Amalgam dental fillings - which contain the highly toxic metal mercury - pose a health risk, the world's top medical regulatory agency has conceded.
After years of insisting the fillings are safe, the US government's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a health warning about them. It represents a landmark victory for campaigners, who say the fillings are responsible for a range of ailments, including heart conditions and Alzheimer's disease.
Earlier this month, in an unprecedented U-turn, the FDA dropped much of its reassuring language on the fillings from its website, substituting: "Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and foetuses." It adds that when amalgam fillings are "placed in teeth or removed they release mercury vapour", and that the same thing happens when chewing.
The FDA is now reviewing its rules and may end up restricting or banning the use of the metal.
Full Story: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/health-news/us-issues-health-warning-over-mercury-fillings-856582.html
Jul 7 2008, 01:33 PM
So, where does this leave people like me, who spent years having my mouth filled with these fillings (I have had serious teeth problems since I was a child)? I can't afford what it costs to have them replaced with healthy material. Is the FDA going to be held responsible to the degree that they will be required to pay for people like me to have fillings replaced? I doubt it. So, I am stuck with this horror, and once again, they get away with having shortened people's lives and increased pain and suffering. Our government and all the officials responsible for this long-term travesty should be held totally accountable and should be required to issue a "recall" to all us who are (and have been for some time) ready to have this corrected!
Jul 7 2008, 02:59 PM
Right on 'haristar'!!!
Maybe a class action suit needs to be filed against the FDA and the parties who have known all along about the health dangers of putting mercury in our mouths and in the vaccines for that matter.... do some research online and you'll see that the dangers of using Mercury have been long known.
Jul 7 2008, 03:52 PM
Dr. Hardy in Winter Park, FL is an excellent mercury free dentist and very reasonably priced.
Jul 7 2008, 09:59 PM
I have been aware of this issue for sometime now and have gradually had all my mercury fillings removed.
I'm sorry that I can't remember the exact place I read this, I think it may have been at Mercola.com, another excellent source for getting to the truth of things, but if you do have your fillings removed you need to seek out an environmental dentist, as it can be very dangerous for you because when they remove the fillings, vapor is released and can go directly to the brain. PLEASE make sure you have the fillings removed by a qualified dentist or at the very least, have them done 1 or 2 at a time. I think the article said they need to have you hooked up to oxygen or something to help avoid trouble. The article stated that your local whole food/health store may be able to help you locate such a dentist.
As a side note: I also read a comment that Ronald Reagan had all of his amalgam fillings removed just a few weeks prior to his Alzheimers diagnosis. I'm not sure if that is true, but it sounds believable based on what I have read.
Jul 8 2008, 08:24 AM
How to Find a Safe Biological DentistI was poisoned by a dentist drilling into ONE amalgam filling, and then placing a toxic crown on top of it in 2001. I am now an Activist for DAMS, Dental Amalgam Mercury Solution. You can get an info packet from DAMS, a list of safe BIOLOGICAL dentists in your state by calling 1-800-311-6265.
The IAOMT http://www.IAOMT.org is a great holistic dental organization training dentists to safely remove mercury fillings by using certain protocols and using special equipment to minimize the patient's exposure to mercury vapor. However, the only requirement for being a member of the IAOMT is to be mercury free. Mercury free dentists can poison you if they have not yet completed the training offered by the IAOMT, or just don't bother to put the training into use in their dental offices.
So just getting a dentist's name off of the IAOMT list is not safe. Those dentists who have the initials FIAOMT, MIAOMT, or AIAOMT after their names have been with the IAOMT longer and you can find out what this means on the IAOMT web site. But please check with Leo Cashman at DAMS to find out the dentist's reputation and if he has received bad reports about him. This is especially important when going to a Mexican dentist.
You need to know what constitutes safe dentistry before you go to a "biological dentist" and then you can interview the dentist to see if he is following the safe protocols for mercury removal. I have this information on my web site. http://www.MercuryPoisoned.com
There are several ways you can be poisoned from your amalgam fillings. See http://www.MercuryPoisoned.com/three.html
1)mercury vapor leaking over the lifetime of the tooth
2)a dentist drilling into a filling and exposing you to mercury vapor, a hygienist polishing your fillings
3) a dentist placing other metals in your mouth setting up a battery like effect which causing mercury to come out of the fillings. This is called ORAL GALVANISM. If you have a metallic taste from dissimiliar metals, you are being poisoned.
a) porcelain fused to metal crown over top of a mercury filling, gold crown over a mercury filling
b) metal braces in the mouth with mercury fillings
c) bridgework, partial plates containing nickel or palladium
DAMS Activist in Virginia
Jul 8 2008, 10:04 AM
I have suffered from an inexplicable hormone imbalance/polycystic ovaries for many years, and finally went to a homeopathic doctor, who recommended I have the mercury fillings replaced in my teeth. Under his care, I was feeling better before having my fillings removed, and afterward I regressed and now feel worse again (fatigue, irritability, etc.). However, I plan to detox myself gradually with homeopathy and hope to feel better someday. My doctor told me it takes three years to detox the body from mercury fully -- and that's probably only if we "chelate" or remove the mercury with the proper remedies. I suggest contacting a homeopathic doctor if you wish to undertake mercury removal or detoxification. Here are some websites that show the procedures your dentists MUST follow if you don't want to be poisoned when having your fillings replaced with ceramic ones:http://www.holisticmed.com/dental/amalgam/iaomt.txthttp://www.cfsn.com/detox.html
Here is also a list of "safe" dentists, by state. My own dentist did a great job of replacing my fillings, strictly following the protocol for mercury removal:http://mercuryfreedentists.com/
I would also support a class-action lawsuit if any lawyers out there would like to take this one on. It would not make sense to put a large number of dentists out of business with such a lawsuit, but all dentists who have used mercury fillings in the past (or now still do) could be required to replace them with porcelain at a reduced rate.
Jul 10 2008, 12:04 PM
This is an interesting development. Geoffrey Lean, can you point us to your source of information? I'd like to see the FDA statement and the context in which it was announced.
Heavy metal exposure is considered a major contributor to toxic overload and chemical injury leading to leaky gut syndrome and subsequently the gluten syndrome and similar food intolerances, as shown in the medical diagrams presented by Dr. Aristo Vojdani, Immunosciences Laboratories (a research lab). www.theglutensyndrome.net/VojdaniDiagrams.htm
In my investigations I've found many other researchers and practitioners who agree with this viewpoint. They also include toxin damage to skin, lung and blood brain barriers as well as to the gut wall/leaky gut.
FYI, there is also an opinion that heavy metals are often behind chronic fungus infections and tooth decay. Furthermore it is believed that consumption of liberal amounts of fats, particularly preferably raw butterfat, cream, naturally raised grass fed animal fat and unprocessed tropical oils such as organic virgin coconut oil and fresh coconut cream, unhydrogenated palm oil and some cold pressed organic olive oil (NOT processed seed oils such as corn, cotton, canola and soy, hydrogenated fats/transfats. etc) contribute to "safer" amalgam removal. These opinions are held by practitioners and patients who experience generally high recovery rates. The reasoning is that fats attract and store toxins to remove them from circulation. This reduces further damage to more crucial organs and tissues. These fats also support the liver and other elimination organs as they remove heavy metals and toxins from the body. One practitioner with a high success rate actually has many patients consume these fats and other raw food for a couple of years before amalgam removal. He also instructs his patients to gain weight during this time (on a prescribed "healthy" regime) in order to provide extra fat tissue to bind and store these toxins as they are dislodged in the body. This to a degree protects the brain, bone marrow, sensitive organs and neurological tissues from further toxin damage. He claims this smooths the experience for the patient and keeps them calmer emotionally. After a period of time, he gives the patients a weight loss regime and the fats and toxins bound to them are more safely processed through the elimination organs and removed from the body.
These are interesting but sometimes shocking opinions I have run across. I personally know desperately ill persons (including a friend) who recovered using general principles that incorporate raw saturated fats and other foods. For more info on this movement back to natural saturated fats, and cholesterol concerns connected with processed grain oils, see www.westonaprice.org and the following articles in particular http://www.westonaprice.org/traditional_di...ary_wisdom.html
I see a general trend of respect and yet understandable confusion re the "raw" movement, particularly if raw animal products are included. Some of these ideas are in line with a theory called the "cellular" theory. It was developed and debated in the 1800s for 50 years by Antoine Bechamp and others, opposite Louis Pasteur's "germ theory", and has different rules. It has not been well researched, but some of the societal predictions made by cellular theory proponents have come true and often the cellular principles produce eye popping recoveries. For further discussion email firstname.lastname@example.org (No financial interests)
Today, 10:57 AM
As a woman whose been trying to conceive for the last 4 years, and needing addtional/new dental work during this time, I have had great concerns over which type of fillings to select. In discussing alternatives/options with several dentists, they all have different opinions. The dentists affiliated with insurance plans want you to use non amalgam because it costs more and they make more money. The non-PPO doctors prefer amalgam because of it's strength, durability, low cost to patients, etc. Other than for cosmetic purposes, I have not had a non-PPO dentist recommend non-amalgam fillings. Also, please don't forget that COMPOSITE FILLINGS OFF GAS BPA - a really harmful chemical found in many plastics, and being quickly outlawed around the world. For more information on BPA, visit www.ewg.org. WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT, THERE AREN'T ANY GREAT OPTIONS. But leaving your teeth unfixed/unfilled is far riskier and unhealthful than using amalgam or composite fillings, unless, of course, you just want to pull every bad tooth and eventually get dentures... (and what are those made of? some other substance with toxic ingredients?)
I do believe that some people may be more senstive to the effects of mercury, like the woman who states she believes her hypothyroidism was linked/caused by mercury toxicity. However, my parents in their 70's, have mouths full of amalgam and are both healthy and active, not showing any signs of anything that could be related to mercury toxicity. As a woman who is prematurely infertile for my age, with all the rest of my family being very fertile, there are some unanswered questions to my problems. I have often wondered if my dental fillings have played a role. My teeth, overall, are not bad, just some fillings in the molars. Honestly, after learning about BPA, I feel if anything, my composite fillings, not the amalgam, have contributed to my infertility. I've had 2 since I was a late teen - who knows? All we can do is be careful. Please remember that removing amalgam fillings may cause more mercury toxicity than just leaving them alone. TALK TO YOUR DENTIST!!!! (oh, and I'm not one, do not have one in the family, or are friends with any, dentists, that is...)