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Amalgam Illness
Diagnosis and Treatment

A book on how to cure mercury poisoning
by Andrew Hall Cutler, PhD, PE
ISBN 0-9676168-0-8


A wide variety of debilitating and supposedly incurable conditions may actually be due to chronic mercury poisoning. Mercury poisoning can be easily cured if it is recognized. These conditions are seldom cured because mercury poisoning is believed to be rare. It is not. It is quite common. Thus, many people suffer needlessly.

Many of today's "mystery syndromes" that physicians don't know how to treat at all - fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, anorexia, recurrent depression - aren't mystery syndromes. They are just mercury poisoning. Treating them as mercury poisoning cures them, while the usual treatments are seldom effective in the long term.

This book gives practical guidance on how to tell if you really have chronic mercury poisoning or some other problem. If mercury poisoning is your problem, the book tells you how to get the mercury out of your body, and how to feel good while you do that.

Sections also explain how the scientific literature shows many people must be getting poisoned by their amalgam fillings, why such a regulatory blunder occurred, and how the debate between "mainstream" and "alternative" medicine makes it more difficult for you to get the medical help you need.

Most of the book is devoted to what you can do to treat the symptoms of amalgam illness while you get rid of your mercury. The treatment section gives step by step directions to figure out exactly what mercury is doing to you and how to fix it. You can feel better soon. This book tells you how.

Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment was written by a research chemist who himself got mercury poisoning from his amalgam dental fillings. He found that there was no suitable educational material for either the patient or the physician. Knowing how much people can suffer from this condition, he wrote this book to help them get well fast.

What is in the book?

Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment starts with a detailed explanation of why to consider amalgam illness to be something that some people must have by comparing the well known statistics for how much mercury people absorb from their fillings to the well known statistics of how sensitive different members of a population are to a given toxin. This is for people who really don't know if they believe in amalgam illness or not (the other material available is rather sensational and I can't blame anyone reading it for having questions) before going any further.

Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment discusses how to deal with physicians if you think you have a controversial disease - especially if you have the great "luck" to be covered by a managed care plan.

A key section is devoted to diagnosis - how to tell if you actually have amalgam illness instead of something else. It is also possible to be mercury poisoned from something other than amalgam, and the testing and examination described here is diagnostic regardless of the source.

How to get the dental work done safely if you have decided amalgam fillings are the problem is briefly described - there is a robust industry of amalgam free dentists if you know how to look for them. The use of drugs and nutritional supplements to get the mercury out of your system is carefully presented- there are some important factors here that are not well described in the previous books on the subject and not all physicians who claim they know what to do actually give good advice.

Then comes what turns out to be the major section of the book - how to treat all the related health conditions amalgam illness can cause so as to relieve them while mercury detoxification proceeds. Since amalgam illness is not widely recognized in the medical community, most people with it get pretty sick before they get motivated to bounce around between doctors and eventually end up in front of one who tells them about it. So most victims have pretty serious, unpleasant health problems (like fibromyalgia or severe allergies) and they really need to make these STOP for the year or two it can take to get fully detoxed and let your body heal.

There are extensive tables of what to use for different conditions, a description of all the drugs and nutritional supplements suggested in the book, and appendices covering things like what the assorted clinical laboratory tests you might get actually mean, what other helpful books are that you might use, and supporting information like what the chelating agents are and how they work.

Back cover copy

This book explains how the modern epidemic of disabling, incurable chronic diseases is due to unrecognized mercury poisoning. Many conditions, from Parkinson's disease and autism - widely recognized as terrible afflictions - to those like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia which, though equally serious, are disparaged as "Yuppie flu" can be undiagnosed mercury poisoning. The book explains WHY mercury poisoning is so widespread, yet seldom diagnosed. Proper diagnostic procedures are given so that sick people can decide what is wrong rather than trying random treatments. This book explains how to cure chronic mercury poisoning, what to do to control the problems it causes, and provides the real technical information needed for diagnosis and treatment in a straightforward manner. This down to earth book lets patients take care of themselves. It also lets doctors who are not familiar with chronic mercury intoxication treat it. The book is a practical guide to getting well.

Problems mercury can cause

Mercury can cause a bewildering variety of problems. In fact, one of the major criticisms of amalgam illness is that it is cited as the cause of so many things. But, like the parable of the blind men and the elephant, mercury can indeed cause many diseases. Modern physicians are not trained to find the root cause of a sick person's problems. They are trained to translate what they see into latin, look it up in their textbook, and apply a cookbook treatment. With a toxin that poisons fundamental metabolic processes different people will experience different symptoms to start off, depending on their own individual biochemistry. As the poisoning becomes more and more serious, further symptoms surface and the modern doctor adds more diagnoses - a patient who starts with depression might later be considered to have hypothyroidism, allergies and asthma in addition. But no thought is given to why one person should develop more and more "diseases," when a single diagnosis - chronic mercury poisoning - could account for them all.

Some of the "diseases" a modern physician might mistakenly misdiagnose chronic mercury poisoning as are:

  • Addison's disease
  • Gastritis
  • Allergies
  • Hypogonadism
  • Alzheimer's' disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Amylotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Infertility
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Insomnia
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Lupus erythromatosus
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Manic depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Multiple chemical sensitivities
  • Borderline personality disorder

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Bulimia
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Candidiasis
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Panic attacks
  • Colitis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Environmental illness
  • Schizophrenia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Food allergies
  • Sleep disorders
  • Yeast syndrome

Table of contents

  • Introduction
    • Where to start if you think you have amalgam illness
    • How to use this book
    • What is in this book
    • Using other books
    • Using the internet
  • Medicine, controvery and mercury
    • The mercury controversy and me
    • Scientific or dogmatic medicine?
    • Mainstream and alternative medicine
    • Physical versus mental illness
    • How can a doctor help you?
    • Why doctors should read this book
    • Discussion for physicians
    • The pressures of managed care
    • A warning to physicians and patients alike
  • Why worry about mercury poisoning?
    • Chronic mercury poisoning is widespread
    • Clinical Studies highlight a dichotomy
    • Flawed clinical trials fail to resolve the mercury issue.
    • Current levels of mercury exposure are known to poison people
    • Only people who are immune to mercury work with it
    • Sources of mercury exposure
    • Fish mercury is a small concern
    • Mercury exposure levels
    • Mercury poisoning doesn't get diagnosed properly
    • People at risk for mercury poisoning - but not from amalgam
    • What not to worry about
  • What mercury poisoning does to you
    • Description of chronic mercury poisoning
    • Complication by other toxins
    • How mercury hurts you
    • How your body handles mercury
    • Mercury shows up in sick people
    • Physiology in outline
    • The physiological effects of mercury intoxication
    • Copper metabolism
  • Do you have it? How to diagnose mercury poisoning
    • What to do if you can't get medical help
    • First, do no harm.
    • How to diagnose chronic mercury poisoning
    • Diagnostic checklist for mercury intoxication
    • Counting procedure
    • Further discussion of diagnosis
    • Old (possibly unrecognized) exposure
    • Arsenic, cadmium, lead and copper
    • Copper versus mercury poisoning
  • What to do about mercury poisoning
    • Diet
    • Day to day practicality
    • How to keep your life together during treatment
    • Short instructions to the doctor when amalgam illness is suspected
    • Outline: treatment for mercury tox
    • What to do in case of an adverse reaction to improper chelation protocol
    • The doctor's approach to the patient with chronic mercury poisoning
    • Dental treatment
    • Dental work details
    • Medical Treatment
      • Introduction
      • Children
      • Chelation
      • Intravenous vitamin C
      • Testing table and suggestions
      • Fibromyalgia
      • Fatigue
      • Amino acid analysis
      • Magnesium, potassium, copper and iron
      • Fatty acids
      • Oxidative stress
      • Heart pain (angina)
      • Kidneys
      • Digestive tract
      • Skin
      • Allergy
      • Autoimmunity
      • Susceptibility to infection
      • Immune function
      • Liver metabolism
      • Sulfur metabolism
      • Hypoglycemia
      • Hormone profile
      • Pituitary
      • Hormone interactions
      • Thyroid
      • Wilson's disease
      • Adrenal insufficiency
      • Sex hormones
      • Growth hormone
      • Sleep
      • Brain function
      • Side effects and adverse reactions
      • Hospitals and avoiding harmful care
      • Psychiatric emergencies
      • What will happen - Prognosis
  • What to take for mercury poisoning
    • Chelating agents
    • Pain relief (analgesics)
    • Antioxidants
    • Anti-anxiety agents (anxiolytics)
    • Liver support
    • Digestive tract support
    • Anti-yeast (candida)
    • Anti-parasites
    • Antidepressants
    • Manic depression (bipolar disorder)
    • Brain support
    • Immune support
    • Asthma/allergy suppression
    • Adrenal issues
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Blood pressure
    • Hormones (endocrine system)
    • Insomnia
    • Achiness or fibromyalgia
    • Energy improvement
    • Anti-mercury supplements
    • Heart
    • Summary table of therapeutic agents
  • Descriptions of stuff you can take (Materia medica)
  • Appendix
    • Useful books
    • Other references cited
    • Diagnostic tests - when to perform them and what they mean
    • Therapy with Prescription Medications
    • Prednisolone taper
    • Magnesium and vitamin C injections
    • Food
    • How to get your medical records
    • Sources
    • Chelation Considerations
    • DMPS, DMSA, LA, BAL, PA and Cysteine structural formulae
    • Chelating agent pharmacokinetics
    • Mathematical background for diagnosis
    • Symptomatic diagnosis - accurate numeric procedure derived
    • The toxic threshold for mercury
    • Dental amalgam - major source of mercury exposure
    • Cutaneous absorption of mercury
    • Iatrogenic exposure to mercury
    • Iatrogenic self exposure to mercury
  • Index

List of figures

  • Figure 1. Mercury comparison of poisoned dentists and students as measured
  • Figure 2. Mercury comparison of poisoned dentists and the general population
  • Figure 3. Mercury is metabolized differently by assorted types of people
  • Figure 4. How different parts of your brain control your hormones
  • Figure 5. Simplified figure of the important steroid hormones
  • Figure 6. Complete figure of steroid hormones made by your gonads and adrenal glands
  • Figure 7. Figure showing the metabolism of sulfur amino acids and related compounds
  • Figure 8. Simplified figure showing the metabolism and effects of essential fatty acids
  • Figure 9. Complete figure showing the metabolism and effects of essential fatty acids
  • Figure 10. Schematic illustration of cell membrane function
  • Figure 11. Phase 1 liver metabolism
  • Figure 12. Phase 2 liver metabolism
  • Figure 13. Blood sugar and brain energy after a meal
  • Figure 14. Blood sugar and brain energy when you haven't eaten for a while
  • Figure 15. Brain mercury and how you feel after amalgam removal
  • Figure 16. T3 and T4 levels on various forms of thyroid hormone
  • Figure 17. Normal relationship between ACTH and cortisol in healthy resting people
  • Figure 18. Normal relationship between T3 and T4 in healthy people
  • Figure 19. Normal relationship between free T4 and TSH in healthy people
  • Figure 20. Schematic illustration of how different anti-mercury drugs work in the body
  • Figure 21. Blood concentration of chelating agent for various administration schedules
  • Figure 22. Structure of various chelating agents and anti-mercury drugs

List of Tables

  • Table 1. Average nonoccupational exposure to mercury
  • Table 2. The effect of the various hormones on the body
  • Table 3. Phase 2 metabolic pathways and how to affect them
  • Table 4. Effects of medicines and supplements on diagnostic tests
  • Table 5. Statistical tables for diagnosis based on standard assumptions
  • Table 6. Statistical tables for diagnosis based on conservative assumptions
  • Table 7. Common problems and possible treatments in mercury poisoning
  • Table 8. Summary table of therapeutic agents
  • Table 9. 24 hour urinary creatinine versus height and sex
  • Table 10. Correction factor table for testosterone measurements
  • Table 11. "One size fits all" short prednisolone taper
  • Table 12. Prednisolone tapers by body weight and initial mg/kg desired
  • Table 13. Mercury excretion on various chelation regimes
  • Table 14. Conversion table for comparison of different challenge test results
  • Table 15. Diagnostic probability table based on low population incidence
  • Table 16. Diagnostic probability table based on high population incidence
  • Table 17. Factors for exact diagnostic calculation from symptoms

Excerpt from the Book: Medicine, Controversy and Mercury

This is not the first time in the history of modern medicine that a very obvious disease was belittled and ignored. Until recently it was believed that ulcers were entirely psychosomatic. Ulcer sufferers underwent prolonged treatment, were seldom cured, and often ended up under the surgeon's knife. After years of intense criticism and ridicule - about 20 years after the research was published - it has finally been accepted that most ulcers are due to helicobacter pylorii infection which can be easily cured with appropriate antibiotic therapy. At least by the medical schools and licensing boards. Yet it is still common to find physicians who still treat ulcers by prescribing acid suppressors - as if they resulted from too much stomach acid.

Cholesterol was held out as the root cause of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease for about 30 years during which the correct evidence that elevated homocysteine played a major role was ridiculed and ignored.

Older physicians still remember when "there was no such thing as Epstein Barr Virus (mononucleosis)."

And who can forget Lyme disease? A housewife fell ill. Her arthritis and other symptoms were diagnosed as psychosomatic. When her husband and children came down with similar symptoms, this was regarded as some kind of projection of her psychosomatic complaint. She was eventually able to convince physicians that the only crazy thing was assuming that something psychosomatic could be contagious!

Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome is still routinely considered a psychiatric disorder despite the repeated publication of physical and laboratory abnormalities always found in victims of it. When it can no longer be ignored, it is dismissed with a bit of namecalling - "Yuppie flu."

And in less recent times, another form of mercury poisoning - acrodynia - was endemic for 150 years until physicians recognized mercury as the causal agent. The disease was promptly eliminated by changing the formulation of certain infant care products.

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Excerpt from the Book: Mainstream versus Alternative Medicine

It is common for two conflicting but legitimate segments of the medical community to be at odds as to the methods for diagnosing and treating certain conditions. Where there is more than one recommended method of diagnosis or therapy and none of them are used exclusively and uniformly by all physicians, a physician is acting ethically and in accordance with the law if he uses one of these approved methods, even if it later turns out to be the wrong one.

Thus, in controversial areas, the burden really is on the patient to decide whether to accept the physician's diagnosis and proposed treatment plan, or to seek another. This is why patients' rights exist and are strongly protected by law. So if you are getting diagnoses like "there is nothing wrong," or "it's all in your head" and proposed treatment plans like "try ignoring it and seeing if it goes away," you have no obligation to accept these. If you want another diagnosis or treatment plan, you have to find another physician who follows different methods of diagnosis and treatment for this kind of condition.

Excerpt from the Book: What Mercury Poisoning Does to You

In an overall lifestyle sense, the fact that symptoms come and go leads to the victim having periods of weeks to years of being highly functional and productive, interspersed with periods of being nonproductive and having a hard time getting anything done. Life seems to progress in fits and starts. Great progress is made on projects which later get shelved for long periods. As the disease continues, the productive periods become shorter, fewer, and farther between.

There are emotional changes in mercury poisoning. Depression slowly sets in. Victims feel fatigued and listless. They lack motivation - even for crucial tasks. They lose interest in their surroundings and in their own life. They do not enjoy life, or experience happiness or joy. They experience constant fear e. g. of losing their job. They may be very tense. They feel hopeless. They have a sense of impending doom. Every small problem is discouraging. Minor difficulties seem overwhelming and insurmountable.

The altered emotional state of a mercury intoxicated person leads to impaired interpersonal relationships. They become increasingly irritable and sensitive, reacting strongly to relatively innocent remarks. They may not be able to take orders, instructions, or suggestions without losing their temper. They resent criticism and may interpret innocent remarks critically. They may have an exaggerated response to stimulation and become fearful or anxious and nervous. They may project their fears and anxieties onto others, making inappropriate criticisms or attacks. They become shy and avoid dealing with strangers. While timid, they may unexpectedly lose self control with strangers. They may wish to visit with friends and family extensively, often wishing to engage in long, repetitive conversations, then withdraw for prolonged periods of time. They withdraw more and more from social contacts.

Intelligence gradually deteriorates. Previously bright persons become dull and slow in thinking. They suffer from a progressive decline specifically affecting short term memory as well as the faculties for logical reasoning. Thus their ability to do things like balance the checkbook, do math, or play chess suffers. They lose the ability to concentrate. Memory problems may be more from distractability and inability to concentrate and pay enough attention to get things INTO their memory than an actual failure to remember things (thus they may complain of memory problems but do well on memory tests). They cease being motivated towards their work or other tasks. Thoughts become heavy, repetitive and pedantic. Creative thinking becomes progressively more difficult, eventually becoming impossible. They become unable to select the right words to convey their meaning, and make stylistic and grammatical errors. Their ability to express themselves declines progressively.

There is a distinctive cognitive symptom of being unable to think clearly without great effort. The best description for people who have not experienced it is of a hangover without pain. People who have experienced it will recognize the term "brain fog" as entirely descriptive.

As the victim's level of intoxication waxes and wanes they go through periods of life when they do or do not dream. Dreaming may be in black and white.

Early physical symptoms include dizziness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), insomnia, daytime drowsiness, loss of appetite, a tendency towards diarrhea - often alternating with constipation, cold hands and feet, a tendency towards sweating (some people have the opposite symptom and do not sweat at all), flushing or reddening of the skin - particularly on the face and neck. Some people blush frequently, but others do not blush at all. Asthma is a symptom of chronic mercury poisoning. Digestive disturbances are also common.

The skin becomes dry, athlete's foot and toenail fungus progress, and the insides of the ankles, particularly behind the ankle bone and a bit above it become dry, itchy, flaky and peel. This often becomes painful and annoying enough to keep the victim up at night. Even after fungus and yeast infection has been eliminated hyperkeratosis, often with papular erythema and itching are common.

The hair becomes thinner, dryer, duller, less strongly colored, slower growing, and more brittle.

The biological clock is disturbed. Waking up late and staying up late is more common than being an "early bird." Try as they might, the mercury poisoned person simply cannot control their circadian rhythm.

Victims may become photophobic and find bright light uncomfortable and unpleasant. There may be visual disturbances, including alterations in color perception leading to reduced sensitivity to the color red, or color blindness. The ability to focus on distant objects may be sporadically impaired. Peripheral vision may be reduced in the most severe cases.

The hands and feet often become distinctly cold. This can occur suddenly and is most distinctive when combined with sweating. Later in more severe poisoning they may also tingle or lose feeling.

The effects of mercury on the mouth are receding, sometimes spongy gums that bleed easily and teeth that are 'loose' in their sockets and can be wiggled very slightly. It also causes excessive salivation and unusually bad breath.

Mercury interferes with the sense of smell which becomes less acute, and later with hearing, in which perception of sounds does not diminish as notably as the patient's ability to understand and interpret them - e. g. to understand speech directed at them even though they hear it clearly.

Victims often experience discomfort that feels like a "tight band around their head." They may also experience sharp points of discomfort in their ear canals at bedtime.

Mercury also interferes with the body's ability to regulate temperature. Victims may alternate between being hot and cold when the temperature isn't changing, or have to wear more clothes than other people, or have more difficulty than other people in staying comfortable while the temperature changes. Temperature disregulation also leads to 'night sweats.'

Excerpt from the Book: Overview of Treatment

Amalgam illness is analogous to a war. Your enemy, mercury, captured a beachhead in your teeth and fortified it with amalgam. Then it launched an attack. House to house. Organ to organ. Cell to cell. Slowly capturing your body. You win the war with a surgical strike. Dental surgery. Drill out those fillings. Removing your amalgam declares an armistice. Fighting stops, but the mercury atoms are still dug in wherever they reached. Chelation sends clean up squads off to round up the enemy and escort them out. Meanwhile the surviving cells in your body get to work and to repair the war damage. Supplementation is like disaster relief - it makes the process go a lot faster.

There are two goals to treatment. First, get rid of the mercury. Second, control symptoms so you can be comfortable and productive during the prolonged period when mercury is removed and healing takes place. In order to control your symptoms it is necessary to identify the metabolic defects mercury is causing for you.

In your ongoing battle to control symptoms while the mercury comes out and your body repairs all the damage, you need to take a straightforward, common sense approach.

Know yourself. If you react to everything, go slow, start with small doses of things, be patient. Don't be any more aggressive than your body and your psyche can tolerate.

Start with the problems that are causing other problems.

If your digestion is not working, get your guts fixed up since this will take a load off your liver and let you get helpful supplements and medicines into you.

Make sure your hormones are working right. Treat your body, not numbers on a lab report.

Solve the other troublesome problems, and find solutions that work for you.

It is very common for mercury poisoned people to have been treated for depression, and for most MD's to diagnose them as "just depressed." While depression is often present it is not the cause of the problem. It should be treated to reduce suffering. The underlying problems causing it must be identified and treated too - just treating depression is like continuing to give painkillers day after day for a broken arm instead of setting it and putting it in a cast.

Excerpt from the Book: What to Expect - Prognosis

Both you and your doctor need to know how long it takes before you get well, and what do you expect along the way.

Using a proper protocol, e. g. DMSA every 3-4 hours on alternate weeks: 2-6 months to feel better. Then DMSA + LA every 3-4 hours 3 or 4 days every week or two to clear the brain and internal organs, 2-6 months to feel better. Continue supplements and diet control with continuing DMSA + LA chelation while healing takes place, another 4-30 months to good physical and mental health. Total time: 1 to 4 years if you stick with the program.

The big determiner of how long it takes is the DMSA+LA phase. That depends on how seriously poisoned you got.

You feel depressed, tired, icky. You are moderately poisoned. 6-11 months of DMSA+LA treatment will be required. You will FEEL cured immediately if you take the right supplements and medicines, but you have to chelate to get rid of the mercury.

You are starting to get stuff like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, environmental sensitivities, severe allergies or asthma, emotional disturbances. 14-25 months of DMSA-LA will be required. You will feel MUCH better with the proper supplements and medicines and be able to get on with life pretty quickly.

You have multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue syndrome, serious emotional disturbances. You really are not able to participate in life. You are very seriously poisoned. You will need 20-36 months of DMSA+LA to get well. You will need proper supplements and medications to be at all functional and will need to pay careful attention to continuing them and adjusting them for 2-3 years until you are detoxed enough that your health isn't coming out of a pill bottle.

If you continue to chelate with DMSA+LA for 6 months to a year after you are sure you are well you will remove more mercury from your brain and greatly reduce the chances of future problems, neurological disease, or premature aging.

If you follow a standard "alternative medicine" or "witch doctor" protocol, e. g. DMSA every other day or DMPS injections monthly: you will get worse for 6 months to one year, then slowly get better for another several years - but behavioral and coordination problems are exacerbated by this therapy and emotional symptoms are not alleviated. There is also a substantial risk of psychiatric illness. Total time: a year of misery, 5 years to feel better, but you never will be completely well.

If you drill out your fillings then do nothing: about the same thing will happen as with the "witch doctor" protocol, but without the side effects, expense, or risk of insanity.

What people have to say about Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment

What reviewers have to say

Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment provides practical tools for use in trying to sort out a health problem. Himself and amalgam victim, Cutler describes the weird world of an amalgam patient in a very initiated way. Mercury and other heavy metals take up residence in the active site of liver enzymes where some essential substance is supposed to be sitting. The enzymes stop detoxifying pollutants and naturally occurring toxins and the victim becomes more sensitive to air quality, foods and chemicals. ... A chelating agent ... has two or more thiol groups in the same molecule which hold onto the mercury more tightly and is more likely to be able to move it out of the body safely. ... The objective of the suggested treatment is to minimize the redistribution of mercury, and to get it out of the system.

(Heavy Metal Bulletin, volume 5 number 3 August 1999)

What readers have to say

This book will give you the ammunition you will need to successfully recover from amalgam illness. It will also help you avoid making bad decisions about treatment. Patient- friendly and detailed, it is blueprint which points you in the right direction for each symptom and area of suffering. Do not proceed without this surprisingly thorough book.

L. M. S.
Chicago, Illinois


This is the book you need! Andrew Cutler has written an exceptional and enlightening book on the devastating health affects caused by amalgam fillings in your teeth. No one ever speaks as knowingly as those with experience. The author, himself a victim of mercury poisoning and a respected research scientist offers a clear, concise description of the physical and neurological destruction mercury causes in the human body. Clearly explained in language the patient can understand, yet the book is medically and scientifically detailed enough to belong in every physician's library.
Do you know that dental amalgams - commonly referred to as silver fillings - are composed of 50% mercury? Despite what you may have been told, the mercury is not safely locked into the filling once it hardens. Mercury migrates from the tooth into your body and brain via several pathways, which are thoroughly explained in this book. If you have amalgam fillings in your teeth and find yourself plagued with a host of illnesses or symptoms your physician cannot resolve this book is a must read. Dr. Cutler has created a much needed and valuable resource for the victims of mercury poisoning. Finding a doctor knowledgeable on chronic mercury poisoning from amalgams is very difficult if not next to impossible. This book will arm you with the knowledge and information you need to make sure your doctor is following a protocol that will help you recover, rather than one that might harm your health even further.
This book will also enlighten the medical and dental professions; and of even more importance to you personally, it will put you on the path to recovering your health. As a recovering victim of mercury poisoning myself, I have read many books on this subject. Not having a background in medicine or biology some of them were next to impossible for me to wade through as I searched for a cause of my illness; Dr. Cutler's book is straightforward and to the point. Some books were easy to understand, but did not offer the depth of scientific information presented by Dr. Cutler. I am deeply indebted to Dr. Cutler for providing such a candid, well researched, enlightening, and thoroughly comprehensive resource. I have had the pleasure of referring this book to many other victims of this most preventable illness; all agree this book is the most helpful resource available.
My doctor was so impressed with this book she ordered it before I left her office. Doctors are as much in the dark about this illness as are we, the victims of chronic mercury poisoning. This book is a real eye opener and will save you years of trudging from doctor to doctor as I did in search of the cause of my failing health. When all the while the cause of my illness was truly just beneath my nose. If you have amalgam fillings in your teeth and are plagued with chronic health problems you will find the solution in the scientific research and unriddling answers found in this book. Dr. Cutler has definitively revealed the mystery behind a host of illnesses caused by amalgam, along with invaluable knowledge on how you can recover.
In gratitude for this inspiring book I'd like to quote, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
Andrew Cutler left one giant footprint in his stride, offering help and hope to those of us suffering the devastating effects of chronic mercury poisoning. Thank you for this book, Andy.

Linda Godsey
Houston, Texas


This book is an excellent resource for people who are having a health problem and their doctor does not have a clue. The book empowers you, the patient to work with your doctor and get the care you need. It gives you information on effective medical treatments your "health plan doctor" might not be aware of. It tells you how to use scientific fundamentals to interpret clinical laboratory tests to find the problem(s) so you can guide your busy doctor to fix it.
As an introduction, Dr.Cutler guide you thorough the maze of the internal politics of modern medicine in finding the physician willing to help you. Then he presents compelling scientific evidence that a large number of people may have a mercury poisoning and describes the current bureaucratic catch-22 preventing the proper regulation of mercury in health care products.
Chronic mercury poisoning is described and a rigorous diagnostic procedure is presented so you can determine whether you DO have a problem with mercury, and if not what might be affecting your health.
Straightforward practical advice is given on how to get rid of the mercury with a minimum of side effect. Working through the details of the treatment section allows you to identify the nutritional supplements and medications you will need to start feeling better soon.
This book is a roadmap for your return to health if you are among the millions of people unknowingly exposed to more mercury than your body can handle.

Attila Hethely
Irvine, California


I had a history of depression and other health problems. Then my mouth started to come apart - bleeding gums and all kinds of problems that had an oral surgeon ready cut. I was on my way to losing my teeth just like my sister had.
Luckily I heard about amalgam (mercury) poisoning before the surgeon got to me. In 1993 I replaced my fillings and crowns with mercury free materials. My buccal pockets and gums healed immediately and the oral surgeon was forced to remove me from his list.
Over the next seven years despite having eliminated mercury exposure from my mouth, I developed chronic fatigue syndrome (CFIDS), candida overgrowth, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and was even diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) by brain MRI. Later, a spinal tap showed that I did not have multiple sclerosis, but I continued to suffer from symptoms of the disease, like numbness and tingling of the arms and legs, rapid heartbeat, and head tremors and twitches. I didn't know that those disorders were related to the mercury in my body that had leached from my teeth and into my body and brain.
In those seven years following my amalgam removal, mercury levels in my urine and blood dropped from "off the charts" to near zero. But the symptoms were worsening. Constant pressure in the brain, numbness and tingling in the extremities, rapid heart beat, complete constipation, high cholesterol, high H- Pylori titers, low thyroid, low blood pressure, chronic fatigue, brain fog, cognitive/memory problems documented by neuropsychological testing, and on and on. I was so sick that I could no longer work.
Then I finally learned about the metabolism of mercury. Dr. Cutler's book explains how once in my brain, the mercury just wasn't going to come out by itself. And mercury in the brain doesn't only cause neurological symptoms - but since the brain controls hormones and the immune system, everything in the body can be effected from having mercury in the brain. And everything WAS coming apart!
Dr. Cutler's book doesn't stop after telling you how terribly poisoned you could be by dental fillings; it actually tells you how to get the mercury out of your brain and get well. Dr. Cutler not only studied American medical journals to formulate this protocol, but overseas medical journals as well. He shows you how to safely remove mercury from your body and brain using alpha lipoic acid, an over-the-counter antioxidant.
The most important things to remember about chelating with lipoic acid are to (1) go slowly and (2) to take the doses (25 mg to 120 mg according to tolerance) every 3 to 4 hours around the clock. Dr. Cutler explains how this method keeps the blood levels of lipoic acid stable in order to move the Hg from the brain and eliminate it, not merely redistribute it to other places.
Most of the neurological symptoms I've suffered from are gone now. They don't come and go; they are just gone. The rapid heart beat stopped, along with the numbness and tingling of the extremities, and the tremor and twitches in my head. My blood pressure has come up from 70/40 to 120/80 - perfectly normal. My cholesterol has dropped from 305 to 240. My facial color is no longer ghastly white, but rather a normal and natural color. H-Pylori titers (a bacteria associated with peptic ulcers and cancer) have gone from 6 plus to 1.37 without medication.
I'm thrilled I found a way to improve these stubborn health problems that refused to budge with any other means. Believe me, I had tried everything. If you want toget well from CFIDS, candida, MS, and other neurological problems please don't overlook this book, Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment. Then follow the directions for how to get well safely!


Anne Marquez, Ph. D.
Rohnert Park, California


This book contains a wealth of information for anyone who is or suspects they might be suffering from mercury poisoning and for any health practitioners who are trying to help patients who have mercury poisoning. It provides excellent advice on how to start feeling better right away and how to recover from mercury poisoning while carrying on with one's life. The information is accessible to lay people but technical information is introduced as necessary. If you are suffering from any of the conditions mentioned on this webside, you would do well to start your search for a cure by reading this book.

Rosemary Carter, Ph. D.
Crescent Valley, British Columbia


Dr. Cutler is the most wonderful technical writer I have ever read. He takes a very complicated chemical reaction and breaks it down to a level easy enough for almost any layman to understand. A must read for anyone with a child that might have any heavy metal poisoning or anyone that might be poisoned by heavy metal themselves.
Dr. Cutler gives detailed step by step directions to identify possible exposures, diagnosis, and treatments of heavy metal poisoning unlike any other author I have read. He not only details the causes and effects brilliantly, he inspires the reader to get help if it is indicated. He takes a wonderfully unique look at what could be an epidemic in the United States. This book explains the what, wheres, and hows of Mercury and heavy metal poisonings.
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone that might be suffering from Mercury or Lead poisoning. Dr. Cutler is such an awesome writer on such a complicated subject. Thank you!

Lisa Wilson
College Park, Maryland


I wish this book was available in 1996 when I first discovered that I had amalgam illness. I could have avoided some mistakes with regards to "challenge tests" and "intra-muscular DMPS chelation".
The book has some highly detailed material on a wide range of health issues. For the first time, I was able to understand the exact mechanics of my severe hypoglycemia. "First low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) occors due to low cortisol. Then adrenaline shoots up to mobolize glucose. Since adrenaline can't do this very well without adequate cortisol, vast tidal waves of it wash over you and the 'psychiatric' symptoms occur...If your body has too much insulin floating around, it can't get rid of the stuff so there is insulin making your cells suck up blood sugar and keeping it low." ...This book will play a valuable role in my quest for health.

Anonymous reviwer
Michigan


Dr. Cutler's book Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment is really awesome. I was a little leery of the...price but WOW, you DO get your money's worth. First, it is 200 pages, 8" x 11" paper with very little white space. It's full of information. And he has managed to pull off a very difficult trick of putting in a ton of practical information, thoroughly covering the subject of mercury toxicity and chelation and doing so in an easy to read format. It covers what mercury does to all the different organs, how to diagnosis it, and what your options are for treating it. If I had read this in the beginning I wouldn't have been so confused and fumbling around for months trying to figure out the mysterious world of chelation! Now it doesn't seem like this big scary thing at all. He covers many medications and supplements as well.

Karen deFelice
Iowa


Dr. Cutler tells it like it is. No cover-ups here like the one from the .... How do I know? My wife is extremely ill from dental amalgam poisoning for more than 20 years. She is seriously chronically poisoned. After so much lying from dentists and ignorance from medical doctors, here comes a good book that sheds light to one of the most insidious forms of sickness, mercury poisoning! Even after all mercury amalgams are replaced by safe composites, the next nightmare comes when trying to figure out how to get rid of the mercury already inside your brain, nervous system, kidneys, blood, etc from an already debilitated and compromised body.
Dr. Cutler says on page 54: "First, do no harm. Note: the DMPS challenge is not a legitimate diagnostic test since over half the population will give a positive result but most of them do not appear to have amalgam illness. In addition there is a high incidence of adverse drug reactions during it, including permanent disability and death. It should never be used. DMSA challenge tests that involve the administration of 500 mg - 3g of DMSA as a single dose are also dangerous and not diagnostic."
Dr. Cutler says on page 89: "Therapeutic approaches currently offered by some practitioners but which should NEVER be used include: DMPS by injection except when oral administration is contraindicated and dosage is low, DMPS or DMSA on any schedule not involving frequent administration of equal doses for at least several days in a row, EDTA chelation, or penicillamine in any form. Supplementary cysteine, glutathione, or a "high sulfur" diet, or chlorella should NOT be used. All of these "therapies" will be VERY HARMFUL to you."
Dr. Cutler says in page 90: "For most people the proper chelation protocol using DMSA and LA (Lipoic Acid) is: . Starting 4 days after the last filling is replaced, 50-100 mg DMSA every 4 hours (including getting up at night to take a dose) for 2-6 months, until urine mercury is reduced 80%. . Then DMSA 50-100 mg + LA (Lipoic Acid) 50-200 mg every 3-4 hours (including getting up at night to take a dose) for about 3 days per week. When you feel all better, keep going for a few months. You may need to do this anywhere from 6 to 36 months depending on how sick you were to start and how hard your body holds on to the mercury. . It is important to keep taking your supplements and medicines during the whole time you are chelating."
Thanks Dr. Cutler. .....

Kenneth Southwell
Spring Hill, Florida