The Dangers of Mercury Toxicity

Growing up, when we had a cavity, our dentists would fill our teeth with “silver” fillings.  Some of us have one or two and others have a mouthful.  Likewise, throughout much of our lives, eating fish was considered a truly healthy option.  However, over time, our oceans have become polluted with mercury and other toxins.  And, if you were a kid growing up in the 1940’s-1970’s, you likely received only a handful of vaccines throughout your entire life. Today, babies receive over 20 vaccines by 15 months of age and often another dozen or more by the age of 16, according to the CDC.

We now know that mercury, contained in “silver” amalgam dental fillings (50% mercury), large “steak” fish (e.g. tuna, swordfish, shark), and some vaccines, is a dangerous neurotoxin that can produce symptoms identical to Alzheimer’s Disease. Mercury builds up in the tissues and is a problem for people who are not able to naturally detoxify this and other heavy metals from their bodies.

If you have a mouthful of silver fillings, eat sushi or large fish regularly, and receive vaccinations, you may want to take the following steps: 


  • Ask for a urine-challenge test, which detects levels of a number of heavy metals, including mercury, lead, arsenic, copper, cadmium, etc.
  • If you test high for mercury, and now have or have ever had “silver” fillings, consult a mercury-safe dentist who fully understands the dangers of mercury to the brain, how to safely remove fillings, and how to work with a holistic physician to complete a detoxing process. There are various detoxing protocols that can clear the body of heavy metals.
  • Consider having a genetic test to see if you carry one or two copies of the ApoE4 gene (you get one ApoE gene from your mother and one from your father), which indicates that the body may have difficulty detoxifying mercury. ApoE2 and ApoE3 do not raise your risk of dementia considerably.  However, if you have either one or two ApoE4 genes and you have mercury fillings, make a visit to a mercury-safe dentist a priority, as your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease is significantly increased.


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