You can see all 130 mercury-containing drugs on the FDA website under Mercury in Drug and Biologic Products.
When I was a kid I remember my mother (a nurse) painting me with the mercury antiseptic mercurochrome for all my tomboy cuts and scrapes. I used contact lens solution laced with the mercury preservative thimerisol for decades. I was punctured with vaccines that also contained thimerisol and I lived beside a coal-burning plant that burned the mercury in coal into the air as mercury vapor. All the women in the neighborhood knew not to hang their laundry out on days when the smoke blew our way. The coal left black soot stains but it was the mercury that left holes in the sheets. The fish I grew up on in Nova Scotia is now laden with mercury and mercury dental fillings were the norm. And who hasn’t played with the slippery, silver mercury globules from an accidental broken thermometer, which is now treated as a medical emergency toxic spill.
We know mercury is a deadly toxin, second only to plutonium, so why is it so prevalent in our environment and what are we going to do about it?
I like Dr. Mercola’s Revised Protocol for Detoxifying Your Body from Mercury Exposure. I agree with his statement that “Your body is designed to detoxify mercury and other heavy metals. An impaired metabolism can lead to mercury toxicity.”
How do you repair your metabolism? I’ll summarize Dr. Mercola’s article and give you my recommendations along with the disclosure that some of these products are mine, which means I can attest to their quality and efficacy.
Mercury is detoxified with glutathione, sulfur and enzymes that require minerals.
I personally use ReAline, which contains two sulfur amino acids, one of which is dl-methionine, the immediate precursor to glutathione, which helps neutralize and eliminate chemical toxins and heavy metals.
ReMag and ReMyte provide the picometer-sized minerals that are necessary cofactors for all the enzyme systems in the body. In fact, the body requires magnesium to manufacture glutathione S-transferase.
The best probiotic to heal an inflamed gut and to bind mercury is Prescript Assist. Dr. Mercola’s article does not mention that mercury reaching the gut acts like an antibiotic killing off intestinal bacterial flora leaving yeast room to roam. Prescript Assist helps keep yeast in check.
Whey, in protein powders provides cysteine, another precursor to glutathione. I put ReStructure in my morning breakfast smoothie.
Vitamin C Complex and Vitamin B Complex from Grown by Nature (use code gbn123 at checkout), are food-based, organic compounds. For an extra Vitamin C burst, I make my own liposomal Vitamin C. See my blog Dr. Dean’s Supplement Recommendations for the recipe.
Dr. Mercola has a long list of product recommendations but people often tell me they get overwhelmed when presented with so much information. They think they have to take everything so they get paralyzed and don’t so anything. Knowing this, I try to give a very short list of suggestions that is not overwhelming and done consistently will be highly beneficial.
Remember, as I always say below, this is not a medical prescription, it’s up to you to research any and all health information before trying any new protocol.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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