Several weeks ago, I wrote an article about pesticides and Parkinson's disease. In response, John A. sent me an email and said, "I've heard that mercury is a slow poison as well and dental work may contribute." It's a great question. And, yes, you're absolutely correct. Fortunately, there are some ways you can protect yourself.
Mercury from dental work, fish, and vaccines can contribute to many brain disorders. Toxins in general are major contributors to most brain diseases. They're not the only cause. Chronic stress and depression are examples of other causes. But toxins are common enough that you should always consider them if you receive this type of diagnosis.
The question for most of us then is how do we keep these toxins out? Or, more realistically, how do we get them out once we have them in our body? There are so many toxins in our world that it's impossible to avoid all of them.
First, talk to a biologic dentist if you have any mercury in your teeth. You can find one near you by visiting the website http://iaomt.org/find-a-doctor/search-for-dentist-physician/.
Next, protect yourself from the mercury and other toxins in fish. Start by eating more cold water fish, as these tend to have less mercury in them. But don't stop there. Any time you eat seafood, follow my friend Frank Shallenberger's advice. He says, "I tell all of my other patients to eat all the fish they want. But when they do, I tell them to take DMSA at the same time.
"DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid) is a naturally occurring substance that chelates mercury. This means that it binds to mercury, and does not allow it to be absorbed in the intestinal tract. It also binds any mercury that's already in the body and takes it out in the urine.
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"DMSA is extremely effective both at stopping mercury absorption, and removing mercury from the body. And it's entirely safe when you take it in recommended doses. An adult can very safely take up to 1,500 mg per week. Whenever I eat fish, I haul out my little supplement case and take three 100 mg capsules of DMSA before the meal. And then I can forget about mercury and enjoy my meal. DMSA capsules are available at most health foods stores."
Finally, you need to get mercury, other heavy metals, and other toxins out of your body. You can do this with a powerful supplement called Advanced Detox Formula. Another good friend, Robert Rowen, MD, formulated this supplement to pull heavy metals out of your system. I take it for about three months every year and just had my heavy metals tested. I was in the normal to low range on every metal tested. If your levels are higher, you may have to take it longer.
There are plenty of other ways to protect yourself. But this is where I would start. Thanks again, John, for the great question. If you have a question you'd like to see answered in my emails, please hit reply and send me a note. I'll respond to as many as I can, either personally or in Nutrient Insider.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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