Are You Toxic from Mercury?

“Mercury exposure and toxicity is a prevalent and significant public health threat,” according to physicians Drs. Mercola and Klinghardt.  A well-established neurotoxin—a substance that is damaging to the brain and nervous system—mercury has been linked with brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and is potentially linked to autism.

Research shows that people with Alzheimer’s disease often have blood levels of mercury up to three times higher than people who are not suffering from the disease. In another study, researchers added small amounts of mercury to cultured neurons in a laboratory and found seven cell features that are used in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Once it makes its way into our bodies, mercury can be difficult to eliminate.  The symptoms of mercury excess, according to neurologist, Dr. David Perlmutter, are similar to severe brain aging, because in a sense mercury is aging the brain. In his book, The Better Brain Book, Dr. Perlmutter states that “mercury does its dirty work by promoting free radical production and inflammation; this is the same process that causes normal brain degeneration, but mercury does it much faster.” Essentially, mercury exposure speeds the aging of the brain.

Infants are particularly vulnerable because they are unable to excrete mercury, so it accumulates in the brain cells, nerves, gut, and liver, and can cause the symptoms of poisoning.

Next: The many health conditions linked to mercury toxicity

Research links mercury exposure to heart arrhythmias and dis­orders. It has also been associated with neurological problems like tremors, insomnia, polyneuropathy (a degenerative disease of the nerves caused by toxins), paresthesias (prickling or tingling sensa­tions of the nerves usually resulting from nerve damage), emotional instability or changeability, irritability, personality changes, head­aches, weakness, blurred vision, dysarthria (difficulty communicat­ing due to central nervous system disease), slowed mental response, and unsteady mobility.”

Symptoms of Mercury Excess

Allergic tendencies



Depression or uncontrollable crying


Difficulty chewing or swallowing

Facial and back pain


Food cravings

High blood pressure

Inflamed gums


Loss of ability to speak

Loss of appetite

Loss of self-confidence

Memory loss

Mental disturbances or personality changes

Metallic taste in the mouth

Poor memory

Tremors or poor coordination

Of course, many of these symptoms can also be linked with other health conditions, so it is important to work with a qualified health professional.  Conversely, it is possible to experience no symptoms of mercury toxicity.  Typically, however, one or more of the above symptoms will be present.

Next: The main sources of mercury

Primary Sources of Mercury

• Dental fillings (amalgam, or silver-looking fillings)

• Fish

• Immunizations

Mercury is emitted into the environment from coal-fired power plants, through medical waste incinerators, and trash incinerators. Once mercury makes its way into the air, it falls as rain into oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams. Bacteria in the water break the mercury down into an organic form called methyl mercury, which is highly toxic. We may ingest this mercury through our water supply or from the fish found in these mercury-laden waters.

A diet high in fish, especially halibut, king mackerel, shark, swordfish, tilefish, white albacore tuna (both canned and fresh), and farmed salmon, makes it easy to exceed the EPA’s allowable amount of mercury in the body. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning advising pregnant women not to eat the fish with the highest levels of mercury because of the potential harm to their fetuses. Fish typically containing the lowest levels of mercury include sardines, had­dock, wild or Pacific salmon, and tilapia.

Food sources are not the only culprits. There are two other com­mon sources of mercury.  One of the worst sources of mercury sits right beneath your nose. All those silvery-metallic dental fillings known as amalgams in your mouth contain mercury.

Next: Mercury in your teeth and VACCINES…

In the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Dr. Mercola and Dr. Klinghardt state that people with amalgam fillings exceed all occupational exposure allowances of mercury in all European and North American countries. Adults with four or more amalgams run a significant health risk from the amalgam, while in children, as few as two amalgams will contribute to health problems.

Mercury is used as a preservative, called thimerosal, in vaccines. Of the vaccines that still contain mercury, the flu vaccine is the biggest concern.  About eighty percent of flu vaccines contain as much as twenty-five micrograms of mercury per dose. The Environmental Protection Agency’s safe limit for mercury exposure is 0.1 micrograms per kilo­gram, so only a 550-pound person could receive a flu vaccine and fall within the EPA’s safe exposure limits for mercury.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended in 2004 that infants and pregnant women should be vaccinated with the flu shot. Yet, when a pregnant woman is vaccinated with the flu shot, her unborn child receives several hundred times more mercury than US federal agencies claim is safe for adults. Even the vaccine manu­facturers who profit from the sale of flu shots state that the vaccine hasn’t been adequately tested.

Adapted with permission from the book The Brain Wash by Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, PhD, RNCP, ROHP.



Kathy Prior
Kathy Prior3 years ago

Was really really scary, still scary.I am in mess over here. I just need to accept what I can't change, and change what I can.. My right-side is paralyzed. It took 2 yrs to diagnose my off charts mercury poisoning.Very blurry visions, tremors, loss of hearing.

Cosmic Sky
Sky Price3 years ago


Lorene S.
Lorene S6 years ago

Lots and I DO mean LOTS of Vitamin C is required to help detoxify from mercury. I get mine in powder form and take several grams a day along with a bunch of vitamins which the government is trying to take away from us.....again.
I swear they don[t want us to be healthy, illness is part of the GDP, you know?

Michele G.
Past Member 6 years ago


Jane Wood
Jane Wood6 years ago

I have had all the mercury extracted from my mouth at the cost of £1000. I take massive amounts of selenium, zinc, magnesium and vitamin c. I do feel better, my blood pressure is well controlled now with only Co enzyme q10 tabs. Unfortunately one of my teeth has not survived the mercury removal but it is not causing problems after antibiotics. My mood is more stable although I do still have extremes occasionally. I have suffered what I call brain fog recently but it goes away when my life settles down. I don't know if it is my smug feelings about being mercury free but I think it will all eventually get better. It is very reassuring to read articles like this as I have felt like a lone voice in the wilderness for many years. Thank you Care 2

Gloria H.
Gloria H6 years ago

I had a heavy metal test and am loaded with mercury and lead, sure would like it if CARE2 did an article on how to get rid of it. I was referred to see a naturopath, but that's $$ and how do I know he/she isn't a quack? At least I wont rust.

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M6 years ago

It is infuriating that on top of all the "natural" toxins and dangers that we must avoid on a daily basis, we must also fight against the 'powers that be': those in charge of our well-being, such as the FDA, ADA, AMA, and of course, the all-mighty pharmaceuticals, who insure us that these products are safe.

Jane Wood
Jane Wood6 years ago

I can not prove about mercury detox but since I read about" oil pulling"on Care2 I have practised it and nasal washout out daily. Though it might be psychological I do feel better. I also take selenium and vitamin C . However I think it is time to consider extraction of my rotting teeth anyway.Wish me luck.

Phyllis S.
Phyllis S.6 years ago

So, how can we detoxify ourselves, assuming that is even possible?

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago

Holy that's so scary!