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Silver amalgam fillings, mercury toxicity and detox

Symptoms of low level chronic exposure to mercury vapour


Exposure to low level chronic mercury vapour can cause a number of non-specific, seemingly unrelated symptoms leading easily to misdiagnosis. Indeed, mercury exposure has been labeled 'the great masquerader'; the similarity of mercury related symptoms to other medical conditions makes it very difficult for doctors to make a correct diagnosis.

Unfortunately, only a very few doctors are aware of the release of mercury from dental fillings so therefore the correct diagnosis is even less likely.



1. Psychological disturbances

  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Shyness or timidity
  • Loss of memory
  • Lack of attention
  • Loss of self confidence
  • Decline in intellect
  • Lack of self control
  • Fits of anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Drowsiness or insomnia


2. Mouth symptoms

  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Bone loss around teeth
  • Excessive salivation
  • Foul breath
  • Metallic taste
  • White patches
  • Inflammation of the mouth:
    • Ulceration of the gums, palate and tongue
    • Burning mouth
    • Tissue pigmentation


3. General health symptoms

(a) Gastrointestinal symptoms

  • Regular abdominal cramps
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhoea
  • Chronic gastrointestinal problems including colitis

(b) Cardiovascular symptoms

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Feeble or irregular pulse
  • Alterations in blood pressure
  • Pain and/or pressure in the chest

(c) Neurological symptoms

  • Fine tremors (hands, feet, lips, eyelids or tongue)
  • Chronic headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Numbness of hands or feet

(d) Respiratory symptoms

  • Persistent cough
  • Emphysema
  • Shallow or irregular breathing

(e) Immunological symptoms

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Swollen lymph nodes, especially the neck
  • Auto-immunity - rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc.

(f) Endocrine symptoms (glandular or hormonal)

  • Sub-normal body temperature
  • Cold clammy skin
  • Excessive perspiration

(g) Skin symptoms

  • Sores on the skin, especially face and shoulders

(h) Kidney symptoms

  • Electrolyte imbalance (minerals)
  • Reduction in kidney function
  • Renal failure in severe cases
  • Glomerular nephritis

(i) Other symptoms

  • Muscle weakness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Anaemia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constriction of visual field

The symptoms of mercury exposure are very varied and confusing as they cover such a wide and diverse picture that mimics many other diseases.

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Stewart J. Wright, Holistic Dental Practitioner, Shore Street Dental Surgery, Cawdor Place, Shore Street, Oban PA34 4LQ

 01631 563006