Scientists have shown that trace amounts of mercurycan cause the type of damageto nerves that is characteristic of the damage found inAlzheimer's disease.
The level of mercury exposure used inthe test was well below those levels found in many humans with mercury/silveramalgam dental fillings.
The research conducted at the University of Calgary Faculty ofMedicine found that exposure to mercurycaused the formation of "neurofibrillar tangles,"which are one of the two diagnostic markers for Alzheimer's disease.
Previous research has shown that mercury can cause the formationof the other Alzheimer's disease marker, "amyloid plaques."
The scientists also exposed the test nerves to other elements,including aluminum, but found that onlymercury caused the damage consistent with Alzheimer'sdisease.
The research, published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, isaccompanied by a video presentation of the effect. Utilizing digitaltime-lapse photography, this video shows rapiddamage to the nerve cells after introduction of minuteamounts of mercury. Funding for this video was provided by the InternationalAcademy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).
Dr. Lorscheider produced the visual documentation of the biochemicalmechanism by which the introduction of mercury induces hallmarkdiagnostic markers indistinguishable from those seen in the Alzheimer'sdiseased brain.
The authors note that, to date, no othermaterial or metal tested, including aluminum, has produced evenremotely similar reactions.
The broadcast quality video and animation documenting the biochemicalprocess of mercury on the nerve cells is available to interestedmembers of the press through Miss Karen Thomas, Media Relations,University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine T: 403-2202945 F: 403-210-8141Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The video can be viewed using Quicktime 4.1 at http://commons.ucalgary.ca/mercury/
The IAOMT was formed to review, support, and disseminate researchon the suitability of materials and methodologies used in the dentalpractice. The IAOMT has funded previous research by Dr. Murray Vimyon the mercury vapors released from mercury amalgam fillings duringand after chewing, animal research showing pathophysiological damageto sheep and monkeys from dental amalgam mercury vapor exposure.
Collaborative research with the Calgary authors of this currentstudy and Dr. Boyd Haley at the University of Kentucky demonstratedAlzheimer's disease-like brain damage to rats from inhaled mercuryvapor.
Dr. Haley, commenting on the importance of this new documentation,said
"Seven of the characteristic markersthat we look for to distinguish Alzheimer's disease can be producedin normal brain tissues, or cultures of neurons, by the additionof extremely low levels of mercury.
In addition, research has shown that Alzheimer's diseased patientshave at least 3 timeshigher blood levels of mercury than controls. How muchmore research is necessary before the appropriate regulatory bodiesrespond with restrictions on the use of mercury-leaking dental amalgamfillings?"
NeuroReport, 12(4):733-737, 2001
Not only does mercury contribute to MS, but some of the leadingresearchers in this area provide some fairly compelling evidencethat mercury contributes to Alzheimer's Disease.
This does NOT mean you should rushout and have your amalgam fillings removed, as you should be healthyprior to doing that. The first step would be to follow the diet.Then you can follow the mercurydetox protocol and find a dentist who does NOTput in amalgams to possibly have yours removed.
If the dentist puts in amalgams you most certainly do NOTwant to use that dentist. A list of mercury-free dentists can befound at the bottom of the home page.