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Naturopathic Medicine in Spokane Valley, WA specializing in discovering the root cause of your chronic symptoms.  We utilize environmental medicine protocols and holistic treatments to treat chronic symptoms and autoimmune diseases.  

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Dr. Julie George aims to provide you with knowledge to take control of your life.  Our blog provides information for you to become informed, aware, and able to make confident decisions.  

 

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Protect Your Heart from Mercury

DrJulie George

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Have you heard that February is American Heart Month? Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide.  During the month of February, you will hear a lot about basic prevention tips and patient testimonials.  However, one of the most ignored links to heart disease is heavy metal exposures, specifically mercury.  Mercury toxicity is highly correlated with high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases (1).  Conventional medicine usually will only test for metals if there is an acute poisoning.  

What is Mercury and Where Does It Come From?

You probably first heard of mercury in chemistry class when memorizing the periodic table.  There are three types of mercury: elemental, inorganic and methylmercury (organic).  Dental amalgams are the silver filling and the most common source of inorganic mercury toxicity.  The methylmercury form is found in sea life, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, coal plants, etc.  Our body can convert methylmercury to inorganic mercury and store it in our body (1).  Mercury is lipophilic meaning it likes to concentrate in fatty tissues.  Mercury can affect your organs especially your brain and heart.  The average 154-pound person has a told body burden of 13mg of mercury (2).

Mercury Sources:

  • Dental Amalgams

  • Seafood

  • Freshwater Fish

  • Water

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Mercury-Containing Vaccines -Thimerosal

  • Natural Occurring

  • Industries

  • Coal Plants

  • Cosmetics

  • Crematories

Eating Seafood Increases Risk of Heart Disease

Numerous studies have linked mercury with heart disease.  A study in Finland linked cardiovascular disease and cardiac death with consumption of seafood containing mercury.  The study accounted for many variables and analyzed hair mercury levels in men.  The study found that men who consumed daily fish greater than or equal to 30g was associated with a 2.1 fold increase of having an acute heart attack and 2.4 fold increase in death related to heart disease when compared to those that ate less fish (2).

The American Heart Association published an article this month still promoting people to eat fish to keep the heart healthy.  They recommended eating fish for eating better, cholesterol control, and for weight loss (3).  I believe that eating fish on a regular basis could potentially cause a lot of harm within the body.  Each time we are exposed to heavy metals, they have the ability to lodge and store in our body.  Mercury increases our oxidative stress within the body. Glutathione is depleted with toxin exposures.  Glutathione is the number one antioxidant within the body that is required to combat oxidative stress.  Heavy metals and toxins damage our mitochondria which is our cells power house for generating energy.  This can lead to premature cell death.  Mercury has been shown to increase lipid peroxidation (1).  

Highest Level of Mercury in Fish!  

  • Swordfish

  • Albacore Tuna

  • Tile Fish

  • Shark

  • King Mackerel

  • The larger the fish the more mercury

What is your total body burden of mercury?

We feel that it is important to your overall health to know your total body burden of heavy metals for prevention.  At Rivercreek Wellness we have the ability to test for heavy metals.  We use laboratories that specialize in testing like Doctors Data and/or Genova Diagnostics.  It involves two collections of urine, one before chelator and one post chelator.  We prefer to prescribe an oral chelator for testing.  

Removing mercury?

Removing possible sources is the first step.  We usually recommend individualized chelation protocols for our patients.  Reducing heavy metals takes time and does not usually occur with one treatment or round of chelation.  

Disclaimer:  This is article is not intended to diagnose or treat your medical condition.  If you have any medical concerns please seek care from your physician.  

 

References

1. Houston MC (2014) The Role of Mercury in Cardiovascular Disease. J Cardiovasc Dis Diagn 2: 170. doi:10.4172/2329-9517.1000170

2. Salonen JT, Seppänen K, Nyyssönen K, Korpela H, Kauhanen J, et al. (1995) Intake of mercury from  sh, lipid peroxidation, and the risk of myocardial infarction and coronary, cardiovascular, and any death in eastern Finnish men. Circulation 91: 645-655.

3. American Heart Association News.  (2018) 7 proven ways to keep your heart healthy.  news.heart.org.  

 

Naturopath In Spokane

DrJulie George

During medical school my husband and I were so confused on where to move.  Do we stay in Phoenix area where there are numerous naturopaths?  Move to a licensed state?  Unlicensed state?  We were so plagued with what, where and when to make a move.  We would debate each location on a map until we talked ourselves out of it.  Spokane came up once, but was quickly dismissed.  We joked on just throwing darts blindfolded on a map and moving to where ever it stuck.  It almost wasn't a joke at all.  As one of our business class requirements to start a mock business, we took a trip to MT.  We traveled the whole state and thought Bozeman would be ideal.  We were really set on making MT work.  

Then came the opportunity.  After completing a rotation with two naturopaths, they asked me to join them in Chandler, AZ.  It was so refreshing to work with two naturopaths that had been working in the field for many years.  We thought we finally found our place.  This was the time when the economy was changing in AZ.  I networked and built my practice rather quickly.  I enjoyed working in Chandler, and we loved living there.  However, we knew we needed to make a change for our family.  So we packed up and moved back to Texas.  I quickly was hired to work with a M.D. in the Houston area.  We had family.  We had support.  We worked trying to get Texas Licensure.  Yet we were so discouraged in not being able to fully practice in an unlicensed state.  Then my husband, Dr. Trevor George, transferred with his position to Sedona, AZ.  

Sedona, AZ was a unique place to practice medicine.  Being a healing destination, people from around the world traveled there.  I shared an office space with a naturopath that shared my same vision for healthcare.  Then my daughter developed health issues that often required emergency treatments.  Sedona area does not provide emergency treatments for children, they transfer to Phoenix.  After several transfers we knew we had to make a move.  

On a business trip my husband met a man on an airplane.  The man owned a business in Spokane and my husband was the right fit.  Shortly after that trip he made the move to Spokane.  The family and I followed behind 8 months later.  

We have found home and absolutely love Spokane.  We really believe that it was a God Move to get us here.  We have met incredible people, have great schools, attend an amazing church and live in a great community.  Besides being a little fearful of the bears, we love camping and hiking.  Being surrounded by lakes and so many neat places to visit, our free time is filled with adventure.   We intend to call Spokane home for forever!