Saturday, June 28, 2008

Amalgam Illness: Signs, Symptoms & Indicators of Mercury Toxicity

Mercury Exposure: Main damage in humans: (at very low levels)
• Neurological (tremor, memory loss, headaches)
• Renal (toxicity to the kidneys)
• Cardiovascular (Heat throbbing, Unstable pulse)
• Immunological
• Impaired ability to feel, see, move and taste
• Numbness
• Tunnel vision
• Bronchitis
• Weight loss
• Extreme Fatigue
• Gastro-intestinal problems
• Gingivitis
• Excitability
• Thyroid enlargement

Chronic exposure to mercury is likely to damage:
• Brain
• Spinal cord
• Kidneys (immune-mediated kidney toxicity)
• Liver
• Developing fetus

Exposure to mercury while in the womb can lead to:
• Neurodevelopmental problems in children

Long-term exposure (Minamata disease) leads to:
• Progressively worsening symptoms
• Personality changes (abnormal behaviour (such as fits of laughter), intellectual impairment, cerebral palsy)
• Tingling of the skin, numbness
• Lack of muscle coordination, tremor
• Tunnel vision
• Loss of hearing
• Slurred speech
• Skin rashes
• Cancer
• Stupor
• Coma
• Death

How Mercury causes Neurodegeneration (brain degeneration)from the University of Calgary:

Smoking Teeth::

The Beautiful Truth:

• Poor balance
• Alzheimer's Disease: Scientists discovered that trace amounts of mercury could cause the type of damage to nerves that is characteristic of the damage found in Alzheimer's disease. A study conducted at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine research found that exposure to mercury caused the formation of "neurofibrillar tangles," which are one of the two diagnostic markers for Alzheimer's disease. A study related to mercury and Alzheimer's Disease was recently completed by a team of scientists led by well-respected researcher Dr. Boyd Haley. They exposed rats to levels of mercury vapor diluted to account for size differences between humans and rats. The rats developed tissue damage "indistinguishable" from that of Alzheimer's disease.

• Allergy to Foods/Multiple chemical sensitivities

• Multiple Sclerosis: A 1987 study showed that the levels of mercury in the spinal fluid of MS patients was 8 times higher than normal. Mercury has long been linked to autoimmune diseases such as MS because of its affinity to attach to collagen tissue, which is the most common protein in the body. Polluted by mercury infiltration, the collagen is seen by the immune system as 'not self.'

Bowel Movements
• Frequent/occasional/regular painful urge to defecate

• Heart racing/palpitations
• Tachyarrhythmia (irregular heart beat)
• Cardiomyopathy: Mercury levels in the heart tissue of individuals who died from Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy (IDCM) were found to be on average 22,000 times higher than in individuals who died of other forms of heart disease.
• Angina: Mercury poisoning may be causing chest pain or angina, especially in anyone under age 45.
• Feeble or irregular pulse
• High Total Cholesterol: Elevated total cholesterol greater than 270mg may be associated with mercury toxicity.

• Chronic fatigue
• Subnormal temperature
• Excessive perspiration
• Edema
• Weight loss
• Cold, clammy hands and feet
• Muscle weakness
• Hypoxia (oxygen deficiency in the tissues)
• Loss of appetite
• Joint pain
• Thyroid dysfunction
• Infertility

Gastrointestinal Tract
• Low production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach
• Symptoms of malnutrition due to malabsorption
• Foul-smelling stool, urine, and breath
• Bloating
• Constipation
• Chronic diarrhea, may last many months (advanced level of poisoning)
• Abdominal pain stomach cramps(often mimicking ulcers)
• Sensitive Teeth
• Bad Breath (Halitosis)
• Nausea; vomiting
• Loss of appetite
• Burning of the throat and mouth
• Gastroenteritis
• Diverticular Disease
• Colitis
• Esophagitis, Inflammation of the esophagus
• Inflammation of the rectum
• Inability to digest food; what goes in comes out intact

• Headaches
• Tinnitus
• Insomnia
• Dry skin: Exceptionally dry skin has been associated with mercury toxicity.
• Cold Hands and Feet
• Hair Loss (bald spots)
• Osteoarthritis throughout the body
• Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)
• Parkinson's/muscle tremor
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/Constant fatigue
• Fibromyalgia/muscular and joint pain
• Crohn's disease
• Lupus
• Scleroderma
• Diabetes
• Endometriosis
• Poor bodily coordination
• Vertigo
• Showers cause fatigue
• Fatigue induced by light exertion
• Sleep difficulties/disturbances
• Weakness malaise
• Anorexia
• Symptoms reflecting eating disorders loss of appetite/weight
• Tingling in the fingertips
• Shaky fingers
• Loss of precise control in the fingers
• Erratic muscular responses
• Constant muscle tension (due to electric currents in the mouth)
• Very poor balance
• Stiffness and/or paralysis in an entire side of the body (due to electric currents)
• Slow responses to stimuli/Overall apathy toward stimuli
• Global body shaking
• Wearing thick sweaters in the summer
• Craving sugar and foods high in energy
• Strange pressure, as if swelling, in the pancreatic area (advanced poisoning)
• Poor tissue connectivity (ingrown toenails, separation of the skin from fingernails)
• Brown discoloration of the nails
• Longitudinal ridges on the nails (arthritis)/White spots in the nails/Brittle nails
• Loss of toenails after long walks or hikes, blisters under nails
• Diabetes-like symptoms
• Extremely low cholesterol level
• Constant feeling of being cold, hungry, and sleepy
• Low body temperature (35.0 to 36.0 degrees Celsius); freezing in the summer
• Waking up exhausted after a 10- to 12-hour sleep
• Leg kicking during sleep
• Arm jerking during rest or sleep
• Excruciating contraction of toes after prolonged exposure to cold (early symptom)
• Excruciating contraction in the calf muscle just below the knee (occurs during rest that follows strenuous walks or jogging, often exacerbated by cold)
• Yeast infection throughout the digestive tract; constant intestinal micro-tremors
• Vaginal yeast infection
• Internal bleeding (blood in the stool, urine, ejaculate, and phlegm)
• Painful swelling of glands (testicles and thyroid)
• Blue palms, hands, and feet when temperature drops below ~20 degrees C (advanced illness)
• Numerous dark-red capillaries just under the skin of the feet (advanced illness)

• (Frequent) cervical (neck) node swelling: Swollen lymph nodes in the neck have been associated with known mercury toxicity. Other sites reported include in front of the ear, under the jaw, and on the back of the neck.

Lymph Nodes
• Preauricular node problems: Swollen lymph nodes in front of the ear, under the jaw, and back of the neck are a possible symptom of mercury toxicity.
• Jaw lymph node problems

Head - Eyes/Ocular
• Vision disturbances
• Impaired visual fields and visual acuity
• Sensitivity to light (Photophobia)
• Night blindness
• Eyes are "habitually" pulled to the left
• Enlarged capillaries in the white of the eye
• Double vision or blurred vision
• Intermittent blurred distance vision is a sign of mercury toxicity.
• Bulging eyes from hyperthyroidism: Marked proptosis (bug eyes), or eye changes typical of hyperthyroidism have been associated with mercury toxicity.
• Painful, swelling eyeballs
• Discolored spots and "blisters" in the white of the eye (advanced effects)

Head - Brain
• Mercury accumulates in Central Nervous System (CNS) structures
• Autonomic disturbances
• Headaches, including migraines: Inability to fall asleep due to splitting headache in the forehead. Substantial reduction in the intensity of the headache after standing up, but the headache spreads to the parietal lobes and sometimes even to the lover jaw. Within an hour, the subject may hyperventilate, lose his muscle control with the lower jaw and the whole body shaking. The subject is feeble and may feel that he may collapse to the floor. Within seconds, the subject vomits
• Toxic-Metabolic encephalopathy caused by poisonous byproducts in the brain

Speech Disorders
• Speech and Language Deficits
• Speech comprehension deficits
• Dysarthria (imprecise, slow and distorted speech)
• Articulation problems
• Slurred speech unintelligible speech

Head - Mouth/Oral
• Electrical jolts in head and neck: The interaction between mercury amalgam and other dental metals (gold, steel, and titanium) commonly produces voltages of several volts and currents of several tens of microamperes. The voltages easily exceed the 0.7V firing potential of neurons, and erratic muscle jerking results. The subject's saliva and the metals in his mouth create a battery, and the electric current speeds up the release of mercury many times. The battery is "improved" by eating and drinking certain foods. Also temperature variations in the mouth affect the release of dental mercury into the body.
• Dark spots on gums
• A swollen tongue with scalloped edges
• Metallic taste in mouth
• Coated tongue
• Persistent or recurrent redness in the face (advanced illness)
• Frequent collection of mucus in the throat, especially after waking up
• Cold sores
• Abnormal tastes in mouth
• Mouth soreness
• Excessive salivation
• Periodontal disease
• Bleeding gums
• Stomatitis
• Loosening of teeth
• Foul breath
• White patches in mouth
• Bone loss around teeth
• Ulcers of gums, palate, tongue;
• Burning of mouth
• Gum pigmentation
• Biting into one's tongue {advanced illness).
• Clogging and swelling of the outlets of salivary glands inside the mouth
• Sticky tongue due to dryness in the mouth
• Micro-cracks in the frontal surfaces of incisors and deep longitudinal cracks in the incisors (layering of the incisors).

Head - Nose
• Nasal congestion
• Mild nasal congestion/stuffy nose can be a sign of mercury toxicity.

Head - Ears
• Hearing loss/Difficulty hearing
• Tinnitus (ringing in the ears);
• Ear infections; fluid buildup and clogging in the ear canal
• Partial deafness

Immune System
• Immunosuppression
• Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia Syndrome
• Weakened Immune System: In vitro studies suggest that even low, environmentally relevant exposure levels of mercury, which are not toxic, still contribute to immune dysfunction by interfering with proper lymphocyte functioning.
• Allergies
• Rhinitis
• Swollen lymph nodes in neck
• Asthma
• Sinusitis

• Yeast/Candida Infection
• Pharyngitis ("Strep Throat")
• Canker Sores (Aphthous Ulcers)

• Low body temperature
• Hypoglycemia: Heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead and thallium poison the glucose metabolizing catalysts, thus reducing the flow of energy throughout the body. It is interesting to note that the symptoms of heavy metal poisoning are similar to symptoms associated with hypoglycemia i.e. hyperactivity, mood swings, manic depressive behavior, poor concentration and impulsive and unpredictable behavior.

• Inability to concentrate
• Brain "fogginess"
• Difficulty tolerating bright light and sharp sounds
• Difficulty processing sensory information quickly
• Difficulty recalling well-known words/facts quickly
• Gradual loss of intellect and school performance/Mental retardation/Borderline intelligence
• Attentional problems (ADHD) lacks eye contact impaired visual fixation
• Frequent interruption of the short-term memory (sclerosis) : Short term memory loss is initially the most common complaint associated with mercury toxicity.
• Poor muscle-eye coordination
• Blurting out words in an incomprehensible way
• General difficulty controlling one's tongue, lips, and vocal cords
• Low ability to hear oneself speaking; poor registration or poor comprehension of one's speech
• Difficulty remembering personally unimportant information
• Difficulty to grasp scientific concepts that others consider relatively easy
• Learning to drive a car and driving in traffic can become very challenging
• Reduced ability to solve problems
• Difficulty to associate names with faces
• Suppression of all emotions
• General feeling of inadequacy
• Occasional/frequent confusion/disorientation
• Being easily excitable
• Repetitive perseverative stereotyped behaviors
• Obsessive compulsive disorder-typical behaviors
• Depression/mood swings/flat affect
• Impatient/hostile disposition
• General difficulty socializing and interacting with people
• Loss of interest in doing interactive activities
• Moodiness
• Irritability
• Impaired facial recognition
• Schizoid tendencies
• Hallucinations
• Delirium
• Aggressive behaviors/unreasonable anger/temper tantrums
• Inability to make decisions
• Suicidal behaviors
• Insomnia
• Low self-confidence
• Drowsiness
• Decline of intellect
• Low self-control
• Nervousness/anxiety/shynes/timidity
• Schizophrenia
• Mercury (Hg) interacts with brain tubulin and disassembles microtubules that maintain neurite structure
• Mercury (Hg) accumulates in amygdala, hippocampus, basal ganglia, cerebral cortex; damages Purkinje and granule cells in cerebellum, causes demyelination in brain

Motor Disorders
• Tremors (hands, feet, eyelids, tongue)
• Muscular weakness
• Diffuse myalgia (muscular rheumatism)
• Paraesthesia (abnormal skin sensations)
• Choreiform movements, myoclonal jerks, unusual postures
• Difficulty walking swallowing talking
• Flapping/circling/rocking/toe walking
• Problems with intentional movements or imitation
• Abnormal gait/posture
• Uncoordination loss of balance
• Problems sitting lying crawling and walking
• Convulsions/Seizures

• Tender muscles
• Muscle Cramps/Twitching: Unusual tics or twitching of facial muscles have been associated with mercury toxicity, as well as with muscle cramps in cases of high occupational exposure to mercury.
• Broken neck syndrome: Convulsion in one of the two abductor muscles that connect the head with the collar bone; the subject's head twists toward one side

• Moving white lines across nails: All heavy metals cause Mees' lines on the nails. These usually begin a few months after significant exposure starts and may be useful in identifying the source of exposure - dental amalgams or some unrecognized source - if you remember when they started.

Nervous System
• Neuritis/Neuropathy
• Tremors

Peripheral Nervous System
• Peripheral neuropathy
• Loss of feeling/numbness in the extremities
• Parasthesia

Kidney and Liver
• Kidney Disease: Kidney disease, including kidney failure, is a possible symptom of mercury toxicity.
• Chronic Renal Insufficiency
• Frequent urination/night urination
• Liver malfunction and retention of water, especially in the belly and buttocks; later followed by the enlargement of breasts in males. A study conducted by the World Health Organization in Calgary, Canada in 1989 found substantial damage to the liver and kidneys in experimental sheep and monkeys.

Reproductive - Female Cycle
• Unexplained missed periods

Respiratory System
• Pneumonia/Llaryngitis/Pharyngitis/Bronchitis
• Persistent cough; emphysema
• Shallow or irregular breathing.

• Joint pain/swelling/stiffness

• Nocturia

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