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The dangers of mercury fillings…

Amalgam is 50% mercury, and mercury is toxic to the body and a disaster for the environment. The long-term effects of mercury in the mouth have been shown to be extremely dangerous. Even worse, the combination of multiple metals (silver, tin, copper, zinc) interacting with mercury can cause even greater harm.

Mercury is a potent neuro-toxin that can cause damage to your brain, central nervous system and kidneys. It is linked to many more health issues and illnesses, such as sinus conditions, ear-ringing, enlarged neck glands, headaches, enlarged spleen, bloated condition, knee pain, foot pain, hip pain, dizziness, aching bones and joint pain. The metallic mercury used by dentists to manufacture dental amalgam is shipped as a hazardous material to the dental office. Any amalgam leftover is also treated as hazardous and requires special precautions to dispose of. Can you believe that!

Mercury from dental offices is actually the largest source of mercury in waste water. According to an article by Michael Bender (co-founder of the Mercury Policy Project), at least 40 percent of mercury flowing into municipal water treatment plants begin in dentist offices. And those plants are not set up to remove it, so it ends up in your fish.

Once someone dies, their amalgam fillings actually pose a risk to the living as well. Emissions from the combustion of mercury fillings during cremation are a significant contaminator of air, waterways, soil, wildlife and food. Seven to nine metric tons of mercury per year escapes into the atmosphere during cremations, and it is estimated that, left unchecked, crematoria will be the largest single cause of mercury pollution by 2020.

The dangers of mercury fillings spread far and wide.

But things are moving forward in this respect…

Costa Mesa, California is the first city in the United States to call for an immediate end to dental amalgam. The resolution calls on federal and state agencies to eliminate amalgam, and asks dentists in Costa Mesa to switch to non-toxic alternatives. It does not actually ban amalgam, but it is an important step toward ending a scourge of both health and the environment.

Are You In The US?

Charlie G. Brown, the national counsel for Consumers for Dental Choice and the President of the new World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry has been petitioning federal and state agencies and he spearheads the national campaign to expose the deceptive practices of the American Dental Association. They ran an article in early September, calling for volunteers to get involved to organize a grassroots project, and the result has been nothing short of sensational.

Costa Mesa was just the beginning – the rest of the United States still need to be brought onboard. Effective change starts at local level.

Others also got involved in this movement and you are being invited to join them and bring the Movement Against Mercury in Dentistry to Your City.

The next step is to find other cities in California willing to follow suit in endorsing an immediate elimination of amalgam. Therefore, volunteers, especially in the L.A. and Orange County area, are being sought. To volunteer, write announcements@toxicteeth.org, and give you home city and county along with your contact information.

To keep this momentum going, please sign the Californians for Green Dentistry’s online petitionto ban dental mercury in California.

Others Are Campaigning Also

December, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold hearings to reconsider its position on amalgam. The FDA’s current stance is that mercury in dentistry is good for the public health. (Wow, how many cover-ups is our society based on! It’s all to do with money and it’s ugly. Money doesn’t make the world go round, it makes it – us – sick.). Fortunately, with the committed campaigners’ work, the FDA is finally starting to allow the conversation to open up.

Also, in January, the United Nations begins its second session on a treaty to address all sources of mercury. And a new coalition called the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, led by Charlie Brown is leading the charge to phase out amalgam everywhere.

Ok, So What About Your Amalgam Fillings?

Get them taken out! (Seek advice first if necessary). Get them replaced with white composite ones (but make sure not to have the fluoride one if they offer you one of those, as fluoride is another toxic chemical). I recently came across a remarkable book, A Cure For All Disease’ which I can’t recommend enough. Here it is:


Dr. Hulda Clark is the accomplished author of several “controversial” books on self-health, which emphasizes the dangers of internal and external pollutants whose agents are parasites and chemical and metallic pollutants. She shows how to get rid of these “purveyors of disease” and cites many testimonials of people who had rapid and often dramatic health improvements due to her measures.

One of the things she strongly recommends to all her patients is to get any mercury fillings replaced with non-metallic plastic ones. Recently, I took her advice. I have the one filling and during a recent dental appointment I had it replaced with a white non-fluoride one.

Dr. Clark writes, “Chronic health problems are not due to exposures of the past. They are ongoing. Your body is constantly fighting to remove pollutants. In order to stay sick, you must be constantly resupplied! These four clean-ups–dental, diet, body, home–are aimed at removing parasites and pollutants at their source. Only then can your body heal.”

With regard to tooth health she says: “Removing all metal means removing all root canals, metal fillings and crowns. Take out all bridge work or partials made of metal and never put them back in. But you may feel quite attached to the gold, so ask the dentist to give you everything she or he removes. Look at the underside. You will be glad you switched.

All metal must come out, no matter how glossy it looks on the surface. Metal does not belong in your body. It is an unnatural chemical. Do this as soon as you have found a dentist able to do it. Find a dentist with experience and knowledge about this subject…Only metal-free plastic should be put back in your mouth.”

A no-brainer really – getting that metal removed.

Now, it remains for me to find a good “zapper” to zap those lil critters running around inside…

Comments welcome.

To Your Dental Health!

reena gagneja



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