I have been convinced that mercury poisoning is a problem that afflicts many of us. Although the American Dental Association is adamantly opposed to the idea that fillings containing mercury (amalgams) cause mercury intoxication, some dentists, health practioners, and researchers strongly disagree. Some of the science that points to amalgams as being a source of mercury poisoning can be found here:
I also recommend those interested in the subject to read Dr. Hal Huggin’s book, “It’s All in Your Head: The Link Between Mercury Amalgams and Illness”.
On the opposite pole, here is the American Dental Association’s Position on Mercury Amalgams:
According to Dr. Hal Huggin’s book here are a list of diseases that MAY sometimes be entrained by mercury poisoning:
Neurological- Tremors, Seizures, Multiple Sclerosis, AlS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s, emotional disturbances, unexplained depression, anxiety, and unprovoked suicidal thoughts.
Immunological- Lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis.
Cardiovascular- High and low blood pressure, tachycardia, irregular heart beat.
Miscellaneous: Chronic fatigue, brainfog, digestive problems, and Chron’s disease.
I don’t think proponents of this theory are arguing that mercury poisoning is ALWAYS the etiology of the above diseases, but that SOMETIMES it is.
In any case, what are my reasons for pursuing this? I have had a persistent form of insomnia since my early
twenties. I have tried a number of methodologies to heal it. I have had sleep studies performed at the Stanford Sleep Center (one of the best in the world). Based on their assesment, I took their Sleep cognitive-behavior group program, which did not help much. I have tried acunpuncture, homeopathy, various herbal remedies. Some of these helped slightly. Presently I am taking 30 mg of amitryptyline/night. This has given me the best results so far. However, even with this medicine, I suffer from sleep deprivation. Some nights I sleep well, others I don’t. It does not seem consistent, even when I take into consideration such factors as stress.
I have also been prone to nervous afflictions (i.e. anxiety attacks, phobias, etc). While I don’t think mercury is solely responsible for these, it COULD create the environment for them to take root).
A few years back, I had my blood tested for metals and mercury was off the chart. The rest where within normal range, except for iron being a little high.
At that time I did not act upon it, but now I have decided to do so. I DO NOT KNOW 100 percent that mercury is the cause of my problems, but it might be so. In any case,
I don’t think that it is doing me any good in my body. So I have resolved to expend a bit of time and money towards getting rid of the mercury.
To this end, I have begun by getting my mercury amalgams removed. Yesterday, (April 8, 2008) I had half of the amalgams in my mouth removed. Next Thursday (April 14) I shall have the remaining ones removed.
It is important to have your amalgams removed by a dentist
who is specialized in doing so to prevent further release into your system of mercury during the process of removal.
To find such a dentist, go to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology website:
There is a list of dentists with the background to do this.
Some of these dentists MAY charge more than regular dentists. Mine does not. In fact, he is even a bit cheaper.