Symptoms of Chronic Mercury Poisoning


  • irritability
  • anxiety/nervousness, often with difficulty in breathing
  • restlessness
  • exaggerated response to stimulation
  • fearfulness
  • emotional instability
    -lack of self control
    -fits of anger, with violent, irrational behavior
  • loss of self confidence
  • indecision
  • shyness or timidity, being easily embarrassed
  • loss of memory
  • inability to concentrate
  • lethargy/drowsiness
  • insomnia
  • mental depression, despondency
  • withdrawal
  • suicidal tendencies
  • manic depression

  • numbness and tingling of hands, feet, fingers, toes, or lips
  • muscle weakness progressing to paralysis
  • ataxia
  • tremors/trembling of hands, feet, lips, eyelids or tongue
  • incoordination
  • myoneural transmission failure resembling Myasthenia Gravis

  • Freya Koss (right) was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis after being stuck with double vision and ptotis (drooping eyelids) after having amalgam fillings placed.

    Freya in 2002 after safe amalgam removal and detoxification.
    She is now Director of Development for Consumers for Dental Choice.
    More of her story is on their website at

  • motor neuron disease (ALS)
  • Multiple Sclerosis, see Janie's Story, and Ken Pressner's Speech to the MS Society

  • bleeding gums
  • alveolar bone loss
  • loosening of teeth
  • excessive salivation
  • foul breath
  • metallic taste
  • burning sensation, with tingling of lips, face
  • tissue pigmentation (amalgam tattoo of gums)
  • leukoplakia
  • stomatitis (sores in the mouth)
  • ulceration of gingiva, palate, tongue
  • dizziness/acute, chronic vertigo
  • ringing in the ears
  • hearing difficulties
  • speech and visual impairment
    -restricted, dim vision

  • food sensitivities, especially to milk and eggs
  • abdominal cramps, colitis, diverticulitis or other G.I. complaint
  • chronic diarrhea/constipation

  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • characteristic findings on EKG
    -abnormal changes in the S-T segment and/or
    -lower broadened P wave
  • unexplained elevated serum triglyceride
  • unexplained elevated cholesterol
  • abnormal blood pressure, either high or low

  • chronic headaches
  • allergies
  • severe dermatitis
  • unexplained reactivity
  • thyroid disturbance
  • subnormal body temperature
  • cold, clammy skin, especially hands and feet
  • excessive perspiration, w/frequent night sweats
  • unexplained sensory symptoms, including pain
  • unexplained numbness or burning sensations
  • unexplained anemia
    -G-6-PD deficiency
  • Chronic kidney disease
    -nephrotic syndrome
    -receiving renal dialysis
    -kidney infection
  • adrenal disease
  • general fatigue
  • loss of appetite/with or without weight loss
  • loss of weight
  • hypoglycemia

PLEASE REPORT BROKEN LINKS TO marieflow (at)">marie

Copied from the DAMS NEWSLETTER SPRING 1996. Originally from "The IV-C Mercury Detox Program, A Guide for the Patient," a companion handbook to Chronic Mercury Toxicity, New Hope Against and Endemic Disease, by Sam Queen and Betty A. Queen. Call 1-651-644-4572 for more information and a list of biological dentists for your state or province.

A checklist of other symptoms that could be related to mercury toxicity.
A Mercury Test by Dr. Hal Huggins:

1. Heart problems
_heart/chest pains
_tachcardia (heart racing)
_heart murmur
_low blood pressure
_abnormal EKG
_partial heart block
_high blood pressure
_heart attack

2. Skin Problems
_unexplained rashes
_excessive itching
_red flushes of color
_rough skin
_acne (pimples)

3. Nervous Disorders
_bell's Palsy
_Multiple Sclerosis
_Dr. told you "It's your nerves"
_the shakes of hands, feet, head, etc
_twitching of face or other muscles

4. Digestion
_Crohn's disease
_Graves Disease
_bloated feeling after eating
_poor appetite

5. Blood Disease
_false positve for venereal disease

6. Cancer
_Hodgkins disease
_any other name

7. Endocrine Problems
_tipped uterus
_thyroid overactive
_cervical erosion
_mensturation-painful, too often or too seldom/ stopping without reason

8. Emotional
_sudden anger
_wish you were dead
_suicidal tendencies
_been divorced

9. Annoying Symptoms
_frequent headaches
_noises in your ears
_ringing in your ears
_hissing in your ears
_chronic eye inflammation
_chronic fatigue
_do you tire easily?
_swollen lymph nodes
_do you sweat excessively or not at all?
_hearing problems
_cold hands and feet
_motion sickness
_slow healing
_leg cramps
_get up at night to urinate
_urinate frequently during the day
_have insomnia
_tired when awaken in the morning
_have trouble making decisions

10. Allergies
_soaps and detergents

11. Diseases
_rheumatoid arthritis
_tennis elbow
_painful joints
_Friedreich's ataxia
_sickle cell anemia
_kidney stones

12. Miscellaneous
_Infections take a long time to heal
_Do you work around mercury?
what capacity?_______________
_what medications are you taking that have mercury in them?

13. Dental History
_had silver amalgams
_had gold fillings
_have gold fillings now
_removable metal bridge
_gold bridge
_porcelain caps (crowns)
_non-precious crowns
_root canal
_root canal now
_metallic taste in mouth
_burning sensation in mouth
_increased flow of saliva
_have more than half your teeth

Other Symptoms of Mercury Toxicity, compiled by Marie Flowers

  • heat, burning, tingling, soreness, itching of the the scalp
  • burning muscles in the back and neck, burning ears
  • feeling movement in the brain
  • aching of the bones at the base of the skull
  • sounds of crackling, popping at base of brain
  • headaches right after eating
  • muscular aches in areas of the body where previous injuries have occured
  • double vision
  • crossed eyes (see Carol's story below)
  • chronic bladder infections, see Carol's story
  • legs feeling so heavy like they are weighted down
  • L'hermitte's Sign (electric shock-like sensations throughout the body)
  • burning mouth and tongue, see
  • reactions to electricity and oral galvanism of mouth. Story of medical doctor affected.

Signs and Symptoms of Mercury Poisoning from Dental Amalgam1 by Morton Walker, D.P.M. in his book Elements of Danger, Protecting Yourself Against the Hazards of Modern Dentistry

A series of difficulties characteristic of mercury toxicity affecting the eyes
  • bleeding from the retina of one or both eyes
  • dim vision, expecially after exercise
  • slow and poor accommodation to changes in vision distances
  • Inability to fix one's gaze
  • uncontrollable eye movements
  • eyes drawn to one side
  • imaginary geometric figures appearing in the visual field, which migrate in a few minutes from the periphery toward the center and slowly disappear
  • "film" seeming to appear over the eyes
  • dry eyes
  • a gray ring forming permanently around the cornea (known as Arcus senilis)
One or more heart difficulties:
  • irregular hearbeat (palpitations), often together with anxiety
  • stong pains in the left part of the chest come on

Problems in the upper respiratory tract:
  • asthmatic breathing troubles, such as a feeling of not being able to inhale
  • A "cracking" sound in the lower part of the pleural sac, forcing one to cough
  • red irritated throat
  • inflammation in the upper airways and pleurisy appearing about a year after the dental treatment with amalgams
  • difficulties in swallowing

Psychological troubles come on such as:
  • severe amnesia
  • constant feelings of tension and strain
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • difficulty and even impossiblity to control behavior
  • indecision
  • loss of interest in life
  • mental or emotion depression

Conditions of the brain, including:
  • tiredness nearly all the time
  • a feeling of being "old"
  • resistance to intellectual work
  • reduced capacity for work, both for intellectual and physical tasks
  • reduced powers of comprehension because information does not come through
  • increased need for sleep
  • headache about once a week. The headache often is migrainelike, especially induced by weather changes and by prolonged sleep in the mornings

Neurological complications can come on like:
  • vertigo (dizziness)
  • facial paralysis, usually on the right side, that is partly permanent
  • damage to balance and hearing
  • a painful pull a the lower jaw toward the collar bone

Oral discomforts make their appearance such as:
  • increased salivation
  • often-present sour metallic taste
  • bleeding gums at toothbrushing

Numbers of other symptoms gradually showing up, including:
  • joint pains, especially increasing about a year after receiving the implantation of amalgam fillings
  • pains in the lower back
  • weakness of the muscles with a slowing down of muscular action
  • feelings of pressure, pains, and paresthesis ("pins and needles") in the region of the liver
  • gastrointestinal irritation
  • paresthesis in the region of the lymph nodes under the arms and in the groin
  • exzema or other skin eruptions

1 Sources: Stock, "Die Defaehrlichket des Quecksilberdampfes"; F. Gasser, "Quecksilberbelastung im Menschlichen Korper durch Amalgam," Med.-Biol. Arbeits und Forschungsgemeinsch (Baden-Baden, Germany: Dtsch. Zahnarzt., 1976): K. D. Jorgensen, "The Mechanism of Marginal Fracture of Amalgam fillings," Acta Odont. Scan. 23 (1965): 347.

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