DAMS Intl.      St Paul MN 55105         

Studies document high mercury exposures from dental amalgam fillings and fish and common adverse neurological and cardiovascular effects


1.  The largest source of mercury in most people is from dental amalgam fillings and exposures are commonly more than the federal health guideline for mercury due to mercury’s high volatilization rate at room temperature and oral galvanism and EMF effects on mixed metals in the mouth.  Much of the mercury exposure from amalam is organic mercury since oral bacteria methylate the inorganic mercury.                  (1,2,3)


2. Approximately 50 percent of Florida lakes and rivers have fish consumption warnings due to high mercury levels and 30 % of all U.S. lakes have similar warnings.  The majority of Gulf Coast saltwater predator fish species have levels of mercury documented to cause adverse effects.  The majority who eat such fish at least once per week have been found to have dangerous levels of mercury.    (4)


3. Dental amalgam is a larger source of methyl mercury than fish in many people, due to the high exposure from dental fillings and the methylation of elemental and inorganic mercury to methyl mercury by bacteria and other means in the body. Mercury exposures are cumulative and also synergistic with other toxic metals and other toxic substances for which exposures are common.            (5,12)


4. Infants usually get higher mercury exposures than their mother’s do from prenatal exposures across the placenta from their mother and from breast milk.  Mom’s dental amalgam, fish, and mercury thimerosal used in vaccines are all significant sources of exposure for the fetus and infants.   Mercury and other toxic metal exposures are the most common cause of children’s neurological conditions like autism, ADHD, dyslexia, excema, etc. that have been rapidly increasing over the last decade.           (6,7)


5.  There has been a huge increase in the incidence of degenerative neurological conditions in virtually all Western countries over the last 2 decades. The increase in Alzheimer’s has been over 300% while the increase in Parkinson’s and other motor neuron disease has been over 50%.   The primary cause appears to be increased exposures to toxic pollutants.  (14)  

6. Studies have documented the mechanisms by which mercury commonly causes neurological and autoimmune conditions.  Mercury has been shown to be highly cytotoxic, neurotoxic, and immunotoxic. Mercury has been found to bioaccumulate in the brain, central nervous system (CNS), heart, and hormonal glands and cause damage to nerve cells, blood cells, DNA, etc. and to block the function of the hormonal system and enzymatic processes of the body’s cellular metabolic system.                  (8910, 13)


6. Medical studies have documented that mercury accumulates in the heart and has common adverse effects on the cardiovascular and circulatory system.     (11)



1. World Health Organization(WHO),1991, Environmental Health criteria 118, Inorganic Mercury, Geneva; & Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. Public Health Service, "Toxicological Profile for Mercury" March, 1999

2. Summary of medical studies, Government studies, and Medical Lab clinical test results on exposure to mercury from amalgam fillings, B.Windham(Ed.)

3. Oral galvanism and EMF: the Battery in Your Mouth, B. Windham(Ed.), Summary of peer-reviewed medical and dental studies,

4. Mercury levels in freshwater and Gulf Coast saltwater fish and people who eat them, B. Windham(Ed.) Summary of government studies and tests, fish consumption warnings, mercury tests on people, and health standards;

5. Sources of mercury exposure and methylation of elemental and inorganic mercury to methyl mercury in the body by bacteria, etc., Review of medical studies, Government studies, and Medical lab tests, DAMS, Inc.,

6. Developmental effects of mercury on children, Stejskal, V & Windham B; review of over 100 peer-reviewed medical studies,

7. Cognitive and Behavioral Effects of Toxic Metal Exposure on Children, B. Windham(Ed.), Review of over 200 peer-reviewed medical studies on neurological effects of mercury and toxic metal exposure;

8. Mercury’’s endocrine disrupting effects on hormonal function(pituitary, thyroid, thymus, hypothallamous, reproductive system), B. Windham(Ed.), Review of peer-reviewed medical studies,

9. Mercury’’s neurological and autoimmune effects(MS,FM,ALS,Parkinson’’s,Alzheimer’’s,Arthritis,ADD, Lupus, Depression, etc.)

10. Exposure levels and Mechanisms by which mercury causes over 30 chronic health conditions, and over 50,000 clinical cases of recovery from those conditions after reduction in mercury exposure and detoxification, B. Windham(Ed.) Review of over 2000 peer-reviewed medical and Gov’’t studies.

11. Accumulation of mercury and mercury related plaques in the heart and circulatory system and adverse health effects. B. Windham(Ed.), Review of over 100 peer-review medical studies,

12. Amalgam dental fillings are the largest source of mercury in sewers and sewer sludge, which have high levels of mercury resulting in high levels of mercury in water bodies, fish, crops, and rain. DAMS, Inc.

13. MELISA Medical Lab, MELISA blood immune reactivity test,

14. Pritchard C. et al, Pollutants appear to be the cause of the huge rise in degenerative neurological conditions. Public Health, Aug 2004.

Technical contact: B. Windham, President, DAMS, Inc. 12164 Whitehouse Rd Tallahassee, Fl 32317   850-878-9024