Mercury is one of the most toxic substances on the earth, surpassed only by plutonium, according to Dr. Paul Gilbert of the Academy of General Dentistry. Mercury amalgam dental fillings have been used in the United States since 1833 and 50 percent of their composition is toxic liquid mercury. Mercury poisoning is pervasive, affecting the entire body, according to well-known advocate of amalgam removal, Dr. Hal Huggins. Recovery from mercury poisoning is long and tedious.
Oral galvanism occurs when the fillings in a person’s mouth become like batteries during exposure to moisture from saliva, producing an electric current that causes an allergy-like response in the mouth, reports M.F. Ziff. When metallic objects such as utensils are placed in the mouth, the person literally gets shocked. Other mercury poisoning symptoms from amalgams are periodontal disease and gingivitis with gum pain and bleeding, tooth loss, root canals and abscesses.
Dr. Gilbert explains that many neurological diseases are suspected of having their causes related to mercury poisoning from dental amalgams that leak mercury vapors into the system each time someone bites down on a filling. Some of the symptoms produced related to these diseases are joint and muscle pain, aching, numbness, tingling, weakness, fatigue, paralysis of the limbs, learning disabilities such as attention problems, hyper activity, memory problems and cognitive difficulties.
Symptoms of reproduction disorders have been attributed to mercury poisoning, including problems with menstrual cycles, irregularities, loss of flow, excess flow, difficult menopause, hot flashes, infertility, PMS accompanied by moodiness, irritability, anger, irrational thoughts and more.
Mental and Emotional Symptoms
Mental and emotional symptoms include depression, bi-polar episodes, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, panic attacks and various states of insanity.
Enzymatic and Hormonal Symptoms
According to Dr. Gilbert, hormonal and enzymatic symptoms have been connected to amalgam fillings leaking mercury, including chemical sensitivities, thyroid disorders, chronic fatigue, chilliness, dry skin, tremors, loss of libido, falling out of hair, listlessness, weight gain and loss. Reported digestive problems include ulcerative colitis, acid reflux, auto-immune attacks on the body.
Respiratory, Vision, System-Wide Symptoms
Leaking fillings have been suspected of producing respiratory symptoms such as asthma, COPD, pulmonary problems and emphysema. Vision symptoms include floaters, cataracts, near and farsightedness and glaucoma. Various hearing conditions, congestive heart failure and cancer have also been reported.