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Comment from: Karen B. [Visitor]
Wow, what a great post!
05/29/09 @ 14:04
Comment from: Ruth [Visitor]
I have a hard time with the whole "compare to the mercury in a can of tuna" argument. It's just not absorbed by the body in the same way. And I'm ignoring the comments about the toxic "low energy" lightbulbs that I don't use anyway. ;)

The mercury in a can of tuna goes through the GI tract, and a good portion of it is never absorbed, but is simply pooped out. The mercury in dental fillings, however, is right in the mouth. If it dissolves into saliva or air, it could be absorbed through the mucus membranes of the mouth and go directly into the blood stream. I may even get absorbed right into the brain.

I don't know for a fact that this happens- but theoretically it could. I read online that this COULD happen, but I haven't seen any studies that prove it one way or the other. Dentists, though they work with large quantities of amalgram filling materials, dont' have the same kind of exposure: they touch it with gloved fingers while wearing masks.

I share your concerns about the safety of plastic fillings, but I'm still not convinced that the amalgram fillings are as safe as your dentist is claiming. At least with plastic fillings, you have the option of replacing them in 10-15 years with something proven safer with the newer research we'll have by then.
05/31/09 @ 14:34
Comment from: Suzanne [Member] Email
Ruth,
As I said in the blog, I'm not taking a position for or against silver fillings. I had read scary stuff on the internet like what you are quoting. This was the first time I had heard the other side of the story.

Mercury in tuna is absorbed in the system and causes brain damage particularly in children who eat a lot of it. That is well documented. Every time I eat tuna, I add cilantro. That is supposed to bond with the mercury. Mercury in food does NOT just "go through the GI tract".

A lot of people on the Forum - myself included - are trying to get plastics out of our lives. We're quoting websites about how plastics leach into food at higher temperatures (think about plastic fillings in your mouth 24 hours a day at 98.6 degrees). It was astounding to me that a sales rep for plastic fillings couldn't quote even one safety study.

The cost for removing fillings is huge. My dentist charges $130 for the new plastic filling. Plus you have to add the cost of removing the old filling. He told me it would be more than $1000 to redo my 6-7 fillings every 10-15 years.

You are incorrect about the dentist's exposure. The vapor is much more dangerous than the mercury in either a filling or in fish. That is why he said exposure when the fillings are removed is more dangerous than leaving them where they are.

It's a difficult issue. If I had a new cavity, I might choose plastic. But my focus is on preventive dentistry, so hopefully I won't have to make that decision at all. I'm really glad that because of my health food fanaticism neither of my children have fillings of any kind.
06/01/09 @ 12:40
Comment from: Mrs T O+ (member) [Visitor]
I heard a long time ago that Pres. Reagan had all his fillings removed. Then later, as we all know, he got Alzheimers. I seem to gather that it is more dangerous to remove them all at once. The best thing is to avoid sugar. My family rarely are sweets, & even tho I rarely brushed my teeth as a small child, I never got cavities. In my early adulthood, I got some. I never knew sweets were so bad as my family was strict about a lot of things with no logical reason. So I didn't learn to figure out things for myself until I was older. Thankfully, the tooth that I think had the biggest filling was removed this past winter. I don't feel any different in relation to that, so I think what Suzanne shared makes lots of sense. I think the best advice is to replace any 'bad' filling with a plastic one as needed, but don't go overboard removing them all. I've heard that Sovereign Silver is so good for detox, as I'm sure many other products are. BTDing has to only be good for this, too!
06/02/09 @ 07:27

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