WHO is talking about mercury toxicity?
Mercury toxicity is pervasive in society and I see a good third of mental health clients sufferring from significant mercury toxicity such that they not only experience moderate to severe behaviour compromise, but they have typical lab profiles with thyroid, liver and/or blood cell diruption. A mercury toxicity finding is a clear indication of the need for nutritional orthomolecular therapy.
Mercury is the main component of metal amalgam dental fillings. Since 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) has been advising against the use of mercury for dental fillings due to toxicity potential. The WHO in its 2009 Future Use of Dental Materials final report publication urges dentists to switch from metal amalgam filling materials to readily available alternative materials that are non-toxic. The WHO admits that mercury from amalgams releases significant amounts of mercury to the environment with toxicity potential that influences general health.
Dentists have to place mercury thats removed from people in yellow containers destined for safe toxic material waste removal. There is a level of common sense that we must use when determining what therpies are healthy versus invaisive.
In a book that I co-authored with Dr Klaus-Georg Wenzel (Neurologist/Psychiatrist) in 2005 on Minerals in Health and Disease it mentions that “the first dentists/physicians who brought mercury dental amalgams/fillings to America were arrested as charlatans … The following consequences of amalgam fillings have been reported: premature fatigue, depression; irritability, anxiety; diminished memory; headaches and migraines, nausea, vision disturbances; decrease in general well-being, including weight loss; stomach ache; increased susceptibility to allergies.”
The FDA soon after their 2009 WHO report requested that all consumers and parents of children be informed of dental mercury toxicity potential.
In my clinical experiences over the past 10 years I have seen the effects of mercury on memory, immune compromise, and contributing symptoms of anxiety, depression, ADD and OCD, and psychosis (schizophrenia). When I see a patient history of dental amalgams, regular fish consumption, immunizations, flu shots, and H1N1 injection I screen for mercury. Today we have a special mercury speciation technique that is available to society and it allows us to determine . I mentioned the use of this technique in Case 1 of my Orthomolecular Treatment Response article published in 2010 in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine (JOM).
Many don’t realize that even after amalgams have been removed it takes at least 18 years for the body to passively remove merely half of it from body tissue. [Mercury has a half-life of 18 years in the human body.] I have been successful in removing mercury load in 6 months in patients with adequate thyroid function using sulfer compounds and zinc.
Copper, nickel, silver, platinum and tin are also used in metal amalgams. Gold fillings do not have as many associated health risks as silver mercury-based amalgams. Nickel, silver, platinum and tin are somewhat easy to remove with zinc alone. Copper on the other hand can and often does require greater efforts to remove. This is just one example of many that should help us all appreciate the value of respecting biochemical individuality and getting to the core issues defined by targeted orthomolecular treatment.