Mercury And Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Connection?

Mercury toxicity has been identified as a possible risk factor for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurodegenerative disorders.  Perhaps an interaction between the metal exposure and an individual’s genetic makeup is required to produce epigenetic changes that ultimately lead to ALS. Following are some selected articles about mercury and ALS. 

 

Case Report

Olle Redhe and Jaro Pleva
Recovery From Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and From Allergy After Removal of Dental Amalgam Fillings
International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, 4 (1994) 229-236

 

Reviews

Brian Callaghan, Daniel Feldman, Kirsten Gruis, and Eva Feldman
The Association of Exposure to Lead, Mercury, and Selenium and the Development of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and the Epigenetic Implications
Neurodegener Dis. 2011;8(1-2):1-8. Epub 2010 Aug 4

 

Frank O. Johnson and William Atchison
The Role of Environmental Mercury, Lead and Pesticide Exposure in Development of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Neurotoxicology 2009; 30 (5): 761-5

 

Per M. Roos, Olof Vesterberg, and Monica Nordberg
Metals in motor neuron diseases
Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2006 Oct;231(9):1481-7

 

 

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