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Mercury, a toxic heavy metal

So pretty, yet SO TOXIC

What is mercury?

Mercury is the 80th element on the periodic table and has the chemical symbol Hg. Elemental mercury is a silver-white, heavy, mobile, liquid metal at room temperature. It is the only metal on the periodic table that is found as a liquid at room temperature. Properties of mercury are that it contracts or expands evenly when heated or cooled, it remains a liquid over a wide range of temperatures, it does not stick to glass, and its ability to conduct electricity.

Mercury is a fat-soluble toxin.  It is, by far, the most toxic metal on the planet AND the most powerful neurotoxin, as well. It is second only to plutonium in its reactivity and toxicity.  Unlike other heavy metals, mercury binds tenaciously to the fat-soluble neurological tissue. That’s why it loves to bind to brain neurons – because the brain is over 60% fat. Mercury is always the last metal to be eliminated as it “hides behind” the other metals and lies in the deeper strata of the tissue.

Once mercury is in the body it is difficult to remove because it binds very strongly to human tissues.  It can have  a severely damaging effect on the liver and when  in the bloodstream, the liver is unable to process it for elimination. In serious cases, this toxin can accumulate in and suffocate the liver, leading to liver damage or even death.

Mercury is  a catalyst to infection. It is directly immunosuppressive. Immunosuppression involves an act that reduces the activation or efficiency of the immune system.

The steady release of mercury into the environment has resulted in current levels that are three to six times higher than the estimated levels in the pre-industrial-era atmosphere. We can take in mercury by eating fish, which have absorbed it into their tissues from the water. Mushrooms can accumulate high levels if grown in contaminated soils. Some dental amalgam fillings contain mercury. Metallic mercury is also used in a variety of household products and industrial items, including thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, barometers, and glass thermometers.

Modern day uses of mercury include:

  • as a catalyst
  • in ritual practices
  • in most ammunition
  • electric switches
  • thermometers
  • fluorescent lights
  • barometers
  • thermometers
  • schools
  • medical schools

Looking at all the things that contain mercury, it is pretty obvious that we all have been exposed to it in one degree or another. But how well is our body eliminating the mercury it comes in contact with on a daily basis?   Some people have the genetic ability to easily detoxify mercury and eliminate it from the body, while others are genetically susceptible to its accumulation even from low-level, everyday exposure.

Removes the heavy metals, lead, mercury and cadmium

How do I get rid of the heavy metals in my body?
there is a way to remove harmful levels of heavy metals from the body – it’s
called chelation.

HumiKleanse datasheet

A substance is “chelated” when it is grabbed, trapped, and transformed by a chelating agent. The chelating properties of humic acids have been exploited for a long time in the purification of wastewater.
In effect, the unique formulation of humic and fulvic acids in Humifulvate® acts like a magnet for the large atoms of heavy metals, capturing them so they can be flushed out of the body through normal processes of elimination.

AIM HumiKleanse®: A pure, plant-derived source of humic and fulvic acid.  The physical and chemical properties, water conditions, vegetation, and
microbial fauna of a given soil determine the quality and quantity of the humic
substances in peat. Humifulvate® comes from 3,000- to 10,000-year-old peat
moss and is in a natural conservation area free from industry or agriculture.

AIM HumiKleanse® is a natural chelating supplement that helps your body rid itself of heavy metal accumulations while enhancing the body’s ability to utilize trace minerals. AIM’s product contains Humifulvate®, a unique combination of humic and fulvic acids, which act like a magnet for the large atoms of heavy metals. Once captured, they are flushed out of the body through the normal elimination process.

  • Helps to remove toxic substances from the body
  • Helps prevent the absorption of toxic substances
  • May increase the retention of calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium

Reference: AIM HumiKleanse data sheet

http://acc6.its.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~scintech/mercury/Whatis_mercury.htm

Improve you pH

Here are five steps you can follow to improve your health and increase your alkaline reserve status:

1. Eat at least 3 servings of fresh fruit per day.  Try different types, like

Fresh vegetables are alkalizing

Balancing your pH with fresh vegetables & fruits

an orange, an apple and 1 cup of berries, the more variety, the better.  Different colors of fruits & vegetables, give us different nutrients.

2.  Eat as many vegetables as you can.  6 to 7 servings is so good for your body.  You may have to start out slow.  Try adding one new serving of  fruit or vegetables each day until you get the recommended daily allowance (RDA)  Raw is best, you can mix them in salads or have them as a snack with a homemade dip.  Take 1/2 cup plain Greek organic yogurt and thoroughly mix in  about 1/2 teaspoon dill weed (or other unsalted spice), it makes a great dip.  (See another recipe below)

3. Add more cooked vegetables to each meal, but don’t overcook the vegetables, leave them a bit crunchy,add more to soups

4. Eat fewer high protein foods. Eat smaller portions of beef, poultry, pork, and fish, while continuing to add more raw &  cooked vegetables to meals.

5. Begin to lessen the amount of sugar, salt, coffee, tea, cola drinks, and processed foods.

Cottage-Cheese Veggie Dip:  Servings 1      Time: 5 mins                                                                                       Quick Meal         Contains Dairy        Vegetarian              GERD-friendly                Nutritional Info (Per serving):  Calories: 120, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 561mg, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Total Fat: 2g, Carbs: 14g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Protein: 14g

Ingredients                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 cup(s) cottage cheese, low-fat (Organic if you can find it or  like Cabot’s)                                       1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning                                                                                                    1/2 cup(s) carrot(s), baby                                                                                                                                    1/2 cup(s) peas, snow, or snap peas

Preparation:  Combine cottage cheese and lemon pepper. Serve with carrots and peas or your favorite low GI vegetables.  (Organic cottage cheese & yogurt are slightly acidic, but when mixed with the vegetables, it will be less acid forming in your body)

I encourage you to make dietary changes slowly. Rapid changes will cause toxins to be dumped into your system which is already bogged down and make you feel worse! As you make these changes slowly, you’ll begin to crave wholesome foods and adding AIM’s BarleyLife, JustCarrots and LeafGreens is a simple and easy way to add all the benefits of fresh, live fruits & vegetables without the hassle of cleanup when juicing the ingredients yourself…Go to  www.aimforbalance.com

Never be Sick Again by Raymond Francis

I just finished reading an amazing book called “Never Be Sick Again” by Raymond Francis, M.Sc with Kester Cotton.  It was a very beneficial book for me to read in several ways.  I learned that health is a choice I or anyone can make.  I can either pay now for better quality food, or pay for doctors and hospitals later.  My health is determined by many things that my body is exposed to.  I learned about one disease and two causes, as well as six pathways to health and I can choose to be healthy or not by how I travel those pathways.   Food combining was another area covered in the book that I knew nothing about, yet makes perfect sense to me now.

I learned what the term disease really means.  It is when our cells malfunction to the degree that they interfere with the body’s ability to balance and regulate itself.  The concept of one disease, which is cellular malfunction and two causes, which are deficiency and toxicity, is so simple and yet so true.  The deficiency being our cells not getting what they need to thrive and survive and toxicity being our cells being poisoned by something they do not need.  The six pathways were so interesting.  I found myself losing track of time as I read about how nutrition, toxins, psychological, physical, genetic, and medical pathways between health and disease and they determine our health.  I learned that a holistic approach to health requires attention to all of these pathways.  Our lack of knowledge about these areas is something we are missing in our society today.

I must be proactive in my own health.  Sickness never happens without a cause.  Illness is a result of the poor choices I have made.  By placing the blame for sickness on excuses, I can relieve myself of responsibility.  But it cannot be the case.  I am the one putting the lower quality food in my mouth and choosing household chemicals and cleaners that are not good for my body.  Most of the time, I did not even know I was making poor choices.  Now I know and by learning and accepting responsibility for my own health, I am empowered.  I have learned many ways to improve my health within the pages of this book, including being aware of the dangers and toxins all around me and how depleted our food is of essential nutrients.

I did not realize that we are a nation that eats too many calories, yet we are getting too few nutrients.  That causes our brain to ask for more food to try to make up the difference.  That is leading to obesity in greater numbers than ever before.  Our soil is depleted, so in order to grow plants, chemical fertilizers are being used.  Plants are genetically altered to grow faster and to appear bigger and more vibrant.  On the inside they are starving for real nutrients, as are we.  Pesticides are used to kills parasites and pests, because the plants are so weak and malnourished, they have very little defenses against the common pests that our grandparents gardens had no problem conquering.

Stress is another factor in our health.  Many people today are spending lots of time in emergency mode.  I learned that to minimize damage for chronic stress, I must find healthful ways to adapt, such as social support and activities, counseling, meditation, therapy, exercise, yoga, self-hypnosis, keeping a journal, and my favorite, prayer.   I can also choose whether to “stress out” or seize the opportunity and go with the flow.  Learning to laugh and being flexible has also helped me deal with stressful situations.

Food combining and how I eat is another topic I found very beneficial.  Learning about what foods go well together for proper digestion was enlightening.  If I force my body to digest incompatible foods, it results in improperly digested foods that produce dangerous toxins.  It also deprives my body of essential nutrients.  A couple things I learned about food combining is not to eat fruits with anything else and on an empty stomach.  Vegetable and protein or vegetable and starch together is okay, but do not eat protein with starch.  I usually mixed these two and was wondering why I had indigestion.

This book was very beneficial to me.  I would recommend this book to others, in fact, I already have.  It is important for people to realize that we are in control of our health.  What we put into our bodies affects our health. If we can just understand that concept, we can prevent disease and illness.  Most times, we never even think about our health or what we are exposing our bodies to, either in our food, drink, skin products, or environment, until we are sick.  One statement from the book that sticks with me is, “Our health is determined by the positive things we do for our bodies minus the negative things we do to our bodies.”  I am now equipped with ways to improve my health.

I am a certified Biblical Health Coach and would love to hear from you.  Find me onFaceBook.com, type in Aim For Balance or check out more of my blogs and great AIM whole health products at my on-line store www.aimforbalance.com