Mercury poisoning

Sources of mercury poisoning (besides amalgam fillings which contain at least 50% mercury): Smoke from coal power stations and crematoriums, waste incineration, and fatty fish (the selenium content of which, however, has a protective effect).

Mercury (Hg) is a toxic heavy metal which is liquid at room temperature. Inorganic mercury (which was used in the old mercury thermometers) is more poorly absorbed by the body than organic ethyl- and methyl mercury. Normally occurring intestinal bacteria, fungi, and digestive enzymes, however, can transform inorganic mercury into organic mercury which is very problematic since mercury is a neurotoxin. It destroys the metabolism of the cells, weakens the immune defence, and causes a long line of biochemical imbalances.

Amalgam is an alloy consisting of 50% mercury mixed with silver, tin, and smaller amounts of copper and zinc. Since 1895, amalgam has been used in fillings. Ever since the introduction of this filling material, we have seen a stream of documentation regarding health symptoms of this substance.

Amalgam fillings liberate their mercury into the teeth when exposed to heat, salt, and sour things when we chew and brush our teeth. Studies show that old fillings only have 5 – 27% of their original mercury content left. When mercury evaporates, we inhale it, and it reaches the brain via the nasal mucosa only seconds after. The highest concentrations of mercury, however, can be found in the kidneys. Studies from 1997 show that isotope-labelled mercury in the teeth of sheep accumulates in the foetus and in mother's milk.

All the same, use of amalgam as a filling material is still controversial. The documentation of the toxicity of mercury, however, is so overwhelming that most people anticipate a future ban of its use for this purpose.

The symptoms of chronic mercury poisoning are multiform:

Anxiety, poor memory, depression, tiredness, low metabolic rate, problems concentrating, a detached attitude, and contemplate suicide. Joint pains, weakness, tingling-, tickling-, or shaking hands, and fungal infections. Mercury poisoning can cause symptoms in all parts of the body and the list of symptoms, therefore, is unreasonably long. Some people react very violently to amalgam fillings while others react less obviously. Women who are strained by amalgam have the most symptoms during menstruation.

Other sources of mercury can be:

Colouring agents, contact lens fluid, cosmetics, eye-drops, large fatty fish, fertilizer, fireworks, preservatives, and vaccines.


General advice on disease prevention and a healthy lifestyle can be found in the library article "General Advice - for healthy as well as for ill ones" in the VitaHealth section under Focus Articles. You can also test your health by taking our "Health Check".

If you think it necessary, you can have your hair analyzed for mercury strain. Some laboratories specialize in this.

Take a dietary supplement with B vitamins – especially B5 and B6, folic acid (B9), vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, and selenium. Selenium binds to mercury and promotes its excretion. Eat large amounts of garlic which has a documented effect on the excretion of mercury. Seaweed (chlorella and kelp) and garlic and lecithin have cleansing effects and it can be recommended to eat large amounts of these things.

Several amino acids can be beneficial when cleansing your body of mercury: Glutathione, Methionine, and N-Acetyl-Cysteine, which all have detoxifying and immunostimulatory effects, should be mentioned here.

If you have more than one kind of metal filling in your mouth, e.g. amalgam and gold, at any one time, an electrical potential can occur which liberates particularly many mercury ions. This is called oral galvanism. First, you should replace the most problematic fillings with plastic. Have the rest removed gradually.

Some dentists and alternative therapists can examine you for oral galvanism.
Start out with a broad prophylactic dietary supplement a week before having your amalgam fillings removed.
Take 2 – 3 coal tablets in connection with a meal plus 5 ml. of spirit shortly before the procedure.

Seek qualified help if you have problems or if you are having a large part of your fillings removed. Choose a dentist who is experienced in plastic fillings.

EDTA chelation treatment and vitamin C chelation treatment is beneficial in case of mercury poisoning – they are both intravenous treatments that are performed by an orthomolecular doctor.


Also see "Allergy", "Amalgam removal – Mercury removal", "Candidiasis", "Disseminated sclerosis – Multiple sclerosis", "Epilepsy", "Fibromyalgia", "Food allergy", "Food intolerance", "Heavy metal poisoning", "Low blood sugar", "MCS – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity", and "Tiredness".

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