What exactly does amalgam chelation mean?
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by an accredited dentist who is a member of the International Academy of Oral
Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). The IAOMT has a find a dentist search
feature. Ask the dentist how he or she will protect you from mercury vapors when
the fillings are being removed. The IAOMT has a good protocol on their website for
doing this correctly.
- Go to a holistic doctor for chelation and monitoring of your body’s mercury levels,
called body burden. You can find a holistic physician on your own by contacting
the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). If you do not
already use a holistic physician who is trained in the removal of heavy metals,
ACAM has a “Find a Physician” feature on their home page, to help you find one.
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To understand what amalgam chelation means, it is helpful to first
understand the general meaning of chelation. In its simplest definition, chelation refers to
the ability of a chemical compound to grab on to a metal and bind to the metal in such a
way that the metal atom is held in the approximate center of the chemical compound. The
bond between the metal and the neighboring atoms, usually sulfur, is relatively strong
because the metal is attached to at least two of the nearby sulfur atoms, which have a
strong affinity for heavy metals.
The parts of the chemical compound that surround the metal somewhat resemble a claw
that is holding onto an object. The Greek word “chele”, for the great claw of crustaceans
(like lobsters or crabs) is used for this caliper, or claw like appearance of the chemical
compound’s three dimensional structure. Hence the name ‘chelation’ is used to describe
the functional nature of this unique type of chemical structure.
What are some general examples of chelation besides amalgam chelation?
Chelation occurs frequently in nature. For example, plants pick up available minerals from
the soil, and bind them to the amino acids of proteins, creating chelated minerals in the
process. Chelated minerals are easily absorbed and utilized by humans. It’s the
most efficient and effective way for minerals to get into our body.
To illustrate, if you eat meat or green vegetables which contain iron, the iron which has
been released by the digestive process from the food in which it was bound, has to be
chelated with amino acids so that it can be carried through the intestinal mucous
membranes into the bloodstream. It is then carried to the bone marrow where it is made
part of the hemoglobin molecule. Hemoglobin has a molecular structure with a chelated
iron atom at the center. Perhaps by intelligent design, chlorophyll in plants is virtually
identical to hemoglobin, except that it has chelated magnesium, instead of iron, at the
center of each molecule.
Chelation occurs in medicine and is used commercially. Chemical chelating agents
were first developed for use in medicine as a result of the poison gas utilized in World War
I. The first widely employed chelating agent, British Anti-Lewisite or BAL, was created as
an antidote to Lewisite, the arsenic-based poison gas used during World War I. A
common synthetic chelator, EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) was first developed
to remove lead adsorbed by sailors while painting navy ships. EDTA is still frequently
employed in medicine to remove lead in cases of chronic or acute lead poisoning. Holistic
physicians treat heart disease by removing plaque in arteries with EDTA. Chelating
substances like EDTA can be found as preservative ingredients in many commercial
products and foods.
Why is amalgam chelation or amalgam detox really a medical issue?
Chelation therapy is the medical use of chelating substances to detoxify the body of
poisonous metal agents such as mercury, arsenic, and lead by converting them to a
chemical form that can be excreted from the body, preferably without further interaction.
With a special test called a Urine Mercury Challenge, doctors can also use chelation to
measure how much of each toxic metal is in the body. However, this test is not as safe as
a urinary porphyrin profile lab test, which is discussed in the Amalgam Poisoning page
on this website.
Typically, substances used for chelation contain one or more sulfur atoms, which attach
and readily hold onto heavy metal atoms like mercury, lead and arsenic. Chelation
therapy with drugs is a form of serious medical treatment, and cannot be legally
performed by a dentist. The reality is that chelation therapy is frequently accompanied by
some degree of side effects because interaction with the body usually occurs. This
interaction may be an undesirable side effect of the chelating drug itself, or it may be
caused by the chelated toxins passing through the liver, kidneys or skin as the chelating
substance facilitates elimination of the poison. When this happens it is often called a toxic
cleanse. Various combinations of these interactions may occur.
Chelating agents tend to be fairly non selective, and they will bind and remove essential
minerals as readily as toxic heavy metals. To prevent the loss of essential minerals,
medically supervised chelation must include replacing these minerals as they are being
removed. Otherwise, undesirable symptoms may occur if essential minerals removed
during chelation therapy are not adequately replaced. Only a properly trained and
licensed medical practitioner should be performing chelation therapy with chelating drugs.
Why do we need amalgam chelation or amalgam detox?
Mercury can come from many sources, including the air we breathe, the water
we drink, the foods we eat, and the thimerosal preservative in some vaccines,
but the scientific evidence clearly points to mercury amalgam dental fillings as
the major contributor of mercury in the body. Approximately 80% of the odorless,
tasteless and invisible mercury vapor released from dental fillings is inhaled through the
lungs and into the blood stream, where it is then transferred and deposited into fat tissue,
including the brain and the fatty sheath around nerves. Some mercury goes directly to the
brain by being carried along the olfactory nerve. This is the nerve which goes from the
nose to the brain, so we can detect odors.
The toxic effects of mercury are in some cases partially or wholly reversible, either
through specific therapy or through natural elimination of the metal. This is most likely to
occur after exposure to mercury has been stopped. Prolonged exposure to mercury
from dental fillings can do irreversible damage, particularly in fetuses, infants,
and young children. The purpose of amalgam chelation or amalgam detox is to reverse,
minimize, or prevent this damage.
If you are a woman who is pregnant, or intends to have children, please talk to a
holistic doctor about the best timing for chelation treatments and removing any
mercury dental fillings. Mercury from any source is a highly toxic reproductive
poison, meaning it can seriously interfere with a normal pregnancy. Worse yet,
mercury will selectively accumulate in a fetus in higher concentrations than in
the mother. This means, if you succeed in becoming pregnant, mercury will
poison your fetus more than it poisons you.
The purpose of this page is to answer questions about
amalgam chelation and amalgam detox.
Healthy Teeth 'n' Gums
Tell me about amalgam chelation or amalgam detox:
Amalgam chelation or amalgam detox usually refers to the use of specific chelating drugs
or agents by a doctor to remove toxic mercury from the body. The common denominator
for all these chelating agents is that they contain sulfur, which readily binds to mercury.
These chelating agents are synthetic drugs, either DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid),
which is usually administered orally, or DMPS (2,3-dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid),
which is injected into a vein. DMSA is less toxic, so it produces fewer side effect than
DMPS and it is generally the first choice for most doctors. Natural chelating agents, such
as ALA (alpha lipoic acid) may also be used. Sometimes cocktail combinations of
chelating substances are employed, depending on the experience and preference of the
person administering the chelation treatment.
None of the currently used chelating agents are able to remove all the accumulated body
load of mercury. Sometimes the chelating drug drops the ball, so to speak, and the
mercury atom is released back into bloodstream, or the kidney or liver, poisoning cells
until it is transported to fatty tissue where it is stored again.
Mercury is especially difficult to remove from the brain, where the mercury is often trapped
by what is called the blood-brain barrier. This barrier functions as a protective wall around
the brain to prevent toxic substances and germs from entering the brain. Mercury vapor
released from amalgam fillings initially has no electrical charge on each mercury atom. In
this state, when mercury first enters the blood stream, it has the uniquely toxic ability to
easily pass through the blood brain barrier into the brain. Because mercury atoms in the
body are relatively unstable in an uncharged state, each mercury atom in the brain soon
becomes charged, by changing the number of electrons in its atomic structure. Once this
happens, it is unable to escape in the reverse direction. The result is that currently used
chelating drugs don’t readily get into the brain and the mercury that is already in the brain
remains trapped there.
Some holistic doctors ask dentists to remove all the mercury fillings before starting
chelation treatments. This is because they believe if amalgams are still present, chelating
drugs may pick up some of the mercury from the dental fillings and deposit it in the body,
instead of removing it. Obviously, with so many limits to being fully effective, chelation
detox treatments for removing mercury from dental fillings is in serious need of
What can we expect in the future for amalgam chelation and amalgam detox?
Mercury exposure always was and still is a serious matter. Sadly, the American
Dental Association has demonstrated little concern. The American Dental Association,
which represents dentists and the dental profession, has effectively denied that there is
any toxic release of mercury from mercury containing dental fillings. As a direct
consequence, chronic mercury poisoning from dental fillings of virtually everyone,
especially pregnant women and children, has gone largely unnoticed for decades.
Fortunately, this is changing, in spite of the fact that mercury vapor is an invisible poison.
Like radiation, it can’t be seen, tasted or smelled, making it very easy to deny the
presence of mercury vapor. There is a growing public awareness of the dangers of
mercury, and its continued use in dentistry. This has led to a realization that
removing mercury amalgam fillings, followed by chelation treatment to detox and
remove the body burden of mercury, is critical for long term health.
Regrettably, there has been little effort to research and develop safer chelating drugs,
most likely because the need for them is still being denied by the American Dental
Association, and pharmaceutical companies see little profit to be made, compared to the
expense of developing them. Newer and better chelating drugs are urgently needed.
The drugs currently used were really created to deal with the chemical and gas warfare
that started during World War I. Mercury in dental fillings was not a concern then,
because very few people, other than dentists and the manufacturers of dental
amalgam filling material, were aware that dental fillings contained mercury. Many
people still don’t realize it.
Is there any way to do amalgam chelation without the use of drugs?
Actually, the human body is quite capable of removing mercury without any assistance.
We all have amino acids, which are linked together to make the proteins in our body.
Some of these amino acids contain sulfur atoms. Normally these amino acids with sulfur
are utilized to form enzymes to drive the metabolic reactions which enable us to remain
alive and functioning. These same amino acids with sulfur atoms are also used as
chelators, to bind and remove mercury or other heavy metals. Unfortunately, this reduces
the number of sulfur containing enzymes we need to remain functionally healthy in a world
with constant toxic exposure.
If we lived in a toxic free ideal world, we would still have enough enzymes to thrive,
because the only heavy metals we would be exposed to would be those that occur
naturally in the environment – a form of background toxic noise. In our real time toxic
overloaded world, this built in natural mechanism to deal with heavy metals often becomes
so burdened and weakened by the poisonous effect of multiple toxins, especially mercury
from dental fillings, that it can cease to function, or just function poorly. That is when we
start to develop symptoms of disease from toxic overload. So what can be done?
Regardless of your state of health, you may need a combination of medical,
dental, and nutritional support, especially if you suspect you are mercury
poisoned. Following are some suggestions:
- Remove and replace the mercury fillings in your teeth. This is best accomplished
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