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Could Mercury Toxicity Be Causing Your Symptoms?

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Mercury levels can build up in your body, causing immune dysfunction, fatigue, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, and many other complaints.

At the California Center for Functional Medicine, we often see patients with complex medical histories and symptoms that don’t fit inside the usual diagnostic categories of the conventional medical world. As a result, they are often given a prescription for an antidepressant and assured that they are perfectly healthy, or they are otherwise left unaided after multiple physicians just don’t know the cause of their seemingly mysterious complaints. Fortunately, they persist and find their way to our clinic.

In searching for the underlying cause of chronic illness, I’m often surprised by how frequently we find high levels of toxic metals, especially mercury. Mercury is a common environmental contaminant, and many of us are unknowingly predisposed to mercury toxicity.

As this is a fascinating and complex topic that affects many of us, Chris and I will soon be offering a free webinar providing more details about how mercury wreaks havoc in our body, how to test for mercury toxicity, and how to support healthy detoxification. In this article, I want to provide an overview of mercury exposure, explain how we normally move it out of our bodies and why some of us develop toxicity, and provide some clues to see if you might be mercury-toxic.

Mercury 101: Three forms of mercury

There are three major types of mercury:

  1. Elemental mercury: this is the form in “silver” fillings, or dental amalgams. Such fillings are about 50 percent mercury with smaller amounts of silver, tin, and copper (1). Dental amalgams continuously lose trace amounts of mercury, primarily as mercury vapor, or gas, which we inhale. Just as we inhale oxygen and it’s transported from our lungs to all of the tissues in our body, so too is mercury inhaled and transported throughout our body.
  2. Inorganic mercury: you can think of this form of mercury as a result of corrosion. At some point, the elemental mercury in dental amalgams will be inhaled or swallowed, and then it attaches to another compound, forming inorganic mercury.
  3. Organic mercury: also called methylmercury, this is the type of mercury found in seafood. When we eat fish, the methylmercury is delivered directly to our intestines. Somewhat unfortunately, due to a process called molecular mimicry, which can be thought of as a case of mistaken identity, our body sees the organic mercury, thinks it’s a beneficial nutrient, and brings it out of the gut into circulation.

Different individuals, different rates of mercury detox

Based on studies during an outbreak of mercury poisoning from eating mercury-contaminated seeds, the half-life of mercury (meaning the time it takes to decrease the blood level of mercury by half) for most people is 60 days (2). But the range is 40 to 120 days. In someone who only slowly detoxifies mercury, exposure to a constant source, even if small, such as with dental amalgams, leads to significantly greater accumulation and toxicity than would occur in someone who quickly moves it out of the body.

Chronic inflammation can lead to impaired detoxification and mercury accumulation. Are you at risk?

Mercury detox is affected by numerous factors

Mercury is moved out of the body by the glutathione system. Glutathione can be thought of as the master antioxidant. One of its many roles is to attach to metals and other toxins to guide them out of the body.

Genetics and epigenetics clearly have some influence over our rate of detoxification (3). But the story is much more complex, and fortunately, there are a number of pieces of the detoxification process that we can support.

Most notably, there is a complex interplay between inflammation and detoxification, and one cannot be treated without addressing the other.

Chronic inflammation = impaired detoxification. And, mercury = chronic inflammation. A vicious cycle.

Detoxification is essentially an antioxidant system. Inflammation, in contrast, plays the role of “attack and repair.” For example, if you cut yourself, you’ll notice that the skin around that cut becomes red, warm, and a little swollen. This is because inflammatory cells move in to “attack” any potential pathogens (like bad bacteria) that may try to move into your body through the cut (since the skin provides a normal barrier of defense). Inflammation is often protective in the short term, but it is associated with increased oxidative stress, meaning there’s an increase in reactive compounds that can cause damage to our cells and our DNA (4). Chronic inflammation, which is essentially “pro-oxidant,” will decrease detoxification, which is “anti-oxidant.”

In one study looking at fish consumption in children, levels of mercury were compared with inflammatory markers (5). Even though the levels of mercury in these children were low, an association was seen between higher mercury (whether due to slow detoxification and associated accumulation, or due to high consumption) and several inflammatory markers.

One study looking at how the immune system responds to mercury found an increase in the release of pro-inflammatory immune cells (6). This dysregulation in the immune system leads to an unopposed inflammatory response and increased risk for infectious or autoimmune diseases.

Inflammation makes us more susceptible to mercury toxicity

In one study, inflammation due to different causes, including exposure to bacterial endotoxin, which occurs with food poisoning or other GI infection, significantly increased toxicity (7). Another study similarly found that small amounts of bacterial endotoxin exposure substantially increased susceptibility to damage from various toxins, including metals (8). And another study in mice demonstrated that mercury in the presence of bacterial endotoxin caused measurably more kidney damage than mercury alone (9). This means that the same amount of mercury or other toxins will cause more damage in the presence of inflammation.

Mercury affects every cell and system in our body

Because of this, the effects and symptoms of mercury toxicity are different in each individual. While the variety of ways in which mercury affects each of us is too much to cover in this article, here’s a list of some signs and symptoms that mercury is affecting your health:

  • Anxiety (10)
  • Depression (11)
  • Brain fog or decreased concentration
  • Fatigue (12)
  • Frequent headaches
  • Ataxia (decreased control over muscular movements such as with walking or picking up objects)
  • Sleep disturbance in children (13)
  • Autoimmune disease (14, 15)
  • Allergies (16, 17)
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity (18)
  • Paresthesias or neuropathy
  • Hearing loss
  • Dysarthria (characterized by slurred or slow speech due to weakness or poor control over the muscles used for speech)
  • Muscle tremor
  • Movement disorders
  • Hair loss (19)
  • Hormonal dysregulation including abnormal menstrual cycles and infertility (20, 21, 22).
  • Cardiovascular disease including hypertension, coronary heart disease, transient ischemia attacks or stroke, or other vascular diseases (23)
  • Kidney dysfunction including proteinuria (or “spilling” proteins into the urine)

Our nervous system is particularly vulnerable to mercury toxicity

You can see from this list of symptoms that our brains are especially susceptible to the toxic effects of mercury. Many of these conditions also result from the underlying inflammation and immune dysfunction associated with a high burden of mercury. Fortunately, you can get the mercury out of your body safely!

It’s important to know that if you are considering having your dental amalgams removed, this MUST be done by a biologic or holistic dentist with experience in low emission removal techniques (24). When done incorrectly, removal of amalgams can expose you to a substantial amount of mercury.

In an upcoming webinar (exact date is TBA) Chris and I will talk more about how to test for metal toxicity, including why we don’t recommend provoked mercury tests, what additional tests need to be considered, and how we approach detoxification. The webinar will provide some time for questions and answers, so we’ll look forward to answering your specific questions there!

If you suspect you may be suffering from mercury toxicity, and want to start testing to recover your health, I am currently accepting new patientsTo learn more about how to get started, click here.

Now I’d like to hear from you … have you experienced any benefit after having your dental amalgams removed? Or have you otherwise found high mercury levels caused your symptoms?

Amy NettAbout Amy:  Amy Nett, MD, graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2007.  She subsequently completed a year of internal medicine training at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, followed by five years of specialty training in radiology at Stanford University Hospital, with additional subspecialty training in pediatric radiology.

Along the course of her medical training and working through her own personal health issues, she found her passion for functional medicine, and began training with Chris in June of 2014.  She subsequently joined the California Center for Functional Medicine to work with patients through a functional medicine approach, working to identify and treat the root causes of illness.  Similar to Chris, she uses nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, supplements, stress management, detoxification and lifestyle changes to restore proper function and improve health.

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  1. I was informed that my mercury level was high. From all the tuna fish I was eating on a daily bases for years. So I have stopped eating all fish and my symptoms are really out of control. My anxiety is hard. I am having trouble dealing with it. I have been detoxing for 3 weeks. Do you know how long this takes and if these symptoms normal.
    thanks

  2. I also highly recommend Andy Cutler’s protocol. I was sick with chronic fatigue, mainly because of thyroid/adrenal issues, and improved dramatically doing his protocol.

    • Hey Julia, how many rounds did you do to improve?
      Does the improvement last after you’ve done chelating?

  3. A few ‘basics’ could do with addressing:

    1. Why not describe the detox protocol – tell us what it is – so we can research it & critique it? No-one coming here is much prone to leaps in the dark, or just trusting what the guy in the white coat says.

    2. None of these mercury articles have addressed where the mercury deposits itself, & where it does the most damage – i.e. in the organs. Autopsy studies find it there in quantity. Its half-life in the blood (discussed above) is of relatively minor interest.

    3. And the brain? Hg can cross the BBB: does Dr Shade have a plan for brining it back out? Can we hear about it?

    4. There’s also a whole ballgame where Hg build-up is the flipside of B12 deficiency: they cause each other. And both impair methylation. So mercury links into other major Chris Kresser themes.

      • Andrew Cutler’s technique almost destroyed my wife.

        She was lying in a hospital bed with severe delirium, sleeping much of the time and when she woke, she would cry out “help me, help me, help me” like a demented Alzheimer’s patient.

        She developed cogwheel rigidity of her arms and legs consistent with Parkinson’s disease.

        There was no way to get the mercury out of her brain using Cutler’s protocol. Each time I treated her, even with very small doses of lipoic acid, she would worsen.

        And I followed the protocol, even going to a 2 hour regimen.

        Her ANA levels are very high as are her double stranded DNA levels. Everyone kept telling me she had lupus and kept upping the steroids, wanting to add things like imuran, methotrexate and CellCept to her regimen which I refused. Finally a brilliant rheumatologist came in and said emphatically that Lupus did not cause the constellation of neurological symptoms my wife had.

        She backed down the steroids and in the course of my reading and research, I can’t across an article published by Nicholas Ralston of the university of North Dakota. Selenium mitigates mercury toxicity in every species of fish, bird and mammal tested. It seems that mercury leads to a selenium deficiency in the brain. It’s felt to be the major determinant for mercury induced CNS toxicity.

        I gave my wife high doses of selenium. Over a 72 to 96 hour time span, she went into make a full neurological and cognitive recovery.

        The hospital physicians were clueless and astounded at the same time, attributing her improvement to the use of steroids.

        My wife is now in the care of a very capable complementary medicine physician and making slow, progressive improvement. She is incredibly mercury toxic.

        She worked for six years as a dental technician and the dentist also put amalgam fillings into her mouth.

        The following links to videos demonstrating the dangers of using amalgam are pretty incriminating.

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jni5WHsKDKE

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GXB2AzqCjTE

        It won’t be long before the ADA will be facing the tort lawyers in court.

        The other thing is that I would strongly recommend against the use of the Cutler protocol, especially for anyone that’s highly mercury toxic. It nearly killed my wife and that’s not being overstated.

        DMSA or DMPS along with the use of generously dosed selenium concomitantly is far safer. I would recommend yeast free selenomethionine.

        Of course, DMPS and DMSA should never be used while a person still has amalgam fillings either. Selenomethionine, however, is safe even with amalgams in place.

        Here’s the link on the publication discussing the link between mercury and selenium.

        http://pacificalbacore.com/wfoa/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/ralstonraymond.pdf

          • Lisa,

            While I can not argue with Jeff’s conclusion, I find that ACC is a useful protocol, but they ignore the effects of selenium on mercury A) it binds mercury into the non-reactive compound mercuric selenide and B) it increases the urinary excretion of mercury. My blood levels of selenium were so low that the lab checked them twice to ensure their equipment was working properly. After reading up on selenium I discovered the threshold that a typical person reaches selenium toxicity is around 1000 mcg and that selenium toxicity from doses 30 times greater are reversible by simply discontinuing supplementation. I began taking 2000 mcg per day for two weeks then dropped back to between 600 mcg to 1200 mcg. At 600 mcg daily my blood levels reached the lowest cusp of “normal”. I had dental amalgams for 40 years until they were removed in March of 2017. One other thing to keep in mind: selenium is transferred from the liver to all parts of the body as selenoprotein-P. B6 is a cofactor in the production of selenoprotein-P. A daily dose of between 15 and 40 mg should ensure faster production. Best of luck!

        • I would agree that ACC does not go far enough…I would at least add a binder like IMD or Metal Sweep by BioPure to help with elimination.

          It might be worth looking into getting Ereramide compassionate care use…look up Boyd Haley on YouTube. Ithonk this will be future of chelation therapy once approved by FDA due to superior half life and better bonding (does not let go of mercury) than DMSA or DMPS.

          Prayers and blessings!

  4. Awaiting root canal, & must know more about metal crown, as I only have white crowns in my mouth so far, due to being a singer. I’m in Scotland now, so will be needing to find out what is available here in Orkney. In Maui, the insurance would only allow me to pull the tooth, so I waited to come to Scotland to see what options were here. It is $150. for a metal crown or $750., or more, for a white crown, so now I am not sure what I will do. I have just recently been on antibiotics, which I refused even when I healed pneumonia naturally in 2014, but the dental pain was so severe and constant, I took pain killer ibuprofen, and accepted taking these antibiotics as well: Amoxicillan caps 500mg. x 15 (3/day x 5 days). Can anyone suggest what to ask for from dentist here and what to do to bring my beneficial flora back after these antibiotics? I have plain organic yogurt daily, and will find a good probiotic as soon as I take the ferry to Kirkwall again from tiny island of Rousay! It is interesting being away from my usual big fancy dental worlds of Los Angeles, NYC, & Maui, Hawaii. Any help welcome. Blessings to all who contributed to this awesome helpful thread, Claire

    • Sorry to hear about your dental pain and your dilemma. I was recommended by my good friend to try the following. I myself did not have to do it, so I cannot tell you how effective it is, but it worked for my friend:

      Kyolic – garlic and mushroom pills. Take double or triple the daily dosage as a supplement. My friend told me that this really got rid of the pain by boosting her immunity.

      Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Butter Oil mix by Peaceful Pastures

      Things that are recommended in remineralizing your tooth – google it.

      Hope it helps.

    • Hi Clair,
      Sometimes, it’s hard to avoid antibiotics (I’m going on over 4 years), but you are right to work on your gut flora after a round since a health flora is your best protection against getting sick and numerous other things. For bringing back healthy flora, Beet Kvass is excellent and nourishing as well. Easy to make and inexpensive. Here’s a link on how to make it: http://thenourishingcook.com/how-to-make-fermented-beet-kvass/

      Hope this helps.
      Wendy

      • Forgot to add, one of the ingredients for making the beet kvass is whey…not the powdered kind you can buy in the health food stores though. This is easy to make from the same yogurt you said you eat. You basically strain your organic WHOLE MILK yogurt through cheese cloth (I actually use a stainless still thin mesh strainer) and the liquid that separates is whey. The rest is delicious cream cheese. If you click on “whey” in the article, you will also find instructions. Enjoy!

        Wendy

  5. Please share what replacement dental materials you have used or recommend, when getting amalgam filling removed.

    Thank you!!!

    • I do not know the exact name of the filling but it was a white composite. I think they call it “white cure” or something like that. Just make sure you get it taken it out properly by a biologic dentist. Good luck!

      On a personal note, I had a complete transformation after taking out fillings. It has been about one year and I am having sensations that I never had before (nerve regrowth). I found that using EDTA suppository helped me a lot by Kelamin.

      Good luck everyone fighting this beast!

      • I just wanted to add one more thing to this board for whomever it may help. There is a supplement called Nitric Oxide, https://goo.gl/MraroY, that I would highly recommend for those suffering from nerve pain as a result of their mercury toxicity. I think this was the worst part of it for me as I went through it.

        Note, that this is not a chelator, but it does have an effect on reducing pain associated with nerve issues, although this is not the intended outcome, it’s really more of an energy supplement.

        Scholarly articles will tell you that mercury toxicity inhibits the production of nitric oxide. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12175822
        By taking this pill you are taking an amino acid that triggers a reaction in your body to produce this gas that’s responsible for proper immune functioning.

        I do not think that this is a usual course for treating symptoms of mercury toxicity but it has been effective for me, and I think others as well if they were to give it a try.

        It does not have caffeine either. However, it will maybe make you feel more energetic and a little on edge for the first few weeks that you take it. For me, the benefits far outweighed the negatives.

        Read the reviews, do your research, and decide for yourself, especially if you have severe nerve pain as I did.

        Blessings to all!

    • I have been detoxing from Mercury for over a year, under the care of a functional medicine Dr in Roanoke, VA. Also have just completed removal and replacement of 7 amalgams plus one mixed semi precious metal crown placed over an amalgam. Under the care of a great biological dentist in Lynchburg, VA
      She only does the replacement with blood tests beforehand to determine what materials your system will tolerate. Since my last quadrant, I have experienced heightened symptoms, including new skin rashes. This recovery is a very long road, but I can tell you that I am 80%
      better with all symptoms, after detoxing slowly for a year. You do not want to have the amalgams removed with out the care of functional medicine Dr and biological dentist. Sypmtoms of detox are almost as scary as the poisoning itself.

  6. Dear Chris

    A growing body of evidence indicates that exposure to various sources of electromagnetic fields (EMF) such as mobile phones and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) significantly increases the release of mercury from dental fillings (1). These findings have been further supported by some studies on the microleakage of amalgam restorations (2, 3). Moreover, it has been reported that exposure to X-rays can increase the mercury release from dental amalgam restorations (4). These findings have recently been reviewed by Mortazavi and Mortazavi (5).

    References:
    1. Mortazavi SM, Neghab M, Anoosheh SM, Bahaeddini N, Mortazavi G, Neghab P, et al. High-field MRI and mercury release from dental amalgam fillings. The international journal of occupational and environmental medicine. 2014;5(2):101-5.
    2. Yilmaz S, Misirlioglu M. The effect of 3 T MRI on microleakage of amalgam restorations. Dentomaxillofac Radiol. 2013;42(8):20130072.
    3. Shahidi SH, Bronoosh P, Alavi AA, Zamiri B, Sadeghi AR, Bagheri MH, et al. Effect of magnetic resonance imaging on microleakage of amalgam restorations: an in vitro study. Dentomaxillofac Radiol. 2009;38(7):470-4.
    4. Kursun S, Öztas B, Atas H, Tastekin M. Effects of X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging on mercury release from dental amalgam into artificial saliva. Oral Radiol. 2014;30(2):142-6.
    5. Mortazavi G, Mortazavi SM. Increased Mercury Release from Dental Amalgam Restorations after Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields as a Potential Hazard for Hypersensitive People and Pregnant Women. Reviews on Environmental Health. 2015;30(4):287-92.
    6. Mortazavi G, Mortazavi SM. Should pregnant women with dental amalgam fillings limit their exposure to electromagnetic fields to prevent the toxic effects of mercury in their foetuses? Technology and health care : official journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine. 2015;23(3):369-71.

  7. Just wanted to share my story for those it may help…

    At 17 years old, I got my amalgams put in. Just two, but enough to do a lot of damage. I went through my 20’s with considerable amount of pain – chest pain in particular but also tightness in right eye and full ear feeling. I would crack my chest often, had difficulty breathing, anxiety especially. i could go on but I won’t.

    Things got so bad it was affecting day to day life, my marriage, etc. I was determined to figure out what was causing my fibromyalgia symptoms so I looked up all the possibly causes and read about heavy metals. Last July I had my amalgams taken out by a biologic dentist and the results were dramatic!

    i ended up breathing better, my lazy eye opened, i lost a good 20 or more pounds, my muscular strength increased exponentially, i was able to stay up longer, do more work (no more chronic fatigue), my married life and life with kids got so much better too. i didn’t need to crack my chest anymore and right now it feels like my network of nerves are reconnecting.

    i should also mention in all this that i became sensitized to metals, not desensitized, but sensitized. Meaning touching metal was painful. once i realized this i stopped wearing anything metal (jewelry, eyeglasses, etc) i even avoided touching metal if possible (eating with my hands instead of utensils, etc). there are some scholarly articleso n this published in sweeden in late 90s that confirmed this existence in mercury exposed individuals.

    This is the backdrop, I would like to explain what I did to get to a nearly full recovery. I am not yet fully recovered but believe I will be someday.

    1. chiropractor – this was before i knew what the problem was – but it did really help get things moving again
    2. tens machine – ultima neuro – matches the nerve impulse of the body to relax it and let nerves repair themselves
    3. other physical exercise devices – i especially liked using the theracane and the foam roller but any massage was great too. It really stimulated more oxygen in my bloodstream.
    4. DIET – this one was huge – I changed to eating just veggies and lean meat, mostly chicken, and plain spaghetti, nothing added. Later on, I added cilantro and garlic – powerful chelators. I read in the posts below that cilantro was not recommended for mercury detox. My experience with cilantro was strong as well. It sure did move things about but for me it was effective in the later stages of detox. i waited until month 5 or 6 before doing it knowing that i was in full swing chelation and things were moving on well. Right now I consume about one paste of cilantro a week and it does help me out considerably.
    5. SUPPLEMENTS – my wife is a physician and she began telling me about supplements – i tried a few but the one that gave me the most success is neurogen by a hand surgeon fitzmaurice, google it, it’s got ALA that cutler recommends. I also take Gluathiamine and chlorella and magnesium oil, These were all recommended by the superman diet, see http://thesupermandiet.com/detox/.
    6. Reading posts – I have to say thet without the Internet I would not have been healed. No traditional doctor figured it out, I did, with the help of bloggers like yourself! It is my firm commitment to keep on going back to learn more and even when completely healed, to help others in my predicament. i think the ADA needs to go down for the evil it has allowed to occur under its watch!
    7. Prayer – no real explanation needed here, but I do think it helps!

    * a word about clay baths – for me due to my metal sensitivity, the clay baths were a lot to handle. the ionization ended up pulling not just the mercury out but other essential minerals. it left me feeling depleed in the long run. I will say that this was when i put in on externally. i had better results with eating it but that did cause some constipuation as well. i also think caution needs to be taken when using clay and do so slowly if extremely toxic like i was. .

    I would be happy to go into any details of what I did to recover but I do think the following things are true:
    – my recovery could be linked to the fact that I am in my mid 30s and besides this thing (doctor’s always said this) had perfect health
    – i respond well to chelation – not true for everyone
    – i had my amalgams removed by a biologic dentist – google this now – they have different protocol to keep you safe for removal such as dental dam, oxygen, etc.

    therefore, i believe that you first must listen to your body before anything else – even a trained practitioner. Go slowly and increase dosage as your tolerance allows. Remember that the toxins are eliminated through your poop. If you don’t eliminate regularly this could be a problem. Fortunately, I don’t have that problem.

    Wishing you all the best of luck and God’s good graces on your road to recovery.

    By the way, in July it will be my one year since removal of amalgams so my progress has been relatively quick.
    I do think that it can be for others as well without too many other comorbidities.

    • Hi Jason,
      I just happen to run across your reply and I couldn’t stop myself from immediately replying. You seem like a man of faith so I felt the need to reach out. I really desperately need help. I have several amalgam fillings and I can’t help but think that is the cause for my uncontrollable depression and anxiety. I want help. If you don’t mind, please give me more specifics about your journey and what I can do. Thank you so much. God bless you.

      Sincerely,
      Monica

      • Hi Monica. I am happy to go into more details with you over email.

        There is a new supplement edta that I am taking now that is also helping a lot. But again I caution everyone to do your reading first.

        Some people consider edta a poison that should not have been given fda approval. Others find it is a God send. I do think that it depletes your body of other essential nutrients such as vitamin B and C and magnesium however.

        Livestrong had a good article on this if you google edta livestrong.

        Since my last post, I am now wearing my eyeglasses more frequently and continue to lean down. The release of metals coincides with an exponential increase of energy…so much so that it can be hard to fall asleep at night despite working a full day.

        I am a servant of the Lord and if I can be of some assistance to those suffering such calamaties, I would be honored to do so, as my time allows.

        Blessings!

        • Hi Jason, How can we get in touch with you?
          I too have similar auto immune issues, and have only recently realised that the mercury fillings could be what is causing my health to deteriorate, this last year, my health has taken a nose dived quite dramatically.
          Im incorporating a diet that lowers inflammation, helps break down biofilm, repairing gut lining etc. But I wanted to ask if you did any of these detoxes whilst you still had the fillings in your teeth or did you wait till they where removed? Ive been contemplating on doing certain detoxes but am not sure if its safe to do before fillings are removed?
          Btw did you ever try Glutathione supplements?
          Thanks for your wonderful comments, this will def help many, Jesus bless you too, he is coming soon, and those that continue to still do evil upon us and his creation will have to answer to the most High, REV 22:11, till then, may we fight our way back to health and help others who can not join the dots like we have, God bless you and your recovery, hope we can link up to your email.

        • Peter probably means “Andy Cutler Chelation Think Tank” on Facebook.

          You could also try the “adult metal chelation” and “frequent dose chelation” groups on Yahoo.

          ALA can be dangerous even after you’ve had all your amalgam fillings removed, if you take it on the wrong schedule. I messed myself up badly taking 1 large dose ALA per day for 8 months. Google “Cutler protocol” for more info.

      • I took l-glutothione and felt a huge difference I one day. I think my glutathione was so depleted from mercury toxicity that right away I felt much better. I have had my amalgums for forty years. I plan to have them removed by a biological dentist. I am building up my glutotione because it helps detox the mercury out. It is a must do for mercury toxicity because glutathione is destroyed by mercury but it is the system used to detox mercury. My body was not detoxing the mercury because of glutathione deficiency! Anxiety and depression are the result of the mercury not being detoxed out of your body!

  8. Is this Mercury to be obtained through fillings only? As a child I had collected a fair amount (Palm-sized dollop) of mercury from several broken thermometers.. I played with it for about 4-6 hours while we were driving to a family camp site- when my dad saw me and told me it was bad.
    Now 30 years later, all the symptoms I read about, foggy brain, anxiety, exhaustion, pale in comparison to not being able to paint anymore, let alone, stir food properly.. I have carpal tunnel now, and surgery is this spring. Toes and feet are not good either- roll ankles often . I’m just”unsteady” …. All the time – and I used to be so strong.
    What is a test *I* could take- just to know? And would it even show up?
    Thanks for any and all answers

    • Sounds like mercury toxicity to me! The best test is the toxic and essential elements hair test from doctorsdata. You can get it from holisticheal.com. You don’t look for a high mercury; you look for the deranged mineral transport which is mercury’s signature. You can join the Andy Cutler Chelation Think Tank on Facebook and post the test there; somebody will read it for you, if you like. Or you can learn how to read it from Andy’s book Hair Test Interpretation. Ignore the stuff Dr. Yasko writes on the test. If you find you are mercury toxic, and I really suspect you are from history and symptoms, please learn how to chelate carefully and properly. So many people have gotten worse from doing it wrong. the FB site is a great place to ask questions. Please don’t start any sort of chelation without educating yourself! Very few doctors know how to do this safely.

    • I believe functional medicine doctors usually can test you for mercury toxicity . Also heard some chiropractors have done the test as well not sure though.

  9. I have been having some serious health issues: osteoporosis, hyperparathyroidism, extremely low estrogen and hormone levels, brain fog, difficulty keeping weight, joint pain, respiratory issues, magnesium deficiency, racing heart, Reynaud’s syndrome, etc. the lust keeps growing and I feel I have been pretty healthy most of my life. I have been going from doctor to doctor, Chinese and western, Ayurvedic and even a medical intuitive. Recently I met with an herbal practitioner that is very knowledgeable in many modalities, and he thinks I have a chronic and long term heavy metal toxicity eich is highly disruptive to the endocrine system, particularly thyroid/parathyroid. I can’t find any definitive or correkating articles through PubMed, the CDC or the NIH. Does anyone have any further apscientifically based articles or leads that I can follow up with.? I would greatly appreciate any help.

    • Sorry to hear about your challenges in dealing with the mercury. Here are some supplements I’ve found helpful…
      Broken cell wall Chlorella
      Cilantro
      Diatamaceous earth
      Chaga mushrooms
      Sea salt
      Msm
      All worth looking into… best of luck!!!

      • I didn’t do enough research, had my amalgams out and started the Dr Mercola and Klinghardt protocols as suggested. The high amounts of cilantro and chlorella made me so much sicker. That was 6 months ago, I stopped everything I was doing 3 months into it. finally getting some strength and stamina back. The migraines are less often the MS symptoms are still flaring but less violently. I can’t be angry with all those that told me how to detox, I did not do enough of my own research. I wish I would have looked for what to do when the protocol doesn’t work. We are all individuals and therefore have different needs. Learn to listen to your body, do what your gut tells you not just what the health care team says is the only way!

    • Please join the Facebook site Andy Cutler Chelation Think Tank. Lots of people very knowledgeable about mercury toxicity, diagnosis and treatment, and happy to help.

    • Try l-glutothione. It is best for detoxing mercury. The levels in your body are low because mercury depletes glutothione and that is the system used to detox mercury.

    • If you already know you have hyperparathyroidism, which causes or contributes to nearly all of those other things you have, why not get that cured by having surgery to get the parathyroid tumor removed? If you go to the right surgeon (this is crucial), it’s a minimally invasive procedure that takes twenty minutes. Check out testimonials of people who have done it.

      I have primary hyperparathyroidism myself, and my surgery is next week at the Norman Parathyroid Center. I’m ridiculously excited. Having such high calcium has wreaked havoc in so many ways in my body.

  10. As is stated above the toxic affects or lack of is different for each & every person. Therefore telling everybody they need to have all their mercury fillings removed & replaced with some type of white resin/composite fillings is unnecessary. The complete elimination of the use of mercury fillings is also unnecessary in my opinion. If you are not having any ill effects from the use of mercury fillings I think they should be used. There are many people out there that CAN NOT afford basic dental care. The cost of white resin/composite fillings are much more expensive and do not last as long as mercury fillings. Both types of fillings are loaded with potentially toxic chemicals. The use of the more expensive white resin/composite fillings presents even more of a financial challenge to obtain basic dental care for those of us who struggle to afford basic dental care. This puts an even further financial challenge on these people who now need to figure out how or if they can come up with even more money to have fillings replaced much more frequently in addition to coming up with the money they need for basic care. Yes there is a lot wrong with our way of doing many things in this modern world. But before we do a hundred and eighty degree turn around especially in a way that makes it a lot more expensive, we need to make sure that the financially challenged amoung us are not further challenged or eliminated from receiving the care they need. The ill effects of living with decaying teeth and the bacteria present in the decaying teeth being allowed to further enter our bodies has a lot worse ill effects on our health then the small amounts of mercury entering our bodies from fillings. It is easier for our bodies to detoxify from small amounts of mercury then it is from constantly having large amounts of bacteria entering it. All of this needs to be taken into consideration with all the things that need to be changed. Please do not rush into changing things without considering whether or not it will cause some people to not be able to afford any care at all.

    • Interesting comment given that the World Health Organisation recommends that there is no safe amount of Mercury exposure.

    • With the years of not feeling well to the point of detriment, and the vast amounts of money to fix my health problems due to mercury poisoning- I would’ve gladly paid over and over again for the safer fillings. I had spent my entire life technically in poverty but saving a few bucks over the cost of my health isn’t worth it at all. But I didn’t have a choice as I got my fillings as a child. People aren’t educated on the harmful effects on mercury fillings which is so wrong. Due to this I am working on fixing my endocrine system and brain, but unfortunately I’m still not strong enough to get my fillings removed or start chelating. Like I said, there’s no price tag on my health.

  11. Hello all,

    I received a tetanus shot two months ago and my body hasn’t been well.

    Some days it’s not so bad. Other days I am anxious and scared for my life.

    I have had digestive issues for three years but never did anything about it because doctors told me I was too young.

    Now I’m 24 and this is tetanus shot has given me joint pain, rigidness, more anxiety than usual, irregular menstrual (which is going back to normal I believe), coated tongue… Pulsating of body (which is on and off).

    I pray that my body is detoxing itself but this single dose tetanus shot is terrible for you!

    I would love answers or guidance. I barely have money and need help. I need someone to speak to. My mother thinks negatively about me and I am saddened.

    Thank you so much! God bless. 🙂

    • On Livestrong.com, it says that Tetanus shot contains Formaldehyde, Thimerosal (another name for mercury), Aluminum Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate Dibasic, Sodium Phosphate Monobasic, Sodium Chloride, Distilled Water and Inactivated Tetanus Toxin / Toxoid. Thimerosal has been removed from most childhood vaccines with the exception of the Tetanus shot due to concerns of mercury poisoning however Thimerosal continues to be used in all adult vaccines to include all flu vaccines. Aluminum in the vaccines cannot be healthy in the human body either. I’ve read that most Alzheimers patients have a high aluminum content. It may be that the Thimerosal, the Aluminum or a combination of the ingredients in the vaccine was simply too much for your body to cope with. If you think this may be the case, you can have your heavy metal levels checked by a Naturopath. If you have elevated levels, he/she will probably start Chelation Therapy which pulls heavy metal out of your body. My Naturopath had a 2 week rotation of 5 days on the Chelation and then 9 days off. They usually use either DMSA or EDTA as their chelator of choice. Another route you may consider is to simply go online and research what foods are natural heavy metal chelators. At the very least, I would definitely recommend finding out what your heavy metal levels are to see if it is even an issue. Just remember… everyone is different so whatever level you have may cause you all kinds of problems while the same level doesn’t affect someone else.
      Coated tongue sounds like a candida overgrowth which means your gut flora is not in balance. A naturopath can help you there or once again, do some research on the subject and you will be surprised at what you will discover!

  12. Hi Jenny,

    Is Dr. Garry Gordon’s Chelation Formula Beyond (I think the new name is Binding Cellular Impurities) a good source for getting rid of mercury toxicity? See links below.

    http://www.herbshopcincy.com/Pages/BCI.aspx

    http://www.wishgranted.com/Beyond-Chelation-Improved-30-packets-270-ct-_p_46.html#.VkFdnYQ-BE4

    I had a heavy metal test recently and my mercury was off the charts high (88). Any information you can provide regarding detox is very much appreciated.

    Thank you!

    • L-glutothione. This is the holy grail of detox methods because its the very system used by the body to detox mercury. Unfortunately the mercury in our bodies depletes this wonderful antioxidant. Build this up and help your body do what it was naturally meant to do before this dangerous demon came along. Talking about mercury!

  13. Amy:

    I gather you use Quicksilver’s testing and detox protocols.

    Perhaps you could reassure us on a couple of issues:

    1) I’m uncomfortable not knowing exactly what the thiols are in IMD. If ALA, is it irrevocably bonded to the silica resin? Because if not, if it dissociates to any extent, it seems it could then be absorbed, and, at least according to Cutler, this could provoke redistribution as the ALA is not being given according to its half life. (If the thiol is something else, same question, really.)

    2) It makes me a little uncomfortable also that virtually all the info I can come across on Quicksilver’s products come from the manufacturer. There’s hardly a thing out there from people who have successfully chelated with Quicksilver products. There’s Skyler’s mother…. and then there’s Skyler’s mother…
    It all seems a bit of a black box, unlike Cutler’s approach, which is entirely open and understandable. It would be very nice to see some LONG TERM studies, from someone other than the manufacturer, on the Quicksilver detox products.

    That said, Quicksilver purports to detox from mercury a lot quicker than the Cutler protocol. It would be nice to have some solid basis to believe this claim.

    Thanks for your help,

    Penny Douthwaite MD

    • PLEASE HELP!! I’m very sick over last 4 months and worsening symptoms of shaking, vertigo, insomnia and about to get all 7 of my Mercury fillings out over next 2 weeks.
      Can you tell me what to eat or do during the process and after? Like should I take chlorella etc and how? Eating it? Clay?

      Bless you for helping me.
      Melody

  14. Just talked to an oral surgeon about removing 2 root canal teeth due to possible bacterial contamination. He was not gung ho to do so. We started talking about replacing mercury/amalgam fillings with white resin fillings. I have had this done already. He claims that the poisons/chemical exposure in the white/resin fillings is as bad as the amalgam fillings. That there is more chemical exposure and offgassing of the white fillings than the older amalgam fillings. Could this be true? They tasted awful when I had them replacing the older fillings. The chemical flavor was horrific. What is your opinion on this? Also is removal of root canal teeth necessary in your opinion?

    • There are hundreds of different composted materials available. You should first be tested to determine which material is most biocompatible with your body.

        • That’s what happens when you use a tablet and it spell corrects incorrectly and you are unable to go back and make corrections once you post the comment.

          I need to learn not to trust the tablet. I do know how to spell and I know the correct word. Sorry.

  15. Btw, I’d also like to say that is the amount of mercury in one filling was accidentally spilled in your child’s school science lab, the school would have to be evacuated and the hazmat team would be called.

    • When I was young I used to break mercury thermometers to spill out the mercury and play with it. I used to enjoy watching it roll and drip between my hands and on various surfaces, and some of it would accidentally fall on the carpet in my bedroom and get lost between the fibers until all if it was spilled after a few days of playing with it (until I got my hands on another thermometer and broke it to play with some more mercury)… And I lived in that room with the mercury contaminated carpet for over a decade. I shake my head in horror when I think about it nowadays and I lament the fact that the adults around me didn’t know any better to prevent me from PLAYING WITH MERCURY!

      I have a few amalgam filings in my teeth and I’m pretty sure I had some of them removed/replaced in the past by dentists who had zero consideration about toxicity. Ahh, isn’t ignorance wonderful?

      Unsurprisingly I do suffer from many of the symptoms on the list in this article. I haven’t done any toxicity tests. I’d like to remove the filings in my mouth but I don’t think there is one biologic/holistic dentist in my entire country (Jordan). Alas.

  16. My wife has (had) MS and one of the many DIY therapies we pursued was having her mercury fillings removed. Her MS is actually burned out – after 20+ years – and she is much improved, but there were so many things we did that it’s hard to say if any one thing or what combination helped.

  17. (copy of reply above in case it gets lost)

    hi Amy,

    would a whole blood mercury test on its own reveal much…

    I recently added a whole blood mercury test to a blood panel on a whim, as it wasn’t going to cost me anything.

    The result was 8 nmol/L (ref range 0-50 nmol/L). These are non-US units, 8 nmol/L converts to 1.6 μg/L.

    I was pretty happy with that number, considering i usually eat a fair bit of Tuna (tho i did exclude a few days before the blood draw).

    Just wondering if i can take much from the result tho, for example, how it might relate to any stored mercury.

    Thanks for the post Amy & any potential reply.
    Much Appreciated.

  18. I have a mouth full of mercury fillings. with six left on the bottom and mercury under the four remaining crowns I have (over root canals). I have suffered from Lyme disease since I was about 7 and finally got diagnosed at 42. Three years of IV, oral and injection antibiotics did not help me. My son died at 23 from complications from Lyme and Morgellons. I thought I was doing the right thing three years ago by having the amalgam removed from the top teeth. I asked my dentist if he used best practices and he said “yes”. I was too sick to do much research. He only used a rubber dam. I have had this fire/heat in my head for the past two years. Its gotten progressively worse. I have to sleep with ice packs on my head and switch them out throughout the night and sometimes during the day as well. I never have a fever. The heat used to come and go, but is just mainly there now. I also get this tingling feeling that goes from the bottom of my neck up my head. I was in a home with a bad mold issue and just left it two years ago. We then moved back into our rental and found several more mold issues. They have not been able to control my thyroid for 3 years now. My numbers are all over the place. My TSH was 80 when they first diagnosed me (after I thought I was going to die). I just recently had my family doctor do a blood, urine and hair analysis at CPL. The blood serum came back negative. Still waiting on the hair and urine. I’ve had DNA testing show that I’m a non-secretor. My Ferritin level is 4. Am seeing a hematologist in a couple days and they may do an IV of iron. I’ve heard that Quicksilver Scientific’s Tri–test is the one I should use? Will this work for me, being a non-secretor? I’m fairly certain I have mercury poisoning, but any advice on this would be really helpful. Thanks so much!

  19. Hi
    As a dental nurse in the bid to late 80s I used to pour Mercury into the amalgam machine in unventilated rooms. If I split it inwpils scoop it up on my hand and put it in the machine.
    For the last two years I have been experiencing symptoms simar to MS but the doctors can find no cause for my declining Monility and loss of sedation on skin and chronic pain in my joints. I may be clutching at straws but could my exposure to mercury so long ago be affecting me now?

    • You’re not clutching at straws. If your body does not excrete mercury well, mercury can stay in your body for decades. I was poisoned by mercury when working in a steel mill, but didn’t realize until 30 years later. I had many amalgams which I had removed, but it made no difference to my health. It wasn’t until I started chelating that my health started to improve.

      The following study found that dental assistants were much more likely to experience a number of neurological symptoms compared to assistant nurses.

      Moen, B. E., Hollund, B. E., & Riise, T. (2008). Neurological symptoms among dental assistants: a cross-sectional study. J Occup Med Toxicol, 18(10).

      • Thanks for that David that’s a great help. As they can find no other reason it might be worth mentioning it. Thanks again.

  20. 3 months ago, I had my 2 mercury fillings removed by a wholistic dentist as I suffered from at least a half a dozen symptoms of mercury poisoning. I didn’t know what was causing it 6 months ago until I stumbled across an article on mercury. After looking at all of the evidence about amalgams, the last thing I wanted was to have such toxic stuff in my mouth off-gasing everyday. I thought that even if it didn’t help with my symptoms then at least one very toxic substance would be gone. At least that would eliminate one possible cause. After one week after the removal, my symptoms started to subside (and it wasn’t the placebo effect). I have been taking Vit C, Spirulina, lots of broccoli & cauliflower, curcumin, onion and garlic (not to the likely of some people) and trying to do more exercise to detox. I had to slow down at one stage as I think I was releasing too much mercury due to too much weight lose (I am around 75kg). After 3 months, I am starting to feel like the person I was in my teenage years. I am 48 years old. Hopefully as I detox even more I will feel even better. Thanks Chris for the wonderful article as it helped to answer a question I had about how long it took to detox. Keep up the great work!

  21. I’ve been reading about mercury in the body and in dental fillers. I voiced my concerns to my dentist here in Seattle. He belittled the research as junk science and would not consider removing fillings nor root canal. I need a dentist I can trust in the Seattle area. Do you have any recommendations?

    • There is a dental office in Northgate called Integrative Dentistry. Two of dentists names are Paul Rubin and Mitch Marder (I think there are several more at this practice. Another office is called Feasel Dentistry and is located in Bothell/Kenmore. Both practice safe removal and don’t use amalgam in their clinics.

  22. In my opinion in this article one important point is missing: Mercury is a heavy metal which tends to be stored in fat tissues (like the brain) and not to be detoxed. Therefore half-life in blood does not tell very much, because it is shifted to the brain. When someone on top has detox-problems (like inflammation, genetic weakness, high toxic burden) mercury is mainly stored.

    I have not read all the comments, sorry if I repeat something.

    I had (and still have) lead and mercury problems. I had fillings removed in addition to NICO (imo very important!!!) and tried several detox protocols.

    My opinion and experience:

    Detox is very individual, you have to find the program which fits you most. What may be perfect for one may be disastrous for others. On top many advices are in contradiction to other programs, so you have to decide on your own.

    I do not like hair tests, in my case they did not show any burden (my doctor has the same experience). I am in favour of provocation tests, these were the only one which showed something and helped (I feel improvement).

    Heavy metal detox always in conjunction with holistic treatment. Body has to be prepared first (e.g. candida, gut health, inflammation, methylation cycle, diet …).

    People with ADHD, autism, CFS etc. usually have impaired or a totally blocked detox system. Sometimes even provocation tests do not show any burden (this was the case with me). After getting the metabolism working again the metals came out.

    No detox before all fillings and ALL metal crowns (e.g. gold) are out!!! Gold blocks the mercury detox. Also I heavily recommend all root-canal-treated tooth to be removed!!! This was a redemption for me together with NICO removal.

    DMPS may work great, but as any medication it may have severe side effects. You have to follow a strict protocol in order to avoid them. Just injecting DMPS without these additional treatments is very dangerous imo. With additional treatments the problems described under http://www.dmpsbackfire.com are unlikely (according to Dr. Mutter). The best doctor I know is a German one: Dr. Mutter. He was sick himself and treats very very severe cases with DMPS successfully and wrote some books.

    DMPS may be problematic with CBS/ BHMT/ MTHFR1298 due to sulphur problems, may cause an DMPS allergy (happened with me).

    DMSA may work great. Some use Cutler protocol, some can not use it. Some use high doses DMSA once a week doses some can not use it this way.

    A running methylation cycle shall trigger detox on its own (e.g. according to Amy Yasko). I apply some of this protocol, it helps a lot for the metabolism, but it did not help me with heavy metals. But it was an essential prerequisite for me.

    ALA: Works in my case but with heavy side effects. Cutler recommends detox with ALA if no DMSA is available, he describes the same side effects. I got the following recommendation. Use ALA and DMSA together in Cutler stlye but stop ALA one day before DMSA, then side effects are avoided.

    Glutathione: Some give it (in high doses), some do not recommend it at all (apparently dagerous re cancer). You have to use special Glutathion in order to pass digestion and reach the inside of the cell. Regular Glutathione is useless.

    Many other protocols may work. I had the problem with most of them, that they were too slow. I would have been 200 years old until mercury would have been out. Therfore I use DMSA successfully.

    Zeolithe: I did not have success (maybe too slow).

    Cilantro: According to many sources helps to detox the brain when rest of body is already mercury free. Very dangerous before that. (I am not at this stage).

    Chlorella: I did not have success (maybe too slow).

    As you can see, many possibilities, different experiences and these are only a view examples.

    • Hello Martin, very informative post, thank you. How did you diagnose lead? I had hair and blood but no trace of lead. I had no Hg in hair but very high result to urine challenge.
      What is NICO? How long ago did you remove fillings and do you feel any better? Emily

    • I am using Cutler protocol with DMSA and ALA and I am on my 9th round. Ran out of DMSA temporarily so I’m doing ALA alone for now. I tried some chlorella a couple times and both times I took it I got leg cramps. Mild ones with a light dose and severe cramps with a heavier dose so I am staying away from that.

    • I-glutotione is the one because it is glutothine that is the bodies natural detox system. Mercury depletes glutothione so then the body cant detox. Doesnt it make sense then to restore it so the body can do what it was naturally meant to do?

    • Hi Martin,

      What is “special” glutathione?

      And for the majority, who can’t afford
      removals, etc. are there dentist/other avenues to go about getting this problem corrected?

      What if your in no position to get the fillings removed? Anything you can do in the meantime? Thanks.

  23. Hi Amy & All,

    a query for the webinar if possible, & also for those here,

    for people who for one reason or another, will not be removing their mercury amalgam fillings (at least not in the near term).

    are there any recommendations that will mitigate the presence of the amalgams.
    Let assume this is for a healthy person with good clinical markers.

    I presume one thing is to avoid any supplements that are mercury chelators, especially those that can cross the blood brain barrier (BBB).

    Are there any supplements that can be used occasionally that would help the mercury detox pathways in people that still have amalgam fillings?

    Anything else that will help…?

    Thanks

  24. I’ve had lifelong, frequent, debilitating migraines, the only real health issue besides insomnia that has persisted after about a dozen health issues simply disappeared when I changed to a trad-food, Weston Price diet. In my research, I always come back to mercury (and lead) as the probable underlying culprit(s). As these articles say, if you’ve done everything else, like cleaning up your diet and environment, and you still have a chronic condition, heavy metals could be the reason:
    http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/mad-as-a-hatter/

    http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/metals-and-the-mind/

    This chilling article tells some of the history of its use in medicine:
    http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/beautiful-black-poison/

    I remember playing with mercury from broken thermometers as a child. Through childhood, I had my throat swabbed with merthiolate when I had sore throats (a common practice in the mid-20th century, gads), and I got a handful of mercury fillings. I developed childhood headaches, then migraines as a teenager. The migraines persisted and worsened and as a young adult, before the age of the internet, I somehow put the dots together and suspected my fillings were a contributing factor and I insisted that my (conventional) dentist remove them. But this was before the proper removal protocols were developed by holistic/biologic dentistry, so I got another big dose of mercury which I suspect added to the cumulative burden sequestered in my body’s tissues. The migraines persist, and I’d love to fix that.

    I’m glad you’re tackling this topic, and I look forward to the webinar and future posts. I’d love to know your recommended protocol (if you need any volunteers, let me know!) and your thoughts on the various protocols that have been developed since the seemingly outdated DMPS/DMSA approaches, such as those recommended by Chris Shade, Louisa Williams, Paul Eck, etc.

  25. I had most of my amalgam fillings replaced recently but there are possibly 2 more that are now under crowns. How much can this mercury be affecting me? (I have a lifetime history of depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog – etc…).

    I am now seeing a holistic dentist and my long term plan is to remove those crowns and make sure no mercury is left in there.

    thanks. JR

    • These are are common symptoms of mercury poisoning. Mercury affects the thyroid and adrenal glands which can cause fatigue and anxiety. It also affects receptors for dopamine, serotonin and GABA.

  26. What about the mercury in CF bulbs? I work in the lighting industry….almost all compact fluorescents contain mercury. I’m sure I’ve breathed that in upon breakage of bulbs. Any info in this type of exposure would be helpful. Thanks.

  27. informative assay and thank you.
    would you please clarify me the following Dr. Chris
    1. Are the sources of mercury identified in this article limited to dental amalgams fillings and fish.
    2. what is the normal mercury level in the blood and how is to be tested and how much it cost since this test is not regular?
    3. Hair loss could be attributable to Mercury level in the blood but how the root cause of hair loss can be correctly identified

  28. I think there is far more to good dental care than the issues about fillings. So many people avoid dentists and routine maintenance and then look for someone or something to blame when things go wrong. Finding a way to spend what it takes on keeping teeth and gums in good order is just another aspect of taking responsibility for your health.

  29. Geez, it would have saved me many hours of research if I could have read this a year ago.

    I blog about health, am supposed to be a good example of someone in good health, and appear to be… so imagine my surprise when a comprehensive blood test showed chronic inflammation, high faster blood sugar, low thyroid performance and low testosterone!

    There had to be a smoking gun, and there was… mercury from my dental amalgams.

    All my reading on the matter, and as Dr. Nett’s article says, mercury and other heavy metals can either amplify or be the cause behind some chronic health conditions. Often it’s the liver that needs some support, but in my case the Quicksilver Mercury Tri-test showed it was the kidneys that deal with mercury from dental amalgams.

    I wound up interviewing Chris Turf at Quicksilver and am writing series of articles for Pro Health on the matter.

    The bottom line: If you can’t figure out why you suffer from some chronic health condition, check out your mercury burden… but make sure you use a reliable, comprehensive test.

    Yep.

  30. as children we played around with mercury in our palm from thermometers. Do you think we absorbed it into our skin? Would it still be in us after 50 years? If so, is there a way to get it out? Or maybe we don’t need to worry about it, after all these years?

    • Hi Randy,

      Yes, I remember being fascinated with the mercury in those old thermometers and rolling it around in my hands. Oops! Most likely your body has effectively cleared that mercury. But there are a number of sources that expose us to mercury and various other metals, and these metals can accumulate. So for anyone with unexplained symptoms or blood markers revealing inflammation I think it’s worth excluding the possibility of mercury toxicity with a reliable test.

  31. Could you please discuss in the webinar zeolite related to this and if it is effective? and also powdered forms versus liquid forms? I have seen discussion on this where powdered is considered better and that quicker detox is better than low and slow with the liquid drops.

    • Crowns themselves do not contain mercury BUT many times dentists will put mercury amalgams under the crown for one reason or another. When I had all my crowns (and bridge) replaced in January 2016, my new dentist found mercury amalgam under three of the crowns.

  32. Testing for mercury poisoning is difficult as blood and hair analysis often produces false negatives. Mercury affects the cellular membrane transport of many minerals as it binds to the sulfhydryl molecules which are the active sites in many receptors. In some individuals this manifests as very low levels of toxic minerals even though the person is poisoned.

    This was shown in a study by Amy Holmes which found that autistic children on average had lower levels of mercury in their hair, even though their fetal exposure through their mothers’ amalgams and Rhogam injections was higher than the controls.

    Another study of trace elements in 40 women with fibromyalgia found that while both groups had the same blood level of mercury, the FM group had only one-third the mercury level of the controls. This means that mercury would slowly build up in the pituitary, thyroid liver and other target organs.

    You don’t mention your treatment protocol. I hope it does not involve intravenous administration of chelators which can release large amounts of toxic elements into the blood stream in a short period of time. As the concentration of chelator drops quickly there can be redistribution of toxic metals throughout the body. Some individuals have serious side effects which can take many months to subside. You can read patients stories at dmpsbackfire.com

    The definitive way to test for mercury poisoning is to take 12 or 25 mg of alpha lipoic acid every 3 hours for 3 days (only if you don’t have dental amalgams in place, as ALA will redistribute mercury to the brain). If this improves or worsens symptoms, then you have mercury toxicity. If there is no effect you keep doubling the dose until you get to 200 mg every 3 hours. Chelators must be taken at a period equal to, or less than the half-life to maintain a constant concentration in the blood to prevent redistribution.

    David Hammond, Mercury Poisoning: The Undiagnosed Epidemic.

    Holmes, A. S., Blaxill, M. F., & Haley, B. E. (2003). Reduced levels of mercury in first baby haircuts of autistic children. International journal of toxicology, 22(4), 277-285.

    Rosborg, I., Hyllén, E., Lidbeck, J., Nihlgård, B., & Gerhardsson, L. (2007). Trace element pattern in patients with fibromyalgia. Science of the Total Environment, 385(1), 20-27.

    • This info is very helpful; thank you for posting! Much appreciated. I have heavy metal toxicity including mercury and am going through the process of detoxing. I did not have amalgam fillings, but I did have impaired methylation, autoimmunity, and GI infections including parasites. It is very individualized and requires paying close attention to my body. Sometimes I go 1 week between sessions, sometimes 2 or more (I use infrared sauna followed by coffee enemas and have to take B12 and 5MTHF, plus milk thistle, dandelion, etc for support). The key is not to overwhelm the system, as you mentioned. It is clearly working because I went from being extremely disabled (in a wheelchair as I could not walk more than 1 block at a time) to now walking more than 2 miles.

      • Thank you for sharing your experience, Jenny. I have impaired methylation and mercury toxicity and am just starting to treat them. It feels scary, so I appreciate hearing your success story. Best wishes for continued health improvements.

        • Best of luck to you, Heather! It will all be OK. I just think the key is, always, always listen to your body. Always flush the toxins out once you’ve drawn them out of the cells (I.e. coffee enemas, ion foot baths, dry skin brushing, hot Zeolite baths, etc). But don’t feel like you have to stick to any formula. Try different things, see what works the best for YOU, keeping the principles listed on this page in mind. The above change for me (going from a wheelchair to walking 2 miles) happened over the course of 8 months (so far). Nothing short of a miracle, if you ask me!

      • Hi Jenny,

        That is wonderful to hear! I’m in a very similar situation, having MTHFR genetic mutations and parasites and GI problems, pretty much everything you mentioned. It’s great to hear you are able to walk on your own now. I have been eating a really restricted diet because it helps me manage my symptoms, buy now I am starting to feel that it is necessary to get to the root cause, which I thought was leaky gut, but now I’m thinking it’s my dental work. When I think about it, my health issues started happening shortly after I got braces, a nickel permanent retainer, and several root canals. I had the worst orthodontist you can imagine….who only wanted money. And this was overseas…. Anyway, could you please share with me more on what you have been doing to get better and some of your recommendations. I ordered folate and active form of B12 earlier today and will hopefully start taking that to assist with methylation. I knew I had the genetic mutation months ago but never did anything about it. I will start slow because I haven’t had any luck with b complex supplements, which is why I ordered thornes b12 and folate separately, 1 mg each…. let’s see how it goes. Looking forward to hearing from you.

        In good health,

        Nada

        P.S: You can also email me privately at [email protected]

        Thanks in advance

        Blessings and peace

      • Could you tell me more about the infrared sauna please? Is it near or far IR? And how often do you use it? Trying to choose one…

        • I honestly do not know a lot about the various different types of infared saunas. My naturopath advised me to buy something new and not used, and to buy a two person not a one person because the one person versions make you pretty claustrophobic. We ended up with a Biomat, which is an infared mat. You can search it and read more about it. I liked that it was easier to store and we could transport it. It works very well for my family and I. As far as how to use any of these, get a stack of clean washcloths and get to the point that you are sweating. Continually wipe your sweat off with new washcloths. This will get the sweat with toxins off your body and them encourage more sweating. Drink lots of water. Afterward I take a hot zeolite bath followed by a coffee enema and later In the day a ion foot bath. I also take activated charcoal before bed. I hope this info is helpful!

      • Dear Jenny and David Hammond,
        Would you mind forwarding to me the information you sent to Nada about how you have achieved such great results. I have all the same problems you mentioned, and more. I had the Genova Labs test for heavy metals and was found to have extremely high levels of 7 different toxic heavy metals, including Mercury, Lead and Cadmium. I have autoimmune issues, including out of control Hashimoto’s. I have GI issues – leaky gut, dysbiosis and malabsorption plus 3 pathogenic gut bacteria and candidiasis for which I have gone through 2 rounds of treatment with Rifaxamin and Diflucan, first 100 mg, second round, 200 mg. I’ve also tried many natural alternatives, including Berberine, Oil of Oregano Juniper, and many others. I’ve used Interfase and many other enzymes to break any biofilm with the treatments, to no avail. I now have to take another round of Rifaxamin and now Nystatin. I’m also pre-diabetic and insulin resistant. I have serious nutritional deficiencies, including all vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as discovered through the Genova NutrEval test. For months I have been taking thousands of dollars worth of nutrients prescribed by my functional medicine physician, but a recent insulsecond NutrEval showed that I am even more deficient now! I am not absorbing the nutrients. In addition, I am homozygous for MTHFR C677 methylation defect and I totally lack the GSTM1 for glutathione production. I also have anhidrosis. I only sleep 4 hours a night, on a good night. I am also insulin resistant and pre-diabetic with a high AIC and inflammation. I have far too many other health issues to list here but now I think my biggest problem is the heavy metals, especially the mercury. My functional medicine MD prescribed a program using nutrients, liposomal C and liposomal glutathinone, but because my metals levels are so high, it will take 9 months to a year to detox. I experience the “perfect storm” where my body went into chaos more than 18 months ago. I need sleep. I need help! I can’t wait another year before I see improvements. I believe I won’t make any progress in the other areas until I get rid of the heavy metals. I was excited because I’m scheduled to receive my first IV chelation on Wednesday. I was excited to begin a faster process of getting the metals out, but now I’m scared after reading David Hammonds comments. My doctor also prescribed NAC. So is the mercury going to my brain? Please send any information to my personal address at [email protected]
        Thanks so much!
        Terri

      • hi , can you tell me your complete protocol and how it is working for you. me too was in a wheelchair . now i can stand but it is going very slowly. let me know how you are progressing. thank you

    • Hi David, Thanks for the info,

      Do have any refs handy that you can post, that relate to the potential issues of taking alpha lipoic acid (ALA) whilst you still have amalgam fillings.

      I had a similar query around the use of NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine), which i posted in this thread earlier.

      Much Appreciated

      • Hi Daz,

        Gregus, Z., Stein, A. F., Varga, F., & Klaassen, C. D. (1992). Effect of lipoic acid on biliary excretion of glutathione and metals. Toxicology and applied pharmacology, 114(1), 88-96.

        In the study above, rats were injected with heavy metals, including mercuric chloride, and 1 minute later they were injected with alpha lipoic acid. Alpha lipoic acid increased biliary excretion of mercury 12 to 37-fold. However, the level of mercury in the brain was about 3 times higher than the controls.
        This is because mercury (and other chemicals) will move from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration (but only if they can cross the blood brain barrier in this particular case). This is why Cutler advises chelation with DMPS or DMSA (not ALA) for 3 months following amalgam removal, so that the blood concentration will be lower than that of the brain. These chelators cannot cross the blood brain barrier. This is also why you shouldn’t chelate with amalgams in place.

    • Hi David,

      Thank you for the additional information.

      Chris and I will talk about our approach to detoxification in an upcoming webinar since it was too much to cover here. But briefly, I do not use or recommend IV chelation. I prefer to upregulate our natural detoxification system and provide targeted support for the kidneys since mercury is excreted both through the kidneys and the GI tract. I also use a supplement to bind mercury and other metals in the GI tract to significantly decrease enterohepatic circulation.

      In terms of reliable testing for mercury I do not ask patients to take alpha lipoic acid prior to testing or otherwise use chelating agents to prepare for testing. We work with Quicksilver Scientific, and I specifically use their Mercury Tri Test which relies on testing of the hair, blood and urine to determine the levels of both organic and inorganic mercury, and to provide a measure of the body’s ability to excrete these.

      • hi Amy,

        would a whole blood mercury test on its own reveal much…

        I recently added a whole blood mercury test to a blood panel on a whim, as it wasn’t going to cost me anything.

        The result was 8 nmol/L (ref range 0-50 nmol/L). These are non-US units, 8 nmol/L converts to 1.6 μg/L.

        I was pretty happy with that number, considering i usually eat a fair bit of Tuna (tho i did exclude a few days before the blood draw).

        Just wondering if i can take much from the result tho, for example, how it might relate to any stored mercury.

        Thanks for the post Amy & any potential reply.
        Much Appreciated.

    • David, thank you for your informative post. What do you think of DMSA / Andy Cutler’s protocol? Also, do you have specific dentists you recommend? It’s hard to know who is good and who is not even with the IAOMT certification.
      Thank you
      Emily

      • Hi Emily,
        I have used both DMSA and DMPS. I prefer DMPS because it reduces the side effects of chelation better than DMSA, also DMSA can cause neutropenia in some people. DMSA is preferred if you also have lead.
        Cutler’s protocol is the one I recommend – I believe you need to take ALA every three hours to prevent redistribution. This can be rather inconvenient and one reason why people are attracted to Chris Shade’s approach.

        I am not convinced of the safety of taking ALA once a day, as seems to be the case with Chris Shade’s protocol. The effects of redistribution may not be apparent for many months. And I haven’t seen much data on the long term safety and effectiveness of IMD, which is, as far as I understand, nanoparticles of silica with two thiols attached. However, there have been some very positive reports from parents treating autistic children with IMD. I wish there were more data – preferably not from studies done by the proprietor.

        As far as dentists – it depends where you live. You could enquire on the Cutler chelation facebook page
        https://www.facebook.com/groups/acfanatics/ or the yahoo group https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/frequent-dose-chelation/info

        • David, thank you for responding to my comment. Regarding candida & Hg, what is your opinion? If candida is adaptive because it absorbs methyl mercury, then is it a good idea to do anti-candida cleanses and diets? It might cause more harm than good.

          Would you mind sharing what protocol you used prior to removal of mercury and after? Many experts including Alison Adams and this website (http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com/mercurypoisoning.html) recommend a specific program of detox and vitamin supplements to prepare the body for removing the mercury. Do you subscribe to any of these programs?

          Emily

          • Emily
            Mercury causes candida in some people as it disrupts the balance of intestinal bacteria . Small concentrations of mercury also result in reduced chemotaxis and phagocytosis by neutrophils, which are the first line of defence against yeast infections. Candida wasn’t a problem for me personally.

            I didn’t use any protocol to prepare for chelation. As mercury is the root of the problem I think you just need to start low and find the dose that is right for you and remove the mercury. Some people spend a lot of time doing protocols for their liver or candida to prepare for chelation but I don’t think it is really necessary.

            I would just use a low carb diet for candida (a low thiol diet may also help) and if necessary use anti fungal herbs or drugs if required. The main thing is to get the mercury out.

            I just used Cutler’s protocol and the basic supplements – vitamin C and E, zinc and magnesium, along with silymarin for liver support and hydrocortisone for adrenal support.

            You may be interested in my book Mercury Poisoning: The Undiagnosed Epidemic, which covers the rationale and basics of chelation along with chapters and case histories on the role of mercury in many illnesses from fibromyalgia to heart disease and bipolar.

            David

            • David, I can’t thank you enough for mentioning the AC Facebook group.. I had no idea there was one and have joined because of your mention; it is already super helpful. Thank you! Do you feel better after chelation and how long have you been doing it? Did you also remove root canals? I will try to find your book as I’ve read through Andy Cutler’s Amalgam Illness twice but it is not an easy read. I’m just afraid of making things worse… If you know of any good biological dentist in the US, please let me know. Thank you,Emily

        • I am interested in the use of selenium which I understand can be taken with amalgams still in place. I read the maximum is 1000:micrograms per day. I assume anyone taking such doses should have some sort of fast done periodically to assume they are not taking too much.

          Also, I have read that vitamin C (ascorbic acid) will neutralize mercury and I read that iodine will do the same (such as 5% Lugol’s Solution) but only one of those can be taken at a time as they will neutralize each other. They are not chelators but somehow they oxidize mercury making it inert. I also read that MMS (aka Chlorine Dioxide) does the same and will neutralize all mercury within a week! Then too I have heard of Rife frequencies that are suppose to do the same thing with a week! David Hammond, I don’t suppose your book discusses any of these possibilities? How would anyone confirm that any of these were working or worked?

          • Spell check is messing things up. The above should say, “I am interested in the use of selenium which I understand can be taken with amalgams still in place. I read the maximum is 1000 micrograms per day. I assume anyone taking such doses should have some sort of testing done periodically to determine if they are not taking too much or not.”

      • Thanks Penny,
        I am glad you liked it. My hope is it helps increase the awareness of the health effects of chronic exposure to low doses of mercury.

  33. Is it a good idea to supplement with NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) whilst you still have amalgam fillings.

    ‘google’ is giving me mixed messages on this

    Thanks

    • Some mercury toxic people have problems with thiol foods and supplements. Thiols are sulfur-hydrogen bonds which are found in many foods. DMPS, DMSA and ALA all have two sulfhydryl ligands which have a strong attraction for mercury. This is what makes them good chelators. High levels of single thiol foods can exacerbate mercury symptoms. NAC also contains a single thiol.

      People with high plasma cysteine levels can be affected by thiols. You can find out if you are sensitive to thiols by limiting
      your intake of high thiol foods for a week and noting any effect on your symptoms. There is a list of thiol foods and explanation at http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/chelationnetwork/food/high-sulfur-sulphur-food-list/

      • Hi David,

        So glad you posted this pearl of info.. regarding sensitivity to thiol foods.
        Personally I d never heard of thiol before, but I am sensitive to sulphur-anything! I can’t take ALA or NAC or drink wines or eat garlic. All f the above leave me zombified and unable to function as well as swelling round the eyes..! It took me years to figure out why .. then I discovered how I was Mercury poisoned, read and researched and now at least I have some answers. I also have low neutrophil count- only 40%
        Pls tell me more about this sensitivity and how I can overcome it , as well as the low neutrophils.
        I can tell u my whole story but on private email.
        I am an anathema in many ways as I seem incredibly fit and young looking, but at the same time lack enough energy to see me thru the day unless I get lots of sleep.
        Thank you in advance.
        Elizabeth

  34. I got really sick about 5 years ago and no doctor could figure out what was wrong with me. I had my heavy metal testing and my mercury level was 21 – it’s suppose to be below 3. I got rid of all my mercury fillings and did chelation. I found that IV chelation was really hard on my body and after several sessions it only went down to 19. I had more success with oral DMSA. Interesting thing is my dad had parkinsons disease and I came across an article by Dr. Mark Hyman that if you have family history of parkinsons it’s because you are missing an enzyme that breaks down mercury.

  35. I am available for telephone consults for people from all over the world. I use Andy Cutler’s chelation protocol, and am the most experienced practitioner in using it. Anybody healthy or not would excrete large volumes of mercury if given chelators, just to emphasize that we are all exposed to it. Never should anyone chelate at all with amalgam in their teeth!!!! Never use iv dmps either. You will drive the mercury into the neurological system

  36. It seems that every other week, some other thing is said to be at the root of a long list of problems. Really? Basically, everything from gluten to mercury to this-week’s-issue are the cause of everything someone might have wrong or every symptom they might have. I am concluding that being alive is the source of depression, anxiety, autoimmune problems, etc etc etc etc.

    It starts to feel like the mirror image of snake oils being marketed to solve everything. IMHO.

    • Mercury is the 800 ton gorilla in the room that the health industry hasn’t been talking about. Mercury is extremely dangerous and can be traced to the root of many health problems.

    • Yes, the more I read on the net, the more I come to this conclusion. The big questions I have are in the use of amalgam fillings for the past 180 years, how on earth has average life expectancy doubled in that time. Eating tuna and fish and volcanic activity exposes us most to organic mercury (carbon and hydrogen mercuric compounds, which are the most neurotoxic forms) more than elemental mercury, which passes through the gut relatively I reacted. Urine and feces levels can be measured for that.

  37. I’m looking forward to this webinar very much. The last one on gut health was extremely informative and interesting. I hope you schedule it soon.

  38. I was tested for heavy metals several years ago and several things were off the chart. It was the urine tests. It was recommended by my NMD to do chelation which I did with supplements not IVs. I got deathly ill so I stopped and have not done anything about it again. Is there any other way except chelation therapy to reduce or remove heavy metals??

    • Hi Angela,

      Yes, there are different approaches to moving the metals out of your body. At CCFM we take the approach of upregulating (increasing) the body’s natural detoxification pathways. While this can still cause feelings of fatigue and malaise (meaning you might feel like you have the flu), you also have some control over how quickly you move through this process. And we even recommend taking days off the detox protocol. It’s best to work with an experienced practitioner when you do this, in part because you want to make sure you’re adequately supporting your kidneys (a major way for mercury to get out of the body) and using a supplement to bind metals in the intestines to help move them through.

      • This will pull mercury out of the tissues, but the question is, will this pull mercury out of the brain? I have ME and can cause the flu-like feeling by increasing methylation supplements.

        I know people who are clearly mercury toxic who take very large amounts of methylation supplements and have had significant improvement from ME or CFS, but they need to continue the very large amounts or they will relapse.

        Point being, do they still have mercury in their brains – have they recovered from their current disease only to get Alzheimers or other neuro issues later on?

        Note that Cutler says only ALA can remove mercury from the brain. I have looked into body’s natural production of ALA and supposedly it’s bound with proteins and so doesn’t work to remove mercury from the brain like an ALA supplement.

  39. I was very interested to hear the following (from the show notes of the podcast, below):

    By taking lactobacillus fermentum ME-3, in one pill you have 6 billion bacteria that are little glutathione manufacturing plants.

    http://highintensityhealth.com/crossfit-at-age-72-problems-with-birth-control-pills-natural-anxiety-remedies-ross-pelton/

    Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a practical source of this probiotic.

    In the meantime, I take NAC, and eat lots of sulfur-containing vegetables.

  40. The article above mentions one source of mercury exposure as coming from fish consumption. How does this square with another article on this website from last year, which seems to conclude that as long as the fish you are consuming contains more selenium than mercury, which is most of the ocean fish that we eat in the US, you are in the clear? I’m a bit confused…

    http://chriskresser.com/5-reasons-why-concerns-about-mercury-in-fish-are-misguided/

    perhaps you are planning to discuss this in more detail during the webinar? Or am I missing something?

    • It’s a good question. We will answer in the webinar and/or a future article. It’s a difference between looking at things on a population basis vs. an individual basis.

      • Chris or Amy, jenny, david etc, can you please tell me a couple of basic supplements I can add to my diet right now to collect and remove mercury Ive had released in my system from getting amalgams removed the wrong way? (I already take Glutathione Force and feel its effectiveness so I dont feel I need other glutathione precursors necessarily, and I know about sulfer rich foods like broccoli sprouts.

        Malic acid maybe?

        I have one more appointment with an oral surgeon but its 6 weeks out, and then Im doing Aubrey Marcus’ Total Human Cleanse.

        Thanks in advance. Chris Vinson, santa cruz, [email protected]

  41. Dr Nett,
    I had a DMPS chelation for Mercury about 10 years ago. I felt like it made my symproms worse so I stopped after 1 treatment. Is there anything you can do to reverse the side effects I still experience from this mistake?
    Thanks so much for your reply.

    • This kind of reaction is not uncommon. See http://www.dmpsbackfire.com/default.shtml
      Intravenous chelation causes a sudden rise in the concentration of the chelator, which is then followed by a rapid drop. This can liberate a lot of free mercury which is distributed throughout the body, causing symptoms.

      Oral chelation following Cutler’s protocol is much safer. It maintains a constant level of chelator in the blood, thus reducing redistribution. You can start with low doses, say a few mg, and build up the dose as your tolerance increases.

  42. When is the webinar and how do we register for it? My doctor is pretty sure I have Mercury poison. I had amalgams removed several years ago without any knowledge of mercury poison or how to safely remove them. Last year I had to have a tooth extracted as a result of a root canal that had gone wrong and it was pretty traumatic….three and a half hours of pulling and drilling to get the tooth out because the root had broken from the tooth. Then the bone graph didn’t take and I had to have two of those. It was not two weeks after that I began to notice a head tremor that progressively become so bad I couldn’t turn my head or drive. I was diagnosed with Cervical Dystonia 5 months later….then MTHFR and now an autoimmune disease and my platelets keep dropping. My doctor/acupuncturist is afraid chelation will be too taxing on my body right now. Is there anything else right now I could do? I already follow a paleo/aip diet and avoid any chemicals/toxins in the home. Would love to know more about how to join the webinar and any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated!

    • The date has not been set for this webinar. Make sure you’re on the email list so you get an announcement when registration opens.

    • I have 3 root canals and think one of them is infected. I am waiting to see my holistic dentist to see what he says about pulling the tooth out. Do you regret getting your tooth extracted or feel like it helped? Thanks so much!

    • If you use oral chelation you can start with very low doses of alpha lipoic acid, say 2.5 mg, every 3 hours for 3 days, and then gradually increase the dose if side effects are minimal.
      You also need to take zinc, vitamin C and E and magnesium.

  43. Andy Cutler says not to take ALA because it can cause mercury to get into the brain.
    I decided to take 100Mg of R-ALA a day because of eye problems and not sure if it’s a good idea or not. I’ve never heard anyone but Cutler say to avoid ALA.
    I had a root canal and an apicoectomy with the nerve capped by 2 blobs of mercury (inside my gums!).
    The only way to get it out would be to get the tooth pulled.
    Not sure what to do

    • The reason Cutler says not to take ALA is that it can cross the blood brain barrier, taking mercury with it, so that you increase the amount of mercury in your brain.

      I took ALA for a few month and ended up with balance problems which didn’t go away until I chelated following Cutler’s protocol.

      • Guess I should stop taking it.
        Oh well, it’s good for many things.
        I can’t do the protocol because I still have mercury in my gums

            • I appreciate it’s a difficult decision. A few years ago – in a similar situation – I personally just decided to have the tooth pulled and left the gap. It still feels like the best clean, nontoxic, honoring-my-body decision for me. Just sharing…

                • I made the same decision as Tracy and I am as happy as she. Mine is also a large molar. luckily the upper tooth has a tiny bit of contact so it has not come down into the gap. So I didn’t bother with an implant or bridge or anything.

  44. I had my mercury fillings removed a year ago and half my Psoriasis cleared up within a month and I think the amount of candida in my body went down too. The Psoriasis has been clearing up some more since then (in spurts and then stays the same for a few months). I had tried all sorts of diets and detoxes to fix it. Paleo seemed to help a bit, but just made it less angry, it didn’t start clearing completely until the mercury was removed.

    • The date has not been set for this webinar. Make sure you’re on the email list so you get an announcement when registration opens.

  45. I had mercury fillings removed in the late 80s by an enlightened dentist, using a rubber dam and high suction. Though previously diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I remained symptom-free, athletic, and high-energy for over 20 years, giving birth to two children, except for needing a little extra sleep. I raised the two kids myself after their father died and worked at numerous jobs. However, recent international work and a stressful relationship “put me over the edge” according to my neurologist, who is head at John’s Hopkins hospital. I keep a low fructose, low histamine, high nutrient, no-grain, no alcohol diet. It’s not easy, but it beats being sick. I am currently on medical leave due to fatigue, sleep disorder, and the time it takes to follow a strict medical protocol. I am now trying IVIG at a low-dose, which will increase slowly to 60 g, when we hope it will renew my energy. After three years of detox, antibacterial, anti-parasite, high nutrition, low stress treatment, I sure hope this works. Chronic corporate stress and even verbally abusive relationships can be toxic, despite regular exercise, decent diet, and extra sleep. I am happy I had my mercury fillings removed when I did. Mercury is reportedly the reason for the Mad Hatter – they used to make hats, using liquid mercury, causing madness in manual laborers.

    • You stopped the main source of mercury poisoning into your body by having the mercury removed, but it still remains in the body. Mercury is at the root of a host of ills. Google your condition and mercury poisoning and see what comes up. For example, many long term lyme disease sufferers appear to be mercury toxic. High thiol foods can move mercury around the body wreaking havoc. Eating cilantro or garlic can redistribute mercury. I like Cutler’s protocol for chelating mercury.

  46. How would I know if there are any residual, or other-wise, effects on my body, from working in a Mercury-Chlorine plant? Back in the ’60s/’70s, I worked as an operator, where mercury fumes were present. We only used a mouth-piece to breath through in contaminated air areas.

    • It is very difficult to determine the body’s full mercury load. A hair test that shows high mercury might mean the subject is good at expelling mercury. How can one actually test the load of mercury in the brain without doing a biopsy? There are dangerous challenge tests that would register high mercury levels if you took one, but the test could kill you or make you very sick at the least. I have a theory that mercury attracts mercury, that once the mercury is in the body, the body accumulates more exponentially. Mercury appears to be in any bleached product where the bleach is coming from a chloralkali plant. This means it can be toilet in toilet paper, paper towels, bleached flour. There are 3 chloralkali plants in the U.S., and they also make caustic soda that breaks down corn to make HFCS. Corn syrup is loaded with mercury http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2637263/

    • Quicksilver labs in Colorado is the best test. I had it done in 2010 when it was quite new. They test blood hair urine and can give and indication of the different kinds of mercury. I know that Chris’s team is also using this test.

  47. Chronic inflammation = impaired detoxification, increased susceptibility to mercury toxicity, and, mercury = chronic inflammation. Yet per Personal Paleo Code, I’m advised to add 10-20 servings of fish to my diet to fight chronic inflammation? This doesn’t make any sense.

    • Hi Vicki,

      While I would suggest avoiding seafood that is high in mercury (including swordfish, shark and tuna) there are many other options that are low in mercury such as salmon and sardines, which are also incredibly nutrient dense. Most people do benefit from including these low mercury fish as a regular part of their diet.

      • Dr. Amy,

        I hear this alot about eating “low level fish” but what about if the person already suspects high mercury levels, etc?

        Would it not be wise to simply avoid all fish, and just get the nutrients elsewhere, until the situation is resolved?? This is never clarified it seems.

  48. The article above mentioned a webinar, but I didn’t see a link for it. I’d love to attend your webinar on this topic, how do I sign up? Thank you so much for this important and helpful information. Blessings, Kelly

    • Hi Kelly – the date has not been set for this webinar. Make sure you’re on the email list so you get an announcement when registration opens.

    • The date has not been set for this webinar. Make sure you’re on the email list so you get an announcement when registration opens.

  49. I had all amalgam removed in 1985, one of the first in my city so I was told. I doubt if the dentist took all the precautions that we subsequently came to deem necessary, but after that AND a year on a rotation diet I came out of Epstein Barre which had rendered me an invalid. Later testing showed very little mercury in my system, but the EBV returned about 12 yrs later after a brown recluse bite. I still test very low mercury but veryvery high levels of lead, which is a mystery. The new gene tests reveal that I don’t methylate/detox and will always struggle. Now gluten free for six years, very strict, I can function okay for the most part (still working in my 60s)..just wish I knew how to permanently get rid of the lead. I do personally believe now that the people who benefit the most from amalgam removal are those with the methylation snps…very few other option to rid mercury if you have that snp.

    • Cynthia,
      I also had my amalgams removed decades ago, with no improvement. It wasn’t until I started oral chelation a few years ago that my symptoms started to improve. If your body is not able to excrete mercury efficiently it remains sequestered in the brain, thyroid, liver kidney and other organs causing dysfunction.

    • Supplemental calcium and phospate reduce the uptake of lead from the digestive system. Oral DMSA every 3 hours is recommended for chelation of lead. You take the DMSA for three days once a month. This will cause the blood level to drop, but then it will rise again as lead is released from the bone into the blood. In adults over 90 percent of lead is stored in the bones. It can take years of monthly chelation to get rid of it.

    • I have 15 fillings thanks to my childhood dentist. I can’t afford to have all of them removed. I’m pretty much stuck. ?

  50. I eventually was diagnosed with hypothyroidism/MVP causes unknown. I had a large number of amalgam fillings some of which were carefully removed, I’m saving to have others done with a hormone suitable filler. I also had a metal band (metal unknown to me) around one tooth – for stability my old dentist said. Since it’s removal I quickly had to half my thyroid medication so I assume strong connection.

  51. Had these removed by one of the best Dentists over 20 years ago it did absolutely nothing to improve my health whatsoever now 25 years into being sick I am now finding out that 95% yes 95% of CFS/Fibro so called Lymies have ‘undiagnosed’ types of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome with its numerous complications…Some even have ‘partial incomplete’ Marfans Syndrome or do not have EDS but ‘full’ Marfans Syndrome…CFS/Fibro are just dumb labels put on people its EDS types a genetic Born mutation of Collagen deficiencies the bodies glue…

  52. Certainly if you are going to have fillings removed it needs to be done by someone who is specially trained but do you recommend removing them? I’ve seen arguments for removing them and arguments against.

    • Hi Matthew,
      That’s a great point. I don’t think everyone needs to have their amalgams removed. Specifically, if someone only has one or two small amalgams, excretes mercury efficiently, and has minimal other toxic exposures, then they should be able to adequately handle that mercury load without significant consequence. That said, in order to know testing has to be done.

    • Hi Kelly,
      I think heavy metal testing is reliable, even in the setting of leaky gut. There are a number of different ways to test for heavy metals, and in the webinar we’ll talk more about which tests we recommend. But one of the reasons I often test for metals is with patients who aren’t healing their gut despite doing all the right things. This group certainly has leaky gut and I’ve found metals testing to be incredibly helpful in getting to the root cause (whether positive, leading us to start detox, or negative, confirming we need to look elsewhere).

  53. Because I live in Africa, making an appointment to see you is out of the question. Is there any remedial action that you could recommend for Mercury toxicity?

    • I’m currently doing the Andy Cutler chelation protocol. You can do this on your own. I’m part of their FB support group as well. In my opinion this is the safest method out there for removing mercury. For those who don’t have the assistance of a doctor to help them, this is the best way to go! And for those who do have a doctor, this is still a good protocol to look into to determine if your doctor is chelating you safely.

      I hope you look into it and are feeling better soon!

  54. In 1995, after an 18 month period of increasing fatigue and brain fog, I had all mercury amalgam fillings removed from my upper jaw. The removal was done with best practice precautions of the time. Four days after the amalgam removal, my fatigue and brain fog became much worse. I needed to lie down for at least sixteen hours a day. Three months later I found a doctor who did mercury chelation. I had monthly DMPS infusions for a year. After each infusion I collected urine for the next 24 hours. These samples were analysed by an independent laboratory. The first sample contained 132 nanomoles of Mg. Excretion steadily reduced until, after six months, it plateaued at 50 nanomoles. I then had the mercury amalgam fillings removed from my lower jaw. There was no subsequent increase in urine mercury. After removing amalgam from my lower jaw, I no longer had a metallic taste in my mouth.
    A year after my collapse I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and invalided out of work on full superannuation. I tried many things to get better. I did slowly improve, but could not attribute anything I did to my improvement. In 1999 I tried eliminating salicylates, amines, glutamates and food additives from my diet. This resulted in considerable improvement after ten days. In 2004 I suddenly became intolerant to starch. My current diet is now almost entirely beef tallow, lamb, chicken, white fish, celery, lettuce and lots of supplements. I am more fit and healthy than my age average.
    To me, it seems likely that mercury toxicity was at least part of the cause of my CFS and that removal of mercury amalgam contributed to my eventual recovery from CFS.

    • Chelation while still having amalgams in place worsens mercury poisoning! It’s no wonder your health tanked. Food sensitivities are also an indicator of mercury toxicity. You might want to try chelation again, this time following a safe protocol. Never do IV chelation as it also worsens symptoms!
      Please look into the Culter chelation protocol for how to chelate safely.
      Based on your food sensitivities, it sounds like mercury is still an issue for you.

  55. What criteria do you suggest to make sure that a dentist is knowledgeable enough to do safe amalgam removal? There seem to be many jumping on the bandwagon and it’s hard to know who to trust!

    • most dentists dont believe mercury is a problem. Thats why they continue to sell mercury amalgams. You should look for a “biological dentist”. Like most REAL healthcare, it wont be covered by insurance.

          • have you found any biological or IOAMT dentists who accept insurance? Cross-referencing all the providers listed on these websites, I do not see any on my insurance….

            • I went to a Huggins protocol dentist. My total fees will be close to $10,000. On my initial visit I paid over $6000. My insurance picked up about $1700 of that.

      • The problem is even a lot of holistic dentists who also refer to themselves as biological dentists, will prescribe ALA for their patients to take before and after dental procedures while amalgams are still present. We recently wasted considerable money visiting such a dentist (who has even authored a book). Consequently my wife will be going to Tijuana, Mexico to have all her amalgams replaced in two days by a dentists who follows the Huggins protocol and who administers IV vitamin C during the procedure. Her appointment is for June 13, 2016.

      • My family and I have been going to a biological dentist for about a year now. She takes our insurance, and I recently had my old amalgams removed and replaced – a significant portion was covered by insurance. All in all, I had 4 fillings replaced and my total out if pocket was a little over $300. I believe thus is becoming more common, as when I looked into removal about 10 years ago, it was a completely different story

  56. currently having fillings removed, 6 gone 6 to go. Have rheumotoid arthritis, thyroid problems and MTHFR, live in constant pain and am concerned about detoxing. The biological dentist uses zeolite to detox once treatment is finished but am concerned about my ability to detox without being overloaded

  57. I’ve been receiving amalgam fillings since way back in the 1960s, and I have a lot of them. It seems I have more filling than tooth in some of my molars. I guess I’d need a major overhaul, but it doesn’t seem practical. I usually pay 20% with dental insurance.

    • I also had a mouth full of amalgam fillings since the 70’s with some molars mostly filling. I have just recently had all amalgams removed with the molars having to be capped because of lack of actual tooth. Unfortunately, this is more costly but I felt it was worth it.

      • What is the crown made of?
        I have more amalgam than tooth in most of my molars also. Every tooth has amalgam in it but my 8 top n 8 bottom front teeth. I am missing 4 teeth due to orthodontia in childhood, 3 teeth that were pulled in last 15 yrs and 1 more that needs to go.
        I ve even looked into implants but thats another metal in ur mouth so not going there.
        Removing the mouthful of mercury and detoxing it from me wud change my life, I am sure of that. But as usual, probably will never happen.
        Long live the American Way, at least in “healthcare”.

  58. Dr Nett,

    Should I be concerned about mercury toxicity if I have no dental fillings of any kind and just eat salmon (and no other seafood) twice a week?

    The symptoms you list correlate pretty strongly with those for poor methylation and also for dysbiosis. I was “content” assuming that those were my primary problems to deal with.

    Thanks,
    David

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