Although conventional dental science continues to claim mercury amalgams are safe, studies prove otherwise. In 2005, a peer-reviewed study demonstrated that mercury fillings lead to such other ailments as nephrotoxicity (or kidney poisoning), neurobehavioral changes, autoimmune diseases and degenerative diseases. Removing the fillings from participants’ teeth led to significant health improvements.
In light of all the proof that mercury amalgams are dangerous, why do they remain legal? The simple answer is that fillings are not covered under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. Instead, they are classified as medical devices, and thus face a much less stringent regulatory process.
Mercury fillings begin to do damage as soon as they are implanted in your mouth. They interfere with your body’s natural detoxification, resulting in a buildup of dangerous toxins and inflammation. Inflammation, of course, underlies most serious human illnesses. Mercury and many other heavy metals are also bad for arteries, nerves, organ and muscle tissue. They can impair memory and the ability to think clearly. Mercury is a toxic metal. Regardless of how small the amount, or what form it is in, mercury does not belong in the human body.
A 2005 study by Freiburg University Institute for Environmental Medicine found that “mercury from dental amalgam may lead to nephrotoxicity [kidney poisoning], neurobehavioural changes, autoimmunity [autoimmune disease], oxidative stress, autism, skin and mucosa alterations or non-specific symptoms and complaints,” plus Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS) have “also been linked to low-dose mercury exposure.” The researchers go on to say, “removal of dental amalgam leads to permanent improvement of various chronic complaints in a relevant number of patients in various trials.”
If you are one of the many Americans with mercury amalgams in your mouth, one option is to have them removed. If you consider that step, consult with a qualified holistic dentist who is trained in removing mercury-based fillings.