The current article in the Townsend Letter, “Mercury: The Quintessential Anti-Nutrient” by Sara Russell, PhD, NTP, et al, gives a great summary of the largely-unrecognized, chronic, toxic effects of mercury on the human body. The authors discuss mercury’s wide-ranging metabolic and biochemical effect, how to test for toxicity, and nutrition’s role in treatment.
Summary of some of the articles information:
- The chronic effects of cumulative, low-dose mercury exposure are under recognized by both mainstream and alternative health authorities and consequently the public.
- Mercury can cause or contribute to most chronic illnesses, including neurological disorders, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, adrenal and thyroid problems, autoimmunity, digestive disorders, allergies, chemical sensitivities, mental illness, sleep disorders, and chronic infections such as Lyme and Candida.
- Diagnosis of chronic mercury toxicity is often difficult because the body’s natural defenses mask or delay symptoms.
- The development window from conception through early childhood is one of extreme vulnerability to mercury.
- For most people mercury is the most significant intoxicant in the body.
- Mercury toxicity creates a need for extra nutrition, both to repair damage and to provide ample enzymes cofactors, which push blocked enzymes.