Thursday, May 5, 2011

How to remove RADIATION, mercury and other heavy metals from your body – safely and inexpensively||||

The presence of mercury, aluminum and other heavy metals such as cadmium and lead can cause a virtual breeding ground for yeast, fungi, parasites and pathogens in our digestive tracts. Many common health problems today, as mentioned in last month’s column, can be resolved by removing these metals and going on a yeast elimination diet.

To check for the presence of heavy metals, many people still go by hair analysis. However, most experts on heavy metal poisoning have determined that a urine analysis is more accurate since urinary porphyrins reveal the presence of mercury and other toxic metals by evaluating the porphyrin pathway.

Some people may be thinking that, since they do not have any mercury amalgams, this information does not apply to them. Wrong! Our food, air and water are constant sources of heavy metals. The ability of our liver to detoxify from the increasing amounts of metals we are exposed to depends directly on the nutrient content of our diets.

Chemistry professor Dr. Boyd Haley is an expert on mercury toxicity and wrote an article, "Concepts for Safe Human Body Mercury Removal." In this paper Dr. Haley stresses the importance of first utilizing natural vitamins and supplements instead of automatically using such chelating drugs as EDTA, DMSA or DMPS.

The most important supplements that will assist in your body’s ability to excrete mercury and other heavy metals are ascorbates (vitamin C), lipoic acid, methylcobalamin (Methyl B-12), B-6, magnesium, selenium, melatonin, methionine, and glutathione.

Mineral supplements such as Zeolite are also very helpful since our bodies tend to store heavy metals when there is a deficiency in bio-available minerals.

The following is from Dr. Deborah Baker’s website
"A recent research article published in the journal Radiology states that ‘radiation from a single whole-body scan is equal to that from 100 mammograms and is similar to that received by survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan—about 1 mile from the explosions—according to radiation biologist, David J. Brenner of Columbia University. The radiation from one scan is enough to produce a tumor in one out of 1,200 people and, for those who have annual scans, the risk increases to one tumor in every 50 people.’ With inadequate intracellular GSH the risk is greatly increased."

Dietary sources of GSH: Glutathione is synthesized from three amino acids - cystein, glutamate and glycine. Since most healthy diets rich in raw fruits and vegetables have an abundance of glutamate and glycine, the focus should be on dietary sources of cystein. Cystein content is relatively high in proteins found in red peppers, garlic, onions, brussel sprouts, oats, and wheat germ. Fruits and vegetables that are high in these precursors to GSH production are avocado, watermelon, asparagus, grapefruit, potato, acorn squash, strawberries, orange, tomato, cantaloupe, broccoli, okra, peach, zucchini, and spinach.

Avocado, asparagus and walnuts are particularly good sources. Cystein is also metabolized by the body in the presence of methionine, these two amino acids being the two sulfur-containing amino acids. Due to the stress our bodies are under dealing with the myriad of pollutants in today’s world, some say it is important to supplement. I am not a doctor but I disagree. Herbs and raw foods is the way.

Herbs for eliminating metals: There are several herbs that are useful in the elimination of heavy metals. Some say one should use pure vegetable glycerine to eliminate mercury; bladderwrack, a seaweed, for aluminum; potassium for excess copper; and horsetail (shavegrass) for lead.

Others have found that cilantro and chlorella are helpful for mercury elimination with many advocates making a delicious hummus or pesto using cilantro that includes lots of raw garlic.

Again, bio-available minerals are important and many herbs are excellent sources of these important nutrients. I use a formula that has been specifically designed for eliminating these heavy metals from the body. His "Heavy Mineral Herbal" formula contains bugleweed, cilantro, yellowdock and lobelia.

Another herb that is gaining popularity is turmeric, which contains curcumin. Using this "spice" in therapeutic doses has shown promise in treating Alzheimer’s patients, who are known to be loaded with both mercury and aluminum.

Liver Health: When on any detoxification program, it is essential to make sure your liver is also cleansed and protected. Milk Thistle is extremely important as are other blood purifying and liver cleansing herbs. We find taheebo (pau d’arco), barberry, dandelion root, chaparral, and red clover to be absolutely essential supports in the liver detoxification process.

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