Almost by Accident
Dr. Omura was treating several patients with a type of eye infection. He was using a standard antibiotic. Their symptoms would clear up... but they would return within a few months.
Dr. Omura discovered that the organisms causing the infection seemed to be hiding in parts of the body that had high concentrations of heavy metals like mercury, lead, and aluminum. It appeared that the organisms were using the metals to protect themselves from the antibiotics.
Heavy metals are excreted in the urine. So he began testing his patients' urine. And he noticed that the mercury level in one patient's urine increased after he ate a Vietnamese soup.
Upon further testing, he identified an ingredient in the soup – a leaf – that was responsible for this effect. And he noted that it also increased the amount of lead and aluminum excreted through the urine.
Without the heavy metals for protection, the organisms causing the eye infections were no longer able to flourish. When he gave his patients the leaves, along with antibiotics, it eliminated their infections for good. (The results were published in Acupuncture and Electrotherapy Research.)
Dr. Omura had discovered a way to increase the body's ability to fight infection. At the same time, he had accidentally discovered an inexpensive way to rid the body of toxic heavy metals.
A follow-up study involved a patient who'd had three mercury-based amalgam fillings removed. Significant amounts of mercury were found in the patient's lungs, kidneys, liver, and heart. Dr. Omura used the special leaves to remove the mercury. Within a few weeks, the metal was gone.
These Special Leaves Are an Easy Find
The chelator is the leaves of the coriander plant. It's known as Chinese parsley. Or, more commonly, cilantro.
And Dr. Omura isn't the only one who's had good results with it.
Japanese researchers studied its effects on lead. They gave mice lead in their drinking water for 32 days. Then they administered Chinese parsley for 25 days (from day seven on).
The conclusion: "Chinese parsley has suppressive activity on lead deposition, probably resulting from the chelation of lead by some substances contained in Chinese parsley."
Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt is the founder of the American Academy of Neural Therapy. He's Medical Director of the Institute of Neurobiology. He's known around the globe for his work in treating chronic pain and illness. He was named Physician of the Year by the Global Foundation of Integrative Medicine in 2007.
He recommends cilantro to remove mercury from the brain. He found that five grams per day was the minimum dose for chelation. That's about one teaspoon. The treatment should be continued for at least two to three months.
You can buy fresh cilantro at the grocery store. It's a common ingredient in Mexican, Caribbean, and Asian cooking.
The leaves can also be made into a tea. Chop eight or more teaspoons. Steep, covered, in a quart of boiling water for 20 minutes. But don't do this in a metal container. Remember, cilantro is a powerful chelator. It will leach the metal into the tea.
If you don't like the taste (lots of people don't), cilantro is available in capsules. You can order those online.