Mercury Poisoning: Symptoms and Diseases

Mercury is the most poisonous, non-radioactive, naturally occurring substance on our planet. There is NO safe level of mercury because even one atom of it in your body is doing some harm to it. There is no debate about the toxicity of mercury and every knowledgeable scientist and health professional understands how poisonous mercury is. Yet even today the American Dental Association (ADA) and pro-amalgam dentists who support its insane, logic defying position, continue to say that the mercury released from these fillings is not a health hazard.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that there is no safe level of mercury. That means that no amount of mercury is safe, not even one atom. Even if enough mercury hasn't accumulated to manifest a symptom directly or indirectly related to chronic mercury poisoning, it doesn't mean you are not being poisoned by it. The straw that broke the proverbial camel's back wasn't the last straw, it was the sum total of the weight of all of the straws.

The fact is that mercury can directly or indirectly cause, contribute to, or make worse every health issue we will ever deal with. Chronic mercury poisoning from amalgam fillings takes time to accumulate and express a related symptom. Because mercury is found in every cell of the body, and there are trillions of cells, it may take years for enough mercury to accumulate for a symptom to appear. Chronic mercury poisoning is not a disease but an accumulative problem and during the period of time it is accumulating it is poisoning you every step along the way.

I find it very ironic that regulatory agencies require that the materials that make up an amalgam filling, such as mercury, silver, zinc, copper and tin, must be placed in a hazardous waste container when it enters the dental office. The old amalgam filling pieces that are removed from a tooth must also be placed in an hazardous waste container. Yet there is no regulation of an amalgam filling when it's placed in a tooth! Isn't it logical that because amalgam material is in the tooth that it also makes the tooth a hazardous waste container!

It's a scientific fact that toxic mercury vapor is continually being released from amalgam fillings. 80% of it enters the body and accumulates in it. This accumulation occurs because overtime the body loses its effectiveness at removing mercury and is less and less effective at doing so. If mercury is stored in your body it also makes it a hazardous waste container. So don't be fooled by the ADA and those who support its position on mercury amalgam fillings. Mercury is continuously released from amalgam fillings and that alone makes them a health hazard. You shouldn't be the same house with mercury vapor, let alone having it being released from your fillings.

For more information about how mercury affects the body and how it does its damage I suggest reading The Poison in Your Teeth: Mercury Amalgam (Silver) Fillings . . . Hazardous to Your Health. Another book of value, Mercury Detoxification: The Natural Way to Remove Mercury from Your Body, tells you how to support your body's efforts to safely remove the stored mercury. Once you learn how devastating it is your health you will be dumbfounded as to how the ADA can possibly continue to support the use of this poisonous material

Symptoms Related to Mercury Poisoning

At least 100 symptoms directly or indirectly result from chronic mercury poisoning. The number and severity of symptoms depend on a variety of factors, such as;

  • how many fillings you have;
  • how long you've had them;
  • how they are stimulated; and
  • how often they are stimulated.

In addition, because mercury is classified as a neurotoxin it can also cause or contribute to emotional and psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety, anger, mood swings and memory loss. Symptoms that worsen over time may signal the development of a disease. 

This table lists some of the more common symptoms directly related to chronic mercury toxicity. But keep in mind that because mercury can indirectly cause harm by depleting essential antioxidants, such as glutathione and alpha lipoic acid that are needed to remove it and deal with other harmful toxins and free radicals, it can indirectly be contributing to even more symptoms and diseases than are listed here.

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   Common Symptoms of Chronic Mercury Poisoning   



   Digestive System



   Loss of appetite

   Weight  loss




   Anger (fits of)




   Fear and nervousness



   Manic depression

   Mood swings


   Energy Levels


   Chronic tiredness





   Headaches (frequent)

   Ringing in ears



   Chest pain

   Heartbeat rapid or irregular



   Chest congestion

   Shallow respiration

   Shortness of breath

   Muscles & Joints


   Joint aches

   Muscle aches

   Muscle weakness



   Fine tremor

   Lack of concentration   

   Learning disorders     

   Memory loss, short and long term   


   Slurred speech


   Inflammation of the nose


   Excessive mucus formation

   Stuffy nose



   Bad breath (halitosis)

   Bone loss

   Burning sensation

   Chronic coughing

   Gingivitis/bleeding gums

   Inflammation of the gums

   Leukoplakia (white patches)

   Metallic taste

   Mouth inflammation

   Sore throats

   Ulcers of oral cavity




   Excessive blushing

   Genital discharge

   Gland swelling

   Hair loss


   Illnesses (frequent)


   Loss of sense of smell 

   Perspiration excessive

   Renal failure

   Skin cold and clammy

   Skin problems  

   Vision problems (tunnel vision)

   Water retention (edema)

Your state of health (especially the state of your immune system), whether you still have amalgam fillings, the amount of mercury you’ve been exposed to over time, and the amount still present in your body directly influence the number and severity of your symptoms. 

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Chronic Mercury Poisoning and Related Diseases

Mercury exposure has been linked to the following diseases. Because mercury has such a destructive effect on the immune and detoxification systems, the list could be much longer. 

   Chronic Mercury Poisoning: Related Diseases



   Anterior lateral sclerosis (ALS)   





   Cardiovascular disease

   Chronic fatigue syndrome

   Crohn’s disease


   Developmental defects





   Hormonal dysfunction

   Intestinal dysfunction

   Immune system disorders   

   Kidney disease

   Learning disorders

   Liver disorders


   Metabolic encephalopathy

   Multiple sclerosis (MS)

   Reproductive disorders

   Parkinson’s disease

   Senile dementia

   Thyroid disease

Other Factors

When it comes to establishing the causative link between mercury and disease, it’s important to consider other factors that can produce similar symptoms, including genetics, diet, lifestyle, environment, occupation, and substance abuse, either alone or in conjunction with each other. But the possibility of developing a related health problem dramatically increases when these factors and mercury are present together.

Mercury Detoxification

If you have, or had, mercury amalgam (silver) fillings the chances are that you are mercury toxic to some degree. If you have any of the related symptoms or diseases, are subject to multiple allergies, and have a depleted immune system, I believe it is critical to participate in a safe and effective mercury detoxification program. 

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