Mercury Science

The role of environmental factors in autoimmune thyroiditis

Environmental factors can play an important role in the development of autoimmune thyroiditis (AT) and other autoimmune diseases. This article reviews the role of heavy metals and infectious agents in AT.  Memory T lymphocytes can be used as biomarkers of susceptibility to mercury and other inflammation triggers in individual patients. If metal allergy is found, the patient should avoid all exposure to the allergenic substance. Mercury-allergic patients may benefit from replacement of dental amalgam.

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New study dismantles amalgam safety proposed by The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR)

In a report to the EU-Commission the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) stated, “….no risks of adverse systemic effects exist and the current use of dental amalgam does not pose a risk of systemic disease,…” Widely published mercury researcher Joachim Mutter states, "SCENIHR disregarded the toxicology of mercury and did not include most important scientific studies in their review." Mutter also dismantles the SCENIHR position in a newly published article in the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, "Is dental amalgam...