When I was sick all the time with chronic fatigue and depression and anxiety I didn’t know what was going on. It never occurred to me that I had mercury poisoning. I didn’t even know that amalgam fillings were toxic. I thought my psychological symptoms were because I had a lot of things to be anxious and depressed about. Which I did. I called up a neighbor who was an MD and asked him for help because I was waking up so damned depressed every day. I was a sodden mess. Even watching insurance ads on TV would make me cry. He gave me a prescription for Paxil.

The Paxil gave me an anxiety attack. All I could do was stand in the corner of the living room and stare at the wall while my poor family hovered around wondering what was wrong. I thought I was just getting worse in a natural sort of way and the SSRI hadn’t kicked in yet, but the doc freaked out and gave me a tranquilizer and switched me to Prozac. That worked better. I can’t remember much but I was on the Prozac for a while.

The feelings I had that day were not caused directly by mercury. They were caused by a bad reaction to a drug. But the experience was so acutely painful that I understood why people kill themselves. I didn’t feel that I was going to kill myself, but I understood how someone would. What I was enduring seemed way more horrible than plain old physical pain.

What worked in the long run, and put paid to my depression, was getting all the mercury out of my brain. Now I am rarely depressed and anxious at all. But the experienced of reacting badly to a chemical that my brain didn’t like lead me to understand what some of the mercury toxic people who we talk to and read in our support group go through. It made me understand how people can actually kill themselves to get out of psychic pain. Sadly, several people in our online community have committed suicide.

This brings me to the topic of today’s blog. In the book The Mercury Detoxification Manual, we put in fully ten pages called WHAT NOT TO DO!! This list comes from our own sad and painful experiences, and listening to the stories of thousands of people. Mercury is no joke! Make any of the numerous common mistakes when you are dealing with it and you can hurt yourself badly. And by hurt yourself I mean make yourself so sick you will wish you were dead.

Here is a list of what not to do. Some of the items have to do with redistribution. Others are agents that we have found make mercury toxic people feel worse. These mistakes are mercurial in their nature (to coin a phrase.) It’s not like you drop dead after doing any one of them. Some people can get away with anything for quite some time…until the bad reaction suddenly hits.


  • Do not chelate with amalgam fillings in your mouth.
  • Do not take chelators in any other way than dosed on their half-life.
  • Don’t try and use cilantro to detox.
  • Don’t use EDTA to chelate.
  • Don’t use chlorella.
  • Don’t take alpha lipoic acid for any other reason than to chelate.
  • No intravenous anything other than vitamin C.
  • Never do glutathione IVs.
  • No challenge tests.
  • Don’t do liver flushes if you are mercury toxic.
  • No homeopathic detox remedies.

Further here are some supplements to avoid:

  • alpha lipoic acid
  • cilantro
  • silver in any form
  • EDTA
  • IMD
  • merthiolate
  • mercurochrome
  • methionine
  • MMS
  • penicillamine
  • R-alpha lipoic acid

Watch out for fluoroquinalone antibiotics and gadolinium contrast

I’m putting this list here without explanation. If you want further explanation you should buy The Mercury Detoxification Manual where it is all laid out. You can also ask for explanations in a comment and I will be happy to elaborate.


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