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Lourdes Salvador is the founder of MCS America, a science writer, and a social advocate for the greater awareness of environmental contamination, human toxicology, and propagation of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) as a disorder of organic biological origin induced by toxic environmental insults.
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Mercury Removal Relieves Chronic Fatigue
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by Lourdes Salvador
It is well understood that chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and multiple chemical sensitivity are symptoms of a disease process which has not yet been diagnosed.
It is quite well-accepted that there are numerous causes for each of these conditions. The challenge is uncovering the underlying disease, illness, or toxicity. One known cause for chronic fatigue is an underlying mercury toxicity.
A recent study performed in Korea at the Department of Family Medicine, Wonkwang University College of Medicine in Iksan followed a chronic fatigue patient who had mercury removal therapy. Researcher Shin and colleagues report, “Our patient's toxic chronic fatigue symptoms improved after he was given mercury removal therapy, indicating that he was correctly diagnosed with chronic exposure to organic mercury.”
According to Shin, clinical manifestations of chronic exposure to organic mercury usually have a gradual onset. The nervous system is the primary target, producing fatigue, weakness, headache, and poor concentration. Mercury intoxication can also lead to neurological problems and reduced IQ.
In Korea, fish consumption is high. Being contaminated with methyl-mercury, excessive fish consumption can lead to mercury intoxication. In the case study, the patient had consumed an excess amount of raw tuna. The initial diagnosis the patient received was chronic fatigue syndrome.
After the researchers suspected mercury intoxication, they performed a hair analysis. Interesting is that the mercury concentration in the patient’s hair was below the poisoning level identified by World Health Organization, though it was above the average normal range.
Despite the questionable hair test, the patient went through mercury removal treatment and improved. It is evident that no amount of mercury is safe and that if symptoms are present, the potential for mercury intoxication should not be ignored.
Shin SR, Han AL. Improved chronic fatigue symptoms after removal of mercury in patient with increased mercury concentration in hair toxic mineral assay: a case. Korean J Fam Med. 2012 Sep;33(5):320-5. doi: 10.4082/kjfm.2012.33.5.320.
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