The Dental Amalgam Controversy
I can still remember the year 1987, it was the year I had my mercury dental fillings replaced with composite white fillings. It was also the year I was rid of a candida yeast infection from which I suffered from for years, for good. My doctor thought I was crazy for suggesting that I get rid of my mercury fillings, saying that I was getting a lot more mercury exposure from eating fish than I ever would from my dental fillings. I want you to look at this You Tube video and make up your own mind about the vapour being released into your mouth if you have these metal fillings right now, and happen to be sipping on a nice cup of tea or coffee. Remember too, minds are like parachutes, they work best when fully open, not closed.
No Amount Of Mercury Vapour Is Acceptable – CDC
The Center for Disease Control states that there is no acceptable amount of mercury that can enter your body. However you absorb and inhale mercury off of your “silver” fillings every day. Here is an excellent overview with regard to why mercury amalgam fillings should not be used as dental fillings. It is a 22 page PDF doc. with almost 100 references called The Case Against Amalgam.
“If they have more than four amalgam fillings in their mouth, the average person’s saliva is so high in mercury they cannot legally spit in the toilet.”
- David Kennedy, Dental surgeon -
The “silver” fillings contain no silver at all – they are over 50% mercury. The American Dental Association still claims that the mercury in the tooth fillings is “fixed and does not enter your body”. However there are tests that you can have done to prove that your fillings are leaking mercury into your body. Even if you choose not to have your existing tooth fillings removed, do not under any circumstances let your dentist add more mercury fillings to your teeth! The extra charge for a composite filling is usually around $10 and your continued health is more than worth that small charge. Composite fillings are mercury free dental fillings that are also known as “white fillings”.
The Mercury-Candida Connection
Excessive mercury can have multiple and varied effects in the body to perpetuate a candida yeast infection. Mercury can stimulate or toxify the thyroid, causing adrenal gland imbalances. This in its own right will impair immunity due to a decrease in cortisol output. There is also evidence that candida albicans can convert mercury vapor to methyl mercury, a form of mercury that can be many times more toxic than its original form.
It is speculated that the methylated mercury has a candida building effect in the intestines, and it is not until thorough mercury cleansing has taken place in these situations that the patient is finally rid of their chronic candida yeast infection. If you have a chronic yeast infections or candida you simply must look into the mercury connection. Mercury binds to the yeast cell wall and when the yeast cell becomes saturated or has absorbed all it can, roughly its own weight, it disposes of the rest as methyl mercury. Methyl mercury now goes everywhere as it passes through the intestinal wall. The body’s macrophages (immune system) and glutathione try to clean up and detoxify this on going mess. At some point they become weakened, tired, and worn out. This weakening of the immune system hinders the bodies ability to heal. We have experienced this time and again in our practice spanning over twenty years involving many thousands of patients.
Well known candida expert Dr. J. Trowbridge wrote in his book “The Yeast Syndrome,” that some doctors specialising in candida treatment have reported to him that they have discovered clinically that 98% of their patients with chronic candida also had mercury toxicity.
Getting the Mercury Out
One way to help filter the existing mercury out of your bloodstream while on the Candida diet, is to use a heavy metal detox product called HMD. HMD is the best product I have used yet to help remove mercury and other heavy metals, particularly lead, arsenic and cadmium.
HMD is a very specific mixture that has been shown to remove mercury and 15 other heavy metals. Additionally, it can be used while your amalgams are still in place. The HMD method of removing the mercury from your body is called chelation.
There are also synthetic chelating agents that will remove the mercury from your body. They are:
- IV EDTA (EthyleneDiamine Tetra acetic Acid)
- Oral EDTA (Ethylene Diamine Tetraacetic Acid)
- Oral DMSA (Di MercaptoSuccinic Acid)
- Oral DMPS (Di Mercapto-Propane Sulfonate)
However these synthetic chelating agents have many drawbacks. They are very expensive per treatment – ranging from $400. They also have side effects – possibly affecting the liver, kidney and brain.
Your amalgams have to be removed before you use chelating agents, and I will prefer to recommend natural methods over the synthetic pharmaceutical chelating methods, but sometimes you have to compromise.
Mercury is flushed from your body through your kidneys in particular, but also from your bowels. Therefore it is important that you drink plenty of water and take a fiber supplement to keep your bowels moving freely. Most people do not include enough fiber in their diet so a supplement is a must. I recommend that you visit your naturopathic doctor in all cases of heavy metal detox. This is one detox you will want to initiate and complete under the supervision of an experienced practitioner.