Causes of Scleroderma: Mercury Exposure (Dental Amalgam)

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Overview of Mercury Exposure
Dental Amalgam
Media Stories


Here is some research related to mercury exposure as a possible risk factor for autoimmune disease, such as scleroderma.

Mercury exposure may be a risk factor for autoimmune diseases in women. A new study by researchers from the University of Michigan claims that even at levels considered to be safe, mercury exposure may be hazardous to health; it may be a risk factor for autoimmune disorders among women of childbearing age. Medical News Today, 02/10/2015.

Dental Amalgam

Mercury teeth fillings may harm some: U.S. FDA. Silver-colored metal dental fillings contain mercury that may cause health problems in pregnant women, children and fetuses. Reuters. 06/04/08. (Also see FDA Warnings)

Increased Prevalence of Scleroderma in Southwestern Ontario: A Cluster Analysis The cluster in Woodstock seems statistically validated. Associations with alcohol and dental fillings require further study. The Journal of Rheumatology, [2002].

Media Articles

Art saves Lives. (But what are your art supplies doing to you?). Paul Rubens, Auguste Renoir, Raoul Dufy, and Paul Klee all had autoimmune disorders caused by mercury, cadmium, arsenic, lead, antimony, tin, cobalt, manganese, and chromium, as well as chronic lead and manganese poisoning. (Expired article) Vickie Enkoff.

Mad About Mercury. Concern over toxic mercury levels in the general population is growing, and it may be an even bigger health problem than most people anticipate. "People are having symptoms just like the hatters," says Dr. Jane Hightower alluding to the 19th and early 20th century "mad hatters" who were exposed to mercury nitrate used to process fur pelts. "They have weakness, headache, stomach upsets, hair loss, allergy symptoms, and there's a question of autoimmune disease." AlterNet. EnviroHealth, [2004..

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