Natural Remedies to Detox Heavy Metals

DMPS Chelation

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Posted by Jen (Atlanta, Georgia) on 01/06/2008

I have found that i have a large amount of heavy metals which i believe is causing my acne. I found a natural way to detox this on It starts with Glutathione which is in every cell in the body and we are often deficient of. So if it works I'll let you know. I found too many side effects with DMPS Chelation, which is not FDA certified but is a chemical not natural. Thanks

Replied by Aria
(Port Huron, Mi, Us)

With regard to glutathione and taking supplements: glutathione is produced by the liver and acts as a blood cleanser. It is effective in removing toxins from the blood. I have read that stimulation of the liver through utilization of a coffee enema will increase the liver's production of GSH; therefore, will aid in removal of toxins from the body. This method has been used for years to rid the body of tuberculosis and cancer.

I found this web page detailing the procedure:

Replied by Ll2
(Boulder, Co)


DMPS is known to cause severe problems for people, particularly irreversible nerve damage. To chelate out mercury, lead and some other toxic metals, the best known protocol is the one that Andy Cutler devised. He has a ph.D. from Princeton in Chemistry, was poisoned himself and discovered the pharmacological effects of different substances, based on the half life of chelating elements in the body. The reason this is so important is because when mercury is moved around, it cause havoc. I had 13 almagam fillings, plus 2 gold crowns, (which is a big no-no, even for dental text books--and funny the dentist who did this taught at the dental school in Philly--obviously didn't read the textbook! ). In any case, I had all these removed, followed Cutler's protocol and have had many many problems go away, including problems I didn't think could be connected to Mercury. His protocol is the ONLY safe way to get rid of mercury; it works. (plus, he's not trying to sell anything. The protocol is available on the web, even if one doesn't buy his book). In a nutshell, the protocol is:

alpha lipoic acid 50mg- MUST BE TAKEN Every 3 HOURS, even at night. For 3 days on, 4 days off. I've done his protocol for 2 years now and it really works, safely!

Replied by Hotlava

To LI2 from Boulder:

Cutler's ala detox protocol ruined me for a year (I was taking 10 mg of ALA every 3 hrs)... The ALA makes me want to hit my head against the nearest wall and bite my own hand... And I dont have ocd or a history of those behaviors! It obviously mobilizes mercury, which is great, but it can mobilize too much too fast, and overwhelm the body's elimination channels. That's when it really damages your body, and should be avoided (many people have had similar reaction to DMPS, might I add). although that is true for any detox protocol...

Since I already have so much mercury in me, I am very wary against any strong detox due to having such negative reactions consistenly in the past.. I have found the most relief by improving my own glutathione levels (zinc, selenium, vit c, green tea, dark roast coffee, avoiding excess environmental toxins (other than the caffeine), green-coffee enemas) and improving my ability to excrete toxins (charcoal capsules with coffee, high fiber diet when not taking fat-soluble vitamins, etc). I also have found gentle relief by using low dose (250mg) ca-na edta suppositories every other night. Nutrition wise, I eat a Weston Price style diet (traditional foods), and thrive on that.

Replied by Alexander
(Kailua, Hi)

I too have seen many people get worse with the Cutler Protocol. It is an outdated protocol and will not work for everyone. A much better protocol is Dr. Chris Shade's QuickSilver Scientific protocol which includes liposomal glutathione, vitamin C, and EDTA. No detoxification will happen if glutathione levels are too low which is the case with many people and that's why they do terribly on the Cutler Protocol. Glutathione levels have to be high enough to allow for healthy detoxification of heavy metals.

Also, increasing the body's own production of glutathione is key, by taking supplements and eating foods and herbs that increase glutathione production such as broccoli sprouts, chlorella, magnesium, selenium, zinc, iodine, etc.

Replied by Carol

Can I take ALA with fillings in my mouth?

Replied by Charles
(Providence, Ri)

No. All mercury fillings and crowns over mercury must be removed prior to chelation or things like ala or dmps will make you sick.

DMPS Chelation
Posted by Kelly (Denton, Texas) on 01/03/2008

Having had moderate to slightly severe acne since puberty , I have tried it all short of Accutane. I became COMPLETELY acne free at age 40 when I started DMPS chelation for mercury poisoning. The treatments were a week apart and each time would worsen the acne right after the treatment but would then look great until my next treatment. Each treatment would make it worse then better until about the 5th or 6th treatment completely cleared it. That was 9 years ago. The doctor had no idea the Dmps would do this and I have not seen where it is mentioned to cure acne anywhere. Not sure if it is the sulphur in the medicine that did the job or the clearing of mercury from the gut. Either way this was a complete cure and the answer to many prayers.

Replied by Anonymous
(Bythewater, Ca)

Just like anything you need a Clifford chemical test to see if your allergic to DMPS. My ND used DMPS chelation at much lower dose because she wants to eliminate any side effects, then it was followed with glutathione to help the liver detox, I was told to later in the day to take multiple vitamin and mineralize. I was told 40% of people have a flu like reaction for few hours then it goes away. It is interesting that some peoples bodies will execrete the mercury, while other peoples bodies will store the mercury.

Replied by Tony
(Philly, Pa)

I'm currently reading Andy Cutler's amalgam illness book... Let me tell you, there is too much info and I'm a little confused? Definitely getting the metals out of my mouth and then I'll go from there!!

Replied by Joe

Tony Philly- If you are having trouble understanding Cutler's book, try Mercury Poisoning: The Undiagnosed Epidemic which explains the process much more clearly.


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Posted by Aresem (Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia) on 11/06/2009

How to use EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)

I recently bought two 250 capsules bottles of EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) 625 mg at the Internet, when I tried for a week to my self taking it as directed in the bottle of one capsule 2 times a day it gave me some kind of palpitating headache at the upper left region of my head. I felt some pressures in my head blood veins and is vibrating at a certain frequency with pain. My main objective in using it is to chelate my body of heavy metals but have to stop using it as the pain is getting worse. The pain however went away by it self without medication after a few days of not taking it. I have read in one of your post related to cancer that you use this to help blood circulation with cancer patients. I wanted to give this to my wife who is battling stage-3 endometrial cancer but I am quite not sure that this will help her because of the experience I had with it. If you have any idea how to use this safely with out posting any risk to her life please let me know. As I have previously mentioned in my previous post my wife is having off and on asthenia and lost of appetite, which we wanted to get rid off.

Thank you in advance for any guidance you can provide us. ----- aresem

Posted by Candy (Ofallon, MO) on 02/16/2009

I have started using EDTA suppositories. It has been great. Alot of problems I have had have begun to go away. The EDTA is a toxic metal cleanse. They come in 375,750,1000 mg. I take the 375, the slower the better. My periods have become so close to normal, they use to be terrible. Heavy and long. Yeast infections were common. not so anymore.My skin is not as dry as it use to be. what is your opinion of EDTA? Candy

Replied by Lorena
(Charlotte, NC)

Did the EDTA suppositories work? How are you feeling now, a few months later?

Replied by Candy
(Ofallon, MO)

The lady that ask me how the EDTA was going.Yes it has worked for me and so much has improved.I will continue to take it and I have increased the dose to 750. I use to have terrible heavy periods and the doctor said I was old enough just wait it out...easy for HIM to say...I was old enough that menopause should have came along. I wondered how I would know when it was here with all the bleeding!!!! It finally arrived after taking 8 months of EDTA. My body is as it should be finally...

Replied by Tess
(La, US)

I took the heavy metal challenge test, I had high lead, my doctor gave me EDTA Lipophos I noticed my heart rate go up my doctor told me that was normal because it was chelating the heavy metals I would drink this twice a week, .We visited a clinic outside the country and we did EDTA everyday for three weeks plus all the mineral vitamin replacements, I had no side effects and I am a super sensitive person so I figured EDTA is pretty safe and this level of chelation must of chelated most of the heavy metals out

Epsom Salts

Posted by James (Panama City, Panama) on 04/14/2010

Epsom Salts as a full body detox

What is the proper dosage and lenght of time for using Epsom salts as a detox for the heavy metals in a person's body?

Replied by Zilverb
(Seabrook, Texas, Usa)
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To detoxify heavy metals with Epsom salts you put one cup Epsom salts and 1/4-cup baking soda in a clean bath tub and fill it with warm to hot water. Sit in it and soak for twenty to thirty minutes. Rub the water all over you with a cloth, your hand, or even an aloofa sponge. Do this 3 times a week. When the time is up, if you feel like you need to shampoo your hair or soap up do it now. It is not likely that you will need to put oil on your skin; however, if you feel the need use a virgin oil such as coconut or olive. Putting commercial products on you that are full of unnatural ingredients is not the way to go.

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Posted by D (San Diego, Ca) on 03/29/2013

I'm wondering if having 2 bolts in my knee, from an ACL surgery back in 1988, can be leaching out into my system. I don't know what they're made up of, but I had been told they were "teflon"-coated, unless that was just as an example of how they are coated. The grafted ligament (taken from the patellar tendon) had shown on an MRI 6 years ago to be thinning, but I don't know what the state of the bolts are. The surgeon had said he plugged the bolts with pieces of bone from the patella (it was a long time ago, and a very primitive-style surgery compared to now).

I do have 3 mercury tooth-fillings left, which I have not been able to replace yet. But even when I can replace them, I may still have metal leaching into my system from the bolts? They cannot be taken out.

So I wonder if my hair-loss and other stuff has to do with my body attacking itself? Like if my hair is "toxic" because of constantly detoxing, that my body may be attacking it? The roots seem to be declining, and new hair comes in so baby-fine that it doesn't seem to stay in for long. I know the hair-loss isn't the main problem but a symptom, i'm just using it as an indicator. My thyroid hormone level is back within normal range (back down to 4.5 from 7.5), so I'm ruling that out as a possible cause. Another symptom is fibromyalgia-like, but with a hyperactive mind. So physically exhausted but amped-up at the same time. And Magnesium Chloride did not help with sleep. And there's "this and that" inconsistant symptoms, not too drastic, but which could be attributed to so many other things too (like candida, deficiencies, ph balance, parasites, allergies, neurological restrictions, glandular, other toxins, altered immune system, etc etc).

I have been doing: increased iodine intake, transdermal Magnesium Chloride, lots of ACV, the suggested Borax solution (also from, drinking aloe vera juice with baking soda and vitamin C powder, eating lots of garlic and miso and spirulina, (and nothing out of the Pacific Ocean or Japan, as it's now a radionuclide dump) etc etc... Just started oil-pulling with virgin coconut oil a few weeks ago... And had been doing this Intestinal Drawing Formula (also for the radiation which is coming over from Japan's 3 melted-down reactors which are still spewing into the atmosphere, down the jetstream, right at us on the west coast US not to mention the whole Northern Hemisphere, now reaching the southern [if you are not aware of that, you may want to scan through enenews. Com, enviroreporter. Com, fairewinds. Org]... anyways, that's a whole other issue) which has bentonite clay, zeolite, slippery elm, etc - from an excellent quality line of products that i'll post if given permission.

But it seems that if I have a "permanent" metal fixture within my bone, that all this attempt to cleanse may be making the problem worse. By constantly pulling the metals into my bloodstream. I don't know, just seems to be a logical possibility.

Or something that my body is constantly rejecting (and I did grow up with allergic reactions like eczema and asthma, and other occasional weird unexplained reactions). Anyways, my main question is whether it's possible that the bolts in my bones could be leaching into my system? And whether doing detox protocols could be worsening that - since I cannot remove the bolts, my body might be constantly trying to remove them, by drawing their substances into my bloodstream?

Oh, in case it's pertinent, I'm a 43 yr old woman of lower-than-average weight. Might not matter for a straight-forward answer. I am curious what Ted's perspective is on this, yet I know he gets swamped with questions. So I'd appreciate anyone's experience or knowledge on the topic. Thanks

Replied by D
(San Diego, Ca)

I'm replying to my own inquiry so I don't have to rewrite it. I haven't found any info related, though there must be something somewhere.

Main question: does anyone have any info or experience with heavy metal detoxing, while having metal hardware from a surgery in the bones? (an old style ACL reconstruction in the knee from 1988 - grafted tendon with a bolt at the top of the tibia and one at the lateral lower femur)

Seems that detoxing might possibly pull the metals into the bloodstream, but since they cannot be fully dissolved, may that cause more problems than it could cure? Seems it may be a futile effort to keep drawing out what cannot be removed, and keep it constantly moving within other bio-systems. I'd love to get a complete hair/blood analysis, but have not found affordable labwork. I also do not know what the bolts are made of, so don't know what i'd be looking for.

More details on my original post.

Not to be redundant, but for some reason I can't get any answers on that. Maybe it's an unknown still?

Replied by Anonymous
(Lakewood, Ca)

Just saw something on the net about cobalt chromium ions leeching into the blood from hip replacement hardware, and a solution given was chelation with chlorella and cilantro. You may want to websearch for it.

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Posted by Robin (Melbourne, Australia) on 02/17/2011

Dear Ted/connie, my hair analysis shows copper off the chart, so bad the lab rang me to tell me Im the worst theyve seen. Look up the net and its bad on so many levels. BUT a blood test shows normal levels. So all the detoxing Ive been doing isnt bringing it out OR I dont have it. I had histamine levels measured. low histamine would have added some weight. But thats normal. I do have addisons. Poor adrenals goes with copper overload. How do I know? Because I dont know what to eat, many supplements that could help me are a no no if you have copper overload. Help?

Replied by Gillian
(Cairns, Australia)

Hi Robin.. I also have extremely high levels of copper and I'm wondering if you've had any success in ridding it from your body. Please let me know.

Replied by Kathym
(Bay Shore, Ny)

Check symptoms for Pyroluria. Hair dyes also have copper.

Replied by Cecilia
(Massachusetts, Ma)

Certain minerals, such as iron and zinc, are copper antagonists. Too much copper in your system will prevent your body from utilizing them. If your copper is still high, you should make sure you're getting enough of both iron and zinc. I don't know of a blood test for zinc, but there are several common iron/ferritin tests you can have done.

Replied by John
(Florida, US)

Standard Process has a very simple zinc test. You put some zinc liquid in your mouth and if you can taste it, your zinc levels are fine.

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Posted by Janice (Coloma, Mi) on 12/21/2010

Can anyone tell me if it is o.k. To cook in the old cast iron pans or do you get too much heavy metal from them?

Replied by Diane
(Berkeley, Ca)

Cast iron pans are excellent to cook in. I love, love, LOVE mine. You do get very small traces of iron from them, but that's not bad. If you condition them properly and keep them seasoned, they are naturally non-stick too.

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Posted by Anne (Asheville, NC) on 07/02/2009

I am planning on doing a heavy metal detox and was wondering if there is a significant differnce between Bentontite clay and activated charcoal in terms of effectiveness? The feedback for each remedy for detox plans is very similar. Is there any reason to prefer one over the other? Thanks!

Replied by Regulator555
(Grand Rapids, Mi, Usa)

Hello EC group! My son, 13 months old, tested an 8 for lead. 10 is considered the highest safe level. However, I've read that permanent damage can occur at levels of 2. I think the 8 is due to where we live - old apartment and he plays outside in the dirt, so there's probably lead in the soil. We're moving in a few weeks. Meanwhile, my doc is not concerned. My husband and I are concerned. Fruits and vegetables, the recommended detox for kids, isn't possible as he is still nursed (not interested in food yet). I've read about cilantro, n-acetyl cysteine, and zeolite as great - for adults. Does anyone know of any methods for treating a 13 month old?

Replied by Carly
(Seattle, Wa,Usa)

Hi - I would look in to Fulvic Acid. There is quite a bit on it on the Web, and on the Earth Clinic site also. Among other things - it is a heavy metal chelator, and is a totally natural substance. I am not sure about using it on a 13 month old, as I was researching it for different reasons. I am now a firm believer in Fulvic Acid and have only been taking it for a week! I think it truly is detoxifying me. Best of luck to you, and glad to hear you are getting your child away from whatever source of the lead you are around. . . . Remember to wash his hands often, that might help some too. :-) Carly

Replied by Carly
(Seattle, Wa Usa)

Oops - I forgot to mention in my prior response - Fulvic Acid comes in a liquid and has virtually no taste.

Replied by Lissa
(Mechanicsville, Va)

Your son is chelating you if you're nursing him. That is the most likely culprit and a reason moms feel so great after nursing. One should always have their metal levels checked before becoming pregnant and nursing. That little baby is the great chelator, sorry to say. I'd get myself checked out immediately to make sure you aren't causing it. And please if you are heavy metal toxic stop breast feeding, escpecially if you chelate.

Replied by Fety
(Somewhere In, Wa)

Exactly ^^ Breastfeeding turns your fat into milk! Hello? Everyone has quite a few toxins and metals in their fat unless they happen to be cleaner-eating Amish.

Replied by Hotlava

To Lissa: you are right that babies are one of the best heavy metal chelators for adult women, which is one of the saddest and most heartbreaking truths in this world. Thus, to all the fertile women reading this today- take your health seriously, for the sake of our future generations!

To the OP: this comment is probably too late, but not breast-feeding your child would help reduce any potential symptoms for your child, since you are likely mobilizing any lead you have stored in your bones for breast milk production (it likes to partner with calcium in the body). You might consider securing another source of clean human breast milk... Breastmilk will help your son be his best, high or low lead levels, yours or someone elses. Chemical infant formula is no substitute for healthy babies! Google "La Leche League" or visit your department of public health for more information.

There is also a highly regarded homemade infant formula found in the cookbook Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon (a book worth reading anyways)... best of luck.

Replied by Timh
(Ky, Usa)
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Welcome Hotlava: This has long been a controversial subject in my book. Most aggravating is the lack of research reports and caution from the natural medicine professional community concerning the toxicity of human breast milk. In our toxic modern world, it's not a question of what toxic metals or chems we have in our body but how many and how much. Fat tissue is simply a reservoir for many of the toxins where they remain for yrs or the life of the individual. Breast milk is like a stream from that toxic reservoir. This toxic syndrome is not only a problem in the human species, but other mammals as well; Polar Bears in particular have varying degrees of toxic chems and particularly mercury in their fat which is passed to their cubs which can and does cause serious damage. Yet breast feeding is happily embraced and encouraged in our culture, after all it's "natural".

This invisible problem could also have ramification beyond simply early childhood learning disabilities and what not. Autism and other major disabilities have complex causes which are in most cases very difficult to identify.

As for solutions, supplementing antioxidant nutrition and whole body detox remedies are critical for keeping these toxins out of the body.

The big emphasis is adequate Glutathione levels, and yes Selenium is important but I would also recommend, from first-hand and scientific proof, the role that the hormone Melatonin plays in Glutathione production. The Acai berry as well as other anthocyanin antioxidant flavones provides the defense necessary for the body to "burn" fat instead of accumulate it. Green Tea Catechins and the list goes on all are defenders against toxins.

Another remedy worth mentioning in our quest for keeping toxins away is sweating. Sweating is one of the body's natural detoxification methods, but toxic modern life w/ our air-conditioned environments create a big cause for toxin accumulation.

Replied by Hotlava

Hi Timh- thanks for the dialogue..

I appreciate your concern and sensitivity to the quality of breast milk in our modern toxic world- there should be more public discussion of the risks and advantages of its use in feeding our infants. That being said, any research on infants is almost entirely unethical since they can't be fully informed of their participation and have their own choice, and thus it is limited. Current research has a concensus, however, that the benefits outweigh the risks.

I appreciate your suggestion of using melatonin for boosting glutathione- I recall that andrew cutler encouraged that in his (somewhat confusing) tome Amalgam Illness. I am also a big antioxidant fan- you are very right to include that for detoxification (my favorite local source of anthocyanins is salal berries, indigenous here in washington state).

I have read conflicting reports about how much toxins are flushed out during sweating, but none the less still enjoy the practice. This is a news report outlining a detox study being conducted at my alma mater:

Thanks for sharing what works for you! It benefits us all.

Replied by Timh
(Ky, Usa)
2063 posts

@Hotlava: Thanx for the reply as this topic has reoccurred in my thoughts ever since the original post a few weeks ago; much deserving of more discussion.

As for the research (or lack thereof) you spoke of, further indicates the dangerous nature of this condition; it's not one of those blatant illnesses that garner public attention and response. Last night Bill Maher (on the Tonight Show w/.. ) noted this disparity between the recent chemical bombs unleashed upon civilians in Syria Vs Monsanto's non-labeled GMO's. This same problem exist in the medical community; the acute infections that require immediate medical intervention get high public alert status, while chronic illnesses caused by pathogens like Candida, mycoplasma, among others, are thrown under the rug and the struggling patient is recommended psychiatric medications or counseling as to their hypochondria condition.

So the only real markers of mommy-baby toxicity issues aren't apparent until the child reaches school age and is found to have "learning disabilities" or perhaps worse in cases like autism spectrum disorders. The variety of effects on mental function, behavior, and learning, and all with unknown etiology, makes the positive case for modern lifestyle or environmental cause.

The older and more obese the mother, the more likely (considering all other equal denominators like lifestyle or geography) the more likely congenital disorders.

As for treatment, this is yet another problem, because like Neil Young said "the damage done". So there is a really big need for awareness in terms of prevention. In my personal battle with a severe environmental illness, I have found Oil Pulling and Detox Foot Pads to be quite effective for helping the body remove toxic zenobiotics or heavy metals (outside of boosting antioxidant status). As for obesity, the body is blessed to have fat as an energy reserve, BUT this fat becomes a reservoir for toxin accumulation. As I might have suggested in a previous post, many people have great difficulty losing weight and I believe this toxicity factor is, to some degree, to blame. So, there is a holistic Dr Gittleman that has found breakthrough remedies in overcoming this problem, and so I very highly recommend her to mothers-to-be- and obese folks in general. She has a great web-site here:

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Posted by Sandra (Joplin, Missouri) on 04/28/2009

I have a question about detox symptoms at least I think its a symptom of such. I have tried different products for heavy metal detox or ph balance according to their directions and soon I become very sad and crying a lot untill I drop back the use of product, has anyone else had this problem and is it due to overly alkaline state or what? this has happened two to three times on various products. please enlighten me if you can. Thanks sandra

Replied by Rob
(Manhattan, New York)

"detoxing" can be quite a shock to the system & therefore affect your emotional state. there may be one ingredient in particular that is effecting your hormonal and brain chemistry. I've noticed for example, if I take too much Omega 3 or certain brands I can become more obsessive in my thoughts.

Replied by Lynnette
(San Mateo, CA)

Having study alternative medicine for many years it is believed that we carry latent emotions within our body, often within our muscles, fat and toxic body waste. And when doing body work there can often be a release of these emotions which can and often is intense. It can happen during detox, massage and even weight loss. It eventually it does pass. When it becomes intense, you can certainly cut back a bit to allow your body time to 'process' the emotions as they work their way through your system. Hope this helps. Lynnette

Replied by Faithinhealing
(Forest Park, Ohio, Usa)

Detoxing is tough, and you are right, the emotions that have come up since I started the detox have been major, quite difficult at times. Usually I stop for a day or two then go back after I've recovered. I've found that peroxide in my ear helps with some of the detox symptoms though, odd but true.

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Posted by Jeannie (Lansing, MI) on 03/09/2009


Please make everyone aware that the federal department of agriculture has found mercury in many popular food brands that comes from high fructose corn syrup and there were articles on this as recently as January 2009, see the links below . You would think that the FDA would stop this from happening but from what I have found they claim that high fructose corn syrup is not a health threat.

Press Release

January 26, 2009

Contact: Ben Lilliston, 612-870-3416, [email protected]

Much High Fructose Corn Syrup Contaminated With Mercury, New Study Finds

Brand-Name Food Products Also Discovered to Contain Mercury

Minneapolis - Mercury was found in nearly 50 percent of tested samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), according to a new article published today in the scientific journal, Environmental Health. A separate study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) detected mercury in nearly one-third of 55 popular brand- name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first or second highest labeled ingredient-including products by Quaker, Hershey's, Kraft and Smucker's.

Some infant formula is almost 1/2 HFCS. Similac Go & Grow baby formula, for example, claims "Balanced nutrition for older babies", but the first ingredient is 42.6% corn syrup solids.

See also:


Table A: Total mercury detected in 55 brand name foods and beverages high in HFCS

Thanks for all that you do Earth Clinic, please keep up the good work!


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Posted by Pat (Sheboygan, WI) on 03/08/2008

Our bodies lack tons of nutrients. Been a vegetarian for 30 years but the ground has hardly no nutrients and you could literally starve to death going vegetarian.(vegetarians living well balanced diets live average 7-10 yr longer than meat eaters--I used to be heavy meat eater) Don't remember the exact facts, but a tomato has 1/30 the nutriants that it had 50 years ago. Any there is an almost free natural supplement one cne take called green clay. If you can get a copy of the dvd you'll be amazed. The very best price I've found is a Christian non profit group that sells it.

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Posted by CPN (Somewhere USA) on 10/31/2022

Hello EC Family

I want to have a hair analysis test done to test for heavy metals and mineral deficiencies.

Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

I have found some companies online that do it for around $124.00

Thank you

Heavy Metal Detox Baths

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Posted by Mrs. V (NJ) on 12/07/2022

Detoxify from heavy metals in your body

The recipe is quite simple - it's one cup of each ingredient. This is to detoxify your body from heavy metals that we get from many foods and environmental toxins.

1 Cup of each ingredient is added to a warm to hot bath. Soak 15-20 minutes.

* Borax
* Epsom salt
* Baking soda
* Pink Himalayan sea salt

(I also add 2-3 drops of my favorite essential oil. Any of these are great lavender, citrus, eucalyptus, frankincense & myrth) Choose any you'd like.

Take bath 3x's in one week. Then wait about a month or more before doing this again.

I do it every other month for a week or 3 baths with a day between baths. Personally I'm feeling so much better after 2nd bath. 3rd is recommended for full detoxification. Helps level your PH also.

Replied by Shelly
(Chicago, Il, United States)

I was wondering... Where can one go to get accurate and good heavy metal testing done? Is hair more preferred or blood? I need this done asap! I think I have a fungal issue, as I have many symptoms now, for a year I've been sick. I have IC as well as some GI probs, chronic fatigue, weakness, twitching, hair falling out, night sweats, and occasional heart palps. I used to run 5-6 miles every other day, can barely run 1 mile.... =( 9 hours of sleep, and I still feel exausted.

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Posted by Joe (Wpb, Florida) on 06/14/2010


I want to do a toxic element profile along with minerals levels. What is the difference between hair or urine as far as best test ? When the toxic levels decrease over time does this mean the body has gotten rid of most of it or that it could possibly be hiding in deep tissues, bones, organs, or brain. Hence, the circulatory toxins were removed but the stubborn metals linger in hard to reach areas resulting in a low marker, but in reality can still have high metals.

Is it ok to mix 1/4 tsp borax in 1 liter with 4 drops of Iodine (lugols)= 12.5mg, 1/8 tsp sea salt? These will be mixed in advance in 1 ltr bottle for the week.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines)

Hi Joe...The best method to discover if you have excess heavy metals or lack of minerals -- which is also suggested by Ted -- is the hair analysis.

The urine analysis is not so accurate and is just a measure of the minerals and electrolytes that are excreted by the kidneys in one particular instance in time, whereas hair analysis will more accurately show accumulation of a particular mineral or heavy metal -- or lack of it -- in your body over a much longer period of time because hair is part of the skin tissue itself.

The health water mixture you suggest for yourself should be OK, but you mention in your post that you will take 1 litre of this mix per week which is not correct, not sure if this was a misprint or not.

Borax dosage is normally 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon Borax in 1 litre of water PER DAY. This borax dosage should then be taken for 4 days on followed by three days off the Borax. My own method is to just take the borax this way for a maximum of a week or two every month as an anti-fungal preventative. But if you had something like candida(fungus) or rosacea(demodex mites), then this dosage should be taken continuously and as stated for a much longer period.

The sea salt maintenance dosage should be 1/4 teaspoon sea salt in 1 litre of water per day also. I normally just use sea salt on my food and also use it dissolved in water to flush out and help disinfect my nasal passages if there's a problem.

And the iodine dosage is 12.5 mgs per day. I take this dosage every day usually together with Vitamin C as ascorbate in water. This way the iodine portion of Lugol's is converted to iodide and there is no iodine taste. I also use foot-painting with tincture of iodine which is also quite effective.

But if you are taking lugol's as an anti-fungal or antiseptic specifically for your intestines, it is better to take the lugol's in water alone, because lugol's consists of iodide as well as iodine but iodine is the one that has the anti-microbial action in the intestines.

Within the body iodide, in small amounts, is needed for the thyroid, but iodine is the form needed and utilized by the mammary glands(women) and prostate glands of men. Other organs and mucus glands within the body also need and can use both the iodide and iodine forms. This is why the RDA dose for iodine -- about a 150 microgms, based solely on the only the thyroid's estimate requirement only -- just doesn't cut it as the proper daily iodine/iodide requirement for the whole body.

Replied by Joe
(Jupiter, Fl)

Bill: Thank you for your time and assistance.

In follow up clarification: If we always mix the Iodine with Ascorbic acid then is it 100% converted to Iodide? If so, I will only be getting the thyroid functioning benefits and not the Iodine positives (prostate). By mixing it in water only with-out Vit C, I will be getting both sides of the Iodine benefits but will have to tolerate the taste. The other option is to take Iodine with Vit C for higher concentration of Iodide and paint Iodine on the bottom of foot for specific Iodine benefits: which is what your doing.

Do we paint in the middle of bottom of foot or just on inside forearm area ? Difference? When we mix Vit C or ACV with Baking Soda are there any Bicarb benefits (sodium) left or are they used up by the acids intervention?

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines)

Hi Joe...Thanks for your questions.

Do we paint in the middle of bottom of foot or just on inside forearm area ?

Normally you would paint a 5 X 3 inch area of the bottom of the foot. I do this just before going to bed. Once you feel that your iodine levels are OK, then paint your feet once every 3 or four days.

When we mix Vit C or ACV with Baking Soda are there any Bicarb benefits (sodium) left or are they used up by the acids intervention?

It's always best to take just sodium bicarbonate with water on its own, because it has a different function to the BS and ACV or Lemon/Lime remedies. Bicarbonates -- on their own -- are necessary for our bodies because they are essential to cell respiration, the bicarbonate ion is used in cell respiration to simultaneously swap out the carbon dioxide for oxygen via the blood. It is also essential to provide proper second stage digestion in the duodenum and bicarbonates also aid in alkalizing the blood. The lemon/lime remedies, when combined with sodium bicarbonates, create citrates and small amounts of ascorbates(Vit C). Similarly ACV and BS produce malates and acetates. Both these forms play a direct role in and enhance the Krebs energy production and utilization cycle within the cell. So bicarbonates play a role to alkalize blood(extracellular), aid digestion and cell respiration whereas ACV and Lemeon/Lime help to alkalize the intracellular cell environment and aid in the production of energy within the cells.

With respect to iodine/iodide intake, the RDA recommendations are sadly inadequate. This RDA is wholly based on what will cure hypothyroidism and goiter but does not account for the much larger amounts that are also critically useful and needed by our bodies.

Here is a breakdown:

*Research by Drs Abraham and Brownstein seems to confirm that the proper minimal daily intake of iodine should be about 12.5 mgms (The RDA recommendation is still only about 150 microgms which, in my opinion, is ridiculous). The proper dose is equivalent to about two drops of lugol's iodine or one Iodoral tablet per day.

*I have also read that in order to satisfy just the thyroid requirement realistically requires about 2-3 mgms of iodide. Any iodine/iodide in excess is then freely utilized further throughout the body.

*The Iodine form is necessary for the mammary glands(women), the uterus and the prostate but the iodide form is necessary for thyroid uptake. All other uptake -- by the endocrine system, the organs and the mucus glands -- can generally utilize both the iodide or iodine forms. So the gist of this is that both the iodide and the iodine forms are necessary for our bodies.

(There is also another iodine form that is taken up -- triodide -- but I'm trying to keep this explanation simple...LOL).

The necessity for the mucus glands to uptake iodine I find very interesting, because these mucus glands are usually the first line of anti-microbial defense for our bodies. They are situated in the salivary glands, stomach, intestines, uterus, prostate, nose, throat and lungs to name just a few. ALL mucus glands in our bodies absorb and utilize iodine.

A 2% USP iodine tincture will kill 90% of all microbes -- including viruses, bacteria and fungus -- in 90 seconds and yet, taken in proper amounts, iodine is very body-friendly and even very necessary for our bodies.

In both the uterus and women's breasts, the formation of cysts and fibroids is perhaps a direct expression of a lack of iodine in the diet. The uterus is an acidic environment, but if it gets too acidic through bad diet then bad bacteria will take hold and problems like fibroids and bacterial vaginosis will occur. The uterus also has friendly bacteria that generate hydrogen peroxide, similar to the lacto-bacillus in the intestines, which also helps to prevent invasion by the bad bacteria. But for these friendly bacteria to survive in the uterus necessitates the maintenance of a healthy acid pH zone. Iodine is also alkaline and, from the uterine mucus secretions, kills the bad bacteria in the uterus as well as helps to regulate the uterine environment by putting it back into a safe and healthy acidic zone. Iodine is also anti-cancer as well as anti-mutagenic. The weird thing is that if you go to a doctor about having uterine fibroids or vaginal bacteriosis -- then they will normally just check for small iodine amounts that satisfy just your thyroid and not the larger amounts that the rest of your body needs -- which includes amounts needed by the mucus glands in the uterus. This is how you can have a normal thyroid but still lack the necessary iodine requirement for the rest of your body which seems to require far more iodine/iodide than the thyroid.

The pre-cancerous cysts that can occur in women's breasts is a similar story and also the result of a bad diet or fluorinated drugs. In an acid body(low iodine), all cysts/tumors will utilize mucus glands and mucus as a cloak or cover against attack by the white blood cells. However if iodine is taken in proper amounts ALL mucus glands will uptake the iodine -- even the mucus glands on the cyst or tumor. And iodine can kill virtually all offending microbes quickly, is strongly alkaline and is also anti-cancer as well as anti-mutagenic. Another significant point is that iodine is regarded by some researchers as the ultimate anti-histamine. Click here for the evidence.. Therefore, by supplementing correct amounts of iodine, these offending fibroids, cysts and tumors are completely de-cloaked as the bad guys, unable to hide or fool the body's white blood cells and so are attacked and are more easily eradicated. And this same argument applies for the prostate gland.

Currenty, I'm also looking into the synergistic relationships between some of my favourite supplements/minerals -- which are magnesium, iodine, vitamin c, hydrogen peroxide, sodium and potassium. I've already discovered that magnesium has a significant enzymatic role in the body's production of tyrosine which is essential for the thyroid to be able to slice off the metallic ion from the iodide molecule and convert and store it as iodine in the thyroid. Therefore supplementing magnesium as well as lugol's iodine should definitely further help hypothyroid problems.

Replied by Joe
(Jupiter, Fl)

Bill: Thank You for explaining things very well. I've been sharing the importance of Iodine with deficiency and havoc it can cause. I also heard that along with the halogens that soy inhibits Iodine too and soybean oil is in all packaged foods. Add chlorine, fluoride, bromine and we got a perfect storm for Iodine being depleted.

When we mix Lugol's 2% Solution -- potassium Iodide 4%, Iodine 2%. I heard that 4 drops would equal the 12.5mg per day suggested dosage. Is this correct ?

When we mix lugol's with Vit c we are only getting the Iodide property benefit b/c conversion of Iodine to
100% Iodide ?

To get both Iodine and Iodide we can just mix Lugol's with warm water and get addtional anti-fungal GI benefits ? Or we can just paint to get both Iodine and Iodide into our system?

You see Bill,I have been taking lugol's with just Vit C and not painting. I just want to cover getting both aspects of Iodine and Iodide into the body.

I have red online from other physicians that they say Iodine painting does not absorb properly because most of it evaporates, so it's not accurate measure of how depleted you are or how quickly the shading is gone?

I'm skeptical of the truth with these guys and our govt (FDA) They seem to want to fuel sickness for various organizational networks that benefit;
health care, population control, food industries makers , ,

Is it ok to mix HP,sea salt,borax,4 drops Iodine in 1 liter jar to drink over 1 day period or could this be to heavy detox? I trying to streamline things for my father. Thanks Again :)

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines)

Hi Joe...Iodine is certainly a favourite -- along with Magnesium, Vitamin C, Borax, Sea Salt, Dessicated Liver and Ted's alkalizing remedies. All these, as a daily or weekly protocol, seem to work well in keeping my own body terrain and immune system fairly strong.

The classic form of Lugol's is 5gms Iodine(5%) with 10gms potassium iodide(10%) dissolved in 85gms water (85%). The original form of lugol's was always at 5% strength. This was discovered or invented by Jacques Lugol in 1829 and is still the best form of lugol's to supplement. But it is getting harder and harder to buy this form. The US govt now does not permit free sale of lugol's in amounts greater than 2 oz. The drugs companies seem bent on making it very difficult indeed for the population to obtain these necessary dietary supplements in order to stay healthy now. And meanwhile, at the other end, the FDA seem determined to ignore all the poisons in our food, soil and water supply. This is a very nasty alliance for sure.

Another example is dietary potassium -- which you can only ever buy now in pills made in less than 100 mg amounts. A recent European study has demonstrated that we need a minimum of at least 3.2 GRAMS of potassium per day as a daily intake for health.

I even saw both iodine crystals and potassium iodide crystals in a shop in Bangkok on a recent trip, so I could've made up my own proper form of lugol's quite easily, but I thought there was no need because I had found aqueous iodine. Later, I discovered this iodine was only 1% strength. Next time, I'll use my

A drop of 5% lugol's solution will contain about 6.3 mgs of iodine/iodide. So 2 drops of 5% lugol's will give you 12.6 mgs. However, the 2% lugol's that you are using will contain less than 3.1 mgs per drop so you will have to use about 4 drops per daily dose to achieve the necessary 12.5 mgms.

When you mix lugol's with Vit C it will turn colorless with no taste because the iodine in the lugol's transforms into iodide. The best methods to supplement both the iodide and iodine forms is to take lugol drops in water or to use footpainting or just use both.

It's OK to mix HP, sea salt, borax, 4 drops Iodine in a liter of water and take it daily -- but remember that Borax should be taken for only 4 days on -- with 3 days off the Borax. The reason for this is that Borax stimulates androgens (male hormone production), and the cycling of 4 days on and 3 days off Borax will prevent over-stimulation of these hormones.

Replied by Joe
(Jupiter, Fl)

Bill: You mentioned that bicarbonates play a role to alkalize blood(extracellular), aid digestion and cell respiration whereas ACV and Lemeon/Lime help to alkalize the intracellular cell environment and aid in the production of energy within the cells.

If one has alkaline saliva (cellular) and alkaline urine (blood )thru testing can one still benefit from taking the bicarbs in water remedy and the lemon/lime BS remedy?

I didn't know if it's necessary or overkill if the body is already alkaline ? They say when applying mag oil to body that it's fully absorb in 20 minutes but how do we know the milligrams we took in? I read it's only about 100mg, short of the 400mg we need per day?

P.S. Is Mixing a 15-20 drops of magnesium oil with 1 liter of water plus: Hp,Borax,Sea Salt,Iodine (Ted's dosages) OK ?

Replied by Al
(Alvena, Sk., Canada)

The notes on heavy metals testing recommends testing the hair as the best indicator. I am wondering if heavy metals such as lead, copper, iron, mercury, cadmium, platinum, tungsten, chrome, nickel, zinc and other additives used in steel and other metals and their welding processes as well as in chemotherapy can cause hair to turn gray. I ask this because I started going gray at the age of 29 and my hair got progressively more gray as I got older. I had chemo at age 51 with a platinum based drug and my hair became substantially lighter. I worked in metal fabrication doing lots of welding and grinding full time for twenty years, starting at the age of 18, and then drove truck for twelve years after that.

I am now almost 54 and have been taking alpha lipoic acid for eight weeks to get rid of peripheral neuropathy and have figured out that it is working by chelating at least the platinum out of my system. I started noticing about three weeks in to using the ALA that the natural colour of my hair was returning. Now at eight weeks in to using ALA about 80% of my formerly gray hair is back to its' original natural colour but my beard is becoming darker than it was before. Is this normal? If so, what heavy metals does it indicate that it is removing to allow the hair colour to return? I have been taking 500 mg of ALA, 2000 mg of ALCAR, 50 mg of zinc, 80 mg of benfotiamine and 1000 mcg of vitamin B12 per day(the first two are divided in to two doses). If it is not the heavy metal chelation which of the above is causing the hair colour to return and why is it happening? Can anyone shed any light on this phenomenon? Thank you, Al.

Replied by Babs
(Ec, Tx)

My hubby was recently diagnosed with ALS. Since then we have had him tested for heavy metals. He is high in Lead, Mercury, Nickle, Antimony and Tin. We are having his dental work replaced next week. In the meantime we are very interested in detoxing using the Hubbard method of detox (niacin/exercise/sauna). We want to find a center to detox at, in TEXAS. Any idea how we locate such a place? The internet is very elusive on the subject.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando)

Hi Babs...Here's a link that gives addresses, phone nos etc to alternative clinics in Texas that do heavy metal chelation therapy, hydrogen peroxide IV, ozone therapy etc :

Doctor's and Clinics in Texas

I would perhaps also take some time out to investigate Ted from Bangkok's treatment for ALS and late stage ALS which involves taking high doses of taurine, cysteine and lysine together with low dose methylene blue and lithium. See this EC link for more details:

Ted's ALS Treatments

Ted also says this about ALS:

"In my treatment of ALS, getting them to live as long as they want is no problem, they can live as long as they want, my problem is trying to reverse the ALS symptoms, which is a big problem. The one thing that has helped the most is always pregnenolone 50 mg, DHEA (12.5 mg women 25 mg for men), and melatonin (at night 5 mg is the average dose I see that works fine)."


Replied by Yvonne S.

Please note...If you have the MTHFR defect, a hair analysis test will not work correctly....

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