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Multiple Sclerosis and Mercury: the links



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Mercury is a neurotoxin, and the only one that is permanently placed in people’s bodies

Mercury has been linked to many health problems such as headaches, to autoimmune diseases such as chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome. It has also been identified as a possible factor in serious illnesses like Multiple Sclerosis.


Multiple Sclerosis in Ireland

Multiple Sclerosis is a progressive neurological disease. There are 8,000 MS sufferers in Ireland and approximately 200 new cases are diagnosed each year according to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland. Even allowing for improved diagnosis, cases of MS are increasing worldwide. The cause of MS is still unknown, although many factors are thought to play a role, including amalgam fillings.


Mercury and Multiple Sclerosis: the links

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology reviewed the various literature on mercury and MS correlations. Their report points out that by 1993, 42 MS victims had filed adverse reaction reports with the FDA. After having their amalgams removed, four people were cured completely, and 29 improved.


They cited a study by Ahlrot-Westerlund (1987) found that multiple sclerosis patients had eight times the normal level of mercury in their cerebral spinal fluid when compared to neurologically healthy controls.


The IAOMT report ended with a strong warning about the use of amalgam:

“Although more research needs to be done in this area, these results suggest dental mercury exposure from amalgams, as well as from any other chronic low-grade mercury exposure, must be given very serious consideration as possibly playing a role in the etiology of MS in such patients and more likely is the major cause of most MS.”

Their literature review concluded: “the causation of MS is probably multi-factorial. Mercury is certainly one cause and probably the major cause of this disease.”


Holistic dentistry and Multiple Sclerosis

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health effects body US dentist Dr. Hal Huggins believes that there’s evidence of a connection between amalgam fillings and Multiple Sclerosis. He notes that before the popularisation of amalgam fillings, there were 4.2 cases of MS in every 100,000 people, and this rose dramatically to 58 in every 100,000 just 5 years later.


I’ve treated many patients with MS in my practice. I’ve also seen several of them very significantly improve their health as a direct result of safely removing amalgam and other heavy metals from their bodies.


I’ve also seen many patients with diseases that mimic MS. I suspect these are simply mercury poisoning which has similar symptoms to MS in patients who are predisposed to developing neurological signs and symptoms.


On urinalysis of some of those of this patient category, aluminium and other heavy metals are identified as a burden. Eliminating them from the body can be a challenge but these can be overcome with the correct care.


Amalgam contamination with Thallium is possibly a major contributing factor to MS and MS-like symptoms, but has not been properly researched.


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