Mercury Amalgam Fillings - What you need to know
What's all the fuss about?Many people don't give much thought or attention to what their dentist is putting in their mouths. They should: 50% of that black stuff going into your tooth is mercury. A large filling may contain as much mercury as a thermometer. Does that sound like a great idea? The most toxic material on earth planted right at the starting point of the digestive tract.
Mercury is a toxic heavy metal that can poison your brain, central nervous system and kidneys. Children and fetuses, whose brains are still developing, are most at risk—but anyone can be adversely impacted.
Mercury is such a potent toxin that just one drop in a lake would poison the lake to the extent that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would ban fishing in it. Yet, they claim that carrying around a mouthful of mercury fillings has no harmful effects.
Mercury has some special properties: let's have a look at some of them:
- It vaporizes easily at room temperature - see the smoking tooth video
- It is odourless, colourless and tasteless
- Inhaled mercury vapour is readily absorbed into the bloodstream
- Mercury is a powerful poison
- Mercury is more toxic than lead, cadmium or arsenic
- It has a cumulative effect in the body
There is overwhelming evidence showing mercury vapor is released during activities such as eating, drinking, brushing teeth or other such physical stimulation.
Mercury vapor passes readily through cell membranes, can cross the blood-brain barrier, and into the central nervous system, where it can cause psychological, neurological, and immunological problems.
Whats the risk?Most medical and scientific researchers have called for a ban on the use of mercury in all products. However, the potential harmful effects of mercury fillings have been ignored by governments and some dentists. The World Health Organization has concluded that dental fillings contribute more mercury to a person's body than all other sources of mercury combined.
Due to its poisonous nature, mercury can adversely affect the immune, urinary, cardiac, respiratory and digestive systems. Under laboratory conditions, mercury has produced brain cell deterioration identical to that seen in victims of Alzheimer's disease and research has also linked mercury poisoning to ADHD. Remember that no amount of exposure to mercury vapour can be considered harmless.
A World Health Organisation report has included mention of the toxic effects of mercury including inhaled vapour, stating:
"Mercury is highly toxic and harmful to health. Approximately 80% of inhaled mercury vapor is absorbed in the blood through the lungs, causing damages to lungs, kidneys and the nervous, digestive, respiratory and immune systems. Health effects from excessive mercury exposure include tremors, impaired vision and hearing, paralysis, insomnia, emotional instability, developmental deficits during fetal development, and attention deficit and developmental delays during childhood."
Wise up and demand safe dentistry: it could save your life.
Amalgam RemovalIt makes sense to have your mercury amalgam fillings replaced by less toxic white composite fillings, but before you do, it is important to make clear plans and get the best professional advice. Remember we are talking about a highly toxic material and as the proverb says: 'fools rush in where angels dare to tread'.
As a first step speak to a dentist who is sympathetic and knowledgeable about the dangers of mercury. Make sure he/she is also knowledgeable about the dangers of removal and that the required precautions are in place to avoid further absorption of mercury during the extraction procedure. At the very least have your fillings checked regularly during your routine check-ups for any signs of degradation. It is when they start to degrade that the mercury becomes most dangerous and is released in larger amounts into the system, so if in doubt get it out.
If you do decide to go for the full amalgam removal it is recommended to do so a quadrant at a time, following the advice of your dentist, to avoid undue stress on the body. It is also useful to start on a mercury detoxification program, taking some detox supplements such as stage one protection program during the extraction phase; starting the week before and continuing for several weeks or even months after.
STAGE ONE MERCURY DETOXIFICATION SUPPLEMENTS (natural chelation stage one)Note: The product links take you to the relevant products page where you can scroll down and easily find the item.
NAC - N-Acetyl-Cysteine. Cysteine is a part of the glutathione molecule. NAC is safer than unbound Cysteine, and readily passes the cell walls to help increase intercellular synthesis of glutathione. NAC is important for enabling the body to restore glutathione production when one is depleted from mercury and other toxicities.
Vitamin CActs as a chelating agent. An antioxidant in its own right, vitamin C also helps to protect us from heavy metals, particularly lead and arsenic which can poison certain enzyme reactions in your body. It is also used to protect us from the effects of environmental pollution and is a free radical fighter. The use of Vitamin C is one of the most effective methods for raising cellular glutathione levels. Glutathione is the cell's master detoxification agent. Vitamin C helps to lower toxic metal levels as well as elevate calcium and magnesium levels, minerals that are essential for the body, and are often depleted in a toxic terrain.
Vitamin EProtection against mercury induced cell damaged. Vitamin E is really important while you still have amalgams in your mouth and are detoxifying mercury from your body.
GarlicBinds mercury and helps remove it from the soft tissues, especially the colon.
SeleniumIs a useful part of any mercury chelation program. Selenium at 250mcg per day has an unusually high "binding affinity" for mercury, making it a vital part of the support protocol when detoxifying mercury from the body.
Liver supportMassage is especially beneficial to release the mercury burden from the musculature and lymphatic system
Abundant amounts of purified water are also helpful
NOTE: Any detox process can sometimes bring up emotional issues such as fear and anger, offering an opportunity to clear core soul issues. It may take from three months to five years to cleanse the mercury from your body. Ultimately it is well worth the effort to remove this noxious poison from the system as it should bring renewed vitality and balance to the body and mind.
STAGE TWO MERCURY DETOXIFICATION SUPPLEMENTS (natural chelation stage two)Once the fillings have all been replaced with the safer composite white fillings, the next step is to detox the mercury that has been inside your body perhaps for many years. This involves stage two of the detox which is all about rebuilding your body's mercury excretion capability and immune system:
NAC supplement - Important for enabling the body to restore glutathione production when one is depleted from mercury and other toxicities. Glutathione is important for the Nuetrophil immune cells to function properly. NAC itself is a mercury binder, kidney and liver friendly excretion compound.
Multi Liver Formula
Vitamin ETo take over glutathione's bio-chemical tasks in people who's glutathione synthesis has been impaired. Vitamin E has also been demonstrated to add significant protection against mercury toxicity.
Vitamin CMajor antioxidant that works with Vitamin E and glutathione. These antioxidants restore each other and extend their individual effectiveness.
Vitamin B ComplexRebuilding Your Cells, Enzymes, and Hormones I take one of these every time I dose amino acids. These have kept sulfur smelling flatulence from occurring. These coenzymes help complete the digestion, absorption and metabolism of the supplemented amino's, and the rest of your food.
Folic acidTo help clean up skin problems from yeast etc.
ProbioticAcidophilus culture. Helps to restore GI flora which crowd out yeast, protect the GI lining, help absorb B vitamins, and supply amino acids and short chain fatty acids.
Mega mineral complexElectrolytes and trace minerals - calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, selenium, chromium, molybdenum, copper.
Note: When you begin to see the urine right after your daily vitamins no longer color up brightly, you are making progress. What doesn't color up is being retained and used.