Christopher W. Shade, Ph.D.

CEO, Founder of Quicksilver Scientific

Christopher Shade, PhD, founder and CEO of Quicksilver Scientific®, specializes in the biological, environmental, and analytical chemistry of mercury in all its forms and their interactions with sulfur compounds, particularly glutathione and its enzyme system.

He has patented a mercury speciation diagnostic process to analyze human toxicity, founded the only clinical lab in the world offering mercury speciation analysis, and has designed cutting edge systems of nutraceuticals for detoxification and antioxidant protection, including advanced phospholipid delivery systems for both water- and fat-soluble compounds. His Quicksilver Delivery Systems® nanoparticle technology increases the bioavailability of supplements and protocols leading to higher efficacy products.

Dr. Shade is regularly sought out to speak as an educator on the topics of mercury, environmental toxicities, neuroinflammation, immune dysregulation, and the human detoxification system in the United States and internationally. He has helped corporate executives, professional athletes, celebrities, children with autism, patients with chronic immune disorders and more. He strives to evolve the way the medical industry delivers care, and he is perpetually broadening the way the world understands health.


  • 2005 Ph.D. Environmental Science/Aquatic Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2000 M.S. Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
  • 1993 B.S. Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Teaching Experience

  • Metabolic Medicine Institute, faculty. Teach 2-4 hr courses in detoxification biochemistry to functional medicine practitioners as part of both Fellowship and Graduate Certificate programs.
  • George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, faculty. Part of collaboration with MMI to provide a Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine to applicable health
  • American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry, faculty. Teach 8-hr short course in metals detoxification twice per year as part of a 15-day program to introduce holistic medicine to dentists.

Recent Lectures

  • American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) Beyond Detox: Integrating Autophagy Into Detoxification Protocols.
  • American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M)2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, The Longevity Wheel: A Model for Supplementing Core Biochemical Pathways for Age Optimization
  • Academy of Regenerative Practices (ARP) Pathways for Cellular, Neurological and Liver Detox.
  • Autism One 2020,2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015. Multiple lectures on topics including detoxification, endocannabinoids, and neuroinflammation.
  • TFIM Beyond Detox: Integrating Autophagy Into Detoxification Protocols.
  • ACIMD Interpreting the Mercury Tri-Test.
  • IHS The New Frontier in Natural Medicine: Tocotrienols, CBD, Liposomes, and Geranylgeraniol
  • Paleof(x) 2019, Keto and Beyond Detox: Integrating Autophagy in Detoxification.
  • Society of Progressive Medical Education (SOPMed), 2019, 2018, 2017, Colorado Springs, CO. Detoxification Strategies for Neuro Inflammation.
  • UpgradeXP Beyond Detox: Integrating Autophagy Into Detoxification Protocols. 
  • USA CBD Expo, Superior CBD Delivery with Nano Lipid Particle Technology.


  • Shade C. How To Protect Your Body From Mercury Exposure When Removing Dental Amalgams. Alternative Medicine Magazine, 2018 June.
  • Shade C. A New Way to Detox: Push Out the Bad, Make Room for the Good. New Living Magazine. 2018 May.
  • Shade C, Decker C. A Push-Catch System That Enables Effective Detoxification. Townsend Letter, 2018 Mar-Apr.
  • Shade C. Liposomes as Advanced Delivery Systems for Nutraceuticals. Integr Med (Encinitas). 2016 Mar;15(1):33-6.
  • Schwartz SA, Utts J, Spottiswoode SJ, Shade CW, Tully L, Morris WF, Nachman G. A double-blind, randomized study to assess the validity of applied kinesiology (AK) as a diagnostic tool and as a nonlocal proximity effect. Explore (NY). 2014 Mar-Apr;10(2):99-108.
  • Dórea JG, Wimer W, Marques RC, Shade C. Automated Speciation of Mercury in the Hair of Breastfed Infants Exposed to Ethylmercury from Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines. Biol Trace Elem Res. 2011 Jun;140(3):262-71.
  • Laird BD, Shade C, Gantner N, Chan HM, Siciliano SD. Bioaccessibility of mercury from traditional northern country foods measured using an in vitro gastrointestinal model is independent of mercury concentration. Sci Total Environ. 2009 Nov 15;407(23):6003-8.
  • Shade CW. Automated simultaneous analysis of monomethyl and mercuric Hg in biotic samples by Hg-thiourea complex liquid chromatography following acidic thiourea leaching. Environ Sci Technol. 2008 Sep 1;42(17):6604-10.
  • Zhao X, Rockne KJ, Drummond JL, Hurley RK, Shade CW, Hudson RJ. Characterization of methyl mercury in dental wastewater and correlation with sulfate-reducing bacterial DNA. Environ Sci Technol. 2008 Apr 15;42(8):2780-6.
  • Shade CW, Hudson RJ. Determination of MeHg in environmental sample matrices using Hg-thiourea complex ion chromatography with on-line cold vapor generation and atomic fluorescence spectrometric detection. Environ Sci Technol. 2005 Jul 1;39(13):4974-82.
  • Hudson RJ, Shade CW. The Chemical Form of Mercury in Fish. [Letter] Science, 2004; 303(5659):763.


  • US Patent 62,923,025. Self-NanoEmulsifying Capsule Deliveries of Cannabis
  • US Patent 62,896,861. Cannabis Beverage Microemulsion Delivery System
  • US Patent 62,896,820. Cannabis Intra-Oral Microemulsion Delivery System
  • US Patent 62,896,815. Hormone Microemulsion Delivery System
  • US Patent 62,834,013. Liposomal Liver Activation Formulation
  • US Patent 16,215,049. Translucent Colloidal Vitamin Supplement
  • US Patent No. 62,596,297. Transparent Colloidal Vitamin Supplement
  • US Patent No. 16,214,289. Mitochondrial Performance Enhancement Nanoemulsion
  • US Patent No. 62,596,338. Compositions & Methods for Increasing Mitochondrial Performance
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,285,419. Analysis of mercury containing samples.