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Are You Mercury Toxic?

Over 150 million Americans have mercury amalgam fillings in their teeth. The majority of them have at least eight mercury amalgam fillings, chew gum, grind or clench their teeth, snack throughout the day and drink lots of hot liquids. And every time these millions of amalgam fillings are stimulated, mercury vapor is released. In addition, tens of millions have both the galvanic current-creating combination of amalgam fillings and gold crowns, increasing the amount of mercury vapor released even if the fillings aren’t stimulated.

In addition, a large percentage of the population were exposed to mercury during fetal development and nursing from their mother’s amalgam fillings. A significant percentage was also exposed to mercury from childhood vaccinations. Add to this the fact that millions of people with amalgam fillings have also been exposed to additional amounts of mercury from contaminated fish, occupational exposure, environmental sources and products containing mercury.

Exposure to mercury is the rule rather than the exception.

Evaluating Your Risk of Mercury Exposure

Over the years, many people have asked me how they could evaluate the extent of their mercury exposure. An objective way of determining the risk of mercury poisoning hasn’t been established yet, but I’ve created a simple risk evaluation model to help determine your exposure to mercury. It consists of three risk categories—low, moderate and high—and is based on your own subjective self-evaluation. The model not only considers your exposure to mercury from your amalgam fillings, but also on other sources of mercury exposure, and the status of your health.   

Keep in mind that this self-evaluation is like a snapshot in time. It only indicates what’s taking place at the moment the evaluation is taken. Mercury exposure from amalgam fillings is a continuous, long term, chronic type of poisoning. Therefore, whatever category you find yourself in on the day you take this evaluation will change over time, for the worse, as long as the fillings remain in your teeth. I encourage you to take this evaluation even if you haven’t yet experienced any mercury related symptoms as it will give you a good idea as to where you are now—and the direction in which you’re heading.

Unless you experience an acute exposure, moving from a low risk category to the moderate risk category won’t happen overnight and, because of the many factors involved, there’s no precise line between the three categories. But if you’re not sure whether you’re in the moderate or high risk category, select the high risk one because, unless your fillings are safely removed soon, your risk factor will increase and you’ll be there soon enough. This may sound pessimistic, but unfortunately, it’s quite true.

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Bear in that this subjective mercury risk evaluation can’t determine:

your present or future state of health

how much mercury is in your body

where mercury is stored in your body

the exact damage mercury has done, is doing and will do

how effective your body is at removing mercury.

However, it can be very useful in establishing your exposure to mercury from your amalgam fillings and help you identify habits which you should avoid until all your mercury fillings have been removed.

Taking the Mercury Risk Evaluation

The first step is to select and print the Mercury Risk Evaluation Chart below. Read each of the Mercury Risk Factors and check the appropriate box next to the risk factor that applies to you. For example in the first risk factor listed, if you have between five and eight mercury fillings you would check the 5-8 box.                       

 

1

Number of amalgam fillings.

1-4

 

5-8

8 or more

 

 

Or, for risk factor #4, if you grind your teeth frequently you would check the box to the right of the high risk category.

 

4

Do you grind your teeth?

No

 

Sometimes

 

Frequently

 

 

Mercury Risk Evaluation Chart

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Click here for a printable PDF of the chart

 

Mercury Risk Factors

Low

Medium

High

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1

Number of amalgam fillings.

1-4

 

5-8

 

8 or more

 

2

Number of years you’ve had amalgam fillings.

0-5

 

6-10

 

10 or more

 

3

Do you have both gold and amalgam fillings?

No

 

 

 

Yes

 

4

Do you grind your teeth?

No

 

Sometimes

 

Frequently

 

5

Do you clench your teeth?

No

 

Sometimes

 

Frequently

 

6

Did your mother have amalgams when you were conceived?

No

 

 

 

Yes

 

7

Did you receive childhood vaccinations?

No

 

Some

 

All

 

8

How many times per week do you eat mercury contaminated fish?

1 or less

 

2

 

More

 

9

What is your present state of health?

Good

 

Fair

 

Poor

 

10

How many mercury related symptoms do you have?

4 or less

 

5-8

 

More

 

11

How many mercury related disease do you have?

3 or less

 

4-6

 

More

 

12

Do you have plant allergies?

No

 

Yes

 

 

 

13

Do you have food allergies?

No

 

 

 

Yes

 

14

Number of times you brush your teeth per day

2 or less

 

3

 

More

 

15

Do you use an electric tooth brush?

No

 

Sometimes

 

Frequently

 

16

Number of meals you eat per day.

1 to 2

 

3

 

More

17

Number of times you snack between meals, per day?

1 or less

 

2

 

More

 

18

How many hot liquids do you drink per day?

2 or less

 

3-4

 

More

 

19

How many times per day do you eat abrasive foods, such as seeds or nuts?

1 or less

 

2

 

More

 

20

How many soft drinks and/or juices do you drink daily?

2 or less

 

3 to 4

 

More

 

21

Number of hot baths or saunas do you take per week.

1 or less

 

3

 

More

 

22

Do you smoke?

No

 

Sometimes

 

Frequently

 

Total Number of Checked Boxes Per Risk Category

Low

 

Medium

 

High

 

 

Determining Your Mercury Risk Factor

Generally speaking, the columns (Low, Medium, or High) with the largest number of checks will determine your risk factor. The following examples show the result of three different evaluations with the correlated Mercury Risk Evaluation in bold.

Example One: Low Risk Category

 

Total Number of Checked Boxes Per Risk Category

Low

18

Medium

3

High

1

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Example Two: Medium Risk Category

 

Total Number of Checked Boxes Per Risk Category

Low

4

 Medium

12

High

6


Example Three: High Risk Category

 

Total Number of Checked Boxes Per Risk Category

Low

4

Medium

3

High

15

 

Each category also has a high and low end. In the following example, this person would seem to fit into the Low Risk category. But a further evaluation would put that person in the high end of the low risk group.

 

Total Number of Checked Boxes Per Risk Category

Low

11

Medium

8

High

3


Weighted Factors

The mercury risk factors are weighted in order of risk, from 1 to 24, but this evaluation is subjective and not scientifically exact. Very few people will have checked all the boxes in one category and not have any in the other two. Keep in mind that this evaluation is only meant to give you a general indication of your mercury risk.

 Page 2 - General Comments on the Risk Categories >>

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