May 15, 2013

Detox Juice + My Adventure in Amalgam Removal

Be forewarned… this is a LONG post.

Mercury (chemical symbol Hg) is a heavy metal occurring in several forms, all of which can produce toxic effects in high enough doses. Who decided it was a good idea to place mercury in people’s mouths?

Around 1830, a revolutionary new dental restorative material called ‘amalgam’ was introduced to the United States. This amalgam was developed in England and France and contained silver, tin, copper, zinc and mercury. The amalgam fillings were not openly embraced by organized dentistry in America, and in 1840, members of the American Society of Dental Surgeons were required to sign pledges not to use mercury fillings. In fact, several New York city dentists were suspended from this organization in 1848 for ‘malpractice for using silver mercury fillings’. In 1859, a new organization was formed as a result of the internal strife over the use of mercury in dentistry—the American Dental Association.

The use of mercury in fillings remains a highly controversial subject within the dental community today. Many dentists still use amalgam fillings, claiming that there is no scientific evidence to prove it is a health hazard. I am here to say that, through my own personal experience, dental amalgams are NOT safe…

History of Dental Amalgam Controversy (courtesy of Dr. Wolfe)
1819 Invention of silver/mercury amalgam by the English chemist, Bell.
1826 First use of dental amalgam in England and France.
1830 Amalgam fillings first used in the U.S.
1840 Organized dentistry denounced the use of amalgam as a poor filling material, especially due to concerns about mercury poisoning.
American Society of Dental Surgeons formed. Members were required to sign a pledge promising not to use mercury fillings.
1859 American Dental Association was formed. The ADA supported the use of silver amalgam then as the filling material of choice, as it still does today.
1926 The German chemist, Dr. Alfred Stock researched mercury poisoning and identified through his research that silver amalgam fillings in the mouth were a source of mercury vapor.
1957 Dr. Karl 0. Frykholm’s studies in Sweden concluded that when saliva covered the amalgam filling, mercury is no longer released.
1976 The Federal Drug Administration pronounced acceptance of amalgam fillings and “grandfathered” their approval under the G.R.A.S. (generally recognized as safe) category, due to its long term usage.
1979 Research began appearing in the literature documenting that mercury vapor was constantly being released from amalgam fillings, especially when the flllings were stimulated by chewing, brushing, or heat exposure.
1984 Human autopsy studies were published which demonstrated that the amount of mercury found in brain and kidney tissue was directly related to the amount of mercury amalgam fillings in the teeth.
Significant research at the University of Calgary School of Medicine demonstrated that mercury from dental amalgam fillings could be found in the blood and tissues of pregnant mothers and their babies within a few days.
1990 The first controlled research on the effects of dental amalgam were published. The research cited significant effects of mercury amalgam on various tissues and organs in experiments with monkeys and sheep. The media became involved when the T.V. show “60 Minutes” aired a segment entitled, “Is There A Poison In Your Mouth?”
1991 Many D.A.M.S. (Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome) support groups became more active in consumer awareness of the mercury amalgam issue.
The first products liability suit against a manufacturer of amalgam in connection with mercury poisoning was filed in Tennesse. Consumer activist groups along with concerned legislatures began to introduce “informed consent” legislation, whereby a dentist would be required to inform the patient of the contents of the amalgam filling and the potential harmful effects of the mercury component (Such legislation was voted down in committee in New Mexico after being unanimously passed the previous week by the same committee).
Sweden declared that amalgam will be banned. (The majority of dentists are voluntarily not using amalgams in pregnant women).
A law suit was filed (by approximately 100 dentists) against the American Dental Association for fraud and breech of contract regarding the amalgam issue.
The F.D.A. “reviewed” amalgam as a filling material and declared that current evidence was insufficient to condemn amalgam. They did recommend, however, further studies be done.
May, 1991 The Illinois House of Representatives passed a Right-to-Know, Informed Consent Resolution. This resolution directed the Illinois Department of Public Health to examine the existing research and literature and to make a report to the Illinois General Assembly of its findings as well as recommendations as to how patients should be informed of these findings. The resultant position paper reflected the ADA’s position on amalgams as being safe.
The Illinois House of Representatives passed a Right-to-Know, Informed Consent Resolution. This resolution directed the Illinois Department of Public Health to examine the existing research and literature and to make a report to the Illinois General Assembly of its findings as well as recommendations as to how patients should be informed of these findings. The resultant position paper reflected the ADA’s position on amalgams as being safe.
University of Georgia microbiologists determined that mercury from fillings inhibits the effectiveness of antibiotics.
World Health Organization reported that exposure to mercury from amalgams is higher than from fish, seafood, water and air.
August, 1991 The National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Panel on Dental Materials issued a statement that amalgams are safe.
October, 1991 The Washington Dental Disciplinary Board proposed dental ethics legislation that would have made it unethical and a punishable offense for dentists to replace “clinically serviceable” dental amalgam fillings for health purposes. The proposal did not pass.
1992 February: At the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology, medical scientists presented five studies demonstrating adverse health effects of mercury exposure from amalgam fillings.
The California State Senate passed an “informed consent” bill regarding the use of dental amalgam. The bill (SB934) must still be approved by the State Assembly and the Governor.
The German Federal Department of Health banned the manufacture and sale of one specific brand of dental amalgam filling material.

The most toxic forms of mercury are its organic compounds, such as dimethylmercury and methylmercury. Inorganic compounds, such as cinnabar are also highly toxic by ingestion or inhalation.[1] Mercury can cause both chronic and acute poisoning. Symptoms typically include sensory impairment (vision, hearing, speech), disturbed sensation and a lack of coordination. The type and degree of symptoms exhibited depend upon the individual toxin, the dose, and the method and duration of exposure.[2]

Last week I had two very large amalgam fillings replaced. The procedure was extremely thorough and the safety precautions that my dentist used were outstanding. But what can happen when some mercury is removed from the mouth is this:

     “When the fillings are sitting there in your mouth year after year, mercury vapor is given off constantly. Not very much, but some… Even the conventional dental community accepts that much. They even acknowledge that some of the mercury given off is absorbed into body tissues. They just go on to state: yes, but we don’t believe enough of it is given off and absorbed to be a significant health hazard… But that’s a whole other debate.

     “So, mercury is given off over a long time and some is absorbed into various body tissues. The brain and kidneys appear to be favorite places, but it can vary for different people.

     “As the mercury coming out of amalgam fillings is gradually given off and absorbed by body tissues, there is a kind of pressure, pushing the mercury out into as even a distribution as possible.

     “You must understand this part to get what I’m talking about… Sort of like if you gently put a spoonful of salt in one side of a bucket of water and just left it alone, what happens to the salt? It diffuses out into the bucketful of water and keeps diffusing out until it reaches a balance – an equilibrium. Somewhat similarly, the mercury in the mouth (fillings) and the mercury out in the body tissues repel each other and push against each other like similar poles of two magnets brought near each other, until a kind of equilibrium is achieved. No magic here, or rocket-science, just basic chemistry and physics.

     “Well, if in the hypothetical bucket of salt-water, you had a way to take out the salt from, let’s say, the left half of the water, what would happen? I think you probably guessed it – the salt that was diffused throughout the right half would begin to spread out, to diffuse, throughout both sides of the bucket until the salt concentration was again the same on both sides.

     “So it is with the mercury. Take out a filling – or several – and the mercury that had been in equilibrium out in the body tissues suddenly has less pressure repelling it (less amalgam in the mouth). Now there is actually too much mercury out in the tissues to be held in balance by the amalgams in the mouth remaining if any. So the tissue mercury – or some fraction of it – actually comes out of the cells and into the intracellular fluid and into the bloodstream where it is carried around the body. If it comes to a place where there is pressure pushing it to stay there, it does just that. So it may get pulled out of brain tissue and redeposited in muscle tissue…

     “During the time when the mercury is pulled out of the body tissues where it has been stored in equilibrium, and begins circulating in the bloodstream trying to find a new place to be stored in a new equilibrium, that mercury shows up as increased mercury in the blood.”     ~ Michael C. Goldman, DDS

So for the past week I have been subject to mercury floating around in my bloodstream, creating an amazing amount of toxic symptoms including: fatigue, disorientation, headache, cold and flu-like symptoms, metallic taste in the mouth and an array of other strange things. I’ll spare you the gory details. Since I had this procedure done 700 miles away from home (yes, my dentist is that good), I was ill-prepared for these symptoms which began almost immediately upon the removal of the amalgam. Driving back was a real test of my endurance.

Once home, I could barely walk and simply fell into bed. Couldn’t even fathom the thought of going to a health food store to get what I thought might help me. Thank goodness I did have on hand activated charcoal, which assisted in binding the mercury and pulling it out of my body. Day 4 post-removal, I managed to drag myself to a small, local health food store to pick up some chlorella, which has also served me well. The symptoms subsided and now they come and go but are continuing to decrease.

Long story I know, but I really wanted to share with my readers what I have learned about amalgam fillings! By the way it’s actually good that my body reacted as it did. The fact that I had all those symptoms means that the body was dumping the mercury, not continuing to store it.

And so at last, we get to today’s recipe: DETOX JUICE. I made this juice yesterday and it REALLY helped me. It provided an almost instant revival of my energy. If you’re feeling poorly, for whatever reason, this juice may just be of some help to you as well.

Ingredients:

  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 apple
  • bunch of fresh parsley
  • 3 large kale leaves
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Peel the lemon and lime.
  2. Juice everything.
  3. Top with cayenne.
  4. Stir and drink.

Is is tasty? If you like sour things it is. Otherwise, not something I would serve to company! 🙂

Half way through my drink, I went outside to water the garden (always therapeutic). It’s such beautiful weather here in the Smokies now. My greens are getting bigger!!! This weekend we will plant the remaining veggies and herbs.
Healthy trails,


1. “Safety data for mercuric sulphide.” Oxford University. Retrieved 2009-07-07.

2. Clifton JC 2nd (2007). “Mercury exposure and public health”. Pediatr Clin North Am 54 (2): 237–69, viii. doi:10.1016/j.pcl.2007.02.005. PMID 17448359

4 responses to “Detox Juice + My Adventure in Amalgam Removal”

  1. Jill says:

    Hope you are feeling better by now. Sorry you had such an experience, but so glad you are cleaner and healthier! Your juice makes my mouth want to pucker!

  2. Helyn says:

    Yes I am feeling better now, thanks so much Jill! Haha… I know what you mean, yes that juice was SOUR 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    where is your dr can you share his name?

  4. Helyn says:

    Sure. I see Ray Behm in Clearwater, FL.

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