A. ACUTE POISONING
If you suspect you may have ACUTE metal poisoning, you need to obtain
medical help immediately.
This is considered a medical emergency.
Seek the assistance of a qualified medical toxicologist.
B. AMALGAM REPLACEMENT
The most popular detoxification programs involve amalgam replacement.
If you are being poisoned by the metal in your mouth, it makes sense to
remove the source. I urge caution
here, however. Amalgam replacement
is surgery. There are risks.
Many dentists will recommend that you replace your amalgams with plastic
composites. Blood tests are
available which will measure your reaction to the various materials used.
You don't want to replace amalgam with a material to which your body will
have an allergic reaction.
I replaced my amalgams with composites, and I would not do it again.
The placement of plastic composite fillings is very technique-sensitive.
There are several steps involved and each one must be followed
meticulously. If the dentist
doesn't do it properly, the filling will leak, allowing bacteria to reach the
dentin resulting in decay, sensitivity, even pain.
Composites are not known for their longevity.
While there are improvements and innovations happening, most composites
will last only 5 to 7 years, with some lucky patients keeping them for 10 to 12
years. Then they will have to be replaced. That means more trauma to the tooth. In addition, several competent dentists have told me that
composites should not be used on occlusal (biting) surfaces, that these
materials are not yet strong enough to bear such pressure, and will wear much
more quickly on those surfaces.
My dentist replaced six fillings in two hours, and he did a terrible job.
My new dentist will use plastic composites only on nonbiting surfaces,
and it takes him an hour and a half to do ONE small filling.
If I had it to do over again, I would not use plastic composites.
I would use bonded restorations (manufactured inlays) which are superior
to plastic composites for durability and longevity.
They are more expensive, and it takes two visits instead of one, but I
believe that it is best for the health of the tooth (and the body) in the long
run. If you're interested in
exploring this further, ask your dentist about Cerac, Targis Vectris or Empress manufactured inlays.
Amalgam replacement involves trauma to the tooth, and the chances of
fractures, root canals and extractions. If
you must have a root canal, I urge you to investigate the use of biocalix as
filling material, rather than gutta percha.
Recent research indicates that biocalix discourages the growth of
anaerobic bacteria in the canals. This
provides some measure of assurance for those concerned about the "focal
infection" theory. See bioprobe.com
and altcorp.com for the latest research by
Dr. Boyd Haley and Dr. Curt Pendergrass on biocalix.
C. DETOXING THE BODY
The science of metal
detoxification is still in its infancy. Patients
who choose this course of treatment should know that they are engaging in
experimental medicine with all of its attendant, and sometimes substantial
Detoxification protocols may involve a diet and supplement program,
exercise, saunas, and the use of oral or injectable chelators such as DMSA and
DMPS. Some doctors will even use
injections of procaine. However, the safety of such injections is the subject of
1. Natural detoxification
Remember that mercury detoxification is in evolution.
Researchers are learning and adapting their approaches all the time.
My belief is that natural methods are the safest approach.
I am not a biochemist or nutritionist, so I refer you to others who know
much more than I do about natural detox. I
most especially recommend Jeff Clark's website (cfsn.com)
and Deborah Baker's website (y2khealthanddetox.com).
Basically, you want to make sure your liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal
track are functioning as well as possible.
Glutathione is the body's natural mechanism for dealing with mercury, so
you want those levels to be high normal. Other
dietary and nutrient recommendations will be determined by your own individual
Saunas are encouraged in mercury toxic patients, as mercury levels are
elevated in the sweat of such patients. Moderate
exercise is also recommended, but I am still learning about this, and will post
more as I become better informed.
2. Intravenous vitamin C
Some practitioners will recommend intravenous vitamin C at the time of
amalgam replacement and during the course of detoxification.
I have found no scientific evidence that such administration can reduce
mercury toxicity, although it can provide valuable anti-oxidant effects.
I developed painful kidney stones from intravenous vitamin C.
I have no known risk factors for stone formation, and there is no history
of kidney stones in my family. So
for me, intravenous vitamin C is not the answer.
For more on intravenous vitamin C, see the Safety section on the DMPS
One prominent proponent of
"neural therapy" claims that procaine will cause the nerve ganglia to
release the metal toxins. What is known is that the "caines" (novocaine, lidocaine,
procaine, etc.) are broken down in the body into "anilines". Studies have found anilines to be "aggressive
carcinogens". So you want to
use as little novocaine as you need in the dentist's office, and look with a
healthy suspicion at the use of procaine injections.
4. Synthetic chelators
The primary synthetic chelators are DMSA and DMPS.
These chelators are life saving drugs in cases of ACUTE metal poisoning.
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