De-Mer-Tox capsules, provided by Douglas
Laboratories, contain several vitamins and other
dietary constituents supportive of metabolic processes
that may protect against the toxic stress of amalgam
“Silver” amalgam tooth fillings are known to
continuously release highly neurotoxic mercury vapor
into the mouth where it is then absorbed into the
brain. This mercury release is greatly accentuated
during the extensive grinding required for the
replacement of old amalgam fillings. There is some
evidence that adverse metabolic and behavioral
effects may be associated with this mercury exposure
from dental amalgam fillings. Although symptoms of
chronic, low level mercury exposure may be
relatively non-descript, severe signs of toxicity may
appear later in life.
Research has shown that chronic inhalation of low
levels of mercury vapor can inhibit polymerization of
the brain protein tubulin which is essential for the
formation and maintenance of neuron microtubular
structure. Mercury can also disassemble these
neuronal microtubules. Interestingly, identical
neuronal lesions are seen in a majority of Alzheimer’s
disease brain samples.
Mercury, a sulfhydryl-reactive metal, can affect a
wide variety of metabolic processes. It is not only a
prooxidant, but also inhibits antioxidant enzymes and
depletes intracellular glutathione.
L-glutathione (reduced), a naturally occurring
tripeptide of L-cysteine, L-glutamate, and L-glycine,
is the essential cosubstrate for two major antioxidant
enzymes in the body, glutathione peroxidase and
glutathione reductase. N-acetyl-L-cysteine is a
precursor for the sulfur amino acid cysteine, used in
the synthesis of glutathione.
Dietary sulfur may play an important role in mercury
detoxification as studies have shown an inverse
relationship between non-protein sulfhydryl levels
and mercury organ content. Thus, an increased body
level of non-protein sulfhydryls may avoid mercury
accumulation and its deleterious effects.
Consequently, it may be most beneficial to provide
the improved nutritional detoxification support of De-
Mer-Tox™ capsules during the removal of amalgam
De-Mer-Tox™ capsules may be a useful dietary
supplement for individuals who wish improve their
nutritional detoxification systems during the stress of
amalgam filling removal.
Adults take 2 capsules daily or as directed by