Oral health challenges offer one of the most difficult issues in homeopathic health care. The field of Biological Dentistry strives to accomplish the most bio-compatible solution to the potential side effects of installing foreign products in the mouth.
Among the most common issues seen in dentistry is tooth decay. Preventive measures include abstaining from refined sugars, carbonated drinks and caffeine, in addition to restricting foods high in phosphorus, like dairy products. Sugar and acids both on the tooth surface and in the blood stream feeding each tooth from within, can deplete and dissolve calcium. Sugar and refined carbohydrates support the development of hostile germs in the plaque on the surface of teeth. These unwanted bacteria then produce additional acids that dissolve calcium, ultimately breaking down the tooth enamel. This is a typical point of entry for damaging germs. On the other hand, well fed, friendly bacteria will create a protective skin on the tooth, developing a symbiotic community with systems of the body.
Mineralization of the teeth can be encouraged with well-absorbed calcium supplements. In most cases, where soft areas have begun to develop, re-mineralization and regrowth of the tissue is attainable. Chewing a supplement is suggested, following any oral health task, like brushing, to apply the minerals required for this process directly to the teeth, both topically and systemically. Vitamin C in a non-acid type is another essential nutrient for restoring the teeth, bones or other connective tissues.
Amalgam, or ‘silver’ fillings, which are in fact about 50% mercury, in addition to smaller sized quantities of silver, copper, tin and zinc, are a typical product still lawfully used for fillings in the majority of countries, despite the fact that the same material can not legally be put in a trash basket or a garbage dump. About 500 tons of mercury are utilized in dentistry every year, with over 100 of those tons utilized in the U.S. If the mercury used in just one average sized silver amalgam polluted a 10 acre lake, it would be necessary to issue a fisherman’s advisory to warn against consuming fish from that source. Among the most significant problems with mercury is methylation, a procedure that makes mercury about 100 times more hazardous than the metallic form discovered in fillings. Regrettably, this process can initiate right in the body, and is often set off by consuming caffeine, chocolate, or perhaps decaffeinated coffee or tea, which still carries about 6% of the initial caffeine level. Lots of bacteria also residing in the body can produce this result.
The best solution to the amalgam debate is to avoid having fillings containing mercury to start with. When it comes to replacement of existing amalgams with other materials, generally white porcelain or composite products, a conservative plan is best. Unless urgent work is demanded by a split filling, underlying decay in an amalgam, or some other pressing need, it might be more sensible to first detoxify, to begin relieving soft tissues and organs potentially affected by mercury toxicity, such as the pancreas, brain, bile ducts, kidneys, lining of the colon, immune system, lens of the eye, the pituitary, pineal, or other particularly susceptible areas. Even after chelation, whether intravenous or oral, a number of these tissues may still contain mercury, where it can block key enzymes. In the lens of the eye, this is known to be a contributor to the development of cataracts, because the eye tissue is the only part of the body not safeguarded from the oxidative effects of environmental light by melanin. Mercury in the lens, because it is energized by light, appears to be more apt to participate in biological responses, reflecting the lens tissue as maintaining high levels of mercury longer than any other tissue, after exposure. Mercury leakage from fillings, along with dietary mercury from swordfish, shellfish, and tuna acquired from contaminated waters, plus mercury based preservatives, pesticides and pharmaceuticals gradually accumulate in body tissues, especially when the kidneys and other elimination systems are already compromised by contaminants such as synthetic prescription antibiotics and others.
Other Sources of Mercury
About 20,000 tons of mercury pollute our environment each year through the burning of fossil fuels (10,000 tons) and through other commercial usages of mercury, particularly the chlorine industry (5,000 loads). Consider that the mercury from a single damaged thermometer alone can generate a harmful level of mercury vapor in a room for years! About 80% of the mercury vapor breathed in will result in 10 times as much mercury build-up in the brain and other tissues, as compared to other paths of direct exposure, such as diet.
In order move mercury from its points of accumulation in the oral cavity and the soft tissues of the body, one of the most useful compounds is vitamin C. Luckily, this vitamin not only valuable in chelating mercury, it likewise safeguards the body from the heavy metal as it is vacates the body. The inability to endure a moderate dose, such as 1 gram, 3 times a day, of a neutral pH polyascorbate C, it is often attributable to the presence of considerable amounts of mercury.
The opposite extreme from a methodical program of detoxing, for instance permitting mercury to continue to accumulate in currently jeopardized tissues, would promote avoidable degenerative procedures and more aggressive aging. It is fascinating to note that while selenium shields the body from mercury toxicity, it also increases accumulation of mercury in the spleen; alcohol increases mercury accumulation in the liver and adrenal glands.
One technique to detoxify heavy metals from dental and other areas is chelation treatment. The term “chelation” comes from “claw” and refers to the capability of specific substances to draw out heavy metals and eliminate them from the body safely.
Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) is considered the very first option for treatment in cases of subacute or severe lead poisoning and in mercury poisoning, so safe that it is FDA approved, even for young children.
Electrical aspects also play a crucial function in the release and movement of mercury through the body. Electrically charged mercury ions can be produced by means of battery results from metallic (electrically neutral) mercury at the filling’s surface. Mercury is most quickly dissolved in a sodium chloride solution such as in the saliva when eating salted foods, or by weak acids, which build up in the tissues with toxicity and inflammation. Once in solution, mercury salts are more easily converted by bacterial and fungal metabolic process to the highly hazardous natural kinds of mercury, such as methyl mercury; plus, mercury salts themselves can be about 1000 times more toxic than metallic mercury.
Results of Toxicity
Mercury salts bind easily to iodine, thus hindering thyroid function. They can likewise bond with sulfur-bearing amino acids, interrupting essential enzyme and hormone functions.
DNA is yet another site of mercury’s extensive harmful impacts. It can trigger single strand breaks, cross-linking, and changes in the sequence of nucleotides. In pregnant women, mercury not only crosses the placenta, it can concentrate as much as 24 times greater levels in fetal tissues, possibly causing still birth, miscarriage, birth defects, or other extreme illness.
Large amounts of mercury can be kept in tissues for long periods of time by bonding with structural proteins. For example, the eye’s lens is the most concentrated protein in the body and holds mercury longer than other tissue.
Each tooth lies along a specific pathway or meridian, which brings charged particles (ions) such as mercurous or mercuric salts through the extracellular fluid compartment. Thus particular teeth have the tendency to more highly affect specific organ systems which are likewise situated along the exact same drain channel.
When dissimilar metals such as the mercury and silver present in amalgams, as well as gold, stainless steel and other oral products are put in the body, they produce a battery impact, given that they are successfully linked digitally by the body’s fluids. The resulting motion of ions within the body, called buccal currents, can increase the leeching of mercury from fillings by 100 fold so it is smart to prevent including any brand-new or additional metals in the body.
Another source of existing in the body which can increase mercury release is ecological direct exposure to high levels of fixed or rotating electromagnetic fields, consisting of TV, computers, microwaves, mobile phones, as well as otherwise beneficial magnetic and electro-magnetic treatment devices.
Thermal and Mechanical Factors
One more factor that enters into play is that both heat and the act of chewing boost mercury release on the order of 10 to 100 fold. Hence, it is best to avoid hot food and beverage, in addition to avoiding chewing gum. Chewing and heat really vaporize mercury from the microscopic beads covering the surface of fillings, many times leading to mercury vapor levels that would be illegal in a workplace by OSHA requirements, and far going beyond EPA requirements.
Effects of Mercury
Mercury vapor is breathed into the lungs and the sinuses. From the sinuses it can travel straight by means of the olfactory nerve or the valveless veinous system to the brain, where it is often found in high concentrations in the pituitary gland and other crucial areas.The greatest levels of mercury are often discovered in the thyroid and pituitary glands. Individuals with amalgam fillings accumulate 3 to 4 times as much mercury in the brain as those without any amalgams. The kidneys likewise show elevated levels in those with amalgams.
Organs discovered to most quickly accumulate mercury breathed in as metallic vapor are those with the best ability to oxidize mercury into one of its ionic salt forms. These areas include the lungs, heart, brain (consisting of the hypothalamus), pituitary, spinal chord, retina, ovary, epididymis, adrenal cortex, thyroid and brown fat tissue. Mercury even spreads through the valveless veinous system which extends all the way from the face through the cranial cavity to the back chord all the method to the pelvic area, typically leading to mercury results in the prostate or uterus, as well as the gonads, kidneys, adrenals, lungs, breasts and thyroid.
The list of symptoms attributable to mercury toxicity is extensive and covers everything from acne to cancer. Should you suspect you have an issue with mercury exposure, either through dental challenge or consumption of foods suspected of being high in mercury, seeking advice from an expert familiar with biological dentistry might be in your best interests. For an extensive list of the potential signs of mercury toxicity, CLICK HERE.
Neurovascular damage and other signs
One of the primary effects of mercury is to harm blood vessels. Mercury can also damage the blood-brain barrier, leading to increased mercury uptake by the anxious system as well as increased sensitivity to other stressors.
Resultant hypothalamic damage and pituitary dysregulation can cause changes in function in the locations controlling hunger, thirst, temperature level, sleep, sexual habits, libido and state of mind. Electrophysiologically, mercury triggers a slowing of nerve conduction as well as hyper-excitability of nerve cells.
Mercury has been revealed to block receptors for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is associated with both sensory and motor functions. Copper, a component of silver amalgams, and found in even higher amounts in copper amalgams (65% mercury, 35% copper) impacts adrenergic receptors involved in both the main nerve system and the sympathetic (‘ battle or flight’) response which activates increased energy and arousal.
Dental Fillings are Largest Contributors
Amalgam oral fillings have been represented as the biggest factor of concern related to mercury exposure in the general population and advisories have been released that mercury fillings should, at very least, not be used in children or pregnant women. Dental professionals are required to notify patients of the threats of continuous exposure to mercury, including possible reproductive harm.
Eliminating Mercury from your System
Even when the body tries to remove mercury, it can cause repercussions as it migrates out of your system. In order for mercury to be flushed out it must travel through the lymph and blood. This could provide concentrated amounts of mercury from dental tissues to the thyroid, thymus, and heart along with the involved vessels themselves and the peripheral nerves and other structures like bones, bone marrow, muscles, and joints which they supply. Ultimately, mercury is removed by the salivary glands, liver, kidneys, skin and pancreas. Excreted mercury can trigger irritation to the linings of the intestinal system, skin, appendix, and bladder. It frequently brings on sore throats and sores in the mouth, as well as increased salivation. Gum issues consisting of inflammation and bluish-grey ‘tatooing’ might exist and eventually teeth can end up being loosened up as tissue damage encompasses the jaw bone. Elsewhere, mercury might trigger problem breathing, discomfort in the digestive system and eczema.
Mercury excretion can be measured in the hair or urine, however in many cases of mercury toxicity, the heavy metal is held in tissues and not excreted until specific assistance is provided, leading to low excretion levels on preliminary testing. These individuals are called “non-excreters” and their issues are frequently overlooked when just chemistry tests are utilized. Electrophysiological tests are extremely handy in this situation.
It is extremely valuable in mitigating these symptoms to eliminate amalgams as a source of persistent tension on the body’s chemical and electrical systems. A specialist studying the application of natural solutions found a significant difference in health maintenance needs of his clients depending upon the presence or lack of amalgam fillings.
Patients who completed a detoxification process were observed to require significantly fewer annual checkups, unless they still had mercury based fillings. Having them increased crisis care to 4 or 5 times per year. With the extensive options available in dental materials today along with the ability to examine individual potential biocompatibility with blood and electrophysiological tests, there should be no reason to continue using potentially restrictive materials which adversly affect health and well being.
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