The Health Effects of Chronic Low-Level Mercury Exposure
A single dental amalgam filling releases as much as 15 micrograms of mercury per day. The average individual has eight amalgam fillings and could absorb up to 120 micrograms of mercury per day. In contrast, eating mercury-tainted seafood will expose you to about 2.3 micrograms per day — and that is enough for scientists to call for a worldwide warning.
“Dr. Hal Huggins, one of the founders and leaders of this whole movement, would say mercury picks on people’s genetic weak link,” Dr. Glaros says. “If mercury was like asbestos and it caused mesothelioma, every time you get mesothelioma, you’re looking for the exposure to asbestos.
Mercury tends to pick on people’s genetic weak link. It might be irritation of the skin or itching of the skin. It might be memory loss or brain fog. It’s something that people who’ve been through it identify with frequently. They say, “Gosh, the fog cleared up.” It went away. It will affect neurological issues and their immune systems. The fact that it crosses the blood brain barrier that causes the neurological issues. It crosses the placental barriers, and you have this embryo with no immune system, but the mercury is starting to affect him immediately.
… There’s testing that could be done and give us an idea about what’s going on.
Some people will use urine mercury as one way to check what their levels are. I like it when they do that and find what the urine mercury level is before they’re challenged with a chelating agent. That’s what it’s like for them every day. They collect urine for three to six hours or 24 with two different techniques, similar results, and find what the urine mercury level is. Then the next 24 hours, they will take a chelating agent…
Then you collect urine for another six hours or 24 hours, the same that you did on the first day. Sometimes urine mercury levels will go from below four micrograms per liter, which is considered a healthier rate, to way above that, which indicates that those people are retainers of the mercury toxicity. They have a retention problem. They don’t get rid of it well.
Those people aren’t going to respond as quickly to removal as people whose urine mercury levels before it was challenged might have been eight or 10, and it was 12 when they had it challenged.
There you have this body that has a good sense about how to get rid of mercury. Those are the people that tend to not have the symptoms. People that tend to have the symptoms are the people that have retention of the mercury. If mercury gets into all the cells of the body, and it’s like the water dripping in the kitchen sink. You go on vacation and the water’s dripping. It’s okay as long as the plugs are not in there. But if the plug settles in and that same dripping builds up, then you have the retention toxicity issue, it spills over, and starts to create the symptoms that cause the problems.”
Success Story from Removing Mercury
While it’s impossible to predict whether or not a health problem will resolve as a result of getting your amalgam fillings removed, many people have experienced notable improvements. Dr. Glaros recounts the following story of one of his patients:
“In preparation for our meeting, I was thinking about particular patients, and we had a lady that came in. She was a wife of a physician. She had mercury fillings. She had non-precious crowns. She had a root canal. She had two titanium implants. She had symptoms that she described were low energy to no energy. Her memory was not what she wanted it to be. Her face was swollen. She got pain in her shoulder, pain in her breasts… she had facial pain that she couldn’t explain and couldn’t understand. She just didn’t have the energy to get along and to do anything.
That first visit, we did diagnostic blocks. We placed local anesthetics around her root canaled tooth and her two implants…
When she came back two weeks later, she said, “When you put that block there, it became clear to me that my pain was localized in those three areas.” When the anesthetic was gone, she said “I was able to focus the pain from those areas.”
We didn’t start there though. We started with removing her mercury fillings and non-precious metal crowns. Every time she came back, she said “I feel better.” She had more energy. She had a different look… She came with her sister, and her sister said, “This is a different person.” I brought part of her notes, and she told us what she’d noticed. She said, “I get up once a night to go to the bathroom rather than multiple times,” which is the effect on the kidney of the toxins. Her shoulder pain was gone. Her breast pain was gone. Her energy level, she said that she felt like lifting weights now.
The morning she gets up, she wants to start the day. She’s read the newspaper. Before, she just wanted to go back to sleep. Her sister said, “This is not the same person.” She had those symptoms increasingly, but she’d had them her whole life.”