Mercury exists in several forms, including liquid metal (quicksilver), vapor, and in organic and inorganic compounds. It is released from the Earth’s crust through volcanic activity and through coal-burning and industrial processes.
Problems that arise from mercury exposure stem from a combination of factors: amount or dose, method of exposure (ingestion, inhalation, skin contact), and length of exposure. We are all exposed to low levels of mercury to some degree. Exposure can occur through contaminated drinking water; foods grown in contaminated soil; a diet high in mercury-laden fish and shellfish; medical procedures (dental, vaccination); and through accidental and occupational exposure to industrial waste.
6 WAYS TO MINIMIZE MERCURY EXPOSURE
- Read labels for mercury content. Keep thermometers, fluorescent bulbs, and mercury-containing products out of reach of children.
- Do not handle a leaky battery with bare hands. Wear gloves.
- Contact your local environmental protection office for instructions on safe disposal of products containing mercury and other heavy metals.
- Talk with your dentist about alternatives to amalgam fillings.
- To avoid ingesting toxic levels of methylmercury from seafood, do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish. Eat a variety of other fish about twice a week.
- When considering vaccines for yourself or a child (including the flu vaccine), ask the physician about mercury content. (Most vaccines are no longer using the mercury-containing component thimerosal)
- E-Medicine Health. “Mercury Poisoning.” Reviewed June 6, 2014.
- Gonz·lez-Estecha, M., A. Bodas-Pinedo, M. Rubio-Herrera, et al. “The Effects of Methylmercury on Health in Children and Adults; National and International Studies.” Abstract. Nutricion Hospitalaria 30, no. 5 (November 1, 2014): 989-1007.
- Raimann, X., L. Rodriguez, P. Chavez, and C. Torrejon. “Mercury in Fish and Its Importance in Health.” Abstract. Revista Medica de Chile 142, no. 9 (September 2014).
- World Health Organization. “Mercury and Health.” Updated September 2013.
FISH FOR YOUR HEALTH
WHICH FISH ARE THE HEALTHIEST?
Which fish are richest in healthy omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury? You’re not going to find that information in the grocery store, but the Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides an extensive analysis of seafood. Their consumer-friendly guidelines illustrate which fish are safest and healthiest to eat and which fish to avoid.
Here’s a summary of their listing to help you incorporate more of the right kind of seafood into your diet:
- Very high omegas, low mercury: wild salmon, sardines, mussels, rainbow trout, Atlantic mackerel
- High omegas, low mercury: oysters, anchovies, herring
- Low omegas, low mercury: shrimp, catfish, tilapia, swai, clams, scallops
- Increasing levels of mercury: canned light and albacore tuna, halibut, mahi mahi, sea bass
- *Avoid: shark, swordfish, marlin, king mackerel, tilefish
* FDA advisory organizations recommend pregnant women and children never eat these species.
- Consumer Lab. “Product Review: Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Review (Including Krill, Algae, and Calamari Oil).” Updated February 2015.
- Environmental Working Group. “EWG’s Consumer Guide to Seafood.” September 18, 2014.
- Food and Drug Administration. “Mercury Levels in Commercial Fish and Shellfish (1990-2010).” Updated October 2014.
- Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. “Fish: What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know.” Draft. June 2014.
CHLORELLA, UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF A SUPERFOOD
Chlorella is rich in amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals- including B-vitamins, vitamins A and D, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. This unique combination of nutrients within chlorella is a primary reason why scientists around the world are actively researching* medicinal uses for this aquatic-based superfood.
CHLORELLA’S POTENTIAL BENEFITS FOR HEALTH AND VITALITY INCLUDE:
- Detoxification from heavy metals, including mercury
- Supporting optimal immune system function
- Antioxidant properties
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Healthy cholesterol metabolism
- Support for digestive health
It is widely accepted that the structure of the cell wall in chlorella allows it to bind with heavy metals, essentially keeping the phytonutrient healthy, and it’s the primary reason chlorella has survived for millennia, even in polluted aquatic environments. This rare ability to bind to toxins has given rise to pre-clinical studies on the role chlorella may play in detoxification for optimal health in humans, as our internal environment is primarily aquatic.
There are many types of chlorella on the market, in pill and powder form. The cellular properties of chlorella must be broken down for human digestion, known as “broken cell-wall chlorella.” Therefore, chlorella must be developed under careful quality control conditions. Additionally, Daily Values for this nutrient have not been established. It is imperative to consult with your health practitioner before selecting a chlorella supplement.
*(chemical assays, animal and limited human studies)
- Merchant, R.E., and C.A. Andre. “A Review of Recent Clinical Trials of the Nutritional Supplement Chlorella Pyrenoidosa in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, and Ulcerative Colitis.” Abstract. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 7, no. 3 (May-June 2001): 79-91.
- Sample of studies indexed in PubMed database for “Chlorella Supplementation.”
- Wu, Y., and W.X. Wang. “Intracellular Speciation and Transformation of Inorganic Mercury in Marine Phytoplankton.” Abstract. Aquatic Toxicology 148 (March 2014):122-9.
PARSLEY, MORE THAN JUST A GARNISH
Parsley is also a vitamin-dense herb. A one-half cup serving provides exceptional amounts of vitamins K, C, and A. In fact, it contains three times as much vitamin C as an orange! It also is rich in folate and has twice the iron of spinach for equivalent serving sizes.
Overall, because of its nutrient-rich antioxidant profile, parsley may offer health protective benefits for the cardiovascular system, joints, and digestive system. Medicinally, parsley has been used in both ancient times and as a complementary treatment for symptoms of urinary tract infection and upset stomach.
TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF PARSLEY IN YOUR DIET, TRY:
- Sprinkling parsley into stews, casseroles, sauces, soups, and rice dishes
- Adding raw parsley (stems and leaves) to salads
- Blending raw parsley with other herbs and fruits to make a “green smoothie”
- Adding a bunch of parsley to your green juice
Wash fresh parsley immediately before use; place in cold water, swish around, and then drain. Repeat until all dirt washes away.
THE SCIENCE OF BATHING
Hydrotherapy can be performed in many ways, but essentially it causes tissues to relax (heat) and then contract (cold), thereby moving stagnated blood and immune components, releasing toxins, easing stress, and flooding tissues with nutrients. There are many other types of hydrotherapy, such as alternating heat and cold packs, alternating hot and cold soaks on specific parts of the body, poultices, compresses, and constitutional hydrotherapy (typically done by doctor or trained staff). One powerful form of hydrotherapy you can do at home is bathing.
Bathing is an ancient human tradition and has been used to restore and maintain health in many cultures around the world. The key to getting the most healing effect of a bath is to make sure to use a cool/cold rinse afterward. What can you add to boost the healing effects of bathing? Try adding minerals with Epsom, Himalayan, or sea salt and/or essential oils such as peppermint or lavender. You can even add in colloidal oatmeal to soothe and nourish the skin.
TRY THIS AT HOME
Fill your tub as full as you can with water at 93-96 degrees F, add your favorite salts or herbs, and soak for 15-20 minutes. Lightly scrub the skin with a face cloth while soaking to increase circulation of the blood to the skin surface. At the end, stand and rinse with cold water, either poured from a pitcher or from the shower.
- Boyle, W., and A. Saine. Lectures in Naturopathic Hydrotherapy. East Palestine, Ohio: Buckeye Naturopathic Press: 1988.
- Metcalfe, R. Sanitas Sanitatum et Omnia Sanitas. Vol. 1. London: Co-operative Printing Company: 1877.
- Rausse, J. H., and C. H. Meeker. The Water-Cure, Applied to Every Known Disease with an Appendix, Containing a Water Diet and Rules for Bathing. New York: Fowlers and Wells: 1850.
The information offered by this newsletter is presented for educational purposes. Nothing contained within should be construed as nor is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. This information should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider. Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before embarking on a new treatment, diet or fitness program. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of any information contained within this newsletter.
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