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high mercury level and pregnancy
Posted by: Nancy
Date: August 31, 2004 12:48 AM

I am 10 weeks pregnant, and have just received the results from a hair analysis testing for metals in my body. This test was administered through my homeopathic doctor, whom I have been seeing for only 2 months now. The test found all my metal levels to be normal except my mercury level. The hair analysis showed me to have "5 times" the normal level for mercury. (Prior to knowing I was pregnant, up until roughly 6 weeks pregnant, I had been eating raw tuna three times a week, and had traveled to japan enjoying the fresh sushi along the way.) Both my homeopathic doctor and my OBGYN say it is very hard to determine the impact this could or could not have on my 10 week old fetus, and seem mildly concerned and somewhat helpless. My question is: what steps can I take now to try and determine the impact this will have on the fetus? My homeopathic doctor does not want to push the mercury out now until the baby is born. I am concerned for the health of my child and want to get as educated as I can about this situation. I am 37 years old and otherwise very healthy, with a great dose of round-the-clock morning sickness.

RE: high mercury level and pregnancy
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: August 31, 2004 1:02 AM

Do you have dental amalgam. If so, how many. If you don't know, go to a mirror and count them.

RE: high mercury level and pregnancy
Posted by: Nancy
Date: August 31, 2004 1:41 AM

About 7 very old typical 70's era mercury fillings. Two have been replaced and these have been recommended to be replaced.

RE: high mercury level and pregnancy
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: August 31, 2004 4:48 AM

OK, no point in testing. Your mercury level is elevated - guaranteed. While the child will absorb some of it, it is best to not stir up the mercury while pregnant as that would result in an even larger burden for the this new human being. There will be only nine months for some of the mercury to redistribute. After birth your baby will begin to excrete it. At that time you can have it removed (from your teeth) so that it does not come out in your breast milk - although it will for a few months while you are undergoing treatment and until the level is lowered. Be sure to put yourself in the hands of a doctor who actually knows what he or she is doing regarding heavy metal detox. Many are relatively clueless. Use Find A Doctor - yellow tab above.

RE: high mercury level and pregnancy
Posted by: Nancy
Date: August 31, 2004 6:30 AM

Thank you for your input. My homeopathic doctor (who is extremely well respected in my city) agrees with you; nothing should be done to detoxify me until the baby is born. Am I understanding you correctly, then, that the high mercury levels could be stemming from the dental fillings mainly? If this is correct, can I take some relief in knowing many women bear neurologically and developmentally healthy children while unknowingly carrying unhealthy levels of mercury in thier bodies? Had I never taken the hair analysis, I would be feeling much more secure about the healthy development of this fetus. How can I determine now if and how I've put my baby's health at risk? If you are saying the fetus will absorb some of the mercury, then is neurological damage a high probability? Can, together with my homeopathic doctor, I take measures to detoxify the baby as well once it is born to ensure a normal developmental path? (now I rue the day i didn't switch out all my fillings.)Again, thank you. Your website is exceptional and insightful.

RE: high mercury level and pregnancy
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: August 31, 2004 1:27 PM

You are touching on questions to which there are no definite answers. The use of dental amalgam based on mercury began in (where else?) France in the 1850s. Since then it has spread throughout the world. It is hard to see how the world would be different if dentist were not installing sources of metal toxicity in human beings as fast as the dexterity of their little hands will allow. While the escape of mercury from those amalgams is established beyond scientific doubt, the medical and dental establishments continue to cover up that science with all its might. Like an individual, professional mind-sets do not want to admit they were wrong. I heard that radio and TV icon of medical unconsciousness Dean Edel, just yesterday, defending the use of dental amalgam. He hasn't looked at the scientific evidence, and he has no clinical experience in the matter and yet he is willing to parrot the ADA party line as if it were based in science. So, we don't know how your baby would be different without mercury. My philosophy is that life is hard enough without adding extra burdens and I had my amalgam removed 20 years ago. Life hasn't been perfect in the last 20 years, but at least I am not concerned about the thought that I might be less than I could be because I was too lazy to look at the truth about dental fillings and take action.

RE: high mercury level and pregnancy
Posted by: Nancy
Date: August 31, 2004 4:58 PM

Eeeks! Well, thank you for such an educative response, although i am left feeling helpless concerning the health of my fetus. I have long been a skeptic of food and drug lobbyists and the FDA, and am of the belief that the FDA follows the wishes of the food and drug companies with the largest wallets...so you are preaching to the choir. But it is shocking that, even at Harvard, where I was a student, my dentists there never suggested I replace the mercury fillings for their toxicity, and after a time I got to thinking dentists were simply casually suggesting replacements for the extra revenue their business would generate. No further questions, I will take the rest up with my homeopathic doctor to take steps down the road.



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