DAMS Mercury Fact Sheet #4

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Childhood Neurological & Behavior Problems Related to Mercury

  1. In the last decade 50% of U.S. pregnancies resulted in birth defects, neurological conditions such as ADD, dyslexia, autism, schizophrenia, mood disorders, other learning disabilities, other developmental disorders, or chronically unhealthy children according to a report of the National Academy of Sciences.
  2. Peer-reviewed medical studies have documented that the majority of such conditions are caused by exposure to toxic substances, with the most common being the toxic metals: mercury, lead, arsenic, nickel, cadmium, copper, antimony, and aluminum. Pesticide, organochlorine, organophosphate, dioxin, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), and PCB exposures are also common and can cause such effects.
  3. Dental amalgam is the largest source of both inorganic and methyl mercury in most with several mercury amalgam fillings, and most with several fillings have mercury exposure levels 10 times that of the average person without amalgam.
  4. Many of the developmental effects of mercury and other toxic metals are due to prenatal and neonatal exposures’ damage to the developing endocrine (hormonal) system.
  5. Prenatal and neonatal toxic metal exposure, as well as chronic exposures to mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, nickel, and aluminum, have been documented in medical publications and texts to cause common and widespread neurological and psychological effects including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, social deficits, mood disorders, schizophrenia, anorexia, cognitive impairments, ADHD, autism, and seizures, among other conditions.
  6. Exposure to toxic metals causes ADHD, dyslexia, autism, and other neurological and immune conditions as a result of their neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, and endocrine disrupting effects, as well as by causing deficiencies and imbalances in essential minerals and essential fatty acids; blocking essential enzymatic processes such as those necessary for digestion and processing of milk casein, wheat gluten, amino acids, vitamin B-6 and B-12; and causing “leaky gut” and poor nutrient absorption. These enzymatic blockages and metabolic disorders prevent processing of necessary minerals and nutrients, and result in neurotoxic metabolites in the blood.
  7. Metals toxicity and metabolic imbalances are major factors in behavioral disorders and problems of children, including violence, sociopathic behavior, juvenile delinquency, and criminality.
  8. A hair element analysis of 28 mass murderers or serial killers found that all had patterns of metals toxicity and mineral imbalances typical of violent prone/sociopathic behavior.
  9. Metals detoxification and nutritional treatment that deals with the essential mineral and essential fatty acid imbalances result in significant improvements in most of these conditions, including violent and sociopathic behavior.
  10. Common exposures in children have been documented for mercury (vaccines, mother’s amalgam fillings, dental work, fish), lead (paint, soil, water fixtures), arsenic (treated wood, pesticides, shellfish, other foods, Scotchgard), aluminum (pans, processed food, medicines), cadmium (shellfish, paint, piping), antimony (cosmetics), and manganese (soy milk, welding, metal works.) Toxic levels of such have been found in the majority of pervasive developmental disorder (PPD) children tested.



Metals toxicity is common and causes leaky gut, poor essential mineral absorption, mineral and essential fatty acid imbalances, and enzymatic blockages that some call “food allergies.” This is in addition to accumulating in hormone glands and the brain, causing hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances. Some are more susceptible and affected than others But these resulting deficiencies and imbalances are well documented as the main cause of cognitive and behavioral problems, including juvenile delinquency, criminality, violence, and even mass murder. This has been documented in several large studies in schools, juvenile detention centers and prisons. It’s also been well documented that nutrition changes and vitamin and mineral supplementation can reduce these problems significantly. But the earlier started, the better it works.

Documentation of the research mentioned above 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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