Lead,Mercury & Toxic Metals Poisoning


Signs & symptoms of mercury poisoning
  • Psychological Disturbances (erethysm)
    Irritability, Nervousness, Fits of Anger, Memory Loss, Lack of Attention, Depression, Low Self Confidence, Anxiety, Drowsiness, Shyness/timidity, Decline of Intellect, Insomnia, Low Self Control.
  • Oral Cavity Disorders
    Bleeding Gums, White Patches - Mouth, Stomatitis, Bone Loss Around Teeth, Loosening of Teeth, Ulcers of Gums- Palate- Tongue, Excessive Saliva, Burning of Mouth, Foul Breath, Gum Pigmentation, Metallic Taste.
  • Gastrointestinal Effects
    Abdominal Cramps, Colitis, Crohn's disease, Gastrointestinal Problems, Diarrhea.
  • Systemic Effects
    Cardiovascular, Irregular Heart Beat, Changes in Blood Pressure, Feeble or Irregular Pulse, Pain or Pressure in Chest
  • Neurologic
    Chronic or Frequent Headaches, Dizziness, Ringing or Noises in Ears, Fine Tremors (Hands, Feet, Eye Lids, Tongue)
  • Respiratory
    Persistent Cough, Emphysema, Shallow or Irregular Breathing.
  • Immunological
    Allergies, Asthma, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Swollen Lymph Nodes in Neck
  • Endocrine
    Subnormal Temperature, Cold Clammy Hands & Feet, Excessive Perspiration, Muscle Weakness, Fatigue, Hypoxia, Edema, Loss of Appetite, Loss of Weight, Joint Pain

The primary symptoms of mercury-poisoning are vague psychic ones. Short-time memory deteriorates. You will find it difficult to concentrate on tasks which require attention and thinking. It is easier to execute tasks that are well known rather than to learn something new. You avoid social contacts which demand that you get out of your introvert behavior. You loose your temper easily and switch between different moods for no particular reason. Little by little, a more physical kind of exhaustion is added to the condition. More and more effort is required to initiate activities and sometimes break things due to inability to co-ordinate your movements with your visual impressions (ataxia).

Occasional headaches, minor involuntary muscle spasms or ticks within groups of muscles can also appear. Hands and feet become easily cold, attacks of dizziness or vertigo can occur, and periodically you may find it difficult to focus your eyes and to see clearly. Joint and muscle pains, stiffness, lumbago and similar symptoms often appear at an early stage. They can be caused or increased by low availability of the trace element selenium. Nervous heart, sometimes accompanied by a week pulse, sometimes by a hard pulse, creates a feeling of anxiety. You don't sleep well; you wake up stiff and never feel thoroughly rested. As a whole you need more sleep than before, and you are constantly tired. Some individuals develop pronounced intestinal and stomach disturbances. Bloating is common and diarrhea can alternate with constipation. From 50 to 200 micrograms mercury from amalgam daily passes the gastrointestinal tract.

There is usually irritation where mercury first interacts with tissues. The upper respiratory tract easily becomes chronically inflamed and symptoms in mouth appear. The gums bleed when you brush your teeth, red and white irritations (lichen, leukoplakia) arise, blisters and sensitivity to certain nutritives develop, your teeth ache, the whole jaw can become more or less inflamed, and some persons develop sinusitis. Metal taste in your mouth is a direct sign of metal-poisoning (mercury, copper). The more poisoned you are, the more serious and chronic your problems become. The pituitary gland will be affected which often leads to frequent urination. When the thyroid gland is affected secondary effects on metabolism can appear. Both glands accumulate mercury. Neurological symptoms such as numbness, hypersensitivity and paralysis exacerbate. It is often hard to determine if the cause is in the nervous or circulatory systems

Testing for mercury

How does a person know that they have mercury poisoning? There are many ways of testing mercury through laboratory testing and in this day and age of advanced technology, through various new instruments.

Patient's health history

This form given below is one of the simplest and least expensive ways for evaluation. It helps the patient and the doctor or practitioner decide of a very good probability of a mercury hypersensitivity problem...

The heavy metal analysis test for toxicity

The Self Analysis Test for Toxicity from Metals particularly Mercury from Amalgams
Rate yourself from 0-3 on the following items:

  1. 0 = Never;
  2. 1 = Rarely;
  3. 2 = Often; and
  4. 3 = Always.
Head:
Headaches  
Migraine Headaches  
Stuffy Sinuses  
Vision Problems  
Hearing Difficulties  
Memory Loss  
Lack of Concentration  
Insomnia  
Mouth and Throat:
Chronic Hoarseness  
Sore Throats  
Cold Sores  
Bleeding Gums  
Painful Gums  
Swollen Glands in Throat  
Lack of Concentration  
Thyroid Problems  
Chest and Cardiovascular:
Asthma  
Bronchitis  
Chest Pains  
Irregular Heartbeat  
Tachycardia  
Stomach and G.I. Tract:
Bloating  
Constipation  
Crohn's Disease  
Diarrhea  
Gastrointestinal problems  
Irritable Bowel Syndrome  
Stomach Ulcers (Helicobacter Pylorii)  
Kidneys and Bladder:
Frequent Urination  
Bladder Infection  
Neuromuscular:
Muscle Tremor  
Numbness anywhere  
Sensitivities:
Allergies  
Skin Disorders  
Dry, Peeling Skin at Ends of Fingers  
Metabolism:
Lack of Energy  
Apparent Personality Traits:
Anxiety  
Bad Temper  
Depression  
Dizziness  
Fatigue  
Irritability  
Nervousness  
Major Signs of Mercury Toxicity:
Metallic Taste in Mouth  
Metallic Smell from Urine  
Metallic Smell from Feces  
Have you ever had?
Kidney Disease  
Kidney Failure  
Multiple Sclerosis  
ALS (Lou Gerhrig's Disease)  
SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythemotosus)  
FM (Fibromyalgia)  
CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)  
Total Score
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1 - 20 Some degree of toxicity
20 - 40 Somewhat toxic -reduce load, See a doctor
40 + Highly Toxic - See a doctor immediately



Laboratories

There are very few laboratories in India that specialize in the area of metal and chemical analysis.

Hair analysis

The hair analysis shows effectiveness usually when the client is in the process of detoxifying the mercury. A high mercury level often indicates the unloading process, so it can indicate that the mercury is there and the body is trying to unload it. The hair test may not show the hidden layers of mercury toxicity so that a low mercury level in the hair may not indicate the true state of the body that has a load of mercury in deeper layers of tissues and organs. Test not done in India

Urinalysis

Urine analysis is usually done over a 6 to18 hour or 24 hour process. A base line mercury excretion level may be obtained from this analysis. A provocative test is with a chelating agent. The most conservative approach is with intravenous Vitamin C. It is least likely to cause detoxification illness. Other challenge tests are EDTA, and DMPS and an oral one is DMSA.

DMPS, EDTA & DMSA challenge

There has been quite a bit of controversy in recent years of the DMPS challenge as it seems to "dump" the poisonous mercury too fast and had some serious detrimental effects. The detoxification process of the poisonous substances needs to be released only to the point that the client can bear. When nausea, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, etc. occur, this is a strong indication that the toxins are coming out too fast and the release of poisons perhaps need to be done more slowly! According to Heavy Metal Bulletin, Editor, Monica Kauppi, March 1995, issue, "DMPS excretes metals in the following order: zinc, tin, copper, arsenic, mercury." The EDTA challenge test works for some and not for others, while DMSA, the oral challenge test, seem to be the SAFEST of these three.

Complete blood count

White cell elevation or depression has been found in cases of known mercury poisoning. After amalgam removal the count often levels off from 5,000 to 5,500. A CBC test may be done before and then after removal and offers a comparison. Many laboratories provide this type of test.