<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Mold Misery - Amalgams, Immunity, and Mold





Amalgam Replacement


There is a lot of material on the dangers of mercury, both in dental restorations and vaccines (not to mention airborne vapors and seafood.)  While most officials in the U.S. are burying their heads in the sand and pretending the problem does not exist, Germany and Sweden have taken a totally different approach.  In Sweden, mercury is taken so seriously that deceased individuals must have the amalgams removed prior to cremation.

When I was in Santa Fe, I associated with quite a few environmental dentists, one of whom taught me to see mercury cations in the microscope.  The first patient seen was the daughter of a miner who had allowed her to put her hands and arms in vats of mercury, wonderful game for a child.  As practitioners, we always learn the most from the truly serious cases because virtually all the symptoms can be ascribed to the known causal factor.  This poor lady was struggling for a grip on life.  Fortunately, she had a fabulous personal philosophy and a commitment to recovery.

I consulted in Germany for a while, but the only patients with amalgams were foreigners, often with serious neurological conditions.  However, in Switzerland, there was an incredible mix of persons who had amalgams and those who did not, including a husband and wife who both had signs of mold in the blood, but their management of the infection was so very different that we attributed this to the mercury.

We know that when toxic metals are chelated, yeast infections tend to go ballistic.  Here's the rub:  while there are toxic metals, the immune system is tangled up in a futile battle with the toxins and usually does not sufficient resources for other tasks.  What I have observed in live blood is that many, many white blood cells will gang up on the cations but they do not win.  They die.  Not only do they die, but there is debris in the plasma because of the dead white blood cells.  It's a deathless cycle.

In studies done on sheep, amalgams that were 49-53% mercury at the time of installation leeched so badly that after six months, they contained only 9-13% mercury.  This is a serious issue because mercury is extremely toxic and has been associated with ever so many medical conditions, basically everything from autism to Alzheimer's.  However, the current theory is that there are good excreters and bad excreters.  This explains why children with ADD and autism were lower than than peers in hair analysis and urine.  The idea is that some people are better able to eliminate the toxins so there are higher measurements in substances that are excreted or discharged than in comparably exposed individuals with lesser ability to unburden themselves of the insults to their health.

In short, a hair analysis test may not be a reliable indicator of toxicity but it is the least expensive and least invasive test for metals and so is widely used.

Amalgam Removal

I was actually vaguely aware of the hazards since childhood because my grandfather was a metallurgist, but I had a mouthful of amalgams and had begun replacing them with composites.  The dentist doing this work had said, "Ingrid, if it ain't broke, don't fix it."  I was asymptomatic, but I thought replacing them was a good idea.  As it turned out, I was more intolerant of the composites than the mercury so I stopped after one quadrant.

After becoming exposed to mold, I realized I would lose my margins so I decided to tackle the amalgam issue.  This time, I did an extraordinary amount of research and stumbled on a restoration called Cerec.  To make a long story short, in environmental dentistry, the patient is protected during amalgam removal with a rubber dam and suction.  Some dentists supply masks and IV drips but the minimum to protect the soft tissue in the mouth from absorbing the vapor is a rubber dam.  The tooth itself is prepared in the same manner as any other procedure for removing decay or a failing filling.  The irony is that while it is still argued by many that mercury is safe, when it is removed, it must be disposed of as hazardous waste.  Dentists who are complying with this regulation have traps in their plumbing to prevent the mercury from entering municipal water.

Now, for the Cerec, a camera with three lenses is used to photograph the prepared tooth.  The images are triangulated and sent to a computer which has a special software program for designing restorations.  The color is matched to the adjacent teeth and dentists tweaks the image and when satisfied, he saves his settings.  He is then prompted to insert a ceramic block into a machine that mills the restoration while you wait.  A very simple onlay takes about three minutes and a complex crown about fifteen.  So, instead of filling your mouth with some gagging material to take impressions and then getting a laboratory to design a porcelain or other restoration, the Cerec is a one-stop process that spares the patient the bother of temporary fillings and two office visits and two anesthetics.  More importantly, the Cerec is very strong and inert.  It does not chatter with other teeth or pick up radio signals or do any other crazy things other restorations have been known to do.

This is the good news.  The bad is that the restoration still has to be bonded to tooth and this requires a cement of some type, most of which are hugely estrogenic.  One day, my dentist was out of the bonding agent normally used and he used a different brand.  I told him that Menopause had been a breeze in comparison to that cement. Most of these substances are hugely estrogenic so with mold producing estrogen and xenoestrogens in the glue, I was on a hormonal roller coaster after that particular visit.

For those who are concerned about aesthetics, Cerecs are absolutely beautiful.  For those who are practical, this is the best available restoration material.  Personally, I prefer Cerec to noble metals and porcelain.  Obviously, there will be those who disagree, but all I can say is look into these.  There are online referrals to trained dentists who use this technology.  Often, when I mention them, people say but "I never heard of this."  In Switzerland, we did a quick search and found five Cerec dentists within a short distance of the clinic.  I found a dentist in Bremerton who is terrific and only 40-45 minutes from my home.  My cousin found one in Portland, Oregon.

Teeth and their Relationship to the Body

At a seminar on oral toxicology in Santa Fe, I was astonished to see how many toxins are in mouth.  For some people, this is another source of stress:  toxic metals and microbes.  Many people writing me after reading pages on this site have described dental problems, enormous dental problems.  Personally, expensive as it is and traumatic as it can be for some people, I think a point comes when amalgam removal is imperative.

I did a lot of research before deciding on my local dentist.  To tell you the truth, he was the fourth dentist I visited in the Northwest.  Knowing so many excellent dentists, I guess you could say I am a connoisseur and was not easily satisfied with the work of most of the dentists I visited.  This said, I considered several other options.  I knew of the clinic Hal Huggins, the father of environmental dentistry, founded in Mexico and I knew of a very highly regarded dentist in Tijuana.  I also found a clinic in Costa Rica that offered excellent work.  I could take a three week vacation in the sun and get all this work done and have more change in my pocket than by seeing a local dentist; however, I would have to go through everything at once and I was not up for that.  This said, my best friend made the opposite decision and we are both alive to tell our tales.

By going the route I did, I had a chance to compare my procedures to the theory of teeth and their relationship to other parts of the body.  One of my colleagues has a web site with a chart showing these correlations.  I was fascinated by my process because I could really feel the changes in supposedly unrelated systems each time another tooth was addressed.

The Rub

Here's the problem.   I suspect that while amalgams undermine the immune system drastically, they also hold certain other microscopic populations in check.  Parasites and mold are inhibited by the presence of toxic metals so while the immune system is compromised, so are some pathogenic organisms.  So, what I saw with the husband and wife was that while she was mercury-free and manifesting cancer, he appeared to be healthy.  However, he also seemed to be an accident waiting to happen while her accident had happened.  What I am saying is that the decision to remove amalgams must be thoroughly considered and side effects have to be managed.  In my own case, I took chlorella throughout the removal process and when it was over, I added cilantro to the protocol.  I also supplemented my diet with seaweed and trace minerals.

There is a metaphor in Chinese philosophy called "catching a tiger by his tail."  The less said the better but obviously, one should be more concerned for the teeth than the tail!

In the meantime, it is empowering to know that the option of enhancing immunity through amalgam removal is there.  However, as we saw with the sheep, most of the mercury was gone already after six months.  Likewise, there are hiding places in the body for mercury so immune system restoration involves chelation, not just amalgam removal.  There are claims that chelation can be completed in three weeks.  I keep reading these stories, but have yet to encounter a single individual who succeeded in such a short time.  This said, the original study by Dr. Yoshiaki Omura involved terminally ill patients.  These are people with a prognosis of 30 days or less.  Chelation reversed the prognosis for most of these patients and that is something to consider.


Many blessings,

Ingrid Naiman
17 October 2006

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