Blog: Chelation: How to remove Mercury, Lead, & other Metals
by Rudenski

Fruit Peels Remove Heavy Metals

If you juice then you will probably get some of the pectins and then the pulp can be made into muffins. Otherwise there are several pectin supplements out there.
Dr. Balch reports that pectin is good for diabetics, removes toxins and heavy metals, lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of gallstones. Dr. Balch reports that pectin is found in apples, bananas, the rinds of citrus fruits (lemons, oranges and grapefruit), carrots, beets, cabbage and okra.

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About one year ago, I talked to a former drug addict who told me he could remove all the street drugs he ingested by drinking a package of liquid pectin he would buy at the local grocery store. He would mix it with water and drink the whole thing at once. He said that “in about 2 hours, all the drugs in his blood were gone.” He told me this included everything from marijuana to heroin to cocaine.

Pectin in the rinds of lemons used in the whole lemon/olive oil drink may partly explain its many benefits that includes a lowering of heavy metals. Heavy metal toxicity affects persons with AIDS, CFIDS, cancer, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and anyone with depleted Glutathione levels. Pectin to the rescue.

There are no known limits to how much pectin is safe to use and there are no known side effects for using it in large quantities. Applesauce contains 4 grams of fiber per cup much of it in the form of pectin. Green apples of any variety, but especially Granny Smith variety, are very high in pectin. For someone very toxic, I would suggest 4 to 6 servings daily of any of the following: apples, bananas, carrots, beets, cabbage and okra. Apples can be eaten in the form of natural applesauce (without sugar added). If you can eat 3 cups of applesauce daily and 1 serving of 2 other choices like bananas, carrots, beets, cabbage or okra, you should see measurable results in lowering the heavy metals in about 10 days. Both apple pectin and citrus pectin are also sold in health food stores in powder form. Suggested adult dose: about 5 grams (5000 mg daily) once or twice daily.

Suggestion: Cook up your own applesauce. Cut up pieces of apples with the skins. If you use Rome, Jonathans or other red apples, find the ones that are the most green in color. Adding sugar is optional but should be avoided if you have a yeast problem. Add about 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of the pan and a dash of cinnamon and ginger while cooking it. With red apples, you can make a most delicious red-colored applesauce. Do not overcook it. Chunky applesauce is just plain tasty. Serve it hot with slices of ripe bananas topped with a little coconut milk or Haagen Dazs ice cream. Now that is a treat and a healthy one at that!

Now that you know what to eat to detoxify your body and promote a healthy colon and how to eat, what else can you do to promote the kind of friendly flora that will lower the pH of the colon, produce B vitamins, digestive enzymes and factors that fight cancers, viruses and fungus? Answer: When the soil is right, plant the right seeds - the strains of intestinal flora that will go to work for you.

Besides a diet high in fiber and pectin, consider probiotic supplements
With all the different kinds of probiotic formulations on the market that support intestinal flora, it is something of a challenge to pick the best ones. The key factors to look for in intestinal flora are if they support cell-mediated immunity by stimulating TH1 cytokines (IL-2, IL-12, IFN-gamma and IgA) and not predominantly TH2 (IL-6 and 10) and if they lower the pH of the colon to create a more acidic environment to inhibit viruses, fungus and gram negative bacteria. It is important to avoid supplements with S. Thermophilis that produces IL-6. Here is my assessment after talking to several readers who have tried different products.

Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) is a dietary supplement derived from the peel and pulp of citrus fruit. MCP is mostly known for its positive effects on cellular health. Recently, however, clinical research on MCP has produced exciting results for its use as a gentle chelator (eliminator) of mercury and other heavy metals. Some of the expanding clinical applications for MCP include:
* Detoxification; reduction of heavy metal body burden

Pectins are natural gelling agents, binders, thickeners, and stabilizers in foods. They mostly consist of galacturonic acid and galacturonic-acid methyl esters with average molecular weights from 50,000 to 150,000 daltons. High-methoxy (HM) pectin has at least 50% DE (degree of esterification) or greater, while a low-methoxy (LM) pectin?s DE is 50% or less. For systemic chelation of heavy metals, pectin is modified to a low molecular weight, and low-methoxy content.
My observation from using MCP as a detoxification agent in my clinic is that it works as a gentle chelator in the bloodstream and it is very useful for ongoing use. Because fish are still recommended as part of a healthy diet and an essential source of certain nutrients (essential fatty acids like DHA), mercury levels are also becoming a widespread health concern. It is a Catch-22 for dietary health. As the widespread environmental cleanup of mercury is unlikely in the short-term, the medical community should develop methods to treat toxicity or reduce high body levels of mercury body burden. One approach is the use of traditional and alternative medicine cleansing programs along with the use of dietary supplements such as MCP that may act as gentle chelators.
For chelation purposes, 5-15 grams of MCP should be taken per day depending on mercury levels for one year. Maintenance at 2-5 grams per day thereafter is usually sufficient. In my practice, I use 15 grams per day or 15 grams per day in the first 3-5 days of the month and 5 grams per day for the remainder of the month. MCP is generally regarded as safe and is well tolerated. Reported side effects have been rare, but may include mild and transient gastrointestinal discomfort.


1-CDC Press Release: Blood and Hair Mercury Levels in Young Children and Women of Childbearing Age-United States, 1999 (see:
2-Schober, SE, Sinks, TH, Jones, RL et al. (2003) Blood mercury levels in US children and women of childbearing age, 1999-2000. Journal of the American Medical Association. 289(13) :1667-74.
3-Eliaz, I. (2004) Modified citrus pectin (MCP) in the treatment of cancer. Paper presented at: The American Chemical Society Annual Meeting; Philadelphia, PA.
4-Eliaz, I. and D. Rode (2003). The effect of modified citrus pectin on the urinary excretion of toxic elements. Fifth Annual Conference of Environmental Health Scientists: Nutritional Toxicology and Metabolomics, University of California, Davis.


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