Why do amalgam dental fillings have side effects?

Amalgam dental fillings, often called “silver” dental fillings, have side effects primarily
because they contain mercury. Mercury is the most toxic or poisonous, non radioactive
substance on earth.  It is more toxic than lead, cadmium, or arsenic.
To find a
substance more toxic than mercury, we have to go to radioactive plutonium!

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  • Remove and replace the mercury fillings in your teeth.  This is best

  • Go to a holistic doctor for chelation and monitoring of your body mercury
    levels (called body burden).  You can find a holistic physician on your own by

  • Get the best nutritional support program available. Let Dr. Gilbert be your
    personal nutritional counselor and create a nutritional plan specifically
    designed to help you cope with the health robbing stress of toxic metals in your
    mouth. The nutritional consultation is free and there is no obligation.
accomplished by an accredited dentist who is a member of the International
Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). The IAOMT has a “Find
a Doctor” search feature on the home page.  Ask the dentist how he or she will
protect you from mercury vapors when the fillings are being removed.  The
IAOMT has an excellent protocol (on their website) for doing this correctly.  
contacting the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM).
ACAM has a “Find a Physician” feature on the home page if you do not
already use a holistic physician who is trained in the removal of heavy metals.  
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) has both
physicians and dentists as members, so you can also search for a holistic
physician on the IAOMT website.
How does mercury act as a poison?

  • Mercury is a scientifically proven neurologic poison, which means that it poisons all
    nerve tissue, including the brain. The brains of children are more sensitive to the
    toxic effects of mercury than the brains of adults. Very low dose exposure to
    Alzheimer’s disease mimics chronic mercury poisoning.

  • Mercury is a scientifically proven enzyme poison, which means that it inhibits or
    prevents enzymes from working. Enzymes are essential for life as we know it. When
    enzymes can’t function, we become tired or sick. Chronic fatigue may be a sign of
    long term, low dose exposure to mercury.

  • Mercury poisons women in a unique way. Mercury is a proven female reproductive
    poison. Miscarriages or difficulty becoming pregnant may be a consequence of
    chronic mercury poisoning. When pregnancies are harmed, the creation of families
    is hindered and marriages suffer. Without reproduction, the human race would

If you are a woman who is pregnant, or intends to have children, please talk to a
holistic doctor about the best timing for mercury detoxification and removing
any mercury dental fillings.

Why is mercury used in dental fillings if it is so toxic?

Mercury helps make the dental filling material pliable. There is more mercury in silver
amalgam dental fillings than any other metal. These fillings are actually half
 When the liquid mercury (also called elemental mercury) is mixed with the alloy
powder of silver, tin copper and zinc, it creates a compound that is soft enough to mix and
press into the tooth.  It also hardens quickly and can withstand the forces of biting and
chewing. It even sets hard in teeth when some moisture from saliva is present. Children
and young adults have lots of saliva, so mercury dental fillings are relatively durable and
easy to use in them. The American Dental Association says that this is a good reason to
continue using mercury containing dental filling in children. What do you think?

How long have dentists been using filings with mercury?

Mercury containing dental fillings have been used in the United States since 1833, one
hundred and seventy five years ago, when the Crawcour brothers, two Frenchmen,
introduced amalgam dental fillings in New York City. The Crawcour brothers avoided
bringing attention to the mercury in their fillings, instead calling them "mineral
succedaneum" or "royal mineral succedaneum", because the public associated these
names with gold.

The basic dental filling composition of about fifty percent liquid mercury metal combined
by the dentist with an alloy powder mixture of silver, tin and copper, and small amounts of
zinc has not changed much since then. Neither has the fact that, until very recently, most
dentists, following the lead of the Crawcour brothers, still avoided mentioning the mercury
in the fillings!  

Why are dental fillings with mercury still called silver fillings by dentists?

The word amalgam refers to the mixture of any metal with liquid mercury. It is a chemistry
term. In chemistry terminology, the substance present in the greatest amount in a mixture
should be the first word to describe it.  
Mercury always makes up half of the filling
material. There is always much more mercury than silver.
So, to be correct, silver
dental fillings should be called mercury dental fillings.
Yet, most dentists have always
called these fillings either silver fillings, or amalgams.
Do you think dentists call
these fillings “silver fillings”, because silver, like gold, is associated by patients as having
high value?   

Why have most dentists rarely mentioned to their patients that these same “silver fillings”
contain significant amounts of mercury?  Why have most dentists never told parents that
they were putting mercury containing fillings in their children’s teeth? Would your parents
have let a dentist put mercury in your teeth if they had known it was in the filling material?
Would you have let the dentist put mercury in your children’s teeth, or in your own mouth,
if you had known? Do you think that dentists have been misleading you by
misrepresenting the name of these fillings? Do you think they do this because it sounds
better calling them “silver fillings”, than calling them “mercury fillings”?  Why have all the
dental schools and all the dental boards allowed this to happen for years. You decide the
answers to these questions.

Is amalgam toxicity the same thing as amalgam side effects?

In almost all cases, the answer is yes. The side effects of amalgam and the toxicity of
amalgam are primarily caused by the presence of large amounts of mercury in the fillings.
Approximately eighty percent of the invisible mercury vapor coming off the surface of the
fillings penetrates the skin (called mucosa) in your mouth and enters your body. Everyone
is poisoned by mercury,
no matter how small the exposure. There is sufficient
scientific evidence to support this statement, that it can be said with certainty. Some
people are more sensitive to mercury than others, because of differences in the biologic
make-up of the proteins in their bodies. It’s just a matter of time – of being exposed to
mercury long enough for everyone to eventually develop symptoms from the mercury. In
spite of all this, the American Dental Association insists to this day that the exposure to
mercury in dental fillings is too small to be of any consequence. Do you think the
American Dental Association is protecting you and your children, or does it appear that
they are more interested in protecting themselves and dentists?  

What are some of the side effects of amalgam dental fillings?

Generally speaking, the side effects of amalgam poisoning mirror the toxic
affects of mercury on human organ systems.
Since mercury is primarily a
reproductive, neurologic, and enzymatic poison, we would expect women to experience
difficulties with pregnancies, both men and women to succumb to disorders that are
associated with brain and nerve dysfunction, and virtually all so called “chronic” diseases
to be on the increase. Historically, that is exactly what has been happening.  
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Development of antibiotic resistance
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • Autism
  • Irregular heartbeat and tachycardia
  • Memory loss
  • Oral Lichen Planus
  • Allergies and auto immune reactions
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Depression and mood
  • Periodontal (gum) Disease
  • Endocrine/Hormonal
  • Dry eyes and other eye
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Bloating
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Migraine headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Infertility
  • Birth defects
Do the other metals in metal dental fillings cause side effects?

In addition to containing toxic mercury, amalgam fillings contain silver, tin copper and
small amounts of zinc. Copper can have toxic side effects. Some people can have allergic
reactions to the metals, including mercury. The combination mixture of all the metals in the
filling material can also create electric currents when bathed in saliva.  Electric currents
occur because the fillings behave just like a battery. They corrode and release metals into
the saliva. These can be tasted by some people, or the electric currents can be felt as an
electric shock when touched by a spoon or fork.This common side effect has been known
for so long that it has been given the name oral galvanism.  For more information about
oral galvanism,
click here. Putting metals in your teeth is not a very good idea.

What can you do about the mercury in your fillings?

You may need a combination of medical, dental, and the best nutritional support
available, especially if you suspect you are mercury poisoned. Following are
some suggestions.
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