Mercury is probably the
most toxic non-radioactive metal in the environment.
It is a poison! It is highly toxic to humans and ANY
AMOUNT is harmful to the cells and tissues of human beings,
according to Roy B. Kupsinel, MD, author of A Patient's
Guide to Mercury-Amalgam Toxicity - A Major Common Denominator
of Degenerative Disease. The World Health Organization
declared there is no safe level of mercury for human
beings - in other words, mercury is so poisonous that no
amount of mercury absorption is safe. (1992) Dental
amalgams (fillings) are classified as a hazardous material
by OSHA and recommend a "no-touch" technique in handling
amalgams. A facemask should be used to avoid breathing
amalgam dust, and hazardous waste instructions used for
On December 16, 1990, 60 MINUTES aired a program on dental mercury amalgam that
brought the issue forcefully to public attention. In 1992, Germany banned the
use of certain forms of amalgam. In December 1992, the American Medical Association
passed a resolution advocating the elimination of mercury, and benzene from all
household products, citing their harmful effect on the environment and on human
health. (12/92). In August 1993, a Federal Court ruled that Calfironia's Proposition
65 is valid with regards to dental amalgam. This means that any dentist who has
10 or more employees must provide "clear and reasonable warning" to both employees
and patients that amalgam is a potentially harmful substance. In February 1994,
the Swedish parliament passed a bill banning all use of dental amalgam by 1997.
On July 11, 1994, the BBC aired a 40-minute documentary on dental amalgam called "The
Poison In Your Mouth." In early 1995, a legal brief was discovered filed by the
American Dental Association in a civil lawsuit in Santa Clara, California that
denies any responsibility for the safety of the general public when the public
seeks and receives dental care! Practicing dentists are generally unaware that
they have been inadequately informed about amalgam's toxic properties by their
Sources of Mercury
The toxicity of mercury is not only from the major source of dental amalgams,
but is also found in a natural state in soil and has been processed and used
in a wide variety of industrial applications from the manufacture of wood pulp
to agricultural fungicides and pesticides. Other sources of mercury contamination
are from pharmaceutical medicines including vaccinations and laxatives, cosmetics,
large ocean fish such as swordfish and tuna, film, plastics, and paint. We ingest
or inhale inorganic mercury through our air, food, water, and soil—our
bodies can even absorb it through our skin and convert it into even more highly
toxic methyl mercury. Additional sources are inks, in some printing and tattoos,
refined grains and seeds may test for methyl mercury, chlorine bleaches, contact
lens solutions (antibacterial mercury compound is found in contact lens cleaning
solutions and injectable vitamins and drugs), felt, fabric softener, floor waxes
and polishes, film, broken thermometers and barometers, antiseptic creams and
lotions, and nasal sprays.
"Mercury is a cytotoxin," states the book, The Mercury In Your Mouth,
by Quicksilver Associates. It is poisonous to all living cells. It also has the
capacity to bond with any chemical, which contains a particular type of molecule
called "sulfhydryl", found in most proteins. The human body contains an enormous
number of protein compounds; they are the building blocks for all body tissue,
and many have one or more sulfhydryl groups. As a result, mercury can interfere
with virtually any process or organ in the body."
Forms of Mercury
Mercury can occur in inorganic, organic (methyl), and vapor (elemental mercury)
forms. "Safe" levels of exposure have titles such as Threshold Limit Values (TLV)
and Maximum Allowable Concentrations (MAC). Elemental mercury (vapor) usually
is in the mouth with the vapor coming from the mercury dental/amalgams. It then
mixes with the saliva and food and goes into the body forming organic mercury
(methyl mercury) and settles in the tissues and organs. When mercury is left
in the body for long periods of time, it has been known (according to Swedish
information) to go to the spinal cord and form inorganic mercury!
There has been controversy of the toxicity of elemental mercury vapor versus
methyl mercury. According to Swedish and Canadian studies and research (courtesy
of Woodlands Healing Research Center, Dr. Harold Buttram, M.D. in Quakertown,
PA). The following is some of their findings.
Elemental Mercury Vapor is more rapidly transmitted throughout the body
than other forms of mercury and has much more toxic effects on the central nervous
system and other parts of the body than inorganic mercury according to the World
Health Organization and other studies. Mercury vapor rapidly crosses the blood-brain
barrier accumulating in the brain and pituitary gland causing neurological and
endocrine system damage. Elemental mercury vapor also rapidly crosses cellular
membranes including the placenta of pregnant women with inorganic mercury accumulating
in the brain, pituitary gland, kidneys, etc. of the developing fetus." The research
continues to say in the situation of the fetus of the pregnant woman that, "there
is evidence that indicates that mercury vapor is 10 times more toxic to the fetal
brain than methyl mercury."
The studies found that mercury vapor and organic mercury have independent and
synergistic toxic and developmental effects, and that additionally, conversions
of the mercury occur in the body between the various forms of mercury. It
was found that elemental mercury (vapor) was documented to be methylzed in the
body to the organic state and was a significant source of methyl mercury.
Organic Mercury-(Methyl Mercury) "Mercury vapor is oxidized or converted
to inorganic forms which bioaccumulates in the brain, the central nervous system,
liver, kidneys, heart, and oral mucus. The level of mercury in the brain and
heart is higher after exposure to mercury vapor than for other forms."
Inorganic Mercury - Substantial research findings is alarming…"While
mercury vapor and methyl mercury readily cross cell membranes and the blood-brain
barrier, once in cells they form inorganic mercury that does not readily cross
cell membranes of the blood brain barrier readily. Thus inorganic mercury in
the brain (and sometimes in the spinal cord) has a very long life, often over
There are numerous sources stating that the major source of mercury in most people
has been well documented to be amalgam fillings. This is especially true for
mercury in saliva. Much mercury in the saliva is organic since mouth bacteria
and other organisms in the body methylate inorganic mercury to organic mercury.
In the research, some people tested who do not eat fish have been found to have
high levels of methyl mercury. Mercury from amalgam is methylated by bacteria
and candida albicans in the mouth and intestines. Once mercury vapor or methyl
mercury are converted to inorganic mercury in cells or the brain, the mercury
does not readily cross cell membranes or the blood-brain barrier. The mercury
has a very long life in the brain (again as much as 20 years), according to the
Swedish Medical Journal (1986).
Testing For Mercury
How does a person know that they have mercury poisoning? There are many ways
of testing mercury through laboratory testing and in this day and age of advanced
technology, through various new instruments.
Patient's Health History
This form is one of the simplest and least expensive ways for evaluation. It
helps the patient and the doctor or practitioner decide of a very good probability
of a mercury hypersensitivity problem.
There are numerous laboratories across the USA that specialize in the area of
metal and chemical analysis. Great Smokies National Laboratories in Asheville,
NC and Dr.'s Data in Chicago are two popular ones. They can do hair analysis
for reasonable costs and urine analysis is another way they do this testing.
See addresses and phone numbers listed at the end.
The hair analysis shows effectiveness usually when the client is in the process
of detoxifying the mercury. A high mercury level often indicates the unloading
process, so it can indicate that the mercury is there and the body is trying
to unload it. The hair test may not show the hidden layers of mercury toxicity
so that a low mercury level in the hair may not indicate the true state of the
body that has a load of mercury in deeper layers of tissues and organs.
Urine analysis is usually done over an 18 hour or 24 hour process. A base line
mercury excretion level may be obtained from this analysis. A provocative test
is with a chelating agent. The most conservative approach is with intravenous
Vitamin C. It is least likely to cause detoxification illness. Other challenge
tests are EDTA and DMPS and an oral one is DMSA.
DMPS, EDTA, & DMSA Challenge
There has been quite a bit of controversy in recent years of the DMPS challenge
as it seems to "dump" the poisonous mercury too fast and had some serious detrimental
effects. The detoxification process of the poisonous substances need to be released
only to the point that the client can bear. When nausea, headaches, dizziness,
vomiting, etc. occur, this is a strong indication that the toxins are coming
out too fast and the release of poisons perhaps need to be done more slowly!
There are now organizations forming, such as DMPSBACKFIRE out of Pennsylvania,
against the use of DMPS (check www.dmpsbackfire.com),
due to its harmful effects. It is worth checking into before making a decision.
According to Heavy Metal Bulletin, Editor, Monica Kauppi, March 1995,
issue, "DMPS excretes metals in the following order: zinc, tin, copper, arsenic,
mercury." The EDTA challenge test works for some and not for others, while DMSA,
the oral challenge test, seem to be the SAFEST of these three. Check the new
product section for some of the latest testing for the mercury "challenge test" and
products to mobilize the "stuck" mercury. The above paragraph is the opinion
of the author only and not necessarily the opinion of the medical profession.
Complete Blood Count
White cell elevation or depression has been found in cases of known mercury poisoning.
After amalgam removal the count often levels off from 5,000 to 5,500. A CBC test
may be done before and then after removal and offers a comparison. Many laboratories
provide this type of test.
Jerome Mercury Vapor Analyzer
This instrument is used by governmental agencies for mercury vapor analysis.
The patient is tested before and after chewing sugarless gum without aspartame
in it for ten minutes. Usually this test provides some noticeable increases and
give the patient an increased awareness of the mercury problem from vapor.
Biocompatibility & Bio-Feedback Testing
Biocompatibility testing is to check out what replacement composites to use AFTER
the amalgams have been removed. There are numerous safe composites used for fillings
to replace the mercury. It is very important to have this test done to find out
what specific composites are compatible with your body chemistry. These can be
tested on instruments such as the Dermatron, Computron, Interro, Vega, Xxoid,
and B.E.S.T. (the latter is FDA approved).
Another way of testing is through a blood test. The materials selected in this
form of testing will be in harmony with your body. These instruments uses frequency-testing
by having a person hold a device connected to the instrument that monitors their
frequency rates and can check out the substances that are compatible. These instruments
also can be used as BIO-FEEDBACK analysis to test which metals and chemicals
are present in your body and the advanced technical machines takes it a step
further. They will balance the "out of balance" frequencies. The Xxroid instrument
and the latest equipment of B.E.S.T. have the "frequency balancing" capacity.
The Patch Test
This test is a highly sensitive test for the hypersensitive patient. It will
produce an exacerbation of mercury-related symptoms within 24 hours. The highly
hypersensitive patient will react in an hour or less, so for this reason all
patients are kept in the office for one hour after application of the patch.
A reaction within one hour means that the test is over. The patch is removed,
the reaction is neutralized and considered highly hypersensitive and could definitely
be considered for amalgam removal. See Hal Huggin's book, It's All In Your
Head, for more information.
Symptoms & Diseases
of Mercury Toxicity
The symptoms of mercury toxicity are lengthy, but we will attempt to bring you
a list derived from several different sources. They include: gastrointestinal
problems, nervous system problems, fever, chills, fatigue, headache, insomnia,
loss of sex drive, depression, numbness and tingling in hands, irritability,
tremors, learning difficulties, irregular heartbeat, chest pains, sore and bleeding
gums, immune suppression, birth defects, infertility, kidney/brain damage, anxiety,
sensitive tongue, metallic taste in the mouth, allergies, dizziness, cataracts,
insomnia, kidney damage, memory loss, nervousness, paralysis, seizures, vision
loss, weakness, hearing loss, heart problems, chronic constipation, recurring
lesions of the skin, hypersensitivity, restlessness, inability to relate to other
people, poor coordination, brain fog (memory problems), monologue talking - sometimes
for extremely long periods of time, difficulties in breathing, retinal bleeding,
loss of interest in life, reduced capacity for work, vertigo, facial paralysis,
a painful pull at the lower jaw towards the collar bone, joint pains, pains in
lower back, weakness of muscles, pressure, pains, "needles" at lymph nodes under
arms and in groin—also in the liver region, increased need for sleep, a
gray ring around the cornea of they eye, feeling of being old, emotional problems,
lack of concentration, a feeling of being disconnected from God.
Diseases related to mercury poisoning are: Alzheimer's, all kinds of cancer,
epilepsy, arthritis, pneumonia, bronchitis, gingivitis, neuralgia, Parkinson's,
Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, lymphoma, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), leukemia, sinusitis,
chronic asthma, hypertension, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), Chrohn's Disease,
Candidiasis (binds to mercury), glomerulonephritis (disease of the kidneys),
Autism (from mercury in vaccines), SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), anemia,
dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, Bruxism (grinding teeth), Fibromyalgia, Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS), insomnia, Epstein Barr.
The following is from the Journal of Advancement in Medicine, Volume 11,
Number 1, Spring 1998 by James P. Frackelton, MD, FACAM, and R. Lyle Christensen,
Ph.D. taken from their table.
Signs and Symptoms of Toxicity from Mercury Exposure
Acute: Interstitial pnemonitis, bronchitis, tightness or pain in chest,
coughing, metallic taste, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting diarrhea, headache,
dark line of mercury sulfide on gums, teeth loosen, ulcers on lips and cheeks,
develop psychopathologic symptoms and muscle tremors.
Chronic: Mouth and face: inflammation, tender gums, gingivitis, teeth
loosen with alveolar destruction, increased or decreased salivation, stomatitis
and tongue tremors, nasal irritation, epistaxis, disturbances of taste and smell,
loss of appetite, facial pallor.
Neuralgic: tremor of eyelids and extracular muscles, fingers, arms, and
legs; neuralgia, paresthesias, ataxia, exaggerated knee jerks and altered plantar
reflexes, vasomotor: perspiration and blushing, personality changes, erethism,
irritability, irascibility, criticalness, excitability, melancholy, depression,
shyness, timidity, moroseness, fatigue, weakness, drowsiness, memory defect.
Compiled and written by Lauana Lei