Marie's Story of Mercury Poisoning
updated June 2012
In July of 2001, on the first night of my vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the
side of my tooth broke off. It was very rough against my tongue. I wanted to stay
in Tennessee the whole week to attend a
Norvel Hayes Convention, so I asked a local dentist to put some kind of patch
on my tooth to last until I returned to Virginia to see my regular dentist.
Immediately after his assistant patched the tooth, I started tasting metal in my mouth.
On August 8th, I saw my regular dentist, who said he did not know why I tasted
drilled, and drilled, and drilled into the "silver" filling in order
to resize the tooth for its new crown. I didn't know that this "silver" filling
contained 50% mercury, and I didn't know that mercury vapors were released when
a dentist drills into it. Neither did I know that when you breathe these vapors
that the vapors can enter your brain. He did not use any respiratory device or dental dam1 to protect me from
the mercury vapors. (Your dentist probably doesn't protect you either.) My dentist
put on the temporary crown and I went home.
On August 13th, I felt like something moved inside my brain. It did not hurt.
It just felt like something was up on the left side tumbling around and sort of
tickling my head. It was weird, but I just put it out of my mind.
On August 16th, just before bedtime, I felt a little small circle at the top of my
head begin to burn. My scalp was sore to the touch and it tingled all over. I had
a slight headache.
On August 17th, I woke up to my
whole brain feeling like
it was on fire! My brain
was jumping inside my skull and my head was throbbing. I started feeling electrical
charges surge up and down my body from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. I
went to my internal medicine doctor that day, but she had no idea why my brain was
burning or why the lymph nodes were swollen in my neck.
I started doing research on the Internet about food additives such as MSG
(monosodium glutamate) and aspartame. At first I started avoiding MSG, because I
was becoming allergic to a lot of food I could normally eat, such as breads, milk,
vinegar, mayonnaise, and spices. My head would throb and burn when I ate the wrong food.
When I ate vinegar,
a big lump would come out on the side of my head that would
burn and ache at the site of that lump. I would cry because of the pain. Sometimes
the lump would be at the base of my neck near the brain stem. At other times it
would be in a different location on my head. I finally learned to avoid the vinegar.
I was also getting chemically sensitive to perfumes, hairspray, car exhaust,
gasoline fumes, smells from tires in the tire store and asphalt paving. It was
horrible trying to go to the small church where the ventilation was not very good
and everyone in the church wore a different "smell."