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Electrosensitivity and Mercury Fillings – Are They Compatible?

If you are like most people then you have probably never given a second thought to the metal fillings you have in your mouth.

But in fact metal amalgams are bad news. According to the World Health Organization (WHO Report 118) and Health Canada [1] they are the primary source of human exposure to mercury for the general population. And yet they have been used by dentists for over 100 years and no clinical studies have ever been carried out.

If you are electrically sensitive they can represent a particular problem.

[2] Courtesy of wikipedia

Metal fillings introduce a toxic metal into your bloodstream. Since metal conducts electricity, these feelings can act as an antenna and put further stress on your body.

We take in metals all the time, via our food, the air we breathe, our toxic environment so you have to look at reducing your exposure all round if you want to see improvements in your health.But having metal fillings put’s aburden on your body 24/7.

If you are experiencing symptoms of ES then it’s well worth considering having your fillings removed. You have to weigh up the pro’s and the cons. Ultimately if you are electrosensitive it boils down to how great your sensitivity is. If your sensitivity is extreme then you have probably got little to loose.

If you do choose have your amalgams removed then

– make sure you do it with a homeopathic doctor, preferably one who adheres to the guidelines of the IAOMT [3] (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) who is going to be able to extract all the mercury, otherwise you could find yourself worse off than before

– make sure you undertake chelation therapy [4] to remove the mercury, otherwise it’s a pointless exercise

Let me be clear, I am against amalgam dental fillings, if I had known before having the fillings in of the dangers then I would definitely chosen another option [5]. But now I have got them I have decided to keep them….

By way of a presentation of this issue and to enable you to weigh up the pro’s and cons, I would like to share with you the following video. Its of a Costa Mesa City Council meeting debating on whether to instigate a ban on mercury fillings.

Mercury Is Toxic

“Mercury is an incredibly toxic substance, and it’s in dental amalgams, and it’s also getting into our water system and a lot of other things.  There’s a lot more information you’re going to hear in the next few minutes from the group.  This is way overdue in the United States, and especially in California.  It’s something Europe and some other countries are getting much further ahead of than we are, and it’s time we start talking about it and bringing it forward.

To the Council, I did hand out a Zogby polling – the results of Zogby Pilling, and I just wanted to point out two things in it:  Number 47, that 94% of Californians believe that their dentists should be required to inform them of the various types of mercury and non-mercury fillings available before filling a cavity;  and the following one, “Which would you be more likely to choose, given the option – higher cost fillings that contain no mercury, or lower cost fillings that are about 50% mercury?”  In 80% of California would be with the higher cost and no mercury.  As just stated, there’s mercury up to 50% in what we call silver fillings, which is kind of a misnomer, because obviously, if they’re 50% mercury and only 25% silver, then they’re mercury fillings.

But, with that, I would like to invite the folks from Californians For A Green Dentistry to give a presentation on my behalf.  Thank you.

Anita Gonzalez-Tibau:  Thank you for all your patience to get through all of these agendized items.  Good evening, esteemed members of the Costa Mesa City Council.  My name is Anita Gonzalez-Tibau, and I am the director of Californians For A Green Dentistry.  I want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to speak with you tonight about a growing environmental concern in our community.  The people here, and the hundreds who signed the petition to support the Monahan Resolution.

Mercury Pollution Unnecessary and Uncontrolled

Dental amalgam, which contains about 50% mercury, is a colossal source of unnecessary mercury pollution in our communities.  It reaches our environment by numerous pathways – from dental offices, from household toilets, from crematoria, and from landfills.

There is no technology to control it once it leaves the dental office, and the vast majority is walking out of the dental offices in the mouths of humans.  Entire countries, as Councilman Monahan indicated earlier, in Europe, have already recognized the environmental devastation wreaked by mercury, and they have banned the product and switched to numerous non-mercury alternatives in order to protect their water, air, and land.

It’s time we started doing our part to protect the environment, and to protect our own health from the dangers of environmental toxins such as dental mercury.  Once in the environment, dental mercury is known to convert to an even more toxic form – methyl mercury.  And, the environmental health effects are well documented.

Proposition 65 already tells us that dental amalgam, used in many dental fillings, causes exposure to mercury, a chemical known to the state of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm.  And just recently, the EPA again confirmed that mercury leaches into the environment from dental offices, and that can cause neurological problems, especially in the developing nervous systems of unborn babies and children.  And that is why Californians For Green Dentistry is taking action to protect our children and our community now…..

The True Cost Is High

Charlie Brown:  Amalgam is a primitive, pre-Civil War product.  A colossal pollutant.  Dentistry, unfortunately, is the number two purchaser of mercury in this country, despite the fact that the decline that half the dentists don’t use it any more.  The Sierra Club, and a number of other groups put together a report showing that half of the mercury in residence, in products, is in our mouths.  Let’s not add to the problem because all that’s going to leave.  The mercury currently being used gets in the water.  Dental mercury is the largest contributor of mercury into the waste water.  That means that the rate payers of Costa Mesa are paying for the cleanup.  There’s a cost-shifting among the dentists still using amalgam so that your rate payers and taxpayers, here’s a good place to work.  This whole waste, the mercury from our bodies, is a major mercury contributor.

Amalgam is not the lowest cost material on the small fillings, resin costs a little less on the small fillings according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  But, amalgam on cost, the actual cost, the total cost, including the cost-shifting to the taxpayers, the parents who pay health bills, amalgam is the highest cost material going.

Why not shift, then, to mercury-free dentistry.  Several Scandinavian countries have banned mercury amalgam, as Councilman Monahan pointed out.  So the public that supports that ban was a different constituency, not Californians, that supported a ban seven to one.

I think, as a lawyer, dentistry is a kind of Achilles Heel.  We lawyers have our problems, too, and one I noticed years ago was victims’ rights.  Victims were shut out of the process by the prosecutors and defense lawyers.  It took public opinion, it took the Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and a whole movement to basically force the victims into the court rooms over the objections of the lawyers – that was our mistake.The criminal justice system is much better.  Well, dentistry is really just behind on this issue.  This is the one issue they need to catch up with, and need a little push, just like we lawyers needed a push to include the victims.

Insurance is a problem, there’s no question about it, but several years ago, the California Dental Association and our group, we don’t always agree, worked together to end the system of amalgam only for the poor people in the MediCal and DentiCal system.  We can do the same with insurance with the Monahan Resolution.  It’s a powerful statement to the insurance industry.  Send it to the insurance commissioner of California as well.

I salute what you’re doing.  Here’s a transition to 21st century dentistry.  Thank you, Councilmen, thank you.

I don’t believe electrosensitivity and mercury amalgams are compatible. But make sure removal is the right option for you and make sure you go about it in the right way.