Heavy Metal Poisoning I wanted to make my first post about an article I just read in the San Antonio express newspaper. The article was about mercury in fish. It was quite interesting because I didn't know that most fish contain a lot of mercury. This isn't really a problem for most people, however, for small children or pregnant women it can be a huge problem.
What I also found out is that even if you don't eat fish you might have mercury in you because it can be passed on from mother to child. The article mentioned a bunch of symptoms related to mercury toxicity such as digestion issues, irritability, and sleeplessness. In children Mercury can slow developmental issues such as learning and growth. The interesting thing however is that the Mercury in fish is elemental Mercury and Mercury that is particularly dangerous is called methyl mercury. Methylmercury is the gas form of Mercury and this gas is released from fillings when you drink a hot beverage or chew something.
According to the FDA there is only one way to properly remove mercury from your body and that is to use a product called DMSA. This is a product that can be found on the Internet, no prescription is necessary, and it is safe. DMSA has been in use for over 20 years. In fact as an amusing side note if you watched TV show House they often mention DMSA or succinic acid or captomer, these are all the same things, when it comes to treating a toxic heavy metal. Now I know that this is only a TV show however House has something like 20 medical doctors on their staff to advise them so the medical information although sensationalistic is actually accurate.
To deal properly with heavy metal poisoning you really need to do a bit of research. There are many reputable websites such as webmd and wikipedia. There are also lots of places to by DMSA. Try amazon or just google the words 'dmsa chelation' and start reading, that is what I did. It took a while until I understood how to do proper chelation.
Oh, I should mention, you will find a lot of so called chelation products like 'foot pads' that make wild claims. You will notice that all these claims are just from people and that there is no scientific proof. DMSA has many many scientific studies that prove it works, heck, why else would the FDA approve it. The FDA has not approved things like foot pads and essential oils.