10 Common Causes of Chronic Conditions: Cause #6
6. Heavy metals, particularly mercury from dental amalgams.
Mercury is one of the most toxic heavy metals on earth, and it can be the “spark” that starts the fires of many chronic illnesses. According to two scientific studies published in 2003 and 2004, the following are the most common chronic health issues related to mercury poisoning: periodontal disease, immune system problems, allergies, asthma, multiple chemical sensitivities, epilepsy, blood conditions, stomach pain, multiple sclerosis, ALS (also know as Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s disease, lupus, Parkinson’s disease, depression, mental confusion, infertility, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, tachycardia, schizophrenia, chlamydia trachoma, and a host of viral herpes infections.1
Most people can excrete toxic heavy metals from the body successfully. However, some people—especially those who suffer from chronic conditions—cannot excrete them efficiently enough and a build-up occurs. Recent research also reveals that those who cannot excrete heavy metals efficiently appear to be genetically predisposed to this condition. The APO-E 4/3 and 4/4 genotypes tend to be the worst excreters of heavy metals. Those people with this version of APO-E protein—abundant in the cerebral spinal fluid surrounding the brain—have the highest affinity for becoming ill from exposure to neurotoxic heavy metals, especially mercury when it is present in combination with others. When numerous metals are present in the body, they have a heightened “synergistic toxicity.”
In particular, mercury from dental amalgams and vaccinations can be very destructive to the human body. The issues involved in mercury toxicity are complex, and therefore it has become a highly controversial and debated topic.
Mercury Amalgams and Toxicity
Dentists still place 72 TONS of mercury in the form of “silver” fillings in the mouths of Americans each year.2 There is now a wealth of medical research revealing that mercury does in fact leach out of every filling. There have been thousands of extensively documented cases throughout the world where the removal of mercury amalgam almost immediately led to the disappearance of symptoms, or significant improvements in serious health conditions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dental amalgam fillings constitute the major source of human exposure to mercury.
A mercury filling contains roughly half a gram of mercury on average. On average, people have at least five fillings, or nearly 3 grams of mercury. In comparison, if only a half a gram of mercury is found dispersed in a 10-acre lake anywhere in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not allow the fish from that lake to be eaten. The FDA and EPA place a ban on any food that contains a mercury level of just 1 part per million (ppm). Yet the average level of mercury present in the urine of a person with amalgam fillings is 1.9 ppm. Some people can actually have urine with up to 50 ppm of mercury—50 times the EPA’s Critical Level.3,4
It is interesting to note that dentists and dental personnel who are repeatedly in contact with mercury from dental amalgam fillings statistically experience significantly higher levels of neurological, memory, musculoskeletal, mood, and behavioral problems than the general population. Studies also show that dentists have higher suicide rates than the general public. In fact, some dentists have begun to voluntarily stop their use of mercury amalgams. Sweden, Japan, Germany and several other countries have outlawed, or are in the process of outlawing, the use of mercury. Several members of the United States Congress have proposed several bills that would ban the use of mercury amalgams, but none of these bills have ever made it out of committee.
Anyone who suffers from a chronic illness should consider having their dental amalgams removed. Removal of amalgams can indeed be costly, but staying chronically ill costs a great deal more. If you decide to have your mercury amalgams removed, it is vital that you find a dentist who is experienced at properly removing amalgams and replacing them with a substance that is compatible with your body—usually porcelain, plastic, or composite resins. Find a mercury-free dentist in your area now.
1Windham, Bernie. “Documentation of Adverse Effects” www.home.earthlink.net/~berniew1/index.html Accessed August 2005.
2International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). “A Scientific Response to the ADA Special Report and Statement of Confidence in Dental Amalgam.”
3“Mercury Free and Healthy, The Dental Amalgam Issue” www.amalgam.org Accessed August 2005.
4Windham, Bernie. “Documentation of Adverse Effects” www.home.earthlink.net/~berniew1/index.html Accessed August 2005.