Mercury in fishThis is a feature I wrote for Woman and Home Magazine. Although it’s written in a light hearted vain – mercury is without doubt a deadly toxin that is linked to a host of major diseases.

Since I wrote this, I have cut down on my intake of fish and now eat more eggs, low fat cheeses, pulses, and organic (not offal) meats, especially turkey, chicken, pheasant & duck. I also take regularly HM Chelate capsules (order from 0207 487 4334) which contain natural ingredients including coriander and selenium which help to eliminate toxins such as mercury from the body.

During September 2008 I discovered via my friend, nutritional scientist Bob Jacobs at the Society for Complimentary Medicine, that following blood and urine tests taken three weeks earlier, which measures levels of every nutrient and known toxin in the body, that I had high levels of mercury.

I was appalled when Bob told me that I have more than ten times the accepted safety limit of mercury floating inside me.

‘How have I managed that?’ I wailed. ‘I had all my mercury amalgam fillings removed ten years ago’?

‘Easy’ says Bob, ‘You eat too much fish.’

My mouth fell open. Fish is my favourite food.

For several years I have become more aware of the rising mercury levels in fish, after all, around 20 tons of mercury is still dumped in the North Sea every year, but I did not realise just how serious the situation has become globally.

Mercury is a deadly toxin and mercury vapour is proven to pass through the blood/brain barrier and the placenta – and can trigger brain cell degeneration. It has also been linked to a host of illnesses from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis to migraines, chronic fatigue, numbness, tingling and tremors.

Enough to make anyone panic.

After suffering toxic shock syndrome from high levels of mercury, whilst eating tuna in a very famous eaterie, which caused me and my guest to turn bright purple and start palpitating, I gave up tuna, especially bluefin, which is one of the worst offenders.

And for anyone who thinks that Wild Caviar is a status food, think again – it’s riddled with the stuff. Farmed caviar would be a safer choice.

Lean cuts of organic meat, eggs, beans and pulses would be safer still.

To discover the good, the bad and the downright toxic regarding fish log ontowww.environmentalDefense.org/seafood

Meanwhile, dentists in the UK still insert around 17 million mercury fillings a year which they claim are ‘contained and safe’. Why then, have several European countries banned the use of dental amalgam?

Selenium and vitamins C and E plus fresh coriander help detoxify mercury, but these measures can take up to a year. The fastest way to rid your body of heavy metals is Chelation Therapy. This involves an intravenous infusion of an amino acid called EDTA which takes about an hour a week at a registered chelation clinic. ‘Chela’ is Greek for claw, and the EDTA ‘grabs onto’ the toxic metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium and excretes them from the body. Chelation also helps to clear blocked arteries thus reducing the risk for heart attacks and strokes; positive results have also been reported in senile dementia patients. I am going to Dr Wendy Dennings Clinic at No 4 Duke Street, near Selfridges, London W1U 3EL tel 0207 486 1095.

Chelation therapy can affect the kidneys in more sensitive individuals and therefore I decided to take HM Chelate capsules containing potassium, vitamin c, zinc, selenium, chlorella, cilantro, nac, l-methionine which all help the body to rid itself of toxic metals. Available from Society of Complimentary Therapy on 0207 487 4334.

For details of the Genova Diagnostics Test and the HM Chelate capsules call The Society of Complimentary Medicine on 0207 487 4334.

For details of chelation therapy and clinics in the UK log onto: www.chelationuk.com

For more information on Mercury in the mouth log onto The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology website via: www.iaomt.org