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Mercury Poisoning Symptoms, Do You Have Them?

Updated 1/21/2020

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Vibhuti Rana, PhD Written by Dan Jackowiak Nc, HHP


Dr. Vibhuti Rana, PhD says... The information below regarding the ill effects of mercury poisoning, its causes and possible symptoms are medically correct.


Below is a list of mercury poisoning symptoms for you to review so you can determine if this might be a problem for you.


Mental mercury poisoning symptoms can include:

  • Depression with fatigue and a lack of motivation

  • Feelings of hopelessness, fear, or impending doom

  • Personal relationships can become impaired

  • Becoming shy and avoiding social relationships

  • Restlessness, loss of self-control, and poor judgment

  • Intelligence can deteriorate as you become dull and slow thinking

  • Memory problems from lack of concentration

  • Periods of no dreaming activity or dreams become black and white

  • Irritability, excitability, fearfulness, restlessness, melancholy,
    depression, weakness, timidity, fatigue, indecisiveness, and
    headaches can all be symptoms at one time or another

  • Easily upset and embarrassed

  • Quarrelsome and neglect work and family

  • Loss of patience

  • Brain fog

Early physical mercury poisoning symptoms can include:


  • Dizziness

  • Dry Skin

  • Asthma

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Daytime drowsiness

  • Loss of appetite

  • Cold hands and feet

  • Digestive problems

  • Increasing sensitivity to light

  • Profuse sweating or don't sweat at all

  • Reddening of the skin, especially face and neck

  • Tendency towards diarrhea alternating with constipation

  • Athletes feet and toenail fungus

  • Hair becomes dry, brittle, and thin

  • Receding gum lines that sometimes are spongy or bleed easily

  • Loose teeth, excessive salivation and bad breathe

  • Loss of sense of smell and hearing

  • A feeling of tightness around the head

  • Heart racing for no apparent reason

  • Women may experience profuse menses with abdominal pains

  • A sensation of rawness in the vaginal tissues

  • Puffiness of the face and legs

  • The biological clock gets thrown out of whack as a person can shift from an early bird to a night owl

Organ health and mercury poisoning symptoms can include:

  • Excessive urination, more than 2.5 liters or more than 5 or 6 times a day.

  • Subclinical adrenal function. Symptoms consist of weakness, fatigue, depression, weight loss, hypoglycemia, anxiety, and low blood pressure.

  • Mercury also interferes with the body's ability to regulate glucose. This can be recognized by feeling tired 2 or 3 hours after a meal and a sweet snack seems to solve the problem for a while.

  • It interferes with immune system function. You get sick more often and the sickness is more prolonged or serious. Recurrent bronchitis is a classic example. Increased allergies, asthma, and other respiratory complaints can be common.

  • Problems metabolizing alcohol, which leads to feeling bad after a drink or two.

  • The enzymes used by the body for detoxification become impaired and the body quits detoxifying itself. The victim becomes more sensitive to chemicals, air quality and foods.

  • It interferes with the oxygenation of the blood and rapid breathing and shyness can appear for no apparent reason.

  • You bruise easily and bleeding can be profuse when cut.

  • Body odor that smells like colostrum or milky sweet.

  • After having a bowel movement you feel like you are not done and have not passed the whole stool, yet you are unable to go.

  • Twitching of the eyelids followed by tremors in the arms, lips, fingers, and lastly--the legs.

  • Inability to focus the eyes followed by the inability to move them to look at objects. The person moves their head instead.

  • Acrodynia (pain and dusky pink discoloration in the hands and feet most often seen in children chronically exposed to heavy metals, especially mercury) in children is rare but is caused by mercury poisoning.

  • Chronic yeast and candida infections

  • Mercury can affect the thyroid gland, usually under performing.

You can test thyroid function by taking your temperature in the morning before you get out of bed. Leave the thermometer in place for at least 5 minutes. If the temperature is less than 97.5 degrees, there are problems with the thyroid regardless of hormone tests. Another indicator for women is the blood color during menstruation. It should be bright red, brownish indicates low thyroid levels.

Overall, a person may have long periods of great productivity in their lives followed by periods of being nonproductive. As the poisoning progresses, these periods of productivity become shorter and fewer in-between as the poisoning sets in slowly and progresses through greater levels of increasing dysfunction.

Many of these mercury poisoning symptoms are just like chronic yeast or candida, and often the patients misdiagnose themselves. Unless of course she most definitely has a vaginal yeast infection. Candida and yeast will actually attach themselves to the mercury molecule and the accepted theory is excess yeast is an immune response to heavy metals. We know it also attaches itself to the iron molecule as well and uses it as a means of travel and to build its biofilms. It must be removed from the body because of this fact or you will not get well.


How Do We Get Poisoned by Mercury?

Most people associate mercury poisoning with the silver metal amalgam dental fillings that were in widespread use up until recently. These fillings are a very common source of mercury poisoning because many of them do leak, especially if they have been in your mouth for over 10 years.

Recently, a great amount of attention has been focused on autism and vaccine contained mercury and for good reason. Cases of autism spiked, and have continued at almost epidemic rates since 1991, 2 years after the introduction of the MMR vaccine and the usage of thimerosal (an organomercurial compound of ethylmercury) as its preservative. Thimerosal is used in the Flu vaccines as well.

Thimerosal, containing ethylmercury, was, and is used in many products as a preservative. Antiseptic gels, contact lenses solutions, hemorrhoid creams, lubricating gels and vaginal contraceptives.

Moreover, tuna, swordfish, shellfish, orange roughy, tilefish and shark are all loaded with high mercury levels.

Some other mercury poisoning sources are found in environment in the form of air pollution or acid rain from coal fired power plant emissions, adhesives, talc and body powder, broken thermometers, cosmetics, all plastics, diuretics, fabric softeners, felt, floor waxes/polishes, fungicides, industrial wastes, laxatives, mercurochrome, photo-engraving, skin lightening creams, suppositories, wood preservatives, hair dyes, batteries, Preparation H rectal ointment, solvent-thinned paints, and latex paints. Fluorescent lights also contain a high amount of mercury and if you are around one when the glass tube is broken, you may have breathed in the resulting gas. Red ink used for tattoos contains mercury sulfide as the coloring agent.

Last but not least, in 2009 half of the samples tested of high fructose corn syrup contained mercury.

The point is, mercury exposure is quite common for all of us in our day to day lives.


Medical Review by Dr. Vibhuti Rana, PhD

Mercury is present in the earth’s crust (at a concentration of 0.5 ppm) and is brought into the atmosphere mainly due to human activities like mining, burning of coal, waste incinerators, industrial processes, etc. Upon environmental exposure, it generally bio-accumulates in fishes and aquatic animals, and is reduced by bacteria into methylmercury. No wonder over 3000 lakes in the US have been off-bounds for fishing due to mercury contamination. Mercury poisoning mainly occurs by consuming the poisoned fishes, by dental amalgamation, or occupational hazard workers who inhale it as elemental mercury. (1)

Methyl mercury easily absorbs into the gut and mucous linings, while elemental mercury has the potential to cross blood brain barrier and affect brain functioning. The inorganic salt forms of mercury are less toxic to the body. (2) Mercurial poisoning causes serious chronic complications including cardiovascular issues, neurological disorders, reproductive defects in newborns, etc. (3) In addition to the brain, metallic mercury is also deposited in the thyroid, breast, myocardium, muscles, adrenals, liver, kidneys, skin, sweat glands, pancreas, enterocytes, lungs, salivary glands, testes, and prostate. Therefore, poisoning most likely causes faulty functioning of those organs. (4)

Mercury also has affinity for binding sites on the surface of T cells and for sulfhydryl groups influencing T cell function. (5) Eggleston and Nylander have clearly shown a direct evidence of correlation between dental amalgams and levels of mercury in white matter of the brain. (6) Thus, an average person has had enough mercury exposure by various factors in the environment.

1. World Health Organization. Mercury and Health. 31 March 2017
2. Berlin, M. "Handbook of the Toxicology of Metals, V. 2." (1985): 376-405.
3. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320563.php#complications
4. Bernhoft RA. Mercury toxicity and treatment: a review of the literature. J Environ Public Health. 2012;2012:460508. doi:10.1155/2012/460508.
5. Park, S., Araki, S., Nakata, A. et al. Int Arch Occup Environ Health (2000) 73: 537. Effects of occupational metallic mercury vapour exposure on suppressor-inducer (CD4+CD45RA+) T lymphocytes and CD57+CD16+ natural killer cells. https://doi.org/10.1007/s004200000173.
6. Eggleston, David W. et al. Correlation of dental amalgam with mercury in brain tissue. Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Volume 58, Issue 6, 704 – 707. 1987


Any Questions About Any of These Mercury Poisoning Symptoms?

Do you have any questions about any of these mercury poisoning symptoms or yeast infections in general? Ask your question here or contact us using the contact page of this website. It is also always a good idea to talk to your doctor as well.



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