Health Affects of Mercury From Amalgam Fillings?
Mercury from amalgam fillings has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), infertility, neurological disorders, immunological suppression, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and antibiotic resistance among other diseases. (See “Bibliography of Mercury Topics” for references)
The consequences of chronic mercury exposure are rarely immediate. Symptoms can take years to surface, making the correlation between disease and dental mercury extremely difficult.
Symptoms can also vary in severity due to an individual’s genetic ability to resist toxicity. Individuals with “high thresholds” for toxicity will experience little or no problems from the mercury in their fillings, while others with “low thresholds” exposed to the exact same levels of mercury may have dramatically different reactions with severe symptoms. But even people who have a seemingly high tolerance to amalgam need to remember there is no safe level of mercury and it is only a matter of time until the accumulation of mercury breaches the body’s ability to maintain health.
It is interesting to observe the improvement of a broad range of symptoms once amalgam fillings have been properly removed. The following represents a partial statistical symptom summary of 1569 patients who participated in six different studies evaluating the health effects of replacing mercury-containing dental fillings with non-mercury containing dental fillings.
|% of Total Reporting||Symptom||Number Reporting||Number Improved or Cured||% of Cure or Improvement|
|10%||Irregular Heart Beat||159||139||87%|
|17%||Lack of Concentration||270||216||80%|
|6%||Lack of Energy||91||88||97%|
|12%||Ulcer & Sores (Oral Cavity)||180||162||86%|
|7%||Unrinary Tract Problems||115||87||76%|
It is important to be aware that regardless of the abundance of evidence showing the benefits of removing mercury fillings, the removal of mercury fillings will not necessarily guarantee a change in the health status of everyone. Several elements contribute to disease processes and mercury toxicity is only one contributing factor. Nevertheless, our experience has shown the majority of patients who have their amalgam fillings properly replaced with more biocompatible materials demonstrate noticeable improvements in their health.
It is important to note that the majority of dentists including the Alberta Dental Association and College do not agree that dental amalgam is associated with any negative health problems. However, with the mounting scientific evidence referenced in the “Bibliography of Mercury Topics“, we feel that as a consumer you have the right to know of the potential dangers amalgam fillings pose to your general health along with the
alternative materials available to replace the amalgam in your mouth.
One of the best visual evidences of how mercury causes brain degeneration can be viewed on a video from the University of Calgary’s faculty of medicine.
More About Mercury Fillings
- What Are Silver Amalgam Fillings?
- Why Is Mercury So Dangerous?
- How Much Mercury am I Getting From My Fillings?
- Health Effects From Mercury in Amalgam Fillings
- The ADA and CDA Position on Mercury Fillings
- Are There Dangers to Replacing Amalgam Fillings?
- Alternatives to Amalgam Fillings
- Mercury Removal Protocol
- Oral Galvanism
- Bibliography of Mercury Topics (Acrobat Reader Required)
Disclaimer: Most dentists are not of the view that mercury amalgam is harmful to your health.