A European Commission report by the BIO Intelligence Service (BIOS)1 recommending the phase-out of dental amalgam and mercury in button cell batteries has many wondering if the whole of Europe will eliminate the use of dental mercury by 2018.It’s about time, and hopefully it would push the United States to quickly follow suit. Currently about half of U.S. dentists are mercury-free, and 77 percent of consumers who are informed that amalgam fillings are mostly mercury would choose a mercury-free alternative and are willing to pay more for it. The European Commission has been working to reduce mercury exposure to humans for the past seven years. While the official stand has been that dental amalgam is safe, recent studies suggest otherwise. Sweden has already phased out dental mercury, and several other European countries have either significantly reduced its use or have imposed restrictions on it. The United States has been shockingly slow to respond to mounting evidence of significant harm from dental amalgam.It’s important to understand that the term “silver filling” is profoundly deceptive, as the composite material contains anywhere from 49 to 54 percent mercury, not silver. The American Dental Association (ADA) has historically covered up this fact, and at one time even declared that removing mercury fillings is unethical — despite the known fact that dental amalgam emits mercury vapor after it is implanted in your mouth, and this mercury is bioaccumulative and endangers your health in many ways.The BIOS recommendations have yet to be adopted, but the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the Mercury Policy Project say they welcome the study. Project coordinator for the EEB’s Zero Mercury Campaign, Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, said the work shows that “mercury use must be phased out,” especially since alternatives to mercury use in dentistry are available. “It’s high time that mercury becomes the exception rather than the rule,” she said to PR Newswire2.
Beware: Amalgam Fillings Must Be Properly Removed!
While even a single mercury filling can contribute to health problems, you should not rush into removing amalgam fillings, as improper removal can take a heavy toll on your health by releasing large amounts of mercury vapor into your system all at once. So please, do NOT make the mistake of having your amalgam fillings removed by a dentist who is not properly trained in safe amalgam removal. Research has shown that if you do not take proper safety precautions during the removal process, mercury levels in your blood can rise three to four-fold, which may result in acute toxicity.
Therefore, make sure to use a biological dentist that is trained in properly removing mercury fillings. Here are several sources to help you locate a dentist trained in biological dentistry:
- Consumers for Dental Choice’s Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry
- International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine
- The Holistic Dental Association
For a complete description of how to safely remove mercury amalgam, see the guidelines created by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)7. Some things that need to be done to keep you (and your dentist) safe during the procedure include:
- Providing you with an alternative air source and instructing you not to breathe through your mouth
- Using a cold-water spray to minimize mercury vapors
- Putting a rubber dam in your mouth so you don’t swallow or inhale any toxins
- Using a high-volume evacuator near the tooth at all times to evacuate the mercury vapor
- Washing your mouth out immediately after the fillings have been removed (the dentist should also change gloves after the removal)
- Immediately cleaning your protective wear and face once the fillings are removed
- Using room air purifiers
Avoid making the same mistake I did 20 years ago when I had all my amalgams removed by a conventional dentist. He was competent, but unfortunately clueless about mercury toxicity and used no precautions. As a result I received kidney damage. It was an expensive and health-damaging mistake.
I also suggest you get healthy BEFORE having your fillings removed, as you want your detoxification mechanisms optimized prior to removal. To help you get started, please see my nutrition plan. To remove mercury that has already accumulated in your body, I highly recommend reviewing my Mercury Detoxification Protocol, which details the things you can do right now to help rid your body of this toxin. If your mercury levels are seriously elevated, you should work with a knowledgeable health care practitioner to help you through the detoxification process to avoid further damage to your health.
Commentary: I often find Mercola’s site a bit too commercial and self-promotional. At the same time, he also seems to cover important topics. And yet again, I feel inspired and obliged to add that am not sure if worrying overmuch about these things is all that helpful. But after a large ‘reconstructive’ filling lately, I felt very ill and will check with my dentist when he returns from vacation if they removed an old amalgam filling in the process. Headaches, neck aches, even aches down the arm, hints of arthritis etc, all came up acutely after the procedure a month ago. I would love to have a holistic dentist in the area and would immediately sign up even though I think the dentist I see now is highly competent, willing to work with those with lower incomes, and also consider various options. But like most of them if you even bring up the subject of fluoride, amalgam etc. his eyes glaze over and he is dismissive of such concerns. I go along, but inside I don’t trust him or them since such issues could be treated with more respect, clear information could be made available so you can study the issue more easily and so forth. Instead the approach taken is like with most ‘conspiracy theory’ type issues: to simply denigrate or insult the concern.I was in another dentist’s office this week getting a second opinion whilst my usual dentist is on holiday and when I brought up the issue of their possibly being longer term problems with necrotic elements in root canals, immediately became hostile and said that there were no such concerns since the 1920’s. Either he is lying or he is a fool. I intend to research this just a little and then send him a letter pointing out his error and urging him not to be so inaccurate. Unless, of course, I am the one at fault here, in which case I shall publish more here on the blog!
Also: check out the mercury detoxification link above. It is worth reading if only to better understand how diet and health connect.
This is about fluoride. The reconstructive filling I recently had is infused with fluoride which somehow leaches continuously into you in order to prevent infection. It is not working since the ongoing pain indicates the presence of infection/inflammation, but also I am getting a regular fluoride dose. And what is worse, it seems one cannot discuss this with the dentists. Nuts!