By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Russell Shein
Mercury is a naturally occurring element that exists in the air, earth, and water. While there are many minerals that naturally make up our body, mercury is one of the few that is considered toxic and can be harmful when we are exposed to a high amount. Mercury presents huge and permanent development risks in children and fetuses. One of the biggest links with mercury in adults is nervous system and neurological issues such as brain fog and memory issues. It can also lead to digestive discomforts and immune system issues. Mercury can come from many sources in the environment, but the most common are from eating fish, dental fillings, vaccines, and living near mining sites.
One of the best ways to test mercury levels is through a hair follicle test. Blood tests can only show us what is currently being transported through the body, whereas the hair shows us what is being stored in the body. If you think you may be struggling with mercury or other metal toxicity levels (aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, iron, lead, silver), we recommend a hair follicle test so you can know just what your levels are and get on track to getting you feeling better.
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Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
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“Mercury And Health”. World Health Organization. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.