Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Anna’s Story: A dentist who suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder caused by mercury toxicity

Anna is a 44 year old dentist, a mother of 2, who came to my office two years ago. For the last nine years she has had significant obsessive compulsive symptoms. She has tried several psychotropic medications and has been in psychotherapy twice a week without much improvement. She felt scattered, unable to focus, overwhelmed, her “house was a mess”, she was unable to make simple decisions, had no sex drive and poor sleep patterns. Her children were acting out and disorganized. Her life was unmanageable. She has had symptoms of anxiety since she was 11 years old. As a child she had poor dental hygiene and had several amalgam fillings placed between the ages of 11 to 14. Several of her relatives suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder.

Anna was overweight, spoke very fast, and was restless and anxious. She had multiple amalgam fillings, TMJ, and tension pain in her shoulders and neck. She was looking for alternatives to get off medication. She was currently taking Luvox but it was ineffective and causing her side effects.

For the first several months I attempted to use several different supplements which are known to help OCD, but only mild improvement was achieved. She was able to reduce Luvox, but was unable to stop it. Because she had so many amalgam fillings and her kinesiological testing was pointing toward mercury toxicity in her brain, we ordered a DMPS provocation test. The results surprised us: her level was 100 mcg/ g Creat. It was a much higher level than would be expected from just having amalgam fillings.

She recollected that when she began her dentistry work, she was placed in charge of the amalgam mixing machine, work that she hated. Several times a day, the machine would break and she would have to take everything out, including mercury, fix the machine and then put it back together again. It was also a challenging time for her personally. She got married, bought a house and was about to start a family. She began experiencing OCD symptoms. Everybody blamed stress for the onset. Nobody even considered mercury as a suspect. As a conventional dentist she knew nothing about mercury toxicity; according to her sources of information from conferences, it was a safe material.

Anna was placed on oral biological support with garlic, Vit. C, EDTA, MSM, acidophilus, and liver support. She went to see a holistic dentist who replaced her amalgam fillings during the next two months. She began to feel better and within four months she stopped taking Luvox completely. In the next several months all supplements that were originally administered for OCD were stopped. She continues to enjoy improvements in her confidence, energy, and lack of anxiety. Everybody in her family, including her children, is doing better. Kinesiological testing showed that mercury was no longer present in her brain; in the next four –five months it was undetectable in her liver and gall bladder but continued to show strong presence in her kidneys. By May of 2007, her level was only 33 mcg/ g Creat, but then in December it rose again to 110 mcg/ g Creat. We changed her treatment to DMSA, but there was no significant change.

In June of 2008 we compared the results of the provocation tests by giving her the provocation test first with DMPS intravenously, mercury level of 98 mcg/ g Creat; then provocation testing with DMSA 500 mg, mercury level was only 13 mcg/ g Creat. It was clear that DMSA was not an effective agent in pulling mercury from her kidneys so she was switched to oral DMPS.

It is important to note that Anna has absolutely no symptoms but her total body burden of mercury remains high as attested to by her latest test results.

Anna made an interesting observation: several months ago she had changed how she worked with her mask. It was uncomfortable, so she changed how she kept it on her face, however her nose was exposed to dust and fumes from the patient’s teeth, including their mercury fillings.

This case shows that dentists are at risk when they set up and repair amalgam mixing machines and when they work with patients placing new amalgam fillings and removing old ones. Because they ignore the risks that they are exposed to, and they lack education on the hazards of exposure to mercury, they remain cavalier around dangerous substances and neglect protecting measures. It is impossible to remove mercury completely while dentists continue to be exposed to the fumes of mercury.

Psychological symptoms are resolved first when chelation begins.