The mad hatter, or better yet the sad hatter.


Remember the mad hatter? “Mad as a hatter” was a term coined after hat makers in London who had chronic exposure to mercury vapor began displaying emotional instability, depression, and a lot more than just mood swings. But that was in the 17th century; that couldn’t have much to do with today right?

Wrong! A 2014 peer review article questioned this as do several authors who have looked at mercury exposures and the impact they have had on human thought and mood. We are so mired in this that very few wish to even walk through the quagmire of information on mercury. To do so is depressing. Since I am writing about depression here you need to know that you must beware because no one will be aware for you!

The number one exposure of mercury to humans is the dental amalgam – that is “silver fillings;” these contain inorganic mercury. Next up are vaccines. While many vaccines today have had the mercury (thimerisol) removed people who have had them administered in the past still may have the mercury in their bodies. These “immunizations” have been implicated as a cause of mercury toxicity and bodily damage in some.

The number two exposure to mercury is the predatory fish. They are a source of organic mercury. It is sad; an otherwise excellent source of protein- poisoned, now toxic, and yes it is depressing. Literally!

The gold standard for testing and the detection of organic mercury is a “tissue mineral analysis.” For detecting inorganic mercury urinalysis is used. If you or a loved one is suffering from depression it is worth it to make sure that you are not mercury toxic. These simple tests are very affordable and can reveal a lot. Blood cannot be used to detect chronic low level exposures to mercury.

The price of mercury toxicity is not just depression but other mood disorders, or simply being mad as a hatter; senescence is likely to be a cognitive disaster with the damage and brain neuron degeneration that has been shown to take place in many of those exposed to mercury.

We would be wise – depressed or not, to get a periodic tissue mineral study to be well and stay well. Beware and be aware! If you are depressed and not looking at this cause of depression then you might want to get moving. You must get a team of professionals. Go to doctors of any class, and dentists who understand this as most primary care doctors simply do not specialize in this matter or take it very seriously.

Be well until next time.

Yours in health, happiness and good memory;

Dr. Mincey

This article is not written as a diagnosis, or treatment recommendation for any disease, defect, or deformity. Please consult with a physician.

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