Do Mercury Amalgam Fillings Cause Chronic Illness?

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Mercury Amalgam Filling As part of some research I was doing for my degree lately I had to address the issue of mercury fillings and their potential to cause ill-health. Having no fillings myself this is not a subject I have looked at in any real detail before, but I know it may be a major concern to many of you.

The literature I came across was certainly conflicting. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a news release acknowledging study findings from the 1970s and 80s demonstrating that amalgam fillings are continuously giving off mercury vapour...which of course the unlucky individual with the fillings then inhales. Until this time it was thought that exposure only occured during the initial installation of the fillings and that after that the mercury was stable.

The news release raises the possibility that the mercury vapour given off by fillings could cause chronic mercury poisoning and some of the symptoms known to be associated with acute mercury poisoning including "irritability, memory loss, tremors, poor physical coordination, insomnia, kidney failure and anorexia (loss of appetite)".

However, the release goes on to report on two independent studies involving children with amalgam fillings. The studies followed the children for up to 7 years and found no differences in health between children with amalgam fillings and those without - including no differences in average IQ. The mercury in their body fluids was also found to be within "background" levels that would be expoected to be found in the general population.

Other studies I came across were not quite so convinced of the safety of amalgam fillings. Despite the studies reported by the NIH it seems to be clear from other research that people who have such fillings do indeed have higher amounts of mercury in their bodies. One study found that when treated with a chelating agent (a substance that binds to metals and removes them from the body), people with amalgam fillings excreted three times as much mercury in their urine than those who did not. Unfortunately this study did provide information on the relationship between body burden of mercury and symptoms which the patients associated with their mercury fillings.

Another interesting study I came across found that in a sample of people all with amalgam fillings, the amount of mercury absorbed into the body varied significantly from person to person. It is also thought that individual sensitivity to the toxic effects of mercury can also vary greatly.

Particularly for people who are already chronically ill then, it would seem wise to avoid having mercury amalgam fillings fitted. The question of what to do if you already have the fillings and feel they are making you ill is altogether more difficult to answer. It is often pointed out that you are more likely to absorb more mercury during the extraction process than if the fillings were left in place. On the other hand, their are many holistic dentists who advocate removing the fillings to improve patients health.

There is no doubt that this is a confusing area but one whith huge implications for health.

If you have had experience with merucryu amalgam fillings making you ill or if you have got well after having them removed please let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

 

 

About: Matthew Hogg ("Maff")
Diagnosed with M.E./chronic fatigue syndrome aged only 11 years old and subsequently associated illnesses including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Despite his own struggles he has constantly sought to educate and support others suffering from such "invisible illnesses" through his website, The Environmental Illness Resource. He fully recovered from MCS using his own approach and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutritional Health.

 

 

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written by Paul Killmier, June 15, 2009
I have suffered for 24 years because of mercury amalgam fillings which nearly ruined my life. I had oral galvanism from fillings being placed in my mouth with stainless steel braces I believe anyway Ill never no what actually happened the ADA arent interested in doing any research It is madness that they put mercury in peoples mouths and I believe medicine and pharmaceutical companies have known that amalagam was a threat to peoples health for years and were happy to see them placed to drum up business for themselves so much for capitalism Paul Killmier pav463@hotmail.com ps if u need a subject for your further studies I am more than willing to go under the microscope
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written by Denise Belgacem, June 26, 2009
The more I read the more I think that the whole system is corrupt, even though drugs have been invented that will cure us, they will not let us have them because of all the money they make from us long suffering patients. So why pay for research? It all stinks and it doesn’t end there, thousands of pounds paid into doctors accounts to promote new drugs, some times when the drugs are even dangerous.
The stuff I have discovered beggars believe, some Doctors wouldn’t even know which drugs to prescribe if it wasn’t for the Pharmaceutical Reps tell them, what’s happened to the good Doctors, the ones that actually care about their patients; they seem to me to be rare bred these days.
Nothing surprises me anymore, I am scare of listening to the Doctor because they don’t listen to you and I really do not trust them. They are in positions of power and they abuse it and we are the ones that suffer the consequences.
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written by Babs, September 11, 2009
hi...I had a mouthful of silver mercury amalgums...place in my mouth throughout childhood. I had them removed fourteen years ago...replaced with biologically non immune reactive dental composites. Tested through blood compatability. Leading up to removal...I was excessively thin, looked anorexic, though I ate food, was a vegetarian, and into health for many years before. I had very dark circles under my eyes, had increasing and intense allergies, to smoke, chemicals, mold ... tmj, extremely tight neck, shoulders, floaters, numbness in face, and jaw along with pain. My optic nerve had a symptom where any light at all caused shearing pain.
I supported detoxification with vitamins, minerals, homeopathic detox remedies, acupuncture, saunas, skin brushing, nourishment over years.
Initially the dentist removed an entire quadrant at once, which caused my entire body to shake uncontrollably right there in the chair. So, he slowed down the rate by taking out the amalgums which showed highest electrical charge...two or three at a time, upper lower...he also listened to me as to what symptoms I was experiencing and often the high charging teeth were relevant to flows to particular area of the body. Oxygen was given throughout the removal and of course dental dam to catch all toxic matter.
The first quadrant removal stopped a pain in that jaw that was so subliminal I did't know I had the pain until it left with the removal of the mercury amalgums. That eye also was the eye which could not handle light (wore an eye patch as crazy as that was) and blocking all light caused other odd neurological visual quirks. I handled these issues with acupuncture and homeopathy, and herbs. Everything calmed down after removal of this toxic dump in my head.
In the previous and following years I have had to deal with the candidiasis issues which come along with heavy metal mercury toxicity and chemical environmental sensitivities which show up with the candiasis.
The tmj is gone, health is greatly improved, no pain in my face, my eyes are good...and there is life in the lifestyle of health making. This is now 14 years past the removal and though I have to watch it...all the healthcare I do just feels like normal. I believe the detox over years steady, careful, lifeful is lifestyle...avoidance of chemicals, drugs, pesticides, ... ... ... is healthy response to an unhealthy environment.
To remove these heavy metals is a delicate thing and the dentists, and healthcare providers need to do it correctly.
My body couldn't handle all at once removal but I needed to move consistenly over weeks to remove them once I began...so they were removed totally and even though reactions came up...I was thrilled to have all of that taken out of my mouth.
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written by Robert, September 12, 2009
Thank you, Babs, for taking time to share your experience. Would you be able to share the name and location of the dentist who performed your procedure? He sounds thorough.

Thank you,
Robert
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written by Babs, September 14, 2009
Robert,
The dentist was Dr. Paul Iarapoli, located in fairfield, ct.
He was very careful, thorough, kind, and adaptable.

I began my testing with Dr. Mark Breiner,wrote the book...but Breiner wanted to pull teeth and leave gaps and I just couldn't deal with that. He's hard core about total removal all at once and I found that inflexibility to be too traumatizing. The lab testing for biocompatibility...I can't remember who...but it was done with blood work; testing all dental substances used for immune reaction.
The homeopathics were german homeopathics through a naturopathic friend and homeopathic, Marvin Schweitzer, norwalk, ct.., and Sue Graves, Fairfield, CT. extraordinary practitioner, uses Biomeridian Testing., acupuncture myself.
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written by Babs, September 14, 2009
Post Script:
I didn't follow any absolutes as far as detoxing...I had to follow my own needs and instincts; which were financial, and functional (need to keep up functioning work/and life). Taking care of foundations like digestion and gut health, nourishment, herbal protocols of my own from north american herbology for kidney and liver health, stabilzing cellular health. I couldn't afford allowing harsh rigid protocols to crash me so I take the long view steady, overtime, seasons, years (ie lifestyle) careful.
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written by Babs, September 14, 2009
Thomas Rau, MD of Paracelcus Institute in Zurich...also they are big into the removal...and have a Clinic where people can stay. They care for people with many potentially related diseases chronic and multiple sclerosis, issues too.
If you can afford that ... thats worthwhile too. They do all the the protocols that I mentioned above...there.
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written by paul killmier, January 29, 2010
Even if there was a handwritten note from GOD stating that oral galvanism did in fact happen the ADA would still deny it!!!! There are too few people with the problem which allows them the luxury of passing it off as an inconvenience of doing business. I wish I could be so flipant. Unfortunately for the individual who endures it it is devestating.
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written by Claudio Fratarcangeli, July 04, 2010
I am 55 years old and had mercury fillings in my mouth since around age 8. I finally got them removed by Dr. Breiner in Fairfield, CT 6 months ago all in one sitting. He's a holistic dentist and used proper techniques and prescribed homeopathics before and after. Within a couple of weeks of getting them removed, I experienced dramatic improvement in a number of conditions that I had had for years. I could breathe thru my nose for the first time while sleeping that I could remember in my life. The intense chronic sinus pain dissipated sharply. I could breathe better and had better aerobic endurance when running. Chronic headaches improved noticably. Breiner felt that the improvement was probably due to elimination of electrical effects of the mercury especially because I also had gold in my mouth which has a different oxidative/reductive potential than mercury causing a battery effect. The elimination of the mercury load will take years to occur and I probably will experience the benefit of that gradually over time.

I have tried many dfiferent alternative therapies over the years to deal with allergies, headaches, chronic fatigue, etc. and many helped to some degree, but nothing had as dramatic an effect as removal of the mercury fillings.

It appears that most people don't seem to suffer significant ill effects from mercury fillings. The fact that it may only adversely impact a minority probably makes this topic so controversial. However, even those that seem to be immune to its ill effects when relatively young might experience problems in their old age such as Alzeimer's, etc. Even if I was healthy I think I would err on the side of caution and have them removed.
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written by Karen Roche August 2010, August 13, 2010
I'm 51 years old and I've had 9 fillings in my mouth since I was 14. I have never felt well since the year they were put in. I'm convinced that this has caused my lifelong problems both physical and mental. I started getting sore throats and earaches every other week, and got embarrassed going to the Doctors all the time so in the end I suffered in silence. I felt tired and rundown constantly. Mentally I felt so alone, anxious, felt very nervy all the time, I lost my confidence so much that I couldn't socialise. I couldn't put a finger on what was wrong with me, I just wanted to hide from the world, while all the people I knew from school were going out and having a great time. They were in the prime of their lives socialising and confident and living life to the full whilst I sat in at home night after night. I've struggled with numerous symptoms ever since and recently they've got worse. I have constant pain in my neck and the base of my head and the pain has now spread to my shoulders. My throat feels constantly swollen, I've TMJ problems, constant headaches, eczema in my ear, pain in and around my gums, digestive problems and now I'm feeling jumpy all the time, my muscles keep twitching and I'm having breathing problems, I'm struggling at work because I can't remember things, I'm also getting confused quite a lot, and my behaviour has got very aggressive. And the Doctor just says its stress!! I've now booked an appointment to have all my fillings removed. I'll report back in a months time.
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written by Erika L., September 15, 2010
Thank you for the article. I know it is a year old but I still appreciated it.
I had amalgam fillings put in when I was a kid. I was probably around 10. I never thought about them during my life. I have had problems with anxiety and depression for a very long time. None of the medicines helped. I am 31 now and I am on disability. It's very shameful to me to be so young and not be able to work.
I had one of my big very old fillings break around 3 years ago. I didn't have the money to go and get it fixed immediately. I noticed an increasing metal taste in my mouth. It was like I had been chewing on a wrench or something. My mood problems had become worse and all the tests I had ran by doctors came back normal. I didn't think it could be related to a broken filling leaking. I started having extreme fatigue and an inability to think straight a lot of the time and my depression and anxiety reached levels I never thought possible. A living nightmare.
I finally saved the money to go get my old amalgam filling repaired. The dentist put in a composite filling. He was a regular dentist not holistic or anything. He seemed very nice and I think he did a good job drilling out the old filling. After that big amalgam removal though I got much worse for around 4 months. I had really intense burning sensation on my head. It felt like someone was pouring hot 7-Up over my head. The doctors didn't find anything. I thought I had completely lost my mind. None of the medications were working. A friend gave me a book by Mark Hyman some book about Ultra Wellness and different approaches to sickness that doesn't seem to get better. He talked about heavy metal toxicity and the effects it could have. That got me thinking about if these fillings could be contributing to all my problems.
A part of me doesn't want to believe it. That they are putting poison into peoples mouths. But then I look at how medicine has changed over time and how things that were thought to help cure people actually harmed them. Like bloodletting, and low fat high carb diets, and things. So amalgams might be harmful. I really wish I could know for sure what to do to get better. I love life so much but it's like I'm deteriorating mentally and physically and nothing has helped. I think I still have around 5 amalgam fillings left. I want to get them removed but I'm afraid I will have a reaction like I did after the first one was replaced. It was so hard to come back from that. I am still not well but I am better than I was before I had the filling fixed. The strong metal taste subsided after I had the filling fixed. I only taste metal after I brush my teeth and if I put my tongue directly on the other fillings.
I am looking forward to see if the person who had fillings put in when they were 14 and are now 51 y/o improves. I hope they do. I am thinking of selling my car and trying to save the money to get my fillings removed by a biological dentist. Maybe I won't have the bad effects like with a general dentist. Maybe it was just a coincidence I got worse after having one removed then better. I really do wish I could know for sure. I want my life back. I think the only medicines left for me to try are antipsychotics and I really don't want to go down that path I have such a hard time with all the medicines I have tried. I think I can get better another way I just have to find it.
To anyone else with these kinds of problems and looking for answers.. know that you aren't alone. Don't give up. Peace.
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written by Denise Belgacem, September 16, 2010
It took me years to get well, I was told that I would find it hard or even impossible to loose weight with an under active thyroid. The drugs don't work, infact they made me worse. But I think I have found the answer. I have now lost almost 3 stone and I feel so much better. The link I think is our modern diet! I have been following the Caveman diet with amazing results. I mainly eat fruit, veg and meat while avoiding anything that is ready made and no wheat products. Try it just might work for you too. Live well Denise
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written by Rolands, September 25, 2010
I'm 27 years old, have three amalgam fillings in lower jaw. They were put in my mouth me being 10-17 years old, i cannot recall more precisely smilies/smiley.gif (One of mercury poisoning symptoms is memory loss). I have ringing in my ears, chronic fatigue, always had struggles with my nose, blocked most of the time and runny. Sometimes i have metallic taste in mouth, and teeth with amalgams experience some pulsating weak to mild pain, although it could be because of wisdom tooths growing. Had strong depression periods, thoughts about suicide, was and am anti-social(wasn't in my childhood, that got worst over time), shy, anxious, but that all has been reduced by me trying to change and observe thought patterns and reading about spirituality. Had lung tuberculosis twice, although vaccinated. Second time it was resistant, so lot of strong antibiotics for year and a half, cannot recall precisely (again!). So my health is not the best, although i don't smoke except cannabis, which i regularly smoked only last year, been off since. Neither i use alcohol, in this year 2 wine glasses, 2 beers and maybe some champagne. Changed radically my diet this year, no meat, mostly raw foods, rarely something cooked or junk food, although with some periods when i let my cravings for sweets loose. I've read that "silver" filings have mercury in them some time ago, but that didn't click until some time later, when i started to be more conscious about my health and what my actions contribute to improving or worsening of it. So the thought arise - MERCURY in my mouth? WTF! smilies/smiley.gif So a bit of research to confirm my worries, that mercury in any mouth is not contributing to that particular mouth's health, and after my flu is gone first thing is visit to dentist. Unfortunately in my country Latvia, we don't have any practitioners who specialize in amalgam removal the safe way, still gonna do it. And it seems there isn't 100% safe alternative, all of them have some heavy metals, fluoride or chemicals that impact hormones. But anyway, let's hope they are less harmful.
P.S.
Great story on mercury poisoning by chemist, who experienced it first hand -http://www.stanford.edu/~bcalhoun/AStock.htm
And the movie "The beautiful Truth" in my opinion is worth seeing too.
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written by Jocelynne DeVille, December 14, 2011
Well after wathcing the following video
"The Beautiful Truth" on Youtube, only a week later I booked an appointment with a special dentist to have all my fillings removed and replaced. (will be two days of work). I have had filing since I was in elementary school. Some of the things that I have been struggling with are infertility, restless leg syndrome, IBS, Depression, and GERD. I have done many things to try to improve all of this and it always seems to end in little to no improvements being made. After watching this video and doing a lot more research onine I am appauled that this practice is aloud to continue and I am getting them all removed. I then plan to do a 6 month metal detox program. with DMSA and other supplements, as well as regular saunas. I am excited to not only look better (nicer teeth) but also to see the improvements in my health that I am sure are going to follow. I will keep you posted on how this process goes. Heres to a metal free mouth! smilies/grin.gif
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written by christinabocelli, August 31, 2012
I had some large amalgam fillings removed by drilling about 5 years ago. When the dentist had finished I had black dust all over my face which he wiped off and I noticed a lot of dust on my clothes as well. This was on a Friday and I thought no more about it. However, on the Monday I started to feel unwell and my face looked a bit red and flaky. I went to my doctor and was prescribed a course of antibiotics as she thought I may have some sort of bug. However, over the next couple of weeks I really started to go downhill to the point where I felt so low in mood that I was bursting into tears in very inappropriate places and just felt very frightened as I felt so ill and depressed. Anyway, I then had what I can only assume was a complete breakdown to the point where I could not function at all and could not even go to the bathroom on my own as I felt so suicidal. My symptoms were not only mental but physical and I could barely eat and went down from 10 stone to 8 and a half within a few weeks, I was having horrible feelings of fainting, dry skin and my hands trembled so such I could not even write my name, but the worst bit was the dreadful worry I caused my family and the terrible depression when I have such a good life. I was treated with antidepressants and I gradually started to feel better but it took a long time. The place I was in at that time was somewhere I never want to go again and when I started to feel better I tried to think of anything that could have caused such a sudden breakdown. I have suffered from bouts of depression over the years but I have always managed them with antidepressants but I have never experienced anything like this. The only thing that I can think is that there was a link with the removal of the fillings as it I started to feel ill almost immediately and because the experience was so frightening I almost hope it was that as I don't think I could ever feel like that again. I asked my doctor if it could have been caused by that but she said no. When I spoke to my dentitst I thought he would deny it but to my surprise he said he could not be sure but that he personally had never had anyone with such a reaction. I do know that I would NEVER have another amalgam filling in case, and although I still have some I would like to get rid of as I'm now worried that to a lesser extent they may have contributed to the depression I have suffered on and off for years, but I am too fearful. I will never know for sure but would advise anyone who needs one removed to only go to a dentist who uses special equipment.

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