Many practitioners and holistic doctors believe that the deeper underlying cause of Candida overgrowth is due to mercury toxicity. If you suspect you have a Candida problem or have been diagnosed with Candida overgrowth then it’s better to consider mercury toxicity now rather than later after you have tried everything else to get better and failed.
Mercury is a substance that has no known function in the body and is the most toxic of the heavy metals. Its presence can contribute to a huge range of symptoms that could even be mistaken for symptoms of Candida overgrowth.
The kidneys, intestines and nervous system are most sensitive to damage by mercury but it can lodge in the brain and many other tissues weakening the immune system. Mercury can alter the balance of the intestinal flora which together with a weakened immune system can lead to intestinal Candida overgrowth.
We are today exposed to the highest levels of toxic metals in recorded history. Over the last 50 years, mercury toxicity has risen due to its use in industry and agriculture and in “silver” amalgam dental fillings. It accumulates in fish, especially oily fish, and people who eat a high fish diet often have high levels of mercury. You can find out the levels of mercury in fish at this site: http://www.gotmercury.org
It is thought that mercury vapor and particles escape from fillings while chewing or when heated by food and drink. As fillings deteriorate mercury and other metals leak out of fillings and are swallowed and absorbed into your blood stream and are deposited in your organs.
Is Candida overgrowth a defense mechanism?
Some doctors have proposed that Candida overgrowth develops as a defense mechanism as the body struggles to cope with mercury and other heavy metals. It is well known from nature that fungi are able to bond with heavy metals.
When mercury and other heavy metals are in the body, the cell walls of Candida bind to mercury and other heavy metals and prevent it from entering the blood stream. It acts like a sponge soaking up the mercury.
There does not appear to be any published research on this relationship between Candida overgrowth and mercury toxicity but that may be due to the fact that orthodox medicine does not acknowledge that intestinal Candida exists nor that dental mercury amalgam is dangerous.
In spite of this many dentists are now replacing amalgam fillings with safer alternatives. If you decide to have your silver filling replaced you should find a holistic dentist who recommends a detox protocol both before and after removal of fillings and takes the proper precautions to prevent mercury being released into your system during removal. Even if the fillings are removed, the mercury is still in your body causing havoc at a cellular level.
Candida yeast, and bacteria can convert the inorganic mercury to methyl mercury which is 100 times more toxic. Some practitioners believe that the die off reaction (Herxheimer reaction) that occurs when Candida is killed off is caused by mercury being released back into your system.
Dr. Rau, medical director of the renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland, has said “until you detoxify the body of the mercury you won’t be able to get rid of the Candida overgrowth on any lasting basis, no matter how perfect your diet or what antifungal drug or natural substance you take. The fungus will just keep coming back.”
How do you know if you have mercury toxicity?
Blood tests only show acute poisoning or industrial exposures as mercury or other metals don’t stay long in the blood. They are taken out of the blood and deposited in bone and organs.
Hair mineral analysis
Hair analysis can detect toxic metals but is not 100% reliable. It will only show metals if they have been excreted into the hair. The hair will not contain mercury if you are a poor excretor of mercury. Metals can become high in your hair if you take nutrients that enable the body to detoxify metals.
Urine Challenge Test
Urine challenge tests show what your body is excreting pre and post a challenge using an agent that chelates (pulls) stored metals out of the body. The percentage increase would indicate how toxic you are compared with the so called “normal range” although any level can cause
The substance used as a chelator for the test depends on the doctor or practitioner ordering the test. Urine challenge tests can be done through Genova Diagnostics, Genova Diagnostics Europe and Biolab Medical Unit in London, UK.
How to detox mercury?
A number of substances can be used to detox mercury. Chlorella and cilantro (coriander) both possess the ability to bind and excrete toxic heavy metals without unwanted side effects. HMD™ is a natural, oral, heavy metal chelator that contains both these and is backed by a 3-year, $1 million double blind, placebo-controlled study with 350 people.
Although HMD is a very gentle chelator some people who have inefficient detox organs can have detox reactions. Dr. Georgiou , the inventor of HMD, has formulated Organic Lavage, an organic herbal “drainage remedy” that can help open-up the detoxification channels such as the liver, kidneys, lymphatics, gut; and help clean the blood. Using these two with organic Chlorella can help to detox mercury and other metals with no reactions. This is known as the Ultimate Detox Pack.
Liquid Zeolite is a relatively new supplement being used successfully to remove heavy metals, radioactive elements, pesticides and other environmental toxins from the body very safely and easily. I have written about Liquid Zeolite in a previous article:
Here is a previous article about chlorella:
So now you will understand that to cure Candida you have to make sure you detox mercury.