Heavy metal poisoning isn’t easy to recognize … but it’s very real.
It took eight centuries of lead poisoning before it became recognized for the danger it is.
And yet, after the Flint, Michigan scandal where as many as 8,000 children under six were poisoned by unsafe levels of lead in the water supply … we’re learning that unsafe levels of lead are still in the drinking water in city after city across the US.
And nobody’s even mentioned the countless pets who are also poisoned.
So you can’t help but question how long we have to wait to have mercury seen as a serious detriment to our health.
In the 19th century, mercury poisoning was also known as Mad Hatter Syndrome. 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
- 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 may experience similar symptoms. Which makes sense since you both share the same environment, lifestyle and food.
It can also explain some of your pet’s odd or chronic behaviors.
There is no safe level of mercury in the body. It’s like being a little bit pregnant. It can breach the mitochondria … so even a minuscule amount of mercury causes cellular damage and harm to DNA.
It’s an uncontested fact that mercury is the second most toxic substance on the planet. (Plutonium is number one and is most common to inhale it into the body after a nuclear disaster).
Ecologists have identified mercury as an environmental threat. We avoid mercury-toxic fish … and we’re learning about the dangers of amalgam dental fillings that contain mercury.
Increased Levels Of Mercury
The levels of mercury are increasing. In 1999-2000, a National Health Nutrition Examination Survey surveyed women aged 18-49. This survey found that two percent of subject had mercury detected in their blood. 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 … due to 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!
How Mercury Causes Disease In Dogs
Here are some of the many ways mercury toxicity causes disease … not only in our dogs and other pets but in us too.
Heavy metals, and mercury in particular, are extremely toxic to the endocrine system … comprised of the thyroid, the adrenals and the pineal gland. They can cause metabolic disease.
Imagine this system managing your dog’s body as a harmonic symphony … only it’s now 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 give you 32 pages of endocrine imbalance issues in pets that stem from mercury poisoning.
Mercury poisoning can cause estrogen dominance. This results 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 inflammation leads to cancer, autoimmune disease and metabolic disease … to name a few.
Many thyroid issues can trace back to heavy metal issues. Mercury destroys enzymes like those needed for the thyroid to convert T4 to T3. 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 root of the damage is heavy metal toxicity.
Mercury removes the most powerful antioxidant pathway in the body, the glutathione pathway. Without glutathione, the immune system finds itself compromised. Oxidized radicals move within cells to promote the core disease process and aging.
When mercury combines with aluminum, oxidative damage is intense. It’s so intense, that soldiers used this combination in WWII to melt the wings of airplanes.
This combination was banned from being carried on planes … and yet both substances are able to appear together in some vaccines!
I’ve had cases where animals get grey hair from more than one vaccination.
One case involved a Jack Russell Terrier who received many vaccines. Her owners reported that she looked like she “aged 10 years overnight.”
How many dogs do you meet who seem to be have gone grey around the muzzle? Think “over-vaccination” when you see these pets.
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 increases heavy metal damage … and can damage both of these organs during the actual detox process. (Glyphosate is a wide spectrum herbicide, the best known being Roundup.)
Heavy metals lead to toxin retention by the liver … and allow the re-uptake over and over from the hepatic (liver) pathway that isn’t flowing as it should.
(Detoxing your dog’s liver is a crucial step to his health. You should do it every spring and fall. Visit our article here …)
As mercury accumulates in the body, yeast infections develop. This is because mercury disrupts the 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 in order.
Mercury depresses the immune system.
- T-helper 1 cells … Th1, cellular immunity … fight viruses and other intracellular pathogens, remove cancerous cells, among other things.
- T-helper 2 cells … Th2, humoral immunity … that line the gastrointestinal tract and other mucosal areas in the respiratory, vaginal and urethral tracts … up-regulate antibody production to fight extracellular organisms.
Mercury depletes glutathione and polarizes the immune system towards Th2 dominance. This reduces intracellular immunity. Overactivation of Th1 or Th2 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 … probiotics and antioxidants can be effective in the treatment of heavy metal damage. But this can also reduce their main role in the body. (I’ll talk more about ways to remove mercury from the body later.)
Disruption of probiotics in the gut can lead to leaky gut … with failure to assimilate nutrients. It affects immune system health, mental health and behavior.
Vaccines: A Welcome Mat For Mercury
Mercury enables retroviruses to express … and in general, where mercury goes, viruses go.
So, 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 like setting out a welcome mat for the enemy and throwing open the gates.
This sets up chronic inflammation, again the milieu of chronic disease. The body loses 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.
“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 In Food
Heavy metals are in our foods … and they are very high in the bones many of our dogs eat for dinner. Calcium supplements for humans are no longer derived from bone … since the discovery of heavy metal contamination in bones.
As early as 2009, Dr Richard Pitcairn DVM PhD had concerns for the heavy metals in the long bones of our food animals. These animals grazed in fields along highways … where cars fueled 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 … metals like lead, cadmium and mercury.
Field studies show that we can track levels of heavy metal in the environment … by the 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. She described 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.
Here’s a comment from a pet food manufacturer 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’s-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 from a chemical and physiological standpoint.
Levels of aluminum in the kibbles Dr Dodd tested were higher than canned wet food. That’s because the dehydration 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. Babies are born with levels of heavy metals and toxic substances that will 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. 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?
The Sources Of Mercury Poisoning
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 regulatory pathways.
Imagine the synergistic action of both mercury and aluminum. Picture the impact to egg and sperm and to future generations.
Genetic susceptibilities are to blame on adverse events following vaccinations. Things 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 fillings … they’re inoculated over and over with vaccines that contain heavy metals. They have a cumulative effect over generations. And that’s 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 effect gene expression. Mercury exposure’s linked to scoliosis and scoliosis is a genetic defect. The link is obvious.
(It’s important to detox your dog from the harmful side effects associated with vaccination ...)
Pesticides And Drugs
Glyphosate has been a banned substance in many countries for its toxicity. In Sri Lanka it’s 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. These affect the body in ways that explain many disease processes that appear more often.
A startling number of pharmaceuticals contain toxic substances like aluminum and other metals. And then there’s aluminum on the inside and the outside of the containers. Many over the counter medications contain aluminum.
We’re all aware of the rising mercury content in our oceans and 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.
Plants that burn coal are a significant source of mercury and other heavy metals. In Appalachia, plants had to install scrubbers on their smoke stacks. This is to prevent the release of heavy metals 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, if industry takes the proper steps, the environment can improve … but not without endless activism for change and proper enforcement of industry mandates.
You can see how hard it is to avoid exposure to mercury. You can …
- Reduce vaccinations
- Avoid pharmaceutical drugs and pest prevention
- Feed organic foods
- Give filtered or spring water
- Limit servings of fish
- Use an air filter in your home
All these things will help reduce the amount of mercury in your dog’s system. But what else can you do to help remove it from his body?
5 Supplements To Detox Mercury
Even picking one or two of these options will help naturally chelate mercury from your dog … and reduce its impact on his health.
Caution … to avoid digestive upset from their detox effect, start slow with any additions to your dog’s diet. Work your way up to the recommended dose.
You may already give your dog probiotics to support a healthy gut and immune system. And probiotics can also help detox mercury and other heavy metals too. Some “good” bacteria can bind to heavy metals that accumulate in your dog’s body to help get rid of them.
You can feed fermented veggies … or buy a probiotic made for dogs, and follow the dosing directions on the label.
2. Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay (first found in Fort Benton, Wyoming) can help pull mercury out of the body.
Bentonite clay contains minerals that have a negative ionic charge. But mercury and other toxins have a positive ionic charge. This means the two draw together like a magnet. As the clay moves through your dog’s body, it’ll attract mercury and pull it out of his system. And bentonite clay has lots of other health uses too!
Give ¼ to ½ tsp a day, added to filtered or spring water. Most dogs love drinking out of muddy puddles, so he shouldn’t object at all. But you could always add the clay-water to his food.
Chlorella are microalgae that grow in fresh water. Chlorella is rich in chlorophyll (the pigment that makes plants green) … and chlorophyll is a natural detoxifier. Chlorella also helps remove environmental toxins, pesticides and herbicides that can build up.
Buy a good quality chlorella powder and give 1g daily to small dogs, or 3g for larger ones. Add it to your dog’s food.
Spirulina is a species of blue-green algae … called cyanobacterium. It’s shown to reduce kidney toxicity from mercury so it’s a good addition to your dog’s detox program.
Make sure you buy a pure spirulina product as there are many poor quality powders on the market. Give 1/8 tsp daily for every 10 lbs body weight.
5. N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
Remember I mentioned glutathione as the body’s natural antioxidant pathway … and how mercury depletes it? Low glutathione is the cause of many health issues, including liver disease. Glutathione helps detoxify the body and support the liver.
But you can help support glutathione. NAC is a glutathione precursor that can help the body produce glutathione. And NAC itself is one of the most effective heavy metal chelators.
Give small dogs 250mg a day, medium 500mg a day, large 750mg a day, giant breeds 1000mg.
You can also add some foods to your dog’s meals that will help remove mercury. Include some of the following:
- Raw garlic
- Broccoli and broccoli sprouts
- Leafy greens like spinach, alfalfa, parsley
- Fresh ginger
- Turmeric root
I heard someone quite important interviewed recently. She said … “never before in the history of the world has it been more important for mankind to visualize Utopia.”
We have the power 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 the effects brought on us and our pets by heavy metals.