Epilepsy: The Mercury Connection & Nutritional Treatment
- Dental amalgam fillings are the largest source of mercury exposure in most people. Adults often also get high mercury exposures from fish, and infants and older adults get high mercury thimerosal exposure from vaccinations.
- Amalgam dental fillings in the mouth with other metals result in galvanic electrical currents much higher than impulses in the nervous system, which result in adverse neurological effects and high mercury exposures. These galvanic currents are factors in conditions like epilepsy.
- Negatively charged fillings or crowns push electrons into the oral cavity (since saliva is a good electrolyte) and cause higher mercury vapor losses. Patients with autoimmune conditions such as MS, epilepsy, and depression are often found to have many high negative current fillings.
- Mercury commonly causes autoimmunity which can also be a factor in conditions such as epilepsy, MS, and lupus. Prenatal exposure to mercury has been found to predispose animals and infants to seizures and epilepsy.
- A major factor in epilepsy has been found to be essential mineral deficiencies and imbalances, such as in magnesium and zinc. Mercury is well documented to cause cell membrane permeability changes, mineral efflux from cells, leaky gut, enzyme blockages, and so on, which commonly result in essential mineral deficiencies and imbalances. Mercury causes significant destruction of stomach and intestine epithelial cells, resulting in damage to stomach lining which, along with mercury’s ability to bind to SH hydroxyl radicals in cell membranes, alters permeability and adversely alters bacterial populations in the intestines. This causes leaky gut syndrome with toxic, incompletely digested complexes in the blood and accumulation of heliobacter pylori, a suspected major factor in stomach ulcers and stomach cancer, and candida albicans, as well as poor nutrient absorption.
- Some of the main mechanisms of toxic effects of metals include cytotoxicity, changes in cellular membrane permeability, inhibition of enzymes, coenzymes, and hormones, and generation of lipid peroxides or free radicals, which result in neurotoxicity, immuno toxicity, impaired cellular respiration, gastrointestinal/metabolic effects, hormonal effects, and immune reactivity or autoimmunity. Also mercury binds with cell membranes, interfering with sodium and potassium enzyme functions, causing excess membrane permeability, especially in terms of the blood-brain barrier. Less than 1ppm mercury in the blood stream can impair the blood- brain barrier.
- Mercury’s forming strong bonds with and modification of the SH groups of proteins causes mitochondrial release of calcium,as well as alters molecular function of amino acids and damages enzymatic processes, resulting in improper cysteine regulation, inhibited glucose transfer and uptake, damaged sulfur oxidation processes, and reduced glutathione availability (necessary for detoxification). The essential mineral deficiencies and imbalances have been found to be a major factor in epilepsy, and correcting mineral imbalances has been found to cause significant improvement in epilepsy.
- Mercury commonly causes autoimmunity which is a major factor in autoimmune conditions like MS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. and can be a factor in epilepsy. Most patients with epilepsy recovered or had significant improvement after amalgam replacement.
Documentation of this information is available from DAMS at amalgam.org.
DAMS is currently working with thousands of people in the U.S. dealing with serious health effects caused by exposure to mercury from amalgam and urges everyone to find out more about this major problem and to get involved in resolving these health safety issues. DAMS can provide information and help to anyone who is interested or who thinks they might have health problems related to their amalgam fillings.