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Toxins: Mercury- How Does It Affect Your Health?

Updated on September 19, 2018

Toxic Poisoning

How Does Mercury Affect Our Health?

Why Are We Toxic?

No matter where we live on this planet, we are bombarded by toxins all the time- from the air, in the water, in the food we eat, and also in the products that we use to clean our houses and make ourselves beautiful.

This is not news. Since the introduction of pesticides and herbicides in our farming in the sixties, our immune systems have been attacked by a huge number of synthetic chemicals and toxins that they are not designed to cope with. This is now manifesting itself in alarming rises in childhood asthma, allergies, autoimmune disorders and many other diseases and conditions that are currently seen to be unconnected to toxins, such as infertility, ADD, and ADHD, amongst others. However, more and more research is showing the connection between toxins and compromised immune systems, as well as a huge array of diseases that are all on the increase.

What Does Mercury Do To The Body?

Mercury is a naturally occurring heavy metal and we are able to get rid of it from the body in small quantities. However, it has a tendency to accumulate in the body, and is seen to be the cause of neurological problems- the term ‘mad as a hatter’ came into being as the milliners slurred their speech and had tremors.

With the equivalent amount of mercury in a filling as in a thermometer, and mercury being injected into the body as part of vaccines, the average person is well over the recommended safe dose of mercury, if there is such a thing. There is a video at the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology that clearly shows that mercury leaks from silver fillings all the time. It is worth looking at if you are interested-

It is used in vaccines to get the immune system revved up, but at the same time, toxic heavy metals like Mercury are very good at damaging the immune system. The damage that the toxins do to the immune system can last as long as the toxins are still in the body. This can be a lifetime as the body sequesters the toxins to keep itself safe, so they are locked into fat deposits and tissues. As the toxin accumulates, it stimulates the immune system to overreact, and thus it is in constant attack mode, and reactions in the form of allergies and asthma, for example, become more and more severe.

Mercury therefore can be seen to compromise the immune system, and cause it to go into overdrive. It likes to go to the brain, and the fat cells that surround the myelin sheath around the nerves, and so can cause neurological damage and nervous system tissue damage- including Alzheimer’s, A.D.D., Autism and peripheral neuropathy. Mercury has also been linked to depression and to some mental health conditions.

Diseases Associated With A Compromised Immune System

Diseases and conditions linked to a compromised immune system include allergies, asthma, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, cancer, connective tissue disorders, diabetes, eczema, hay fever, inflammatory disorders, and infections.

Health Problems Associated With Mercury Poisoning

Health problems linked to mercury poisoning include excessive saliva flow, inflammation of mouth and gums, irritability, jerky gait, kidney damage, learning disabilities, loosening of teeth, muscle tremors, nervousness, personality changes, pins and needles, spasms of extremities, and swelling of the salivary glands. (All this can be found in the book Toxic Overload by Paula Baillie- Hamilton, M.D., Ph.D.)

Mercury appears in high doses in meaty fish like tuna and salmon, and also in shellfish. As with all food chains, as the smallest member of the food chain is eaten by the next predator up, the absorption rate of the toxin increases, and continues to do so up the food chain. This is why the large fish like tuna have such a high level of mercury as they are the top of the food chain.

Research is showing that animals at the top of the food chains are increasingly struggling to produce male offspring- the heavy metals and toxins are affecting the fertility of animals like whales and polar bears and there is increasing evidence that female offspring are being born far more often than males, which has implications for the continuation of the species. The toxins interfere with the hormonal processes and mimic reactions and functionality and can therefore contribute to or cause infertility and female only births.

What Can You Do To Rid Your Body Of The Mercury?

Stewart A. Lonky M.D., said “Because chemical and toxin exposures are impossible to avoid, and because the accumulation of these toxins definitely have health consequences, I believe that the use of a chelating and detoxifying agent such as activated liquid zeolite should be a part of every person’s daily regimen. There is no better gift you can give yourself and your loved ones.”

Written by Caroline Nettle.

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    • travel_man1971 profile image

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Maybe, the development is the same but the campaign will be subtle in both countries.

      I heard one doctor said to his irate patient that medicine is both business and humanitarian-oriented occupation.

      I'd rather not say about the percentage of those two aspects, if the former edges out the latter or vice versa. :)

    • Spiritual Growth profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Nettle 

      6 years ago from Bristol, England

      Thanks travel_man1971 but when I asked my dentist, she said that she could not possibly comment on whether or not mercury fillings were safe. Maybe it is a little slower to catch on in the UK? Thanks for you comment and it is a learning curve for all of us!

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      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      My cousin, who's a dentist, said that they are now resisting to use a mercury-mixed teeth filling. Most of the dentists nowadays are now campaigning for the total ban of the product.

      I don't know much about dentistry, but she made me aware of the danger patients experience once they go at the dental clinic for teeth filling.

    • Spiritual Growth profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Nettle 

      7 years ago from Bristol, England

      Hello Connie, I am not able to answer that as I do not know enough about it. What I do know is that zeolites are the only product on the market to the things out- everything else puts things into your body. I know a lot of people use colloidal silver with good results, but I cannot comment on whether or not it is good for you. Read the label and then I think decide. Love and blessings, Caroline

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      7 years ago

      What is your opinion of coloidal silver which has mercury in it. The bottle says it is suppose to boost your immune system???

    • Spiritual Growth profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Nettle 

      8 years ago from Bristol, England

      Thank you for your comment and what scares me is that we as yet do not know how responsible toxins are for many diseases, including diabetes. However, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me. Good luck in your research. Love and blessings, Caroline

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for a very interesting piece on the influence of heavy metals in the body. All this time I thought heavy metal was only in music (LOL!). But this is absolutely no laughing matter. My wife and I will check this out as we have a son who has been a diabetic (no history in families) since he was age 11. Anything that might help him would be a blessing. WB

    • Spiritual Growth profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Nettle 

      8 years ago from Bristol, England

      Hello breathe2travel. I am pleased for your friend and I think many people suffer without knowing what the issues are.

      Love and blessings.

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      8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I have a dear friend who almost died from potentially fatal toxic levels in her body. After years-long battle and immune strengthening,detoxing -- the docs at Mayo pronounced her "mercury free" last fall. She celebrated. Her treatment included removal of dental fillings.

      Good hub. Useful.

    • Spiritual Growth profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Nettle 

      8 years ago from Bristol, England

      Johnny Naakea, Thank you very much for your comment.I sometimes wonder if anything is still ok to eat. I feel so strongly that we should detoxify our bodies and also the planet. Sometimes I wonder if it is better not to know, but for me, most illnesses are derived from toxic overload.

      Wishing you well with whatever you eat!

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      8 years ago

      Very interesting hub. I better stop eating so much tuna sashimi. It's on the dinner table almost every night in Hawaii.Thank you for taking the time to do the research.


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