Dr. David Brownstein, M.D
Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. 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.

Tags: autism | mercury | enzymes | dr. brownstein
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Mercury Exposure Worsens Behavior and Immunity

David Brownstein, M.D. By Tuesday, 25 June 2024 04:28 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disease characterized by impaired communication, social interactions, difficulty with sociability, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors. In the journal Immunology Letters, scientists reported on a study of the effects of methyl mercury exposure in mice with regard to behavior, sociability tests, and locomotor activities.

They found that methyl mercury exposure caused a significant decrease in social interactions and adverse effects on locomotor activity. Methyl mercury exposure also significantly increased production of inflammatory cytokines such as interferon gamma, as well as interleukins 7 and 9. In addition, methyl mercury exposure increased mRNA and protein levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the brain and serum of the mice. Methyl mercury administration aggravated existing behavioral and immune abnormalities in the mice.

Mercury is the second most toxic substance known to mankind, poisoning hundreds of different enzymes and negatively affecting many different organ systems, including the nervous, cardiovascular, and immune systems. Unfortunately, our food and pharmaceuticals are full of mercury, which this study found could worsen neurobehavioral problems and increase inflammation. The same issues have been shown to occur in humans exposed to mercury.

The two most common sources of mercury are gray dental fillings and consumed fish. It’s wise to have your mercury (and other metal) levels assessed on a yearly basis. If elevated levels of mercury are detected, it can be removed through a chelation program, which I have been overseeing for patients for more than two decades. I have seen patients with memory disorders have their brain function restored by undergoing chelation.

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