Understanding Your Mercury Levels

I. Lab levels in whole blood:

a.    Yours is ___________

b.    Goal is less than 5mcg/l

c.    Re-test every two months until normal. If it's not normal after 4 to 6 months, then do the Provoked-Heavy Metals, 6-hour Urine collection Test, by Doctor’s Data Lab.http://www.doctorsdata.com


II. Some of the bad effects of mercury:

a.    It is taken up by all tissues 1-2 days after a single dose

b.    Mercury stimulates autoimmune reactions.

c.    Increased nasal discharge and hypersalivation have been reported in regards to mercury exposure in the literature.

d.    Since methylmercury has a high affinity for the brain & nervous system, many of the symptoms are emotional, cognitive, or neurological.  There is also a special affinity for the kidneys.  The heart & blood building system can also be affected.

e.    Chronic mercury overload can cause depression, weakness, fatigue,  difficulty coping, timidity, seclusiveness, memory problems with difficulty thinking, irritability, tremors, general muscle spasms & tics, numbness & tingling or burning pain in the extremities, mouth or tongue, poor coordination, unsteady gait,  & seizures.

f.     Those with chronic mercury overload are more prone to immune system dysfunction such as autoimmune disease or decreased immunity.  They are more prone to chronic candida & other chronic infections.  They have more allergies & more hormonal imbalances.


III. Where does mercury come from:

a.    We all love our technology. However, batteries and components of such things as cell phones and computers are all manufactured with mercury and other toxic metals.  The factories all flush out these toxins into our global water system!! Call your Congressman and ask for strict laws limiting the poisoning of our only source of water!

b.    It’s in amalgams for dental fillings

c.    It’s used in making of pesticides, fungicides, shampoos, hair dyes, toothpaste, soaps, paints, grains, processed foods, mercurial diuretics, vaccines, fluorescent lights, batteries, explosives, medical devices, petroleum products.


IV. Options to decrease mercury in the body:

a.    Limit fish intake

b.    60 Kg person at 0.1 mcg/kg body wt/day is allowed 6 mcg/d or 42 mcg/week or 168 mcg/month

c.    See table below:




Sea Bass





Cod (Atlantic)




Chunk Light


Fresh Tuna

Sword Fish

Avg Wet Wt mcgHg/g















Mcg Mercury/170 g
















V. Supplements to take to decrease mercury in the body:

a.    Sun Chlorella, either take 15 small tabs or 6 large tabs 3 x a day for two months increments. You can reduce to once daily after you have a normal mercury level.

b.    MetalloClear is a Metagenics product and has a novel formula designed to enhance naturally the body’s clearance of specific heavy metals that can negatively impact health and vitality.

c.    It up-regulates the genetic expression of metallothionein, an important protein that binds to metals in cells and facilitates their elimination.

d.    It supports the metabolism of specific heavy metals but does not facilitate the excretion of certain healthful minerals such as calcium, magnesium, selenium, and zinc.

e.    Chelators chemically bind to metals, minerals, & chemical toxins to help remove them from the body via the urine or bowel movements.

f.     Some natural chelators are amino acids, especially cysteine, methionine, glutathione & taurine (amino acids are parts of protein foods), cilantro, selenium, and garlic.


VI. Medications or more aggressive supplements to take to chelate or bind heavy metals from the body:

a.    These are numerous, and I will refer to them in general.

b.    EDTA, DMSA, DMPS orally, rectally, and intravenously.

c.    DPMS is an IV chelator often used for mercury. It is not as effective for removing from the brain & causes much more side effects that DMSA.

d.    A trial approach of oral DMSA might be 10 mg/ kg/ day in 3-4 divided dose every other day for 1-2 weeks, then 2-4 weeks off, then repeating & so on until mission accomplished. All the while we are using the natural chelators, alpha lipoic acid 100 mg 4 times a day, Vitamin C 2000-10,000 mg depending upon laxative tolerance, N-acetyl cysteine 500 mg 2-3 times daily, a multi-amino acid with breakfast & 3 in the afternoon, a good multivitamin mineral & sometimes an extra mineral formulation.

e.    When removing heavy metals aggressively, you must be managed well to prevent removal of good minerals and too rapid a release of heavy metals from your tissues.


Copyright Shera Raisen, M.D. 2009-16

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to replace the diagnosis,
treatment and services of a physician.
Any recommendations and indications are at the user’s discretion.
For severe or life-threatening conditions, always seek immediate medical attention.

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WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, according to the advisory. Mosquitos become infected when they feed on birds that have the disease and sometimes subsequently bite humans or animals.

The advisory lists a series of precautions that residents can take to protect themselves from WNV:

– Use insect repellant to keep off mosquitos, especially in the early morning and evening, when mosquitos carrying WNV are most apt to bite.
– Make sure the doors and windows in your apartment have tight-fitting screens, to prevent mosquitos from entering your home.
– Get rid of any sources of standing water, in which mosquitos can lay eggs.

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Shera Raisen, MD
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