Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Tags: mercury | seafood | tuna | swordfish | alpha lipoic acid | David Brownstein

Eliminate Toxic Mercury From Your Body

Monday, 04 Mar 2013 09:36 AM

By David Brownstein, M.D.

Question: Is there a supplement that can capture in the body a significant portion of the mercury contained in certain seafoods?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Mercury poisons hundreds of enzymes in the body and is also a neurotoxin. It has been linked to many serious illnesses such as coronary artery disease, congestive heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.

Over the last 20 years, I have tested every patient who walks into my office for mercury toxicity and more than 80 percent of new patients have tested positive.

To minimize mercury exposure from seafood, I have found taking alpha lipoic acid (300 mg) at the beginning of the meal can effectively bind the mercury in seafood and allow for its excretion. Having said that, it is still best to avoid seafood with very high mercury levels, such as tuna and swordfish.

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