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Mercury Dental Amalgam Fillings. Are you sure?

Published on November 6, 2009, Last modified on December 10, 2016

Mercury used in dental fillings comes into the dental office with the poisonous cross and bones symbol on the product information insert. Legally when the mercury is taken out of someone’s mouth it is considered a toxic waste that needed to be treated in a very specific way. Thus once planted in the mouth we could identify the mercury deposits as legalized toxic waste dumps.

But nothing about the toxicity of mercury seems to penetrate the dental profession. The federal government and the major dental organizations pretend some form of magic takes over turning a neurological poison into a safe thing once it is put in the mouth by a trusted dentist. The official position is: Silver fillings used to patch cavities aren’t dangerous even though they expose dental patients to the toxic metal mercury, federal health researchers said in August of 2006. The Food and Drug Administration reviewed 34 recent research studies and found “no significant new information” that would change its determination that mercury-based fillings don’t harm patients, except in rare cases where they have allergic reactions. This statement comes despite the fact that mercury is a powerful toxin that can have serious neurological effects, especially in kids. It is known to directly harm the nervous systems of children, causing birth defects and other maladies.

Many dentists and all of the associations that back them say the fillings are safe though. But some medical practitioners, holistic adherents and even the World Health Organization say mercury shouldn’t be considered totally safe under any conditions. Exposure to mercury is known to cause brain and kidney disorders. Women of childbearing age are particularly at risk because mercury exposure during pregnancy can cause neurological birth defects.

The greatest health danger from elemental mercury is breathing mercury vapor. Mercury is unique in that, at room temperature, it is liquid and can vaporize like water. Mercury vapors are invisible and odorless to humans. With amalgam fillings, mercury vapor is released through tooth-brushing and chewing.

“In 2001 I suffered from an acute case of mercury poisoning due to the unsafe removal of a “silver” filling by my dentist. It was very difficult to find the cause of my sudden illness, because few health care professionals are aware of the symptoms. Now I dedicate part of my time to warning others about “silver” mercury amalgam dental fillings.”[1] The governments report on mercury fillings certainly does not cover the reality of this person whose story is not that uncommon.

Public health officials and their respective medical establishments in the United States and United Kingdom will not accept this kind of evidence with regard to just about every poison the public is being exposed to. This is true despite the fact that the FDA believes that even a single well-documented case report can be viewed as a signal of causation. As we are going to see in this book is that research that the government uses to reassure parents about the safety of toxic chemicals is often terribly wrong.

Virginia Pritchett remembers getting her teeth filled when she was 7 years old. Now, decades later, she cannot forget the health problems she suffered for years until the symptoms were linked to the mercury in her fillings. “I was 43 when I was correctly diagnosed,” Pritchett said. “I was having severe neurological problems and going into seizures.” In 1999, Pritchett had the five mercury fillings removed and replaced with composite materials. “If those were not taken out, I would be dead now,” said Pritchett, who lives in Mineral Wells.

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Only well-designed, randomized controlled
trials (RCTs) produce medical evidence that
can meet the scientific standard of proof.

The medical world can be divided along the lines of belief or disbelief in this notion about scientific standards and what is considered proof or not. Most medical evidence actually does not meet the scientific standard of proof; and, as in law, it should be judged by a standard of proof appropriate to the point in question. Consumers should be wary of governmental officials at the FDA or CDC when they use science to shore up their medical positions for more often than not what they are spouting is nothing more than manipulated statistics from epidemiologic studies.

An anecdotal case report can provide evidence of probative value, just like eyewitness testimony in a murder trial. And it can be similarly tested, by second opinions, re-examination, laboratory tests, and follow-up. A single case report can prove that a drug causes an adverse reaction. Three events related to administration of the drug prove specific causation: 1) .the reaction occurs after the drug is given; 2) .it resolves when the drug is discontinued; and 3) .the adverse event recurs when the drug is given a second time. Causation is judged to be certain owing to this double hit.

The weight of currently available scientific evidence does not support the hypothesis that potent neurological poisons like mercury injected in children or implanted in their mouths will cause any harm. So there are no warnings given to families who live near coal fired energy plants, chlorine plants or medical and municipal incinerators.

It really does not matter to these officials what the truth actually is it’s the weight of currently available evidence even if that evidence is biased by the financial interests that pay for such research. You see for these officials only epidemiologic evidence is sufficiently scientific. But epidemiologic evidence, as an application of statistics, is open to manipulation and bias. Since it does not meet the scientific standard of irrefutability, it is not per se really scientific.

The FDA says and thinks and applies the same attitude about many poisonous substances including fluoride, aspartame, MSG, mercury in vaccines, and thousands of other “safe” chemicals and drugs that provoke disease and quick death at doses much lower than the government will ever admit.

“If substantial scientific evidence showed that dental amalgam posed a threat to the health of dental patients, we would advise dentists to stop using it. But the best and latest available scientific evidence indicates that dental amalgam is safe,” Dr. Ronald Zentz, senior director of the American Dental Association’s council on scientific affairs, said in prepared remarks to be delivered Wednesday to the joint meeting of FDA experts on dental products and neurology.

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  • Dana

    Also, I wonder if all the rashes that my son used to break out in might be someone related to any mercury that passed into his system when I was carrying him. Doctors could never explain his rashes. What do you think?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dana,

      Thank you for sharing this information with us…its great to hear about improvements in mental health with magnesium use. the research is out there!!! I’m so happy for your son.

      And yes, mercury can be a part of the problems you mentioned too.

  • Dana

    Also, I wonder if all the rashes that my son used to break out in might be someone related to any mercury that passed into his system when I was carrying him. Doctors could never explain his rashes. What do you think?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dana,

      Thank you for sharing this information with us…its great to hear about improvements in mental health with magnesium use. the research is out there!!! I’m so happy for your son.

      And yes, mercury can be a part of the problems you mentioned too.

  • Dana

    I started reading this website because my son who is Schizoaffective Bipolar type 11 told me last night that he started taking magnesium and it seems to be making him feel better. I did see an improvement. He was calm, he was coherent when he spoke, he responded to my questions, he did not gorge himself when he ate dinner and the dog did not bark at him. (My poodle barks when he is manic and is frightened of him.) I don’t know how long and what type he has been taking it or what type he has been taking but he was a neuroscience major so he probably researched. I will talk to him more and discuss his progress on this site. I also wanted to mention the mercury. I have suffered from depression and asthma all my life. I had mercury in almost all my molars. In 2005 I had them removed. In hind sight, I must say my health has significantly improved. I was constantly sick as a child and had at least one hospitalization a year from my asthma. I also had a strange post tonsular abcess, many sinus infections, shingles, and hives in the 1990’s. My fillings were losing up during that 10 years. Since my fillings were replaced, I have had good health and the depression is much better. I always wondered if the mercury could have something to do with my son’s mental illness. What do you think?

  • Dana

    I started reading this website because my son who is Schizoaffective Bipolar type 11 told me last night that he started taking magnesium and it seems to be making him feel better. I did see an improvement. He was calm, he was coherent when he spoke, he responded to my questions, he did not gorge himself when he ate dinner and the dog did not bark at him. (My poodle barks when he is manic and is frightened of him.) I don’t know how long and what type he has been taking it or what type he has been taking but he was a neuroscience major so he probably researched. I will talk to him more and discuss his progress on this site. I also wanted to mention the mercury. I have suffered from depression and asthma all my life. I had mercury in almost all my molars. In 2005 I had them removed. In hind sight, I must say my health has significantly improved. I was constantly sick as a child and had at least one hospitalization a year from my asthma. I also had a strange post tonsular abcess, many sinus infections, shingles, and hives in the 1990’s. My fillings were losing up during that 10 years. Since my fillings were replaced, I have had good health and the depression is much better. I always wondered if the mercury could have something to do with my son’s mental illness. What do you think?

  • Jan

    Thanks Claudia

    Yes I have started removing them, currently I have 4 left to excange! best regards

    /Jan

  • Jan

    Thanks Claudia

    Yes I have started removing them, currently I have 4 left to excange! best regards

    /Jan

  • Jan

    Questian about posibilty of trigging an mercury intoxination.

    I was born 1952, under my life I’v got eighteen mercuryfillings.
    Year 2006 treated myself with Jodine on my left foot beacuse I’ve got an infected wound from a nail. I keept the jodinebandage over night. About 4 days later I limped on the left leg! My Dr says it was neuropati (ideopatic). The neuropati was later spread to my blader. After 6-7 month this symptoms dissapears.

    2 years later I got new symptom of different kind! Burning feeling in my face, Bad short time memory, Dizziness, Dublelvision and Nystagmus was only some of them!

    It was at that time I started to suspect my fillings to be the problem beacuse one of my teeth has a been broken surface a few month before my first symptom this time. After replacement of the broken teeth filling my health improved again.

    I have been tested for other illnesses without results.
    My neurolog doctor refuse to admit there is any connection between my fillings and my symptom and particulary that my first illness can’t have connection with my later symptoms.

    It would bee very intresting to get this straight out!

    /Jan

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Hi Jan,

      You are so right that your symptoms might be related to the mercuric fillings in your teeth. The best thing to do would be to have all of these fillings removed by an environmental dentist familiar with mercury in amalgams and to also detox the mercury from your entire system.

      I hope you feel better soon!

  • Jan

    Questian about posibilty of trigging an mercury intoxination.

    I was born 1952, under my life I’v got eighteen mercuryfillings.
    Year 2006 treated myself with Jodine on my left foot beacuse I’ve got an infected wound from a nail. I keept the jodinebandage over night. About 4 days later I limped on the left leg! My Dr says it was neuropati (ideopatic). The neuropati was later spread to my blader. After 6-7 month this symptoms dissapears.

    2 years later I got new symptom of different kind! Burning feeling in my face, Bad short time memory, Dizziness, Dublelvision and Nystagmus was only some of them!

    It was at that time I started to suspect my fillings to be the problem beacuse one of my teeth has a been broken surface a few month before my first symptom this time. After replacement of the broken teeth filling my health improved again.

    I have been tested for other illnesses without results.
    My neurolog doctor refuse to admit there is any connection between my fillings and my symptom and particulary that my first illness can’t have connection with my later symptoms.

    It would bee very intresting to get this straight out!

    /Jan

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Hi Jan,

      You are so right that your symptoms might be related to the mercuric fillings in your teeth. The best thing to do would be to have all of these fillings removed by an environmental dentist familiar with mercury in amalgams and to also detox the mercury from your entire system.

      I hope you feel better soon!

  • jane hamilton

    hi what is a chelator? i have fillings and wonder if i can take a supplement to help ?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Jane,

      A chelator is a substance or chemical that can bind with mercury or other heavy metals and assist in removing them from our bodies.

      The best thing to do is have your fillings removed by a qualified environmental dentist.

      Magnesium protects the body cells from damage caused by heavy metals, and selenium may help to inactivate it .

      There are many chelating agents available that can help, including some that are safe to use when fillings are present such as the products from Dr. Georgiou called HMD, and the product from Science Formulas called Chelorex

      When using a chelator, a good source of whole food vitamins and minerals should be taken along with it.

  • jane hamilton

    hi what is a chelator? i have fillings and wonder if i can take a supplement to help ?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Jane,

      A chelator is a substance or chemical that can bind with mercury or other heavy metals and assist in removing them from our bodies.

      The best thing to do is have your fillings removed by a qualified environmental dentist.

      Magnesium protects the body cells from damage caused by heavy metals, and selenium may help to inactivate it .

      There are many chelating agents available that can help, including some that are safe to use when fillings are present such as the products from Dr. Georgiou called HMD, and the product from Science Formulas called Chelorex

      When using a chelator, a good source of whole food vitamins and minerals should be taken along with it.

  • Bob B

    Dr Doc. 41/2 yrs ago, my wife had dental work done, at which time they removed her amalgam fillings, with no special precautions. Within 6 months, she started having tell tale signs that something wasn’t right. Unusual skin reactions to bug bites, lab work showing high SED rates & RA factor. They originally thougt r arthritis , but showed no joint damage. Then her skin started breaking down, mostly on her legs. She has a condition called pyodermagangrenosum. Her immune system ate her skin away on her shin( 12 cm in diameter. The killer, we use 90% organic produce, mostly whole foods, made from scratch cooking, all raw milk, eggs, meat directly from small local farm. Initially on steroids & antibiotcs, now making switch to natural alternatives. Can her condition be caused by the removal of amalgams? And how do we help her heal reasonably . No insurance, and really getting to both of us. We did have bio energetic body scan that showed high mercury Levels. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have, Bob B

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Bob,

      That situation sounds terrible and could indeed be related to the removal of amalgams and possibly some redistribution of mercury in her body. Dr. Sircus would recommend a full protocol including chelation with HMD (Heavy Metal Detox) a very good chelator of heavy metals with good research behind it.

      Please go to our IMVA home site and read the essays under “Mercury Medicine”. http://imva.info/

  • Bob B

    Dr Doc. 41/2 yrs ago, my wife had dental work done, at which time they removed her amalgam fillings, with no special precautions. Within 6 months, she started having tell tale signs that something wasn’t right. Unusual skin reactions to bug bites, lab work showing high SED rates & RA factor. They originally thougt r arthritis , but showed no joint damage. Then her skin started breaking down, mostly on her legs. She has a condition called pyodermagangrenosum. Her immune system ate her skin away on her shin( 12 cm in diameter. The killer, we use 90% organic produce, mostly whole foods, made from scratch cooking, all raw milk, eggs, meat directly from small local farm. Initially on steroids & antibiotcs, now making switch to natural alternatives. Can her condition be caused by the removal of amalgams? And how do we help her heal reasonably . No insurance, and really getting to both of us. We did have bio energetic body scan that showed high mercury Levels. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have, Bob B

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Bob,

      That situation sounds terrible and could indeed be related to the removal of amalgams and possibly some redistribution of mercury in her body. Dr. Sircus would recommend a full protocol including chelation with HMD (Heavy Metal Detox) a very good chelator of heavy metals with good research behind it.

      Please go to our IMVA home site and read the essays under “Mercury Medicine”. http://imva.info/

  • Rose Way

    I’M 62 , I HAD FILLINGS PUT IN MY MOUTH AT AN EARLY AGE. NOW I AM HAVING ACHING JAWS. SOME TIMES THE PAIN LESSONS. I WAS WONDERING IF THIS COULD BE MERCURY POISONING. IF IT WERE ONLY THE TOP PART OF JAW I WOULD EXPECT SINUS’. BUT IT’S BOTH AT ONE TIME .

    • IMVA Staff

      Yes, Rose,

      This could be from mercury poisoning.

      If possible have the amalgam removed by a dentist familiar with the necessary procedure for mercury removal.
      You may want to consider also using a chelator to help remove the mercury from your system.

      Sincerely,
      Claudia French RN, LPHA

  • Rose Way

    I’M 62 , I HAD FILLINGS PUT IN MY MOUTH AT AN EARLY AGE. NOW I AM HAVING ACHING JAWS. SOME TIMES THE PAIN LESSONS. I WAS WONDERING IF THIS COULD BE MERCURY POISONING. IF IT WERE ONLY THE TOP PART OF JAW I WOULD EXPECT SINUS’. BUT IT’S BOTH AT ONE TIME .

    • IMVA Staff

      Yes, Rose,

      This could be from mercury poisoning.

      If possible have the amalgam removed by a dentist familiar with the necessary procedure for mercury removal.
      You may want to consider also using a chelator to help remove the mercury from your system.

      Sincerely,
      Claudia French RN, LPHA

  • Elena Grey

    Ever since I was a child I felt like something wasn’t quite right but I didn’t know what it was and involved millions of people. As I grew older more and more symptons developed. By age 11 I was severely anorexic (not anorexia nervosa but strictly anorexia which means appetite loss) and frequently nauseated. By the time I attended college I never could get passed 92 pounds no matter how hard I tried. I kept complaining to doctors that something was wrong but they would just brush me aside and tell me to see a shrink. Since I could remember I had a horrible metal taste in my mouth, gagged everytime I brushed my teeth, and my teeth were so sensitive I couldn’t even put ice in my drinks. Over time I developed more and more physical symtpons – tinnitus, body pains, fatigue, double vision, anxiety, TMJ, mouth and eye twitches, wavy finger nails, thinning hair, the list goes on and on. The more I complained, the less I was taken seriously. Finally by age 26 I learned from a web site created by the brilliant Dr. Boyd Haley that ‘silver’ colored fillings contained mercury. I KNEW this is what was making me sick. After removal I nearly died dropping down to 78 pounds due to the exposure of even more mercury from removal. I was in extreme shock that no doctor or dentist told me about mercury fillings or did anything to help me. Is it not curious? But after all, money is made from the sick, not the healthy. If the mercury filling issue were taken seriously then doctors and dentists would lose credibility. What do they teach docs and dentists anyway???? I learned in highschool biology and chemistry what they should have learned in their college courses – mercury is toxic, metal bonds are weak, metals corrode, ect etc. It is obvious industry and the government want no part of taking responsibility for this horrible human tragedy. After all, what’s been ‘cured’ in decades??? Yet money goes to fund organizations for diseases. The answer is in the mouths of two hundred million Americans exposed to mercury. If you cure Americans then what pills will be needed and how will the drug companies profit? And the docs, who will line their pockets by showing up to get their scripts refilled each month? And how will the politicians be able to afford to get relected????? Doesn’t take a genius to figure this out.

  • Elena Grey

    Ever since I was a child I felt like something wasn’t quite right but I didn’t know what it was and involved millions of people. As I grew older more and more symptons developed. By age 11 I was severely anorexic (not anorexia nervosa but strictly anorexia which means appetite loss) and frequently nauseated. By the time I attended college I never could get passed 92 pounds no matter how hard I tried. I kept complaining to doctors that something was wrong but they would just brush me aside and tell me to see a shrink. Since I could remember I had a horrible metal taste in my mouth, gagged everytime I brushed my teeth, and my teeth were so sensitive I couldn’t even put ice in my drinks. Over time I developed more and more physical symtpons – tinnitus, body pains, fatigue, double vision, anxiety, TMJ, mouth and eye twitches, wavy finger nails, thinning hair, the list goes on and on. The more I complained, the less I was taken seriously. Finally by age 26 I learned from a web site created by the brilliant Dr. Boyd Haley that ‘silver’ colored fillings contained mercury. I KNEW this is what was making me sick. After removal I nearly died dropping down to 78 pounds due to the exposure of even more mercury from removal. I was in extreme shock that no doctor or dentist told me about mercury fillings or did anything to help me. Is it not curious? But after all, money is made from the sick, not the healthy. If the mercury filling issue were taken seriously then doctors and dentists would lose credibility. What do they teach docs and dentists anyway???? I learned in highschool biology and chemistry what they should have learned in their college courses – mercury is toxic, metal bonds are weak, metals corrode, ect etc. It is obvious industry and the government want no part of taking responsibility for this horrible human tragedy. After all, what’s been ‘cured’ in decades??? Yet money goes to fund organizations for diseases. The answer is in the mouths of two hundred million Americans exposed to mercury. If you cure Americans then what pills will be needed and how will the drug companies profit? And the docs, who will line their pockets by showing up to get their scripts refilled each month? And how will the politicians be able to afford to get relected????? Doesn’t take a genius to figure this out.

  • Pauline Jacobs

    6Jan2010- I just had an aha moment reading this article today,but more so,confirmation of what I have been wondering for many years. I,eventually,went and had my 6 top ‘metalfilled’ molers removed on Mon 4Jan2010. I will now be going to have tests done to establish Mercury toxicity, thanks to the comment by Joe Novak (83yrs). I am 55yrs old,had this metal in my mouth for 25yrs+ and have been ill for as many years,but have always blamed the accidental fall, I had at age 9, in which I badly squashed the disks in my spine(lumber & neck). Although it has been confirmed that the CHRONIC pain I’ve been suffering,for most of my life, is due to the ‘fall’, I realise now that it could have an additional attributer- Mercury toxin.
    I am now so grateful,that I followed my instinct and had the mercury removed from my mouth on Mon, now I can also secure a longer lifespan to 83yrs+ perhaps, just like Joe Novak. Many thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my story.

  • Pauline Jacobs

    6Jan2010- I just had an aha moment reading this article today,but more so,confirmation of what I have been wondering for many years. I,eventually,went and had my 6 top ‘metalfilled’ molers removed on Mon 4Jan2010. I will now be going to have tests done to establish Mercury toxicity, thanks to the comment by Joe Novak (83yrs). I am 55yrs old,had this metal in my mouth for 25yrs+ and have been ill for as many years,but have always blamed the accidental fall, I had at age 9, in which I badly squashed the disks in my spine(lumber & neck). Although it has been confirmed that the CHRONIC pain I’ve been suffering,for most of my life, is due to the ‘fall’, I realise now that it could have an additional attributer- Mercury toxin.
    I am now so grateful,that I followed my instinct and had the mercury removed from my mouth on Mon, now I can also secure a longer lifespan to 83yrs+ perhaps, just like Joe Novak. Many thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my story.

  • Joe Novak

    About 1992 I went to Cleveland Clinic because of tremors and what call a neurological cold feeling. Three doctors could not find what my problem was and my “family doctor” said I had a viral whiplash.
    After having blood work and urine testing my alternative doctor said I was mercury toxic. After removal of my amalgams and replaced with composites along with DSMA treatments I once again felt like a human being. I would be willing to testify to Congress, the FDA, anyone ,
    just how devestating and harmful amalgams and mercury
    really are. Thanks for “listening”. I am 83 years old and I am convinced I would not be alive today if my problem was not discovered as being mercury toxic.

  • Joe Novak

    About 1992 I went to Cleveland Clinic because of tremors and what call a neurological cold feeling. Three doctors could not find what my problem was and my “family doctor” said I had a viral whiplash.
    After having blood work and urine testing my alternative doctor said I was mercury toxic. After removal of my amalgams and replaced with composites along with DSMA treatments I once again felt like a human being. I would be willing to testify to Congress, the FDA, anyone ,
    just how devestating and harmful amalgams and mercury
    really are. Thanks for “listening”. I am 83 years old and I am convinced I would not be alive today if my problem was not discovered as being mercury toxic.