A heavy metal load is undermining our health
Patients with advanced congestive heart failure can have up to 22,000 times more mercury in their hearts than normal if they have amalgam fillings. Particles of mercury can float around the bloodstream on a continuous basis if our fillings erode and they do – when we eat acidic food, especially lemon juice. On contact with bacteria methyl-mercury vapour develops and it is inhaled and swallowed. If this mobile mercury gets in contact with aluminium deposits the combination becomes 100x more lethal. Heavy metal exposure causes more heart palpitations, inflammation and free radical damage than we think. High cholesterol, lifestyle and diet are secondary considerations when it comes to our cardiovascular as well as mental health.
What are the main heavy metals that are so toxic to us?
Our amalgam fillings contain a lot of mercury and lead. People who still have such fillings (most of us) are thus more prone to heart attacks, blocked and inflamed arteries and congestive heart failure. Mercury also interferes with the heart's energy supply and this causes fatigue and reduced energy levels. It also damages heart muscle tissue and the heart valves. This is serious - cholesterol, fat and sugar or high corn fructose does not penetrate blood-barriers.
How specifically is the heart affected by our fillings?
Mercury and lead cause inflammation - the underlying cause of cardiovascular disease. Laboratory tests for cardiovascular disease include inflammatory markers include: raised blood levels of C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, homocysteine, immune cytokines, high LDL cholesterol/low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides and high insulin. Mercury and other heavy and toxic metals are mostly to blame because they cause inflammation. They also promote the formation of harmful lipid peroxides (oxidative stress) and block the protective effects of anti-inflammatory fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids.
Mercury disrupts heart minerals and hormones
Mercury increases blood levels of adrenaline, noradrenaline (epinephrine, norepinephrine) and dopamine (stress hormones that cause hypertension). Mercury also inhibits the enzyme (Na+ K+ -ATPase) involved in transporting sodium and potassium ions across cell membranes as required during the ATP (adenosine triphosphate energy) cycle. Due to the increased acidity within cells, calcium begins to accumulate inside them. This happens when magnesium is depleted. In the heart tissue this causes neural degeneration and premature cell death (apoptosis). With insulin resistance, magnesium uptake is further inhibited and more sodium is retained. This in turn elevates blood pressure even more.
Mercury and heavy metals taint the blood
If mercury invades the bone marrow it infiltrates the haemoglobin of the red blood cells and inhibits the synthesis of heme (iron). Oxygen-carrying sites in the haemoglobin molecule are restricted and less oxygen is delivered to the tissues. This places an extra strain on the heart to circulate more blood. Mercury accumulates within the red blood cells and can also destroy their membranes causing them to rupture, attract fibrin and form blood clots (thrombi).
What other metals are dangerous to us and what are their effects?
We are also exposed to cadmium, from all our electronic gadgets and to nickel from wearing silver jewelry and using stainless steel utensils. The toxic particles invade our cells and tissues and react with hormones, nerves, cell receptors, our immune system, digestion and even our brain! Pathogens like bacteria, yeast and fungus feed off some of the heavy metals and cause areas to become acidic, congested, infected and inflamed. Together, they pass through the placenta and blood-brain barrier and are out of control due to the damage done to the immune system along the way. They can adversely affect fibromyalgia, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) infertility, candidiasis and insulin resistance as well as thyroid activity.
All of these symptoms involve metal poisoning as an underlying cause:
A metallic taste in the mouth is a total give away as are: gum inflammation, tender teeth, mouth sores, stomatitis (from invasive bacteria), pre-cancers, bad breath, bleeding gums or a chronic throat irritation. Once amalgam is removed, these go away, along with most of the following: sinus problems, ear ringing, enlarged neck glands and spleen, headaches, dizziness, bloating and aching joints or muscles.
Aches and pains or chills that do not respond to remedies. (We call them fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, low thyroid or hypochondria.) Systemic acidity from the inflammation can lead to kidney stones, arthritis and osteoporosis.
A sluggish mental state: forgetfulness and confusion, apathy and often unjustifiable depression or heaviness. Mood swings or contrasting outbursts of anxiety and hyper/manic behaviour. Inability to focus or pay attention, e.g. slow learners, attention deficit, autistic, bipolar – old age dementia or Alzheimer’s. This is because lead, aluminum and mercury cross the blood brain barrier.
Heavy metals produce a lot of inflammation and are associated with an acidic environment. This disturbs and even kills off our favourable gut-friendly organisms that are essential to a well functioning immune system. The body attacks its own tissues when there is an autoimmune disturbance, caused by a lot of inflammation. It then attacks the healthy tissue in joints, thyroid and adrenal glands, myelin sheaths or red blood corpuscles. Serious autoimmune conditions such as oral lichen planus, eczema, myelin sheath degeneration and multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, thyroiditis, etc., are caused by excessive pro-inflammatory reactions. Chronic infections such as breathing difficulties, skin rashes with pimples or pus-filled lesions, Candida and nail bed infections and an unusual loss of hair are also affected.
Gastrointestinal complaints such as: diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, gas, reflux, heartburn, leaky gut and indigestion regardless of antacids, digestive remedies, laxatives and suppositories. Microbial and parasitic infestations, especially mould, yeast and bacteria interact with metallic substances and even feed off them. Molds consume pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5 that we need to control inflammation.)
Spells of dizziness, migraines and/or headaches often with visual blurring or disturbance can be due to the presence of heavy metal toxicity. This includes defects of the nervous system – burning extremities, numbness, tingling or creepy sensations, tremors, jerks or shaking palsy and even paralysis.
Can we reduce our levels of these toxins – are there effective ways we can do this at home?
We can do a number of simple heavy metal detoxification protocols that are cheap and easy to undertake. After the first round of juicing and driving out the toxic particles on feels remarkably "light". Patients with serious cardiovascular diseases are better off without the amalgam fillings. They can also undergo professional chelation therapy or simply take some of the commercial products available to us now via the internet. I have outlined these processes in the second half of this discussion.
HEAVY METAL REMOVAL WITH NATURAL SUBSTANCES - HOME PROTOCOL
Credit: Su eVisser
This home procedure is safe to do for 3-4 days a week. The effects are immediate – you feel lighter!
Do not overdo it, as the metals that are agitated by the coriander leaves must be chelated (bound) to chlorella (blue-green algae) and other leaves rich in chlorophyll, magnesium and potassium like parsley and celery. The pectin in apples or from orange pith is important to keep the heavy metal gathered up and flowing down to the kidneys. All these substances combine to prevent contamination along the way.
Garlic protects the red and white blood cells during the excretion process. At bedtime, it is essential to take calcium and magnesium, to complete the chelation (binding) and excretion process. During the day it is important to drink a lot of water with a few teaspoons of lemon juice to keep the system alkaline. Try to eat as many apples as you can between meals and glasses of fresh green juice made from leafy green vegetables, especially coriander, parsley, celery, kale or dandelions.
Metal detox juice recipe: (make 2 servings)
Add 1 cup of coriander leaves – plus the roots, 1 ½ cups of water with a chopped apple, ½ cup of parsley and ½ cup celery into a blender and process all to a pulp. Strain through a piece of cloth.
1 Drink first Half of the juice.
2 A while later, take 10 chlorella tablets
3 Enjoy snacks of cottage cheese (with fresh garlic), walnuts or almonds, apple slices, rice cakes and hard-boiled eggs. Drink water, herb tea and lemon juice. If you like your normal tea or coffee then drink it at your discretion.
4 Mid-morning, have more green juice.
5 Lunch: a light meal with a lot of garlic. Drink water with ½ lemon squeezed in it, to stay alkaline.
6 Supper: lots of turnips, butternut, green vegetables, rice and eggs, cheese fish or turkey.
7 Bedtime: 1 – 2 teaspoons of calcium and magnesium supplement in ½ glass water. These alkaline minerals help to prevent the newly released lead, mercury, nickel and cadmium from returning to your soft tissues and skeletal system. Alkaline minerals bind to metal and other toxic particles and are then deposited into the toilet instead of into you.
Credit: Sue Visser
How can we use natural fruit and herbs to help the process along?
Malic acid from fruit also assists Chelation
Malic acid also helps to remove toxic metals such as lead, strontium and especially aluminium from the body. it does not interfere with chrome. That is good news because we need chrome to support insulin sensitivity. Supplements of 1200-2400 mg of malic acid along with 300-600 mg of elemental magnesium are recommended. Malic Acid is also present in fruit but only in small amounts. It is present in apples, strawberries, bananas, apricots, blackberries, cherries, lychee, peaches, pears, watermelon and nectarines.
Heavy metal: One apple has 200 mg – 400 mg of malic acid. Apples are also rich in pectin, a soluble fibre that helps to trap and bind heavy metals and toxins. Apples can help release and excrete heavy metals from our tissues. It is a natural chelating (binding) agent for aluminium, lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel and many other toxins as well. Pectin is a water-soluble fibre found in apples and it helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol whilst raise HDL (good) cholesterol. This can be accompanied by a drop in blood pressure of at least 10% in bad cases after eating 3 apples a day between meals for 4 weeks. This effect is supported by the chrome in apples that is essential for insulin sensitivity. The better the insulin pumps sugar into cells, the lower the triglycerides (low density cholesterol.) The highest levels of chrome are found in apple skins. Sour and unripe apples contain more chrome and citric acid. Adding a few pinches of cinnamon to those apples will also boost the effect of insulin, so you may have to adjust your medication accordingly. Sour, green Granny Smith apples and most unripe fruits thus have a lower GI index than sweeter fruits because of higher citric acid and chrome levels.
Heavy metal: Dania, otherwise known as cilantro or coriander is well-loved on curries and spicy foods. When eaten at a meal, these leaves are automatically a bile stimulant, and so aid digestion. (1) As a natural way to help remove heavy metals from our toxic systems, it is invaluable. It even crosses the blood-brain barrier as thus helps to repair mercury-based damage within brain cells. According to one study, it removed aluminium and lead from bone tissue faster than any of the other detoxifying drugs that were tested. During the day you can take 4-5 chlorella tablets to help bind the loosened metal particles. You will be surprised as how well you feel, being set free from that “heavy metal” load for a while. It is essential that you do not allow your system to become acidic if your mouth has amalgam fillings because particles and volatile fumes can leach out of the metal and into your bloodstream. At bedtime it is essential to take a calcium and magnesium supplement to complete the process.
Heavy metal: Parsley is the king, when it comes to purging both the liver and urinary system, being rich in chlorophyll. Sprigs of parsley when chewed make a good a breath deodorant, well-known as a chaser to garlic. It has a lot of potassium and helps to alkalize the body. For therapeutic use, add a whole cup of parsley, including the stems to the fruit and vegetable juices you make. They add extra iron and trace elements and enzymes to the juice and ease up that water retention. You can also include dandelions and other edible leaves from the garden, or some spinach.
Heavy metal: Rich in chlorophyll, it helps the toxic particles to flush out via the kidneys and eases water retention.
Obese women should chew the stalks instead of eating chocolate all day, but the dark green leaves or soup celery are best added to your daily juice with the parsley and coriander. Celery reduces the need for salt in food and is popular in stir fries, salads and just about every stew, soup and curry. Celery is a great source of alkalizing minerals.
Heavy metal: Garlic protects the blood from the effects of heavy metals, especially when metals are dislodged and removed.
Other benefits: Many people believe in the heart-healthy and anti-microbial effects of garlic. One does not need to buy expensive garlic and parsley capsules to get these benefits. Research now indicates that garlic matured in an aqueous solution is hundreds of times more potent than plain old garlic cloves. In other words: in an empty glass jar, half-filled with water, chop up cloves of garlic till full. Keep it in the fridge and take 1 or 2 teaspoons of garlic water a day. Replace the water every time and your matured garlic will serve you well for months at a time.
It is also convenient to use for adding to your favourite dishes. Keep the fresh parsley handy to chew afterwards. Deodorize your fingers by rubbing with lemon peels.
Alkalize; Lemons are very sour, but have an alkalizing effect on the bloodstream. Do not sip the juice all day, as it can erode both your tooth enamel and your fillings. The white pith of lemons is rich in much-needed vitamin K and is of great benefit to liver functioning. To get the most out of a lemon, add some slices to a glass of water. Sprinkle in a few grains of Himalayan salt. Give the lemon a squeeze and drink the water. Replace the water and the salt a few more times during the day as you drink it every 2 hours or so. The peel can then be chopped and mixed with a sprinkle of salt and eaten as a tasty relish with spicy foods, salads or snacks. Add leftovers of lemon peel to your daily juice and use lemon juice on salads and other foods. Rub it on the skin to fade blemishes.
What methods are used professionally to remove heavy metals?
EDTA Chelation (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid)
EDTA has been used since World War 2 to treat heavy metal poisoning. It was used to chelate (bind and eliminate) lead that had been systemically absorbed by workmen from paint that was used on the hulls of the ships. The most logical explanation is that heavy metals and plaque cause inflammation and that taking EDTA orally, intravenously or per rectum will eliminate these toxins. Eat a few pieces of fruit every day and take EDTA for the best results. Fruit is also recommended for a daily intake of heart friendly antioxidants and folic acid.
EDTA is a synthetic additive used as a stabilizer in the food industry. It is also used as an anticoagulant (similar to Warfarin or ginger) to prevent the clotting of blood in laboratory trials. Experts tell us that one gram daily of oral EDTA for three months is effective in lowering blood pressure, recovering from a heart attack and reducing oxidized cholesterol levels and to help prevent blood from clotting excessively. Angina pectoris patients showed a remarkable improvement in their condition and patients with peripheral artery disease had better exercise tolerance and extra blood flow to the body extremities.
Less intensive daily doses of EDTA provide the same benefits as intravenous chelation therapy but over a longer time. Call this preventive maintenance for your cardiovascular system. The microcirculation to the brain, fingertips and penis for instance, will also benefit from an improved supply of blood and therefore oxygen and glucose. EDTA acts synergistically with other antioxidants to stabilize fats and oils and prevent free radical damage (inflammation).
Doctors usually tell us to take it separately, before a meal and to make sure we get enough minerals and trace elements plus extra calcium and magnesium at bedtime. We need to compensate for the possible loss of key minerals that may also be chelated by EDTA. A fine range of EDTA products can be purchased online and do not need a Doctor’s prescription. They include capsules, liquids and suppositories plus the mineral supplements most recommended.
Modified citrus pectin Chelation
MCP (modified citrus pectin) is important for heavy metal chelation. Doctor Elias developed a version of the citrus pith called PectaSol® Chelation Complex, available from the internet. This product is used as part of a heavy metal detoxification protocol because the molecules are made smaller to penetrate blood vessels. This is necessary for removing toxins that have been embedded in organs and tissues and transporting them for excretion. According to urine test results patients using the modified citrus pectin excreted increased amounts of the substances within 24 hours:
Arsenic excretion increased by 130%
Mercury excretion increased by 150%
Cadmium excretion increased by 230%
Toxic lead excretion increased by 560%!
Citrus pectin is a safer alternative to EDTA,. Another advantage of MCP (as claimed by the manufacturers) is that it performs selective removal and does not strip out essential minerals like zinc, calcium and magnesium. Animal studies show how it also helps to prevent the spread of cancer and enhance immunity by stimulating the effects of natural killer cells, B-cells and T-cytotoxic cells in a dose dependent way. We can take modified citrus pectin for a regular heavy metal flush. We can also make our own extract to help the process along, using this easy method at home.