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by Ellen Landauer
Mercury toxicity symptoms such as chronic fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes and heart palpitations can affect ANY part of your body.
I had them all!
I was not very sick when I initially sought medical help. Joint pain, fatigue and indigestion all slowly getting worse and not responding to increased self care measures, were my main complaints.
I sensed something was wrong...
The good thing about going to the doctors was that they discovered I had mercury toxicity.
The bad thing was that after four years of over $20,000.00 worth of fancy alternative medical treatments (not covered by insurance), I was closer to death than I'd ever been.
How could that happen while I was under the care of such good and caring doctors?
If I'd known better ways to relieve mercury toxicity symptoms back then, perhaps I would have taken a safer, easier, more effective path...
My doctors prescribed DMPS IV chelation to remove the toxic burden of mercury in my body. They said it was safe and very effective. I was eager to feel better, and happily consented. Only $150.00 for a DMPS IV push that lasted a total of 5 - 10 minutes! Cheap at twice the price, yes..?
I already was sold on IV EDTA chelation after seeing dramatic improvements in the health of Rolfing clients with major health problems.
I was not aware that DMPS chelation is very different than EDTA chelation!
The doctors gave me DMPS IV chelation while I still had 5 mercury fillings in my mouth, assuring me there was no risk because the fillings were inert.
No informed consent here...
The doctors didn't tell me that - DMPS IV chelation pulls mercury out of fillings and releases it into the bloodstream, poisoning the rest of the body! It does that by getting into the lymphatic system and from there into the saliva. The DMPS in the saliva chelates mercury right out of the fillings.
If DMPS is a safe and effective chelator, why would it CAUSE mercury poisoning..?
...because DMPS is not good at safely holding on to the mercury as it is eliminated from the body. DMPS can drop as much as 60% of the mercury, distributing it into vulnerable tissues like brain and nervous system, liver, kidneys and endocrine glands!
To top it all off, DMPS (Dimercapto-propane sulfonate) is an extremely aggressive, toxic drug - VERY hard on the body.
Oh... but they didn't tell me THAT, either!
At first, I felt a little better...
Then, the health I had so carefully nurtured for decades went into a nosedive. All manner of ills I had never had in my life descended on me like the trials of Job, making my life a living Hell.
Severe candida yeast infection, failing eyesight, joint pain so bad I couldn't walk without a limp, massive food allergies, heart arrhythmias, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, severe depression and anxiety - and that's only a partial list!
The doctors attributed my worsening symptoms to a 'cleansing reaction.' I trusted them. No care was taken to prevent liver, kidney, nervous system and other damage during the 'detox.' They still maintained that my mercury fillings were inert!
Simple effective ways that I could solve mercury toxicity symptoms were still never mentioned...
When I finally consulted with my longtime holistic dentist, mercury removal expert Dr. Howard Hindin, he stated that amalgam fillings are NEVER inert!
He said, "If you have mercury toxicity symptoms, I UNEQUIVOCALLY recommend removing the fillings!"
Dr. 'Howie' as he is lovingly referred to by his office staff had always looked out for my best interests in the 20 plus years he had been my dentist.
I immediately made an appointment for the removal. The doctors gave me a vial of DMPS to inject into my thigh just before the removal and told me to come down for another IV the day after the removal.
I did - never suspecting that what was to follow would make my trials up to this point look small by comparison.
The day after, I was very sick. Brain swelling and inflammation, splitting headache, couldn't think straight, no energy and worst of all, severe edema (swelling) of my legs. - something I had never had in my life. Besides the pain, it made me feel very old.
The doctors suggested a DMPS challenge to test my mercury levels. I traveled the 3 hours to their office for yet another DMPS IV.
DMPS IV chelation turned a chronic situation into an acute emergency! My vision got noticeably dimmer and more blurred. The edema in my legs increased. My head hurt, I could not think straight and felt my life slipping further from me.
No precautions such as nutritional IV's with mega doses of Vitamin C, and generous supplementation with chlorella (to help bind the mercury) before and after the dental mercury removal, were taken.
I know that EDTA chelation suppositories would have been a much safer (and FAR less expensive) alternative to DMPS IV.
Why didn't they tell me about EDTA suppositories? This simple, convenient, inexpensive treatment would have safely, efficiently and effectively detoxified my body. Mercury toxicity symptoms would have been alleviated.
Still not mentioning EDTA chelation suppositories as an alternative to DMPS, the doctors embarked on a campaign of 'damage control.'
Autohemotherapy, ozonating the blood, nutrient IV's, cortisol injections, electrodermal testing, prolotherapy injections to repair my joints, expensive nutritional supplements - all to no avail.
I sometimes wanted to give up - but wouldn't.
My self-care program gave me more benefit than all those fancy treatments. Saunas five days a week, an hour or more long with cold shower breaks were the main thing that made me feel good. Plenty of exercise and rest, a healthy but restricted diet, regular meditation and the best Chlorella kept me functioning.
I'm not exempt from the saying that 'people frequently need to be hit over the head with a 2 x 4 to finally get the message...
Ironically - when I FINALLY stopped going to doctors, I began to find effective ways to heal the serious damage that had occurred!
In the meantime, I determinedly pursued as many healthy activities as I could...
Nearly every morning during the summer, I enjoy swimming in a nearby lake. I have been a lake swimmer for over 30 years. There is nothing like the feeling of emerging from a cold lake at dawn, deliciously tingling all over, warming up in the morning sun wrapped in thick towels, feeling so alive!
Even severe mercury toxicity symptoms did not stop me from indulging in this glorious, rigorous pastime. Most of my bodily functions were operating at half-mast. I frequently experienced heart palpitations, a common side effect of immune challenges related to mercury toxicity.
Did I mention that this lake was - uh - on the cold side? Only from about late June through early August was it truly comfortable for swimming.
That summer, there was a dark side to the lake swimming I so love.
If I pushed too hard, my heart would start to beat irregularly, and sometimes I would feel faint. My extremities tended to go numb - not something previously experienced in 30 years of outdoor swimming under all kinds of conditions.
While in the past I would often swim clear across the lake, now I stayed very close to shore, especially because of the heart palpitations.
In addition, though I had accomplished some progress in healing, I was still troubled by joint pain, brain fog, depression, bad dreams, fatigue, extreme muscle tightness, and a host of other torments.
One morning, only 5 minutes after I began swimming, my heart started pounding wildly, accompanied by abrupt halts in its rhythm. I felt like I couldn't breathe, and began to panic. I stood up in the water, waiting for it to pass.
Dizzy, totally in survival mode, and remaining conscious only by pure will, I staggered out of the water.
Terror that I could literally die any moment was so intense that it took every ounce of will to move. I didn't even make it 50 feet back to the car before I had to bend way over and put my head down to keep from passing out. Fighting hard to retain consciousness, I got myself warmed up in record time.
Finally, I learned about EDTA chelation suppositories.
An acquaintance of mine knew Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, one of the world's foremost detoxification experts. She asked him for suggestions for me.
Dr. Klinghardt recommended I try EDTA Chelation suppositories.
After trying so many well-hyped supplements that failed to help, I was to say the least, very skeptical. But I have a lot of respect for Dr. Klinghardt's knowledge, so I went ahead and bought a quantity of 30 suppositories.
After inserting the very first EDTA suppository one night at bedtime, I fell asleep with vague hopes that over time, this new supplement would give the help I so longed for.
Imagine my amazement, only a few hours later, walking down the hall in the dark, to find my mind and perceptions crystal clear, laser-sharp - even just after getting up in the middle of a night's sleep.
I instantly realized I felt completely different! The compressed, depressed, headachey, fuzzed-out feeling was totally gone, replaced by an uplifting feeling of clarity and a mind like the proverbial 'steel trap.'
Most striking, I felt happier than I had in a long time - and the only thing I had done differently was taking just one EDTA chelation suppository!
As I lay in bed that first night, I noticed how VERY relaxed I felt. Then, more specifically, perceived a delicious tingling in my fingers and toes - no - my entire body.
It was a most warm and delightful kind of tingling, which then proceeded to turn into undulating waves of circulation rolling and expanding through my whole body.
The best way I can describe it is a 'circulatory orgasm.' I never imagined that as all the blood vessels, even the tiniest capillaries, opened up it could feel so fabulous!
Accompanying all that was a slight 'pulling' sensation throughout my body - also very pleasureable - perhaps the chelator drawing toxins from the tissues. Irresistably drawn further into a relaxed state, I fell into a deep and satisfying sleep.
In the morning, I woke up feeling fantastic - fully and pleasurably alert, ready to have a delightful day.
One of the most physically and emotionally painful aspects of the past few years had been severe joint pain.
Walking across a perfectly flat floor, or even lying down - it was a nearly constant source of distress.
Imagine my astonishment to find myself joyfully running with my dog through the woods on a rocky trail only three days after beginning the EDTA Chelation suppositories!
But that was just the first of the delights that awaited me...
Polar Bear Club, anyone?
OK, not quite.
A few weeks after starting the protocol, on a morning with temperatures in the mid-40's, I dip my big toe in the lake.
'No, you've got to be crazy to swim in this,' my mind comments.
I resolutely stride into the deep water, knowing how lovely I will feel when I emerge from the coldest swim of the season - absolutely transformed, vibrating and shimmering like the morning sun on the lake.
Striking forth with a strong breast stroke, I push joyfully through water so cold it burns like dry ice. I have to breathe fast and swim hard to handle the shock.
No skipped heartbeats, no numbness. Delightful waves of tingling circulation rush through my whole body - all the way into my fingertips and toes - almost feeling warm!
Clearly the EDTA suppositories have VASTLY improved my heart strength and circulation!
My heart beats strongly, my breathing is full, my mind clear and present. Emerging in chill air, I toss the towel around my shoulders and race exuberantly to the car...
Ellen Landauer is Certified as an Advanced Pactitioner of Structural Integration body therapy - otherwise known as Rolfing. This hands-on therapy is the deepest, most comprehensive body alignment therapy.
Ellen has over 40 years in-depth study and experience of the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements, botanical extracts and detoxification methods.
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