I missed part of the conversation on the radio the other day. A man who is part of the American Dental Association said that dentists are STILL using mercury for fillings, but that they don’t tell you it’s mercury, they tell you it’s silver. He even said that that phrase “silver” is encouraged and that dentists are discouraged to ever use the term mercury. He also said that mercury causes Alzheimer’s, and a host of other diseases, as well as can cause infertility. The dentist office itself, because it has mercury in the air is a toxic place, especially to pregnant women.
The radio host was shocked and kept asking why in the world were dentists still using mercury? Apparently, the FDA thinks it’s safe. “The FDA has, for decades, ridiculously insisted that mercury fillings pose no health threat whatsoever to children.” The guest explained that mercury fillings are faster because there’s less craftsmanship involved and it can mold much more quickly, etc. Basically, a dentist can get far more patients in and out. When asked if he thought Mercury could cause autism, his answer was yes.
I explained my concern and what I had heard on the radio to a friend the other day. She told me that her acupuncturist knew many Lupus patients who had their silver fillings taken out– only to show no improvement.
As I thought about it what my friend told me, I realized that if you don’t understand how drugs work with autoimmune diseases, then this acupuncturist simply isn’t putting two and two together.
Lupus, just like Rheumatoid Arthritis is medicated with corticosteroids and chemotherapy drugs, generally speaking. This means that the body is being told not to react. Both corticosteroids and chemotherapy drugs are immune suppressant drugs. Even if an infection were to enter the body, a person who is on these drugs can and most likely will have trouble fighting off the infection because their body isn’t reacting to the infection in a normal, healthy way. Instead, the drugs tell the body to basically shut off all reactions. Even cuts are suppose to be reported to your doctor if you are on these drugs. Cuts can turn into infections and infections can turn into serious complications which have in some cases, lead to death. My suggestion to her was that, a Lupus patient wasn’t a good example of whether or not removing the fillings were helpful because of the drugs keep you from knowing what’s really going on. If however, you took an autistic child that is being treated with diet only and not drugs, and changed out their fillings, then that might be a better example of how mercury fillings affect the body because they are so sensitive.
If you have a choice between a silver filling or a ceramic one, I think the choice is obvious regardless of the price. “Amalgam is a blend of mercury, silver and other metals; when they bond together, the mercury is said to be rendered stable and unlikely to leach into your system. But lots of people beg to differ, saying the mercury not only is absorbed by the body but may cause neurological problems. Some believe mercury fillings trigger such disorders as multiple sclerosis, though research hasn’t borne that out.“”
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