Mercury Toxicity

Evaluating Risk Factors: Mercury Poisoning

Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as mercury toxicity — that affect you.   Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.

In the Environmental Risk Factors section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about mercury toxicity:
Have you ever been diagnosed with mercury poisoning or toxicity?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Tests have confirmed there is no problem
→ Yes, mild
→ Yes, moderate
→ Yes, severe

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate confirmed lack of mercury toxicity, mild mercury toxicity, moderate mercury toxicity or severe mercury toxicity, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as:
Multiple Sclerosis
A 1987 study showed that the levels of mercury in the spinal fluid of MS patients was 8 times higher than normal.  [Silberod, R: A comparison of mental health of multiple sclerosis patients with silver/mercury dental fillings; Psychological Reports 70: pp.1139-51, 1992].  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.'
Alzheimer's Disease
Because Alzheimer's patients often exhibit increased concentration of heavy metals such as mercury in their blood and brain, toxic exposure is believed to play an important role.  The areas of the brain that mercury favors are those involved with memory (amygdala and hippocampus).  Is is not just aluminum that is implicated in Alzheimer's.
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.
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.  [Scand J Immunol 50(3): pp.233-241]
Kidney Disease
Kidney disease, including kidney failure, is a possible symptom of mercury toxicity.
Angina
Mercury poisoning may be causing chest pain or angina, especially in anyone under age 45.
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.  [J Amer Coll Cardiology v33(6) pp.1578-1583,1999]