Diagnosed with fibromyalgia? Is it really mercury poisoning?
That's what happened with me, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and my health just kept getting worse. It turned out I'm suffering from mercury poisoning from my dental amalgams. Prolonged high stress caused me to start grinding my teeth. This caused my teeth to break off around the amalgams. I have a genetic abnormality that prevents my body from eliminating heavy metals and other toxins. Read my story below, but first view this quick, informative video explaining how mercury from dental fillings gets out of the filling and into your body:
Smoking Teeth: Are your teeth making you sick?
Amalgam Dental Fillings Produces the Majority of Human Exposure to Mercury
US House Subcommittee Calls on FDA to Reform Dental Mercury Rules
August 5th, 2008 by mpp
After two congressional oversight hearings (at which MPP recently testified, see posts below) concerning the environmental release of dental mercury, a US House Government Oversight subcommittee is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to reform its rulemaking on dental mercury, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. In a July 28, 2008 letter to FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, Domestic Policy Subcommittee Chairman Dennis Kucinich reminded FDA of its statutory duty under NEPA to prepare an environmental impact statement or conduct an environmental assessment as part of the rulemaking process in reclassifying dental mercury, classifying encapsulated amalgam alloy and dental mercury or issuing special controls for amalgam alloy.
About three years ago I started to experience pain in my joints and muscles. It was bad enough to interfere with daily activities, but I had no medical insurance. Like so many middle class Americans during the Bush years, I experienced financial hardship.
I lost my job as a software engineer a couple years earlier. At fifty-years-old I was disadvantaged in a job market flooded by lay-offs in an industry that favors youth. After my unemployment insurance and savings ran out, I refinanced my house and cashed in what little was left in my 401K to start my own company. Health insurance was out of reach. No government health plan exists for people like me, so I had to do my best to keep working in spite of the pain.
When I finally landed a contract that paid well enough, I went to a rheumatologist thinking I might have rheumatory arthritis or lupus. After thousands of dollars worth of tests, the diagnosis was fibromyalgia. What this really means is that doctors acknowledge you are in constant pain, but they don't know why.
Some of my symptoms didn't fit fibromyalgia, like random gland and tissue swelling, burning itching skin, rashes, heightened chemical sensitivity, hair loss, dry eyes, increased sensitivity to light, blurred vision, twitching eyelids, painful muscle spasms in my legs, and it felt like a stake driving into my heel when I walked. I developed a chronic lung infection that would not go away even with massive doses of antibiotics.
I researched fibromyalgia, some researchers thought because patients experience such a broad range of symptoms throughout the body, the cause had to involve either the neurological, endocrine or lymphatic systems. I often experienced swelling and skin irritation, not to mention severe headaches, when exposed to chemicals like cleaning products and perfumes.
Once I came into work after the carpets were shampooed. I had to take 4000 mg of ibuprofen to make it through the day. My entire face burned and itched. When I looked in the mirror there was a golf ball sized swelling on my left cheek. Friends noticed later that my neck was swollen too.
Then I met a lady who had similar symptoms. After several years of pain, doctors told her she was dying and to put her affairs in order. She was cured after a dentist suggested she was being poisoned by the mercury in her dental amalgams. She had them all removed and replaced with porcelain resin composite fillings. It took two years of detoxification to remove the mercury from her body. She fully recovered.
I immediately made an appointment with a dentist. A friend also referred me to an environmental medicine specialist, Dr. Robin Bernhoft in Ojai, California. I have 19 dental amalgams in my mouth. At least twelve of them have so little tooth material left it that it is not worth trying to save them, especially considering the high risk of even more severe health problems being caused by additional exposure to mercury vapors during drilling.