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Healing After Mercury Removal

“If everyone had the same reaction to environmental toxicants like mercury,” write Dr. Jack Krall and Amanda Just for the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT),
 

these hazardous substances would probably be banned immediately. It would be obvious to everyone, as well as their doctors, that exposure to a specific toxic material results in a definitive outcome- the exact same illness shared by all of those who come into contact with a particular dangerous substance. However, research has clearly demonstrated that individuals respond to environmental toxicants in a way that is unique to their own bodies.

And just as we don’t all get sick in the same way, we don’t all heal in the same way. Here, for instance, is one of our own patients briefly describing her experience after we safely removed her old “silver” mercury amalgam fillings and replaced them with biocompatible restorations:

“Silver” Mercury Amalgam Fillings & Sinus Troubles

We’ve known for a long while now that sinus issues can arise from chronic exposure to mercury. Nearly 100 years ago, German chemist Dr. Alfred Stock described his own experience of mercury toxicity, which included just such symptoms.

This started with a slight transient nose cold. This was followed by a constant “stuffy nose,” which later turned into severe nose, throat and sinus infections. They were followed, one b one, almost without interruption, by pussy, often bloody, mucosal discharge and scabbing, frequent sore throats and ear aches connected to auditory loss and loss of smell (some sense of smell remained; e.g. cyanic acid).

While Dr. Stock’s exposure happened over the course of decades, it doesn’t take a massive amount of exposure to cause problems. This can be seen, for instance, in the case of a 46-year old woman who had recurrent sinus infections. She also had a small amalgam tattoo in her mouth- just 2 mm in diameter. (An amalgam tattoo is a gray, blue, or black area of discoloration on the gums caused by mercury amalgam getting into the soft tissues.)

Oneyear after lesion removal, the patient reported that the sinusitis crises had ceased after repeated episodes for years. It may be speculated that the inflammatory process related to amalgam tattoo seems to lead to a local immune response that causes sinusitis because it enhances the human leukocyte antigen DR (HLA-DR) tissue expression.

“A Reduction of Health Complaints” After Mercury Removal

Of course, as the scientific literature shows, sinus problems aren’t the only health issue that maybe resolved by safe mercury amalgam removal and detox.

One of the more recent studies, published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, focused on patients with medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) that they attributed to their mercury fillings. Two other groups were recruited for comparison: MUPS patients who did not attribute their health issues to amalgam fillings and a group of people who considered themselves healthy.

All were given questionnaires at the start of the study and instructed to see their GPs to collect the necessary health information. Those in the amalgam group then had their amalgams removed. A year later, all participants answered follow-up questionnaires

Analysis of the data showed that although health complaints were similar among all MUPS patients, only those who had their mercury fillings removed reported significant improvement of their symptoms after one year. The intensity of their complaints decreased, and their physical and mental summary scores improved.

The study provides additional evidence of reduction of health complaints in patients with attribution of health complaints to amalgam after amalgam removal. Since neither blinding nor placebo control was used, the observed reduction of the intensity of general health complaints can be interpreted as an effect from both specific and non-specific treatment effects. A reduction of health complaints is in agreement with data from previous controlled studies and studies without comparison groups.

“This study supports the hypothesis,” conclude the authors, “that MUPS attributed to amalgam fillings, as present in our participants in the Amalgam group, are reduced after removal of amalgam fillings in patients fulfilling the criteria used in this study.”