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Tips and Truths about Mercury
Posted By Mark Hyman, M.D. On March 11, 2010 @ 11:01 am In Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | 4 Comments
I mean heavy with heavy metals — like mercury ! There’s no doubt about it, mercury is the most alarming, disease-causing source of environmental toxicity  that I see daily in my practice. Many of my patients have toxic levels of mercury — and they’re not alone.
I personally suffered from mercury toxicity and chronic fatigue syndrome, which I cured myself from in part by getting rid of the mercury in my body. So, I know about this first hand.
I became toxic because I polluted myself by growing up on tuna fish sandwiches, eating sushi, living in Beijing (where homes are all heated with coal — the major source of environmental mercury load) and having a mouthful of amalgam — aka mercury — fillings.
All of these exposures, combined with genes that prevent me from effectively detoxifying metals  in my body, led to a slow and significant poisoning of my cells and mitochondria . And the effects were obvious …
I felt weak and tired and couldn’t think. I had muscle pain and twitches, insomnia , digestive problems , food allergies , depression  and anxiety . It was only by discovering high levels of mercury in my hair and urine — and slowly detoxifying myself — that I was able to get better.
I have seen this over and over in my patients, too. From chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, to obesity , dementia , Parkinson’s disease , cancer , heart failure and heart disease , the message is clear …
We are being poisoned!
We get mercury  in our bodies from many different sources, including mercury vapors in ambient air, ingesting it via drinking water, fish, dental amalgams, vaccines, occupational exposures, home exposures including fluorescent light bulbs, thermostats, batteries, red tattoo dye, skin-lightening creams, over-the-counter products such as contact lens fluid and neosynephrine, and more.
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 then primarily distributed in the kidneys and brain. The only way it can get out of your body is via urine, feces, expired air and breast milk. The major reason mercury is toxic to human biology is because it has the ability to bind to sulfur-containing molecules in the body (found in nearly every enzyme and in the mitochondria), as well as other chemical binding sites in the cells.
The symptoms and diseases these exposures have caused are varied and mimic many other conditions. Nervous system toxicity  can cause erethism (“mad hatter syndrome”) with symptoms of shyness, nervousness, insomnia  and memory problems ; laughing, crying and dramatic mood swings for no apparent reason; and the inability to concentrate . Other neurologic symptoms may include encephalopathy (non-specific brain malfunction), nerve damage, Parkinsonian symptoms , tremor, ataxia (loss of balance), impaired hearing, tunnel vision, dysarthria (slurred speech), headache , fatigue , impaired sexual function and depression .
Kidney toxicity leads to proteinura (protein in the urine) and acute renal failure. Gastrointestinal symptoms  include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and colitis. Skin toxicity causes allergic dermatitis, chelitis (cracked corners of the mouth), gingivitis (gum disease), stomatitis (sores in the mucous membranes of the mouth) and excessive salivation.
Clearly, mercury toxicity is VERY serious business!
Finding out if you are poisoned by mercury, limiting your exposures and getting the mercury out of your body is absolutely critical if you want to achieve lifelong vibrant health .
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, M.D.
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 environmental toxicity: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/ultrawellness-key-5
 mitochondria: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/ultrawellness-key-6
 insomnia: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/get-more-sleep
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 fatigue: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/is-your-lack-of-sleep-making-you-fat
 ADHD: http://www.ultramind.com/epidemic_adhd.php
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