Owen Davis | 21 Jan
Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. With this in mind, one could ask why are mercury amalgams still used in dentistry today?
The World Health Organisation lists mercury as one of the top ten chemicals of major public concern, the US Government Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry ranks mercury third on its list of most toxic substances - behind only arsenic and lead, and the United Nations established the ‘Minamata Convention on Mercury’ in an attempt to protect human health and the environment from mercury. 140 countries signed an agreement to control the use of industrial mercury waste in 2013. If mercury is so harmful to human health, why on earth do we persist with mercury amalgams in dentistry? Well, it may have something to do with the American Dental Association buying the patent in the 1950’s.
The issue with mercury is that it accumulates in the body much faster than the body is able to excrete it. This accumulation leads to an imbalance of body chemistry, which results in a state of ‘toxicity’. Mercury toxicity is associated with over 250 symptoms that we are aware of - some of which include; allergic disease, arthritis, eczema, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, depression, paranoia, memory loss and hallucinations. It affects organs, the nervous system, the immune system, the digestive system and cardiovascular system. As a matter of interest, mercury toxicity seems to be more pronounced in individuals who have a poor iron/protein state and also exhibit a low cholesterol.
Perhaps the best way to highlight the dangers of mercury toxicity is in the words of Doctor Klinghardt, who said “Most, if not all, chronic infectious diseases are not caused by a failure of the immune system, but are a conscious adaptation of the immune system to an otherwise lethal heavy metal environment”….
For more details on the symptoms of mercury toxicity, click here.
If you are looking to remove your mercury amalgams or would like further information on best practices for dealing with mercury click here.