My Wife Was Hit By Mercury Toxicity. Here's What We Did and What You Can Do, Too

by Dr. David Minkoff December 06, 2017 6 min read

My Wife Was Hit By Mercury Toxicity. Here's What We Did and What You Can Do, Too

Sue Minkoff and Dr. David Minkoff were married in 1969

The news was devastating.

“It seems like an autoimmune condition, speculated one physician.

“It might be MS,” mused a neuropathologist.

Every physician and specialist had a different guess. None had answers.

Nothing seemed to make sense. Fear gnawed at their insides as they searched for answers.

Just a few months ago Sue was so healthy and vibrant. Running her own business, competing in triathlons, eating well… she was doing everything “right.”

Married to Dr. David Minkoff – who was at the time an ER physician – she even had access to some of the best resources, but still nobody could figure it out.

And the situation kept getting worse.

She was losing strength in her glutes and deltoids. She was having strange symptoms in her thyroid, liver, and brain.

And nobody knew what was going on.

 

The Chance Encounter That Saved Her Life

One day, David stopped by the office complex where Sue worked and ran into a natural dentist.

He listened compassionately as David told him about his situation. The frustration. The pain. The not-knowing.

“You know,” replied the dentist, “it sounds a lot like mercury toxicity. Did she get any silver amalgam fillings recently removed?”

“Actually she just had a bunch of them removed. Almost all her molars had big chunky ones from decades ago. She read about how bad they can be for your health so she went to a dentist and had them taken out.”

“That’s it,” the dentist stated matter-of-factly.

He continued, “Go get her tested. And get ready to hit the books, you’re going to need to learn a lot about this. Nobody around here knows anything about mercury toxicity.”

 

Dentistry’s Hidden Danger

It was 1997 and natural dentistry was still in its infancy. Information about the dangers of mercury amalgams was just beginning to become known in the wider culture – although an ignored but highly vocal few have been sounding the alarm for decades.

Jumping on the cultural trend, many dentists began naively offering to remove silver amalgams without proper training or protection.

What makes mercury so useful is that it is a liquid at room temperature. Mixed with a few other metals, it’s an easy, malleable fix for damaged teeth with almost no downside.

Except….

It also boils at 110°F. With a high-speed dental drill, the mercury in the fillings aerosolize in the mouth and are absorbed by oral mucosal membranes just below the brain.

And that’s exactly what happened to Dr. Minkoff’s wife Sue.

The loss of strength and coordination, the mysterious liver malfunction, disturbing mental lapses….   It was all apparently due to an accumulation of mercury.

But necessity is the mother of invention and the ordeal changed the course of both Dr. Minkoff’s and Sue’s life.

 

A Crash Course In Heavy Metal Detox

Dr. Minkoff immediately booked a trip to Seattle to train with leading experts in heavy metal detox. He learned all about nutrition and natural methods for supporting the body’s detox process.

He learned all about the glutathione detox system in the body. He learned how it is based on simple amino acids, and how it safely shunts toxins and free radicals out through the bowels.

He learned about the importance of antioxidants for preventing damage to the body’s most delicate cellular structures. How micronutrients and diet can enhance detox and how to support the liver so it can do its job more effectively.

 

Chemical Chelators: The Dark Side of Standard Detox Therapy

When he returned, his clinic began implementing conventional chelation therapy with DMPS, one of a few similar pharmaceutical treatment protocols. But the more he learned, the more problems he found. By eliminating through the urine, the sensitive filters of the kidneys can be damaged, causing a whole new set of problems.

In addition, conventional chelators use an ionic bond to bind metals, a positive-negative charge, a lot like a magnet. But this bond really isn’t very strong, and the chelators can accidentally “drop” the heavy metal in a new, sometimes even worse location such as the brain.

So, the “solution” was making the problem worse in some cases.

And if that weren’t enough, these chelators also bind “good” minerals like zinc and magnesium with a much higher affinity than the bad guys like mercury or lead. Even then, there were still other metals like aluminum, antimony, and uranium that the conventional chelators wouldn’t touch.

Conventional treatments just weren’t all that great. 

There was a lot of room for improvement here, and Dr. Minkoff began dreaming up a natural detox treatment, something non-toxic and easy to use. Something that bound all the different heavy metals with a strong grip and left the good minerals alone. Something that worked more like the bodies own detox system and eliminated through the bowel.

 

Natural Solutions: Learning From Biology

The stage was set for a second chance encounter, this time with a brilliant biochemist.

Driven by the desire to help people like Sue, people struggling against the phantom of metal toxicity with little knowledge and poor treatment options.

They began the long, slow process of experimentation.

They looked for solutions nature had already innovated. They looked at algae and bacteria known for their potent metal-binding properties. They asked what made them so effective? How can we use what already works?

And after months of work, it paid off.

Finally, they found the solution they were looking for, the perfect metal-detox formula.

It hinged on a totally different (and vastly more effective) kind of biochemistry. Instead of chelation, they used something called clathration.

And what is clathration?

So chelation is a single ionic bond. Not very strong. Like a refrigerator magnet.

Clathration, on the other hand, is a two-handed vice-like grip.

It is a process where molecules bind together to form a cage around the metal using 3 kinds of bonds instead of just one (covalent, ionic, and hydrogen bonds).

Dr. Minkoff and the biochemist used a combination of special peptides derived from algae and bacteria, to create a heavy-metal-specific clathration agent. And it met every single criteria they intended to address:

  • Only binds heavy metals and not the minerals you need
  • Super strong clathration binding so the metals aren’t accidentally “dropped”
  • Easy to administer with simple oral spray
  • Simple to adjust the dosage for any situation or age
  • Eliminated safely through the bowel, sparing your kidneys
  • Non-toxic at any dose (we once even had a case where a child drank an entire bottle of Metal-Free without needing to go to a hospital)

 

A Powerful Combination of Master Detox Compounds

While this remarkable clathration development is the base of what became BodyHealth’s very first product, Metal-Free (this is where everything started for us), it isn’t the end of the story.

In all his research and training, Dr. Minkoff also learned about all the different nutritional means of supporting the detox process and how to protect the body from the damaging effects of heavy metals.

To create the most powerful metal detox product available (it outperformschemical chelators!) , he added a host of immune-stimulating, health-boosting, and bioprotective compounds that make Metal-Free the most advanced metal detox tool available on the market today:

  • Probiotics that naturally stimulate and strengthen your immune system
  • Glutathione your body’s primary natural detoxifier, often dangerously depleted in individuals with high toxic load
  • Fulvic Acid a natural chelator that actually improves nutrient absorption in your cells
  • Lipoic Acids powerful antioxidants that simultaneously protect against heavy metals AND have been shown to improve brain function
  • Ionic Sea Minerals to keep your system enriched with dozens of important trace minerals, necessary for enzymes of your immune system and liver.
  • Vitamin C to improve your immunity and boost overall health
  • And more…

 

From Toxicity to Championship

So what about Sue?

She made a complete recovery in 3 months and today is healthy as ever. Over 20 years later she’s a competitive triathlete and regularly earns a spot on the podium for her age group.

This is the one real upside of metal toxicity issues. Once the metal is removed from the system, everything gets back to normal. There usually isn’t irreparable permanent damage. Once you detox, you regain your health and wellness. 

And in this case, it also led to the development of Metal-Free, which has helped thousands of patients successfully recover from metal toxicity issues.

 

A Quiet Solution for a Silent Epidemic

Our modern world is awash in heavy metals and it’s only getting worse. They’re in sunscreen, cosmetics, common household products, the food supply, even in our water (municipal filtration systems don’t do anything for heavy metals).

Once in your system, they accumulate over time, placing an increasing burden on your health.

Metal toxicity can cause serious damage to your health and can be very difficult to diagnose if your medical practitioner isn’t acutely aware of metal toxicity issues. And we are ALL dealing with this on one level or another.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Prevention is vastly cheaper and easier (and much less stressful) than trying to manage symptoms of toxicity.

Metal-Free was designed from the ground up to be one of the, gentlest, most reliable, and most effective metal detoxifiers available.

In one case study, it increased mercury excretion over 600% and completely turned around a child’s performance in school.

It’s easy to use, just a few sprays in the morning is all it takes. Metal-Freeis designed to be a quiet, simple solution to a pernicious epidemic.

Let yourself benefit from Sue’s health crisis.

Free yourself from the debilitating effects of metal metals.

Reclaim your quality of life.

Click here to learn more!

Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, the BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer. Today, Dr. Minkoff is an alternative healthcare expert, guest lecturer, writer, tv and radio show guest. He also authors two weekly newsletters, the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter and the Optimum Health Report.


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