Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Dangers of Mercury Fillings

I had mentioned in my root canal post about a man named Hal Huggins, whose books I wanted to get a hold of and read.  Lucky for me, I found both at my local library. 

I read his two books-It's All in Your Head, and 'Uninformed Consent, the Hidden Dangers of Dental Care.  While I was picking them up, I saw the book The Complete Guide to Mercury Toxicity from Dental Fillings by Joyal Taylor next to it.  I had to pick it up also.  So, the following is what I have learned from those 3 books, as well as anything I've picked up along the way. 




The natural consequence of not taking care of your teeth is that the enamel wears away and exposes the insides of the tooth-the dentin, pulp, nerves, gums and bones eventually get infected.  None of the above books went into much detail as to how to take care of your teeth before that happened. Although all 3 were adamant that it had to do with proper diet more then dental care (sugar and white flour, and processed foods were considered to be the worst offender in all 3 books).  I want to read 'Cure Tooth Decay' to learn more in regards to actual tooth care.


But.... if you have not taken care of your teeth properly, and you have cavities, the natural thing to do is to go to a dentist and have the decayed part of the tooth scraped out and a filling placed in to protect the rest of the tooth from further decay.


The main problem comes in the form of toxic materials used in those fillings.  The most popular filling is called 'silver filling' and is approx. 50% mercury, 30% copper, 14% tin, 14% silver and 1% zinc.  It is the cheapest and easiest to mold into the shape of each specific tooth.  While many people can not tolerate the other metals, the main culprit discussed in the 3 books is mercury. 

Now, everyone knows that mercury is a very dangerous metal when ingested.  OSHA has some pretty specific rules in regards to how much exposure is 'safe'.  The American Dental Association (ADA) declares it safe, because when it mixes with the other metals, it's is supposed to become stable and not leach into the mouth.  However, many studies have been done that prove that that is simply not true.


Believe it or not, this debate has been going on for almost 200 years in what has been dubbed the 'Three Amalgam Wars'.  For more info, check out this great article on the subject.  The subject of mercury filling safety has been in question since the first recorded use in 1820!  Yet we continue to use the stuff today.


The list of symptoms that are related to mercury toxicity is quite large, here is just a few: anxiety, depression, brain fog, emotional instability (that is our biggest problem here), sleep disturbances, , nightmares, unexplained suicidal thoughts, 'nerves', anemia, heart attack, high/low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, headaches, convulsions, vision problems, epilepsy, insomnia, paralysis, Multiple Sclerosis, numbness in arms and legs, speech disorders, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, digestive problems, diverticulitis, heart burn, cramps, ulcers, arthritis, chronic low body temperature, diabetes, frequent urination, kidney stones, osteoporosis, Thyroid Dysfunction, chronic fatigue (another problem here),  hypoglycemia, allergies, asthma, cancer, candida albicans, Epstein-Barr Virus, Immune diseases, Leukemia, persistent cough, bleeding gums, loosening of tooth, mouth ulcers, gum disease, acne, skin rashes.

Sobering, isn't it?
 
Huggins (HH) shared the ADA's recommendations for dealing with scrap mercury leftover from fillings in one of his books.  It is posted here as well-it's definitely worth reading!  It's amusing, even if extremely pathetic.  I'll share just a part of it here:


Yes, it really does make me wonder.  Dentistry is a high-risk profession. I had no idea! 

Uninformed Consent is co-written by a surgeon 'Thomas Levy'.  In the introduction, he shares his own story of coming to realize how dangerous the mercury and other toxic metals are to a person's health.  He had heard the 'rumors' but dismissed it until he was hit with dangerously high blood pressure and his 'perfect health' was shattered.  He decided to have a Total Dental Makeover (TDM) by HH and he was amazed at how much healthier he became afterward. He considered himself  normal and healthy before having the dental issues taken care of, but realized afterward that he had been only  half-living.  He was so full of energy and life, his thoughts were cleared. He read books and articles he never could have gotten through before, and he even obtained a law degree with ease afterward. It was a very telling story to read, esp from a 'medical professional'.  

There were numerous stories of people going through TDM and healing from many, many health issues.  Too numerous to mention here.  But amazing to read!  

One thing I really liked is that they agreed that taking care of your dental issues without changing your diet is useless.  Both are necessary for healing and long-term health.  They are not offering a quick fix or a simple solution.  

Both delved into the chemistry that happens at the cellular level when mercury is ingested.  It's scary to see the many ways that mercury can mess up the various workings of the body, at the deepest level.  And it definitely lends credence to the issues that they claim the mercury can cause.  

Proper care before, during and after removal of amalgam fillings is necessary.  Both for the patient and the dentist.  Some people have actually declined in health due to taking them out improperly. Proper care includes taking care to minimize the ingestion of mercury vapors that are released during their removal, intravenous vitamin C during the removal, acupressure, blood tests for compatibility of new fillings,  proper diet immediately before and after and proper ventilation and tools.  It is not something to be taken lightly by any means.  They strongly suggest you interview a number of dentists to be sure they are qualified to take them out.  

HH says the TDR refers to the complete removal of all identifiable dental toxictiy, including the following:


1.  Replacement of mercury amalgams with biocompatible composite fillings.
2.  Replacement of crowns with more biocompatible materials. 
3.  Extraction of root canal treated teeth with removal of all surrounding infected ligament and bone.
4.  Similarly complete removal of dental implants.
5. Complete cleaning of all cavitations.

This is rather long, and only outlines some basics of what I have read and learned about the removal of toxins in the mouth. 


If you have amalgam filings, root canals or crowns, I would highly suggested reading any of the 3 books I listed to educate yourself on the best way to deal with them.  

Finding a qualified dentist is the first step to taking care of any dental toxicity.  I went on to the Price Pottenger Foundation's website and looked up their Professional Members here.  I found a dentist in NYC that just might qualify. Of course, money is the next major issue, so that will have to be dealt with when the time comes.  But they do offer a free consultation, so I am hoping to get us to the point where we are ready for that in January or February.  One step at a time.  

I hope someone finds this helpful in their search for true health
 

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