Natural Remedies to Detox Heavy Metals


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Posted by JMichael (SF, CA) on 06/21/2009

Hi. I have seen it asked a few times, with no responses from anyone: How does taking selenium to detox your body of mercury effect one's dental fillings? Will it make the fillings loose and cause them to fall out? Will it pull more mercury from the fillings to absorb into your body and defeat the purpose of trying to detox?

Replied by Samlaunch
(Knoxville, Tennessee)

I've been reading about how Selenium provides a cure for my previous thyroid problems. Began taking Selenium on June 7, 2009. I had no idea that over a lifetime mercury had been accumulating in my brain. One atom of Selenium binds with one atom of mercury to form a biologically inactive complex. Basically, Selenium neutralizes mercury. There are so many health problems that accompany mercury poisoning that we receive through vaccines and our environment. Gray hair, tachycardia, disruption of mitochondria function/neuro transmitters, destroys neurons, causes shakes, dangerous to developing babies, makes kids dumber are all affects of Mercury. I add in the part where it makes kids dumber because it really makes us all complacent and subservient. Selenium, Selenium, Selenium: get some! Neutralize the toxins, get better and smarter!!!

Replied by Jen

does selenium also bind with aluminum? as i am toxic in aluminum.

Replied by Hotlava

Selenium might act as a chelator in its own, but its best role in detoxification is as a cofactor for enzymes needed to activate glutathione, our most natural, potent heavy metal chelator in our cells. Without enough selenium in our diets, glutathione will be activated less, and not do its detoxifying, free-radical-neutralizing role as much. My understanding is that selenium is first used in the body as a capillary antioxidant, and if there is enough left over, it's sent to glutathione reactions within the rest of our body cells. this would suggest people with metal toxicity would benefit from supplementing with a selenium product, whether food or mineral compound.

Glutathione does naturally chelate with toxic metals, when it's hydrogen group gets spliced off revealing a free sulfur (by the enzyme glutathione peroxidase, requiring selenium)... Mercury loves sulfur, binds fairly well to it (not cemented, but okay enough for detoxing), and I would imagine that aluminum, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and any other heavy toxic metals would as well.

Selenium is also required for the enzyme that converts T4 to T3 in target hormone locations throughout the body, and a defeciency would likely cause high T4 and low T3 levels. Iodine is needed in these reactions as well, so a selenium defeciency is not always the cause...

sign of too much selenium is garlic breath (the body releases it in our breath).

Posted by Georgia (Duluth, MN) on 02/27/2009
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Selenium for mercury poisoning:

Selenium binds with mercury in the blood & escorts the mercury out to urine, bowels.

The amalgam fillings in the mouth releases mercury vapor & is absorbed through the saliva, open cavities,

How? Under pressure, like during chewing, the grinding process friction under certain psi (per square inch). During this process the mercury molecules goes up to the surface of the tooth causing again the Hg(mercury) to get absorbed through the food ,saliva & so we sawllow it. Imagine the accumulation each time we eat & masticate with those bony chicken. The first & foremost lethal dose of Hg poisoning is through the tooth fillings.

Search more about this topic before you take action. There is so much research supports this theory. In Europe amalgam fillings is banned since 1992.

Google Sweden Geotechnical Institute or Cecilia Toomvalii

I'd like to make it clear that when you decide to get rid of amalgam fillings, you will face a very hard decision. B4 you start the decision making, see how the specialists get the amalgam out. It is cautiously, very very intricate process. The clinic has to be ventilated, & the dentists/specialists/staff looks like astronauts. They look like they are going to another planet looking 4 for weapon of mass destruction.This is b/c of the vapor that is released, during again, the grinding.

This is not a complete protocol in the treatment of HG poisoning. Please read as much as you can. Filling it in is equally dangerous as
getting it out.

My decison was to pull them b/c they are too many.(7+ not surfaces/huge fillings.

It is a huge controversy right now but hopefully the NKIDD/NIH will get rid of it. HG+ Lead( pipes H2O) + other metals is a ticking time bomb.

I am so grateful for the sore throat, IC remedy. My deepest Gratitude to all.

A grateful dentist. I have all the symptoms due to my profession.

Replied by Tiffany
(Avon Lake, Ohio)

so, is it pointless to detox the mercury if you can't get your fillings removed??

Replied by Ryanc
(New York)

I'm confused too... as I can't afford to get my fillings removed/replaced... is it safe to use EDTA for chelation if I have fillings?

Replied by Saul42

Look up American Dental in New York CIty or go to a university where the students are almost ready to graduate as dentists. Under the supervision of a dentist they perform work on you at a very very cheap price. In NYC I had each filling removed for between 40-50 bucks at American dental. At the university my friend had all his fillings taken out for roughly 90 bucks and he had about 5 of them.

Get that crap out of your system. The cost down the line is extremely huge.

Replied by Silvermist
(Downeast, Maine, Usa)

I didn't go to a special dentist becasue of cost and also we don't have one near me. I just had them all removed by a regular dentist. I drank bentonite clay before going, made sure not to swallow during the procedure and not even breathe when he was grinding out the filling. Brought the clay w/ me and swished and spit in the parking lot bushes when I left (sorry). Did the clay the rest of the day as directed on the bottle.

I HIGHLY recommend spending the dough- I felt better right away and it has continued for 4 months now. I don't feel like I got worse at all after the procedure- so I'm guessing not more than my usual amount of mercury got absorbed from the process.

Posted by Lance (National City, California) on 11/23/2008
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to take heavy metals out of the body - selenium asorbs heavy metals from the body silver fillings in your mouth contain mercury it can cause harding of the arteries. selenium is one way of absorbing mercury.

Replied by B
(SF, CA)

How does this affect the fillings in one's mouth?

Replied by Faithinhealing
(Forest Park, Ohio, Usa)
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I'm using the selenium to detox the heavy metals, but I also use brazil nuts which are rich in selenium. I love them and use them as a snack daily.

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

Just wanted to say that an extremely effective way to remove heavy metals is to take in cilantro also known as coriander. You can eat it in many ways- add it to salad, guacamole, soups, etc. Juicing it in a green juice is very effective. This herb is very easy to find in the grocery store. It is accessible to almost everyone. Hope this helps. Lisa

Replied by Moi
(V Ville, Ca)
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Be careful, as too much selenium is toxic.


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Posted by Anthony (Philadelphia) on 04/30/2013

Heavy Metals/Colitis

Hi, I have some issues going on. Any advice or help is welcomed. Let me first state the facts: I have ulcerative colitis/proctitis/IBS from symptoms and several colonoscopys done. Now I have always had blood work done, some urine test from idependent companies, and recently hair analysis from Analytical research labs. So, my test are off but I really dont know where to start or what to do. Besides the stomach issues some other issues I have and feel are: Extreme Fatigue, bone/joint fatigue/pain, Calcium/keratin buildup on face and scalp, dry, but oily skin (Seb Derm), Cold and or hot hands, I get hot and then cold with my body, Memory Loss (short term), Burp and gi issues like Extended belly, either constipated or runs, fat malabsorption, horrible sinus issues, always clearing my throat, headaches.... So, abnormal labs or tests that have come back are: Blood Test showed consistently low vit D (25-30 range - I supplement with 5,000 iu daily but never any difference), High FSH (means no sperm). Urine test showed C. Diff toxin, and heavy metals in my system (Thallium was 0. 8mg, which is high - I dont smoke at all - Could it be from filllings in my mouth??), and mercury was high also in urine test. Now, recently my hair analysis (I would post my actual result page but dont know how, I'll email to anyone that can help or like to see, send me your email) showed ALOT!!!

First, the final result is Adrenal Fatigue in exhaustion stage along with heavy metals. Now, specifically some HIGH values are: Calcium, Copper, Cadium, Arsenic, and Aluminum. Some LOW values are: Sodium, Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Chromium, Selenium, Nickel, Colbalt, Molybdenum, Lithium, and no Boron at all in my hair anaylsis!!! I really wish I could actually post this page??!! It would make more sense. Then, at the end, there are mineral ratios and there way outta sort: CA/MG is high, CA/K is super high, NA/MG is super low, NA/K is super low, Zn/Cu is low, Ca/P is high. And, finally, I'm a slow oxidizer!!! So all my ratios are outta wack. I need to resolve my hair anaylsis results because my whole body seems outta wack and this does support it. I just need help; This Hair Anaylsis gives recommendations for supplements but it's not making much difference at all. I feel awful but do have some good days.

Now, supplements I take: Zinc, multivitamin, Cysteine, Lysine, MSM, Ca, MG, boron supplement, biovine supplement for adrenals, and I spray magnesium oil every night on my body. I do take prescription drugs for my colitis - Lialda and canasa suppository. I do think I covered everything. I will add another post if I forgot anything. The hair anaylsis really said to me I have to get myself together fast!!!! But I need alittle help.

Is it smart to get my metals in my fillings removed???? I have about 6 in my mouth! Thanks!!!

Replied by Anthony

Hi. I'm sorry, I'm confused with what you want me to do? Thanks!

Replied by Leah
(Philadelphia, Pa)

Dear Anthony from Philadelphia,

From what I have read on Dr Mercola's website, you should get your detox pathways opened again before you have the fillings removed. This is because at the time of removal some mercury vapour or crumbs might still get into your system, so you need to be stong and healthy to withstand that and you need it done by a trained biological dentist.

If you have a naturopath, homeopath, or chiropracter who does nutitional counseling, I would expect them all to recommend certain basic changes in your diet: avoid tap water, juice and soda (fluoride poisoning can cause a host of debilitating chronic illnesses including digestive problems), avoid hyper-processed foods (fried, baked, preserved with chemicals etc), and focus on a paleo-type diet rich in spring water, organic fruits, vegetables, raw milk, eggs, pastured, grass fed meat, healthy fats like coconut, olive, cod liver oil, and grass fed butter etc.

If your digestive tract is really causing you problems with whole foods you could try veggie juice fasting. You also need vitamin B12, C, selenium and sulphur to open you detoxification routes ( I have mentioned in the Crohn's page that DMSO, B12, melatonin and pig duodenum ( have worked for that condition and I suspect you would benefit too.

You mentioned that you are taking calcium even though your cal to mag ratio is off. I think you should stop the Cal. To slowly detox heavy metals eat cilantro, spirulina and chlorella. Also the zero sperm count to me indicates you need lugol's iodine which will also help flush bromine, fluorine, chlorine and other heavy metals out. Take it slow so you don't detox too fast. Diatomaceous earth is also another really good detoxifier. Aloe vera is an other fabulous detoxifier. Look up liver cleansing and coffee enimas on this site too. May be a good option for you. All my suggestions should be researched further and discussed with your naturopath to make sure you are getting the right kind of each and not detoxing too fast.

I am concerned that you are still taking Lialda because it can cause side effects such as kidney-liver damage and UC ( If I were you, I would work with my Dr/naturopath to get off meds. It is highly likely they are contributing to your ill health, especially if they are capable of causing kidney/liver disfunction and UC.

I hope this helps and I wish you well again soon.

PS you can find raw grass fed milk at Reading Terminal Market and Mama's Wellness Joint in downtown Philly.

Replied by Jane

Anthony, your symptoms are all consistent with mercury poisoning. Andrew Cutler's protocol for metal detoxification has really helped me. I recommend Mercury Poisoning: The Undiagnosed Epidemic for information on heavy metal toxicity and a guide to treatment.

Posted by Lisa (Coto De Caza, Ca, Usa) on 09/06/2010
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I've been following the Andrew Hall Cutler approach for chelating heavy metals and much of my Chronic fatigue and headaches are gone. He mentions that Alpha Lipoic Acid, DMSA, or DMPS with chelate Mercury from your body. Take small dose (25 mg) every 4 hours for 3-4 days then take 4-5 day break. It will take many rounds to get all the mercury out. Your amalgams must be out of your mouth before you do this. Before chelating with Alpha Lipoic Acid using his method and supplement ideas, I could barely get off the couch. Now after a few years, I am much more active and don't need to take naps anymore. Also, no more daily headaches and migraines only every 2 months instead of a few times a month.

Posted by Patrick (Bell Island, Newfoundland) on 10/29/2009

why you never posted these best detoxs

hello, if its Ted that reads these letters or whoever. Have you ever heard of chlorella or spirulina. they are both blue and green algaes that the Chinese been using for years. it is suppose to be able to repair your genetic code, remove and metals out of your system, etc. They both contain all or most of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients,etc. i've been looking up health stuff since i'm been in grade 7, i'm 18 now and by far your site is the best. anyways just thought you might want to look in to these algaes that keep the lifespan of the chinese the greastest out of all races in the world. please write back to let me know what you guys think or what you know about this, thank you Patrick


Posted by Eveline (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 03/07/2010

I'm interested to find out if anyone is using zeolite for safely removing heavy metals and toxins (like chelation therapy but done at home). I have been taking this for about 10 days and they say you need to give it 90 days to really realize results. I would love to hear from our EC community about people's experience with this. Thanks. Eveline

Replied by Liz
(Houston, Tx)

Today is Day 5 for me on zeolite. I've heard many exciting reviews and testimonials about it, and I can't wait to reap great results! I'm consuming 10 drops 3x a day. I've talked to several health care professionals who swear by zeolite for detoxing.

Replied by Jessaka
(Tahlequah, Ok)

This is scary. I have about 16 mercury fillings, and I have been using Alpha Lipoic Acid for years as recommended by my doctor, but not for mercury poisoning. Can I expect to never get mercury out of my brain? I can't afford to have my fillings removed. What about juicing with cilantro daily? Wouldn't that safely remove mercury from the body?

Replied by Robin
(Melbourne, Australia)

I have been detoxing for years - its very confusing and theres so much conflicting info. I can see from hair analysis all metals have halved BUT that is disappointing for how much detox Ive done. I think a lot of them dont take it out of the body safely, stirs it all up and it reabsorbs elsewhere. Zeolite - I had a pre & post urine test. It showed no metals coming out. Therefore I dont believe it works. Does anyone have any info on alpha lipoic acid as sherry rogers recommends in detox or die?

Replied by William
(Charleston, Sc, Usa)

The cheapest method for chelating according to Dr. Bate is with Vitamin C. He says it acts as a chelator of all minerals, the good and the bad. For each 50 lbs of a person's weight one should take 1 gram of Vitamin C. I tried this recently and had a bad headache in the night, but the next day woke with more clarity, like something has been lifted. I was also chewing one garlic clove a day and eating liver detoxing foods like grapefruit and apple juice.

I believe the Vitamin C and the zeolite worked best for me. Also it is best to take Vitamin C by itself so it won't deplete the other vitamins or medications you may be taking. Wait up to four hours before taking your multi-vitamin (which you probably should take to restore mineral balance) or medication. Dr. Bate said if a man weighs 200lbs than he should take 2 grams in morning and 2 grams in the evening.

It also helps to align our lives with God's Word, so that when we pray to Him, he will recieve our prayer. It is said that the Lord hears the prayers of the righteous. Some of us can have miraculous healing, but maybe others will be lead to the right road for healing. God Bless you all. Make sure you believe in your heart that you are healing. Just Believe.

Replied by Barry

URGENT! Anyone concerned about being poisoned with toxic heavy metals that include mercury, lead, lead paint and cadmium should really be doing a detox with the natural mineral called Zeolite that has been proven to safely remove these toxic heavy metals from the body of humans and animals! For more information do a search for the single word Zeolite.


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Posted by Jenjen (Bath, Banes) on 06/24/2012
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Zeolites are excellent for removing metals from the body. Ideally the mercury fillings should be removed if possible. Mine were done by an excellent 'alternative' dentist who used kinesiology and homeopathy in the process.

Thank you all so much for the info on this site.

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