By: Jessica Davis-Thompson
According to the FDA, for over 150 years “silver fillings”, also known as amalgams, have been used in hundreds of millions of patients around the world. These fillings are nearly 50% Mercury in weight, an element known as one of the most toxic heavy metals to humans. Despite the potential danger, most dentists willingly choose mercury amalgams instead of safer alternatives due to the low cost and quick installation. Although the FDA still supports the use of these mercury fillings, studies have shown that they have a significant impact on the body over time.
Over time, mercury amalgams slowly release mercury vapor, and can make its way into the bloodstream. Once mercury is in the bloodstream, it can cause an oxidative processes on the body’s tissues, and oxidation in the body can lead to inflammation of the lining of blood vessels. This can cause the body to increase LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels in order to try and repair. LDL is a carrier of bad cholesterol, and a high level of bad cholesterol is never good. Exposure to mercury can not only cause immunological and endocrinological problems, but since it acts as a neurotoxin, it can greatly affect the body’s nervous system. The human body has 100 billion nerve cells (neurons) in the brain that make up the central communication/information network, and they require a great deal of energy and waste removal to function properly. This requires a significant amount of fuel and oxygen, and mercury can seriously impair these important and complex neurological processes. Studies have shown that mercury toxicity could potentially lead to neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
It’s hard to imagine that something so harmful can frequently be found in our mouth! Unfortunately, the FDA has issued no official ban on mercury, despite other countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, and Japan working to eliminate it from dentistry practices. Don’t let your mouth, the 2nd most absorbent organ in the body that borders your brain and leads to internal organs through your bloodstream or ingestion be a storehouse for dangerous toxins. There are plenty of holistic and alternative dentists who can safely remove mercury fillings. It may seem like a daunting task to remove fillings financially and otherwise, but just get started on the process. Have one mercury filling removed every 6 months if necessary. Just do it!
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