Getting Your Fillings Out
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The Mercury Fillings Controversy

For nearly two centuries, dentists have debated the safety of mercury fillings. This practice has been controversial since the beginning, and, by 1840, the profession was divided into two camps.

One side was completely against this practice. The other group formed what is now known as the American Dental Association, which still isn't calling for a ban on putting this highly toxic substance inside people's mouths.

About half of all dentists in the United States still fill cavities with "silver," which, in actuality, is a combination of mercury and other heavy metals.

The evidence continues to mount that this mercury does not stay put, and is released every time we breathe and especially when we bite into food or drink hot liquids.

With so many people unhappy about the mercury inside their mouths, another branch of dentistry has emerged. Biological dentists now do a brisk business removing these fillings and replacing them with, hopefully, safer materials.

Deciding to Replace Your Fillings

Getting your mercury fillings out is not a decision to be taken lightly. That's because it's virtually impossible to remove them without releasing a large amount of mercury into the air and into your body.

There have been reports of people with chronic illnesses fully recovering, once their fillings are taken out. Yet there are other stories of people whose health deteriorated afterward.

No matter what you decide to do, it's recommended that you find a dentist well-versed in the protocols used by most biological dentists. This should include breathing supplemental oxygen while the procedure is being done.

Ideally, this should be the so-called "Huggins Protocol," named after dentist Hal Huggins, DDS., a biological dentist who has written a book called, It's all in Your Head: The Link Between Mercury Amalgams and Illness.

Getting My Own Fillings Removed

For years, I had been battling chronic-fatigue-like symptoms that could be related to mercury poisoning. Getting half of my fillings out, including one that was leaking, did make me feel better, and the improvement lasted several years. However, I then began to develop nerve pain. I blame this more on a bad diet rather than mercury fillings though.

But, when one of my remaining fillings broke, I decided to have them all out. The first time, I had gone to a dentist who specialized in removing fillings. But her practice was out of town, and I didn't have the time to travel.

So I chose a local dentist with a holistic mindset. He was well aware of the realities of mercury poison, and the potential benefits of removing this source of poison. He was also familiar with the safety protocols.

However, he forgot to offer me supplemental oxygen, a step I should have questioned. Afterward, he apologized. Not using oxygen increases the chances that you'll inhale mercury vapors as the amalgam is taken from your teeth.

The procedure itself wasn't painful, because my dentist used a lot of novocaine. But once this pain killer wore off, it was agonizing. I used clove essential oil to dull the pain, but this only helped a little. The only thing that brought relief was a product known as Lipo-Spheric Vitamin C, which I had taken before and after the procedure. Because this is formulated with lipids, the ascorbic acid is taken directly to your cells, similar to an IV infusion.

Intravenous Vitamin C is often used in chelation protocols because it helps the body in removing heavy metals. I started taking this again, at higher doses, for a few days, until the pain finally subsided.

Working with a Naturopath

If your dentist is familiar with the Huggins Protocol, and is well-versed in alternative medicine, he or she can probably recommend specific supplements and homeopathic remedies to help your body detoxify from the procedure.

At the time, I was seeing a naturopath who also has a degree in homeopathy. In addition to the Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C, I took a homeopathic remedy she selected for me to help my body flush out the mercury. If you plan to have your fillings removed, I highly recommend working closely with a homeopath. It is good insurance against any accidents or mishaps.

Lasting Benefits of Filling Removal

Deciding to get your fillings out is not without risk. The second time I had my fillings out, I believe my health suffering for about six months. Then I slowly began to feel better and the improvement has continued. Although I'm now happy the mercury is gone from my mouth, there were times following the procedure that I wasn't sure I did the right thing.

If you decide to have this work done, do your research and choose a good dentist.