What is the best antidote for mercury poisoning?

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  • sepia
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Mercury poisoning (also known as hydrargyria or mercurialism) is a disease caused by exposure to mercury or its compounds. Mercury (chemical symbol Hg) is a heavy metal that occurs in several forms, all of which can produce toxic effects in high enough doses. Its zero oxidation state Hg0 exists as vapor or as liquid metal, its mercurous state Hg+ exists as inorganic salts, and its mercuric state Hg2+ may form either inorganic salts or organomercury compounds; the three groups vary in effects. Toxic effects include damage to the brain, kidney, and lungs. Mercury poisoning can result in several diseases, including acrodynia (pink disease), Hunter-Russell syndrome, and Minamata disease.

    Symptoms typically include sensory impairment (vision, hearing, speech), disturbed sensation and a lack of coordination. The type and degree of symptoms exhibited depend upon the individual toxin, the dose, and the method and duration of exposure.


    Identifying and removing the source of the mercury is crucial. Decontamination requires removal of clothes, washing skin with soap and water, and flushing the eyes with saline solution as needed. Inorganic ingestion such as mercuric chloride should be approached as the ingestion of any other serious caustic. Immediate chelation therapy is the standard of care for a patient showing symptoms of severe mercury poisoning or the laboratory evidence of a large total mercury load.

    Chelation therapy for acute inorganic mercury poisoning can be done with DMSA, 2,3-dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid (DMPS), D-penicillamine (DPCN), or dimercaprol (BAL). Only DMSA is FDA-approved for use in children for treating mercury poisoning. However, several studies found no clear clinical benefit from DMSA treatment for poisoning due to mercury vapor. No chelator for methylmercury or ethylmercury is approved by the FDA; DMSA is the most frequently used for severe methylmercury poisoning, as it is given orally, has fewer side effects, and has been found to be superior to BAL, DPCN, and DMPS. Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) has been shown to be protective against acute mercury poisoning in several mammalian species when it is given soon after exposure; correct dosage is required, as inappropriate dosages increase toxicity. Although it has been hypothesized that frequent low dosages of ALA may have potential as a mercury chelator, studies in rats have been contradictory. Glutathione and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) are recommended by some physicians, but have been shown to increase mercury concentrations in the kidneys and the brain. Experimental findings have demonstrated an interaction between selenium and methylmercury, but epidemiological studies have found little evidence that selenium helps to protect against the adverse effects of methylmercury.

    Even if the patient has no symptoms or documented history of mercury exposure, a minority of physicians (predominantly those in alternative medicine) use chelation to "rid" the body of mercury, which they believe to cause neurological and other disorders. A common practice is to challenge the patient's body with a chelation agent, collect urine samples, and then use laboratory reports to diagnose the patient with toxic levels of mercury; often no pre-chelation urine sample is collected for comparison. The patient is then advised to undergo further chelation. No scientific data supports the claim that the mercury in vaccines causes autism or its symptoms, and there is no scientific support for chelation therapy as a treatment for autism.

    Chelation therapy can be hazardous. In August 2005, an incorrect form of EDTA used for chelation therapy resulted in hypocalcemia, causing cardiac arrest that killed a five-year-old autistic boy.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Treatment For Mercury Poisoning

  • 1 decade ago

    A Chelating agent most preferably DMSA(Dimercaptosuccinic acid)

    If not available then the second best option would probably be DMPS

    Alpha Lipoic Acid can help but only with much caution as the wrong doses can increase toxicity.

    Glutathione and N-acetylcysteine can actually increase mercury deposits in the brain so they are not recommended.

    Do NOT use Chlorella-no matter how many people tell you to,do not use it as will only "pick up" the mercury atoms but cannot "guide" them out of your body which can in turn cause you more damage and can be dangerous.

    Mercury poisoning & its removal is a very controversial topic.

    Currently there is nothing natural that can effectively & safely remove mercury from your body and attempting to use natural products to do so without full knowledge can be very dangerous.

    Are you from India or a country like USA?Who told you that you have mercury poisoning?If your from India was this believed to be from drinking contaminated water?If this was diagnosed by a hospital then really they should be taking measures to remove it.

    If your talking about Chronic mercury poisoning which was diagnosed by Provoked Urine Screen using a chelating agent then this is a somewhat more controversial subject.

    Either way,if you definately have been diagnosis with either acute or chronic mercury poisoning then it needs to be removed using a chelating agent.

    Natural things are great for many disorders but for Mercury poisoning there is nothing natural that its effective at this time & to attempt to use natural things you could be endangering yourself & make the symptoms worse.

    Theres a very good book about Mercury removal and the proper procedures and the possible dangers by a chemist named Andy Cutler.Below are some links with information

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    5 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Mercury (par sulphate of mercury) itself. In Ayurveda mercury is called Shiva's virya and Sulfur is called Parvati's raj, both have stringent purification process then Bhasma prakaran separately and then Shudha Para & Shudha Gandhak are mixed together equally and it is called Kajjali which is the base of a part of Ayurvedic Nuclear medicine system (Ras (mercury) Tantra Saar) other then herbal medicines.

    This base is added with other purified & made bhasmas (other heavy metals) and herbs to make a medicine.

    Ayurveda has different part to cure a patient the very first part is Yoga to remain healthy, then Naturopathy (Aahar & Vihaar) even then if person becomes sick then single herb treatment or herbal combination and at the end comes Ras Tantra Saar.

    Your problem is poisoning from raw mercury and the successful treatment to this will be well treaded mercury.

    If you wish you can take following treatment:

    1. Sona Geru (Kidney iron ore) : 1 tsp. twice a day after meals with water.

    2. Mix Shudha Kajjali 25g. Swarna Makshik Bhasma 25g. Swarna Bhasma 500mg. and Amalki Rasayan 100g., Satva Giloy 50g. & Praval Pishti 50g. mix them very well and take 1/2 tsp. with honey twice a day.

    3. Vrihat Manjishthadi Quath Pravahi (a combination of 48 herbs which is best blood, skin purifier, reduces cholesterol, excess fat and purify and detoxify body : 2 tsp. twice a day (if you get ready made) or soak two table spoon in water (500ml) at night and make decoction on slow fire and let it reduce to 1/4th, strain & mix honey and drink in the morning.

    4. Do not take milk, curd, all the sour (khatta) nimboo, achar, imli amchur etc. as milk products & sour will multiply bad effects of mercury.

    5. Take Amla juice 20 ml. mixed in a glass of water empty stomach every morning.

    6. If you wish you can take my medicine Immu-Most, this will also help.

    Source(s): Rajvaidya Suniel Kaushal AYURVEDIC HERBARIUMS B-10/7208, Vasant Kunj New Delhi – 110070, India. Ph. 91-11-26133092 Mob. 9811451948, 9999473232, 9873623534 e.mail. dr.sunielkaushal@ymail.com, drsunilkaushal@ibibo.com website. www.fatloss.co.in
  • 1 decade ago

    If you actually have mercury poisoning, i.e. a doctor told you that you do, then you need heavy metal chelation. The doctor will tell you where to go to get the treatment done. Please note that this DOES NOT mean the Alt Med "chelation" treatment which is a scam that tries to fool people by using the same name as a legit therapy.

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    4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you truly have medically diagnosed heavy metal poisoning, then you require immediate chelation therapy. and I don't mean the quack alternative medicine version, because that won't do anything. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelation_therapy

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    a doctor

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