How a Mercury Filling Almost Took My Son’s Life

Mercury Fillings. Safe or No? Come read about How a Mercury Filling Almost Took My Son's Life. Really.

Don’t believe me?

Well, it’s true.

There are some stories about our family’s health that I tell on occasion to share about what we’ve been learning.

Recently I thought that I should share some of these “stories” with all of you so that you can learn more about what we’ve been through.

This is one of those stories.

Now, before I start, keep in mind that I used to be someone who never thought twice about

Like all those things I mentioned above, I never thought twice about getting mercury fillings either.  I mean, you’re telling me that mercury leaches into your body and actually hurts you?  Why would my friendly family dentist put something into my body that would actually hurt me?  Ahem.

Think again.

Since I completely trusted our dentists, and since the mercury fillings were a lot cheaper (and we were not raking in the dough) when my oldest needed fillings (and he needed a lot), we always got the silver ones.

Well, one particular time, after he got two fillings, he kept complaining that one hurt.  I kept reassuring him that nothing was wrong, but he kept complaining and complaining.

And then I started worrying.  I remembered stepping into the room when he was getting the fillings put in and seeing quite a bit of blood.  I wasn’t sure, but I didn’t recall ever seeing a whole lot of blood from fillings before, but then mine were always quite superficial and I only had 2 in my whole life.  But the blood thing continued to bother me.

So I took him in to have the dentist look at it, but the dentist found nothing wrong.  I think we even went in twice for reassurance.

Fast forward a few weeks.

My son woke up saying that his tooth hurt a lot and his cheek was swollen.  That afternoon he laid down for a nap around 2 pm and slept ’til 5, which was very odd for him.

When I woke him up (so he’d actually sleep that night), the nightmare began.

Half of his face was swollen down to his jawbone and up around his eye.  His eye was almost swollen shut.

I called the doctor and they sent me right over to the hospital.

Now I knew something was wrong.

Admitted immediately.  His swelling was cellulitis – a potentially life-threatening infection of the soft tissues.  Since it was around his eye it was dangerously close to his brain.

Not words a mama wants to hear.

IV antibiotics were started.  It got worse.  When I saw my son the next day (Dad stayed in the hospital with him because his younger brother was just a baby and I was home with him), half of his face looked like the Elephant Man’s.

24 hours after being admitted there was talk about him being sent to Infectious Disease because the infection wasn’t responding.

“No!”  I screamed silently.

I drove back and forth from the hospital, getting whole foods and clothing for my son.  Crying, praying and singing Psalm 23 from the Psalter…

“Yea, though I walk through death’s dark vale…yet will I fear no ill….”

Finally, just before they were ready to send him on to the next set of specialists, things started turning around and we went home with a lot of antibiotics and my son finished them.

Then, about a week later, my son told me that his mouth felt funny.  There it was.  A small swollen spot just above the filling.

Doctor visit.

Doctor thinks mom is crazy and that the swelling will go away on its own.  “It’s not just above the filling” he said.

“Yes, it is,” I insisted.

“No, it isn’t.”

“Yes, it is,” I said, getting angry and frustrated that he wasn’t listening to my mother’s instincts.  Couldn’t he see it?  Didn’t he know what we’d just been through?

“What’s it going to take to make you happy, Adrienne?”

“A referral to an oral surgeon.”

Well, I got it.

Three oral surgeons.  Their recommendations?

  • Outpatient surgery.
  • Biopsy.
  • The third, most experienced doctor said, “I’m just going to pull the tooth.”

I went with #3.  Least invasive and least expensive.

Tooth pulled and the most well-respected oral surgeon in our city said, “Yes, it was just above the filling and I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”

(This was said by perhaps that most competent and experienced oral surgeon in our city–one that has a reputation for good health care.)

It was a granuloma.

What’s a granuloma?

I didn’t know either.  According to Wikipedia:

Granuloma is a medical term for a tiny collection of immune cells known as macrophages. Granulomas form when the immune system attempts to wall off substances that it perceives as foreign but is unable to eliminate.

Hmmm..From what I could tell, my son’s body appeared to be attempting to wall off the filling. (It’s possible that the granuloma was related to the injury of getting the filling and not the filling itself, but given my son’s Asperger’s Syndrome (high-functioning autism) and the heavy metal issues that we are now uncovering, I am not ruling out a reaction to the mercury.  Regardless–stay aware and vigilant about yours and your family’s health.

Tooth removed.  Granuloma gone.

No more swelling.

The moral of this story is . . .

well, in my mind, there are several:

1.  Don’t assume that others’ stories of “invisible health issues” or sensitivities are invalid or “all in their head.”  I used to think so.  Now that a number of them have come to roost in my own household, I know otherwise.

2.  Mercury is a poison.  I recommend not putting it in your mouth as a permanent structure. I’m not saying this is for sure what caused the cellulitis, but I don’t want it in my body or in the body of those in my family.

3.  You are the parent.  You are in charge of your child’s health.  I knew something was wrong with my son and though I was ridiculed by his physician, I pressed on.  He might have died otherwise.  Guess who isn’t our physician any longer?  I send the resulting medical results to him and didn’t even get a reply.

4.  Don’t take the lives of your loved ones for granted.  Things could have turned for us on a dime that day.  For now, we are all still together.  Thank God.

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  1. Asha Merkes says:

    Once you have it in, how do you take it off

  2. your story has nothing to do with mercury poisoning, but an infection caused by shabby dental work. please spare us the ignorant hysteria that mercury caused you child’s ailment..

    • I think this is the final comment of yours that I need to respond to “Mr. Sprat”. I think it is possible that there could have been either involved. But perhaps I should take this to the dentist to see what he thinks. Regardless, the cavity touched it off and a careless physician dismissed my concerns and almost cost my son his life.

  3. I have had all the symptoms anyone could possibly think of from not only the mercury in my fillings but the copper also. I’ve been slowly dying since elementary school because of amalgam fillings. I don’t have money to get them removed. I’ve had 6. I wish I could bomb the corporate world. Crimes against humanity is so real. I’m glad that the amalgam fillings in your son’s mouth were removed. These things cause so many people health problems and sometimes it takes years for someone to realize that they are sick because mercury bio accumilates in the organs. Once mercury causes brain damage it’s irreversible so people reading this please take care. I’m speaking from the kindness of my heart. I would never wish heavy metal toxicity on anyone. The fact that amalgam fillings are placed in childrens mouths hurt my soul. I suffer everyday. I look normal on the outside but I’m sick. I can’t do basic things and im only in my 20s. Adrienne your son is so lucky to have you as a mom. I wish my mom would have been as skeptical as you were. What we don’t know as parents can hurt our children for life. Stay healthy.

    • Oh how horrible! I have heard horror stories from others as well. Is there a way you could get financial help from others? Do you possibly belong to a church that could help you?

      So so sorry. Thanks for sharing and I really appreciate your kind words. We’ve been going through a lot here so you have lifted my spirits. Blessings.

  4. Zachary Linhart, DDS says:

    Amalgam (“mercury”) fillings have no harmful side effects. I am a dentist in NYC and received my DDS from NYU. In our office, we do not do amalgam fillings because we want to restore the tooth to its natural, white color. However, they do not cause harm.

    There have been dozens of studies showing zero side effects of amalgams and NO STUDIES showing harmful effects. There are millions, if not billions of amalgam fillings in teeth around the world, and people are not keeling over from them left and right.

    Hype like the above blog is basically pure scaremongering and is harmful to the general public. Yes, this is freedom of speech, but honestly, you have zero idea what you are talking about. Hence your quotes from Wikipedia and other sources, instead of medical professional.

    You should listen to the advice of experts like dentists and medical doctors and stop thinking that you know more.

    All the best!

    – Zachary E. Linhart, DDS

    • Hi there. I am sorry to disagree with you but there is plenty of information about the problems of mercury. I am sure you heard of Mad Hatter’s Disease – which some in my husband’s family suffered from – and the danger of mercury is precisely why mercury thermometers are almost nonexistent now.

      For starters, I would like to hear what you think about this study showing that mercury fillings can cause autoimmunity to the thyroid. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16804512

      I don’t think I know more than everyone. I do know more than some people and I do listen to the advice of dentists and medical doctors, but they are not right about everything – no one is except for God. My husband has a PhD from a very reputable university in his field, in addition to 2 master’s degrees and I was at the top of my HS and college class and am a Phi Beta Kappa. Still, I am humble enough to know that I don’t know anything.

      You may have heard the saying, “What do you call the person who graduated at the bottom of his medical school class? — “doctor”” I think personally that more “experts” and professionals need to have more of an open mind towards alternative care and should realize that there is a lot more truth than just what they have been taught in their professional schools.

      I am for sure open to talking about this more but I am not open to being insulted. I do not have “zero idea” what I am talking about.

      Thanks again.

      • Zachary Linhart, DDS says:

        I will show how misguided and flat our wrong you are sentence by sentence, Adrienne:

        “I am sure you heard of Mad Hatter’s Disease – which some in my husband’s family suffered from – and the danger of mercury is precisely why mercury thermometers are almost nonexistent now.”
        – This is caused by large continuous exposure to mercury, mercury has been used in teeth in tiny levels for hundreds of years with not a single study showing harmful side effects. If you overexpose yourself to sugar, water, or just about anything it will cause toxicity over time. Mercury thermometers are dangerous if they break and the pure mercury inside is ingested. That is an apples to shoes comparison.

        ” PhD from a very reputable university in his field,”
        – You didn’t mention the field he has a PhD in… I have no doubt you and your husband are very smart people and have done your research. However, you are experts in what you do, and this is not dentistry, or medicine, unless there is something you haven’t told us?

        “For starters, I would like to hear what you think about this study showing that mercury fillings can cause autoimmunity to the thyroid. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16804512
        – You obviously didn’t read that study. It clearly states in the results that with amalgam removal in PATIENTS WITH MERCURY HYPERSENSITIVITY there are decreased levels of what they are testing for,. So should we discontinue all use of silver because some people have sensitivity to it? Or nickel? Or peanuts? People are allergic and have sensitivities to many many things, they are not bad in general.

        “professionals need to have more of an open mind towards alternative care”
        – That is true, some are close minded. As a young dentist, I am constantly researching different theories and natural remedies. Hence why I am reading your blog post on amalgam fillings and autism. However, what every medical professional learns, whether top of the class or the bottom, is that science must be trusted. And there has never been a single study showing amalgam fillings are harmful. Or that vaccines cause Autism for that matter.

        “I do not have “zero idea” what I am talking about.”
        – True, you have some idea.

        In my practice we strive to provide the best possible dental care. If a patient wants their metal fillings removed, we will more than happily remove them. However we base all of our treatment on sound science and years of clinical experience!

        • Hello again, Zachary.

          Well, I am willing to engage again, as I said, but again you are really not being very kind by saying I am “misguided and flat our [sic] wrong”. But here are my responses.

          1. It isn’t an apple to shoes comparison. Why would it make sense to put something in your mouth on a sometimes permanent basis that is known to cause toxicity? It doesn’t make sense to me at all.
          2. He has a PhD in English. I am again, not saying that he is an expert, but in reality I guess he is. He himself would be the first to say, however, that he is not right about everything. However, he is often more right about things in other arenas than are “experts” in those fields. And the same is true for me. I have been to many doctors who have been quite wrong about many things and I have even saved my family from many grave medical problems b/c I found errors that doctors missed.
          I have also attended English Literature seminars where experts were wrong on issues that were plain as day. Just b/c someone is an “expert” doesn’t mean their thoughts are without question. And you, I think, would acknowledge that as we look at the changing research and knowledge even in the sciences.

          As for what I know about medicine, no I am no expert but I have done w/ my body what mainstream medicine couldn’t do. My doctor wanted to send me to an endocrinologist who likely would have removed my thyroid. Today I have a healthy thyroid and am on no thyroid hormones and am trying to manage my health and I am succeeding. Doctors couldn’t help me years ago and told me I was healthy as a horse but I was 5’4″ 1/2 and weighted 114 and couldn’t stand for hymns in church. I diagnosed myself w/ hypoglycemia (the docs missed it) and sought help. Today I homeschool and run a vibrant blog and am at a very normal weight, exercise daily, and well, am leading a pretty normal (if not extraordinary) life. I was Pre Med at a top university but felt I should leave the field due to wanting to be a mom and thinking I would find it hard to juggle both responsibilities well.

          3. Yes, I did indeed read the study and this actually makes my point. In case you have not noticed, more and more people are more and more sensitive to more and more things these days. It is seen w/ more cases of food allergies, autism, autoimmune disease, and cancer. As our bodies become more sensitive, people become sick from different substances. So I would argue that more and more people are sensitive to mercury and for sure more and more people have antibodies to thyroid, and so mercury fillings are more and more of a problem as we go forward in time.

          I am sure you would agree that no one really heard of autism or ALS, or Crohns, or other autoimmune diseases to the extent that we hear of them today.

          In the case of peanuts or nickel, that is a very different animal than talking about mercury, which is a known toxin. If you don’t agree with me, then why are many many agencies recommending that pregnant women avoid eating certain kinds of fish? Wouldn’t the only risk be if they were going to be eating these fish over a much longer period of time?

          This is not really a scientific journal, but even the NYTimes states that “Usually organic mercury causes problems over years or decades, not immediately. In other words, being exposed to small amounts of organic mercury every day for years will likely cause symptoms to appear later”
          http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/poison/mercury/overview.html

          Part of the problem here (or much of it) is that you are stating that there aren’t any or enough studies on mercury fillings showing that they are dangerous. Well, there is corruption in many industries and of course the dental field is no exception.

          The FDA cracks down on a walnut company b/c they state that walnuts are heart-healthy, while they continue to allow arsenic in chickens. They shut down a probiotic company for stating that taking probiotics can aid your health while allowing dangerous medicines to be approved w/o proper testing.

          I find this article to be very interesting: http://www.icnr.com/articles/mercury-amalgam-toxicity.html and I personally am acquainted with a number of people who have been made very ill from mercury fillings, one person who was wheel-chair ridden. He is better now, thanks to natural intervention and detox.

          4. As for science being trusted. I beg to differ. Yes on some things and no on others. I think that there are so many things that science has no idea about – like how the universe is held together, where energy comes from, where the world came from, etc. These are not repeatable events and so can’t be scientifically tested. And you yourself must know that there are so little studies on natural things as they can’t be patented, so the realm of research is empty in that respect.

          I have to run – I have a post on Healthy Valentine’s Recipes that is calling my name, but I am happy to respond again. I trust the medical and dental field – to a point. I manage my own care as much as I can and have found it to be necessary in many arenas. And I wish I had been on this dentist’s back more :(.

          • Zachary Linhart, DDS says:

            Adrienne, unfortunately I have to work and don’t have time to run circles with you so this will be my last reply:

            1. What toxicity? There is no scientifically proven toxicity of amalgam fillings, so what are you referring to?

            2. He has a PhD in English. I will try not to tell him why Holden Caulfield acted the way he did.

            3. The issue you have when you are writing this posts is that you GENERALIZE way too much.

            Mercury CAN be toxic in “toxic doses”. So can nickel, or lead, or sugar, or ginger, or ANYTHING. You cannot just generalize science.

            It has been shown that large doses of radiation cause cancer, does that mean we never take X-rays in the dentist or doctor’s office again? Or fly on a plane that exposes you to low level cosmic radiation?

            You are generalizing, and you are wrong as many scientific studies have shown.

            Sincerely,
            Dr, Zachary Linhart

            • Zachary. I am simply frustrated with the manner in which you are approaching me. I have work too and to have readers continually insult me is not something I look forward to dealing with.

              There is toxicity proven – if not, then why the reduction of thyroid antibodies? How can there be no toxicity of mercury fillings when the toxicity of mercury has been firmly established.

              As far as Holden Caulfield – totally uncalled for insult.

              I don’t think I generalize too much – but if you care to make that accusation you should point out where exactly and not generalize.

              The toxic dose differs per person. Of course. I can’t eat much sugar at all. Others can. But the risk of what it can do to a person’s body (e.g. diabetes, candida, cancer and more) isn’t worth dumping it down one’s throat. Also, this toxicity will escalate as congenital issues are passed down through generations.

              It’s all a risk vs benefit calculation and you know that yourself. You of course make those kind of calculations every day. I assume you try to not use xrays unless you think the benefits outweigh the risks. And if I choose to fly on a plane it’s b/c taking the trip is more of a benefit than the risk.

              Then, once one knows the risks they can take steps to minimize them.

              I personally (and many others concur) that putting mercury in my mouth is not worth the risk and I would use a non BPA white filling instead.

              Good day to you and I hope what I have written helps you understand where I am coming from and that you will take care in the way you communicate with me should you choose to come back. I do my best to keep things cordial but I must admit that you are pushing me to my limits. I wish to extend grace to all people for what they are dealing with but we are all people on the other end of the computer and from reading my posts you might know that I have a child with special needs. Would you talk in this manner to a mother in your practice who thought mercury filling were a danger? I hope not.

    • I meant to add about my husband’s PhD that he for sure doesn’t think he is right about everything and there are plenty of PhDs in his field that are wrong about many things. Thank you.

    • cliff browning says:

      Now dr., while I dont agree with a lot of her assumptions in this article and I do find her knowledge loosly based on anything other than anecdotal website garbage am disturbed, and frankly not surprised, by your arrogance and ignorance on the matter. Within a minute I found this study from 1986 giving enough information to show you are wrong about amalgam fillings and they have been noted to gas off mercury. http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/3481133.
      http://www.fasebj.org/content/9/7/504.short.
      I know there are studies saying they are fine and this is what you are taught but you shouldnt throw your education around without knowing the facts.
      People like you is why my doctor says my blood work is fine so I must just need antidepressants.

      • Hi Cliff. Thanks for your comment and for that information about the fillings. I did want to mention, however, that of course this was an anecdotal story. It wasn’t meant to be a research-based post. I have some that are and some that aren’t, but it isn’t garbage. It’s my life and the very disturbing path my son’s filling took us on and I feel that we can all benefit from those kinds of stories. Perhaps this post that is more research based will show you that I post a variety of topics here. http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/is-stevia-safe-is-stevia-bad-for-you-stevia-infertility/

        Thanks again and I do hope you are finding help for your condition. Your blood work for sure isn’t the end all and be all of your health and many doctors miss things – mine missed my hypoglycemia, of all things. Blessings and I hope you can find relief. Happy to help if I can.

        • cliff browning says:

          Im not going to give anything other than my opinion on the article but really as far as me saying “I do find her knowledge loosly based on anything other than anecdotal website garbage” I wasnt referring to your article, I was referring to the sites in which you get your information. Im sure that doesn’t sound much better but I call it as I see it. There are a lot of anecdotal sites with bs info and no facts other than pointing to other peoples non fact claims that people spew information from which just leaves bait laying around for people like dr. linhardt here. People just wont be taken seriously with this kind of research and claims to where you got the information. Im not saying it is all wrong but you definitely have to present your claims, especially to the angry so called science believing biased people, with more hard evidence such as peer reviewed studies. I personally, like others, think your article shows no evidence that it was mercury related as it can easily be from a poor dental job which lead to the infection but completely understand how it feels to know almost for certain where the problem lies on your own body, or in this case your sons, and for the doctor to dismiss it like what do you know. I do however completely loath these science people with a vendetta against alternative theories or ideas such as quackwatch who are just as bad as being completely biased on their own side. With alternative medicine and traditional there are two extreme people just like in right wingers and left wingers in politics. Take what I say however you like. I do not disregard the notion of almagam fillings leaching off mercury and there are studies with supporting evidence. Props to always commenting to people such as me and others with a rational calm attitude and not just moderating every comment you don’t like. You do you

          • Thanks so much. I am aware of the risks of not having a bunch of research, but I have a mixed bag on my blog. And even so, there are some supposedly heavily researched writers and commenters who have their facts wrong. And of course, I might too.

            I do moderate all comments, by the way, but I try to publish all (except the spam ones). That being said I am behind. I have been so busy and some take a long time to respond to. Thanks for the compliment. Hope to see you around again.

  5. You are unneccesarily spreading fear to all to read your story – why? This adds to the problem, not the solution. Your story has absolutely nothing to do with mercury. You’re probably part of the crowd telling people not to get immunizations, too. Oh, an immunizations do not cause autism.

    • Hi Brian, I appreciate your commenting.

      I don’t feel I am unnecessarily spreading fear at all. I think that mercury is poison and I have no idea why folks think it is OK to put it in your mouth, especially where chewing is going to be going on. It’s a fact that mercury is released in the mouth and the ADA knows that.

      I do not tell folks not to get vaccinations, but I am an “informed vax” advocate. I think we should be informed about what is going into our bodies and how it’s happening so we can make informed decisions. I think the vax schedule is too many at one time and too many in general.

      As for your statement about vaccines not causing autism, I wouldn’t be so quick to say that. There have been tons of monies paid out for vaccine injuries of various kinds. I think that it’s very possible that a vaccine insults the immune system of a child w/ other issues causing autism to be expressed. I think to dismiss this possibility is too simplistic. Where do you get your opinion from? And if it’s just a court decision, I can point to plenty of court decisions that are totally ridiculous. Not saying that this one necessarily would be, but determining the cause of autism is clearly a conundrum so for you to say so plainly that you have determined what doesn’t cause it is a pretty bold statement to make.

      Thank you.

      • OK, I’ll bit:

        Off-topic – but vaccines do not cause autism. I could give you a dozen references (SCIENTIFIC references, not websites) which point to that conclusion. The one study which hinted that they are correlated has been thoroughly disproven and tossed in the trash by the scientific community. Unfortunately, this study already did its damage so that the public is doing with it what it will. I say this also having a son on the ASD.

        The toxic form of mercury is methyl mercury or related organically-complexed mercury compounds. The metallic form of mercury, whihc is present in fillings, is not absorbed by your body and not toxic to any significant extent.

        My PhD is actually relevant to this discussion – I am a heavy metals chemist and toxicologist. I am sorry about what happened to your son, but I only ask that you think about what you write, because you are spreading an immense amount of misleading, if not completely false information.

        • Hi again, Brian. I already responded to you about this but I still don’t think that the case is closed on vaccines and autism.

          As I said in my other response, I think that vaccines have a bunch of possible causes and I think it depends on the person. That’s why it’s still a mystery today – obviously no one has figured it out. I think it’s an issue of gut and brain dysfunction and those both can have a myriad of causes.

          As for your PhD and your statements about mercury, perhaps you could tell me what you think about the statements made by Mark Hyman, M.D. He is an extremely well-respected M.D. and he himself says he suffered from mercury poisoning, and that being partially from fillings.

          I’d love to hear what you think.

          And I do think about what I write and I think that I am pretty cautious about not being alarmist. I’m not perfect but I try to do the right thing. Thanks!

          • Sigh…..

            1) you are being alarmist. “How a mercury filling almost took my son’s life” is your title. You have exactly zero facts to back that statement up. It’s like a story out of Fox News.
            .
            2) I have never heard of Mark Hyman. I glanced at his website and his “facts” look about as believable as Dr. Oz’s (a peer-reviewed study in the British Medical Journal found that about 50% of Dr. Oz’s advice is baseless). Note: Ph.D. is a research scientist. M.D. is a professional degree. HUGE difference.

            3) I am happy that your opinion has no bearing on actual facts.

            4) I am a concerned scientist that opinions like yours DO have a bearing on public policy.

            • Hi there again.

              I am not being alarmist at all. My son had a mercury filling and as a result he almost died. I don’t think it is alarmist at all. I could put you in touch w/ the hospital’s staff if you’d like.

              As for Mark Hyman, I’m not surprised that you haven’t heard from him but he is very well respected. I don’t care for everything Dr. Oz says, but he is dead right about many things. Hyman I agree with in many more cases.

              I know what the difference between a PhD and an MD are. I was pre med at a top university in the US and my husband is a PhD so I am pretty well versed in these things. There are sharp people and not so with both degrees. And even the sharp ones can be wrong about things.

              3) I have no idea what you are talking about.

              4). I am a concerned mother and there are many ways in which mainstream medicine and science are wrong on these things. For many years I thought that mercury toxicity was a joke, that autism was just an overdiagnosed condition, that food allergies were simply someone’s way of trying to go on a diet.

              Was I wrong.

              Those things happened to me one by one and now I see that they are true. Heavy metal poisoning is real and as our livers are more and more compromised it is more prevalent. Autism is growing by leaps and bounds and food allergies and intolerances are too.

              I am frustrated by your tone, but I do give you grace b/c I once was skeptical too and now I know it’s true. Perhaps one day someone you love (or yourself possibly) will be touched by these things and you will see what I see.

              As for public policy, I hope my thoughts do have a bearing on public policy. I have been active in the public arena and will continue to be so as I have the opportunity. Via this blog and my private interactions with people I hope to help others who are hurting to find healing without being so dependent on drugs.

              Still am open to dialoguing but I would appreciate your not being insulting.

              Thank you in advance.

              • Adrienne, just wanted to say I appreciate your sweet spirit in dealing with these very antagonistic people attacking you. I use your blog often as a source when I have a question and find you to be very reasonable and open in what you say. Given the nature of the Internet, you can always find opposing views on anything you look up. I tend to go to people I feel are trustworthy, although I weigh everything. That’s my responsibility. I am sorry you took such attacks when you are just sharing what you have found of value for your family.

  6. clarissa says:

    Dont know if the mercury caused the cellulitis but it sounds like shabby dental work might have caused the infection. I had cellulitius in my ear last fall from a ear cartlidge piercing. It drained while sleeping down into my ear canal. it caused my canal and face to swell up like your sons also had it start to go behind my eye. 8 rounds of iv treatment, 5 days inpatient. Cellulitis is a very serious thing. Mine started because of my bodys reaction to the surgical steel earring.

    • I am not sure what did it. I did read that the granuloma is typically a reaction to a foreign substance, which makes me think about the mercury. Of course, perhaps it was both. So sorry to hear about your situation and glad you are doing better. Why would your body have reacted to the surgical steel? Does that mean you can’t have surgery ever?

      • Well, okay lets put it this way I was told by the piercer (which is a reputable place, not back alley) that it was surgical steel, but again that is what I was told. It may have not been. I had surgery on my knee, an arthroscopy before and didn’t get an infection so the person might have lied (imagine).. But yes I forgot to mention about the granuloma in my post. My friend actually has one from dental work. It really scared her and she ended up having to get a biopsy to make sure it wasnt cancer. it started to go away, but is starting to bother her again. We are exposed to so much chemical wise. even if everything is pure in your home, you would have to live in a bubble literally to avoid all chemicals, Im working on losing household cleaners. as my big project this year.

  7. would you please email me the contact info for the heavy metal detox specialist?
    my husband has A LOT of metal in his mouth that needs to go…

  8. Monica, you can actually get in touch w/ her via my blog. I have her information in my adrenal fatigue post. I need to organize things better on my blog, but it all takes time :). You can go to her contact page. She’ll call you back. We had our fillings removed. Insurance covered it, but be careful whom you go to. Theresa can advise what she thinks about your fillings. Take care.

  9. a “heavy metal detox specialist”? please don’t. they are charlestons and snake oil salesmen that can do serious harm. please check things out first at: Quackwatch.

  10. Hi again. It’s taking me quite awhile to get through all of your comments. I hope these answers help you. Quackwatch is very much opposed to all kinds of natural healing. While I do not think that all natural healing is beneficial and there are some who for sure take advantage of others, I do think much is good also and one needs to take Quackwatch w/ a grain of salt. Thanks for commenting.