The concern centers on the health effects of toxicity or allergy which may be associated with constant mercury exposure, particularly as a potential cause of chronic illnesses, autoimmune disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, birth defects, oral lesions, and mental disorders.
Does your dentist use mercury amalgam? How many dentists do? The Wealthy Dentist says it’s almost 50-50! The survey said that 48% of the dentists surveyed said yes, they use Mercury Almagum fillings, 52% said they don’t.
Is it an issue and I wonder, does mercury amalgum really do damage?
Dr. John Whitman Ray N.D., M.D. (M.A.) believes it does.
Dr. Ray had the pleasure of testing several hundred patients and students in his field of Body Electronics with the Jerome Mercury Vapor Analyzer.
Dr. Ray found only two people in all of his testing who had not evidenced a continual toxic exposure to mercury vapor emanating from silver amalgam dental fillings under normal chewing compression.
Dr. Ray reports under normal chewing compression the amount of mercury vapor emitted exceeded in ten seconds more than the maximum allowable mercury exposure in a 40 hour work week as is indicated by both Russian and U.S.A. standards.
Dr. Ray goes on to say, “Dentists have been educated to believe that once mercury has been combined into the filling material, it remains “locked in” and can’t come out. The sad fact is that there is absolutely no scientific research in existence to support this hypothesis. To the contrary, all evidence indicates that silver amalgam containing approximately 50% mercury is a source of extremely toxic elemental mercury adversely affecting the health of the human body. ”
“Surface particles of the amalgam filling material,” Dr. Ray continues, “are being chemically broken down and released into the oral cavity as evidence shows. These minute particles of mercury filling are acted upon by oral and intestinal bacteria to produce methyl mercury, an even more toxic form of mercury than elemental mercury with target areas being primarily the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, and the brain.”
As if to prove what Dr. Ray said, Stephen Barrett, M.D. explains that mercury when mixed with the other elements, bond to form a strong, stable substance.
Dr. Barrett explains that the difference between bound and unbound chemicals can be illustrated by a simple analogy. Dr. Ray says, “Elemental hydrogen is an explosive gas. Elemental oxygen is a gas that supports combustion. When combined, however, they form water, which has neither of these effects. Amalgam’s ingredients are tightly bonded to each other. Although the types of chemical bonds in water and amalgam differ, saying that amalgam will poison you is just as wrong as saying that drinking water will make you explode and burst into flames.”
Scientists agree that dental amalgam fillings leach mercury into the mouth, but studies vary widely in the amount and whether such amount presents significant health risks. The effects of that amount of exposure is also disputed, and currently dental amalgam is approved for use in most countries, although Norway, Denmark and Sweden are notable exceptions.
Dentists who advocate the use of amalgam point out that it is durable, cheap, and easy to use. On average, it is said, that resin composites last only half as long as dental amalgam, but Dr. Hronkin has found composites that work as well or better than mercury amalgam.
Material that is now available is as strong or stronger than the amalgam material yet further concerns have been raised about the resin composite reacting with endocrine disrupting in particular, estrogen-mimicking effects of plastic chemicals such as Bisphenol A used in composite resins.
For Dentists who think that the best choice is the composite resin Mercury Free Now shares the protocol for safely removing mercury fillings.
An important aspect of the protocol is the use of a rubber dam. A rubber dam isolates the tooth or teeth being worked on.
Some mercury free dentists don’t believe this is absolutely necessary, but it’s Dr. Hronkin’s opinion that it can reduce the amount of mercury vapor inhaled through the mouth. Click here to read more of the protocol.
In this Information Era we have access to do the research ourselves. We can work with our health care providers and make informed decisions about our treatment.
Unfortunately, no matter how much information we have, reality is there are some things that no matter what we do, we can’t change.
No matter, I’ll continue to do my best to make a positive difference in my health and in my life.
Have any of you decided to have your Amalgam fillings removed? Tell me in the comments below about your experiences.