Lyme disease sufferers need to be aware that having mercury poisoning and Lyme disease at the same time can add to the already confusing, frustrating, and scary experience.
We have ample evidence of the different ways in which we contract Lyme disease – and others may seem obvious but are very controversial.
However, mercury poisoning is a different type of infection, and the methods for contracting mercury poisoning are incredibly varied.
Perhaps the top ways in which we are poisoned by mercury is from dental fillings.
With dental amalgams, mercury in vapor form is released when the teeth are ground together while chewing. This mercury is absorbed into blood and tissue – including the pituitary and hypothalamus glands. These two glands seem to play a part in Fibromyalgia symptoms.
Another common way to develop mercury poisoning is through dietary seafish. People who eat alot of seafood run a higher risk of not only mercury poisoning but other types of heavy metals.
Many researchers believe that the brain dysfunction which causes fibromyalgia is a direct result of mercury toxicity. For this reason, some people with Fibromyalgia have had their amalgam dental fillings replaced with other materials.
Some (not all) have reported improvement in their symptoms. However, removing silver fillings alone doesn’t completely solve the problem, since mercury has also become lodged in the body’s tissues.
There are also sources of mercury such as auto exhaust, pesticides, fertilizers, drinking water (tap and well), certain foods, fabric softeners, fish, talc, body powder, paint pigments and solvents, laxatives, cosmetics, mascara, floor waxes and polishes, wood preservatives, plumbing, adhesives, batteries and air conditioner filters.
As mentioned before, there is evidence that the Lyme disease organism intentionally stores and sequesters mercury. This activity results in increased mercury concentrations in and near Lyme disease colonies in the body – mercury and Lyme disease are together in close quarters. For anyone afflicted with both mercury toxicity and Lyme disease, the experience can be a frightening roller coaster ride.
Similarities between chronic Lyme disease and mercury poisoning are primarily focused on the painful and recurring symptoms of each illness.
Mercury poisoning often occurs with prolonged inhalation of its vapors and/or when mercury is ingested through the skin or internally through the gastrointestinal tract.
Acute poisoning occurs rarely, with large concentrations of mercury vapor in the air. There are headache, weakness, nausea, vomiting, fever. When you delete a poisoned atmosphere, and taking the necessary measures, all phenomena will quickly disappear within four to five days. In a few cases developed marked autonomic instability, twitchy feeling, sleep problems, shaking of hands and head.
In chronic poisoning, which occurs during long-term inhalation of even very small concentrations of mercury vapor, there is a general weakness, drowsiness, headache, depression, sweating, and recurrent muscle cramps.
While survey, reveals fine fingers, eyelids, tongue tremor; persistent red dermographism (known as skin writing), the revival of tendon reflexes. Very often occur an increase in thyroid, dysfunction of sexual glands, dyspeptic disorders, stomach disorders and gum disease.
In more severe poisoning against a growing background of these poisoning symptoms, develop significant psyche changes: depression, obsessive feelings, visual and auditory hallucinations. An organic neurological symptom is increased.
There appears coarse tremor, which becomes more intention and extends to the muscles of the limbs, head and torso (mercury labeled tremor). Bells Palsy conditions ares are not uncommon.
Because the Lyme disease bacteria and mercury typically occupy the same places in the body, the symptoms of each are very difficult to distinguish. Someone with Lyme disease may not be aware that they have mercury poisoning and thus assume that all of their symptoms are Lyme disease-related, when in reality, some are mercury symptoms.
A person who knows they have both mercury toxicity and Lyme disease finds that the next challenge is to separate the symptoms and determine which are caused by which problem.
The presence of mercury in the living environment of the bacteria is advantageous to the bacteria. As the mercury-rich environment is altered, the infection responds with self-protective activities.
To make matters even more complicated, when Lyme Disease organisms are being killed or attacked, mercury symptoms may be altered as well.
As you manipulate the Lyme bacteria’s living environment and kill Lyme Disease organisms, mercury is mobilized and released which can cause symptoms to flare up unbearably.
Sometimes mercury is actually stored inside a spirochete or bacterial colony itself. When that colony is disrupted or eradicated (with antibiotics or rife machines or some other anti-Lyme treatment), mercury is released. This results in an outbreak of both herx reaction symptoms and mercury mobilization symptoms.
In fact, many herx symptoms commonly experienced by Lyme disease sufferers are actually symptoms of mercury mobilization. Because dying Lyme disease organisms can release mercury, it is important to use a mercury detoxification protocol while undertaking anti-Lyme therapy to sop up the mercury that is released during the killing of Lyme disease bacteria.
Mercury is a very strong immunosuppressant, and its presence in the body may mask inflammatory Lyme disease symptoms. Lyme disease patients may actually feel that their Lyme disease symptoms are better when they are mercury-poisoned because the inflammatory response to Lyme disease is reduced. When mercury is removed from the body, an individual may experience increased Lyme disease symptoms and herx reactions because the immune system may begin to function properly again.
Another confusing similarity is that mercury chelators are not able to reach mercury stored inside Lyme disease organisms until the organisms are killed and the mercury is released into circulation. Therefore, as long as there continues to be an active Lyme disease infection, it is also likely that additional mercury is sequestered throughout the body. For this reason, mercury detoxification should not be considered to be finished until all Lyme disease bacteria are completely eradicated. A mercury removal program is often needed for quite a long time, sometimes even years.
Lyme sufferers should consider carefully the possibility of mercury poisoning and that any stagnation in their healing progress may be, at least partially, a result of the presence of mercury in the body. It is essential first to find out if mercury is a problem, and then decide how to get rid of it.
Mercury chelation can help rid the body of toxicity, but can also cause unpleasant symptoms. Perhaps the most effective, the most thorough and healthy method for ridding your body of mercury poisoning or any kind of heavy metal is with Far Infared Saunas.
Most cases of Lyme disease will not show satisfactory improvement (regardless of which anti-Lyme therapies are used) unless mercury toxicity is addressed. Lyme disease and Rife machines (frequency generators became very popular in the Lyme community after Bryan Rosner’s book came out – see it here. )
Both therapies are nice because they may be used safely in the privacy of your own home every day. Not only will the poisonous metals be eradicated from your body, but all kinds of healthy detoxification can occur simultaneously, building strength, energy, and initiating healing on many levels of your body.