Most people are surprised to learn that there
is a tremendous body of well-respected research throughout the world
documenting the toxic, destructive and unhealthy effects of mercury.
Unfortunately, there is no place on earth that is not contaminated
with mercury. Plants, fish, animals, the air we breathe, the water
we drink – all contain mercury. Mercury has long been recognized to
be even more toxic than arsenic, cadmium or lead. The Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) considers mercury to be 5,000 times more
toxic than lead (which, thanks to the EPA, has largely been
eliminated from our environment).
When mercury is either ingested orally,
absorbed though our skin or breathed into our lungs, mercury finds
its way to your brain, our heart, our liver, our kidneys, our bones,
our blood vessels and of course into our immune system. Mercury is
now recognized to be a significant factor responsible for many
chronic illnesses, damage to the central nervous system, chronic
fatigue, kidney disease, digestive system, mouth, gums, teeth,
Alzheimer's Disease and our immune system dysfunction. Common
symptoms of mercury toxicity can include profuse sweating,
peripheral neuropathy (itching, burning or pain), tachycardia (rapid
heart beat), increased salivation, high blood pressure, skin
discoloration (pink cheeks, fingertips and toes), edema (swelling),
and excessive dry peeling (layers of dead skin), low sperm count, as
well as problems with vision, hearing, speech, and loss of
The type and degree of symptoms depend upon
the degree of exposure, the dose, the method and duration of
exposure. Exposure over long periods of time or heavy exposure can
result in brain damage and ultimately death. Mercury is particularly
toxic to fetuses and infants. Whenever there is a strange or
difficult to figure out symptom or problem one should consider
mercury as a cause.
Medical research evidence over the last decade
has shown that mercury is continuously released from amalgam tooth
fillings. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirms that the
largest exposure to mercury comes from dental fillings followed by
exposure to fish. Mercury toxicologists from WHO state that no level
of mercury in the body is safe. Most pathologic damage is a slow and
subtle process with most health problems arising years after
exposure to mercury.
The EPA recently suggested that data from
research in humans is sufficient to declare mercury a severe
toxicant which produces harmful effects from conception to maturity.
Neurotoxicity is a primary concern with improvement in health after
removal of mercury. The EPA recommended that anyone suspect of
mercury toxicity should be treated.
At present there are two tested/approved
methods for removing mercury from the human body, chelation and DMPS
therapy. DMPS – is an amino acid with free sulfur groups which forms
complexes with heavy metals, particularly mercury. DMPS binds
mercury and other heavy metals tightly and then assists in their
excretion from the body through the kidneys.
DMPS should be administered in the morning of
the day that dental fillings are removed or repaired so that the
mercury released by the procedure is not absorbed by the body and is
chelated and removed.
What Is DMPS?
(2,3-Dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid) has been researched for over
40 years in Japan, Germany and the Soviet Union. It has been used as
a treatment in these countries for over 25 years and has
demonstrated that it is an effective agent for the removal of
mercury in humans with no significant side effects. DMPS is not yet
FDA approved. The Preventive Medicine Clinic of the Desert has
access to DMPS and the investigational protocols as a participant in
the Phase III Clinical Trials conducted by Cascade Consultants
Research Foundation. These research trials are being conducted in
many clinical centers in the United States. Physicians who have
completed an approved course of study on DMPS, have passed a written
exam and have submitted the necessary forms with the Principal
Investigator and the FDA are allowed to use DMPS for treatment of
At this time DMPS seems to be the best
chelating agent having demonstrated both safety and efficacy for
treatment and removal of mercury from the human body. While EDTA
does remove mercury in small amounts DMPS is better. DMPS when given
orally is not as efficacious since it does not cross tissue cell
walls and has minor effects on the kidneys (up until now it was the
best we had but still it removed only small amounts of mercury).
DMPS is rapidly becoming the medication of choice for remove
mercury, lead, and arsenic from cellular mitochondria where these
metals deplete cellular energy. EDTA has a high affinity for
calcium, iron and copper (which accounts for its success in
cardiovascular disease) but has a lower affinity for mercury, lead,
and arsenic when compared to DMPS. The opposite is true for DMPS as
it has a high affinity for mercury, lead and arsenic, but a low
affinity for calcium, iron, and thus EDTA and DMPS tend to
complement each other.
How Is DMPS Administered?
Just as with chelation, all persons desiring
DMPS treatment must undergo a history and physical and routine blood
and chemistry analysis. Kidney and liver tests will be screened
every 5 visits. A DMPS challenge test is optional. DMPS is
administered and a 24-hour urine collection is sent to determine the
levels of mercury and other heavy metals. The DMPS challenge test is
the most effective method of measuring heavy metal toxicity. The
amount of mercury excreted increases with the number of treatments.
Thus the most accurate DMPS challenge would be around the 5th
The dose of DMPS received is based on body
weight. DMPS is given intravenously over a period of 20 minutes.
This must be followed within 24 hours with a vitamin and mineral
drip to replace the depleted essential trace elements. Proper
maintenance of vitamin and mineral levels is essential for cell
health and overall well-being. Theoretically, mineral supplements
should be avoided on the day of DMPS administration, but this is not
an absolute rule. There are no other dietary restrictions.
DMPS may be administered once every 2 weeks
for a total of 15 treatments. EDTA may be given once per month, but
a week apart from DMPS treatments. Fifteen treatments usually
eliminate most metals and the urine challenge test will confirm
this. A series of 6 maintenance treatments should be done per year,
one every two months. The side effects of DMPS are related only to
the effects of the removal of heavy metals, not to the DMPS itself.
Nutritional supplementation is essential to this mercury
detoxification program in order to support your body’s response to
How Can I Learn More About
DMPS IV Therapy?
Preventive Medicine Clinic of the Desert give
frequent lectures on DMPS
IV Therapy with open
question and answer sessions. If you would like to start
IV Therapy, or
look into it in greater detail than call us or come in. More
importantly, take the opportunity to personally visit with and find out
if you are a candidate for
DMPS IV Therapy.
Call us at 760-320-4292 and make an appointment to learn more. Thank