Why I’m Having My Old Dental Fillings Removed (Part 1 of a Series)
It’s fairly common knowledge that mercury is highly toxic to the human body. The effects of mercury exposure vary, but symptoms often include confusion, memory loss, reduced coordination, lowered immunity, skin problems, vision impairment, mood swings and body aches.
Our government has never acknowledged the true consequences of mercury exposure. I’m sure you’ve heard before various health departments speak in terms of “acceptable levels of safety” when it comes to exposure to toxins, but what does that really mean? How can an arbitrary line be drawn with rudimentary scientific data, and then be applied to the highly individualized physiology of each human?
Another concern is that few doctors ever consider the possibility of mercury toxicity when making a diagnosis, and are far more likely to prescribe a pharmaceutical drug to help you “solve” your problems, rather than ordering a simple blood test. The fact is that the effects of mercury exposure can often be confused with the symptoms of several diseases.
Many people believe that seafood is the primary culprit when it comes to mercury exposure, which is understandable being that our waterways have become increasingly polluted. However, what if you were told that your biggest source of mercury exposure isn’t from something you ingest, but instead from something that may already be inside your body?
If you want to isolate what may be your primary source of mercury exposure, you need only to open your mouth and take a look at your fillings. If you’re like me, you have a few of those grayish patches in between your teeth, and guess what gives those fillings their gray color – you guessed it – mercury! Known as amalgam fillings, and falsely referred to as silver fillings, it’s more than reasonable to just call them mercury fillings. This is from the FDA’s website:
Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper. Approximately 50% of dental amalgam is elemental mercury.
If you didn’t know that your fillings contained mercury or that this might be a bad thing, you’re not alone. After all, not only do the vast majority of dentists embrace the use of mercury in their practices, the government seemingly doesn’t even consider amalgam fillings to be the least bit dangerous. This is evidenced by the fact that the EPA’s own website doesn’t make a single mention of “amalgam fillings” on its page dedicated to mercury safety. In general, the dental industry, backed by the government, has worked hard to make amalgam fillings seem as if they have no risk associated with them whatsoever.
There are many who believe that the EPA has known for years that amalgam fillings are harmful to human health. I have been one of those people since an EPA attorney told me in person and off the record, that they’ve been told to “bury the data” on the dangers of mercury in dental fillings. Why would the EPA knowingly compromise the safety of the American people? It’s called special interests, liability and expense.
It’s estimated that 180 million people in America (60% of the population) have a total of approximately 1.4 billion fillings in their mouths, the vast majority of these being amalgam fillings. Can you imagine what would happen if all of a sudden the government announced that these fillings are bad for you and may have directly damaged your health? Even though studies by both Health Canada and the World Health Organization confirm that dental amalgam is the largest source of mercury exposure for people with these types of fillings, the U.S. government doesn’t so much as require dentists to warn their patients about the possible risks.
The American Dental Association first adopted the use of amalgam fillings in 1859 – a time when the dangers of mercury weren’t known and little kids played with mercury as if it was a toy. Over 150 years later, the process hasn’t changed much, and in fact, may now be even worse for you. The type of mercury currently used in dental fillings is actually less stable than the older style, and releases many more times the amount of mercury vapor.
I personally have seven amalgam fillings. They are all over 20 years old, and have been slowly decaying since the day they were installed. When amalgam fillings decay, they release vapors, which according to the EPA, “primarily causes health effects when it is breathed and can be absorbed through the lung.”
I have no direct proof that my amalgam fillings have been causing health problems, however I have, like millions of other people, experienced lingering health issues at various times of my life that were difficult to overcome. So I made it my personal goal to remove any variable that is within my control that may adversely affect my health. Taking out the mercury embedded in my teeth that is releasing toxic vapors just makes plain sense.
That’s why I’ve decided to have all of my amalgam fillings removed, and have them replaced with fillings made with a much safer, more modern composite material. There are a number of cutting-edge dentists out there who believe that amalgam fillings are truly dangerous, not only for their patients’ health but potentially for their own, since they would have to handle a toxic material day in and day out. These dentists specialize in amalgam filling removal and follow a special protocol developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT), which dictates exactly how to safely protect both the patient and the dentist during the process.
I am going to have my fillings removed two to three at a time over the course of a few months, and I plan to write several follow up articles detailing and sharing my experience. I am very much looking forward to having this reckless procedure reversed, and I’m confident that it’s going to positively impact my health. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my progress!
Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.