I was six years old when my mouth first became a well of metallic poison.
I remember the screech of the drill as it carved into my lower molar. My hands clutched the arms of reclining blue chair while my mother sat beside me in distress. I started crying and my dentist told me to be quiet, that it would all be over before I knew it—not the friendliest way to deal with a traumatized child— and afterwards I remember my mother saying that we’d never go back to him again.
I was relieved that I’d escaped the “pain monster” as I had deemed him, but the irony was that, little to my mother or I’s knowing then, the real monster had just taken root in my mouth, one that would soon wage a gradual, life-long war against my sanity.
Eventually I would discover the culprit of my mystery conditions (my depression, anxiety, brain fog, irritability, ADD)—a poisonous metal alloy cleverly guised under the name, “amalgam,” hiding in the shadowed craters of my mouth. But I wouldn’t discover the culprit before four other teeth were filled, and not before suffering for over two more decades.
I was poisoned by mercury, and I learned I’m not alone. Mercury and heavy metal toxicity is a silent pandemic that has found it’s way down through generations and generations of unlucky victims.
The problem with heavy metal toxicity is that it wrecks havoc on your system slowly. Over the years you experience various unpleasant symptoms such as allergies, memory and concentration problems, fatigue, depression, anxiety, digestion problems, mood disorders, etc., and while all of these symptoms are inconvenient, in the beginning they are not typically bad enough to seek outside assistance. Instead these symptoms fester and repeat day after day until you eventually accept the way you feel as normal.
And even if you were to go to the doctor, it would be extremely rare for any doctor to know that your symptoms are related to the fillings in your mouth or the seafood you eat every day. Heavy metal poisoning just isn’t talked about in the way that it should be, especially by the medical community who still hold onto the notion that mercury fillings are “safe and effective.”
A life plagued by mystery symptoms
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when my mercury symptoms began. That’s one of the problems with mercury toxicity, its effects are so damaging and varying that any physical or emotional symptom you experience could be related to the mercury. Looking back on my life I wonder how many of my emotional and cognitive struggles were due to the metal poisons seeping into my system.
Throughout my teenage years I remember constantly feeling fearful and depressed. I also found it difficult to retain and understand what I read in books. As I moved into adulthood I found it more and more difficult to concentrate on my school work. Studying in college was a game of torture. I would read over something I was trying to memorize and feel like the information was just vanishing out of my mind. Anytime I would try and read my textbooks my eyes would jump all over the page in a scrambled mess making it difficult to fully understand what I was reading.
These cognitive challenges got worse after college. I got a writing job at a media company, which was my dream job in many ways, but every time I sat down to write an article I would have to fight my brain to stop jumping from one internet tab to the next. My productivity suffered immensely, and eventually I accepted that I was just one of those millennials plagued with technology-induced ADD.
My brain fog got worse over the years, as did my ADD, eventually sabotaging my life-long dream to write a novel. During this period of my life I moved through bouts of depression on a weekly basis. I felt like I was slipping deeper and deeper into a dark vortex that I couldn’t escape from. I was constantly irritable with my partner, and began losing motivation for most things in my life. The way I described it to others was that it was as if I was living with a cloud over my head while I watched others around me laugh and experience joy. All I wanted was to be able to experience those states of joy as well, yet I had no idea why I couldn’t.
The same year I began experiencing pain in my joints which I likened to early-onset arthritis. I remember trying to get up from the couch and my hips and legs completely locking up for half-an-hour. I started experiencing constant injuries at the gym as if my bones had become brittle.
I wanted out of this mystery-symptom prison. I tried various modalities of healing, such as plant medicine retreats, sound healing, coaching, eating “healthy”, energy medicine, you name it. These only helped for a period of time before I would slip back into my depressive fog.
Medical Medium shines a light on my health issues
Soon my prayers for answers were granted when a friend of mine leant me a book called, “The Medical Medium.” In the book, the author (named Anthony Williams) tells his life story about how at a young age he started hearing a voice from a spirit who called itself the “Spirit of Compassion.” This spirit granted Anthony the ability to scan anyone near him and provide highly accurate information about their state of health. After helping thousands of people miraculously heal their mystery illnesses, Williams eventually compiled his knowledge in a book which called out the root cause of ‘chronic’ diseases such as Lupus, MS, Chronic Fatigue, ADD, and more.
Williams explained how there are four main factors contributing to most diseases today. He called them the “Unforgiving Four,” and they are: Viruses, DDT, radiation, and heavy metals.
All of this information struck a big chord in me. I quickly read through the book and stopped on the heavy metal section. Here Williams described how heavy metals accumulate throughout the body, mainly in the brain, causing a slew of neurological symptoms. As he listed them my body froze: ADHD, ADD, autism, depression, OCD, mood disorders, Alzheimer’s, focus, autoimmune diseases, allergies, food intolerances, gut dysbiosis, hormone imbalances, infertility, concentration and memory loss issues, and much more.
He then went on to reveal the main causes of heavy metal accumulation in the body. Seafood and vaccines were high up on the list. But the most devastating source? Mercury (Amalgam) fillings.
At this point I had a horrible feeling rising in my gut. I knew I was getting closer to the truth, so I typed ‘heavy metal toxicity’ into Google and discovered volumes of people’s real-life horror stories.
Some coined what they experienced as “mercury madness,” and in most cases the stories of what people went through were far worse than what I experienced.
Some people were pushed to the brink of insanity due to their mercury poisoning. What began as gradual physical and psychological symptoms eventually escalated into a complete psychosis, to the point that many lost their jobs, marriages, and everything else important to them.
Some people reported spending hundreds of thousands of dollars hopping from specialist to specialist, trying to understand why they were so sick but only to feel as if they were losing their minds because no one had answers for them. But just when all hope was lost, somehow an angel on their shoulder would whisper the words “heavy metals,” leading them in the last minute to discover the unsuspecting culprit to their sickness.
I thought back to all of my dental procedures as a child and the truth hit me like a fist in the gut. All these years I was being poisoned by the metal fillings in my mouth. All these years my quality of life was being disrupted, my happiness compromised, by mercury. This realization opened Pandora’s box as I began a deep dive into the history and damaging effects of mercury and other heavy metals.
Mercury passed down from generation to generation
As Anthony Williams the Medical Medium states, our exposure to mercury and other heavy metals began long before we were even born. Heavy metals are passed down the family line from our mothers and can be thousands of years old.
Anthony states that the older metals are the most dangerous because each succeeding generation becomes more intolerant to their oxidizing effects. This oxidation of the surrounding tissues causes inflammation, inflicting damage on virtually every system and organ, including our brain, liver, digestive system, and other parts of our nervous system. These metals also put an immense burden on our immune system, leaving us vulnerable to a variety of illnesses.
One of the most insidious ways that heavy metals made their way into our bodies happened during the seventeen and eighteen hundreds. Doctors would give mercury elixirs to patients suffering from anything as mild as a stomach ache to something more severe such as a broken leg. The effects were devastating, with many patients losing their families, their jobs, and their sanity. Today we are still suffering from the impact of our ancestor’s mass poisoning.
Mercury exposure today
The two primary sources of mercury exposure today are dental amalgams (mercury-based fillings) and seafood consumption, followed by thimerosal-containing vaccines and mercury pollution from coal-burning power plants.
Dental amalgams are comprised of 50 percent elemental mercury. This form of mercury evaporates from the surface of the amalgam and is inhaled, absorbed into the blood, and then converted to inorganic mercury, the most toxic form of mercury to cells. Inorganic mercury builds up far more in your organs of elimination — it’s 100 times as high in your kidneys and liver than in your brain. But when it does make its way into your brain, it’s far more damaging than any other form.
Below is a chart showcasing other sources of mercury and heavy metal exposure:
|* Amalgams (silver mercury fillings)||* Vaccines, flu shots|
|* Contaminated fish (especially tuna, shark, swordfish)||* Tattoo dyes|
|* Lipstick, cosmetics, personal care products||* Paint, plastics and enamels|
|* Many Rx and OTC drugs including antacids||* Baby formula and breast milk|
|* Foods sprayed with fertilizers, pesticides & glyphosate||* Some protein powders|
|* Industrial exposure from coal burning||* The water supply|
|* Household cleaning products||* HFCS and processed foods|
|* Foods cooked in aluminum cookware, aluminum foil||* Some chocolates (high in lead)|
|* Metal stints inserted in a surgical procedure||* Dust, exhaust and air pollution|
|* Non-organic foods, GMO foods||* Hair dyes|
|* Grains, baked goods, candy, soda, beer, wine||* Heavy alcohol consumption|
|* Copper IUD||* Cigarettes, e-cigarettes|
|* Costume jewelry, batteries, ceramics||* Electronics, lamps & light bulbs|
Mercury binds to important trance minerals in our body
Mercury’s toxicity stems from its affinity for binding to other molecules in our body. Sulfur groups and their reduced forms known as ‘thiols’ are particularly under siege from mercury. Some important thiols in our body include cysteine and the super-antioxidant glutathione.
Mercury also binds to important trace minerals in our body such as zinc; this causes a depletion of nutrients crucial for proper cellular function. As the mercury leeches to available nutrients in the body, the body must then take important minerals from our own stores (such as our bones) to try and maintain homeostasis.
This is why most people suffering from mercury or heavy metal poisoning are severely malnourished.
The brain and digestive tract under siege
In his article, Revised Protocol for Detoxifying Your Body from Mercury Exposure , Dr. Mercola explains the damaging effects of what happens when mercury enters our system:
“Mercury vapour emitted from amalgams passes readily through our cell membranes, across our blood-brain barrier, and into our central nervous system where it causes immunological, neurological, and psychological distress.
At the same time, mercury is leaching into our saliva and being swallowed, making its way down our digestive tract where it causes inflammation and damages our immune system — because the frontline of our immune system is in our gut.
Additionally, mercury shuts off the ability of our liver and kidneys to move mercury into our gut for elimination. So, if you have amalgams in your mouth, you are bathing your digestive tract and your brain in mercury every day, poisoning your brain while at the same time blocking its route out of the body.”
For this reason detoxing mercury and heavy metals is a long, sensitive and strategic process. Committing to a complete heavy metal detox will never be a quick fix solution. It is a lifestyle change in its entirety. It requires cleaning out our eliminative pathways, nourishing our body with raw, whole foods, and gently chelating the metals from your body over a long period of time. Later in this article I share my recommended protocol for the safe and effective removal of heavy metals from your system.
Detoxing mercury: How I learned the hard way
Heavy metal toxicity is not to be taken lightly. These elements are powerful antagonists which during their removal can cause more damage than good if the proper protocols aren’t followed.
I learned this the hard way.
Once I had read other people’s stories and knew that mercury fillings were the root cause of my suffering, I immediately found a holistic dentist to have them taken out. I had five fillings taken out within a month and half (which I would recommend doing slower), and soon after I jumped into a chelation protocol. It was a big mistake to rush the process, because immediately after I experienced a detox crisis that rocked my world.
I tried taking a few supplements recommended by others called DMSA and alpha-lipoic acid, both of which are manmade supplements known for their powerful chelating abilities. These were recommended by those following the Andy Cutler protocol. Andy Cutler was a chemist who suffered from mercury poisoning and who went on to study mercury extensively and developed a chemical chelation protocol which he called “frequent-low-dose chelation.” I had a terrible experience trying this method, and in the end it was a big lesson to stay far away from chemical supplements.
Severe brain fog, headaches, anxiety, insomnia—these were the symptoms that hit me over the head when I tried chelating mercury without a plan. I remember thinking how strange I felt during this period, like someone had taken over my body and mind. Soon after I fell into a terrible spiral in which I felt too depressed and unmotivated to try and help myself.
Interestingly, during this time I started craving heavier foods. For some reason my body wanted fat, and so I listened to that instinct and gorged. Afterwards the more severe detox symptoms lessened, and I realized that this was my body’s way of cushioning the dislodged metals in my system.
A few days later I was able to regain my bearings, but it was a humbling experience to say the least. After moving through my first acute mercury crisis I recognized that removing this ancient poison from my body was going to be a long process that required a deeper and more strategic commitment to my health.
The complete guide to detoxing mercury & other heavy metals
Step 1: Cleanse to open your eliminative pathways
Luckily for me, right around the time I had my amalgams taken out I had already been detoxing my body for about a month and a half.
I had just began my journey with the Mucusless Diet Healing System, a way of living that involves periods of fasting while eating primarily raw fruits and vegetables, as well as having regular enemas. (You can read more about the Mucusless Diet Healing System in my articles HERE and HERE.)
So in short I had already begun the work of opening my eliminative pathways, especially my kidneys, liver, and colon, but even with having nearly two months of dedicated detox under my belt my body still struggled to remove the mercury without experiencing unpleasant symptoms.
This brings me to my first point.
Before anyone is to have their amalgams taken out, it is crucial that they do the work to prepare the body for the process. Mercury is insidiously toxic to our organs and cells. If we are already running with a toxic and overburdened system, then our body will not be able to safely pass these metals through our various eliminative channels. Instead they get stuck in places like our brain, liver, kidneys, and gut, where they will damage these organs and potentially make you very sick (and also crazy).
So the first order of business is to clean out your body.
For me, there is no better system of detoxification and regeneration than the Mucusless Diet Healing System. This system returns us to eating in the way our body was designed to consume food.
It cleans out your eliminative channels, all the way down to the cellular level, and restores you back to a level of vitality and vibrancy you only experienced as a child. This lifestyle will quickly prepare your body for the safe removal of mercury and other toxins. Additionally, during this initial cleansing process you will naturally begin chelating heavy metals in your system, the only difference being that your body is doing it at a much slower and controlled pace.
It’s imperative to stop eating contaminated seafood in this period of cleansing as well. Larger fish such as tuna and swordfish are notoriously known to contain high levels of mercury and other heavy metals. The amalgam fillings need to be dealt with strategically, but cutting out seafood is a step that you can take right away.
I recommend being on a deep cleansing protocol (involving minimal to no animal products, high amounts of raw fruits and vegetables, regular enemas, and periods of dry fasting) for at least two to three months before getting your amalgam fillings removed. This will ensure your organs are ready to handle the toxic load that is inevitably released during the process.
If you are interested in learning more about living Mucus-Free or would like support in making this lifestyle change, email me at [email protected].
Step 2: Remove the source of your heavy metal toxicity
Once you’ve prepared the body by cleaning up your diet and removing obstruction in your organs, the next imperative step is to have your amalgam fillings removed.
This should be done by a dentist experienced in amalgam removal. The process requires things like special suction equipment, an oxygen mask, and a cotton/rubber damn setup, all of which ensure the least amount of mercury exposure as possible.
As a side note, it’s also important that your dentist does a full set of dental x-rays to ensure there is no amalgam hidden underneath crowns or other fillings. Trying to chelate mercury from your body while still having amalgam fillings is only a way to torture yourself.
The day before and after your amalgams are to be removed, increase your fat intake by eating foods like avocado, tahini, brazil nuts, etc., as this will help bind excess mercury being released during the procedure.
Cruciferous vegetables (kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, radishes, bok choy) are especially important to begin eating every day if you aren’t already. The reason being is that these vegetables contain high levels of sulfur, which, as I mentioned earlier, has a binding affinity to mercury. On top of that cruciferous vegetables will also keep food debris moving through your GI tract.
Furthermore, consuming a special toxin binder is an absolute must during the amalgam removal process (and a long while after for that matter). My favourite toxin binder is from the Master Fast System. It’s composed of activated charcoal, psyllium husk, bentonite clay, and some water or grape juice to mix. This plasma pudding sucks up toxins as it moves through your GI tract and will help to reduce any unpleasant symptoms (headaches, mood swings, brain fog) brought on by the dislodged metals.
I recommend taking the pudding a few times a day around the time of your amalgam removal and then once in the evenings from there on out.
Step 3: Chelation and the ongoing detox process
Once your amalgams have been safely removed, give your body a grace period to deal with any mercury that may have been dislodged during the procedure.
Even a skilled dentist can’t prevent mercury from entering your system during the amalgam removal. Remember that mercury is toxic in extremely minute amounts, even a micro-vapour can cause substantial damage to the surrounding tissues. I recommend waiting at least one month (ideally 2-3) while practicing the Mucus-Free diet before beginning the more direct chelation protocol. Avoid being too eager and jumping into chelation right away, I did this and experienced serious physical and psychological consequences.
Once your grace period is over and you’ve given the body time to naturally chelate any excess metals, then it’s time to dive into a more focused chelation protocol.
One of my most powerful allies in detoxing heavy metals is from the Medical Medium himself—appropriately titled the heavy metal detox smoothie. It contains a unique blend of plant-based ingredients which safely and efficiently pull heavy metals from the brain, organs, and tissues, but most importantly this team of ingredients hold onto the heavy metals until they are safely eliminated. Here is a little more about each ingredient in this smoothie:
Cilantro – Goes deep into hard-to-reach places, extracting metals from generations past. Using cilantro on its own to chelate can cause unpleasant symptoms as it will normally drop the picked-up heavy metals before they are eliminated, causing many serious side-effects.
Hawaiian spirulina – Unlike its clumsy cousin chlorella, this edible blue-green algae draws out heavy metals from your brain, central nervous system, and liver, and soaks up heavy metals extracted by barley grass juice extract powder.
Barley grass juice extract – Prepares the mercury for complete absorption by the spirulina. This nutritive grass has the ability to draw heavy metals out of your spleen, intestinal tract, pancreas, thyroid, and reproductive system.
Wild blueberries – Draw heavy metals out of your brain tissue, healing and repairing any gaps created by oxidation when the heavy metals are removed. It is important to use wild blueberries, as they possess unique phytonutrients with special detoxifying capabilities. The potent antioxidants in wild blueberries help reverse any oxidative damage left behind by the heavy metal removal. This is especially important for your brain tissue—in fact, wild blueberries are the most powerful food for halting or in some cases reversing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Eat at least one cup daily. Note: while cultivated blueberries are nutritious, they lack the metal-drawing ability of the wild blueberries. Wild blueberries can be found in the freezer section of most supermarkets.
Atlantic dulse – In addition to mercury, this edible seaweed binds to lead, aluminum, copper, cadmium, and nickel. Unlike other seaweeds, Atlantic dulse is a powerful force for removing mercury on its own. Atlantic dulse goes into deep, hidden places of the digestive tract and gut, seeking out mercury, binding to it, and never releasing it until it leaves the body.
Together these ingredients are one of the safest and most powerful ways to detox heavy metals from the body. I try to have this smoothie every day (see the smoothie recipe below).
Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie
2 cups wild blueberries
1 cup cilantro
1 cup orange juice or 2 navel oranges
1 tsp barley grass juice powder
1 tsp spirulina
1 small handful of Atlantic dulse
Optional: water to blend
Additional detox tools
I also recommend lemon enemas once a day for the first month of chelation. Lemon enemas strip toxins from the colon wall and help maintain regular bowel movements during detox.
Our colon is one of the primary pathways through which heavy metals eliminate, so if we aren’t having regular bowel movements, the toxins sit in the gut and recirculate through our blood. It may sound intimidating to do enemas regularly but I can attest that once you find your groove you will love them. They are an important tool to use during any detox period.
Next on your ally list are tinctures. Herbal tinctures offer support for our organs during detox. Once we open Pandora’s box, toxins begin flooding our system and our organs can take a beating if it’s all happening too quickly.
Herbs purify our blood and lymph, and they support our various endocrine glands as well as our nervous system. I personally recommend Dr. Morse’s tinctures, especially the tinctures for liver support, kidney support, adrenal support, lymphatic support, and the brain and nervous system. He also carries a heavy metal detox tincture that can be used to dive deeper into the chelation process.
Remember that mercury and other heavy metals are buried all throughout the body, not just in the mouth. Over decades of exposure these heavy metals leech into our brain tissue, our gut, our bones, organs, hair, etc. Once we remove the primary source of mercury and heavy metal exposure, our body begins pulling the metals hidden in our deep tissues.
Breaking your morning fasts with a green juice or citrus juice is also a great way to open your detox pathways for the day. I usually do a citrus juice that includes grapefruit, orange, and lemon, which is amazing for moving the lymph and cleansing the liver and kidneys. Citrus fruits are also high in vitamin C which increases glutathione production. Glutathione is the master antioxidant; it protects the body from oxidation by binding to heavy metals. My green juices will usually include celery, lemon, cilantro and pineapple, all of which are amazing chelation allies.
Another important component to chelation is sweating. Our skin is another major eliminative pathway for heavy metals, so ensuring that we are sweating regularly will help speed up the healing process. Hot yoga, saunas (infrared or traditional), running, and rebounding are great ways to get your sweat on.
I’ve been applying all of these principles and protocols for the last three months and I’m feeling better everyday. One of the biggest factors to accept about this process is that there is no quick fix; you have to walk through the fire one step at a time and allow the body to purge its toxicity at a safe pace.
So for this reason and so much more, detoxification has become a way of life for me, and so much more than the physical aspects has unfolded since taking this journey. You can read more about this in my article, 5 Ways Your Life Transforms When You Go Mucus-Free.
Detoxing is an opportunity to heal your body in its entirety
All of what I’ve written about might seem like a lot to take in at once. You might be thinking, “I just want to get rid of the heavy metals, isn’t there an easier way?”
To that I say yes, there are other ways to chelate heavy metals. There are intravenous chelation therapies which have worked for some but which have also caused horrible side-effects for others. Then there is Andy Cutler’s protocol (frequent-low-dose-chelation) which involves taking manmade chemicals every three hours (night time included) for up to years on end. I was considering doing this protocol for awhile as I saw it worked for the community of people who committed to it, but the thought of having to get out of bed throughout the night to take a pill sounded terrible and unnatural in my opinion.
Beyond that, what I feel all of these chelation protocols fail to address is the body as a whole.
Detoxification isn’t just going in with an ice pick and hacking away at one specific poison.
Detoxification involves a complete preparation of mind, body and spirit for the birth of a new you. It is a regeneration on a cellular level.
I speak for nearly every person on the planet when I say that we are a degenerate species. We’ve stepped so far away from nature that our cells have mutated, our organs have become obstructed, our nervous system weakened to the point that we no longer have the capacity to detox in the way we were designed to detox environmental poisons. For this reason we can’t expect to remove these heavy metals without addressing all aspects of our health at the same time. Cellular detoxification, the process which I’ve outlined in this article, is the only foundation for true healing in my opinion.
I always say, if you aren’t ready to make the changes necessary to heal your body, then you haven’t suffered enough. You haven’t suffered enough to let go of the things that are causing you pain and suffering, otherwise you would take the leap.
Many of us are attached to our disease label or story; it’s become a part of our identity to the point that we don’t want to let go of it. If this is where you are, honour your choice and know that you will be ready eventually. But if you are ready to let go of your suffering once and for all and experience new heights of living, then get ready for the joy and bliss you’ve been waiting for your whole life.
For those wanting assistance throughout this process, I offer one-on-one detox support to help make the process as smooth as possible. You can reach out to me at [email protected]
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