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Symptoms: Dental Mercury Poisoning
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Symptoms: Dental Mercury Poisoning

Signs of Mercury Poisoning
This page discusses the effects of mercury poisoning from dental "silver amalgam fillings."

Specific Symptoms of Dental Mercury Poisoning
Grinding or clenching one's teeth during sleep and at the moment of awakening
Metallic taste in the mouth (it tastes like the aluminum foil on chocolate)
Dark spots in the retina of the eye (Huggins, 1990); darker image in the affected eye. The subject may be unaware of his condition until he looks at the same image with one eye covered. (Dr. Huggins's medical license was revoked in 1995 by the ADA. Apparently, psychotherapists are not the only endangered species.)
Biting into one's tongue when chewing tough food {advanced illness).
Inability to fully open the mouth after prolonged chewing of very tough food, such as candy. This condition may last for 2 weeks (in Dak's case) and perhaps even longer. The patient can open his mouth only halfway. Clinical examination and X-ray images reveal no problem with the jaws. The reason for this condition is a sudden release of mercury from the fillings and the consequent convulsion of the jaw muscles. The patient may wrongly perceive that something is stuck at his temporo-mandibular joint and that his jaws are somehow locked. The condition normally develops within 24 hours of the critical chewing. The intensity of the condition diminishes very slowly, almost imperceptibly, and then suddenly one day everything returns back to normal.
The broken neck syndrome
The affected subject feels that he did not sleep right. He must have had some wild dream and somehow moved his pillow, and that is the believed reason for his pain in the neck. What is happening to him is convulsion in one of the two abductor muscles that connect the head with the collar bone. These muscles turn the head left and right, and also affect the up and down movement. The muscles run vertically in the posterior lateral (back and sides) sections of the neck. When only one muscle is affected, the subject's head twists toward one side. When he tries to move his head the other way, he feels considerable pain at the collar bone. When both muscles are affected, the subject may feel global pain in his posterior lower neck and between and above his shoulder blades as he tries to bend his head down. The effects usually disappear within three days, but the next time the subject grinds his teeth during the sleep or chews hard food before going to bed, the same thing happens to him again.
The described symptoms may worsen after eating mercury-containing food (fish, shellfish) or chewing very hard food, or after a dental "restorative procedure" of the old fillings. The interaction between mercury amalgam and other dental metals (gold, steel, and titanium) commonly produces voltages of several volts and currents of several tens of microamperes. The voltages easily exceed the 0.7V firing potential of neurons, and erratic muscle jerking results. The subject's saliva and the metals in his mouth create a battery, and the electric current speeds up the release of mercury many times. The battery is "improved" by eating and drinking certain foods. Also temperature variations in the mouth affect the release of dental mercury into the body. In addition to the chemical impact, the electric currents produce their own harmful effects. These are discussed below.

Mental Effects
Electric currents may affect the operation of the entire cerebral hemisphere
(in Dak's case, the left hemisphere). Mathematical abilities, language production and comprehension, muscle control of the right side of the body, and interhemispheric communication can become severely disrupted.

Poor muscle-eye coordination; this may become apparent only during typing or interactive sports and games
(typing >>> tpying >>> tyipng)
Skipping over parts of a read text
When writing, omission of central portions of long words (transatlantic >>> translantic)
Occasional failure to register an entire spoken sentence
Frequent interruption of the short-term memory (sclerosis)
General difficulty socializing and interacting with people
Loss of interest in doing interactive activities
(video games)
Difficulty tolerating bright light and sharp sounds
Difficulty processing sensory information quickly
Difficulty recalling well-known words/facts quickly
Inability to concentrate
Inability to exactly repeat a long sentence that someone just said
Inability to process music by the left hemisphere
Inability to follow rhythm
Many manifestations of Wernicke's aphasia
(reliance on the right hemisphere; preferable use of words that rhyme or produce rhythm; poor semantic thought)
Difficulty spelling from memory, but correct spelling in writing and easy spelling of written words
Blurting out words in an incomprehensible way
General difficulty controlling one's tongue, lips, and vocal cords
Low ability to hear oneself speaking
; poor registration or poor comprehension of one's speech
Difficulty with algebraic operations; loss, distortion, or confabulation of intermediate results. The subject is usually unaware of his or her problem. The only objective feedback is poor scores on a math test. The subject may be sure that he can solve the problems because he is aware of his knowledge of the necessary mathematical procedures and can apply them correctly. But the subject rarely checks his work, and when he does, he is prone to overlook obvious mistakes. This results in poor test scores despite knowing the subject.
Difficulty remembering short articles, song, or poems by heart
Difficulty remembering a series of items
Difficulty remembering personally unimportant information
Gradual loss of intellect and school performance (an early symptom)
Difficulty to grasp scientific concepts that others consider relatively easy
Learning to drive a car and driving in traffic can become very challenging
Reduced ability to solve problems
Suppression of all emotions
General feeling of inadequacy
Difficulty to associate names with faces
[Electrical stimulation from intracranial electrodes frequently disrupted naming of familiar faces (Allison et al, 1994)]
Mercury poisoning can cause schizophrenia. The most frequent and probably easiest way to develop schizophrenia is to breath mercury vapors. This is one of the reasons that dentists have some of the highest suicide rates of any occupation. Also Michael Faraday, a well-known physicist, developed schizophrenia by breathing mercury vapors. The development of schizophrenia from dental fillings seems less common than due to direct exposure to mercury vapors. However, either type of mercury-caused schizophrenia tends to give the patient a puffy face.

Biological Effects
Dental mercury tends to concentrate in the brain and organs. This may cause global malfunction of the human organism.

Hypoactivity of all glands
Low production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach
Symptoms of malnutrition due to malabsorption
Foul-smelling stool, urine, and breath

Chronic diarrhea, may last many months (advanced level of poisoning)
Relative shortness of breath; may show only during sports
Frequent infections
Inflammation of the esophagus
Inflammation of the rectum
Chest pain
throughout the body
Double vision or blurred vision
Tingling in the fingertips

Shaky fingers
Loss of precise control in the fingers
General signs of multiple sclerosis

Low energy
Low sex drive

Erratic muscular responses
Constant muscle tension
(due to electric currents in the mouth)
Eyes are "habitually" pulled to the left
Very poor balance
Stiffness and/or paralysis in an entire side of the body (due to electric currents)
The right hand feels strong, slow, and insensitive. The left hand is used preferably.
Slow responses
to stimuli (early symptom)
Overall apathy toward stimuli
Dry eyes (an early symptom)
Liver malfunction and retention of water, especially in the belly and buttocks; later followed by the enlargement of breasts in males.
Strange pressure, as if swelling, in the pancreatic area (advanced poisoning)
Poor tissue connectivity (ingrown toenails, separation of the skin from fingernails)
Receding, inflamed, and bleeding gum
Brown discoloration of the nails
in the frontal surfaces of incisors and deep longitudinal cracks in the incisors (layering of the incisors).
Longitudinal ridges on the nails (arthritis)
White spots in the nails
Brittle nails
Loss of toenails
after long walks or hikes, blisters under nails
Diabetes-like symptoms
Extremely low cholesterol level
Constant feeling of being cold, hungry, and sleepy
Low body temperature
(35.0 to 36.0 degrees Celsius); freezing in the summer
Inability to digest food; what goes in comes out intact
Waking up exhausted after a 10- to 12-hour sleep
Leg kicking during sleep
Arm jerking during rest or sleep

Excruciating contraction of toes after prolonged exposure to cold (early symptom)
Excruciating contraction in the calf muscle just below the knee (occurs during rest that follows strenuous walks or jogging, often exacerbated by cold)
Yeast infection throughout the digestive tract; constant intestinal micro-tremmors
Vaginal yeast infection
Feverish, burning, cracking and bleeding lips
Persistent or recurrent redness in the face
(advanced illness)
Enlarged capillaries in the white of the eye
Frequent collection of mucus in the throat
, especially after waking up
Substantial loss of mucus (intestinal lining) in feces
Stuffy nose
Ear infections
; fluid buildup and clogging in the ear canal
Partial deafness
Ringing in the ears
Frequent nose bleeding
Dryness in the nose
Polyps in the nose and mouth
Painful, swelling eyeballs
Discolored spots and "blisters" in the white of the eye
(advanced effects)
Clogging and swelling of the outlets of salivary glands inside the mouth
Sticky tongue due to dryness in the mouth
Extreme allergies to pollen and household chemicals
Allergies to car travel when the fan is running (due to pollen in the air)
20 to 25 attacks of diarrhea per day after taking antibiotics
Low heartbeat during the day (52-54 beats per minute) and especially before falling asleep (46-48 beats per minute) at the age of 15 years; an early sign
Alzheimers-like symptoms; recovery may be possible (documented by Tom Warren in his book about his personal experience)
Skin bumps, hard nodules, or finger-like formations in the skin (the fingers can be 2-3 mm in diameter and up to 6 mm long)
Overall weight gain and puffy face
Abnormal findings of proteins in the urine (relatively advanced stage of poisoning)
The patient's body may produce toxic sweat; bed sheets may dissolve
Internal bleeding (blood in the stool, urine, ejaculate, and phlegm)
Susceptibility to jock itch and athlete's foot; fungal infections
A pea-sized nodule at the thyroid gland develops overnight and lasts several weeks
Painful swelling of glands (testicles and thyroid)
Blue palms, hands, and feet when temperature drops below ~20 degrees C (advanced illness)
Numerous dark-red capillaries just under the skin of the feet; advanced illness
The head is spinning after making a somersault (intense tingling/burning sensation spreading from the navel toward the pubic region)
Allergies after liver damage. Inability to fall asleep due to splitting headache in the forehead. Substantial reduction in the intensity of the headache after standing up, but the headache spreads to the parietal lobes and sometimes even to the lover jaw. Within an hour, the subject may hyperventilate, lose his muscle control with the lower jaw and the whole body shaking. The subject is feeble and may feel that he may collapse to the floor. Within seconds, the subject vomits, which is how most of these attacks are resolved. After vomiting, the headache is often gone almost immediately, but mild fatigue usually last even after waking up in the morning.
Food allergies vary over time and daytime; most of them strike just after going to bed. The worst allergies are produced by a combination of exposure to pollens and certain foods. Some of the bad foods are: lamb (the worst according to Dak) pears, salmon, eggs, peanuts

Cure for cirrhosis is unknown, but detoxification of the liver does benefit the poisoned dental patient. Dramatic loss of extra weight may occur within 2 to 4 weeks and continue for several months until the patient's weight is restored to near normal. The detoxification also significantly reduces the symptoms of arthritis. A great improvement may occur in mental clarity (due to the disappearance of encephalopathy caused by poisonous byproducts in the brain) and in the overall level of energy. Sleep requirement may drop from 12 hours to 9 hours per day. Two essential non-prescription pills are available. According to internet search results, neither is known to have any side effects.

MSM natural organic sulfur (methylsulfonylmethane): removes mercury from the body.
Extract from milk thistle seed (silybum marianum): repairs and detoxifies the liver.

A common produce, red beet, reportedly also cleanses the liver.

Note: Some individuals may be sensitive to larger doses of milk thistle taken before sleep. More than 1 pill (about 400 mg) may lead to very unpleasant smooth-muscle contractions or chemical imbalance and awakening.

Behavioral Indicators
Loss of intellect results in strong adherence to habits.
Loss of emotions results in indifference to the suffering of others.
Global body shaking when staying in one position for too long (either standing or sitting).
Inability to sleep on one's side (due to electric currents and a loss of balance)
Keeping one's head below the blanket during sleep to preserve body heat
Wearing thick sweaters in the summer
Craving sugar and foods high in energy
Inattentiveness to unimportant things
(very poor observation talent)
Difficulty recalling one's duties, assignments, homework, and priorities at the right time
Watching TV, movies, and school lectures so that eyes look to the left

Developmental Effects
A pregnant woman with mercury amalgam fillings runs a high risk that her fetus will be malformed. The more fillings she has and the more chemically active her fillings are, the more mercury her fetus receives. Mercury fillings that are in contact with other metals or root canal that is filled with mercury amalgam (common dental practice) is particularly dangerous. The consequences may be:

Malformed skeleton (chest, jaws, and other parts)
Abnormal teeth (missing, misplaced, malformed, too big, or too small)
General brain damage
Sensory defects

A study conducted by the World Health Organization in Calgary, Canada in 1989 found substantial damage to the liver and kidneys in experimental sheep and monkeys. Mercury was found in the brains of the fetuses of the pregnant sheep (Vimy).

An affidavit signed by a coroner of the State of Washington and presented to the ADA in the city of Sea-Tac in January 1990 during a public hearing stated that mercury poisoning is a leading cause of death in people under 40 who die naturally.

At the present, mercury poisoning from dental fillings has not been acknowledged by branches of the US government responsible for public health.

It's All in Your Head by Hal. A. Huggins, DDS
Life Sciences Press 1990
ISBN 0-943685-06-0

Allison, T., Ginter, H., McCarthy, G., Nobre, A.C., Puce, A., Luby. M. & Spencer, D.D. Face recognition in human extrastriate cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology, 71, 821-825 (1994). Retrieved from Paller et al. Brain waves following remembered faces index conscious recollection. Cognitive Brain Research 7, 519-531 (1999).

If you call the DAMS organization (Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome) at 1-800-311-6265, they will mail you a list of holistic dentists in the states you choose. They are also a great resource for printed material on the subject.

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