Epilepsy: the mercury connection and seizures, nutritional treatment


DAMS, Inc.

For Immediate Release:

by Bernie Windham

1. Dental amalgam fillings are the largest source of mercury exposure in most people.

2. Adults often also get high mercury exposures from fish, and infants and older adults get high mercury thimerosal exposure from vaccinations.

3. Amalgam dental fillings in the mouth with other metals result in galvanic electrical currents much higher than impulses in the nervous system, which result in adverse neurological effects and high mercury exposures. These galvanic currents are factors in conditions like epilepsy.

4. Mercury causes significant adverse metabolic effects that are a major factor in epilepsy and other chronic conditions.

5. Mercury commonly causes autoimmunity which is a major factor in autoimmune conditions like MS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. and can be a factor in epilepsy.


Dental amalgam fillings are the largest source of mercury exposure in most people15, but those who often eat fish can get high levels of exposure and children and older adults have gotten large exposures to mercury thimerosal from vaccinations.5 Amalgam fillings produce electrical currents which increase mercury vapor release and have other harmful effects. 3 These currents are measured in micro amps, with some measured at over 4 micro amps. The central nervous system operates on signals in the range of nano-amps, which is 1,000 times less than a micro amp.

Negatively charged fillings or crowns push electrons into the oral cavity since saliva is a good electrolyte and cause higher mercury vapor losses. 7, 3 Patients with autoimmune conditions like MS, or epilepsy, depression, etc. are often found to have a lot of high negative current fillings. 7, 3

Mercury commonly causes autoimmunity which can also be a factor in conditions like epilepsy, MS, lupus, etc..14, 5 Prenatal exposure to mercury has been found to predispose animals and infants to seizures and epilepsy. 6, 8

A major factor in epilepsy has been found to be essential mineral deficiencies and imbalances- such as magnesium, zinc, etc. 13 Mercury is well documented to cause cell membrane permeability changes, mineral efflux from cells, leaky gut, enzyme blockages, etc. that commonly result in essential mineral deficiencies and imbalances. Mercury causes significant destruction of stomach and intestine epithelial cells, resulting in damage to stomach lining which along with mercury’s ability to bind to SH hydroxyl radical in cell membranes alters permeability 4, 2 and adversely alters bacterial populations in the intestines causing leaky gut syndrome with toxic, incompletely digested complexes in the blood 4, 2 and accumulation of heliobacter pylori, a suspected major factor in stomach ulcers and stomach cancer and candida albicans, as well as poor nutrient absorption.

Mercury’s forming strong bonds with and modification of the-SH groups of proteins causes mitochondrial release of calcium 4, 2, as well as altering molecular function of amino acids and damaging enzymatic process, resulting in improper cysteine regulation, inhibited glucose transfer and uptake, damaged sulfur oxidation processes, and reduced glutathione availability (necessary for detoxification). The essential mineral deficiencies and imbalances have been found to be a major factor in Epilepsy, and correcting mineral imbalances has been found to cause significant improvement in epilepsy. 13

Some of the main mechanisms of toxic effects of metals include cytotoxicity; changes in cellular membrane permeability; inhibition of enzymes, coenzymes, and hormones; and generation of lipid peroxides or free radicals- which result in neurotoxicity, immuno toxicity, impaired cellular respiration, gastrointestinal /metabolic effects, hormonal effects, and immune reactivity or autoimmunity. Also mercury binds with cell membranes interfering with sodium and potassium enzyme functions, causing excess membrane permeability, especially in terms of the blood-brain barrier. 4 Less than 1ppm mercury in the blood stream can impair the blood- brain barrier.

Most patients with epilepsy recovered or had significant improvement after amalgam replacement 6, 7, 10, 9, 11,12


1 "Mercury exposure levels from dental amalgam fillings." B. Windham (Ed.), 2002, Government and peer-reviewed studies; www.home.earthlink.net/~berniew1 /damspr1.html

2 Children’s neurological and immune conditions (autism, ADHD,learning disabilities, eczema, asthma, allergies): the mercury/vaccine connection, 2002, B.Windham (Ed.), (over 100 peer-reviewed studies) www.home.earthlink.net /~berniew1/kidshg.html

3 "Oral galvanism: the battery in your mouth," B.Windham (Ed.), 2002, (over 100 peer reviewed studies) www.home.earthlink. net/~berniew1/galv.html

4 "Metabolic effects of Mercury Exposure, 2003," B. Windham (Ed.), www.home.earthlink.net/~berniew1/damspr18.html

5 "High mercury exposure levels from amalgam fillings and mechanisms by which mercury causes over 30 chronic health conditions, 2003," B.Windham (Ed.), (over 2000 government and peer-reviewed studies) www.home.earthlink.net/~berniew1/amalg6. html

6 D.Klinghardt, MD, "Migraines, Seizures, and Mercury Toxicity", Future Medicine Publishing, 1997

7 (a) Huggins HA, Levy,TE, Uniformed Consent: the hidden dangers in dental care, 1999, Hampton Roads Publishing Company Inc; & (b) Hal Huggins, It's All in Your Head, 1997; & (c) Toxic Elements Research Foundation, Colorado Springs Colorado, "Survey of 1320 patients being treated for heavy metal toxicity," 2001. 800-331-2303

8 Szasz A, Barna B, et al; "Effects of continuous low-dose exposure to organic and inorganic mercury during development on epileptogenicity in rats." Neurotoxicology. 2002 Jul;23(2): 197-206. szente@bio.u-szeged.hu

9 M. Davis, editor, Defense Against Mystery Syndromes, Chek Printing Co., & March, 1994 (case histories documented); www.amalgam.org

10 The Tribune, Mesa, Az., 13 Apr 1998, (Paul Mills, Apalachee Junction)

11 Great Plains Laboratory www.greatplainslaboratory.com/ test19.html

12 "Psychiatric Disturbances and Toxic Metals," Townsend Letter for Doctor's & Patients April 2002; & Alternative & Complementary Therapies (a magazine for doctors), Aug 2002.

13 Ward Dean, "Controlling Seizures: A Nutritional Approach," Sep 2000, www.vrp.com

14 MELISA Medical Labs, www.melisa.org

Dr. Ward Dean’s nutritional program for seizure disorders: He recommends using a nutritional "shotgun" therapy, which includes:

National Contact Person: B. Windham, berniew1@earthlink.net, 850-878-9024

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