The Alzheimer’s Connection

New Research Connects Mercury to Alzheimer’s Disease


(reprinted from a Press Release on March 26th, 2001 – from the “Retrograde Degeneration of Neurite Membrane Structural Integrity of Nerve Growth Cones Following InVitro Exposure to Mercury.”)
Scientists have shown that trace amounts of mercury can cause the type of damage to nerves that is characteristic of the damage found in Alzheimer’s Disease. The level of mercury exposure used in the test was well below levels found in many humans with mercury/silver amalgam dental fillings. The research conducted at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine found that the exposure to mercury caused the formation of neurofibrallar tangles, which are one of the two diagnostic markers for Alzheimer’s Disease. Previous research has shown that mercury can cause the formation of the other Alzheimer’s Disease marker, amyloid plaques. The scientists also exposed the test nerves to other elements, including aluminum, but found that only mercury caused the damage consistent with Alzheimer’s Disease.

The research, published in a paper peer-reviewed medical journal, is accomplished by a video visual presentation of the effect. Utilizing digital time-lapse photography, this video shows rapid damage to the nerve cells after introduction of minute amounts of mercury. Funding for this video was provided by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).

Authors:
Leong, CW; Syed, NI; Lorsheider (ret.), FL
Journal:
Neuroreport, 12(4):733-737,2001
Please contact Dr. Naweed Syed regarding research inquiries and David Rittenhouse for technical inquiries.
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