Detoxing mercury taught me how my body functions
50 billion times a second, a process called methylation happens in various organs and tissue throughout our body. 80% of methylation happens in our liver. Methylation can be looked at as metabolism, or just a chemical factory system that converts nutrients into life. Read or watch more about methylation here.
Various studies from Pubmed, universities etc, show the damage heavy metals and other toxins can cause to our systems. Over time and generations, my chemical pathways become overloaded with substances that inhibit my cells’ abilities. As more of these pathways become clogged up, my methylation, or metabolism function declines. To get things running again, I have to absorb enough nutrients to clean out and rebuild my cells. This isn’t easy to do with poor digestion, so I supplement nutrition in several ways.
The following is my story about the information I’ve pulled together in order to understand how to do this for myself. I had a slightly rough experience with a heavy toxicity, which allowed me to figure out how my body does and doesn’t like to detox. I don’t suggest anyone try any of this, I’m just sharing my story.
I link to products I have used or still use to move forward with my healing. Some are affiliate links that pay me a small percentage per sale. By using these links anyone can help support the time I’ve put into sharing information, otherwise making note of their contents and continuing to use a preferred nutrient sources may or may not simulate the experiences I had.
Digestion is key
Having proper stomach acid is extremely important for health. Without it, I cannot utilize various nutrients from my food. Stomach acid is required to digest B12, and without proper fat digestion, I’m most likely dumping oxalates into my bloodstream and tissues. Oxalates may be connected to a lot of health issues, so I wanted to get my stomach acid and fat digestion in check before going further once I realized all of this.
If my stomach acid isn’t correct, my food isn’t broken down all the way, and not only will I be missing some of those nutrients, I’ll send the incorrect form of food into my gut and offset my bacterial biome. If I do this for long enough, I offset my ability to easily correct the situation with just food and supplements. I might have to look into what’s called the stomach acid challenge where I take HCL pills with large protein meals and pay attention to any “heat” in my stomach. By learning more about this situation, I should be able to judge my stomach acid levels and possibly work on restoring them. Once stomach acid levels are in good range, I get probiotics and fermented foods. I wrote about and created a 30 min video about How I make Sauerkraut on my iodine site.
If I shy away from fatty foods, or foods that have fat in a form that is harder to digest, it might be a sign that either my stomach acid is incorrect, or I am not creating proper enzymes and bile to digest my food. Probiotics and enzymes can help us start breaking down our food so our body can eventually get back to making all of this stuff on its own. Seeking Health has a handful of options for these. When limited on funds, I started with just the digestive enzymes.
- SIBO strength probiotics https://bit.ly/2Ry95Sr
- Histamine balancing probiotics capsules https://bit.ly/2XyZbDU or powder https://bit.ly/2VrnAZm
- Digestive enzymes https://bit.ly/2VsJwD8
- Ox Bile https://bit.ly/34AfAZW
- Gallbladder support https://bit.ly/2K7JCuF
- Electrolytes https://bit.ly/2V6O3wg
If eating real food is new to someone, I think a great place to start is an eating plan called Whole 30, which is a 30 day diet similar to Paleo that has us remove several foods that commonly offset our natural digestion. At the end of the 30 days we can start introducing some of the foods we used to enjoy, and judge if it’s worth continuing to consume them. I noticed several foods that caused my body a decent amount of discomfort as I reintroduced them. I removed the offending foods that I wasn’t really a fan of, and kept one or two that I enjoyed, reducing how much and how often I had them. Over time I was able to find different brands or flavors that worked better with my body. I wrote a bit more about this on my iodine site http://whyiodine.com/how-to-detox/
Protein Shakes, protein, fat and magnesium
After years of playing with almost $2k in supplements, I found a set of nutrient powders that help me move forward much easier than handfuls of pills and a lot of time prepping food.
For the past few months, I’ve been using mainly these four things to purge a ton of stuff and feel a lot better than I have in a while. The Arbonne protein powder I use has one of the best sets of nutrients I’ve come across for pre-methylation support. A few of their other products have helped me purge stuff as well. I still cook some cabbage, onions and other fresh foods at times, but for the most part, it’s been just this combo due to what I’ve had in stock recently.
- Arbonne protein powder https://www.arbonne.com/Pws/MicahCoffey/store/AMUS/product/Vanilla-Protein-Shake-Mix-Powder-2070,1476,272.aspx Ingredients https://embed.widencdn.net/pdf/plus/arbonne/y0lxopi3mg/2069-2070_us_eng.pdf
- Body cleanse https://www.arbonne.com/pws/MicahCoffey/store/AMUS/product/Arbonne-Essentials-Body-Cleanse-6103,12356,272.aspx
- Energy fizzy sticks https://www.arbonne.com/pws/MicahCoffey/store/AMUS/product/Energy-Fizz-Sticks-Pomegranate-2079,8010,272.aspx
I start my day with the protein powder, and either do another shake for lunch or cook some organic chicken or grass fed meat. I take a 250mg marine based magnesium which contains a small amount of calcium, I drink a lot of water and I try to get some type of physical activity in. If I can’t get outside and break a sweat in the garden, I do Dr. Mercola’s Nitric Oxide Release Workout. Most of the time, this combo of stuff will have me purging stuff. If I had enough protein and fat on hand, the shake will cause the purge. Sometimes it’s not till I get enough fat from something like MCT oil. Sometimes I’ll feel kinda of bloated, and once I get moving in the garden, I have to head back inside and purge. The reason I have to run to the bathroom with what is considered diarrhea, is because I provided my cells with all of the nutrients they need, and worked up enough energy, hydration and proper light for all of the processes to happen.
Sometimes this process will kind of stall out and I either have regular bowel movements each day, or even start to feel run down and foggy. That’s when I hunt around for a few nutrients and figure out what I’m low on. A handful of times, it’s been magnesium, but sometimes taking some epsom salt internally will get things going again, if epsom salt works for me, I use an Arbonne body cleanse. Sometimes MSM works instead of epsom salt, and sometimes MSM works so well that I move too quickly and become uncomfy. This is why I try to keep up on small amounts of everything possible without just taking a ton of stuff all the time without knowing if my body is using it.
Coffee enemas and Liver support
I spent a long time assuming I would never do a coffee enema. I kept reading people mention how much it helps them with general energy, or specific situations, but it just didn’t stand out to me as something I needed to do. Then I came across some info about it’s potential ability to increase glutathione production and realized it was something I should probably try before assuming I don’t need it. I ended up gaining a ton of energy when I started doing coffee enemas, and eventually I seemed to unlock some old stuck potassium which allowed me to finally defeat some potassium related deficiencies. As I keep up on my shakes, protein and fat, I don’t seem to get too much benefit from CEs anymore, so I only do them once a month or so depending how I feel.
Over time I had found several supplements or products that helped me support my liver.
- Digestive Bitters stimulate digestion https://amzn.to/3bixVgE
- d-Limonene supports liver enzymes https://amzn.to/2Xt0JiG
- Mannose Cranberry supports Urinary Tract https://amzn.to/2V33JRc
- Uva Ursi helps Urinary health as well https://amzn.to/2yfgcZe
- TMG(Betaine) https://amzn.to/2ypXq18
- Choline Bitartrate https://amzn.to/2VixI7E
- NAC https://amzn.to/2xFhtss
- Krill Oil https://bit.ly/3cVX9CD
- MCT Oil https://amzn.to/2TKBENF
- Herbal Detox Tea https://www.arbonne.com/pws/MicahCoffey/store/AMUS/product/Herbal-Detox-Tea-2076,1478,272.aspx
- Coffee Enema Kit https://amzn.to/2zo3NCV
When I started taking TMG, Choline and NAC, they were the last few things my body needed in order to process some back-log. Just single pills of these each caused me to go through some intense emotional fluctuations. Overall it was a great phase of healing, but a little uncomfortable. So now if I try more of these, or just about anything I haven’t had in a while, I go very slow and see how my body reacts over the next few hours, or day or so. Apparently this had to do with me methylating a little too quickly without enough of the supporting nutrients on hand. Dr. Ben Lynch suggests this multivitamin which is free of methylfolate, B12, copper and iron. If I were to start over, I would start with this multi, and stick with Arbonne’s body cleanse and some beets in my diet for betaine.
Several times while I’ve gone through various healing phases, I have noticed an uncomfortable sensation while urinating. A friend and I that discuss detox regularly and tend to have similar experiences, were calling it “nuclear pee”. Over time I realized that a few urinary support supplements like Uva Ursi and D-Mannose seemed to help clear something out which may have been related to kidney function, and reduce the nuclear pee issue.
Now for the part about Mercury
When I started my detox journey, I had no idea what I was doing and was still pretty new to the idea that nutrients could heal my body. I had already been eating real food for a bit and even fermented foods to help heal my gut. After very minor research into magnesium, unrefined salt, selenium etc, I started iodine. I felt amazing at first, and resolved a ton of symptoms that had crept up quickly over the past year or so. Best of all, the brain fog and feeling like I was going to have more seizures was gone. After a month or so, I was under the impression my body just needed iodine and now I was back in action. Then another month or so in when I was at about 30mg of iodine per day, the fog started returning, as well as the fatigue and anxiety.
Here I am, someone that knows very little about health at the time, taking some weird brown liquid, and starting to feel unwell again. What the heck do I do now? Unfortunately, this is where I lost a lot of faith in the iodine community, and have seen many others run into a similar situation.
If someone goes into most of the iodine groups and says “I’ve been taking iodine for a few months, I was feeling great at first, but now I don’t feel so great, what should I do?”, most people will say “take more iodine” and some people will say “take a lot more iodine”. For some people, that do not have a potent toxin like mercury tucked away, this may work out. But for people like myself that have some type of life-long toxin stored who-knows-where, and a clogged up methylation system, this can be rather dangerous.
I didn’t have many options other than to try these “magical” higher doses in hopes that I would get around some debilitating brain fog etc. So I went from the 30-35mg per day, which is where I started running into trouble, and jumped to 50mg, and then added 50mg pretty much each day for about a week. I figure I took close to 1500mg within that week and finally decided to stop because I didn’t feel any benefits, and just felt more fog.
This is when things got really weird. Three days after I stopped high doses, I woke up one morning feeling like I was hit by a bus. Moving around to get out of bed was painful, and standing up hurt the bottom of my feet. I felt like I was hung over, I was in a bad mood and soon realized I could barely form words and sentences. I reached out to a few upperclassmen from a few groups in hopes they would have some type of feedback, any feedback.
It’s hard to figure out what’s while having brain fog so bad you can barely speak. The only advice I found was to try the ATP b2/b3 combo, which eased the situation a touch, but not much at all.
I spent the next week laying around on the couch having panic attacks and horrible anxiety. Sometimes it was so bad, that I would feel emotional changes as the sun went behind some clouds and the room went dim, or if the washing machine finished it’s cycle and the noise stopped. This is where I started realizing not only what several autism symptoms were like, but the fact that I have been on the spectrum my whole life. Although I’ve never felt these emotions etc this strongly before, they were not unfamiliar.
This is where things start getting pretty neat. After about a week or so into this, I made my way to the fridge and found a plate of Deviled Eggs that my wife had made. I ate 12 of these, which is 6 hard-boiled eggs. The next morning I woke up and instantly realized I felt about 80% better. I still felt out of it but I wasn’t in pain and I was able to form words and all that fun stuff again. At this point I have my brain back, so it was time to dig into what was going on. Over the next few weeks I dug into research with a much different mindset. I was finally doing this on my own terms since I’ve realized not many people seem to understand whats going on with all of this stuff, which leaves me to figure it out on my own.
Although my brain was able to kick some butt and figure out what was going on, I was still recovering from some intense brain fog, so it’s hard to remember what order this stuff went in. Somehow, I realized eggs have a good bit of sulfur and zinc in them, and both of these nutrients have a connection to mercury detox. A handful of symptoms I was recently experiencing were very similar to mercury toxicity, as well as many of my personality traits from long before this.
Eggs were not helping me feel better anymore though, so I looked for sulfur and zinc from other sources. I started taking small amounts of epsom salt in water, and also loading my food with black sesame seeds. Within a few days I was starting to notice my poop was burning as if I had been eating hot peppers all week, and that I was feeling a little less run down each day. Then I started realizing I needed to back off the epsom and black sesame because the burning was becoming unbearable. Over the next month or so, I pushed as much as I could without burning my butt off, and felt better than I have possibly ever in my life. My brain felt like a super computer and I had great energy.
- Epsom salt https://amzn.to/2Vl7vWb
- MSM Powder https://amzn.to/2ypy5o4
- Black Himalayan Salt https://amzn.to/3cA5Rph
- Broccoli sprout extract – sulforaphane https://amzn.to/2VG30nZ
- Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, chives, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts, kale, callaloo, spinach, asparagus, okra, lettuce, sweet corn, eggplant, beans, fruits, meats, eggs and nuts.
As I continued to research what was going on with sulfur and zinc, I happened to have a random flashback memory of my mom laughing when I was younger, and in this memory, I saw the mercury fillings in her teeth. I was already well aware of the potential for large amounts of mercury to be passed from a mom to her offspring, so this really stood out to me. I was able to confirm with her that she had the fillings for about 8 years before I was born, she had them while she had all 4 of her children, which stood out to me because of issues my siblings have had, mainly my brother passing away from leukemia in his 20s.
Although this seems like an unfortunate story, it has drastically changed my life for the better. This is where I really started kicking butt at detox and understanding what’s going on. Plus realizing the reason my childhood was difficult, and why I had a hard time fitting in, makes the world a slightly less stressful place.
So how do I detox mercury?
I use all of the above to give my body what it needs. Back when I started iodine, the unrefined salt, magnesium, vitamin C and selenium slowly restored my cellular function over the first few years, which eventually allowed me to kick things into gear and start purging stuff at just about whatever rate I want to deal with. Before iodine and those base nutrients, my cells were broken and tucked away in nature’s attempt at keeping them running as long as possible. Most of my Arbonne stuff has these various nutrients, but sometimes I still use an extra one of these to help move things forward:
- Boron https://amzn.to/2Vj6SMW
- Vitamin K2 – MK-7 https://amzn.to/3asc4T7
- Colloidal Silver https://amzn.to/3ecs11E
- Methylated B-complex https://amzn.to/2Y3QBLQ
I had some lingering B vitamin deficiency symptoms after trying over a dozen types and forms of B vitamins. My methylated B-complex worked well in tiny amounts but a regular dose would make me very jittery and anxious etc. I finally came across some info about lithium helping B12 into our cells. I had tried a few lithium in the past and didn’t noticed much. I started taking it just about daily for a week or so and started noticing my B complex doing a little more. Then I came across glutathione being required for the same b12-into-the-cell process, and started noticing my B complex work even better when I added the glutathione.
- Lithium Orotate https://amzn.to/2RQRnJV
- Lipsomal Glutathione https://bit.ly/2Vmo9DE
- Or capsules of glutathione https://bit.ly/2XkLxT1
Boron and K2 have a lot of benefits but I have to go slow with them. Too much boron makes me grouchy and too much K2 seems to make me anxious and feel like my blood pressure is crazy even though its fine.
Had I backed off iodine when it started pushing more mercury etc than my body was able to handle, I wouldn’t have pushed myself into the fog and a slightly dangerous episode of acute mercury poisoning. But this situation caused me to realize how mercury toxic I am and how my body functions.
As I have my body running on some kind of good nutrition, and I’m sleeping well, getting good sunlight, drinking good amounts of quality and possibly alkaline water, I push whatever seems to cause a purge. These purges happen when I finally get whatever the last item is that my body required. Sometimes it’s something simple like more magnesium or b vitamins, sometimes its fat, or water, or physical activity. Sometimes I need to get more sunlight or red light therapy for any of these to work. Within minutes of getting whatever the last item is, I get diarrhea and tend to feel better instantly. Sometimes I just get digestion noises for hours, or a lot of gas. Sometimes I can find a nutrient that turns that into a purge, but not always. I don’t think colloidal silver is something we should use all the time, but I have been able to move forward with a few small doses when I detected infection symptoms.
I am able to move this stuff quickly via diarrhea because I have opened my cells to nutrition. Back when I started, I could have taken all of this same stuff and probably not noticed anything at all. Several times over the years, some of these things worked at times and not at others. Sometimes I would just feel digestive changes like gas or I’d get backed up a few days, and sometimes I would find something that would cause a purge out of no where that only lasted a short time.
I have a feeling bloating and gas is some type of microbes being killed off. There have been several times I’ve taken an activated charcoal pill or bentonite clay if the gas etc becomes uncomfortable, and I tend to have a really large bowel movement the next morning which is what makes me think microbe, because when I start eating ferments again, I go through similar digestion and larger bowel movements. I only use binders when I suspect they will be able to grab something, like gas, or an uncomfortable detox phase.
Other aspects involved with healing
Part of detox is emotional. I am learning how to be myself, prioritize my time, and repair a lot of bottled up emotions I created as I dealt with my brain being stressed out by this toxicity. Understanding these changes are as important as physically processing and removing toxins. If I don’t understand why things are changing, work with them and advance my life, my body will work to restore it’s old toxic self. I’m repairing and rebuilding an organic computer, it’s not going to be able to fix it’s toxic wiring without getting rid of the toxic mindsets and vice versa.
This concept solidifies my dislike for chemical chelation. I’ve read a lot of horror stories of people having episodes while doing chemical chelation, whether supervised or not. I noticed that a lot of people’s episodes were very emotional and sometimes purely emotional. After experiencing this emotional healing after phases of detox, I realized how horrible forced detox via chemical chelation most likely is. I was able to cause myself a pretty rough ride with nutritional supplements, I don’t want to imagine what chemicals could have put me through without good nutrition.
Another difficult aspect to this type of detox is the stimulation these imbalances have been generating and influencing my body with. One of the biggest reasons I wanted to get mercury out of my body is due to its negative impact on my nervous system. But as it and it’s toxicity have been slowly causing their damage over time, I have been attempting to counter the symptoms with a crutch, like coffee, alcohol or pot. Had I realized what was going on a long time ago, I would have rather detoxed this substance instead of using these band-aids to feel a little more normal.
As I clean my body out, I have less of a need or use for these substances, but I can’t put them down cold turkey all at once or I do not feel well. Not being able to quit cold turkey makes this a little more difficult, but I think this is a necessary phase in order to re-teach ourselves how to go about life without them.