23. Mercury Toxicity Derivatives

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Mercury Derivatives

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 successfully. When resorting to private health care, thermal imaging scans of the area of interest were taken and general metal blood toxicity tests which repeatably returned positive results, the highest levels, during 2016.

The patient has always suspected there were problems associated with the LR jaw and dental restoration where metal detection had already highlighted the suggested area of interest, leaching tests of amalgams recorded, and continual voltage testing of the oral cavity measuring the current.

It was important to establish whether the poisoning of the patient was

  • chronic or acute mercury toxicity
  • the mercury derivative

Specialised dental Melissa Tests were taken which suggested this was a dental toxicity matter. (Read more about tests and scans in Posts 8 and 9)

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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

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.

US Environmental Protection Agency https://www.epa.gov/mercury/basic-information-about-mercury

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

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.

Compendium of Chemical Hazards Public Health England

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-known derivatives of organic mercury

1 – Methylmercury

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.

‘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’.

The Who, World Health Organisation Factsheet

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 WHO Mercury and Health fact sheet.

Most human exposure to mercury is caused by outgassing of mercury from dental amalgam, ingestion of contaminated fish, or occupational exposure, according to the World Health Organization.

An informative report filed by The US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health explains the different organs and tissues that become affected by the different mercury derivative occurrences, and where exactly the toxins aim to deposit in the human body.

Mercury Toxicity and Treatment: A Review of the Literature https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3253456/ Robin A. Bernhoft  2011

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 of toxic patient bones, or indeed any scientific way to measure mercury toxicity resting in bones.

These reports filed by experts and for public viewing confirm the importance of

  • a) establishing whether the symptoms are chronic or acute mercury toxicity
  • b) the mercury derivative

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 method of chelation can be started.

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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

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 mercuric 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 suggestive to have sped up the toxicity tenfold with leeching amalgams registering above 3 times the public accepted levels.

One has to seek advice outside of the NHS, by private practice to obtain a much wider range of care, scans, specialised blood tests, diagnosis, and care plan, that the NHS offer.

It also provides problems for the toxic patient in the post-diagnosis period, in 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 may not behave in the way they were designed to work.

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

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