It is to your best health interests to perform a heavy metal detoxification to remove the hazardous heavy metals from the body. Metals enter the body and develop elemental bonds forming other particles. Mercury seems to be the primary offender to metals becoming pathogens. Mercury comes in a variety of forms like methyl mercury, mercury salt and metallic mercury. Methyl mercury is fifty times more deadly than its metallic form. Methyl mercury can be reduced to mercury salt through heavy metal detoxification. The reduction has to happen before it can be removed.
Mercury is part of a group that oxidizes when it comes in contact with sulfur. It then binds with the sulfur that is present in numerous proteins in the body. A variety of metals exist that also have the same response to sulfur. These are arsenic, copper, cadmium, mercury and lead. They respond to similar detox methods.
Oxygen can cause metals to corrode. Iron is one of these metals. Iron rusts. While rust is not deadly too much iron is. Desferal is used for overdoses of iron. Aluminum also reacts to this agent.
There are metals that are not lethal and then there are those that any quantity of them is lethal. If metal contents reach high levels, they are dangerous. Selium or arsenic are known for their lethal properties. However, copper with impairs vision and operations of the liver and iron with its corrosive damage are also lethal.
Certain kinds of metals, such as selenium, are actually needed by the body. Selenium helps enzymes rebuild glutathione that has been damaged and can prevent certain kinds of cancer.
There are metals that have a very fine line between being therapeutic and toxic. Selenium is one of these. Magnesium has a broad range so overdose is harder.
Then there are metals that have no function physiologically. Aluminum, lead and mercury are part of this group. Small amounts of these metals have negative effects.
All people are not going to respond to these chemicals in the same manner. Some may become seriously ill from a small amount of exposure to mercury where others will not notice a difference.
The detoxification process starts by adding antioxidants, or reducing agents to the body. Some detoxification agents have several mechanisms which they use to bind metals. Chlorella, an algae organism uses over 20 of these mechanisms. Heavy metal detoxification does carry possible side effects. These metals can affect people in one or two ways. The first is through non-specific poison effects. The other is from allergic responses to neurotoxins.
Differentiating between the two sets of symptoms can be rather difficult. Patients can become allergic to the elements used to eliminate the toxins. When detoxifying the body, mercury comes out of the cells into other tissues. The immune system then detects the mercury. However, the system is tricked into believing that the detox agent is the mercury. Generally, this episode is over within six weeks of discontinuing the agent.
To counteract this situation, a homeopathic remedy should be added to the body in small amounts over a few days.
Other side effects of detox, can include swelling of the membranes in the kidneys, depression, headaches, seizures and increased pain levels indicate that the metals have moved to the central nervous system because of using an inappropriate detox method. Any eye problems or tinnitus that happens indicates the metals moving into these organs.