General Comments on the Risk Categories
Low Risk Category
If you are in the low risk category, be aware that everyone in the medium and high risk categories started in the low risk group. Those in this category haven’t yet have experienced that many symptoms related to chronic mercury poisoning. But as long as amalgam fillings remain in your teeth, your immune system will be under more and more stress and you’ll never really be able to achieve optimal health. Over the years, the amount of mercury your fillings release will continue to accumulate and this could eventually contribute to the related symptoms and illnesses found in the higher risk categories.
If you find yourself in this category, your body’s burden of mercury will increase more slowly than if you were in the other two. This means that the few mercury-related symptoms you may now be experiencing won’t be an accurate predictor of the effect that mercury will have on you in later life. The rate that mercury accumulates is relative but it does accumulate.
Moderate Risk Category
If you’re in this group and you haven’t had your fillings removed, you should have a pretty good idea of the direction you’re going. For example, if you’re under 40 and are already at the middle to high end of the moderate risk group, there’s a strong probability you’ll eventually develop more and more serious mercury-related symptoms and diseases. Why? Because you have many years left to accumulate mercury and it’s even more important for you to take the steps to have these fillings removed and start a mercury detoxification program as soon as possible.
High Risk Category
The majority of those in this category will have numerous symptoms and health issues related to advanced chronic mercury poisoning. High risk also suggests that their immune system is over stressed and will have a more serious deficiency in glutathione (GSH). If you fall into this group you’ll have, or may soon develop, one or more of the diseases directly or indirectly associated with chronic mercury poisoning or health issues related to neurological problems.
The effects of chronic mercury poisoning are potentially life threatening for those in this category. Based on my professional experience, anyone in this group would be well advised to immediately take the necessary steps to have their mercury fillings safely removed and participate in a mercury detoxification program. Access information about safely removing mercury from your body, Mercury Detoxification: The Natural Way to Remove Mercury from Your Body.
Do You Still Have Doubts?
If you find yourself in the any of the three categories, but still have doubts, I strongly recommend that you consider getting tested for mercury. Testing for Mercury Poisoning.
Occupation, Environment, Products and Other Sources of Mercury
Other sources of mercury must all be taken into consideration, but thankfully, fewer people are being exposed to mercury from these sources (e.g., fossil fuel-burning power plants) than from amalgam fillings. Finding and eliminating these ”other” sources is particularly important if you’re in the moderate or high risk category, suspect an allergy to mercury, or have children whose health has already been compromised by exposure to mercury.
Heavy Metal Synergism
Another factor to consider when evaluating your mercury risk is heavy metal synergism. The most toxic of all metals is the sulfhydryl (thiol) reactive group. Mercury is the most toxic of this group but the other relatively common heavy metals arsenic, cadmium and lead must also be considered. While each one is poisonous in its own way, they all exhibit synergism with mercury, especially when lead and mercury are present together. Synergism means that the total effect of two or more metals on the body is greater than the sum of their individual effects.
For example, if you have been exposed to significant amounts of any of the other heavy metals, the addition of even small amounts of mercury could exponentially increase the toxic effects of the combined poisons on the body. The only way to get a more accurate and objective idea of your levels of heavy metal is to test for them.
Chronic Mercury Poisoning and Longevity
People are living longer today, but living longer doesn’t mean you’re destined to get a specific disease related to aging. In fact, I don’t know of any diseases that are specifically related to growing old. It’s a fact that some older people are very healthy and others are very ill, with a wide range in between. A multitude of factors combine to determine our overall health as we age and among those, the long-term accumulation of mercury must be considered.
Because more people could afford them, the placement of mercury fillings increased dramatically in the 1940s and early ‘50s. Those who had amalgam fillings placed during that period have been exposed to much more mercury than previous and more recent generations. This means more symptoms of mercury poisoning will be exhibited by those in the 50-80 age range.
As a result, it’s not surprising that more and more middle to older-aged people exhibit many more symptoms and diseases directly, or indirectly, related to chronic mercury poisoning. Worldwide, hundreds of millions of people have had their amalgam fillings for 40 years or longer. This goes a long way towards explaining why so many so-called degenerative and other age-related diseases associated with chronic mercury poisoning are on the rise. In addition, long-term, chronic exposure to mercury can shorten life expectancy.
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