Mercury is an elemental metal, a heavy metal, that occurs in many forms and that can be found in a number of industrial products. In the past, mercury was the primary agent in thermometers (alcohol now generally takes its place in liquid thermometers), and it was a conditioning agent for felt, causing extensive poisoning among hatmakers and giving us our "Mad Hatter".
Mercury poisoning results in nerve and general brain damage, exhibited in loss of sensory acuity, odd sensations in the extremities, and loss of balance and coordination. Damage to the kidneys and liver is likely as well. Many people are concerned about the mercury present in amalgam fillings, which have long been popular among dentists for filling in cavities. There is great debate over whether such mercury fillings leach mercury into the body and whether they should be removed. New fluorescent bulbs contain mercury as well and must be disposed of properly. However, the most substantial source of mercury contamination is now from eating fish. Larger predatory fish are of most concern, as mercury accumulates in the tissues of these fish as they eat smaller fish and take in the mercury from their bodies (bioaccumulation). Coal burning (40% of emissions) and other industrial processes emit most of the mercury that eventually finds its way into the fish (and to a lesser extent livestock and plants as well).
Hair analysis is often the most indicative means of testing long-term mercury exposure. With proper mercury chelation treatment, most poisoning symptoms are reversible.
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12/02/2012: Artemisis from London, United Kingdom: "Could anyone help me with identifying whether amalgam lodged in my upper jawbone is causing eruptions on my cheek.
I had botched root fillings 15 yrs ago and later found out the amalgam (yes people, he used amalgam as a root filler! ) had been forced through the root into the jawbone. 5 years later another hopeless "dentist" attempted to remove the amalgam from two locations; first above the root of upper left 5 and the second lump around upper left 6. Result: upper left 6 removed wilth huge abscess attached and huge hole drilled above upper left 5 but he missed the amalgam and it is still in there. However, I have a huge gaping hole and masses of bone loss.
I have been on H202 for various reasons and suddenly, lesions appeared on the cheek right above where the amalgam would be. They are not infected but are inflamed. SO unsightly and florid and livid. I thought perhaps they may be a reaction to H202 on the mercury? I tried working out the chemistry but my brain can't do it as I only got O level chemistry many years ago! I don't know if I should leave off the H202 and stop all de-toxing so as not to disturb the amalgam. There is no way I can have more invasive surgery; there is no bone left there to excavate, although I'm sure I could find another sadist dentist to make more mischief there. Nothing applied topically helps the lesions; they just run their course and have got worse as my dose of H202 has increased (up to 10 drops twice a day - but stopping that and inhaling through the mouth 3% 3 times a day).
Many thanks, bcbg75"Replies
12/02/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Artemisis, I'm so sorry for what you've had to endure. I don't know if you have seen my post to "Root Canals and Tooth Abscesses" It is an interview with an esteemed dentist who is known as the father of mercury free dentistry. He was and is still a maverick in this field challenging standard procedures and commonly accepted practices. You will find it chock full of pertinent information to some of your queries. Here is the link of the interview:
Another one of interest to you would be his site where he has articles on topics about amalgams and mercury. His Institute also will answer questions by phone and help you find a Dr. practicing his protocols. The only thing is, I notice you are in England so, not sure if they have connections there. Here is that link:
Hope this helps. Again, so sorry you have had to suffer with all this. Best to you, Lisa"
12/06/2012: Searchlight from Dayton, Oh replies: "Please read a book by Dr. Jerry Tenant (he is one of the founders of laser surgery for the eye). The book is called Healing Is Voltage. He states that any dead cells in the body cause infections. A tooth with a root canal is a dead tooth-it will cause infection. Therefore he states its better to remove the tooth than have a root canal."
12/09/2012: Maureen from London, U.K. replies: "So does an implant work in the same way. Would an implant cause infection. I was thinking of chelating and was wondering would it be better to get the two teeth I have with fillings out and replace them with implants."
05/21/2012: Joyce from Dallas, Tx: "Hello Ted, Bill... Anyone??? I am doing a Mercury Detox right now because I have 3 amalgam fillings... But, I also have BRACES... Is it okay to do a Mercury or METAL detox when you have BRACES on your teeth??? I just want to make sure I don't damage myself... ANYONE PLEASE??? Joyce"Replies
08/22/2012: Dave from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Hi Joyce, It is not a good idea to do any chelation while you still have mercury amalgams in your mouth, it can cause more mercury to be deposited in your brain. Chelation needs to be done correctly or you can make your health worse - I suggest you check out http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/frequent-dose-chelation/ for good advice on how to proceed. Dave"
12/19/2012: Shelley from Fort Wayne, Indiana replies: "I am a dental hygienist but no longer practice. However I have dealt with the amalgam issue. What I did was find a biological dentist, for me this meant going to Indianapolis, but the man was incredible. He had acceptable solutions for root canals and crowns also. As to removing mercury from the system, I now use bentonite clay and very effective. There is also another clay, zeolite, which I used for a while. It is extremely powerful, absorbing about 500 times its weight in water."
[NAY] 01/15/2012: Kjasmooth from Dallas, TX, USA: "Hello I have had mercury poisoning or should I say discover that I have mercury poisoning a few months now. I tried chlorella for the first 3 months, did major research but chlorella disbursal to help. My symptoms seemed like they got worse. Facial and body hair is falling out. Hands and feet are tingling. I have a metal taste in my mouth, increased in saliva, and my teeth seem to have changed it's texture also. There more sensitive, I read and have done major research and some sources say that I can even cause teeth to fall out. So now im taking HMD which stands for heavy metal detox. Ive only been taking it for 5 days. I've done research on it and Im concerned about my health, but
Not really worried because I've been in prayer. What can cause teeth to fallout from mercury and is there any thing I can do to prevent this from happening. I definitely need my teeth I'm only 24 years old. The mercury as also caused my blood pressure to rise as well. Thanks for your help"
01/16/2012: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Kjasmooth, I just read a newsletter from Jon Baron Baseline Of Health promoting a metal detox of specially formulated Cilantro & Chlorella to be very effective metal removal; at any rate it seems quite important to use Cilantro in combination with Chlorella.
Replacing needed minerals is almost always the case during metal detox, so consider detox one week and mineral supplementation the next (rotation). You also need to boost your Glutathione (NAC Vit-C is a good G booster) as well as all other antioxidants. Calcium D for the teeth although the Vit-C alone often can stabilize the teeth.
Lots of purified water and maybe some Marshmallow Root for Kidney support.
Hope this helps, report changes."
02/09/2012: Birdie from Calgary, Alberta replies: "I didn't have any benefit with chlorella for my mercury (dental) poisoning. I got my old "silver" mercury fillings out and replaced with white composite, in 3 sessions. Two hours after the first session, I suddenly felt a great "lift" in how I felt. More benefits followed after getting the rest of the teeth done. Then I used Olive Leaf Extract Capsules, worked well to displace the candida which usually accompanies mercury.
Then I tried a full fledged heavy metal detox, powdered Zeolite (cliniptilolite) from _____ brand. I could feel the difference within a couple of hours, I put a heaping tbsp in juice twice a day. I felt better and better, my nerves calmed down nicely, my personality (aspergers) got a whole lot more congenial, I don't get as upset about stuff anymore, I am physically not oversensitive anymore. I don't wake up feeling like I want to leave planet earth ASAP anymore.
I am convinced that a lot of anxiety and depression in people is nothing more than heavy metal poisoning, found in vaccinations and fish, and sprayed as a fungicide on fields of grain. So as long as "they" are injecting it into you, feeding it to you, etc., "they" continue to line their wallets later on when your nerves are so frayed you run to your Dr.and get anxiety medication or antidepressants. Great way to keep their profits flowing, eh?? Even if you dont have mercury fillings; if you were born to a mother who had a mouthful of "metal" fillings, you are very likely to absorb her mercury in utero before you were born, hence the "runs in the family" syndrome, so you still have an overload of mercury. Aspergers is also called super male brain, ie strong choleric personality, very stunting socially...."
02/10/2012: Neighbourly from Winnipeg, Canada replies: "My understanding of mercury removal is that any mercury pulled out of the cells must be processed by the liver. So, your liver must be non-congested and fully functioning. I would see to that first if it was me. Best to you!"
02/18/2012: Colin from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada replies: "Please Google Dr. Chris Shade on Mercury Detox. His information is essential for all who wish to detox heavy metals. His bottom line: chelation alone, with chlorella, DMSA, DMPS or whatever is useless, even harmful, unless the elimination pathways are opened via right use of cruciferous (sulfate conjugation) vegetables. Otherwise, one just recirculates the metals, causing more problems. His insights are a revelation."
04/08/2013: Amy from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hey, I too have mercury poisoning. Firstly make sure u have no metal in your body. Be it in ur mouth or any other part.. In ways of screws been put due to a broken bone or something's of a sort. NONE et all. After that have lots of vitamin c liposomal is good as body absorbs abt 99% of it. After that try dmsa. But just 4 mg every 4 hours for 3 days in continuation. If you have any side effects like rashes, constipation... Discontinue and reduce dosage. else wait for 10 days and start again with less dose of it .
02/07/2012: Donna from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: "I read your article on Aspergers/ Autism and mercury poisoning. I live in Australia and am concerned about my 3 yr old granddaughter. She has always been a very hyper child since young, but she was always happy and listened and very good. Since October, 2011, something happened, and she has had terrible behaviour problems, anger & rage, defiant and disobedient, nightmares, crying for nothing, screaming, temper tantrums, things like that.
My daughter took her to the doctor, and she said this is not a normal behaviour for a 3 year old, as a lot of 3 yr olds go through this, but my granddaughter is acting differently than just your normal temper tantrums. My daughter took her little one to see a child psychologist, and he wasn't too concerned at all, and told my daughter that the little one needed more sleep.
However, after reading your article, I am wondering WHERE can a person go to get a toddler tested for Mercury Poisoning? My daughter went to the local GP to get a test, but the doctor told my daughter that they do not do testing for mercury in children. So WHERE AND WHO can we contact to get this poor child tested? I am suspecting something is really wrong with this child and need to help her. Do we need to go to a naturopath/homeopath? I heard of a UPPS, something like that, a urine test to show levels of mercury. Is there no blood test? Hair analysis? What do we do? Can you suggest to me WHO OR WHERE we should go to get her tested for mercury poisoning? Thank you for your help. Donna"Replies
02/07/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hi Donna, vaccines contain mercury which is probably why they don't test for it. I think all kids (and adults) need to have their bodies detoxed after they have vaccines. If you look at a mineral interaction chart, iodine will displace mercury. You need to buy some lugols iodine. You can find it online. With iodine you need to supplement with magnesium, vitamin c (sodium ascorbate) and selenium (1 brazil nut should be enough per day for selenium).
Iodine will also displace bromide from the body (bromide is in all the breads these days).
You may want her to go to a naturopath or even a biomedical Doctor. There are some in Queensland that you can google. There are other things you can do to detox her body. Epson salt baths (magnesium sulphate) a few times a week will help to detox and also to raise her magnesium level. Magnesium also has a very calming effect on the body so it will relax her.
Keep her away from processed foods as much as you can because they contain MSG and aspartame which kill brain cells among other things (google excitotoxins). MSG is in all processed foods.
Google GAPS diet (some great youtube videos) and also google GFCF on youtube. A lot of people have reported that taking kids off dairy and gluten have given them their children back. Spend some time on youtube and you will be amazed at the stories from people there."
02/07/2012: Neighbourly from Winnipeg, Canada replies: "I have bought product from a company called Osumex (I'm in Canada) and I see that their mercury/heavy metals test kits have an Australian distributor. At least in Canada the owner was very good to deal with.
02/08/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Debbie, most of us have to buy the Brazil nuts shelled and those seem to have hardly any selenium. I now buy walnuts in the shell."
02/08/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Donna, if I may suggest a homeopathic formula by Barbara Hendel called "Homeopathic Detoxifier" and "Environmental Defense" that I have had noticeable results with only occasional use. It should bring immediate relief to your granddaughter, and maybe able to completely resolve the issue. Will also not interfere w/ the other recommendations posted for you.
Good luck and please post results."
03/03/2012: Travis M from Kelowna, Bc replies: "I had severe mercury poisoning a few years ago and used the Cutler method with great success. http://www.noamalgam.com/"