DAMS Mercury Fact Sheet #17

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Mercury & Food Intolerances

  1. When intestinal permeability is increased, food and nutrient absorption is impaired. Dysfunction in intestinal permeability can result in leaky gut syndrome, where larger molecules and toxins in the intestines can pass through the membranes and into the blood, triggering immune response. Progressive damage can occur to the intestinal lining, eventually allowing disease-causing bacteria, undigested food particles, and toxins to pass directly into the blood stream.
  2. Dysfunctions in intestinal permeability have been found to be associated with diseases such as ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, CFS, eczema, psoriasis, food allergies, autoimmune disease, and arthritis.
  3. Mercury and toxic metals have been found to be common toxic exposures that have been found to cause increased intestinal permeability and intestinal dysfunction, as well as of the kidney epithelial and brush border cells. Mercury exposure also reduced the mucosal entry of sugars and amino acids to 80-90% of control levels in the small intestine cells within several minutes. Mercury exposure blocks intestinal nutrient transport by interacting directly with brush border membrane transport proteins.
  4. Mercury causes significant destruction of stomach and intestine epithelial cells, resulting in damage to the stomach lining which, along with mercury’s ability to bind to SH hydroxyl radical in cell membranes, alters permeability and adversely alters bacterial populations in the intestines causing 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.
  5. Dental amalgam has been found to be the largest source of mercury exposure in most people who have several amalgam fillings. Replacement of amalgam fillings and metals detoxification have been found to significantly improve the health of most with conditions related to bowel dysfunction and leaky gut syndrome.
  6. Other common causes or factors in leaky gut and the related conditions include food allergies and intolerances; drugs (NSAIDs,aspirin, stomach h2 blockers, steroids, etc.), dysbiosis (overgrowth of harmful organisms due to antibiotic use and/or low probiotic levels), chronic alcohol consumption, toxic exposures and chemical sensitivity; chronic infections; inadequate digestive enzymes.
  7. While food allergies mediated by IgE can cause significant health effects, including leaky gut syndrome, these are usually easily identified by the immediateness of reactions or skin tests. Food intolerances mediated by IgG also commonly cause significant health effects, including leaky gut syndrome, but the reactions are delayed and can be systemic and are harder to identify. Tests based on IgE, such as a skin test or RAST do not reliably identify such problems that are common factors in chronic health conditions. Tests such as MELISA that measure both IgE and IgG are more reliable.
  8. Common causes of food intolerances include failure to breast feed babies for at least the first year of life, feeding table food in first year of life, use of antibiotics without adequate addition of probiotics, and eating the same foods every day. Food intolerances and food additives or processed foods that contain glutamate, aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup, dyes, and so on are common causes of leaky gut syndrome and neurological conditions such as ADHD.
  9. Food intolerances and IgG reactions lead to long lasting “immune complexes” that are factors in leaky gut related conditions as well as conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, CFS, fibromyalgia, and ADHD. Inflammatory reactions to toxic metals, vaccines, food additives, food intolerances not only cause immune reactions but also reactions in the neurological microglial system. This can cause brain fog, memory problems, and degenerative neurological conditions if prolonged chronic exposures. For example virtually 100% of those with schizophrenic symptoms in schizophrenia, autism, and ADHD are found when tested to have food intolerance to wheat gluten or milk casein. Enzymatic blockages by chronic toxic metal exposures such as vaccines or mercury have been found to be a factor in these food intolerances. Similarly this is the most common cause or factor in celiac disease and common cause of ataxia and diabetes.
  10. Similarly, food allergies or additives, food intolerances, high sugar consumption, and antibiotic use with adequate probiotics have been found to be the most common causes of children’s ear infections. Clinical studies have found that diets high in flavanoids, cartenoids, and including nutritional supplements such as buffered vitamin C and natural E, selenium, omega-3 oils, and probiotics are effective in preventing ear infections and other chronic conditions. These, in addition to multiple B vitamins, the flavanoids curcumin, hesperidin, and quercetin are effective in preventing and treating leaky gut related conditions.
  11. Supplements and other treatments that reduce intestinal permeability have also been found to be protective against and to improve these conditions. Glutamine, berberine, probiotics, and vitamin D have been found to decrease intestinal permeability and protect against effects caused by leaky gut syndrome. Butyrate has been found to inhibit inflammation and carcinogenesis in the intestines and low butyrate levels are found in colon cancer, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Butyrate and phosphatidylcholine have been found to be protective against these conditions, and increased fiber content in diet promotes increased butyrate levels, through the effect on fermentation pattern.
  12. Brain inflammation or hypoglycemia related to toxic metal exposures, food intolerances, and so on have been found to be common causes of ADHD, impulsivity, juvenile delinquency, criminality, and violence.


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.

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