My blind trust in doctors had been severely
violated long ago. Now that I knew about the mercury, I had to
act. I found myself trusting a new set of doctors in a conditional
way. Mercury testing, vitamins, chelation treatments, going slowly,
and noticeable progress matured my faith in healers. Here is
how my health was restored.
Today it is July 1996. There are no longer any mercury amalgam
dental fillings in my mouth. I have been through 6 DMPS chelation
treatments. Chelation treatment is a method of extracting mercury
from human chemistry.
The procedure followed by the treating MD and clinic was to first
analyze my blood chemistry, my kidney function, and to test my
hair for mercury content. While we waited for lab results, it
was recommended that I start taking 100 mcg daily of chromium
picolinate (an inexpensive over the counter vitamin) to stabilize
The MD said prolonged yeast infection robs your body of this
critical trace element. After a week of taking this vitamin I
noticed my daily energy lows were not as extreme as usual. This
new energy renewed my hopes for a cure, and increased my confidence
in this latest "thing to try".
Up until then I had learned to be skeptical that any treatment
would provide a real and lasting cure. My body chemistry proved
to be systematically depleted for many vitamins and minerals.
My hair showed more than 3 parts per million mercury, this exceeded
the maximum amount of mercury the lab standard said a normal
healthy person should have. My kidney function was determined
to be excellent.
Next I was given a DMPS IV for a mercury "challenge".
For 24 hours after the IV I saved my urine. The collected urine
was sent to the same lab for testing. After a couple of days
I was given a vitamin and mineral IV tailored to my deficiency
The lab results from the DMPS "challenge" showed
more than 6 times the maximum amount of mercury in urine a normal
healthy person should have. About once a month, then every few
months, I would have a DMPS chelation treatment. The early treatments
were timed with amalgam filling removal.
DMPS chelation when not a "challenge" is a couple of
shots in the hips followed by 1-3 days of diminished energy.
At the end of the waiting period, you really want that vitamin
and mineral IV that ends the treatment cycle. DMPS is not totally
specific to mercury, it pulls many other minerals as well. It
can really wipe you out, especially when you are already depleted
from long term chronic fatigue.
About 3 days after the vitamin and mineral IV, and some extra
refreshing sleep, I always bounced back to feeling noticeably
better than before the treatment. It took about a year from the
removal of all my fillings, with well spaced DMPS chelation treatments,
to reach a state I consider sustained normal health. The measurable
mercury in my system is now close to normal acceptable limits.
In 1995 my body mercury levels measured by hair test and DMPS
challenge were demonstrated at 3 and 6 times the acceptable limits.
Who knows what the levels were 1983-1992 ?
My vitamin chemistry is in balance, the chronic yeast is gone.
The yeast disappeared after the most recent chelation treatment.
I no longer have to treat for yeast. Before my recovery, I had
to drink a dose of nystatin daily. I can eat sweets. Ice cream
doesn't ruin me for 3 days anymore. There is no food to which
I am sensitive. My weight is back up to 185 pounds. I feel great
Sleep is my friend, returning me to the land of the refreshed
every morning. My mind is sharp, and my emotions are stable.
I finally feel whole. I lost 11 of my best years to illness.
I am thankful that the next years have a chance to be that normal
happy life Carmen and I have always desired.
We have 2 daughters now, the second one came in 1995. Together,
Carmen and I seem to have enough energy to make it all work.
Reflecting on My Experience and It's Ramifications
Ironically, the doctor in 1986 was right, it was all in my
head, just not the way he was thinking. While my long time dentist
and his colleague were willing to replace my exposed mercury
amalgam fillings with porcelain, gold and composites, they remain
skeptical. They and the ADA (American Dental Association) are
in strong denial that the mercury in amalgam fillings has any
ill affects on peoples health.
Everyone agrees that acute mercury poisoning exists, and is a
serious health problem when it occurs. Somehow, the dental industry
wants us all to believe that no one can get any poisoning from
life long exposure to mercury amalgam dental fillings.
Mercury illness from "silver" dental fillings has recently
been shown to be an immune mediated condition. With a subset
of the population, perhaps as many as 1 in 5 developing mercury
specific memory lymphocytes. The MELISA® test for metal allergy
is a breakthrough both in diagnosing and demonstrating mercury
as the root cause of this condition. CFS Nutrition has a page
on the MELISA®
test for metal allergy, and a description of a proposed
metal immune pathology for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related
I know for certain that in one case a number of large mercury
amalgam dental fillings were drilled out and repacked with fresh
amalgam in a 3 month time period. The person subsequently became
chronically ill with CFS symptoms, developing a condition that
seemed permanent, spanning more than a decade.
No known cause of illness was found after thorough examination
by board certified MD's. The person demonstrated all the defining
CFS symptoms for at least 11 years. The person demonstrated elevated
levels of mercury through hair analysis and DMPS mercury "challenge".
In this one case, a recovery occurred one year after the amalgam
fillings were removed. Accumulated mercury was removed from the
body tissues by 6 separate DMPS chelation treatments. Treatment
followed a specific protocol that included vitamin therapy. Treatments
were spaced an average of 6 weeks apart.
It has been scientifically demonstrated
multiple times with repeatable scientific experiments that mercury
amalgam fillings continuously release mercury into the body as
vapor, soluble ions, and abraded particles,
This mercury is shown to be absorbed into the body tissues and
serum. Mercury is a known toxin. There is compelling data to
believe amalgam mercury is transformed into methyl mercury by
Candida albicans, a yeast, in the gut.
Further, there is no scientifically established safe limits for
any mercury exposure according to the Centers for Disease Control,
only estimates based on animal experiments. Case studies of proven
mercury poisoning show wide variances in health responses among
people with equal exposure.
While one will come close to death, another will hardly show
symptoms. It stands to reason then that in a population of 100+
million mercury amalgam bearers, some portion (0.5%-10%) will
have health that is ultra sensitive to the toxin.
As of yet, no one has demonstrated with
repeatable scientific experiments that CFS is not caused by mercury,
or mercury amalgam fillings, or that chronic mercury causes no
specific health problems what so ever.
Chronic exposure to mercury has been shown by the CDC to cause
very serious health problems in rodents! There
is compelling evidence that mercury amalgam dental fillings release
enough mercury to cause chronic illness.
My current doctors believe that the health of some people is
simply more sensitive to the toxin mercury. It's been shown that
oral cavity electro-galvanism and particular bacterial flora
accelerate the release of mercury and facilitate the conversion
of inorganic mercury (mercurial salts) to the much more poisonous
organic forms (methyl mercury).
There are a significant number of people who have CFS according
to Harvard researchers and the Centers for Disease Control. At
least 500,000 people who meet the strictest definition of the
condition, most also having histories with mercury amalgam fillings.
I hypothesize that for many of these CFS people there
is a direct cause and effect relationship between their mercury
amalgam and their illness. Others bear amalgams and may possess
another root cause for their CFS.
I propose that the chronic mercury exposure from the amalgam
is also aggravating and contributing to their illness due to
their compromised immune and toxin excretion capabilities. Mercury
detoxification and continuous immune reactions consume the body's
stores of glutathione. Loss of glutathione is believed to be
at the root of brain lesions and other resulting nerve problems.
Adequate glutathione levels are essential to protect nerve tissue
from damage caused by oxidation processes.
In my case, there is now a clear before and after story. I have
wished for myself to be well for a long time, and have done many
things over 8 years of treating Candida to become cured, and
11 years of illness without success.
To call my current good health a "placebo effect" is
both frustrating and insulting. The "placebo effect"
certainly didn't serve me during the 8 years when one by one
I eagerly awaited good results from a long
list of treatments for chronic yeast. If the "placebo
effect" would have produced a long term restoration of health,
I would have taken it. All I wanted was to be well. I didn't
care what was to blame. I just wanted it gone and my full life
My frustration with disinformation on low level mercury poisoning
stems from compassion for my fellow humans who are susceptible
and ill from chronic mercury exposure from their dental fillings,
and are only lacking knowledge and certainty to become well.
This concern has led me to become an advocate
on this issue.
The honest criticism of my experience is that it is but a single
data point. A single data point is not statistically significant,
and alone cannot prove cause in the general sense. One fact about
general cause currently supported statistically and scientifically
is "As many 99.5% of people with mercury amalgam fillings
do not currently have full CFS". But the proof of cause
is not going to be far away thanks to the MELISA®
This fact is no comfort to the 500,000 and more mercury amalgam
patients that have full CFS or partial CFS, with no diagnosed
cause of illness.
The ADA states "more than 100 million people in the US have
amalgam fillings". Sam Ziff estimates more than 140 million
in the U.S. have amalgam fillings. The CFS population estimates
for people meeting the strictest definition I've found on the
internet, produced by the CDC and Harvard Medical School, are
between 250,000 and 500,000 people.
Further, the World Health Organization estimated in 1996 that
98% of the US population at that time between 35 and 44 had dental
restorations. Every dentist that I have talked with believes
virtually all of these peoples restorations include one or more
mercury amalgam fillings.
By directing my efforts at removing the mercury amalgam fillings
in my teeth, and by going through DMPS chelation to remove the
accumulation of mercury in my body, I finally have a real solution
for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.