtedly the most expensive part of detoxing from mercury—removing the source that is in your mouth. An estimated 85 percent of Americans have at least one mercury filling (each filling being approximately 50 percent mercury) and most have several mercury amalgams. The constant off-gassing of mercury suppresses normal immune function by up to 88 percent when compared to a non-mercury burdened body.
The presence of mercury, aluminum and other heavy metals such as cadmium and lead can cause a virtual breeding ground for yeast, fungi, parasites and pathogens in our digestive tracts. Many common health problems today, as mentioned in last month's column, can be resolved by removing these metals and going on a yeast elimination diet.
To check for the presence of heavy metals, many people still go by hair analysis. However, most experts on heavy metal poisoning have determined that a urine analysis is more accurate since urinary porphyrins reveal the presence of mercury and other toxic metals by evaluating the porphyrin pathway.
Some people may be thinking that, since they do not have any mercury amalgams, this information does not apply to them. Wrong! Our food, air and water are constant sources of heavy metals. The ability of our liver to detoxify from the increasing amounts of metals we are exposed to depends directly on the nutrient content of our diets.
Chemistry professor Dr. Boyd Haley is an expert on mercury toxicity and wrote an article, "Concepts for Safe Human Body Mercury Removal." In this paper Dr. Haley stresses the importance of first utilizing natural vitamins and supplements instead of automatically using such chelating drugs as EDTA, DMSA or DMPS.
The most important supplements that will assist in your body's ability to excrete mercury and other heavy metals are ascorbates (vitamin C), lipoic acid, methylcobalamin (Methyl B-12), B-6, magnesium, selenium, melatonin, methionine, and glutathione.
Dr. Haley also believes that stimulating glutathione production inside the cells is THE most important factor when it comes to effective treatments for autism. Mineral supplements such as Zeolite are also very helpful since our bodies tend to store heavy metals when there is a deficiency in bio-available minerals.
Dr. Armand DeFelice, a Spokane, Washington dentist, specializes in safely removing mercury amalgams (see ad page 6), He claims that he can detoxify a patient from mercury poisoning in six months using a protocol he developed using supplements from Standard Process Labs.
Glutathione (GSH): After hearing many testimonials and reading several articles, it is clear that having a deficiency of glutathione is a precursor for one's inability to effectively excrete mercury, aluminum, and pesticides from the body. GSH is an antioxidant, immune booster and detoxifier. Without it, your cells would disintegrate from unrestrained oxidation, your body would have little resistance to bacteria, viruses and cancer and your liver would literally shrivel up from eventual accumulation of toxins.
The research being done on glutathione is enormous with over 77,280 papers available at PubMed.com that mention GSH.
Healthy cells homeostatically oppose free radicals through the use of antioxidants, of which GSH plays a significant role. GSH is the most powerful antioxidant occurring naturally in the cells of our body. The effectiveness of other antioxidants like vitamins C and E depends on the availability of GSH. This is also why GSH is essential in overcoming and preventing cancer, auto-immune diseases and other immune system related disorders.
GSH plays a key role in detoxification, having the ability to bind to heavy metals and other toxins through its sulfur molecules, thereby providing the means for the body to eliminate these toxins. Studies have shown that children with autism have low levels of GSH which researchers attribute to abnormalities in their methionine pathway.
Another extremely important function of GSH is its ability to protect (or at least minimize) the deadly effects on our cells from all forms of radiation, from x-rays to microwaves.
The following is from Dr. Deborah Baker's website www.y2khealthanddetox.com:
"A recent research article published in the journal Radiology states that 'radiation from a single whole-body scan is equal to that from 100 mammograms and is similar to that received by survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan—about 1 mile from the explosions—according to radiation biologist, David J. Brenner of Columbia University. The radiation from one scan is enough to produce a tumor in one out of 1,200 people and, for those who have annual scans, the risk increases to one tumor in every 50 people.' With inadequate intracellular GSH the risk is greatly increased."
Dietary sources of GSH: Glutathione is synthesized from three amino acids - cystein, glutamate and glycine. Since most healthy diets rich in raw fruits and vegetables have an abundance of glutamate and glycine, the focus should be on dietary sources of cystein. Cystein content is relatively high in proteins found in eggs, meat, red peppers, garlic, onions, brussel sprouts, oats, milk, whey protein, and wheat germ. Fruits and vegetables that are high in these precursors to GSH production are avocado, watermelon, asparagus, grapefruit, potato, acorn squash, strawberries, orange, tomato, cantaloupe, broccoli, okra, peach, zucchini, and spinach.
Dr. Baker claims that avocado, asparagus and walnuts are particularly good sources. Cystein is also metabolized by the body in the presence of methionine, these two amino acids being the two sulfur-containing amino acids. She also warns that, due to the stress our bodies are under dealing with the myriad of pollutants in today's world, it is important to supplement. Dr. Baker claims that the only effective GSH supplementation that reaches the inside of our cells is a product called GSH complex which she sells for $64 - 10.5 oz. Others have gotten good results using N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) which increases vital cellular glutathione levels. NAC powerfully neutralizes mercury as a poison if 500 to 750 mg. are taken daily. Other helpful treatments for better metabolism of GSH include Epsom salt baths and MSM supplementation.
Herbs for eliminating metals: There are several herbs that are useful in the elimination of heavy metals. Tenna Merchent wrote her odyssey of detoxing herself and her son from aluminum poisoning in her highly readable book, "He's not Autistic But...How We Pulled Our Son >From the Mouth of the Abyss." Merchant claims that one should use pure vegetable glycerine to eliminate mercury; bladderwrack, a seaweed, for aluminum; potassium for excess copper; and horsetail (shavegrass) for lead.
Others have found that cilantro and chlorella are helpful for mercury elimination with many advocates making a delicious pesto using cilantro that includes lots of raw garlic.
Again, bio-available minerals are important and many herbs are excellent sources of these important nutrients. Dr. John R. Christopher has a formula that has been specifically designed for eliminating these heavy metals from the body. His "Heavy Mineral Herbal" formula contains bugleweed, cilantro, yellowdock and lobelia.
Another herb that is gaining popularity is turmeric, which contains curcumin. Using this "spice" in therapeutic doses has shown promise in treating Alzheimer's patients, who are known to be loaded with both mercury and aluminum.
Liver Health: When on any detoxification program, it is essential to make sure your liver is also cleansed and protected. [See Back to Basics for March and April, 2007.] Milk Thistle is extremely important as are other blood purifying and liver cleansing herbs. We find taheebo (pau d'arco), barberry, dandelion root, chaparral, and red clover to be absolutely essential supports in the liver detoxification process.
EDTA, DMSA and DMPS: These are the most common ways of chelating mercury from the body. While these chelating treatments are available in both oral and IV forms, it is well recognized that DMPS has the track record for the being the fastest way to remove mercury and lead from the body—and is the longest lasting. Many people have found these treatments harsh on their bodies, having a tendency to also chelate beneficial minerals.
Not everyone has success with this method as Dr. Rashid Battar found when treating his autistic son. As a result he developed a transdermal DMPS designed specifically for chelating mercury in autistic children. However, this method does require a prescription.
Clay baths: Many people have used magnetic clay baths successfully in detoxing from mercury, aluminum, radiation and other environmental pollutants such as those found in "chemtrails."
The results people experience using this method are phenomenal and definitely worth the money when it comes to actually getting metals and other chemicals out of your body. It takes a few baths to have the full effect but after the first successful bath, you will likely be "hooked" and want to share this method with others. Twelve specific clay baths, each bath enhanced with herbs designed to pull out the particular contaminant(s) needing removal, are available at www.magneticclay.com
Ionic Foot baths and Foot pads: This is a fairly innovative way of pulling out heavy metals and other toxins through the feet. Many practitioners who use the foot baths in their offices recommend drinking a lot of water afterwards followed by ionic mineral supplementation. There are certainly a "boat load" of fabulous testimonies with these baths, though lab analysis of the water after treatments is rare. The foot pad method works on the same principle of pulling out metals/toxins through the feet; this method being fairly effortless since one applies the pads to the soles of their feet when they go to bed at night. The testimonial at www.bodypurenow.com is by a dentist who claims the following toxins came out of his body through his feet—mercury, isopropyl alcohol, benzene, nickel, asbestos, dimethylaminoazobenzene and PCBs. This same website offers a free analysis of the toxins in used foot pads that are purchased from them.
The Cancer Connection: According to a new book by Italian oncologist Tulio Simoncini, M.D., "Cancer is a Fungus," overgrowth of candida albicans (yeast/fungus) is at the root of all cancers. Since accumulation of both mercury and aluminum in our bodies lays the perfect foundation for the overgrowth of candida, this doctor's book is proof of what many holistic practitioners have known for years. Simoncini also points out that "chemotherapy favors the fungus...and is a leading cause of metastasis."
Energetic Healing -Wave of the Future: The most exciting, "inexpensive" and simple way to release heavy metals from your body is described in Tenna Merchent's book mentioned earlier. She describes how she went to a master herbalist who released the aluminum toxicity in her body and that of her son's through a simple prayer: "Jesus, I ask that You release the reverse polarity in ___'s brain, body and energy field. I ask that You reabsorb his healthy polarity back into his body as God intended it, and I ask that You restore his body to a state of unconditional love and forgiveness as God intended it."
The key three steps in this prayer are Release, Reabsorb, and Restore. After this prayer was "broadcast," the aluminum toxicity in Tenna and her son was cleared and they became "allergy-free."
For many people this simple method will test your faith in the power of God to work through you for healing. One woman found that it took 50 repetitions to get clear on her intention and faith in this method.
Tenna also utilizes a pendulum for both diagnosis and sorting through particular herbs and other remedies for her family. She also utilizes "release codes" which one person describes this way: "Each letter and number has its own geometry and vibration. This geometric vibration can be imprinted onto a person through a release code in a way similar to how one of the homeopathic machines imprints a homeopathic vibration onto a remedy."
She uses as an example a release code for a woman with infertility issues, the code being 2GK7M4324, noting that each code is individual for that particular person's energetic issues related to the health problem.
The future: The wave of the future is in vibrational healing and empowering families to take charge of their own healthcare needs. This is the primary reason I decided to end this column with a few gems gleaned from Tenna Merchent's inspirational book, He's Not Autistic But....How We Pulled Our Son >From the Mouth of the Abyss. This book details her very personal story of trials and tribulations as she explored every avenue possible to heal herself and her son from aluminum toxicity and, in the process, became her family's "healer."
other websites for further research
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