In order to facilitate sharing about metal issues, Linda has generously agreed to allow our forum to host a TRIAL unmoderated discussion thread about mercury and metals. If all goes well, we will attempt to provide the space for this on an ongoing basis. In order to ensure that the forum is providing service in the responsible and focused way that is required, we we are establishing this thread with with certain disclaimers, limitations and requests of those of you who will utilize it and contribute to it. Please take care to consider the following when using this section of the forum:
1. When posting on this topic, we ask that you keep your posts to a minimum. Please do not quote long articles on the subject at length, rather, please provide links to us that we can post for you to direct others to online sources of information. We are very interested in hearing updates from you as you explore and research and as you progress on your path. Even though Tarilee won’t be supporting the discussions on this issue, all posts are read and sorted and that takes time and space resources.
2. Please be mindful of the complexity of the amalgam/metal detox issue when posting to other forum visitors/members. When we find a treatment path that works for us – understandably, we want to share it with others. Heavy metal removal and detoxing can be very taxing and dangerous with sometimes permanent consequences. We recommend working out an individual treatment plan with specialists. Please refrain from giving specific directives other than assistance in locating resources.
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4. Finally, please restrict discussions of the mercury issue to this thread and please direct them only towards those who ask for specifically for metal or mercury-related information. To avoid confusion, when new members join, we want our main forums to be rich with holistic Whole Approach program support rather than large amounts of discussion about the secondary subject of mercury and heavy metals.
Thank you all for your cooperation as and thank you for your participation on the forums. YOU make it the loving, supporting place that it is. We wish you all the best on your healing journey and look forward to assisting you in your explorations in whatever ways we can.
Tarilee and Linda
Please be aware that this is an un-moderated discussion topic and that the views expressed here are not necessarily those of Whole Approach. Information below should not be construed as medical or diagnostic advice. We strongly encourage you to approach any experimentation with heavy metal detoxification with great care and self education combined with the consultation with /supervision of a team of highly qualified practioners.
In addition to these lengthy comments, at the bottom of this post please find two imortant links to threads that I recommend you check out before reading the information in this thread.
Caution Regarding Mercury Detoxification
In most cases it is crucial to detoxify, strengthen and greatly reduce candida populations in order to prepare to do any heavy metal cleansing. I disagree with those who consistently recommend metal cleansing first as I believe it can be very dangerous to approach this at the wrong time in our recovery.
Many people become impatient during the long process of candida cleansing and begin to look for other healing strategies before giving the body adequate time to heal using the whole-body-recovery process like the approach we steer you towards on this forum. The fear around the presence of metals in our bodies can paint the process of metal cleanses as a “magic bullet” to promote healing and can sometimes feed uninformed and rushed decisions. This is definitely NOT the right approach for everyone.
Indeed, often, when your illness is complex or prolonged you will need more support than we can offer you here and you may also need additional therapies. As you will read in these listed threads, I strongly encourage folks to seek complementary healing supports during yeast recovery. However, this is not to say that yeast treatment should be replaced with metal cleansing. Although some folks will point you in this direction regardless of your place on your healing journey, I believe that it is very important to go to great lengths to address preliminary issues like yeast (which is no small feat in some cases) before one can determine how well the body can function once relieved of the yeast toxicity issue. In my opinion, it is also crucial to have immune and intestinal imbalances and congestion of eliminative organs resolved before mobilizing extremely dangerous metal residue into the blood stream.
Successful yeast treatment, immune recovery, detoxification and intestinal rebalancing demand a lot of committment and consistency as well as patience and sometimes a lot more time than we would like. It is a mistake to abandon this important process prematurely in favour of a heavy metal cleanse. This should ONLY be undertaken AFTER the body has been strengthened and cleansed and only when approriate self care and culinary skills have been developed to help one through such a significant process. It is also essential to have the supervision of a highly qualified practioner or team of practioners.
In some cases, after a lengthy comprehensive and highly vigilant healing program, folks find that they need to address the additional imbalances or toxicity issues (including metal toxicity) in order to move beyond a healing plateau. Since we move through many consecutive plateaus on any successful healing program, it is not easy to determine at which stage it is appropriate to consider attempting to remove metals. Those who attempt it too early risk mercury-brain-toxicity and great physical and psychological discomfort including the potential of permanent negative effects.
Although you will read alternate viewpoints in the thread below, there is convincing literature that is persuasive in the opinion that healing must be well progressed before metal cleansing. Yeast is a prevalent health issue and many people are looking for short cuts to treat it. They are also looking for one particular cause to blame for yeast overgrowth because it is not comfortable to accept that our modern lifestyle choices that are far removed from Nature, have anything to do with the problem. Although I am biased in my cautionary approach of healing first, you will find strong biases in the practioners who encourage early stage metal cleanses. There is actually a lot more clinical support and many more expensive clinical treatments claiming to eliminate mercury than there are clinical treatments for yeast. Many MD’s are convinced of the metal toxicity issue and this is wonderful but unfortunately, most of them are not attuned to the subtleties of the environmentally ill, allergic person who has weakened immunity. It is these folks who will suffer the most if they address yeast too aggressively.
Please read the information found at these links very, very carefully before deciding how to proceed with your plans for a full and lasting recovery. The view that yeast is simply a protection against metals is not one that I agree with. I see it as a side effect of toxicity of many kinds and also the cause of toxicity in terms of mycotoxins released by the candida. Imbalances such as cholesterol increases, excess mucous production and yeast overgrowth can be caused by and perpetuated by different toxicity issues including metal. However I do not believe that attacking the metal issue initially is a way to eliminate the yeast. It is most likely that, at some point in our healing program, we will find it important to address any metal toxicity so that we may faciliate complete healing. Anything, including metal, that causes an ongoing strain on our immune and other body systems, will hinder full recovery and so acknowledging and planning to address these strains on our health are an important step but please do not allow impatience or fear to trigger a premature decision to address metal cleansing. And please, please, take GREAT care in finding those practioners who can most responsibly and gently assist you with this.
Tarilee's advice on mercury detoxification and amalgam removal
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