Exposure Risk- You've Already Been Exposed
Given the exposure of the population, it is certain that mercury poisoning is widespread- and unrecognized.
“The total mercury concentrations in the hair of ordinary diseased people (atopic dermatitis, asthma, dementia, cerebral infarct, osteoporosis, hypertension and diabetes) were from 2.08 ppm to 36.5 ppm. Those values were considerably higher than that of healthy people of the same age groups.”3(Nakagawa 1995).
There is evidence that mercury and other heavy metals are an etiologic factor contributing to disease in average people worldwide.
“ The mental health of the amalgam removal group improved significantly, and no improvement was seen in the control group. A very significant improvement was seen in the schizophrenia subscale of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory.2 Other studies2,3,4 by the authors found significant differences in mental health between subjects with dental amalgam to those without. Those without suffered significantly less depression, anger, and anxiety.”2
Sources of exposure are often overlooked or even unheard of by most medical professionals today. This is because, traditionally, heavy metal poisoning was ruled out through a few specific questions. Standard Practice dictates that, when a health professional suspects heavy metal poisoning, a series of questions is used to rule out heavy metal exposure.
The problem with this situation is that, these procedures are based on decades old statistics that show most if not all heavy metal exposure is due to working in industrial or mining work places. Once these are ruled out, the doctor assumes that there can be no other source of contamination for the patient, and moves on to the next possible cause of symptoms.
Because heavy metals are pervasive in many medical, dental, industrial, and even household products, it is impossible to accurately deduce the route of exposure with such a limited questioning techniques today.
To compound this issue, there are various agencies and even professional groups that actively bury the needed information from general practitioners who might otherwise have been open to the possibility of domestic or medical exposure. One such example is the pervasive message from the American Dental Association which makes the stance that mercury amalgam fillings are safe to use, and do not leach mercury into the body.
“We all know mercury (the metal) is highly poisonous. However, did you know that California recently passed legislation requiring dentists to inform patients that those so-called "silver" fillings actually contain very little silver if any at all. They are, in fact 35% to 70% pure toxic mercury and can cause a myriad of diseases.“1
Dental Amalgam Fillings
In his book, Amalgam Illness, Andrew Hall Cutler, PhD, concisely summarizes the predicament that those suffering from mercury exposure from dental amalgam fillings face. These people are ordinary folks who, previously healthy, were exposed to chronic mercury poisoning via vapors from the fillings in their teeth, and became exceedingly sick after the placement of their fillings. Because the ADA does not recognize mercury amalgam fillings as an issue, neither do practicing dentists. It can be a difficult and frustrating task to accurately diagnose the causative source of mercury poisoning in these cases. Indeed, most mercury poisoning cases go undiagnosed for years or even for the lifetime of the patient.
Make no mistake, ALL mercury amalgam fillings release mercury vapor. There are none that are 'safe', as they can release so much mercury over time that even one filling will fill a person's lifetime exposure limit to mercury.
“In one well designed clinical study (Stenman and Grans, 1997)4, amalgam removal cured all patients for whom the diagnosis of mercurialism could not be excluded in favor of an alternative by the painstaking method of considering and eliminating all other possibilities throughout examination of laboratory testing.”1
Seafood, Injectables, Medical Preservative Thimerisol, and others
Additional sources of mercury exposure include those most commonly seen in domestic living situations; seafood, fluorescent lights, old thermometers, vaccines and other injectables preserved with thimerisol, topical antiseptics, and eye care products.
Seafood is often the focus of conversation when officials talk about avoiding mercury exposure. However, seafood is a small concern when contrasted with the other forms of exposure. Fish consumption of the type from contaminated waters or that are known to have high levels of methylmercury is uncommon in quantities that would produce toxicity. We should also point out the route of entry, or nature of exposure is important. Mercury is not well absorbed through the digestive tract, but is nearly 100% absorbed as vapor through the lungs. It goes without saying that any injected mercury or heavy metal is 100% absorbed.
Recognize the Symptoms
Chronic mercury poisoning has many names and faces. Mercury is a systemic toxin, a neurotoxin, interferes with normal brain functioning, and stops vital detoxification processes. Go here to read more about the many faces that mercury toxicity can take.
To compound matters, since many of the direct symptoms of chronic mercury poisonings are identifiable conditions, most doctors and many patients will never question that diagnoses. Therefore these are improper diagnoses. Those mercury toxic people with established diagnoses move from doctor to doctor and from prescription to prescription without improvement, only declining in quality of life until their death because the underlying cause was never found or even looked for.
One of the most telling signs of mercury poisoning is an inconsistency in symptom appearance. Fluctuations from periods of 'good' and 'bad' that may last days, weeks, or even years, most often describe the symptomatic progression of mercury toxic people.
Emotional and mental disturbances are another of the reining hallmarks of mercury poisoning. Anxiety, depression, hypersensitivity, fatigue, and lack of motivation set in slowly but inconsistently.
If you think you or someone you know has been exposed to mercury and may have mercury poisoning, there are doctors that can help you. It's important to find a health professional that will not dismiss your concerns, and who is knowledgeable about diagnosing and treating mercury or other heavy metal poisoning.
A warning; do not consent to a Challenge Test or any type of chelation therapy without first removing any and all amalgam fillings, and all sources of mercury or heavy metal exposure. Doing so can exacerbate damage or permanently impair health. Hair tests are non invasive and always safe, but may not be accurate or predict any relevant information.
Stay tuned for more posts on how to uncover your own heavy metal burden, and safe, effective health strategies to eliminate exposure and heal from damage.
To your health!
1. Andrew Hall Cutler, PhD “Amalgam Illness” 1999
2. Siblerud, Robert L., John Motl, and Eldon Kienholz. "Psychometric evidence that dental amalgam mercury may be an etiological factor in schizophrenia." Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine 14.4 (1999): 201-209.