Mercury Amalgam Fillings: What Dr. Oz Did NOT Tell You

April 7, 2013 · 111 comments

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Dr. Oz aired a very informative show last week. He enlightened his audience about the dangers of mercury amalgam fillings — demonstrating how they continuously outgas mercury vapors from simple everyday activities such as eating and brushing one’s teeth. These vapors are extremely toxic and can cause many neurological symptoms.

This show was probably revelatory to millions of people who did not know the dangers of having mercury fillings in their mouth. However, Dr. Oz left out critical information regarding how to get the amalgams removed properly. I’ll tell you how I had it done. If you have mercury amalgam fillings you need to read this.

Mercury is Extremely Toxic

In spite of the fact that mercury is one of the most toxic substances on this earth, 47% of dentists in this country are still using mercury amalgam restorations in teeth.

Amalgam fillings are made of four metals: silver, copper, tin and mercury binds them all together. They have been used for more than 150 years and it is in the past 25 years that the problems with mercury amalgams have come to light. Symptoms associated with mercury toxicity include fatigue, migraine, tremors, inability to concentrate, memory loss, mood swings, anxiety, immune suppression and autoimmune disorders, significant skin problems, seizures, and other neurological problems.

World Health Organization Declared Dental Amalgam Greatest Source of Mercury Pollution

In 1991, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that mercury contained in dental amalgam is the greatest source of mercury vapor in non-industrialized settings. The exposure from dental amalgams is significantly greater than the levels set for mercury in food and  air.

The WHO also confirmed that mercury contained in dental amalgam and in laboratory and medical devices accounts for about 53% of total mercury emissions. Additionally, they said that one-third of the mercury in the sewage system comes from dental amalgam that is flushed down the drain.

Mercury is toxic to people as well as to the environment.

Plenty of Evidence that Mercury Amalgams are Toxic

A 2003 monograph on mercury toxicity from the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that studies on humans and animals demonstrated that dental amalgam contributes significantly to mercury body burden in humans with amalgam fillings, and dental amalgam is the most common form of exposure to elemental mercury in the general population.

On July 28, 2009, FDA issued a final rule that: (1) reclassified mercury from a Class I (least risk) device to class II (more risk) device; (2) classified dental amalgam as a class II device; and (3) designated a special controls guidance document for dental amalgam.

This study investigated the relationship between a positive patch test for mercury and sources of mercury exposure, indicated by concentrations in biological samples from healthy medical students. They found that there was increased exposure with mercury amalgams.

 American Dental Association Will Never Admit to Mercury Amalgam Toxicity

The official position of The American Dental Association (ADA) is that dental amalgams are considered to be safe, affordable and durable materials that have been used in more that 100 million Americans and has an established a record of effectiveness.

There is only one dental school in this country that is phasing out amalgams and that is NYU Dental School in New York City. Yeah NYU! According to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) while still denying that mercury amalgam is bad for the health of patients, doctors and staff, NYU Dental School cites environmental reasons to discontinue use of mercury fillings.

That is certainly a step forward. NYU is always in the forefront of an issue.

How Is Mercury Released?

If you have mercury amalgams fillings in your mouth, mercury is released when you eat, drink and brush your teeth. Additionally, amalgams start to wear out due to chewing, grinding teeth, drinking soda (lowers PH) and eating other acidic foods.  With all this chemical and mechanical action going on in the mouth, toxic vapors are released.

My Story

I have not gotten a cavity in many years but I did have 5 amalgam fillings in my mouth from when I was 15 years old and chewed Bazooka Bubble Gum. That was a mistake. But, there you have it — I was 15 and did not see the consequences clearly.

Over the years I have read a lot about the toxicity of mercury fillings and I was educated many times over in nutrition conferences about how to properly remove the fillings.

You just can’t go to your conventional dentist and have them taken out without any precautions. If you do — that will expose you to ALOT of mercury vapor while the dentist drills out the mercury amalgam. It also exposes the dentist to the vapors and any assistants in the room as well. Not a good thing.

You HAVE to go to a biologically trained dentist who knows the correct protocol. Thankfully, here in Suffolk County, Long Island we have ONE properly trained dentist and that is who I went to see.

Dr. Leonard Fazio Trained With Hal Huggins

Dr. Fazio is not only trained in biological dentistry — he also was trained by Hal Huggins, the guru of modern dentistry. When I listened to the lectures at the Healthy Mouth Summit a few months ago I was reeducated on the importance of removing these toxic amalgams and particularly how to do it.

At the Summit, Dr. Hal Huggins (he is now in his eighties) gave a lecture that reviewed the protocol as he teaches it. I learned many critical details about removal protocol that I did not know about previously.

I grilled Dr. Fazio about each step of the protocol and how he does and I was very happy to hear him go over each detail just as Dr. Hal Huggins described it. He even had the RITA meter in his office that Huggins spoke about and that is crucial to determining which side of the mouth to remove first.

Dr. Fazio had it all — the knowledge, the equipment and the experience. He was the guy for the job!

What Dr. Oz Did NOT Tell You — The Proper Way To Have Mercury Amalgams Removed

The following is the proper procedure your dentist should use to prevent as much as possible exposure to the mercury vapors as the amalgams are drilled out. This requires special training and special equipment.

These procedure will be more expensive than if your conventional dentist replaces amalgam with composite but does not use any protective measures. This is not the time to skimp or go with the cheapest estimate.

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to use a biologically trained dentist that has all the know how and the equipment to remove amalgams safely.

If you are having mercury amalgams removed it is probably because you have a health problem or are worried about the long term effects of exposure to mercury vapor. You certainly do not want to create more problems from having them removed improperly.

Methods To Reduce Mercury Vapor Exposure To Both Patient and Operators During Amalgam Removal – IAOMT Approved

  1. Shaded eye protection for patient. Full transparent facial protection for operators.
  2. Provide alternate source of air (oxygen) to patient via nasal mask and operators via non-rebreather mask.
  3. Use new long shank carbide cutting burs and section amalgams, attempting to remove in large sections.
  4. Use copious amounts of water spray via air water syringe directed on tip of cutting bur.
  5. Use ‘surround’ type high volume suction tip. “Clean-up”
  6. Consider appropriate ventilation systems and room air purifiers to reduce ambient mercury vapor.
  7. Consider appropriate suction waste water separation system.
  8. Consider appropriate nutritional and physical support preoperatively (eg. homeopathy, acupressure and massage therapy)
  9. Select appropriate biocompatible restorative materials via specific testing systems (eg. serum compatibility or skin galvanic response tests) or published research.

Additionally, as I mentioned above, Dr. Fazio also tested the amalgam teeth with the RITA meter to test the energetic charge in the teeth in order to determine which side would be removed first.

Furthermore, Dr. Fazio has the patient rinsed thoroughly with charcoal in water (ugh!) before and after the procedure to help bind up any metal.

Lastly, Dr. Fazio instructs the patient on a supplement protocol that should be started weeks before the procedure and to continue for weeks afterwards. These supplements help to bind up metals and remove them safely from the body as well as offer strong anti-oxidant protection.

Results

I, personally, feel much better now that I am mercury free! I recently had this work done and I will be anticipating other positive changes to my health — especially after I get the one root canal tooth in my mouth removed.

I’m not the only one. This study published in The Journal of Oral Rehabilitation found significant reductions in health complaints from patients who had their amalgams removed. There are many people who find that removing amalgams improves their health.

If you are in the New York area, I would highly recommend Dr. Fazio. He is passionate about practicing dentistry as holistically and safely as possible and he has a level of expertise that I have not seen in any other dentist (and I’ve seen quite a few in my life).

If You Have Mercury Amalgams, Here is How To Protect Yourself from Mercury Amalgam Vapors

1- Avoid acidic foods that will leach out the mercury — tomato, grapefruit, coffee, vinegars.
2- Use garlic and cilantro — garlic purifies the blood and eliminated mercury through the kidneys –  cilantro also purifies blood and binds heavy metals in the body.
3- Use Chlorella supplements (broken cell) — Chlorella are fresh water algae and helps eliminate mercury through the intestines.

Do you or a loved one have mercury amalgams in your mouth? Do you think they may be affecting your health? Leave a comment and let me know!

Need more information? I got you covered!

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1 Hannah April 8, 2013 at 9:10 am

Any recommendations about the before and after treatment? Books to read, programs to follow etc.

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2 s April 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm
3 Sonya April 8, 2013 at 11:02 am

how do you get a root canal removed?

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4 renee April 10, 2013 at 12:01 am

The only way to get a root canal removed is to get the tooth removed. As the tooth is already dead it relys on the bodies immune system to control the infection. This obviously puts a drain on the body. Also this doesn’t mean the dentist did a bad job.

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5 Lin April 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Remove the tooth? are you kidding me? Control what infection? It has a root canal.

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6 Jill April 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

@Hannah,Sonya,
These are questions for another post. If you are really interested you can listen to the Healthy Mouth conference tapes: Healthy Mouth Summit — see above for the link. It’s a complete education on this topic.

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7 Hannah April 8, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I did listen and learned so much! But I’m looking for a very detailed program to complete. Like with dosages etc. that summit was life changing!

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8 Ricardo April 8, 2013 at 11:56 am

Hi,
Thanks for your this information.

But I still have a question.
What do you have now instead of the mercury amalgam ? Or did you just have then removed and have nothing replacing them ?
Thanks,

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9 Jill April 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm

@Ricardo,
They are replaced with biocompatible white composite.

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10 J. April 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Unfortunately I had my amalgams removed by a non-holistic dentist (though he claimed to have been aware of the necessity for proper removal protocol) and am now suffering the effects. Since that time, about 6 years ago, I’ve suffered from gut problems, adrenal fatigue, low thyroid, and hormonal imbalances, culminating in a miscarriage a few months ago. I feel this must all relate to the improper removal of my fillings, and how I wish I had known then what I know now. I know the mercury must be trapped in my body, but don’t quite know how to get it out safely and gently. I feel that I am too sick to embark on a rigorous cleansing protocol, and I don’t have the hundreds of dollars (or thousands) necessary for treatment under a holistic practitioner. Do you have any advice for a gentle detox method I can do myself?

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11 Jill April 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm

@J.
I would consider the gut healing protocols in the GAPS diet for starters. You have to be in decent health before you try to remove mercury with an detox programs. The stages of GAPS intro is a gentle way of healing the gut and also getting rid of toxins.

http://realfoodforager.com/detoxification-6-stages-of-gaps-introductory-diet/

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12 Zeus Odin April 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

The best mercury detox program on the planet is by Andrew Cutler. Read his book “Amalgam Illness” and check out the huge archives concerning his protocol at onibasu.com and groups.yahoo.com. The groups are Adult Metal Chelation and Frequent Dose Chelation.

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13 Dr. Leonard T.Fazio, DDS April 10, 2013 at 3:59 pm

One gentle method for detoxing heavy metals is Far Infrared Sauna. This is different from traditional sauna since the far infrared waves are able to penetrate the skin up to 3 – 5 inches below the surface. This can be accomplished with a lower ambient temperature in the sauna cabinet. This makes the process much more comfy, as the heat you feel is lessened.
This works by substantially increasing circulation in the body, which helps move nutrients in and toxins out. Very well-tolerated because it is a slower process.
Ideally, this would be done 3-5 times a week in conjunction with staying hydrated.

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14 Dan November 22, 2013 at 12:17 am

You are on crack is you think all those health problems are from getting amalgam fillings removed. The real referral you need is to a psychologist

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15 Alex S. January 22, 2014 at 1:05 am

nope, this happens to a lot of people.
And many horrible mental issues have also always to do with toxicity.

I don’t say it’s the only cause. But it’s very much a big part of it.

And the psychology part of our medical health system is very controversial.

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16 Stephanie April 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I had 4 mercury fillings removed last November. I highly recommend it. I didn’t make the link with migraines until just now when I read this post. I used to get migraines a lot and no doctors could not explain why. But I haven’t had a migraine since getting my fillings removed. I went to a great biocompatible dentist over by UCLA named Dr. Rota. Go see him if you are in the Los Angeles area and would like your fillings removed the right way.

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17 jackie April 8, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I am getting ready to have a root canal…this is obviously a question from someone who is just learning of this, but why would you have one removed? Is there mercury in them as well? Please send me links to whatever dental information you have so that I can study it before making any decisions.

Thanks!

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18 renee April 10, 2013 at 12:02 am

Look at a comment ive written above.

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19 Dr. Leonard T.Fazio, DDS April 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Root canals pose a threat to your health not because they leak out heavy metals, but rather, can be a source of microorganism toxicity. It is virtually impossible to completely sterilize the roots during this procedure due to the complex morphology ( shape) of the canal systems within the roots. As a result, only partial asepsis is achieved. The concerns most people will have relate to this source of toxicity residing in the jawbone. This focus of infection often has no symptoms, and may look completely “normal” on xrays.
Additionally, by forcing the body to hold onto this dead tissue, we will likely cause some degree of a ” foreign-body reaction” This represents the only instance in all of medicine and dentistry where dead tissue is allowed to remain in the body. As such, the bodly recognizes this and will mount some sort of reaction.
Taking this a step further, Root canals may also cause a blockage of the life energy, or Chi, as each tooth also corresponds to a particular Acupuncture Meridian.

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20 Angela April 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Could root canal or wisdom tooth cause an enlarged lymphnode?

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21 Anna April 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm

How much did your dentist charge to remove a filling, and what did he replace it with? Do you have to get it all done at once?

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22 Jill April 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

@Anna,
You have to replace the filling once the amalgam is removed. Each dentist has their own fee schedule that you need to ask about before you proceed.

White composite is used to replace amalgam as stated above.

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23 Judy @Savoring Today April 9, 2013 at 10:22 am

Fantastic advice here Jill, thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

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24 Paula April 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm

My question relates to Kombucha. Can we still drink it, if we use a straw? We know we need ours out, but between the two of us, we are looking at over 12 removals. It will take time to save up the money.

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25 Jill April 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm

@Paula,
Yes they do recommend drinking acidic drinks with a straw.

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26 Tammy Northrup {Yours and Mine ARE Ours} April 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

How did you know for sure that your fillings contained mercury? I have fillings from about 20 years ago and I wonder if they are not what’s causing me issues. Especially the last year I find that my memory is so bad I was beginning to wonder if i wasn’t getting super early onset alzheimer’s – i’m only in my early 40′s. I am also so tired most days that I can barely make it through the work day. Did your insurance cover any part of the removal?

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27 Jill April 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

@Tammy,
Any silver filling has mercury — that is just what was used. You would have to check your own insurance it see if that is covered. However, I would imagine most holistic dentists may not take insurance.

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28 Dr. Leonard T.Fazio, DDS April 10, 2013 at 5:25 pm

If you have dental insurance that allows you to visit ant dentist of your choosing,
then you will get some reimbursement from your insurance. After all, we are essentially just replacing old filling with new ones. This falls under “basic care”.
It is never required to prove a need for replacing the fillings. As long as it is OK with you, the patient, then insurance will cover.

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29 Hillary Seyler April 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm
30 Jill April 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

@ Hillary,
Yes, and the ADA also still recommends using amalgam. My guess is that the mercury is much more toxic than the composite resins.

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31 Lucy April 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Is the problem just with the fillings made in the past 25 years? What about older ones?

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32 Dr. Leonard T.Fazio, DDS April 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm

ALL amalgam fillings contain mercury. It does not matter how old they are or where in the world they were placed.

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33 Julie Contadino April 5, 2014 at 11:32 am

The composition of mercury fillings was changed in the late 1970′s that has caused far more damage than older fillings. The newer composition added copper to mercury into the original nickle and copper combo because it created greater pliability when inserting in teeth crevices. What they did not know until recent years, it that it also releases significantly more mercury into the bloodstream. If you research it online, you will find more details about it. This partially explains why some people seem almost completely unaffected although they have fillings also. The other factor includes environment, metabolism, etc. Interestingly there have been studies that suggest metals can also be tranferred in utero, ie copper and mercury. I find it interesting since my generation has more cases of autism than any other. If you think about the time frames of the change in composition, in addition to environmental factors, this could have significant positive corelations and validity.

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34 John April 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I’m not entirely sure what is in my mouth. The 5 top, front teeth in my mouth were all “capped” as a set. Because of the poor condition of my top teeth, the dentist decided to ground down my real teeth and cover them with something new. They are made from a composite, but have “silver metal looking” backs on them. Should I believe that the back is what would be the Mercury Amalgam??

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35 Jill April 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm

@ John,
It’s probably that the metal has mercury. I know my two crowns have metal under them and my dentist confirmed that they are mercury amalgam.

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36 renee April 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Ok. No not all silver looking material used in the mouth is amalgam. Often amalgam is used as a base for a crown to cover. But none is exposed in the mouth. When a crown or ‘cap’ is made it is porcelain fused to metal and the metal is a form of white gold. That is what john would probably have. These types of cowns are usually used for posterior teeth as they are very strong but dont look as good as the 100% porcelain crowns. Also with a lot of different metals (yellow gold, white gold, titanium (used for implants) and amalgam) in the mouth they can start to arc between each other. This can also cause headaches etc.

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37 Dr. Leonard T.Fazio, DDS April 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm

THe back of a cap is NEVER mercury. The concern will be if the cap contains a Nickel Alloy, like some stainless steel alloys. Thess are also problematic. Unfortunately, one cannot tell by looking at the cap, exactly waht that alloy is. Someone would have to find out from the dentist who installed them. Even, he may not know.

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38 Hillary Seyler April 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

John, those are crowns and are made of porcelain and metal. There is no amalgam in them. Composites resin fillings have a plethora of “ingredients” in them and have been proven to be carcinogenic.

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39 Hillary Seyler April 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

If you are going to take the time and spend the money to remove your amalgam fillings, consider having gold or porcelain inlays/onlays.

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40 Jill April 9, 2013 at 4:45 pm

@ Hillary,
I think gold would be the worst thing to put in your mouth as it will react with any other metal there. The metal under the crown most likely has amalgam and mercury. It is very costly to have inlays and onlays made for every tooth replacement — especailly if it is not needed.

Where did you get the information that composite resin have be proven to be carcinogenic?

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41 renee April 10, 2013 at 12:10 am

Jill im sorry but you need to do a bit more reseach. Hillary is right porcelain inlays are the best to some extent. The is no amalgam in crowns. Also if you read all of the link that Hillary put up earlier you would have read about compostite resins possibly being carcinogenic.

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42 Dr. Leonard T.Fazio, DDS April 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm

It would be irresposible to say that ALL composite resins are carcinogenic.
While it is true that all composite fillings look the same , their chemical components an vary greatly from one manufacturer to another.
It would appear that you are unaware of the newer, safer resins which have been developed in response to these very same concerns.

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43 Hillary Seyler April 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Do you eat deep sea fish? Did you know one plate of halibut hasn’t more mercury in it than that of an amalgam filling? There is no amalgam in the metal on crowns. There could be amalgam in the filling under the crown if there was a filling in the tooth prior to the crown being placed. Crowns on front teeth wouldn’t have amalgam fillings under them. Your guess is amalgam is more toxic than resins. Look into the list of ingredients in resins and I’m sure you will find they are very toxic.

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44 Hillary Seyler April 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Did you read the whole article on the link I posted? The ADA didn’t write that article. A dentist did. Just like a wholistic dentist would recommend removing amalgam fillings, he says resins are not necessarily the best choice. There are also list of every reference source he used. Gold wouldn’t react to other metals if you are having all the amalgam or metal fillings replaced. Gold is actually a great dental metal. People have less reaction to gold than the other metals that are used for dental work. Onlays/inlays are expensive. So is paying to have all of your fillings replaced. What’s more important your long term health or money?

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45 Hillary Seyler April 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

My point is just that if you are going to take one toxic substance out of your body, don’t replace it with another. Composite or plastic is toxic too.

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46 Jill April 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

@ Hiliary,
Where did you get the information that composite resin have be proven to be carcinogenic? You didn’t answer that question.

Yes I read the article and yes he is a dentist questioning composite. The fact is, more people have problems with metals than with composite. Holistic dentists will test the patient’s biocompatibility for the different composites available.

The other issued is that mercury outgasses toxic vapors. The composites do not.

Your point is well taken — if you are going to go to the trouble and expense of removing amalgams, then do it correctly and get the most biocompatible replacements as possible. Presently I believe that composite is better than metals.

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47 Hillary Seyler April 10, 2013 at 2:44 am

Composites do release vapors as the degrade. Because they are plastic they break down faster than amalgam.

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48 Hillary Seyler April 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I have worked in the dental field for 15 years and read many articles debating amalgams and resins both. I have seen published studies on the list of things in resin and that they are carcinogens. They also contain BPAs. Resins release toxic vapors as they degrade, which happens faster than mental because it isn’t as strong. I am currently looking for the exact articles that to send to you. Unfortunately I did not keep all of the articles I have read.

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49 renee April 10, 2013 at 12:17 am

I knew you were a dental person :-) I have been in the industry for 10 years.

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50 Dr. Leonard Fazio April 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Hillary,
As to your assertion that composite resins contain BPA, you are partially correct:
Many resins do contain BPA and Fluoride. But, there are others which do not.
In my practice, we only stock and install Non-BPA, non-fluoride resins. They also happen to be the most expensive resins on the market, but they are well worth the cost. Durability-wise, these resins are much improved, so the rate of wear has decreased sharply.
While ceramic restorations do not thave the same chemical makeup as resins, they do contain Aluminum Oxide. Granted, the aluminum does not outgas in the same way as mercury does from amalgams, but it just goes to show that NONE of the dental materials available today are perfect.
The biocompatible resins are most commonly placed after amalgam removal since they are more economical, and do not require multiple trips. Additionally, properly installed bonded resins will actually strengthen the tooth which is a concern because amalgams are notorious for causing internal/external fractures.
Careful planning with your dentist can avoid the pitfalls you may be concerned about.
Thanks, Dr. Leonard T. Fazio

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51 Hillary Seyler April 10, 2013 at 10:35 pm

I know there are constant improvements in dentistry and the materials used in dentistry. I have also read that the bonding agents and etch used to place resins are potential health threats. I am not here saying amalgam is better or resin is better. Personally I think high noble gold is the best choice. That is my opinion based on studies I have read.

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52 Hillary Seyler April 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm

http://www.thebestkeptsecret.ca/Articles.aspx?ArtID=335

Here is a good article comparing dental materials. I’ll keep looking for the actual studies.

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53 Hillary Seyler April 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm

The book, “Biocompatibility of Dental Materials”, is a good resource.

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54 Nancy April 9, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Trying to detox with cilantro, chlorella etc, especially with mercury fillings still in the mouth, especially if already sick, can be extremely dangerous. Anything that loosens up more mercury than it can mop up- will just cause more problems. Check out Dr. Andrew Cutler’s protocol of frequent, low dose chelation. Also take a look at your suppliments and avoid ALA (alpha lipoic acid) if you have amalgams. Though its a great anti-oxident, it ‘moves’ mercury, crossing the blood brain barrier so it is likely to add more merc to the brain if you still have it in your mouth.

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55 Lora April 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm

@ Hillary Seyler, to have written so many articles you need too still learn to proof read your paragraphs for spell check.

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56 Hillary Seyler April 10, 2013 at 2:02 am

I haven’t written any articles. I read them. What did I misspell?

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57 Hillary Seyler April 10, 2013 at 2:04 am

I see it now, mental instead of metal. One of the downfalls of technology with auto correct is not proof reading enough.

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58 Hillary Seyler April 10, 2013 at 2:06 am

You used the wrong form of too, it should have been to.

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59 Christen Quattlebaum April 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Thought you might find this interesting. Hope you are having a good week.

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60 Hillary Seyler April 10, 2013 at 2:50 am
61 Heather April 10, 2013 at 11:06 am

So…I had three mercury fillings removed late last fall the incorrect way. I knew it going in – I did ask for certain things but since my dentist is conventional he couldn’t do it all and a couple things got goofed. I am three+ hours from a biological dentist and didn’t have the money to pay for that particular treatment out of pock – and two of the three fillings were cracked in a big way so I needed it done. So that’s my rationale for doing it the way I did. :-) Anyhow, I have been on GAPS for over a year – and afterwards I took chlorella, made a “detox pate” from cilantro etc., and did some other protocols that are escaping me now. Anyhow, since then I’ve been exhausted, even when I do get to bed at a reasonable time which I strive for…could that be why? I also started having more gut issues again and just went through intro again because of it. I am following up with my integrative physician in a month and am doing a toxic elements kit through Genova Diagnostics, so I suppose if there’s an issue I’ll find out that answer soon. Can it cause such extreme tiredness? I know mercury can do alot of funky things…am also taking an adrenal supplement anyhow. Thanks-

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62 Lisa April 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Do you have any info about the silver “caps” used to cap teeth? Also, I thought I have read something negative about root canals – I have a broken tooth that needs to be fixed. Or more likely, removed.

Thanks so much for your continuing wonderful info!!!

Lisa

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63 Aly April 10, 2013 at 11:17 pm

I have about 10 fillings nearly half root canals (molars) due to bad nutrition as a child. I am thinking it would be better to just have some of the molars removed rather than redone ( Still have my wisdom teeth as well (I’m 47) what is your suggestion?

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64 Venus 70 April 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I had mercury fillings, some of which were more than 30 years old, removed last year. My Alternative Health doctor referred me to a biological dentist. She also checked the compatibility of the restorative dental materials he was to use on me. In addition, she provided nutritional supplements to support my body before, during and after the removal of the mercury amalgams. In addition to the methodology to reduce mercury exposure listed in your article, my dentist used a dental dam to isolate the tooth he was working on each time. Thus, greatly reducing exposure to mercury vapors during the procedure. I recommend that anyone who is going to have mercury amalgams, to work with a health practitioner.

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65 Katie April 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm

What an informative post. I am bookmarking this as I plan to have my amalgams out very soon. My question is how soon after I have them removed can I plan a pregnancy?

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66 Hope April 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

That’s what I want to know–is it better to have them out soon before pregnancy or after?

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67 Lindsay Lewis April 15, 2013 at 7:34 am

I have an amalgam filling that actually goes a tiny ways up into my gums thanks to a horrible cavity I had. I had actually asked my dentist to please not use the amalgam, and he told me that for that type of cavity there was no other option. I have been concerned about it ever since (this was approximately 4 or 5 years ago), and am hoping that I can find a dentist who will properly remove it! It scares me to think that – because it’s partially up in my gums – I could be experiencing serious neurological issues. We also don’t have insurance (not that that procedure would be covered anyhow I’m imagining) and are low-income so I’m wondering if it will be financially possible.

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68 Debi April 15, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Are blood tests a reliable way to know if you are being affected by mercury from your teeth? I wondered if this was part of the reason for some issues I have and had a blood test for mercury and was told it was low and not an issue.

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69 Jill April 16, 2013 at 10:03 am

@Debi,
The best way to assess heavy metals is through hair mineral analysis. Alternative practitioners can do this (except in the great state of NY).

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70 Kelly Bisciotti April 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm

A few points that I’d like to comment on, but over all a great article.

1. A dental dam should also be used in the removal process. It isolates the tooth and protects the rest of the mouth, as well as the throat.

2. Cilantro and Chlorella actually detox mercury from the body by pulling it out of organs. I tell anyone that still has their fillings not to ever take therapeutic amounts of cilantro or chlorella until after their fillings are removed. And if they are being very strict, to avoid both of those all together. If elimination channels are not all open, mobilizing stored mercury will cause major issues, like moving it into the brain.

3. It is important to do a major detox after having your fillings removed, even if they were removed properly. Mercury blood levels spike at 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months post removal. Those are the best times to really support your elimination channels and detox well.

4. It’s very important not to have your fillings removed or do a detox when pregnant, breastfeeding, or if you are planning to become pregnant 2 years following removal.

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71 Massengill April 25, 2013 at 9:27 am

I have Trigimnal Neuralgia and the pain stems and starts in my top 2 molars on left side which is my TN side. I am real concerned the 2 teeth have lots of silver feeling. There is always an uneasy feeling in those teeth., before and after I got TN 4 months ago. I am in pain.

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72 Alissa May 9, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Thank you for this article! I am considering getting my mercury fillings removed and I am able to use the above recommendations to be sure I have the right dentist for the job! I have a TON of fillings in my mouth… But I don’t have any problems that I know of. I was wondering what your opinion was; should we get our fillings removed just because we have them and we know they are toxic, or should we leave them alone unless they are causing a problem? Any thoughts? Thanks!

Alissa :)

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73 Jill May 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm

@Alissa,
I wanted years to do it — you have to do your research and become convinced that they are a problem. Sometimes it is wise not to fix what ain’t broken. Some people want until there is an issue with a filling and then have it properly removed and replaced.

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74 Sarah May 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm

One poster above mentioned not taking ALA with amalgam because of it it’s great antioxidant. Should the same apply to all antioxidants? Wouldn’t the benefit outweigh the risk, especially when combatting toxic substances such as mercury, thus preventing bioavailability? I had two amalgam fillings done today, but wasn’t wholly aware of the risks- I hope one day to remove them but I am currently breastfeeding and find the risk minimal in the meantime (I only have one other, had it done as a child). My husband, however, has a mouthful, and I’m concerned for him.
Thanks!

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75 Sarah May 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Sorry…typos are the iPad’s fault!

*because it is a great antioxidant*

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76 Top Chlorella Brands May 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

That’s good info, Dr. Mercola also mentioned taking chlorella before, during and after having the filings taken out.

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78 jeremy August 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I never knew about this mercury controversy until I recently got three very large black fillings in my back teeth six months ago. I did research on them because I was surprised to find that a dentist would put big ugly black fillings in a tooth in this day and age. I asked him and he said it was metal and that it lasted longer under the pressure of biting back there. I did research and was flabbergasted to learn that it contains mercury!! I thought this can’t be but lo and behold it is true.

A few weeks after getting these fillings, I went to get a eye exam checkup. My prescription changed ALOT! Usually, I always have to get stronger prescriptions now and then but this change was crazy. I couldn’t believe it. Also, I noticed that I have tremors now (especially at night and that I have headaches more often that I used to have them. Also there is blurryness in the eyes even after getting the new stronger eyeglass prescriptions. There is also a very bad metal taste in my mouth and my gums have begun to bleed a lot when I brush. I do not brush anywhere near the poison toxic fillings now because I understand that they emit mercury when you brush them.

I am not near a biological dentist and don’t want to go to my dentist because he put this poison in me in the first place. what do I do?

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79 Jill August 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Hi Jeremy,
Unfortunately what’s done is done. To get them removed properly you would have to see a dentist trained as outlined above.

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80 norcalbean September 9, 2013 at 8:45 pm

So, I have a question. All of these changes require some process of enlightenment. Fortunately for me, I did become aware earlier this year of the dangers of amalgam fillings. I approached my dentist (a trusted dentist for 15 years) about this a few months ago at my routine cleaning, letting him know that I wanted to swap out my amalgams for composite. He said no problem. Little did I know all of the many precautions that should have been taken to prevent mercury exposure in the process. :-(

Now that I know all of this (which I have found out SINCE having all of these procedures over the last few months), I am trying not to freak out about how much I was exposed. I cannot, unfortunately, go back and undo what has been done. But, can you recommend things to help detox the body from what its been through, following amalgam removals?

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81 Jill September 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

@norcalbean,
You can still do steps 2 and 3 as noted above and other detoxification programs.

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82 Laura September 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

My dentist drilled on my amalgam filling. Shortly after, I had severe headaches, fever, and mental changes. Finally after suffering for 3 months all symptoms disappeared but a lump appeared near my collar bone. I was 6 months pregnant and diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma!!! Please contact me if you know about relation with Hodgkins and amalgam fillings. My tooth was removed but I have it with the partial filling intact. I want it tested for mercury. Any ideas?

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83 Isaac September 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I am 19 years old and I believe I had a couple fillings in my teeth when I was about 14 years old. Reading about the mercury in the filling frightens me very much! Are there other recommendations I should follow to keep the mercury toxins from jeopardizing my health?

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84 ron October 10, 2013 at 7:47 am

How long does it take for you to be poisoned by the fillings?? I have 10 amalgam fillings, 8 very small and the other two quiet large. One in a rear moller its 2/3 filling… is that unsafe? should I just get that tooth pulled? itll save a lot of money and NO exposure.
Thank you for your help

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85 leith November 7, 2013 at 7:52 am

Hi
I am presently in Seoul ,Korea and looking to have my amalgam fillings removed ,10 in total.
What you suggest to me before having this?
There has not been any suggestion from the dentist about extra care being taken for removal
Kind Regards
Leith

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86 Christina October 16, 2013 at 9:56 am

I recently had my regular check up at the dentist and everything was fine no cavity or tooth decay. My dentist noticed that I had two old amalgam fillings on my bottom two molars and suggested to get two crowns to cover them. I don’t have any issues with my bottom teeth he just recommended to get them. I’ve read a couple of articles of the toxicity in amalgam fillings and I am horrified in knowing this I myself have two large fillings and 5 small ones. I am not sure whether getting two crowns and covering up the fillings is the way to go. I know that when a crown is inserted they first have to file the tooth. If they the file the tooth wouldn’t that be a greater exposure to the mercury?

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87 Jill October 16, 2013 at 11:23 am

HI Christina,
I would NEVER get a crown just to cover amalgam. Your thoughts are correct — the mercury would still be there and filing the tooth for the crown would release ALOT of mercury dust. I can’t believe a dentist would suggest that! I would find a new dentist and be sure to use a holistic, trained dentist to remove amalgams properly!

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88 Lindsey October 29, 2013 at 11:45 am

Hi, I have several amalgam fillings & one root canal. I’ve had these for 30 years, I also suffer from allergies,eye pain, migrains, sinus problems, anxiety & immune disorders. The dentist refuses to remove my root canal & says there is nothing wrong with it. He also says that the mercury in my amalgam fillings is nothing to worry about & also refuses to remove them. He wants to put a crown over the root canal, even though the filling is causing problems,he even built up a broken tooth with amalgam, I’m at my wits end & after finding your website which confirms my suspicions am now considering changing dentists (I’m in England) Thank you.

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89 Jill October 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Hi Lindsey,
I would find a new dentist as I mentioned to Christina in the comment above.

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90 Yared November 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I have been thinking about removing my amalgam fillings. I am currently breast feeding though is that something I can do now or would it be safer for the milk supply to wait until my baby is weaned?

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91 Jill November 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Hi Yared,
I would wait. You don’t want any Hg to get into your milk.

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92 Courtney March 9, 2014 at 11:42 am

What about if you’re trying to become pregnant soon? Right now I’m breastfeeding and don’t plan to stop for another year I have 6 fillings.. I DO want another baby too.

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93 cristal November 22, 2013 at 1:09 am

I just had 3 amalgams removed today and the past few hours Ive had fever, chills, headache, sore throat, and jaw pain.

The dentist didnt use any protective meecury measures other than eyeglasses for me.
Now, Im scared I may hv inhaled and swallowed mercury.
What can I do to remove this toxic metal from my body?
I cant afford alot of cleanses..so whats most important to take?
Also, she wants to remove 3 more fillings.

Thanks,
CC

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94 Jill November 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

Hi Cristal,
Please read through the comments above for advice.

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95 jacob December 12, 2013 at 12:10 am

dentists pay about ,50 cents for amalgam capsules each they then charge us $150 for placing a mercury filling this is why dentistry put up such a tremendous fight to keep mercury in our mouths ,GREED!!!

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96 Zeke December 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Hi,

Can someone please recommend a good doctor in southern california?

Also, which are the correct fillings to replace my amalgams with? I want to assure the dentist that he uses the correct ones. I was a little confused on using the composite vs gold, which are safer?

Thanks in advance!

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97 Dena January 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm

I did not see Dr. Oz. I do have eight amalgam fillings. I have a host of illnesses such as stage three kidney failure, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, depression, blurry vision, persistent bad breath, IBS, migraine headache, and insomnia. I am a 53 year old female trying to improve my health. Today is the first I had heard of mercury poisoning through my fillings. Very scary information. I have been medically retired for eight years. SSDI is not going to cover the removal of these fillings, I feel I would rather have dentures than eight toxic fillings. Any suggestion where someone on limited income can have quality dental work done on a limited income?

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98 Jill January 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm

HI Dena,
I’m going to ask on my facebook page. Go here to check out the answers: https://www.facebook.com/realfoodforager

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99 Megan L January 18, 2014 at 3:46 am

I too had to wait and figure out my steps. The Hal Huggins group recommended me to see their elite trained dentist Dr Lagos in Tijuana Mexico. I live in Los Angeles so I figured it wouldn’t be too much of a hassle, but the problem was I couldn’t find anyone to accompany me with the schedule I was asking which would be 3 days.
I decided to just get some quotes here in LA, and found a doctor that was also recommend by the HHG, but he was not an elite dentist; however he would be charging about the same price, but I wouldn’t have to get a hotel and pay for the transportation so I went with him.
Just remember getting different quotes and also doing it in sessions may be your best bet.

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100 Mike January 19, 2014 at 11:18 pm

I was juicing cilantro as part of a metal detox and began getting dizzy and some mild vision problems. I have five amalgams and later saw that you should not use cilantro because it mobilizes Mercury without getting it out of the body. I had been feeling awesome just prior. I have not felt well since about 2 weeks. I used chlorella once and felt great again for about 3 hours. There are some that say Chlorella will do the same as Cilantro and leave you worse off than you were before. What do you you think?

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101 Jill January 20, 2014 at 10:34 am

HI Mike,
The best way to get the mercury out is to first have the amalgams removed the proper way as outlined above. Detox is a slow process and should be done as a slow and gradual program.

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102 JMCarrey January 28, 2014 at 2:00 am

For this in Southern California or Los Angeles area, check out Dr. Rota for safe amalgam removal. Here is his site: http://www.drrota.com/index.html

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103 katy January 30, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Dr. Blanche Grube is in Pennsylvania and also has an office in California. She was trained by Huggins.

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104 Anna February 27, 2014 at 9:52 pm

I’m miserable. I have amalgam fillings in all my molars. I have been having episodes of high blood pressure and edema in my legs. Also my lymph system is swollen in various parts of my body. I’m only 37 and I feel like a 60 year old.

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105 Jill March 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Hi Courtney,
I’ll be asking my readers this question on my facebook page on Wednesday — look for answers there.

Facebook.com/Realfoodforager

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106 More information April 15, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems
as though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre
talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting
videos to your site when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

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107 Darcy April 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm

My teeth are breaking at my umpteen fillings and now I have neurological problems. Could they be connected?

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108 Jill April 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Hi Darcy,
If mercury vapors are getting into your system, most certainly can cause neurological problems.

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