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The Mercury Problem

Most of us have or have had silver fillings (dental amalgam) which contain 50% mercury. Dental amalgam is the major source of mercury in the human body, followed by thimerosal (49.6% mercury), a preservative found in many vaccines, such as flu shots and some infant immunizations.

Human mercury exposures have been linked through extensive, peer reviewed scientific studies to a vast array of diseases, including MS, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Cardiovascular, gastrointestinal , Alzheimer's, Autism/ADD in children as well as increased aggression/violence in young adults.  We encourage everyone to educate themselves fully on mercury, it's effects, and it's sources.  Only through knowledge can you protect yourself from this potent and prevalent neurotoxin.

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mercury exposure chart
by Russell Blaylock, MD

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FACTS:
  • Dental amalgams ("silver" fillings) contain 50% mercury.
  • Thimerosal (found in many vaccines) contains 49.6% mercury
  • Mercury is a known neurotoxin and can damage all cells in the human body
  • Dental amalgam vaporize mercury into the human body on a daily basis
  • Mercury passes through the placental wall of pregnant women and through the milk of nursing mothers to the infant and posing health and neurological risks.
  • Dental amalgam is a major contributor to wastewater pollution through disposal of amalgam from dental offices and through mercury excreted in human waste.
  • Dental amalgam is not a necessary substance for any facet of modern dentistry, since alternative products exist that meet or surpass it's capabilities.
  • The diagnoses of autism has risen to 1 in 166 in direct relationship to the number of childhood immunizations given containing thimerosal.
  • Since vaccine manufacturers started removing thimerosal, the rate of autism has significantly fallen.
  • High mercury body burdens of mercury are associated with a wide variety of diseases including MS, Autism, Alzheimers Disease, depression, IBS, and heart disease.
  • High toxic metal body burdens, including mercury, are associated with the increase in violent crimes among teens. Violence in Teens
  • Dental clinics are the third largest user of of mercury in products in the USA.  EPA estimates their use at 34 tons per year.

Mercury & Health

Cardiovascular Effect of Mercury
  • Finnish Study: Mercury, Fish Oils & Risk of Acute Coronary Events and Cardiovascular, Coronary Heart Disease and All-cause mortality of Men in Eastern Finland, Viranen et al 2004 (pdf)
  • Italian Study: Marked Elevation of Myocardial Trace Elements in Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy Compared with Secondary Cardiac Dysfunction, Frustaci et al 1999 (pdf)

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Mercury and Alzheimers

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WHO (World Health Organization) Report on Mercury 8/05 (pdf)
"Recent studies suggest that mercury may have no threshold below which some adverse effects do not occur. "
Mercury Triggers Premature Birth  10/30/06 (pdf)
Mercury and health - Health & Environment Alliance
Mercury and health - Health Fact Sheet (pdf)
Halting The Child Brain Drain Report 1/07 (pdf)
Mercury Rising - Time Magazine 9/3/06
Mercury Exposure During the Primal Period
Public Health & Economic Consequences of Methylmercury Toxicity to the Human Brain, NIH, MT Sinai Hospital - Feb. 2005 pdf
Toxicity Summary for Methyl Mercury,  February, 1992 (pdf)
Interim Mercury Test Results Indicate 1 in 5 Women Has Unsafe Levels 2/8/06
Our Preferred Poison: A little mercury is all that humans need to do away with themselves quietly, slowly, and surely, DISCOVER Vol. 26 No. 03 | March 05
Mercury in Health Care Fact Sheet 6/06 (pdf)

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"The metallic mercury used by dentists to manufacture dental amalgam is shipped as a hazardous material to the dental office. When amalgams are removed, for whatever reason, they are treated as hazardous waste and are required to be disposed of in accordance with federal OSHA regulations and it is inconceivable that the mouth could be considered a safe storage container for this toxic material." Dr. Joseph Mercola

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Aug. 2000 "The Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA) reports that mercury levels in household wastewater are sufficiently high to pose Clean Water Act compliance problems for the nation's wastewater treatment plants. Although several sources contributing to the domestic mercury concentrations have been identified, human wastes (feces and urine) from individuals with dental amalgam fillings are believed to be the most significant source — greater than 80 percent. These results were corroborated by the results from chemical toilet and septic wastes that showed that a significant portion of the mercury in domestic wastewater is from uncontrollable sources such as dental amalgam fillings. ..Based on this information, domestic waste contributes appreciable concentrations of mercury to POTW influent wastestreams and must be considered when addressing mercury control strategies and the likelihood of virtual elimination of mercury. Background mercury concentrations averaging more than 100 parts per trillion can be expected in POTW wastewater influents, even if complete elimination of industrial point source discharges is accomplished."  Full Report (pdf)

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To see products containing mercury in your home, take the virtual home tour at National Wildlife Federation

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Mercury Connections, The extent and effects of Mercury in northeastern North America.  Biodiversity Research Institute (pdf)

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Swedish Report on Ban of Mercury 2004 (pdf)

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Collaborative on Health and the Environment, information on health effects from environmental causes

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