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Chronic Mercury Intoxication
Posted by: Jennifer
Date: June 30, 2004 2:12 AM

My 33 year old husband had a hair screening test for potentially toxic elements. We are from Panama, Central America, but the hair was sent to Germany for testing. The results are back and he has very high levels of mercury (11ug/g, according to the lab this is 5 times the normal amount), aluminum, lead, tin, magnesium, copper, and other essential elements. I was reading about mercury poisoning from dental amalgam and the use of DMPS. He has many of the nervous system symptoms (depression, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, hand numbness, lack of concentration, mental fogginess, memory loss, etc.) and those of Gut Wall Infection (poor digestion, bloating, flatulence, leg cramps). He has made an appointment to remove the dental amlgams, but I am almost sure no one in Panama does DMPS Challenge Tests nor DMPS or DMSA. What kind of doctors would do these procedures so I can try to look one up. If it is not available in Panama, we can travel to Miami, FL. Can you recommend anyone there? How long does the treatment take? More or less what is the cost of this treatment? And what do you suggest can be done to reduce the high levels of the other elements.

RE: Chronic Mercury Intoxication
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: June 30, 2004 3:17 AM

I don't know anyone is Panama who does this kind of work. Heavy metal toxicity has come under the jurisdiction (using that word loosely) of doctors who practice natural/nutritional medicine, at least in the U.S. There are many such doctors in Florida and especially the Miami area. We keep lists of them. Use Find A Doctor/Physician Referral Service - yellow tab above for that. It would be ever so much to your advantage to have the dental work done in conjunction with a biological dentist and a doc like myself who treats metal toxicity as ordinary dentists typically do a very poor job of metal removal, fail to use a rubber dam, do not have or use suction equipment, etc. Whoever the dentist, your husband needs to have an IV chelation immediately after the dental work to remove the mercury before it can be methylated and stored in the brain and spinal cord. Length of treatment and costs are highly variable depending on how toxic the patient is and which doctor and which dentist you use. I am at at a loss to tell you a figure. The most important item is how many amalgam are to be removed as dentists charge per tooth - anywhere from $300 to $800 per tooth. Chelation for mercury typically lowers the other metals as well.

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