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Friday, April 5, 2013

Dr. Oz, Amalgams, and Toxicity

Looks like Dr Oz hit another hot topic on Thursday, March 28th, 2013.  

On this show he aired a segment on Mercury Amalgam (silver) fillings.  

This is a fairly informative show for people who have never heard, but still lacking in some very important information.  Click here to watch the show.

By airing this show and exposing the truth about the toxicity of mercury (amalgam fillings) it instigated an immediate alert from the American Dental Association (ADA) to "provide talking points to use with their patients."  

According to Dr. Mark Breiner, from Breiner Whole-Body Health Center in Connecticut, the show could have been better.  

The two dentists that appeared on this show do not place amalgam fillings, one for aesthetic reasons, and one for fear of their potential toxic effects.  

These two dentists also said that patients should ABSOLUTELY NOT have their fillings removed.  They also did NOT EXPLAIN WHY the mercury vapor is so high during removal or HOW to protect the patient, the dentist, and the dental assistant during removal.  

They should have educated that to even have ONE MERCURY filling removed improperly, can be very dangerous to all involved. 

REMOVING AMALGAMS is definitely a healthy consideration, BUT having a QUALIFIED dentist is of most importance! 

Click here to FIND a holistic dentist near you 

Local?  Look at this Holistic Dentist here in Greenville.

It also would have been beneficial to see some of this research addressed as well:

  • Studies done on sheep showed that mercury from dental amalgams migrated to all the tissues and organs.
  • This same study also showed that the mercury passed the placental barrier, going directly to the fetus.
  • Other research has shown that mercury from fillings concentrates in the mother's milk and passes to the infant.
  • Studies that show that mercury comes off of these fillings WITH ANY stimulation in the mouth.
The segment on dealing with the ways to protect yourself if you have mercury fillings, such as avoiding acidic foods (such as tomatoes and grapefruits- really? stop eating these foods?), drink coffee through a straw(?) left much to be desired.  The helpful advice was however to eat cilantro, garlic, and take a chlorella supplement.  BUT, even certain chlorella can be high in mercury, so you need to know it is from a high quality source.  Dr. Breiner states "trying to eliminate mercury from the body, while still having mercury fillings in the mouth, is like trying to bail water from a boat with holes in the hull."

Dr. Mark Breiner offers a book, Whole-Body Dentistry: A Complete Guide to Understanding the Impact of Dentistry on Total Health .  You may wish to follow up this Dr. Oz show with this book to gain a better understanding of how your mouth care directly affects your whole body.

Also, if you have never read the book Cure Tooth Decay, by Ramiel Nagel , you may want to dive into it.  AVOIDING cavities and FILLINGS altogether is not just myth but reality for many people.  HEALING cavities is also a reality.  Diet and nutrition are key, so if you are serious about your health, these are books you want to read!

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