Symptoms of Mercury in the Human Body

As a dentist who removes a high quantity of mercury amalgam fillings from patients every week, I am exposed to higher levels of mercury than most people. Despite the precautions we take in the office to protect ourselves (including high quality masks), I regularly have my mercury levels tested to see where I’m at.

After my most recent test, I was talking with Dr. Bruce Dooley, Medical Director at MercOut International, about elevated levels of mercury and some of the symptoms. The information he provided is top-notch so I wanted to be sure to share it with you.

Check out Dr. Dooley’s letter, below, followed by a list of symptoms someone with elevated mercury levels may encounter.

Whether or not you currently are experiencing any of the symptoms of mercury toxicity (listed below), you need to be aware that mercury has effects at the cellular, hormonal, and enzymatic levels.  Micromercurialism is a term designating chronic low-level mercury toxicity, the clinical testing, diagnosis and treatment of which has been essentially non-existent in our health care system (1). This is likely due to the vague and non-specific nature of the presenting signs and symptoms.  Dental amalgam is the greatest source of mercury in the general population (2), and is released in vapor form, which is detectable and quantifiable (3,4).  Mercury also enters the body through certain food fish, and through environmental and occupational exposure.

Tissue-bound mercury levels are not adequately measured by standard blood and urine analysis and there are many inconsistencies and false negatives associated with hair analysis (5).  In addition, these deeply embedded stores of mercury are not adequately removed by the body on its own.  DMPS (2,3-dimercaptopropane-1-sulfonate) is safe and highly effective in the oral form for chelating (binding to) mercury, lead and arsenic in the body (6,7).  Recent investigational patient outcome studies in New Zealand and the United States reported 63% of the study group had a reduction of measured urine mercury levels greater than 50% within 30 to 60 days of using the oral DMPS formulation. The average mercury reduction in this group was a highly significant 69% (8).

Many people with elevated levels question how long it takes to reduce their body burden of mercury using the oral program instead of the traditional and more costly IV therapy.  There are no hard and fast rules in this area of detoxification for sub-acute or chronic heavy metal tissue contamination, especially mercury. However, my experience treating thousands of individuals for heavy metal toxicity certainly points to one rule: Expect differences between individuals in their speed and ease of detoxification. So I have developed protocols based on the urine results to determine the appropriate number of MercOut 30-day programs to take before retesting.  Some individuals prefer to perform a “waypoint” urine challenge after each 30-day program no matter how high their initial mercury level. I am quite happy with that approach. Others choose to do multiple programs in a row before retesting to see their new level. I am also entirely comfortable with that choice. For them I have created the following guidelines:

Mercury Score           Number of MercOut Programs Before Urine Retest

4 – 24                                                   1

24 – 60                                                 2

Greater than 60                                    3

Much more information is available on the website regarding mercury and its removal using the safe, effective and oral MercOut Detoxification Program with DMPS. If you want to begin reducing your tissue burden of mercury (as well as lead and arsenic) simply order online at and select the “How To Get Rid of My Mercury” tab on the home page.  Or click here to go right to the order page .

I look forward to working with you,

Yours for excellent health,
Bruce R. Dooley, M.D.
Medical Director
MercOut International

Physical Symptoms of Mercury In The Human Body
Chronic fatigue
Amyotropic lateral sclerosis
Ankylosing spondylitis
Myasthenia gravis
Paresthesias (loss of sensation) and neuralgias
Vision, taste, smell and hearing disturbances
Vertigo and tinnitus
Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson’s disease
Alzheimer’s’ disease
Other dementias
Hypothyroidism/Cold Extremities
Poor libido
Underactive thyroid
Other Endocrine problems
Rheumatoid arthritis
Juvenile arthritis
Lupus erythromatosus
Other autoimmune diseases
Multiple chemical sensitivities
Gastritis and Colitis
Irritable bowel syndrome
Crohn’s disease
Sleep disorders
Yeast syndrome

Psychological/Mental Symptoms of Mercury
“Brain fog” or poor focus/concentration
Rage or being quick to anger
Mood Swings
Panic attacks
Attention deficit (ADHD)
Learning disabilities
Unexplainable sadness
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Manic-depressive disorder
Anorexia nervosa

(1) Ely JT, Fundenberg HH, Muirhead RJ, LaMArche MG, Krone CA, Buscher D, Stern EA; Urine Mercury in Micromercurialism: Bimodal Distribution and Diagnostic Implications. Bull. Envirion. Toxicol. 63 (1999) 553-9.
(2) World Health Organisation: Environmental Health Criteria 118 (1991), 74.
(3) Ely JT, Risk Factor for Parenteral Intoxication by Mercury from Dental Amalgam. Bull. Envirion. Toxicol. 67 (2001), 309-316.
(4) Weiner JA, Nylander M (1995); An Estimation of the Uptake of Mercury From Amalgam Fillings Based on Urinary Excretion of Mercury in Swedish Subjects. The Science of the Total Environment, 168:255-265.
(5) Drasch G, Wanghofer G and Roider G; Are Blood, Urine, Hair and Muscle Valid Biomonitors for the Internal Burden of Men With the Heavy Metals Mercury, Lead and Cadmium? TraceElements Electrolytes 14 (1997), 116-123.
(6) Aposhian HV, Maiorino RM, Gonzales-Ramirez D, Zuniga-Charles M, Xu Z, et al.; Mobilization of Heavy Metals by Newer, Therapeutically Useful Chelating Agents, Toxicology 97 (1995), 23-38.
(7) Gonzalez-Ramirez D, Zuniga-Charles M, Narro-Juarez A, Molina-Recio Y, Hurlbut KM, Dart RC, Aposhian HV; DMPS (2,3-dimercaptopropane-1-sulfonate, Dimaval) Decreases the Body Burden of Mercury in Humans Exposed to Mercurous Chloride; J Pharmacol Exp Ther. Oct; 287(1) (1998) 8-12.
(8) Dooley BR, Wojcik D, Godfrey M; The Detection and Reduction of Mercury in Humans using Oral DMPS (2,3-dimercaptopropane-1-sulfonate) with Support Nutritionals [Pre-publication].



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