How to Reverse the Effects of HFCS and Mercury

Posted on Nov 04, 2011 in Featured Articles, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Kevin Hayden –

 Originally posted Aug 4, 2010 – Written, in part, with information from Vigilant Citizen

We’ve covered the negative effects that many of our common foods and chemicals have on the brain and body, such as high fructose corn syrup, mercury, aspartame and fluoride.  These chemicals and ingredients have a very real effect on cognitive ability, judgement, memory and how the body regulates itself.  Newly released data shows that fructose actually promotes cancer cells to proliferate! 

Now, I’d like to offer you some solutions to the seemingly-endless supply of doom that revolves around our modern day processed foods.  We’ll look at various ways to to detoxify your body and most importantly, your brain.  I’ll also get into healthy alternatives without trying to sound like a new age hippie or a health fanatic.  My goal is to inform you of the dangers and offer real solutions.  What you do with the information is up to you.

Our planet and the human body are very similar.  Both constantly work to restore balance caused by various events.  Nature provides us with the cure to almost any illness we might develop, short of a lab created super virus or bio-engineered chemical agent.  Penicillen is a prime example – we merely have to understand how these naturally occuring medications work with the human body and find the most efficient one.

Bare with me as I coin a few quotes that I find highly suitable for this topic:

“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.”  –Hanna Rion

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” -Thomas Edison

“Most over-the-counter and almost all prescribed drug treatments merely mask symptoms or control health problems or in some way alter the way organs or systems such as the circulatory system work. Drugs almost never deal with the reasons why these problems exist, while they frequently create new health problems as side effects of their activities.” -John R. Lee, M.D.

“I believe that you can, by taking some simple and inexpensive measures, extend your life and your years of well-being. My most important recommendation is that you take vitamins every day in optimun amounts, to supplement the vitamins you receive in your food.” -Linus Pauling, Ph.D., Two-time Nobel Prize Laureate

 Once you understand what you’re up against, it is much easier to find a beneficial solution.  It is also wise to realize that most of the food we eat today is incredibly poor in nutrition.

Stop the Toxification

This article provides tips to naturally detoxify the body. If you are in need of a serious detox program, please consult a professional.

The first step in ridding your body from poisons is, quite logically, to stop ingesting poisons. It sounds simple enough, but this step is probably the most difficult, as many toxins are found in everyday foods and even tap water.  An increased vigilance is necessary in everyday life and, sometimes, some annoying actions must be taken to keep the toxins out of your body. Nevertheless, once you actually feel your body and mind healing, you’ll be proud of your efforts.

Before we look at the ways to avoid specific toxins, here are some general guidelines any health-conscious person should apply at all times: Avoid processed foods and artificial drinks. Instead, look for organic and locally grown produce or, even better, grow your own fruits, vegetables and herbs. By doing so, you automatically avoid many harmful substances, including MSG, HFCS, pesticides, sodium fluoride, genetically modified organisms and mercury. You also save money, which is always nice. When buying groceries, always read the labels and, as they say, if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it!

Here are specific ways to avoid particular toxins:

Avoiding Fluoride

There are two types of fluoride: calcium fluoride and sodium fluoride. Calcium fluoride is naturally found in water sources, while sodium fluoride is a synthetic waste product of the nuclear, aluminum, and phosphate fertilizer industries. Guess which  type is found in our water? Right, the nasty one. Regular water filters such as Brita do a good job in reducing the taste of metals and chemicals in the water but they do not filter out the fluoride. Purifying the water through reverse osmosis is the most effective way to remove sodium fluoride from water.

Some processed foods also contain high concentrations of sodium fluoride, including instant tea, grape juice products, and soy milk for babies, so once again, avoid processed foods. Also, switch to a fluoride-free toothpaste (or at least try not to swallow the $0.93 Colgate you bought at Walmart).

Consuming foods rich in calcium and magnesium help prevent fluoride intoxication, as they prevent the poison from attaching to the body.

“Magnesium is a very important mineral that many are lacking. Besides being so important in the metabolism and synthesis of nutrients within your cells, it also inhibits the absorption of fluoride into your cells! Along with magnesium, calcium seems to help attract the fluorides away from your bones and teeth, allowing your body to eliminate those toxins. So during any detox efforts with fluoride, it is essential that you include a healthy supplemental dose of absorbable calcium/magnesium as part of the protocol.”
– Paul Fassa, How to Detox Fluoride from Your Body

There is also much debate about the behavioral changes that fluoride induces in humans.  History has shown oppressive regimes using fluoride as a means to quiet and suppress a given population.  Fluoride promotes a more docile mood and behavior in those who consume it and there are numerous accounts of the Nazis using it in the detention camps – like a sheep led to slaughter.

Avoiding Mercury

First, if you or your children are being vaccinated, always request a Thimerosal-free shot at the very least.  Second, avoid fish and seafood with high mercury levels; fish with the highest levels of mercury are marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, tilefish and tuna (ahi, albacore and Yellowfin). Some seafood has low mercury levels, making them safer to consume, including anchovies, catfish, clam, crab, shrimp, flounder, salmon, sardine, tilapia and trout. As rule of thumb, bigger fish contain more mercury since they eat smaller fish and absorb all their mercury, and live longer, allowing mercury to build up.

Here’s a chart produced by the EPA:

Avoiding Aspartame

Always read labels and avoid “sugar-free” products.  Aspartame is the sweet replacement for regular sugar.  Aspartame is found in soft drinks, over-the-counter drugs & prescription drugs (very common, listed under “inactive ingredients”), vitamin & herb supplements, yogurt, candy, breath mints, cereals, sugar-free chewing gum, cocoa mixes, coffee beverages, instant breakfasts, gelatin desserts, frozen desserts, juice beverages, laxatives, milk drinks, shake mixes, tabletop sweeteners, tea beverages, instant teas and coffees, topping mixes and wine coolers.

The multi-billion dollar aspartame industry would like you believe that the 3 components of aspartame are found in many natural foods and are therefore safe.  Methanol (wood alcohol), which makes up 10% of aspartame and is highly toxic, is also found in some fruits & vegetables like tomatoes. However, methanol is never found in natural foods without ethanol & pectin, its “antidotes” if you will.  Ethanol & pectin prevent methanol from being metabolized into formaldehyde (embalming fluid) & formic acid (same chemical as fire ant venom), both deadly toxins. An ethanol drip is even the standard emergency room treatment for methanol poisoning. Aspartame contains no ethanol or pectin, therefore the methanol is readily converted to formaldehyde and formic acid inside the body.  Yumm.  Does that count as a “[cadaver] preservative?” 

Avoiding High Fructose Corn Syrup

Avoiding corn syrup nowadays is like driving down a road hoping not to encounter any other vehicles.  You will quickly learn that almost everything you consume has high fructose corn syrup in it.  Now think about that for a minute.  With the latest reports associating HFCS to increased pancreatic cancer and finally learning that the body handles fructose differently than regular sugar, allowing cancer cells to proliferate and actually promote growth, do you understand you are overloading your body with this poison?  Soft drinks, bread, processed foods, anything microwavable, even canned fruits and vegetables, chilis, soups, cereals, potato chips – the list is endless – contain HFCS.  How can you actually avoid high fructose syrup?  For starters, plan to spend a few extra dollars when you go grocery shopping and buy quality food; buy quality, FRESH food.  If possible, buy organic!  That is the easiest way to avoid most HFCSs! 

Another great way to avoid large amounts of HFCS is to stop drinking so many soft drinks.  Yes, you.  I’m talking about you!  We’re all guilty of it but it’s time to say good-bye to the Sprite and Dr. Pepper.  I know they are enticing and taste great – but with each sip, you are drinking a little more mercury; ingesting a little corn syrup and literally killing your body.  With each can, you are giving the green light for cancerous cells to ravage your insides.  Remember, pancreatic cancer is the most dangerous and can not be operated on. 

Think about the last 20-30 years or so and the surge in cancer rates.  In 1950, did little Mary Jane of the nuclear-styled family have high school-aged friends dying of cancer?  No.  In fact, cigarettes were thought to have health benefits and no one worried about it.  Now that little Mary Jaane has grown up and had kids, and fed them processed, microwaved foods – and given them countless cans of soda after school – they grew up and are starting to have kids themselves.  These kids are being born with the highest rates of autism, ADHD and other cognitive problems that we have ever seen.  Obviously, there are many factors in this – environment, chemicals, air quality, etc – but chief among them is high fructose corn syrup and the overwhelming amount of mercury in their bodies.  The classic signs and symptoms are present and it’s time we educate our fellow neighbors and loved ones about something that is preventable!

We will now look at some all-natural ways to detox the body from these harmful substances and even begin to repair it!


The standard procedure for removing heavy metals from the body is called “chelation.” It is accomplished by administering a chelating agent  – usually dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) – that binds to the heavy metals in the body and cause them to be naturally flushed out. This type of treatment is quite strenuous, has many side-effects and should be undertaken only with medical supervision.

If, however, you believe that ridding the body of a harsh substance with another harsh substance might be self-defeating, I tend to agree with you. Fortunately there are herbs and spices that naturally act as chelating agents: Cilantro does a great job at it.

The most widely used and loved herbs and spices worldwide are derived from the same plant, Coriandrum sativum. The leaves of this plant are frequently referred to as cilantro, while the seeds are most commonly called coriander. Other than making any dish spectacular, the herb has the unique power of neutralizing mercury.

“This kitchen herb is capable of mobilizing mercury, cadmium, lead and aluminum in both bones and the central nervous system. It is probably the only effective agent in mobilizing mercury stored in the intracellular space (attached to mitochondria, tubulin, liposomes etc) and in the nucleus of the cell (reversing DNA damage of mercury).”
– Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD,  Chelation: How to remove Mercury, Lead, & other Metals

Studies have however suggested that cilantro only moves the problem to other parts of the body and thus must be used with another agent to complete the detoxification process.

Chlorella: Cilantro’s Side-Kick

In addition to repairing and activating the body’s detoxification functions, chlorella is known to bind to all known toxic metals and environmental toxins and facilitate their evacuation. This makes chlorella cilantro’s perfect sidekick.

Because cilantro mobilizes more toxins then it can carry out of the body, it may flood the connective tissue (where the nerves reside) with metals, that were previously stored in safer hiding places.

This process is called re-toxification. It can easily be avoided by simultaneously giving an intestinal toxin-absorbing agent. Our definite choice is the algal organism chlorella. A recent animal study demonstrated rapid removal of aluminum from the skeleton superior to any known other detox agent.

Cilantro causes the gallbladder to dump bile — containing the excreted neurotoxins — into the small intestine. The bile-release occurs naturally as we are eating and is much enhanced by cilantro. If no chlorella is taken, most neurotoxins are reabsorbed on the way down the small intestine by the abundant nerve endings of the enteric nervous system”
– Ibid


We may not be sure if garlic actually repels vampires, but we can be certain it repels toxins from the body.

Garlic contains numerous sulphur components, including the most valuable sulph-hydryl groups, which oxidize mercury, cadmium and lead and make these metals water-soluble. (…) Garlic also contains the most important mineral, which protects from mercury toxicity, bioactive selenium.”
– Ibid

So, garlic zaps mercury and  lead and helps the body evacuate the metals from the body. Perhaps bad breath is the way to good health.

Turmeric (Curcumin)

This plant from the ginger family is widely used in Southeast Asia as a spice and its cleaning powers have been renowned for centuries. Turmeric is enshrined in Ayurvedic medicine as the king of spices. The bitter spice helps cleanse the liver, purify the blood, and promotes good digestion and elimination. It possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties, but none of the unpleasant side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs. It has been used for skin cleansing, color enhancement and food preservation.

Turmeric steps up the production of three enzymes–aryl-hydrocarbon-hydroxylase, glutathione-S-transferase, and UDP-glucuronyl-transferase. These are chemical “knives” that break down potentially harmful substances in the liver. Turmeric offers similar protection for people who are taking medications such as methotrexate and other forms of chemotherapy, which are metabolized by, or shuttled through, the liver.
– James A. Dukes, Ph D., Dr. Duke’s Essential Herbs

Scientific studies have recently discovered that mixing black pepper with tumeric exponentially increases its healing properties on the body. No wonder traditional South Asian recipes often combine the two spices. So don’t hold back … grind some black pepper into that tumeric!


It is not a secret that consuming the fatty acids found in fish brings many healthy benefits. The acids do wonders for our brains. In fact, Omega-3 is literally our brain’s fuel, helping to maintain its core functions. Our most important organ heavily relies on Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), two long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids that our bodies cannot create. The only way to obtain those acids is through diet.

“Most health professionals believe that DHA is the fatty acid that is most important for healthy structure and development of the brain and for vision so it is vital that there is enough DHA in the diet during pregnancy and in the first few years of a child’s life. EPA on the other hand, is essential for healthy functioning of the brain on a day to day basis, which means that throughout your life you need a constant supply of EPA.”
– David McEnvoy, Why Fish Oil is Brain Fuel

Here are some facts about Omega-3 that are of particular interest in the context of those articles:

  • Research by the University of Western Australia found that women who took fish oil supplements during the latter part of their pregnancy had babies with better hand-to-eye coordination, were better speakers and could understand more at the age of two and a half than babies whose mothers who were given olive oil instead.
  • A study by Aberdeen University, led by professor Lawrence Whalley, found that fish oil helps the brain to work faster, increases IQ scores and slows down the aging process.
  • The Durham trials led by Dr. Madeleine Portwood have consistently found that fish oil improves behaviour, concentration and learning in the classroom.
  • Researcher Natalie Sinn in Australia found fish oil to be more effective than Ritalin for ADHD.
  • Hibbeln et al. looked at diet in 22 countries and found an significant association between low fish consumption and post-natal depression.
  • Dr. Malcolm Peet found that ethyl-EPA, a highly concentrated form of Omega 3, dramatically reduces depression.

Fish oil also plays an important role in ridding the brain of unwanted substances:

“The fatty acid complexes EPA and DHA in fish oil make the red and white blood cells more flexible thus improving the microcirculation of the brain, heart and other tissues. All detoxification functions depend on optimal oxygen delivery and blood flow. EPA and DHA protect the brain from viral infections and are needed for the development of intelligence and eyesight. The most vital cell organelle for detoxification is the peroxisome. These small structures are also responsible for the specific job each cell has.

In the pineal gland the melatonin is produced in the peroxisome, in the neurons dopamine and norepinephrine, etc. It is here, where mercury and other toxic metal attach and disable the cell from doing its work.”
– Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD,  Chelation: How to remove Mercury, Lead, & other Metals

That is all well and good, but what are the best sources of fish oil? Consuming large quantities of fish would be the logical choice, but knowing that many species contain high levels of mercury, doing so might actually cause further damage to the brain. For this reason, Omega-3 supplements are probably the best way to keep the body well-stocked with EPA and DHA.

When selecting an Omega-3 supplement, you need to make sure it is molecularly distilled and is high in both DHA and EPA, especially DHA. Molecular distillation is a special process that removes all the toxins from the oil (including mercury), ensuring it is safe for human consumption. Avoid low-grade products. They often contain low levels of fatty acids and are filled with other oils and preservatives.

Hemp Seeds

Complex proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and tons of energy.  Hemp seeds promote muscle recovery and growth, as well.  They are full of Vitamin E, Vitamin C and chlorophyll.  Proper protein intake also helps reduce sugary cravings, thus helping to diet or simply ease away from the dangerous soft drinks and other items containing high fructose corn syrup!  Hemp seeds are truly a perfect addition to any detox plan, diet or as an afternoon snack.

Many people shy away from hemp seeds, thinking it is illegal to possess or that it’s marijuana.  It’s true that the two plants come from the same family, but hemp seeds processed for consumption are not marijuana and do not contain THC – the illegal compound in marijuana.

In fact, our Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper!  Hemp ropes were the norm for hundreds of years, as was hemp clothing, thread and fabric.  When the plant’s fiberous strands are woven together, they form an incredibly strong rope – tougher than most modern day nylon and twine-styled ropes. Hemp was grown on farms all across the United States in the early years and was a very profitable crop because of it’s hundreds of uses.  Many famous figures in history operated large hemp farms.

The United States, in it’s never-ending, never-solvable war on Drugs, has banned the growing of the plant due to it’s similar appearance to marijuana.  They wholly admit that the plant does not violate any law and that the THC is sterilized – but having large farms full of hemp would promote the use of it’s cousin, marijuana, and make their job harder while trying to spot it from helicopters, planes, etc.  That is their rational.

Luckily, hemp seeds are not illegal to possess!  Canada and Mexico both have dozens of companies that specialize in various types of hemp seeds, hemp products, even hemp inks and plastics!  A search of Google will find a variety of companies that ship to the United States. 

I typically add a few handfuls of hemp seeds to a ziplock bag filled with salted peanuts, some M&M’s and sunflower seeds as an energy booster and mid-day snack.  I also enjoy them by themselves, grinded up into a powder and added to milkshakes as a protein supplement or even sprinkled on salads.  You can purchase them plain or lightly roasted and salted, which I prefer.  It makes them taste like the insides of a sunflower seed all while providing more minerals, vitamins, protein and essential acids than any other plant in the entire world! 

Final Advice: Sleep, Sweat and Stimulate

  • Sufficient sleep is vital to keeping the body and the brain in good condition. Conversely, sleep deprivation impairs one’s ability to think handle stress, maintain a healthy immune system and moderate one’s emotions.
  • Regular exercise is critically important for detoxification. It allows the evacuation of toxins through skin while improving the entire metabolism.
  • Stimulate your brain: read, think, meditate and challenge it constantly.

In Conclusion

This article examines the ways to avoid harmful substances in everyday products and looks at a handful of all-natural ways to free the body from their poisonous grasp. In addition to providing us the necessary nutrients used by the body to evacuate toxins, the natural substances described in this article also help maintain general heath. Regularly consuming cilantro, garlic, turmeric, hemp and Omega-3 boosts the immune system, improves rational thinking and increases memory. The amazing properties of those simple ingredients are only now being (slowly) documented by science, but they have been used by cultures worldwide for centuries.

We are conditioned to treat ailments caused by artificial products with other artificial products, that, in turn, can cause other ailments. It is only by breaking this vicious circle that we can reclaim ownership of our brains and reach our fullest potential. So, today’s a new day: Put down the cheeseburger-flavored Doritos and 64 oz. soft drink … and change your life.

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