The symptoms of mercury toxicity mimic many of the symptoms of autism. Higher levels of mercury have been shown to create symptoms that last up to 30 years! It aggravates every other medical condition.
The World Health Organization (WHO) admits that there are no safe levels of mercury exposure. Common exposure comes from vaccines, medications, coal emissions, dental amalgam fillings, and contaminated fish. Even in small amounts, mercury is dangerous.
Toxicologists consider mercury to be one of the most poisonous elements in existence. Mercury destroys the brain, and is completely destructive to all aspects of the nervous system. It inhibits the brain’s ability to uptake and store the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
Mercury can affect any organ and is poisonous to all cells. The building of proteins for the cells is called protein synthesis. Mercury not only damages cells, but interferes with protein synthesis, a common problem among children on the autism spectrum. Mercury has a powerful effect on the immune system [See: Pollard KM. et al Met. IonsBiolSys.34:421(1997)). Research shows that the vapors from mercury amalgam fillings in the mouth can degrade the strength of the immune system by half.
Mercury also binds with Candida to resist its removal from the system. Mercury prevents the body from killing Candida. It prevents a natural type of white blood cell called neutrophils from destroying Candida and other foreign matter in the blood. It can even act as antennae in the body for electromagnetic field radiation.
The greatest exposure to mercury toxicity currently comes from mercury amalgam dental fillings and vaccines. There is a tremendous amount of medical documentation regarding its dangers, even at low levels. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have chosen to ignore this knowledge. When mercury toxicity is found in people, it is usually blamed on the consumption of contaminated fish.
Autism affects four times as many boys as girls. Hormones play a part in this.The neurotoxicity of mercury is enhanced by testosterone, which is predominant in boys. Autism is sometimes labeled as an “extreme male brain.” Higher levels of estrogen in females protects the brain, especially the hippocampus.
Mercury amalgam fillings are an extremely common source of mercury exposure. Although they have been known for years to be harmful, in the past they were cheaper to use than other materials. As it seems to always happen, money comes before health. As a result, many of us were given fillings of mercury amalgams that we have had contaminating our systems for years.
Chewing releases mercury vapors that we then inhale. Up to 80% of mercury is absorbed into the lungs and stays in the body. Hot items release the toxic vapors as well. Think about this the next time you drink coffee or hot tea. Due to the vibration of the amalgam fillings, brushing teeth, the use of water picks and dental work of any kind, also releases the toxic vapors. A dental drilling can release as much as 4,000 ug/m3. The safe limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency is 50 ug/m3, and this is not really safe at all! Do not have dental work done while you are pregnant!
Large fish carry high amounts of mercury than smaller fish. As a rule, the larger the fish, the higher it is on the food chain, and the higher the mercury content. Sharks, swordfish, and large tuna are among the highest because they are top predators. They have a highly absorbable type of mercury called methylmercury. The fats in the fish absorb the mercury. When we eat the fish, the mercury becomes extremely absorbable by the GI tract. As absorbable as the methylmercury is from fish, mercury amalgam fillings are almost ten times more so. Plus, mercury accumulates in the body for decades.
One study showed up to 30% of those tested had toxic levels of mercury. With the increase in coal-powered plants around the globe, these numbers are in the millions. Mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, natural gas, and petroleum products emit as much as 5,000 tons of mercury into the atmosphere every year. Harmful toxins get into the jet stream and carry it thousands of miles into the air we breathe.
Due to the mother’s elevated mercury blood levels, federal scientists estimate that 410,000 children are born every year at an increased risk to the harmful effects of this transference in-utero. Mercury amalgam fillings from the mother pass through the blood- brain barrier and into the fetus via the placenta and later through lactation. Breast milk has been found to have much higher levels of mercury, up to 80% higher, than the mother’s blood mercury levels. This largely comes from mercury amalgam fillings in the mother. I would also use caution when choosing the type of fish you consume.
Those at highest risk of mercury toxicity are those with developing brains such as fetuses, infants, and children. Males are also at higher risk because testosterone enhances its neurotoxicity. Those with the lowered ability to fight toxins, such as the elderly and women of child- bearing ages, between 20 and 39, are also at high risk. Remember that when we are pregnant, our immune systems are depressed, so we have less capability of combating toxic exposure.
How To Safely Detoxify Mercury
Mercury accumulates over time in the nervous system, and the results from exposure may not be seen for several years. The brain can hold mercury for more than ten years. It is crucial to detoxify mercury and other heavy metals from the system, even if it has been years since you had your amalgams removed.
Have all mercury amalgam fillings removed by a bio-dentist, before conception and use the natural detoxification methods such as clinoptilolite zeolites. If you had mercury amalgam fillings during your pregnancy then your child definitely has mercury in their body. This same zeolite is safe enough for pregnant women and children. It is a tasteless liquid spray easy enough for children to take and it is one of the most effective products I have found for this purpose. Please learn more and find studies on this zeolite in my podcast interview, Toxic Heavy Metals Linked to Severe Autistic Behaviors.
Proper nutrition and increased antioxidant levels help protect us from mercury exposure. Foods with high antioxidant content have deep colors such as blueberries and green leafy vegetables. Taking antioxidant supplements, such as vitamins E and C, selenium, magnesium, zinc, carotenoids, and alpha lipoic acid can all assist the body in removing mercury and other heavy metals. Selenium also protects against mercury toxicity in an unborn fetus.
Some of the most common symptoms of mercury toxicity are:
- Excessive irritability/anger
- Timid behavior
- Impaired concentration
- Poor memory
- Abnormal motor coordination
- Suicidal tendencies
- Personality changes
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
How To Safely Remove Amalgam Dental Fillings
A bio-dentist is trained in the safe removal of the amalgams. During removal, vapors released are inhaled and ingested into your system if not removed properly.
The dangers that mercury presents are significant, especially to the neurological system. Mercury is also released into the fetus in utero, so the child may be born with mercury toxicity. This makes them more vulnerable to additional environmental toxic exposure.
Biological dentists should also have certain protective barriers in place such as:
- eye protection for both patient and staff
- dental dams for the reduction of inhalation during removal of mercury amalgam fillings or other materials
- air suction devices
- cooling of mercury during removal (usually done with cool water)
Biological dentists generally follow certain criteria:
- they are mercury free
- they use no fluoride
- they do not use latex
- they do not perform root canal treatments
- they do not offer metal or titanium implants
- they either use homeopathy or are open to using homeopathy
Teeth are connected to energy meridians in your body. Distal pain or systemic illness can be a result of problems associated with your teeth. The heart is directly connected to your teeth. To see a meridian dental chart please refer to podcast episode #129.
A panoramic x-ray may also be needed for further examination. If a cavitation (bacterial pocket under the gums), has formed, it will compromise the blood supply to the affected bones and teeth. The blood vessels here are very small and can get squeezed off. This will inhibit recovery. Most traditional dentists are not trained in how to find a cavitation on an x-ray.
Doctors should only use digital x-rays because digital x-rays emit 90% less radiation than analog x-rays.
Upon waking in the morning, palpate the masseter muscle. This muscle is located in the side of your cheek and begins around your temporomandibular (jaw) joint, and moves downward. If the area is sore then you have likely been grinding your teeth while sleeping. Grinding will cause micro trauma and will not allow the bone to heal.
As I am not a big fan of night guards due to their inhibition of cranial bones, I also know there are times when they are necessary. Grinding your teeth at night has two common causes: The first common cause is emotional stress, and the second is parasites. If grinding is damaging the teeth and preventing recovery, then using a night guard for a short time while sleeping may be necessary. During this time, it is crucial that you also receive Craniosacral therapy to keep the cranial bones mobile and in balance. The Craniosacral work will also help to release the emotional trauma that is contributing to the grinding. This is the same case with orthodontia.
When the cranial bones are inhibited from their original micro- movements, it can create a domino effect of cranial faulting. This means that the cranial bones are unable to fluctuate in their normal pattern. This can have a direct effect on the brain and its ability to function properly. It can also affect the spinal cord, its nerves, and any of its organ connections. The sacrum at the base of the spine is also affected, and therefore the lower back and pelvic region are affected too.
EARLY CAVITY PREVENTION TIPS
Diet and healing the gut for healthy absorption of nutrients is key. When we are deficient in minerals the body will take what it needs from bones and teeth for other functions in the body that need them. This weakens the teeth.
One of the coinfections of autism is the mold biotoxin illness. This creates an antibiotic resistant Staphylococcal bacteria in the nasal passages that gets up into the brain but also drips down into the mouth causing decay of the teeth.
The teeth can tell us a lot about what is going on inside of a person’s body, especially the gut. The mouth and the digestive tract are the greatest areas to cause inflammation in the body. If your child is prone to cavities or any other oral issues be sure to look further into his health. The first place to go is the gut. When the digestive tract is not functioning properly there will commonly be weakness in the teeth. There is a bacteria called Streptococcus Mutans that is the cavity causing bacteria. Pathogenic bacteria in the gut, such as candida, also live in the mouth.
Do not exchange saliva with your child. As odd as this may sound, when we exchange saliva it is quite possible that we exchange other hosts. The bacterium that enables cavities to grow is called Streptococcus Mutans and it lives and colonizes in the mouth of anyone who has cavities. We can even pass this along to our infants, who do not yet have teeth. Compromised microflora in the gut allows for Strep. Mutans to breed. This bacteria live in the pockets and pits of gums and teeth. It is also passed on to other individuals via saliva. When we test the temperature or the taste of our child’s food and we hand them that spoon or bottle without properly cleaning it first, we can spread infections and this bacteria.
Xylitol, pronounced (zy-li-tall), is an all-natural sweetener extracted from hardwood trees. It was approved by the FDA in 1963. It has been cited in the Journal of The American Dental Association, The international Dental Journal, The Journal of Dental Research, and many others.
Xylitol has the ability to destroy the dental cavity bacteria Strep. Mutans by 90% with regular usage. It also helps to maintain an alkaline environment, inhibits plaque formation, and causes an inability to metabolize oral bacteria.
Xylitol ranks a low seven on the glycemic index (white sugar gets a 68), does not cause a spike in blood sugar, and will not contribute to Candida overgrowth. Xylitol is an excellent sugar replacement anytime and is great for baking. There are no known toxic levels in xylitol, although many people do have difficulty digesting it, so watch your child for reactions. Always start with small amounts. Always start with small amounts and watch for any signs of digestive disturbance such as stomach ache. Xylitol is safe from humans, (but not for dogs).
Although xylitol is sold in health food stores there are also some good websites you can purchase it from. One is www.drjohns.com (888) 375-6462. Make sure you purchase the lollipops that are naturally flavored and not the ones that have food coloring in them.
There is toothpaste with xylitol. It gives all of the benefits of xylitol listed above without the fluoride. Fluoride is a neurotoxin and should not be used.
The proper diet is absolutely crucial!
Please get your free guide here to the top 7 foods to eliminate from your child’s diet that contribute to his inflammation and leaky gut syndrome.
The following organizations can help you to find a biological dentist:
International Academy of Oral Medical Toxicology, www.iaomt.org
For additional information:
Additional podcasts on dentistry:
Study: Bacteria Residing at Root Canals Can Induce Cell Proliferation and Alter the Mechanical Properties of Gingival and Cancer Cells https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33114460/