Heavy metal poisoning isn’t easy to recognize but it’s very real. It took eight centuries of lead poisoning before it was recognized for the deadly danger it is.

And yet, after the Flint, Michigan scandal where as many as 8,000 children under six are being poisoned by unsafe levels of lead in the water supply (and no doubt, countless pets who haven’t even been mentioned), we’re learning that unsafe levels of lead are still in the drinking water in city after city across the US.

So you can’t help but question how long we have to wait to have mercury taken seriously as a detriment to our health. Mercury poisoning was known in the 19th century as Mad Hatter Syndrome, when hat makers developed symptoms from using a mercury solution to turn fur into felt.

Mercury Poisoning Symptoms

There’s a long list of potential mercury poisoning symptoms, but some of them are:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Trembling and loss of coordination
  • Memory loss and brain fog
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Intestinal disorders and leaky gut syndrome
  • Kidney damage
  • Skin inflammation
  • Burning or itching
  • Low thyroid hormone levels
  • Low hormone levels or infertility

If you’re noting any of these symptoms in yourself, chances are your dog, who shares your environment, lifestyle and food, may be experiencing something similar. Or perhaps it can explain some of your pet’s odd or chronic behaviors.

Mercury Toxicity

There is no safe level of mercury in the body; it’s like being a little bit pregnant. Even a minuscule amount of mercury causes cellular damage and harm to the DNA, as it can breach the mitochondria.

It’s an uncontested fact that mercury is the second most toxic substance on the planet (plutonium is number one and is most commonly introduced to the body when inhaled after a nuclear disaster).

The President has identified mercury as an environmental threat; we avoid mercury toxic fish and we’re learning more about the dangers of amalgam dental fillings that still contain mercury.

Increasing Levels

The levels of mercury are increasing. A National Health Nutrition Examination Survey done from 1999 to 2000 using 6,174 women aged 18 to 49, found that mercury was detected in the blood of two percent of the subjects; that level rose to 30 percent of subjects by 2005 to 2006.

This study provides compelling evidence that inorganic mercury accumulates in the body over time as a result of chronic mercury exposure. Yet, today, with these increases and the history of lead as our teacher, we’re still told it’s safe to place dental fillings two inches from the brain and include mercury in vaccines!

Here are some of the many ways mercury toxicity causes disease – not only in our dogs and other pets but also in ourselves.

6 Ways Mercury Causes Disease

#1 Endocrine System

Heavy metals, and mercury in particular, are extremely toxic to the endocrine system, which is comprised of the thyroid, the adrenals and the pineal gland, and can cause metabolic disease.

Imagine this system managing your dog’s body as a harmonic symphony – and it has now been replaced by a deranged conductor. None of the member glands are performing correctly and there is chaos – infertility, emotional instability, exhaustion, food allergies …

I can document 32 pages of endocrine imbalance issues in pets that stem from mercury poisoning. Mercury poisoning can cause estrogen dominance resulting in uterine fibroids, abnormal bleeding, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and many more health issues.

Mercury is also very inflammatory to the body as it poisons the endocrine glands. Chronic in inflammation is the milieu of chronic diseases like cancer, autoimmune disease and metabolic disease, just to name a few.

#2 Thyroid

Many thyroid issues can be traced to heavy metal issues. Mercury destroys enzymes like those needed for the thyroid to convert T4 to T3, and hypothyroidism or autoimmune thyroiditis (known as Hashimoto’s disease in people) can result.

Mercury also interferes with the minerals needed to create thyroid hormones. The patient has all the signs of thyroid disease but with an obvious mercury signature, the damage is rooted in heavy metal toxicity.

#3 Accelerated Aging

Mercury removes the most powerful antioxidant pathway in the body, the glutathione pathway. Without glutathione, the immune system is compromised and oxidized radicals move freely within the cells to promote the core disease process and aging.

When mercury is combined with aluminum, oxidative damage is so intense that the combination was used in WWII to melt the wings o  airplanes. This combination was banned from being carried on planes and yet both substances are allowed to appear together in some vaccines!

I’ve had cases where animals get grey hair from multiple vaccinations. One case involved a Jack Russell Terrier who received multiple vaccines with her owners reporting that she looked like she “aged 10 years overnight.”

How many dogs do you meet who seem to be prematurely grey around the muzzle? Think “over-vaccination” when you see these pets.

#4 Detox Organs

Mercury ruins our detoxication pathways, especially in the liver.  The liver is one major organ of detoxification. The kidney is the other. Damage from glyphosate (a wide spectrum herbicide, the best known brand being Roundup) increases heavy metal damage and can easily damage both of these organs during the actual detox process.

Heavy metals lead to toxin retention within the liver and allow the re-uptake over and over from the hepatic (liver) pathway if it’s not flowing correctly.

(Detoxing your dog’s liver is a crucial step to his overall health. It should be done every spring and fall. Visit our article here …)

#5 Candida

As mercury accumulates in the body, we see yeast infections as mercury disrupts the proper microbiota that would keep candida in check. Candida is a heavy metal indicator. Candida will consume its weight in mercury along with other neurotoxins.

This means you don’t want to lyze (break up) candida because it will release 60 or more toxic substances, including mercury and ethanol. Instead, a heavy metal detox is called for.

#6 Immune System

Mercury depresses the immune system. T-helper 1 cells (Th1, cellular immunity) fight viruses and other intracellular pathogens, eliminate cancerous cells, among other things. T-helper 2 cells ( Th2, humoral immunity) that line the gastrointestinal tract and other mucosal areas in the respiratory tract, the vaginal tracts, the urethral tracts, etc., up-regulate antibody production to fight extracellular organisms.

Mercury depletes glutathione and polarizes toward Th2 dominance reducing intracellular immunity. Over-activation of either can cause disease and either pathway can down-regulate the other.

Probiotics are one way of dealing with heavy metals. Along with vitamin C, which is a heavy metal chelator (forms a molecular bond to neutralize it), probiotics and antioxidants can be effective in the treatment of heavy metal damage but this can also reduce their main role in the body.

Disruption of probiotics in the gut can lead to leaky gut, with failure to assimilate nutrients, and a effects immune system health, mental health and behavior.

Vaccines: A Welcome Mat For The Enemy

Mercury enables retroviruses to express and in general, where mercury goes, viruses go. Therefore, when your dog gets a vaccine combining mercury, aluminum and viruses, it will bypass the primal immune system of the Th1 cells, and heighten the response of the Th2 cells. It’s akin to setting out a welcome mat for the enemy and throwing open the gates.

This sets up chronic inflammation, again the milieu of chronic disease.  This causes the body to lose its ability to deal with bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites.

Where Are The Heavy Metals?

In today’s industrialized world, it’s impossible to escape them. You’ll  find them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’re in your air, your water and your food. Heavy metals are everywhere despite your best efforts.

“Mercury in California’s Coastal Fog Could Disrupt Food Chain.” is the headline of a recent article I found on my inquiry into heavy metals and sources of mercury.

“The levels aren’t high enough to harm humans, but mercury accumulates in wildlife and can climb up the food chain, so it could be bad news for coastal ecosystems,”

reported the Santa Cruz Sentinel in a December 2015 article. I’d say that makes it a threat to humans and our dogs.


Heavy metals are in our foods and they are dangerously high in the bones many of our dogs eat for dinner. Calcium supplements for humans are no longer derived from bone since heavy metal contamination was discovered in bones.

As early as 2009, veterinarian Richard Pitcairn DVM PhD had concerns for the heavy metals sequestered in the long bones of our food animals that grazed in fields alongside highways where cars fuelled by leaded gasoline traveled.

He points to studies showing a link to the country’s use of petroleum products. High levels of heavy metals generally relate to environmental pollution. Bone tissues appear to be a long-term bio-indicator of environmental exposure to heavy metals like lead, cadmium and mercury.

Field studies show the high levels of heavy metals in the environment may be monitored by their concentration in target organs and tissues of free-roaming mammals.

The late Gloria Dodd DVM, a pioneering holistic veterinarian, wrote Chronic Heavy Metal Poisoning – Silent Killer in Pets describing tests she’d done that uncovered high levels of aluminum, mercury, lead and cadmium in many of her patients, as well as in her own cat, whose toxicity she traced back to commercial cat food.

Animals are being inoculated with vaccines that contain heavy metals. They have a cumulative effect over generations and that is a lot of heavy metal damage to retrieve from the body and the genome of a species.

Here’s a comment from one of the pet food manufacturers Dr Dodd confronted about the high levels of aluminum in his foods:

“…he said he knew he had aluminum contamination in his pet food when it was producing Alzheimer-like symptoms in his four-year-old test dogs.”

Dr Dodd posed the rhetorical question, “Why didn’t he pull his pet food off the market when he knew he had a problem?”

Dr Dodd tested many other brands of pet food, which all contained various levels of aluminum, mercury, cadmium and lead. She was especially interested in aluminum because it was in all the foods tested, and at a much higher level than the other heavy metals.

While aluminum is a mineral, it acts like a heavy metal, both chemically and physiologically. Aluminum levels in the kibbles she tested were much higher than canned wet foods because the dehydration of the product concentrates the substances in the food. Aluminum is in the air, water and soil and it’s taken up by the vegetables, fruits and grains we grow.

Food-producing livestock take aluminum into their tissues through their own food sources. Aluminum concentrates as it goes up the food chain … and of course, we and our dogs are at the very top of this food chain.

Today, women are dying at earlier ages and with higher mercury levels in their bodies. Human babies are being born with heavy metals and other toxic substances at levels that will lower IQ and cause disease. Eating organic may lower mercury levels but not enough to confer much of an advantage. It’s astounding to see there is this much toxicity already.

Watchdogs On The Job

Foods, whether conventional or organic, are not checked for heavy metals. I expected the EPA and the FDA to have safety for people, animals and the planet on their radar but it’s not so. The activist group Environmental Working Group (EWG) is one of many watchdogs we have in place. The EWG has discovered more than 300 pollutants in US tap water, including arsenic.

Half of these pollutants aren’t subject to any health or safety regulations while the other half are under outdated regulations. And did you know that in the US there are no basic safety standards for bottled waters?

4 Sources Of Mercury Poisoning

#1 Vaccines

Mercury is a toxic heavy metal with no known safe dose. Aluminum is a light metal that acts like a heavy metal; both are neurotoxic, both are protein mutators and both gain access to the egg and sperm of vaccinated populations through previously undiscovered regulatory pathways.

Imagine the synergistic metallurgic action of both mercury and aluminum; picture the impact to egg and sperm and to future generations. Genetic susceptibilities are blamed on adverse events following vaccinations such as mitochondrial diseases and the polymorphisms that ruin detoxification capability from the inability to adapt.

Sad to say, the damage from heavy metals is pretty much ubiquitous. Vaccines and dental amalgams are two main sources of heavy metal exposure to humans. Although animals are safe from dental implants, they are being inoculated repeatedly with vaccines that contain heavy metals.

They have a cumulative effect over generations and that is a lot of heavy metal damage to retrieve from the body and the genome of a species. Heavy metals bio-accumulate in the body and that effect is being found in chromosomes that a effect gene expression. Mercury exposure is linked to scoliosis and scoliosis is termed as a genetic defect. The link is obvious.

(It’s important to detox your dog from the harmful side effects associated with vaccination. Click here to find out how …)

#2 Pesticides And Drugs

Glyphosate has been banned in many countries for its contribution to toxicity. In Sri Lanka it’s been linked to chronic renal failure.

Science has linked it to heavy metal poisoning as well. Even if you’re eating organic you may be consuming large amounts of heavy metals and glyphosate, which can handicap the body in ways that explain many disease processes that are appearing with greater frequency.

A startling number of pharmaceuticals contain toxic substances like aluminum and other metals, plus aluminum on the inside and the outside of the containers. Many over the counter medications contain aluminum.

(We have a great article for detoxing your dog from pesticides. Click here … )

#3 Ocean Levels

We’re all aware of the rising mercury content in our oceans and the level of mercury in the ocean’s bounty, especially in larger fish. I’m concerned about the levels, not only in the predator fish, but in anything that comes out of the ocean.

#4 Industry

A significant source of mercury and other heavy metals has always been coal burning plants. In our area of Appalachia, these plants were required to install scrubbers on their smoke stacks to prevent heavy metals from being released into the environment. I witnessed plants and fungi making a slow comeback over a five-year period in the areas where scrubbers were stopping heavy metal release from the factories … so apparently, if the proper steps are taken, the environment can be improved – but not without endless activism for change and proper enforcement of industry mandates.

I heard someone quite important being interviewed recently and she said, “never before in the history of world has it been more important for mankind to visualize Utopia.” We have the power through intention, meditation, prayer and common sense to effect change. My Utopia would not have any vaccines, drugs, processed foods or industrialized anything; only the garden. What does your Utopia look like?

It’s up to us to create a world clear of vaccines, drugs and processed food to minimize the effects wrought upon us and our pets by heavy metals and environmental pollutants from industrial living.