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My grandmother is 92 years old and has a fantastic memory. She cooks herself a meal
every day – meat and fresh vegetables. Rarely, if ever, does she have prepacked packaged
food. She also has false teeth.
I wish I had false teeth.
In my grandmother’s day
people didn’t have fillings if they had toothache Instead their teeth were extracted
– usually at home and yes, they did tie a piece of string to the door knob. For their
twenty first birthday those whose family could afford it were given a set (or two)
of false teeth.
I wish I’d had a set of false teeth for my 21st birthday.
that statement because I am one of the 3% of the population which the British Dental
Authority admit to suffering mercury sensitivity. And if you are wondering what that
has to do with teeth it’s because dental amalgam contains 50% mercury, the second
most toxic substance on the planet and the only metal that evapourates at room temperature?
The remaining 50% comprises a mixture of silver, tin, copper and zinc. Amalgam has
been used for dental amalgam fillings since the early 1800’s and even then there
were doubts as to its safety. Infact in USA they had what became known as the Amalgam
Wars and in 1845 a resolution was passed pronouncing the use of amalgam as “malpractice”.
Originally amalgam was made out of a paste of filings from silver coins and mercury.
The problem was that the impurities in the coins made it expand and crack the teeth.Hence
the new mixture.
You may not know anything about science but when various metals
get put together they can react in different ways. Metals corrode especially when
they are exposed to moisture and for some strange reason these toxic ones are put
in our mouths.
Mercury is incredibly dangerous. The Egyptians used it to repel tomb
raiders and warnings are always given not to breathe it in or ingest it. It used
to be used in the hat making process and many people went mad. Mercury toxicity is
often referred to as Mad Hatter’s Disease. Remember the character in Alice in Wonderland?
Mercury is used in fillings because it is incredibly durable, easy to place and cheap,
and because it was used long before there were any safety regulatory bodies people
just assumed it was safe.
However, mercury is dangerous. It is toxic and even dentists
have to use it with care. In the 1980’s dentists were given 15 recommendations of
mercury hygiene for their protection. These included working in a well-ventilated
area, avoiding heating mercury or amalgam, using a no-touch technique for handling
amalgam, storing mercury in unbreakable, tightly sealed containers, alerting all
personnel of the potential hazard of mercury vapour and getting anyone regularly
employed in a dentist office to have an annual mercury check up.
Seemingly the scrap
amalgam (the bit left over after the filling is placed) was considered dangerous
and yet the exact same amalgam placed in the mouth was okay. Doesn’t that seem strange
Dentists will understandably deny amalgam can be dangerous and yet as a “precautionary
measure”they no longer use it on children, pregnant women or nursing mothers. You
see mercury vapour gets into the bloodstream and can pass into the foetus through
the umbilical chord and also via a mothers milk.
Mercury Poisoning is invisible and
is caused when the body is unable to get rid of the continual production of mercury
vapour. It builds up over a period of time and compromises the immune system and
as it is not contagious it doesn’t have to be reported. It is therefore difficult
to assess just how many people are affected. Often it is misdiagnosed as the syptoms
are vague and could be attributed to many different things. It is also very difficult
to test for.
Until recently doctors dismissed mercury poisoning caused by dental
amalgam as nonsense but increasingly there is more awareness. You may even find yourself
being asked if you’ve had any dental work done recently if you display an increasing
amount of inexplicable symptoms.
If you do need to replace your fillings because
of mercury toxicity please do it CAREFULLY. Removing it can be very dangerous and
make you even more ill.
Oh yes, I wish I had false teeth!
Mercury is the second most toxic substance on the planet and mercury poisoning is
more common than you might think.