Issues

Mercury Amalgam Fillings

"Mercury contained in dental restorations is hazardous to the human body. Conventional dental authorities in North America and Britain are frantically attempting to defuse the mercury amalgam toxicity issue by ignoring the existence of voluminous amounts of scientific research."    Zoltan P. Rona, M.D.

ARTICLES

Dental Amalgam Mercury Poisoning
by Ron Kennedy, M.D.
"There are over 125 known symptoms of mercury toxicity. Most of them are vague and nonspecific."
"When a physician hears these vague symptoms from a patient he/she may not even consider mercury toxicity, because these symptoms can be caused by many other conditions and illnesses. Also, the patient forgets to mention the new amalgams, and the doctor usually doesn't ask. The dentist, of course, doesn't even hear about these symptoms, because the patient thinks of the dentist as the tooth doctor, and the symptoms of mercury poisoning seem to have nothing to do with teeth."

Amalgam/Mercury Dental Filling Toxicity
from Holistic Healing Web Site
Detailed

Dental Amalgam: 150 years of Safety and Effectiveness
by American Dental Association
"Dental amalgam has an indisputable safety record and has been extensively reviewed."

A Scientific Response to the ADA's Special Report and Statement of Confidence in Dental Amalgam
by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
"This American Dental Association Special Report is of concern because it omits information and contains misinformation which misleads patients and dentists regarding amalgam safety. This misinformation could have a serious impact, preventing patients from making an accurate informed consent."

Mercury Dental Amalgams - Analyzing the Debate
by Gary Null
"This disconnect between our long-standing assumption that mercury amalgams are nontoxic and the evidence showing otherwise reminds us of an important principle: What has been accepted as true is not always so scientifically."

Selected Studies on the Release and Toxicity of Mercury from Dental Amalgam Published in Peer Reviewed Scientific, Dental and Medical Journals
from the Toxic Exposure Study Trust (TEST) Foundation
Release of Mercury from "Silver" Dental Amalgam; Effects of Mercury Exposure on the Central Nervous System; Effects of Mercury Exposure on Reproduction and Development; Amalgam Mercury, Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and Immune System Impairment; Toxic Effects of Mercury Released from Dental Amalgam Restorations and Endodontic Filling Materials; Toxic Effects of Mercury on the Cardiovascular System

Mercury in Dental Amalgams: an Examination of the Science
Testimony at the Committee on Government Reform Hearing: Nov. 14, 2002

Mercury Amalgam Safety: Rethinking Dangerous Decisions
by Zoltan P. Rona M.D.
"Based on extensive scientific documentation, several world governments (e.g. Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway) have either banned the use of mercury dental amalgams outright or severely curtailed their use, especially in pregnant women or those with kidney problems."

Long-Term Effects of Chronic Low-Dose Mercury Exposure
by Walter J. Crinnion, N.D.
"Mercury is ubiquitous in our environment, and in our mouths in the form of "silver" amalgams. It is rapidly absorbed in the body and accumulates in several tissues, leading to increased oxidative damage, mitochondrial dysfunction, and cell death. It primarily affects neurological tissue, the kidneys, and the immune system. Mercury also has devastating effects on the glutathione content of the body, giving rise to the possibility of increased retention of other environmental toxins. Blood, urine, and fecal tests are available to quantify the mercury burden. Subsequently, sulfur-containing compounds and other nutritional supplementation can help reduce the load."

Amalgam Fillings -Twelve Points on Mercury Toxicity
by John Whitman Ray N.D., M.D.
"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."

Fertility and Dental Mercury
by Sam Ziff
"Mercury is one of the most toxic metals humans are exposed to, being even more toxic than arsenic or lead. Dental authorities long-maintained that the mercury was "locked" into the filing and, therefore, presented no danger to human health. Research has subsequently shown that this statement was patently false, as mercury vapor is released for silver/mercury dental fillings 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and will continue to release mercury vapors as long as the filling remains in the tooth."

Homeopathy and Dentistry Keep You Smiling
by Dana Ullman
"As far back as the late 1800s, Dr. Charles Taft, professor of dental surgery at a homeopathic medical college in Chicago, claimed that amalgam fillings were responsible for the fact that some patients with chronic disease were not responding to homeopathic medicines. Once these fillings were removed, he found that the medicines worked, and the person's chronic condition disappeared or was significantly reduced.As far back as the late 1800s, Dr. Charles Taft, professor of dental surgery at a homeopathic medical college in Chicago, claimed that amalgam fillings were responsible for the fact that some patients with chronic disease were not responding to homeopathic medicines. Once these fillings were removed, he found that the medicines worked, and the person's chronic condition disappeared or was significantly reduced."

Mercury Free and Healthy: The Dental Amalgam Issue
from DAMS, Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome
"Ever since dentists first started installing amalgams in patients' teeth there has been an issue as to whether the dose of mercury is released from them and causes health (pathophysiologic) problems. This web page presents information pertaining to the dental amalgam issue. Subjects presented in the contents list are linked to subsequent portions of the web page."
Detailed

Mercury Detoxification

Symptoms Before and After Proper Amalgam Removal
by T. H. Lichtenberg, et al.
"Many symptoms commonly associated with mercury intoxication can be related to harmful effects from metals used in dentistry. About 16,500 observations were gathered during the prolonged study of these 118 patients; these data indicate that about 80% of the symptoms and complaints were eliminated or reduced one to four years after removal of dental metals, especially amalgam metals (mercury, silver, copper, tin and zinc) and proper replacement with biocompatible plastic."

Protocol for Mercury/Silver Filling Removal
from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
"The goal of this preferred procedure is to minimize any additional exposure of the patient, ourselves, or staff to mercury."

DMSA, a Non-Toxic, Water-Soluble Treatment for Heavy Metal Toxicity
by Alan L. Miller, N.D.
"DMSA is a sulfhydryl-containing, water-soluble, non-toxic, orally-administered metal chelator which has been in use as an antidote to heavy metal toxicity since the 1950s. More recent clinical use and research substantiates this compound's efficacy and safety, and establishes it as the premier metal chelation compound, based on oral dosing, urinary excretion, and its safety characteristics compared to other chelating substances."

Mercury Toxicity and Systemic Elimination Agents
by Joseph Mercola, D.O. and Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., Ph.D.
"This paper reviews the published evidence supporting amalgam toxicity and describes practical and effective clinical techniques that facilitate mercury elimination. A literature review is provided which documents effective mercury elimination strategies to reduce mercury toxicity syndromes."

Mercury Detoxification Protocol
by Joseph Mercola, D.O.
Includes advice and cautions.

The Truth About DMPS
"You can find assertions on the internet and elsewhere that DMPS is safe. I take issue with those claims."

Mercury Free Dentists
from the Toxic Exposure Study Trust (TEST) Foundation

OTHER RESOURCES

Bio-Probe

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Chronic Mercury Poisoning?
by Jeff Clark

Hugnet by Hal A. Huggins, D.D.S.

International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology

Preventive Dental Health Association

Toxic Exposure Study Trust (TEST) Foundation

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

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Bob Mark A. Breiner, D.D.S., Whole-Body Dentistry: Discover the Missing Piece to Better Health .

Andrew Hall Cutler, Ph.D., Amalgam Illness, Diagnosis and Treatment: What You Can Do to Get Better, How Your Doctor Can Help
Hal A. Huggins, D.D.S., It's All in Your Head: The Link Between Mercury Amalgams and Illness

Hal A. Huggins, D.D.S. and Thomas E. Levy, M.D., Uninformed Consent: The Hidden Dangers in Dental Care

 

Richard Morton Walker, D.P.M., Elements of Danger: Protect Yourself Against the Hazards of Modern Dentistry

 

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