A decade ago it was only the “health nuts” that were interested in heavy metal detox and cleansing, but with volumes of research linking a multitude of diseases to toxins, detox has now become a household word. Unfortunately, most cleanses and detox products are like the street cleaners you see moving slowly along the street with their big rotating brushes and high-powered vacuums. It looks impressive until you realize that it is only moving dirt and debris to another part of the street. Your next thought is, “This is what my tax dollars are paying for?” The truth is your money is no better spent on the heavy metal cleanse you bought from a local health food store or even your health practitioner. Most of these detox products do nothing, and at best, or worst, simply move the toxins from one place to another in the body. When the dirt and debris gets moved around the street and not cleaned-up, it is definitely not a dangerous situation, but it most definitely is dangerous when this is occurring in our bodies.
In many past articles and videos, I discuss what I call, “True Cellular Detox”, as well as my 5R’s of Cellular Healing and Detox as a road map and a “how to” for real detox:
R1 – Removing the Source
R2 – Regenerating the Cell Membrane
R3 – Restoring Cellular Energy
R4 – Reducing Cellular Inflammation
R5 – Reestablishing Methylation
In this particular article, I do not feel the need to restate the importance of True Cellular Detox and my 5R’s, but take detox to another level, and be detox specific to one type of toxin. Certain types of toxins, such as heavy metals, are so difficult to remove from the body that they need to be detoxed much differently than other toxins. My biggest pet peeve in natural heath is how most doctors go about the detox of heavy metals.
The fact is both alternative and allopathic doctors do heavy metal detox wrong, which is why most heavy metal detox is ineffective and dangerous.
As all detox goes, heavy metal detox can be the most dangerous detox of all. Done correctly, it can be the safest and most rewarding of all. I have watched more people get their lives back from what was considered an unexplainable or irreversible illness with the correct heavy metal detoxification protocol than any other single alternative solution.
How My Life Changed Forever
This is how my life changed. As a matter of fact, the only reason I am so passionate about this topic or have any authority on the topic of heavy metal detox is that I lived it. I have heard some people say you should only go to doctors who have been through what you are going through and perhaps there is some truth to that. I could never understand what I know if I went to school for 8 more years (and I did). This level of certainty and knowledge can only come from suffering.
I had many silver fillings in my mouth from the time I was young. Due to some needed dental work, I had two of them drilled out (about 6 still remained) and gold fillings were put in their place. Even at that time in my life I knew silver fillings were considered harmful to the body and gold was considered a better choice, but there was a lot more that I was about to learn. After the fillings were replaced, I became very sick. Unfortunately, it took me three to four years of misery to figure out it was related to the fillings. Silver (amalgam) fillings contain 50% mercury, which vaporizes and crosses into your brain where it bio-accumulates over time.
Studies like the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) amalgam study show that the number of fillings in your mouth is proportional to how much mercury is in your brain1. The studies indicate that the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, located in the brain, bio-accumulate most of the mercury and are significantly impacted by this highly toxic heavy metal. The hypothalamus and pituitary are the master glands that control ALL of our hormones and endocrine glands, like our thyroid and adrenals. Therefore when the control tower is impacted by mercury toxicity, a dramatic cascading affect is observed in the entire hormonal system causing hormone dysregulation. When our hormones are not speaking clearly to our body it affects our sex drive, fertility, how we feel, sleep, think, adapt to stress, our energy levels and even weight loss or gain.
Tragic to Catastrophic: Galvanism and Mouth Metals
Removing my two mercury amalgam fillings was a tragic decision that changed my life forever. However, replacing them with gold fillings while having mercury amalgam in my mouth is what I believe to be catastrophic.
When I, like many others before me, placed gold fillings in my mouth, it set up what is described as a galvanic reaction (electrical current). The electrical current generated under these circumstances causes mercury in remaining amalgam fillings to leach out at an alarming rate that would far exceed any Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) water or air quality limits several times over. I had four remaining fillings in my mouth. This unknowingly bad decision set up the perfect storm in my mouth for heavy metal poisoning that sent shock waves of both financial and emotional challenges. I thought gold fillings where the best alternative but no one told me about galvanism.
Studies show that a galvanic reaction can cause the mercury to come out of the fillings 10 times faster than normal2. Mercury amalgam fillings combined with any other metal in the mouth such as crown, bridge, or retainer will also lead to galvanism and an increase in mercury bioaccumulation; especially in the brain. The electrical current alone causes many unexplainable symptoms like anxiety and brain fog. I had all of that occurring and much more. I had symptoms of a thyroid problem but my blood work was always normal. All of my other blood work was also normal, which was quite frustrating. Sound familiar? Many of the clients I coach back to health can relate to the hopeless feeling and dread of not knowing the cause. I so badly wanted to find something wrong because then I could fix it.
My fatigue was very debilitating and it became difficult to work or engage in any normal life activities whatsoever. The worst part was as fatigued as I was during the day, I could not sleep at night. I would typically wake up around 3:00 or 4:00 AM and not be able to get back to sleep. It became worse than just not sleeping. I would wake up with a feeling of dread. I recall my wife asking me what I felt like as she saw me in a fetal position crying. All I could either say or explain was that I just felt like I had to cry. It was a feeling of dread that made me not want to live, and believe me, I didn’t at times. At the time, I felt I rather would have died than go on living like that. My greatest fear was living the rest of my life as I was; I had no fear of dying, which would be easy for me in those dark times. I know it doesn’t sound too manly or “faith filled”, but this is honestly who I had become while suffering from mercury poisoning. Thank God the feeling of dread was transient and would mostly come at night. There were many other times that I would be having what I consider a “good day”, and then out of nowhere, I would get a feeling of debilitating anxiety. I recall the fear of anticipating what was coming next and when. I didn’t have to think of things to worry about, the feeling just came over me.
There were other moments that I was filled with such rage and anger that I feared for my family. A feeling of extreme irritability would emanate from inside of me. A crying baby, a loud noise or even an action movie would make it worse. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t even go to a movie theater because the loud sounds and excitement would cause a feeling of nervousness and anxiety. This also included the stress involved with watching a football game. My body – more specifically my endocrine system and hormones – could not adapt to otherwise enjoyable excitement or stressors.
Almost overnight, I became someone I didn’t know, and worse yet, someone my wife and family didn’t know. I can say it may have been harder on my wife than myself; or equally difficult, but in a different way. It’s obvious I could not adapt to any stress whatsoever; emotional or physical. Before I got sick, I was riding my road bike 200+ miles a week and in the best shape of my life. Now if I would walk down the street, I would be left fatigued and wiped out for days. My sleep and anxiety would become worse from the smallest of efforts or stress. I recall a friend saying, “You should just push through it,” as if that’s what he would do. Yeah, right! Don’t you just love the advice from others at times? Especially those you expect to understand the most.
As you might imagine, I fell into a deep depression. I didn’t want to be around people, and nor could I, because I started to notice that I would react to fragrances such as perfumes and fabric softeners. If it wasn’t certain chemicals causing bizarre symptoms like brain fog, dizziness, headaches, tingling, twitching or irritability, everything I ate now caused discomfort and symptoms. I became intolerant to most foods. I would get bloated after some or develop constipation or diarrhea with others. After eating almost any food at all, I would be wiped out and more symptomatic. As hard as I tried, I could not figure it out. I thought it was this food or that however, at one point I realized that food avoidance wasn’t the answer. There had to be something causing it all.