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Mercury Toxicity

Do I have it, what are the symptoms and what can I do about it.
Mercury has long been known to be a toxic element in the environment; the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that the primary source of mercury toxicity in the human body is from silver amalgam fillings in our teeth.  Recent studies have also identified that one of the greatest local sources of mercury in our environmental, besides coal-powered electric power plants, is from crematoriums (remaining amalgam fillings in the teeth).

Facts about mercury toxicity:
  • Mercury is a neurotoxin and a highly toxic element only second to radiation.
  • The primary source in the human body is from silver amalgam fillings.  Mercury in fish can vary however it is minimal compared to the constant source of an amalgam filling in the mouth. Mercury leaks from an amalgam filling constantly and is exaggerated when brushing teeth, drinking hot fluids, chewing etc.
  • There is vast amount of research available on the Internet.  Recommended site is:  International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and I  strongly recommend viewing these two short 6 min. videos, "Smoking Teeth"  and  "Brain Neuron Degeneration".
  • There is no way to accurately measure the mercury body burden because mercury is so tightly bound to fat in the brain and body tissues.
  • As the mercury body burden increases, the toxicity will spread to organs, nerve tissue and lastly bones. 
  • Along with lead, mercury easily crosses the blood brain barrier as well as the placenta in pregnant women and breast milk.

How do I know if I have mercury toxicity? 
  •  The standard blood and urine lab test are inappropriate for identifying this toxicity because mercury is hydrophobic and will not stay in the blood long enough to be measured.  Hair analysis is also equivocal.
  • Provocative heavy metal urine analysis is the only laboratory test presently available.  This test is cumbersome to perform and requires a six-hour urine collection after taking a pharmaceutical chelating agent such as DMPS or EDTA.  Most physicians are not familiar with this laboratory test and some question its accuracy. 
  • Applied Kinesiological testing, performed by a skilled practitioner can determine the level of toxicity in the body and central nervous system.

Symptomology associated with mercury toxicity.
  • Symptomology associated with mercury toxicity can vary from person to person depending on several factors, (diet, exercise, genetics, and ones emotional state). 
  • The most common factors are:
·             1.  An inability to swiftly heal from common injuries  (especially shoulder, hip                                  and wrist problems)
              2.  Musculo-skeletal pain that appears to be more intense and persists longer 
                   lasting than expected relative to the original injury
              3.  In the central nervous system, the symptoms are brain fog and a disruption of 
                   pituitary glands ability to balance hormones of the thyroid, adrenals, and 
                   reproductive organs
              4.  Fatigue 

The strategy for detoxification: 
  • The strategy for a detox therapy depends on whether or not you have any remaining silver amalgam fillings.
  • If one does have one or more silver amalgam fillings then a detox program must be coordinated with your dental care and may still require a pre-detox to minimize any potential adverse reaction.
  • The detox therapy may take the form of one or more different approaches depending on toxicity level, diet, age, ability for liver to detox and for women whether or not one is or planning to become pregnant or lactating.
  • The method I prefer to use is an applied kinesiological approach of re-educating the immune system and then tagging the organs, tissues, nerves and CNS where mercury and heavy metals are hiding.  This technique will facilitate the bodies conversion of methyl mercury via glutathione transferase (enzyme reaction in the liver) to an inert chemical compound that can pulled out of the blood and discard it in the bile.  This methodology, although slower than direct pharmaceutical and nutritional chelation, is safer especially in circumstances where amalgam filling are still present and without side effects. 
  • In some circumstances, nutritional support of the liver may be required to facilitate this process.  Consulting with your healthcare provider and or a nutritionist may be suggested.

To learn more about the need for mercury detoxification and amalgam removal please ask to borrow an education DVD titled, “Smoking Teeth” and “How Mercury Toxicity Causes Brain Neuron Degeneration” at the time of your next office or email me.  The University of Calgary in conjunction with International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) jointly produced these two short 7-minute videos.  You can also view these videos on youtube at these links:   Smoking Teeth & Brain Neuron Degeneration
Mercury Toxicity
Mercury or any of the Heavy Metals (...lead, nickel, cadmium)
common sources of mercury
Fluoride Treatments ...are they safe?
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Detoxification Protocol for Mercury & Heavy Metals

During and for 3 days after amalgam removal much of the mercury constituents are still floating around into the blood before it becomes assimilated into the body tissues.  To maximize the detoxification via liver and kidneys, the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) recommends the following, which I am in agreement.
Note:  this is essentially a 3–day detox which can be very effective.

Preparation for Amalgam Removal

1.    Increase oral vitamin C dose to 3-5 grams or more daily beginning the day prior,
            day of and for three days following the procedure.  Daily dosage should follow
            the rule, more is better to the level of ones tolerance and comfort level.
2.    Take Glutithione supplement to facilitate Liver detox (begin as soon as
             possible or at least 1 day before and continue for at least 3 months)
              ... if Glutithione is unavailable substitute with  Alpha Lipoic Acid 500-600mg                 daily (day before, day of and for 3-days after) then reduce to 300 mg daily 
               for one month (sustained release is best).
3.    N-acetylcysteine ~1500 mg  (~3 capsules)  (day before and for 3-days 
              after) then reduce to 1 cap till finished.
4.    Take ~1800 mg  (~4 capsules) Modified Citrus Pectin (day before and for 3-
              days after) then reduce to 1 cap till finished. If unavailable substitute with 
              Seleniun or Chlorella as directed on label..

  • Modified Citrus Pectin, Selenium,  Chlorella helps bind mercury constituents in the blood.
  • N-acetylcysteine and Alpha Lipoic Acid assists the liver in phase I detoxification in the liver.
  • Vitamin C helps protect the body tissues and assists in detoxification.

General Daily Dietary Detox Suggestions

  • Vitamin C 1 - 3,000 mg  (1-3 gram) daily or more if tolerated
  • eggs (with yolks) daily as a source of dietary sulfur
  • Glutithione supplement if available to facilitate liver detox
           [if unavailable use Lipoic Acid 300 mg daily (sustained release is best)]
  • Chlorella, Selenium to act as a mild chelator If one has remaining amalgams, it is not recommended to be overly aggressive in any detox.
U-Tube Video
IAOMT Website
PDF File
Interview of Dr Corwin)
Presentation by Dr Corwin (PDF)
September 2011 TV interview
September 2011 TV interview
International Organization of Oral Medicine and Toxicology is presently leading a law suit against the FDA to reclassify Amalgam fillings as a Class 2 medical device, assigning it no controls or other measures  to protect the public.”  The suit asks the FDA to reclassify it as a class 3 device which put restrictions and warnings for public use.   Additionally the suit asks Amalgams be removed as a dental restoration procedure for children and adults. -For more information at:
IAOMT editorial published in

Fluoride ...Is it safe?

International Organization of Oral Medicine and Toxicology

Position Statement on Dental Fluoridation.​ 
 (view-able PDF file)

Video with Dr. Kennedy discussing potential harmful affects of dental fluoridation techniques especially in anyone with compromised kidney function.
Mercury, long known as a toxic element, has evoked increasing concern in recent years due to its use in industry and agriculture and the burning of fossil fuels. Methylmercury compounds and elemental mercury vapor are the two forms most likely to be involved in human exposures. In addition, the conversion of elemental mercury and mercury compounds by bacteria (in the intestinal tract) to the more toxic methylmercury also poses potential threats to human health. Ingested methylmercury is readily absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract and inhaled mercury vapor is easily retained by the pulmonary system. Skin absorption of mercury also occurs from touching or playing with elemental mercury.
Source:  Additional info and source at :
Common Sources of Mercury

Mercury-silver amalgam (dental fillings)
Consumption of grain seeds treated with methylmercury fungicides (esp. wheat)
Fish, shellfish, and marine mammals
Kelp and other seaweeds
Medical sources:
Thimerosal (preservative in injectable pharmaceuticals)
Vaccinations / immunizations
Mercuric chloride (used in histology labs)
any common over the counter health medications including:
Antiseptics/first aid preparations
Psoriasis medications
Calomel (body powders and talc)
laxatives (containing calomel)
Acne preparations
Skin lightening /Bleaching creams
Ear preparations
Nasal sprays (Afrin, Neo-Synephrine, and others)
Throat lozenges
Hemorrhoid Ointments, suppositories (Lanacaine, Preparation H, and others)
Hair tonic
Mercurochrome and thimerosal (Merthiolate)
Veterinary preparations (BagBalm and others)
Mercury containing cosmetics/mascara (especially waterproof)
Contact lens solutions and other eye drops such as Murine, Allerest, and others
​•Organic mercurials (historical use as diuretics)
Broken thermometers and barometers
Playing with elemental mercury
Anti-fouling paint for boats
Wood preservatives (ethyl mercury chloride)
Sanding, sandblasting or chipping paint
Air polluted by industrial mercury vapor
Mercury polluted industrial water
Clothing worn by mercury workers
Fabric softeners
Floor waxes and polishes
Air conditioner filters
Wood preservatives
Cinnabar (used in jewelry)
Cinnabar, yellow, vermillion pigments
Batteries with mercury cells
Gardening Chemicals:
Fungicides for use on lawns, trees, shrubs
Tanning leather
Photographic solutions
lab and industrial equipment using metallic mercury
Sewage sludge used as fertilizer contaminates soil
Sewage disposal (may release 1000’s of tons of Hg annually world wide)