Mercury and Multiple Sclerosis

A principal argument against Mercury being associated with neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, despite obvious similarities, is the lack of correlation between Multiple Sclerosis and occupational exposure; such as is found in dentistry, where dental practitioners typically show a higher concentration of mercury than normal but who DO NOT develop Multiple Sclerosis or other neurological disorders.

On the other hand, some studies have shown there to be less exacerbation, and overall, fewer multiple sclerosis related problems, in groups of multiple sclerosis patients who have had mercury dental amalgam removal than in those who had retained the mercury dental fillings. However, this may be due to what is known as the placebo effect.

There is some growing research which points to mercury as a possible factor in the development of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), given its preponderance for settling in the areas of the Central Nervous System (CNS) associated with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

So, as yet, there are no definitive findings favoring either argument.

It comes down to personal choice, decision or circumstance.

As for what's best to take to ward off mercury toxicity, selenium is first on the list (as directed of course), and you may want to include Vit. C as well.

Additional Information

Elevated Mercury concentrations are not necessarily associated with mercury amalgam fillings.

Studies regarding fish intake and mercury concentration in the blood are implicating the fish - i.e. industrial contaminants and biological uptake by the fish.

The problem is that Mercury, once in the Central Nervous System (CNS), does not come out again very readily, if at all, so blood concentrations might only indicate you had a big helping of sea bass or swordfish for lunch.




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