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Heavy Metals & Alzheimer’s: Do Toxic Levels Contribute to Disease Progression?

For a long time, there’s been an ongoing dialogue around the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in individuals who have had exposure to heavy metals, like mercury, lead, and aluminum.

Fortunately, researchers in China and the United States recently published a study that would give us some data with which to conduct a more informed analysis. What did they find? Let’s take a look. Continue reading

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Is Gluten-Free Toxic?

I’ve been getting a lot of e-mail and social media messages over the past few weeks about a recent publication that purports that going off gluten-containing foods will increase a person’s risk of arsenic and mercury toxicity.

The report, appearing in Science Daily, has clearly caused a stir amongst the gluten-free community. I mean after all, who wants to be poisoned, and from the sound of things, going off gluten might be doing just that! Continue reading

Danger of Mercury Fillings

The Science Speaks – Mercury Fillings Threaten Health

I’m often asked about the potential health risks posed by “silver fillings.” In answering, my first response is to rephrase the question. I offer up a kind correction by calling these tooth restorations “mercury fillings” since mercury is the largest component of these fillings and represents about 50% of the components. 

The reason people ask about mercury fillings stems from a concern about the role of the mercury in terms of raising blood levels of this incredibly toxic substance. The issue is often even more confusing as people are often led to believe that somehow when the fillings are created, the mercury is “locked up” and doesn’t pose a threat.

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