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How Dental Fillings Destroy Health

 

This is one of the most important posts on my blog. Most don’t realize how detrimental toxic metals are to our health – especially Mercury. In the form of amalgam fillings, mercury can spend a lifetime outgassing in your mouth. It settles into the tissues of the body where it disrupts normal function and creates symptoms of disease, including the following:

  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Autism
  • Cancer

Amalgam fillings contain equal amounts of liquid mercury and powdered metals. Even though they were developed over 180 years ago, the fillings have never been thoroughly tested for safety. Mercury is also in fish and certain vaccines, which adds to the overload.

Why is Mercury still allowed in fillings?

I remember when dentists risked losing their license to practice if they informed patients of the dangers of mercury. We have known for years that mercury disrupts the biological functions of the body on a number of different levels, which means it can cause a multitude of problems your body – and mind (Remember “Mad Hatter” disease?). All of the body’s systems are affected by mercury:

THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

Up to 80% of inhaled mercury vapor is absorbed through the lungs. From here it travels to all the other tissues and organs of the body in the circulation, but particularly concentrates within the kidney, liver and brain. The presence of mercury in the lungs causes chronic breathing disorders including: Asthma, bronchitis, persistent cough and breathlessness.

BRAIN FUNCTION

Mercury binds tightly to nerves and fats, so it is readily absorbed into the brain and nerve endings that regulate all the functions of the body. It can damage any part of the central nervous system, including the master endocrine glands which control both the nervous and hormone systems. It also produces a host of mental, emotional, and behavioral changes, including psychiatric disorders. 

The effects of mercury on brain function include:

  • Poor memory
  • Difficult to make decisions
  • Difficulty multitasking
  • Lack of initiative and motivation
  • Inability to concentrate – Brain fog
  • Difficulty finding the right word

Mercury is also known to have profound effects upon mood including:

  • Fears
  • Anxieties
  • Irritability
  • Fits of anger
  • Panic attacks
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of self-confidence
  • Withdrawal
  • Being easily embarrassed
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling easily discouraged
  • A loss of sense of humor
  • Loss of enthusiasm for life

Mercury can also make a person feel crazy, with the following symptoms:

  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Suicide thoughts or attempts
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Manic-Depressive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks
  • Schizophrenia

Peripheral nervous system symptoms include:

  • Difficulty articulating words
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Clumsiness
  • Difficulty doing fine tasks such as typing or adding numbers on a calculator
  • Tremors
  • Ticks and twitches (especially of the face and eyes)
  • A loss of coordination
  • Restless legs

REPRODUCTIVE AND SEXUAL FUNCTION

Mercury collects in the reproductive organs where it can cause a variety of disorders including infertility. It is known to directly cross the placental barrier in pregnant women and also to concentrate in breast milk. Mercury levels in newborn babies have been directly related to the number of amalgam fillings in the mother’s mouth.

The symptoms of mercury toxicity in women include:

  • Low or absent libido
  • Early or late puberty
  • Infertility
  • Heavy, missed or irregular periods
  • Severe menstrual pains
  • PMS
  • Miscarriages and Stillbirths

Mercury toxicity in men includes:

  • Impotence
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Low sperm count, defective sperm and sperm with poor motility

THE URINARY SYSTEM

Mercury can severely impact the kidneys. Animal studies have shown a 50% reduction in kidney function within a month of placement of the first amalgam filling. Along with a variety of kidney and bladder diseases, other symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination – day or night
  • Incontinence – especially in women
  • Difficulty urinating – especially in men
  • An urgent need to urinate

THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM

Mercury accumulates in muscles and joints causing stiffness, swelling, cramps and pain throughout the body, including the jaw (TMJ).

THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM AND HEART

Mercury collects in the heart muscle and valves and is strongly associated with elevated levels of homocysteine and cholesterol and heart attacks.

It also causes red blood cells to rupture and replaces the iron in hemoglobin so that the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood can be reduced by half. Mercury also causes a weakening in the walls of the small blood vessels leading to a reduced blood supply to the organs and tissues.

Cardiovascular symptoms of mercury poisoning include:

  • Heart palpitations
  • An irregular heart beat
  • Angina or chest pain
  • A racing heart beat
  • Either an abnormally slow or rapid heart rate
  • Low or high blood pressure
  • Frequently feeling faint
  • Elevated blood cholesterol and homocysteine levels
  • Easy bleeding and bruising

THE ENDOCRINE HORMONE SYSTEM

Mercury disrupts hormone production and release from the endocrine glands, and also blocks the receptors which allow the hormones to send messages to cells and organs.

Symptoms of mercury poisoning in the endocrine system include:

  • Low and poorly controlled blood sugar
  • Hypothyroidism – under-active thyroid gland
  • Hypoadrenalism – under-functioning adrenal glands
  • Constant fatigue adrenal and thyroid gland exhaustion
  • A poor physiological response to stress

THE ORAL CAVITY / MOUTH

Mercury also collects in very high concentrations in the jaw bones and the soft tissues of the mouth. Mixing gold and amalgam restorations in the mouth increases the amount of mercury outgassing. Placing gold crowns over amalgam cores particularly drives mercury into the surrounding bone.

Symptoms of mercury toxicity in the mouth include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Mouth ulcers
  • A metallic taste
  • Excessive salivation
  • A loss of the sense of taste
  • A burning, red, inflamed mouth
  • ‘Bald’ patches on the tongue or cheeks (includes geographical tongue)
  • Dark spots on gums (amalgam tattoos)

THE EARS: HEARING AND BALANCE

Mercury accumulates in the many sensory nerves of the ear that serve hearing and balance:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Poor balance
  • Tinnitus (ringing or whining noises in the ears)
  • Pain in the ear canal
  • Poor hearing and deafness
  • Difficulty interpreting what you hear

SKIN, HAIR AND NAILS

For the body, the skin is a major route of excretion and so it will try to expel mercury via the skin. creating:

  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Dry skin
  • Peeling or flaking skin on the hands, feet and face
  • A puffy face
  • Red, flaky skin around the eyes
  • Thick, red skin on hands & feet
  • Pricking, stabbing, fizzing or crawling sensations in the skin
  • Very itchy rashes
  • Eczema and psoriasis
  • Excessive perspiration
  • An inability to sweat
  • Night sweats
  • The quality of the hair and nails is also adversely affected causing:
  • Loss of underarm, pubic, body or head hair
  • Graying of hair
  • Dry, thin, wiry, dull hair
  • Weak, flaky nails that split and tear easily

THE NOSE AND SINUSES

Some of the mercury vapor from amalgam fillings adheres to the lining of the nose and sinuses from where it can be transported directly into the brain and cause the following symptoms:

  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Poor sense of smell
  • Chronic or recurrent rhinitis
  • Nasal congestion
  • A persistently sore throat
  • Chronic tonsillitis

EYESIGHT

Mercury collects within the eye balls themselves leading to the appearance of floaters (dark cloudy areas), but also adversely affects the muscles controlling focussing of the eyes and lens and the sensory nerves of the retina itself leading to:

  • Intermittent visual blurring
  • Deteriorating peripheral vision or ‘tunnel’ vision
  • Bulging eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Poor color vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Difficulty moving the eyes

THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Mercury binds with and blocks the actions of digestive enzymes leading to poor digestion and the development of food intolerances. It also alters the normal gut bacteria, favoring the overgrowth of yeasts and suppressing the growth of friendly bacteria which can lead to the development of intestinal permeability – leaky gut.

Digestive symptoms of mercury poisoning include:

  • The development of food sensitivities and intolerances
  • Abdominal cramps and pain
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Malabsorption
  • Leaky gut
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

The immune system is one of the first casualties of mercury toxicity. It causes a reduction in the number of natural killer (NK) cells which are responsible for policing tumors and viruses leading to the development of chronic viral infections and cancer.

The effects of mercury toxicity upon the immune system include:

  • Chronic, recurrent or frequent infections – Candida albicans thrush, jock itch and athlete’s foot.
  • Allergies and sensitivities – Mercury causes the immune system to over-react to a wide variety of foods and chemicals.
  • Autoimmune diseases – Including MS, scleroderma and Hashimoto thyroiditis
  • Various cancers
  • The lymphatic system  – Causes symptoms such as water retention (especially of the legs) and swollen lymph nodes (especially in the neck)

GENERAL SYMPTOMS OF MERCURY TOXICITY

Mercury accumulates in the mitochondria of the cells where it poisons energy production, leading to:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Low body temperature
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Unexplained changes in weight
  • Changes in appetite
  • Excessive thirst
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Anemia
  • Difficulty getting to sleep
  • Early waking

 


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