[Media Nov 22, 2004] Having all my fillings removed changed my life. Wife blames 40 years' depression on the mercury in her teeth.
Case history: It was 1977. Just after I had a large filling done (amalgam), I started to salivate heavily, heard voices, and became quite disturbed. I went to a dentist to see about having the amalgams removed. Well, the dentist called my mother (I was 17 at the time), insisting that I have a psychological evaluation. The police put me in hand-cuffs and leg restraints (chains), and I was hauled off to an institution.
I was there for two weeks. I was heavily drugged, so badly that I could not stand or walk. I stayed on the medications for about a solid year. Immediately upon my stopping the medications, I went to a different dentist, insisting on removal. You are not going to believe this, but the dentist drilled about half of the amalgom out, and then capped the teeth with white porcelain or ceramic. On my last visit, I just happened to bring a mirror with me, which is how I discovered this. Well, I did not want another episode with mental personnel, so I decided to remove it myself.
I removed two at a time, and went to a third dentist, who filled them with those miracle-mix fillings, which emit flouride. Needless to say, my psychosis was relieved, for the most part, but not until I started taking heavy doses of vitamin B12, Bcomplex, and multivitamins. I was also taking zinc and iron suppliments.
I still suspect that I might have mercury or heavy metal problems, as my short-term memory is not up to par. I also have problems with attentiveness. My mind wanders. I am rather uncomfortable with medical personnel, at this point, as you might imagine. A female friend of mine had the same experience as mine, all starting in the dentist's chair.
Case history: She was shy, timid, spoke like a child, and was a diagnosed schizophrenic. Severe chest pain made her writhe in agony. She had tried to tear out her heart and she thought she was going to die.
She was bloated and had a poor com-plexion. She'd hyperventilate to the ex-tent that half her body sometimes turned red. There were problems with the thy-roid, liver gall bladder menses and, especially, the nervous system.
The third day after her mercury-containing dental fillings were removed, she laughed and said, "It's not going to get me. It's not going to be bad."
With time, everything improved. Her complexion cleared, the bloating de-creased, and she felt connected to her body again. Her thyroid became normal, she no longer felt pain on menstruation, her heart didn't hurt, and the schizophrenia was gone."She was shy, timid, spoke like a child, and was a diagnosed schizophrenic. Severe chest pain made her writhe in agony. She had tried to tear out her heart and she thought she was going to die.
ANGER, ANXIETY AND VIOLENCE
In a breakthrough, researchers at the Rocky Mountain Research Institute, led by Robert L. Siblerud made the most profound discovery that amalgam mercury affects the neurotransmitters' uptake of dopamine, serotonin, acetyicholine, and norepinephrine and provides a biochemical basis for why people who have amalgam dental fillings experience significantly higher levels of depression, excessive anger, and anxiety than controls without amalgams.
Underlying the scientific quest, which has revealed links to abnormal brain chemistry, is the growing suspicion that dentistry unwittingly may be feeding the nation's growing epidemic of depression, anger, anxiety, violence, alcoholism, the need to smoke and other impulse disorders.
Serotonin is the brain's master impulse modulator for all of our emotions and drives. It especially keeps aggression in line.
When serotonin levels fall, violence rises, like some long-subdued monster breaking free of its bonds.
Paralleling the Rocky Mountain study, several other studies have shown that when serotonin levels decline impulsive aggression is unleashed.
Normal aggression has a set point, like body temperature, which is regulated by brain chemicals.
Most people are born with a balance of these chemicals that enables them to react to events in reasonable ways. But changing that set point can increase or lower depression, anger, anxiety or violence. Researchers are learning how this set point can be altered and they have found that the mechanism for change, an imbalance of neuro-transmitters, is shared by humans and animals and can be successfully manipulated to increase or decrease violent behavior.
While low serotonin levels increase impulsiveness, normallevel s are associated with clear thinking and social success. One reason we may mellow with age is that serotonin levels increase.
A low serotonin level also can dry up the wellsprings of life's happiness, withering a person's interest in his existence and increasing the risk of depression and suicide.
A growing body of evidence indicates that low levels of serotonin are implicated in a lack of control, the kind of behavior thattypically manifests itself as irritability loss of temper and explosive rage It is the type of impulsive aggression that is escalating at an unprecedented pace in the U.S.
According to the FBI, while the U.S. population increased by 40% from 1960 through 1991, violent crime increased 560%, murders increased 170%, rapes 520% and aggravated assaults600%. But the dramatic statistics tell nothing of what is going on inside the brain.
Almost half of Americans experience mental illness at some time in their lives, and almost one third are afflicted in any one year, according to a University of Michigan study, published in January's issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.
In addition, alcoholism, sleeplessness, sexual deviance, fire-setting, obesity and other impulse control disorders also have been laid at the doorstep of low serotonin.
Alcohol initially raises serotonin levels so that a person feels more mellow for a brief time, however, continued drinking precipitates a drop in serotonin.
Several Swedish studies also suggest that exposure to mercury from amalgams may be linked to alcoholism, which may explain why some people have reported a lessening desire to drink following amalgam removal.
A previous study at the Rocky Mountain Institute associated dental amalgams and smoking. Nicotine increases the levels of dopamine, serotonin, acetyl-choline, epinephrine and norepinephrine which have highly desirable effects on the brain. Since mercury reduces the function of neurotransmitters, people will smoke more to relieve their anxious feelings.
In all these recent studies, the lowering of serotonin, a potent brain chemical, is the key factor that may trigger depression, anger, anxiety, aggression, violence, alcoholism, a need to smoke, insomnia, obesity and other impulse disorders.
Mercury from amalgam dental fillings has the capacity to reduce the function of serotonin and other
neurotransmitters and may possibly be the root cause behind the dramatic statistics quoted by the
FBI on violent criminal behavior and the University of Michigan on mental illness.
Until now, scientists have been stymied. The possible answer may lie in the biochemical changes triggered by exposure to mercury from silver amalgam dental fillings.
-- Psychological Reports, 1994, 74, Psychometric Evidence That Mercury From Silver Dental Fillings May Be An Etiological Factor In Depression Excessive Anger, Anxiety by Robert L. Siblerad, John MotI, Eldon Kienholz