Mercury Toxicity – How To Remove Mercury From The Body
Mercury toxicity can be caused by a variety of sources, including dietary intake, occupational exposure, and environmental pollutants. Mercury is a neurotoxin and can affect the nervous system, kidneys, skin, brain, heart, and many other organs in the body.
Mercury can be found in a variety of products, including fluorescent lamps, thermometers, thermostats, and electrical switches. It is also used in some dental amalgams as a component of the silver alloy. Presently, the most common form of mercury exposure comes from fish and seafood consumption.1 2
Read more about the toxicity of dental fillings.
Symptoms Of Mercury Toxicity
The symptoms of mercury toxicity include fatigue, headache, impaired motor function, insomnia, digestive disturbances such as nausea and vomiting, memory problems, irritability, anxiety, and depression.
Long-term exposure to high levels of mercury can cause more severe symptoms like vision loss, hearing loss, kidney failure, and neurological problems. It can also cause permanent damage to the brain, nerves, kidneys, and other organs. People with existing health conditions such as heart disease are more at risk for experiencing more severe symptoms from mercury poisoning.3
Diseases That Stem From Mercury Toxicity
Mercury toxicity can lead to a range of health issues, including neurological and cognitive impairment, cardiovascular diseases, kidney damage, and reproductive system dysfunction. Neurological symptoms associated with mercury toxicity include headaches, vertigo, insomnia, memory loss, depression, irritability, and tremors.4 5
Cardiovascular symptoms may include chest pain and hypertension.6 7 Reproductive system dysfunction associated with mercury toxicity includes reproductive organ damage, infertility, miscarriage, and birth defects.
Mercury Toxicity And Kidney Dysfunction
The kidneys provide the body with many important functions, including filtering out toxins and waste materials from the blood. Mercury is a toxic substance that can accumulate in the kidneys if it is ingested or inhaled, leading to serious health issues such as kidney dysfunction. Signs of mercury toxicity and kidney dysfunction include fatigue, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.8
Mercury Toxicity And Cognitive Impairment
Mercury toxicity can lead to serious physical and mental health problems. Mercury poisoning can affect virtually any organ in the body, but it is especially dangerous for the brain and nervous system. Exposure to high levels of mercury can cause cognitive impairments, including memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and difficulty learning.9
Mercury And Autism
The link between mercury and autism is quite striking, as 74% of 91 studies determined that there is a link between high mercury levels and autism spectrum disorders.10
Mercury Toxicity And Nerve Disorders
Exposure to mercury can cause a wide range of neurological symptoms and conditions, such as headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating. It can also lead to more serious issues such as tremors, incoordination, and paralysis. Long-term exposure to mercury can cause nerve damage, which can lead to nerve disorders such as paresthesia (tingling sensations in the skin) and peripheral neuropathy (numbness or numbness of the extremities).11
Mercury Toxicity And Autoimmune Conditions
Mercury toxicity is closely linked to autoimmune conditions and inflammation. For example, mercury can bind directly to cellular membranes and cause increased production of cytokines, the inflammatory molecules that are typically associated with autoimmune conditions. Mercury can also affect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food properly, which can contribute to the development of an autoimmune disorder.12
Read more about what causes autoimmune conditions.
Mercury Toxicity And Hormone Dysfunction
Mercury toxicity can have serious implications on hormone health and balance. Mercury exposure can disrupt the body’s normal hormonal production, leading to a variety of symptoms including mood swings, fatigue, anxiety, depression, infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, and even cancer.13
Mercury toxicity can also impair the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is responsible for releasing hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. When this axis is impaired, the body may be unable to effectively regulate its own stress response, leading to further health issues.14
Read more about hormone problems.
The Link Between Mercury And Anxiety
One of the many mental health problems linked to mercury toxicity is anxiety. People with high levels of mercury in their bodies often experience higher levels of stress and worry, as well as fearfulness and panic attacks.15
Mercury Toxicity And Cardiovascular Function
The effects of mercury on the cardiovascular system are thought to be due to its ability to interfere with normal physiological functions. For example, mercury can disrupt the balance of essential enzymes and hormones in the body, which can affect many bodily processes including cardiovascular activity.
Mercury has been known to cause oxidative damage to cells in the cardiovascular system, leading to inflammation and cell death. Mercury toxicity has been linked to a decrease in red blood cell count, an increase in white blood cell count, and elevated levels of cholesterol, all of which can have a negative effect on cardiovascular health.16
Mercury Toxicity And Pulmonary Function
Mercury exposure can lead to impaired pulmonary function, which may include reductions in lung capacity and a decrease in forced vital capacity. It can also reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches the bloodstream, leading to fatigue, difficulty breathing, chest pain, coughing, and wheezing. Long-term exposure to high levels of mercury lead to more serious health conditions, such as pulmonary edema, chronic bronchitis, and even lung cancer.17
Mercury Toxicity And Fertility
Mercury toxicity not only impacts our health but can also affect fertility in both men and women. Exposure to mercury can lead to a decrease in sex hormones which may reduce fertility. In men, exposure to even low levels of mercury can cause damage to sperm cells, reducing their motility and viability. Men exposed to higher levels of mercury may experience changes in the shape, size, and structure of sperm.18
In women, mercury exposure can disrupt ovulation by impairing hormone receptor sites. This can cause irregular menstruation or even complete cessation of periods. In addition, mercury toxicity may affect a woman’s ability to produce eggs as well as her ability to carry a pregnancy to term.19
Mercury Toxicity And Obesity
The link between mercury toxicity and obesity has been the focus of ongoing research. Evidence suggests that people with higher levels of mercury in their bodies may be more likely to develop obesity-related health problems. Research shows that elevated exposure to mercury can increase fat storage, disrupt hormones, and impair metabolism, all factors that lead to weight gain.20
Read more about how to lose fat.
Mercury Toxicity And Cancer
Research suggests that high levels of mercury in the environment may lead to genetic mutations that can result in cancers. High levels of mercury exposure have been linked to an increased risk of certain types of cancers, most notably, colorectal cancer.21
Mercury Toxicity And Epigenetic Methylation
Epigenetic methylation is negatively affected by mercury. Methylation is essential for the regulation of gene expression. However, when mercury is present, it causes DNA methylation patterns to become altered.22
This can lead to gene expression changes, which may result in impaired function of the nervous system and other organs. As a consequence, numerous genes are misregulated, leading to potential damage. Specifically, methylation-mediated damage can lead to atherosclerosis, kidney dysfunction, and myocardial infarction.23
How To Remove Mercury From The Body – DMSA Or DMPS Chelation Therapy
DMSA or DMPS chelation therapy is a very effective and safe treatment for mercury toxicity. DMPS chelation is an intravenous procedure, which binds to mercury and removes it from the body. To sufficiently remove mercury requires countless intravenous DMPS sessions. This is why I prefer DMSA chelation, as the use of DMSA is simpler, more consistent, and less invasive because it can be consumed orally.24
Oral DMSA chelation allows the chemical to bind with mercury and clear it from the body through the urine. DMSA chelation therapy typically requires many rounds of treatment. The number of treatments required depends on many factors including how much mercury is present in the body and how long it has been there.
Oral DMSA Chelation For Heavy Metals
Oral DMSA chelation is a safe, effective, and affordable way of treating heavy metal toxicity. It is taken in pill form and works by binding to heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and others.25
Mercury Toxicity – How To Remove Mercury From The Body
The only solution to deal with mercury toxicity is to remove it from the body. Mercury toxicity was at the core of my health problems and it wasn’t until I removed mercury from my body and from my brain that I began to experience relief from autoimmune conditions and other idiopathic illnesses.
Realize that removing heavy metals like mercury from the body takes time, but patience is quite literally a virtue in this sense, as once these toxins have been excreted out of the cells and out of the body, the source of many autoimmune conditions will cease to exist.
Read more about detoxifying the body of heavy metals.
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