Replacement of Mercury-Containing Fillings and for Mercury Related Symptoms
INTRODUCTION IAOMT is an organization of dental and medical professionals focusing on toxicity. It is the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Rather than jumping on the bandwagon of every new and trendy idea that comes along in the zeal to be the newest of the New Age, this is a group of well-grounded scientifically oriented professionals that insist on seeing reasonable scientific evidence to back up any claims to which they lend their support.
Mercury (Hg) from dental fillings (as well as from environmental and food sources) is thought to have a cumulative effect on the body. There are many other sources of information on the wide range of symptoms that are suspected to result from mercury toxicity. Since “silver” fillings are about one-half composed of mercury, it is thought by many that these fillings are a major source of mercury in sensitive individuals. You should know that organized dentistry in the US has taken the position that this is not so.
There is another brochure on Detoxification Protocol… which is a more complex protocol created by a couple of members of IAOMT (Michael and Sam Ziff). Their work is highly respected by IAOMT. That protocol might be best for those who are highly sensitive and also highly motivated, because it is so very complicated. For most of us, the simpler recommendations that follow would be much easier to follow and would hopefully be all the help we need. This protocol is officially accepted by IAOMT as the way to go for most of us.
It is only fair to point out that at this point in time we are all trying to learn as much and as fast as we can about this toxicity issue and it doesn’t look like anybody has the last word on it yet. This information has been put together by sincere, conscientious, scientifically oriented, well-grounded individuals. The protocol is relatively simple and inexpensive.
IAOMT Mercury Detoxification Protocol:
The following is the recommended protocol for scavenging free mercury from the body during routine removal of silver-mercury fillings. The theory is that the mercury from your old fillings has leaked out of the fillings in many ways and has become deposited in various body tissues. Mercury cannot be easily removed from inside body tissues. But it will automatically come out of tissues when the equilibrium is changed. It is as though it has reached a happy balance between the levels of mercury in the mouth, in the blood and in the tissues. Change any of these and balance is upset.
When fillings are removed, the equilibrium is upset and mercury is thought to come out of the tissues and circulate in the bloodstream from where it can be re-deposited in new places to create a new “balance”. By the use of antioxidant scavengers it is hoped that the freely circulating mercury can be grabbed up and chemically bound before it go back into other tissues. Once chemically bound the mercury is harmless and can be excreted from the body. When all the mercury “stores” (mercury fillings) are removed, the body will continue to work to get rid of residual mercury in the tissues. Scavenger supplements as well as sulfur-containing foods can help this process.
Possible Contraindications to Mega dose Vitamin-C Use
While mega dose Vitamin-C has been used widely, there are rare individuals who may be harmed by it. Predictably the high-risk individual will have impaired kidney function or a deficiency of enzyme G-6-PD, which causes chronic anemia, red cell fragility and a slightly jaundiced appearance. If these conditions figure in your history or if you have kidney stones, you should consult with a physician before taking Vitamin-C!
You should consume foods high in Vitamin-C and supplement with 3 grams of C daily, beginning a week or so before silver-mercury fillings replacement and continuing for at least a month afterward. To minimize the potential for kidney stones, total calcium intake should be maintained within a narrow range (800 to 1,000 mg daily), magnesium intake should be increased to 500 mg per day and Vitamin-B6 should be increased to 30 mg per day. This amount of calcium and magnesium is ideally obtained from 3 servings of cultured dairy foods per day, but to obtain the desired dosage of Vitamin-B6 a supplement will be required. Additionally, since mega dose Vitamin-C may enhance the excretion of Zinc, a 15 mg supplement of chelated zinc per day is recommended.
For those with serious health problems, a consult with a physician is recommended. Increased dosages may be in order such as Vitamin-C up to 10 grams daily and chelated zinc to 25 mg. Note: It is important to taper off mega dose Vitamin-C rather than stopping suddenly! Decrease at a rate of one gram less per week. If you stop more abruptly, maintain at least 250 mg per day for three weeks before quitting to guard against the risk of “rebound scurvy”.
Take the Vitamin-C in 500 mg increments throughout the day. This allows the free radicals scavenging activity of Vitamin-C to be available at the moment the free radicals appear. Ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate a vitamin found particularly in citrus fruits and green vegetables. It is essential in maintaining healthy connective tissue, and is also thought to act as an antioxidant. Severe deficiency causes scurvy. Also naturally occurring Vitamin-C are the preferred sources of C.
Acute or other diagnosed cases of mercury toxicity are treated by a physician / toxicologist by using FDA approved metal binding drugs and that is beyond the scope of this pamphlet, but information is available!
There is a lot of information about mercury and possible problems with it and a lot of controversy also. You need to be the judge of what you think is important to you. It does appear that some people are very much affected by mercury while others appear not to be affected. Organized dentistry in the US would have you believe that those that are significantly affected comprise only a minute fraction of the population. Others feel up to 90% or more of us are affected adversely.
If you feel you could be adversely affected by the mercury in your fillings now, and by the mercury which would likely be temporarily increased during replacement of your fillings with non-mercury materials, these are things you can do to help take back some control in your own health and well-being. Done carefully and especially with guidance, it can do no harm and just might turn around symptoms that have been a problem for a long time…or prevent the appearance of new ones.
Note: You should be aware by now that organized dentistry in the U.S.A. as well as NIH and U.S. Dept. of Health have taken the wrong and criminal position that there is no danger from the mercury in dental fillings and therefore nothing needs to be done during filling removal. They also feel there is no danger in having new mercury-containing fillings put in your teeth. The above information is made available for the growing number of patients that are concerned about the possible adverse effects from dental mercury.
Dr. Elmira Gadol, DMD
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