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depression and mercury toxicity
Posted by: Jodi
Date: January 28, 2001 6:39 PM

I am 31 years old and have been suffering from depression since I was 16. I've been treated, but nothing seems to work. I have had several amalgam fillings. Currently, I have five. On top of that, my father worked at a chemical plant in Georgia that produced mercury and other chemicals. I remember holding bottles of mercury as a child and I thought it was neat because they were so heavy. The plant was shut down by the EPA as it was found to be an environmental disaster area, including the river behind the plant and the fish and wildlife that lived on or in the river. There had been numerous mercury spills, and the plant tried to conceal this. Right now, my family is involved in a class action law suit with the company. My father can no longer drive a car, as he has unexplained tremors, dizziness, and blackouts. He short-term memory is also greatly impaired. We thought he had Alzheimer's for some time. Anyway, the men at the plant would wear home contaminated clothing, which my mother would wash with our clothes. We ate wild blackberries that grew on the chemical plant's property. Our family home also sits on the river that is contaminated. We have fished and gone crabbing in the river numerous times. My entire family suffers from anxiety, depression and fatigue. My mother had numerous miscarriages during the 60's. My father's condition is by far the worst. I found your site by looking for information on mercury poisoning in general, trying to determine if I had mercury poisoning due to my father's line of work and his exposure to high levels of mercury. I had no idea that my fillings could be compounding my problem. I really feel as if my problems with depression, fatigue, anxiety and headaches (daily) are being caused by mercury poisoning of some kind. Do you have any recommended sites on mercury poisoning in general or any advice for me to help me begin talking seriously to my doctors about this?

RE: depression and mercury toxicity
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: January 29, 2001 1:08 AM

To talk seriously to your doctors you have to find the right doctors. Very few physicians even know how to evaluate the problem and do not realize that a plain blood mercury level is worthless. The docs listed on this site should be well up on the issue. If there is no one in driving distance, use the Physician Referral Service. By the way, it sounds as if your father desperately needs treatment. Probably the whole family as well. What a story!

RE: depression
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 2, 2001 4:48 PM

Physical and emotional health are so completely intertwined, it is hard to know which causes which. My opinion is that they both impact each other profoundly and are two expressions of one's central identity. Nevertheless, if you have done all you can in he emotional realm, including psychotherapy/spiritual transformation/meditation, etc. and the anxiety does not yield, I believe it is time to examine your basic health at a very physical level. You can read my thoughts on that by clicking on the blue button above: Basis of Physical Health. I need to update my article on detoxificaition, but this is key. Most of us are toxic just from living in the modern world. Detoxification has many benefits. Emotional well-being is often one of them.

RE: depression
Posted by: Norma
Date: February 22, 2001 1:14 PM

I am so sorry depression is such a problem for you. If you feel it may be the mercury poisioning, you could check with a doctor that gives a certain chelation shot for taking out mercury. I had it done at the Born Clinic in Grand Rapids, MI. I wish I could remember the name of it, but sorry.

If you would like some further information, I would be happy to talk more with you.


RE: depression
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 22, 2001 3:15 PM

The name of the test is the DMPS Challenge Test. It is the only way to determine mercury toxicity. All other tests are inconclusive.

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