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adrenals and mercury toxicity
Posted by: Scott
Date: June 21, 2005 6:17 AM

For the last couple of months, I have had high levels of cortisol. From my 24-hour urine collection, my cortisone is usually in the 260s; my cortisol is the 210s; my allo-tetrahydrocorticosterone is usually in the 1340s. I went through various treatments from SSRIís, to anxiety pills, to naturopathic medicines. Needless to say, I have been searching for a cause to my hyperfunctioning adrenals. I recently had a mercury test. It came back with elevated levels. The majority of my dental work is at least 4 years old. I have been getting progressively worse for a lot of my symptoms. Could a chronic mercury toxicity cause my adrenals to hyperfunction and sometimes give me Cushing's-like symptoms?

RE: adrenals and mercury toxicity
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: June 21, 2005 3:21 PM

If anything, mercury would slow down the production of cortisol. Some cases of hyperadrenocorticism are caused by enlargement of the adrenal cortex which can be caused by tumors of the adrenal gland or of the pituitary gland. Your doctor should consider this and do tests to confirm it or rule it out. The tumors can be benign or malignant (cancerous). The signs of hyperadrenocorticism also can be produced by the administration of corticosteroids (such as Prednisone) for treatment of a variety of medical conditions (but if I understand you correctly, this is not the case with you). When this occurs, the disease is called "iatrogenic hyperadrenocorticism." One must also consider plain stress in the etiology of hyperadrenalism.

RE: adrenals and mercury toxicity
Posted by: Scott
Date: June 21, 2005 4:34 PM

We are for a loss. I have CT scans and MRIs all of which indicate that both the pituitary and the adrenals are within the normal range with no growths on them. I have not been on any glucocortisol steroids in my life so it would not be from that. We have tried various techniques at stress reduction of all kinds. There seems to be little impact. If I understand you correctly, when I finally get rid of the mercury I will have potentially higher cortisol levels.

RE: adrenals and mercury toxicity
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: June 22, 2005 2:13 AM

You do understand me correctly. Are you taking anything containing glycyrrhiza?

RE: adrenals and mercury toxicity
Posted by: Scott
Date: June 22, 2005 10:25 PM

No, I don't take licorice root or any derivative of it. I also don't consume caffeine or alcohol. I don't exercise over 40 minutes. I don't have a high protein diet. I sleep at least 9 hours a night. My job is not high stress and have lots of time off to vacation and relax. My interpersonal relationships are good and pleasantable. I am generally at peace with the majority of my life except for this. It just seems to be slowly increasing. The only health problems that have shown up on tests is the excessive cortisol which seems to be a constant and the mercury toxicity.

RE: adrenals and mercury toxicity
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: June 23, 2005 1:57 AM

Probably you are not supplementing with Progesterone either. So, if this is primary Cushing's, there may be no explanation for it. In extreme cases treatment is partial adrenalectomy. Probably you are not at that extreme stage.



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