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I am in the same boat as you, i have 5 amalgam fillings, it was 7, but had 2 replaced with white filling stuff, from a regular dentist before i knew anything about mercury in fillings, ahh, anyway, i am reading Evidence of Harm and it is really concerning me. I am also completely banning seafood, esp. tuna, we don't it much anyway.
|Activated Charcoal for Mercury Detox
# Activated charcoal has been successfully used for detoxifying a person's body and freeing them of mercury accumulation. Activated charcoal comes from burnt wood, sawdust, shells, coconut, petroleum coke, coal and peat; the remains of burnt wood or other materials, when dried, become charcoal. This charcoal formation, when exposed to oxidized gas, forces the charcoal to undergo a natural erosion process internally. The latter erosion intensifies the charcoal's ability to absorb things since a network of pores is further intensified during the erosion process, thereby tripling the pores inside the charcoal. Activated charcoal can absorb metals like mercury and other heavy metals so that they can be passed out of the body. The charcoal can be consumed orally for effective treatment of heavy metal poisoning.
|Why do patients that are exposed to mercury, deposit the toxin in various areas of their body?
Some deposit the mercury in their hypothalamus (and develop multiple hormone problems), or in their limbic system (depression). Others deposit it in the adrenals (fatigue), or in the long bones (osteoporosis, leukemia). Some in the pelvis (interstitial cystitis), in the autonomic and sensory ganglia (chronic pain syndromes); some in the connective tissue (scleroderma, lupus), or in the cranial nerves (tinnitus, cataracts, TMJ problems, loss of smell), or in the muscles (fibromyalgia).
|Sandy, if I'm not mistaken, you are looking for a detox while you have your amalgams in. And in that case, you're probably looking for what NOT to take as a detox while you have amalgams still in place in addition to what works in these situations...?|
i feel for you. I have amalgams and I just started b12. I thought my head was going to explode from the headache, probably detoxing. I don't have the overt symptoms of poisoning, but I still want them the heck out. Heaven knows they aren't doing anything GOOD in there. I do have LOW b12 and high MCH, both indicative of a deficiency (veggie diet since I was 13 and never supp'd. smart!) i also have a vitamin D issue. my hair test had merc in the green (according to some, that means nothing if your minerals seem out of whack) but uranium was sky high. high uranium leads to nephrotoxicity and achey bones. definitely got those achey bones... >
From what I understand, you need to avoid the following with amalgams:
chelating agents that can pull merc from your fillings
lemon juice in detoxing amounts (double check that one)
anything that tells you it detoxes should be used with caution, since it can do more harm than good.
those are just a few. in addition to all the VERY informed ladies on this site, if you go to frequent dose chelation group on yahoo you might get some more info.
it can be totally overwhelming and there is a lot of fear mongering out there as well, so just try to take it all in stride. sorry you are feeling the effects of mercury. ugh!
Tanyalopez I am SO grateful for all the info! I truly appreciate you being so generous with your time and knowledge. This brain fog is really dense right now which - as many of you know - makes it extra challenging to get all this figured out.
Yes, I have read the tuber rose stuff and the yahoo chelation stuff I'm just starting. I'm also wading thru the chelating mams thread over in dental - and the iodine thread as well.
You rae spot on about the detoxing things - I see now that I cannot take things that help others - like MSM and even too much garlic.
re: sulfur foods, some people do better on a high-sulfur diet, others on a low one, and since your DD's are most likely like you (how's your DH for this type of stuff, and his health overall?), it may be good to experiment with the whole family. The kids and I do best high-sulfur, so lots of eggs and onions and such, and MSM was fine (used it before I knew mercury was an issue), but others have really bad reactions, and really feel better when they craft a low-sulfur diet. Here for more reading on that....
I have Hashimoto's and Addison's and I am pretty certain they are both related to my mercury toxicity.
Do you eat gluten? I'd strongly consider taking it out, both since celiac is also autoimmune, but even if celiac isn't an issue, gluten exacerbates so many problems for so many of us. At some point, consider supplementing selenium, it's a) depleted by mercury, b) necessary for making glutathione, and c) involved in autoimmune issues, and peoples' antibody numbers can come down with selenium supplementation.
Both my dd's have thyroid issues and even though they don't have amalgams, I bf'd both for over 2 years and lost a pc of filling during both pregnancies!.
So, I'm studying up on how to lessen my toxic load WITH fillings in place.
AND detox my dd's who, technically ought to be able to chelate since they have no fillings, right?
Yes. My kids don't have amalgams, their issues are just due to growing in me. If you can find a knowledgeable HCP, that's a really nice support. But if not, a lot of people on the autism-mercury yahoo group are doing this on their own, and there's lots of good advice there, if you just read carefully and take your time.
With this brain fog hopefully I'll be able to figure it out before they turn 18!!!!
Thank you again - all for the input - it's greatly appreciated!