Chronic Fatigue

Illness and Mercury

Chronic fatigue is one of the main reasons people go to a health practitioner and it is one of the hardest illnesses to tolerate. Lacking energy and mental alertness means you don’t feel like doing anything, which in turn makes you feel worse and consequently you don’t sleep well. Fatigue is the most common complaint stated by patients in my dental practice. Which is why I began looking for a connection between mercury amalgam and chronic fatigue.

You may not be aware that the silver amalgam fillings in your teeth are actually fifty percent mercury or that this mercury is highly toxic. There is a mass of scientific evidence that clearly demonstrates that mercury can leak from the amalgam fillings in your mouth and harm the body.

The World Health Organization recognizes that dental amalgam contaminates the human body and has made recommendations regarding safe levels of mercury in food. Yet this highly dangerous material is placed in your mouth because traditional dentists believe it to be a safe and stable substance once mixed.

Double Jeopardy

Interestingly enough, “silver” amalgams not only present a danger from mercury. The other fifty percent of metals in the composite are silver, tin, copper and zinc. When you put these metals into the mouth surrounded by saliva it has a battery effect. The battery effect creates an electrical current that can disrupt the nervous system and normal flow of energy to the body. This is one of the reasons why a person may experience fatigue.

Many countries worldwide have looked closely at the science behind this practice and many places in Europe and Canada have banned the use of mercury. It’s beginning to happen here in the USA, but it’s taking a little longer. However, in the UK, mercury fillings are the norm for national health patients.

From my experience as a dental practitioner, I believe that many of today’s so called “mystery syndromes” like chronic fatigue may not actually be so mysterious, but related to mercury amalgams. Physicians often bunch chronic fatigue together with recurrent depression, fibromyalgia and anorexia as supposedly incurable conditions. Basically they do not know how to treat them and many people suffer unnecessarily.

For more than twenty years I have treated patients with “silver” fillings without realizing the potential dangers of filling teeth with mercury. However, chronic fatigue seems to be such a common physical complaint that I started to wonder if there is a connection. It’s clear to me that there is no environmental cause and effect, as these people didn’t all live in the same house, work at the same job or eat the same food.

Obviously, diet, exercise or lack of it can be contributing factors, but what became really clear to me was that most of these patients have had dental amalgams at one point in their life, if not currently.

I’ve had clients come to me with a history of being very active. They took part in athletic activities, even marathon runners, yet over a period of time they became more and more fatigued, whereas others experience fatigue shortly after having dental work done.

You are probably wondering why the dental profession is not open to the idea that mercury is a toxic metal that should not be put in the mouth, so before going further I will give you a little background.

History of Mercury and the Dental Associations

Mercury has historically been used as an antiseptic (mercurial/mercurochrome), to kill bacteria in the treatment of some diseases. Its use in dentistry dates back to the eighteen hundreds when the governing body of dentists was the International Society of Dental Surgeons. In those days you could either have your teeth filled with gold, extracted or endure toothache and its consequences. The problem was that gold was far too expensive for most people.

It was as this point of time that two brothers introduced the concept of mercury, other wise known as quacksilber (German for quicksilver). This amalgam of silver and mercury could be shapes by hand, was easily installed in the tooth and was a great deal cheaper than gold.

The governing body of International Society of Dental Surgeons actually made a bylaw stating that dentists using this material could no longer belong to the organization. However, dentists of the time decided this was a viable option for treating and filling teeth, despite there being overwhelming evidence of its toxicity.

It was also no secret that hat makers were developing neurological problems. In fact “mad hatter syndrome” was well known, yet these dentists decided to go off on their own and formed the American Dental Association and became first to patent mercury fillings.

This is not to say that the American Dental Association’s intentions are malevolent. But when they started the first dental school, this became part of the education, as they were not willing to look at the science. From a psychological perspective it’s easy to see why they would want to protect their profession, as it’s very hard for anyone to admit they have been poisoning their clients for more than fifty years.

When You Remove The Mercury

Previously, I stated that the most common condition my patients report to me is chronic fatigue and that it’s clear to me that this is multi-factorial. Mercury fillings are yet another facet and I started to investigate what was the big deal about this. It soon became evident that mercury affects every system and every cell in the body. Of course this is dependent on what else is going on in people’s lives, how stressed they are and the diet they eat.

The average patient comes to my practice presenting chronic fatigue, not necessarily chronic fatigue syndrome, but some tiredness and not feeling up to doing all that they want to do in life. After removing mercury amalgams from patient’s mouths and filling with a non-toxic substance, the most common improvement in health was that they had more energy.

Over and over again I have seen so many symptoms improve after removing the amalgam fillings – skin rashes heal, muscles are less stressed, headaches go away and I can see the changes in their face. Most people really notice the difference and say how much more alive they feel.

I’ve had numerous patients who, all of a sudden, get their life back after having only one amalgam removed, even if they have four quadrants (all upper, lower, right and left) with fillings.

I always caution them to take it easy and allow the body to heal itself properly, but all of a sudden they are able to do things they haven’t been able to do for so long. So they are out there riding their bikes, playing with their children or mowing the lawn because they suddenly just felt better.

Science points to a connection between mercury poisoning and chronic fatigue.

This is not so hard to understand from a more scientific viewpoint, as it is known that mercury affects all the major organs. It can attack the thyroid gland, which makes people lethargic, sluggish, often tired and lacking energy. Mercury will displace the active thyroid hormone and may even attach to the thyroid gland and make it inactive.

This means when you are tested you may have plenty of thyroid hormone, but the mercury may be preventing it from being active. As it can embed itself in tissue, it may attach and destroy the organ itself leaving you with not thyroid function. The same thing can happen to the pituitary gland, which releases the thyroid-stimulating hormone, again affecting the thyroid.

This in turn could affect the adrenal glands so that less cortisol and adrenaline are released for energy. Circulation is affected because there is a displacement in the iron group, the heme in the hemoglobin, so that it is unable to carry oxygen efficiently, which affects the heart and will create fatigue.

The Immune System

As well as having an effect on the red blood cells and their ability to carry oxygen, mercury can attack the white blood cells (lymphocytes) and affect the immune system.

When these cells that are needed to defend your body are not functioning, an autoimmune disease will occur and the body will attack itself.

This means your body will be less able to fight other infections, which places even more stress on the body.

The Future of Dentistry

I believe it is important that as many people as possible learn about the dangers of mercury amalgam and chronic fatigue. It is not possible to definitely state that removing your fillings will improve chronic fatigue, but this is the result in most cases.

Just one word of caution here, if you are thinking of having your amalgam fillings removed, choose your dentist carefully. A biological dentist will take great care to ensure safe removal of your mercury fillings, whereas a cosmetic or traditional dentist may not have the correct instruments or safety protocol to prevent contamination.

With there being such a split between mainstream and alternative dentistry, you are not always presented with the truth, so I advise keeping an open mind and seeking out as much information as you can possibly find, as your health, perhaps even your life, depends on it.