23. Different Types Of Mercury Toxicity

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What is Elemental – Inorganic – Organic – Mercury Toxicity? – Post 23

The reason why it is important to establish whether the mercury toxicity is not just chronic or acute but whether it is elemental, inorganic or organic mercury toxicity as the chelation process, the process to remove the toxins from the body differ.

Much research had been undertaken by the patient and private clinicians since 2009, exploring the many symptoms being suffered because NHS clinicians were repeatably failing to diagnose. When resorting to private health care, thermal imaging scans of the area of interest were taken, and metal blood toxicity tests, repeatably returned positive, the highest levels, during 2016.

It was important to establish whether the poisoning of the patient was not just acute or chronic mercury toxicity, (as explained in the previous post 22), but the cause of the toxicity, whether it was elemental, inorganic or organic.

The UK government released a Public Health England document 2016 Compendium of Chemical Hazards (publishing.service.gov.uk) which identifies three main sources of mercury.

  1. Elemental mercury also known as metallic mercury and quicksilver
  2. Inorganic mercury
  3. Organic mercury some of the derivatives being methylmercury, phenylmercury and ethyl mercury
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Elemental Mercury – Metallic Mercury – Quicksilver

1. Elemental mercury is also known as metallic mercury and quicksilver

Elemental mercury is a shiny, silver-white liquid metal at room temperature and may also be referred to as quick silver. It evaporates to form mercury vapour, which is the predominant form of mercury in the atmosphere.

The uses generally attributed to making dental filings, lamps (light bulbs), batteries,
electrical switches, and historically thermometers and barometers.

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2. Inorganic Mercury – Mercuric Sulphate Crystals

2. Inorganic mercury

Inorganic mercury compounds contain mercury combined with other elements, such as mercuric sulphide contains sulphur; mercuric oxide contains oxygen; and mercuric chloride contains chlorine. These compounds are mostly white powders or crystals.

The uses have included preservatives, fungicides and antiseptics although use in these areas has been largely discontinued over the last few decades. More recently, inorganic mercury may also be found in illegal skin lighteners and traditional medicines.

3. Organic mercury toxicity

There are several well know derivatives of organic mercury such as –


A derivative of organic mercury, Methylmercury is generally attributed to eating contaminated foods such as fish where frequently cases are reported in the press such as the singer Robbie Williams.

The Who, World Heath Organisation Factsheet states

‘Once in the environment, mercury can be transformed by bacteria into methylmercury. Methylmercury then bioaccumulates (bioaccumulation occurs when an organism contains higher concentrations of the substance than do the surroundings) in fish and shellfish. Methylmercury also biomagnifies. For example, large predatory fish are more likely to have high levels of mercury as a result of eating many smaller fish that have acquired mercury through ingestion of plankton’.

2. Ethyl mercury

‘Ethyl mercury is used as a preservative in some vaccines and does not pose a health risk’ stated in The WHO Mercury and Health fact sheet.

The government report Compendium of Chemical Hazards (publishing.service.gov.uk) focused on the hazards of the two types of mercury, elemental and inorganic as chemical hazards but do not include chronic dental ingestion caused by unknown dental accidents in the reports. Of course, these occur to the public, but sadly, the public are left without an NHS route to be diagnosed and like myself end up being misdiagnosed or left undiagnosed by the untrained NHS staff whilst symptoms significantly worsen.

The following information from a report by The US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health explains the differing organs and tissues that become affected by the different mercury occurrences and where in the human it is likely to deposit.

Mercury Toxicity and Treatment: A Review of the Literature Robin A. Bernhoft  2011 states –

5.1. Inorganic

5.1.1. Elemental (Metallic) Mercury

This report provides a reasonably comprehensive overview of the symptoms that a mild and a severely chronic elemental/inorganic mercury vapour patient would face.

“Acute exposure to a large quantity of mercury vapor induces pneumonitis, as discussed previously. Symptoms of low-grade chronic exposure are more subtle and nonspecific: weakness, fatigue, anorexia, weight loss, and gastrointestinal distress [5], sometimes referred to as micromercurialism [71]. At higher exposures, the mercurial fine tremor punctuated by coarse shaking occurs; erethism, gingivitis, and excessive salivation have also been described [5], as has immune dysfunction [34].

Objective findings include altered evoked potentials and decreased peripheral nerve conduction velocity [72]. Objective measures of short-term memory may be inversely correlated with urinary mercury in chloralkali workers [73]. Reduced color vision and visual acuity have also been observed [74]. Changes in coordination, tremor, mental concentration capacity, facial expression, and emotional state are also described [75], as are polyarthritis, various forms of dermatitis, and a syndrome mimicking pheochromocytoma [76].

Subtler clinical findings among dentists have been documented, including delayed reaction time, poor fine motor control, and deficits in mental concentration, vocabulary, task switching, and the One Hole test, as well as mood lability, all correlating with urinary mercury excretion [75]. Evidence also links elemental mercury to depression, excessive anger, and anxiety [77], as well as acute myocardial infarction, lipid peroxidation, and carotid atherosclerosis, in Finland [78]; the Finnish experience may possibly be explained by dietary selenium deficiency, since selenium antagonizes mercury toxicity. Other investigators, however, have described associations between mercury and hypertension, lipid peroxidation, ischemic heart disease, and stroke [79].

A recent report ‘A Review of Metal Exposure and Its Effects on Bone Health’ 2018 by Juliana Rodriuez and Patricia Monica Mandalunis, states –

“Mercury can occur as elemental mercury (Hg0) and inorganic mercury (Hg0, Hg2+, or mercury salts). Inhaled inorganic mercury is absorbed by the lungs and deposits in the brain, whereas ingested methylmercury is absorbed in the intestine and is deposited in several soft organs [17].

Organic mercury, which is bound to organic molecules, is used as a fungicide for seeds and grains, as well as in dental filling materials, preservative for vaccines, and fluorescent lamps [18]. Although all forms of mercury occur in all ecosystems, methylmercury is found in a larger proportion because it bioaccumulates in fish in contaminated areas through absorption and ingestion. Thus, the greatest source of methylmercury poisoning in humans is through ingestion of contaminated fish [19]. The half-life of mercury in the human body is approximately 70 days, after which 90% is excreted [20]. Mercury poisoning can cause cardiovascular disease, immunotoxicity [21], anemia, pulmonary fibrosis, Young’s syndrome, renal failure, and hematoencephalic barrier damage, as well as endocrine disruption [22].

The report concludes “There are no reports in the literature on the effects of mercury poisoning on bone in humans”.

There appears to be no testing carried out on toxic patient bones, or indeed any scientific way to measure mercury toxicity resting in bones.

It’s important to ascertain the source of the toxicity, how it was caused and when. Taking a detailed patient history is imperative. Once the source has been established, then the correct chelation can be started.

How Can The NHS Get It So Wrong?

Despite providing a detailed 7 year patient history and providing evidence of severe declining health with specialised scans and blood tests, where symptoms presented were similar to those of a human suffering the typical symptoms of elemental/inorganic mercury toxicity, the NHS Professor of Toxicology diagnosed the patient as having acute organic mercury toxicity, stating that the patient must have ‘eaten a prawn sandwich’.

The doctor had been presented with many supporting documents –

  • 7 year detailed patient history
  • Evidence of visual Eczema over 4 year history
  • Charting the body by private medical thermal imaging scans ( a non-evasive treatment) pre-diagnosis, diagnosis and post diagnosis providing visual evidence of areas of interest and supporting medical reports.
  • Numerous specialised blood tests taken identified the metal toxicity, those metals recorded the highest in the public range were those being used in dentistry.
  • Specialised dental bloods tests taken produced evidence of the highest levels of elemental/inorganic mercury, including high levels of nickel and palladium in the body.
  • Voltage readings taken over a long period of time, years, producing huge electro voltage within the body 10 times higher than the body can operate.
  • Dental oral galvanic testing that provided dental results indicating substantial, unsafe, high leeching levels, of elemental mercury from dental amalgam fillings in the oral cavity.

The doctor couldn’t explain the extraordinary voltage recordings in the oral cavity with worsening, historical recordings for several years nor comment on the dental oral galvanic testing.

The patient was diagnosed privately with –

Chronic dental ingestion toxicity caused by a suggestive knock to the oral cavity, sped up by the process of Oral-Electro galvanism’.

The toxicity included chronic elemental mercury vapour, which becomes inorganic mercury when ingested, having had time to mix with saliva and other metal vapour and compounds in the oral cavity when ingested.

The following were identified which may have had the opportunity to mix with the elemental mercury when in the oral cavity and ingested –

  1. Saliva (sodium chloride).
  2. The metals confirmed with extremely high recordings testing as positive in the blood stream by way of specialised dental blood toxicity testing, used in the dental manufacture of the ‘problem’ restoration cap, situated LR jaw, which had the opportunity to mix with elemental mercury in the oral cavity and 4 ‘silver’ amalgams as vapour and ingested were Nickel, Palladium, Gold, Indium, Platinum, Gallium, Silver, Iridium, Copper – in descending order of toxicity recorded.
  3. Other Metals Blood tests also included highest levels of Cobalt and Manganese in the blood stream.

The Professor of Toxicology later admitted that the NHS did not have a range of tests available to identify severe dental ingestion and was not trained in Oral-Electro galvanism despite this disease being discovered more than 150 years ago, and admitted it would explain why the patient recorded more than 10 times the normal voltage within the oral cavity and would have greatly sped up the elemental mercury vapour being ingested.

You may like to read ‘Find The Root Cause’ page and post 19. Oral-Electro Galvanism.

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Finding the Root Causes of Toxicity, Oral-Electro galvanism and chronic toxicity dental ingestion. Mercury, Elemental Mercury, Inorganic Mercury, Palladium, Nickel, poisoning. Toxic Health. Read more. toxichealth.co.uk

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19. Oral-Electro Galvanism Symptoms

19. How Oral-Electro galvanism effects the human, symptoms caused, including use of physical everyday electro items such as laptops and mobile phones. What NHS clinicians should have done. Read more toxichealth.co.uk

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The length of time of toxicity is very significant as mercury not only rests in one’s organs but has much time to deposit itself deep into the body’s tissues, the bones.

Chelation becomes much harder to remove mercury from the bones, if indeed, a full chelation could ever by successful and as noted above, during 2018, there were no medical literature available.

“There are no reports in the medical literature on the effects of mercury poisoning on bone in humans”.

The reason why a professor ‘got it so wrong’ is that the NHS do not provide their clinicians currently, both Dentists and General Medicine clinicians including GPs, with training to diagnose chronic elemental/inorganic dental ingestion toxicity as there is no formal or legal requirement to do so. This is confirmed by the failure of the British Dental profession to agree to provide the British Government with the details to include in the British Medical Pharmacopoeia – a book containing the identification of compound medicines published by the British Government / the British Dental Association.

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Public Health England

The UK government Public Health England published a document 2016 Compendium of Chemical Hazards (publishing.service.gov.uk) which states

If you have inhaled or ingested mercury seek medical advice

Public Health England compendium discusses chemical hazards and provides information for the various types of mercury compounds found in public use.

A second document  Inorganic Mercury/Elemental Mercury Toxicological provides an overview. This document provides an overview of Health Effects of Chronic/Repeated Exposure and Ingested Inorganic mercury. The documents admits there is limited information with just two examples of women who died from ingesting a specific compound tablet.

One would think you could seek advice from the NHS, however, like myself, currently, you could be mis-diagnosed or left undiagnosed if presenting chronic elemental/inorganic mercury dental ingestion toxicity and the second disease presented, Oral-Electro galvanism which was likely to have sped up the toxicity ingestion, at least tenfold.

One has to seek advice outside of the NHS, by private practice to obtain a much wider range and specialised blood tests that the NHS offer, furthermore, scans and diagnosis to be able to significantly diagnose the condition and chelate for recovery.

It also provides problems for the toxic patient in the post-diagnosis period, later years, as GP’s not being trained can still continue to mis-diagnose new diseases presented by the patient that may be altered by the toxins remaining in the body, and where drugs administered will not behave in the way they were designed to work.

Posts are written in historical numbered order of pre-diagnosis symptoms – diagnosis and post diagnosis care. It is advisable to read in numerical order. Next post is 24.

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24. Covid-19 pandemic brings new problems for the severely chronic dental ingested patient. Elemental/Inorganic mercury fails to allow drugs absorb in the ways they should work bringing new challenges. Toxichealth.co.uk

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