This is one of the most important posts on my blog. Most don’t realize how detrimental toxic metals are to our health – especially Mercury. In the form of amalgam fillings, mercury can spend a lifetime outgassing in your mouth. It settles into the tissues of the body where it disrupts normal function and creates symptoms of disease, including the following:
Amalgam fillings contain equal amounts of liquid mercury and powdered metals. Even though they were developed over 180 years ago, the fillings have never been thoroughly tested for safety. Mercury is also in fish and certain vaccines, which adds to the overload.
I remember when dentists risked losing their license to practice if they informed patients of the dangers of mercury. We have known for years that mercury disrupts the biological functions of the body on a number of different levels, which means it can cause a multitude of problems your body – and mind (Remember “Mad Hatter” disease?). All of the body’s systems are affected by mercury:
Up to 80% of inhaled mercury vapor is absorbed through the lungs. From here it travels to all the other tissues and organs of the body in the circulation, but particularly concentrates within the kidney, liver and brain. The presence of mercury in the lungs causes chronic breathing disorders including: Asthma, bronchitis, persistent cough and breathlessness.
Mercury binds tightly to nerves and fats, so it is readily absorbed into the brain and nerve endings that regulate all the functions of the body. It can damage any part of the central nervous system, including the master endocrine glands which control both the nervous and hormone systems. It also produces a host of mental, emotional, and behavioral changes, including psychiatric disorders.
The effects of mercury on brain function include:
Mercury is also known to have profound effects upon mood including:
Peripheral nervous system symptoms include:
Mercury collects in the reproductive organs where it can cause a variety of disorders including infertility. It is known to directly cross the placental barrier in pregnant women and also to concentrate in breast milk. Mercury levels in newborn babies have been directly related to the number of amalgam fillings in the mother’s mouth.
The symptoms of mercury toxicity in women include:
Mercury toxicity in men includes:
Mercury can severely impact the kidneys. Animal studies have shown a 50% reduction in kidney function within a month of placement of the first amalgam filling. Along with a variety of kidney and bladder diseases, other symptoms include:
Mercury accumulates in muscles and joints causing stiffness, swelling, cramps and pain throughout the body, including the jaw (TMJ).
Mercury collects in the heart muscle and valves and is strongly associated with elevated levels of homocysteine and cholesterol and heart attacks.
It also causes red blood cells to rupture and replaces the iron in hemoglobin so that the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood can be reduced by half. Mercury also causes a weakening in the walls of the small blood vessels leading to a reduced blood supply to the organs and tissues.
Cardiovascular symptoms of mercury poisoning include:
Mercury disrupts hormone production and release from the endocrine glands, and also blocks the receptors which allow the hormones to send messages to cells and organs.
Symptoms of mercury poisoning in the endocrine system include:
Mercury also collects in very high concentrations in the jaw bones and the soft tissues of the mouth. Mixing gold and amalgam restorations in the mouth increases the amount of mercury outgassing. Placing gold crowns over amalgam cores particularly drives mercury into the surrounding bone.
Symptoms of mercury toxicity in the mouth include:
Mercury accumulates in the many sensory nerves of the ear that serve hearing and balance:
For the body, the skin is a major route of excretion and so it will try to expel mercury via the skin. creating:
Some of the mercury vapor from amalgam fillings adheres to the lining of the nose and sinuses from where it can be transported directly into the brain and cause the following symptoms:
Mercury collects within the eye balls themselves leading to the appearance of floaters (dark cloudy areas), but also adversely affects the muscles controlling focussing of the eyes and lens and the sensory nerves of the retina itself leading to:
Mercury binds with and blocks the actions of digestive enzymes leading to poor digestion and the development of food intolerances. It also alters the normal gut bacteria, favoring the overgrowth of yeasts and suppressing the growth of friendly bacteria which can lead to the development of intestinal permeability – leaky gut.
Digestive symptoms of mercury poisoning include:
The immune system is one of the first casualties of mercury toxicity. It causes a reduction in the number of natural killer (NK) cells which are responsible for policing tumors and viruses leading to the development of chronic viral infections and cancer.
The effects of mercury toxicity upon the immune system include:
Mercury accumulates in the mitochondria of the cells where it poisons energy production, leading to: