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What's considered a high mercury level?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 08, 2012 at 10:06 PM

I had some blood work done and my mercury level came back as 8 mcg/L (the reference range says it should be <=10 mcg/L). My naturopath claims that's high and thinks I should do a mercury cleanse/detox but it sounded like bullshit.

Is there any merit to what she said, and is that a high level?

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on June 10, 2012
at 05:03 AM

maybe a repeat test is worthwhile.. given what you comment above, I personally would want to know how I got such a level. Did you play with mercury as a kid. I know I know but my father did!

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on June 09, 2012
at 03:17 PM

@Shawn The problem is that the number of complaints linked to high mercury levels is huge, but that most of them are vague and could be caused by or at least be influenced by other factors too. Besides that, mercury is a slow killer (just like radiation is), which makes it even harder to say something is caused by mercury. I would say, make sure you keep levels as low as possible, even if they don't seem high to you (yet).

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:26 PM

I'm not sure what the complaints linked to high mercury are, so I'll do some research.

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at 02:25 PM

I don't have any metal fillings (no fillings at all actually). I don't eat much tuna, but I do eat wild Alaskan salmon roughly 4 times a week.

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on June 08, 2012
at 11:13 PM

I totally agree, Mscott. It can remove important things as well as the mercury. Happened to me.

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at 11:13 PM

How would the detox I proposed (the two zeolite caps a day for a while) cause any harm? Because that's what I meant; not that all detox methods don't cause harm.

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at 11:09 PM

"It definitely won't cause any harm" Sorry, but that depends on the method of cleanse/detox. It absolutely could cause harm.

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1e443a3241f80129faa05125ce346e47

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on June 08, 2012
at 10:25 PM

The truth is: we don't know what is a high level and what is not. There are some reference levels out there, but on what are they based...? There is no official safe mercury level.

If it doesn't seem alarmingly high and you don't experience any real complaints linked to high mercury level, it can still be worth doing a 'mild detox' (2 zeolite caps. a day for a while). In this modern day, we are exposed to lots of heavy metals (not just mercury), so it's definitely worth trying. It definitely won't cause any harm. :)

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:26 PM

I'm not sure what the complaints linked to high mercury are, so I'll do some research.

1e443a3241f80129faa05125ce346e47

(734)

on June 09, 2012
at 03:17 PM

@Shawn The problem is that the number of complaints linked to high mercury levels is huge, but that most of them are vague and could be caused by or at least be influenced by other factors too. Besides that, mercury is a slow killer (just like radiation is), which makes it even harder to say something is caused by mercury. I would say, make sure you keep levels as low as possible, even if they don't seem high to you (yet).

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on June 08, 2012
at 11:09 PM

"It definitely won't cause any harm" Sorry, but that depends on the method of cleanse/detox. It absolutely could cause harm.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 08, 2012
at 11:13 PM

I totally agree, Mscott. It can remove important things as well as the mercury. Happened to me.

1e443a3241f80129faa05125ce346e47

(734)

on June 08, 2012
at 11:13 PM

How would the detox I proposed (the two zeolite caps a day for a while) cause any harm? Because that's what I meant; not that all detox methods don't cause harm.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on June 08, 2012
at 11:07 PM

I tend to agree with your ND that its a too high level.
I sure don't want to be at the high end of the reference range for something as toxic as mercury.
Do you have metal fillings? If you do, you might want to get them removed by a dentist who knows what they are doing.
Do you eat a lot of Tuna? If so, you might want to stop.

Dr. Mercola (mercola.com) has a lot of information on Mercury.

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:25 PM

I don't have any metal fillings (no fillings at all actually). I don't eat much tuna, but I do eat wild Alaskan salmon roughly 4 times a week.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 10, 2012
at 05:03 AM

maybe a repeat test is worthwhile.. given what you comment above, I personally would want to know how I got such a level. Did you play with mercury as a kid. I know I know but my father did!

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