Mercury Amalgam Tooth Fillings

Evaluating Risk Factors: Mercury Amalgam Tooth Fillings

Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as mercury amalgam tooth fillings — that affect you.   Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.

In the Mouth/Oral Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about mercury amalgam tooth fillings:
How many mercury amalgam ("silver") fillings do you currently have in your teeth?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ None
→ 1 to 3, all in good condition
→ 4 to 7 in good condition, or 1 to 3 in poor
→ 8 or more in good condition, or several in poor

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either not having any amalgam fillings or having amalgam fillings, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness). It has been erroneously taught in dental school that amalgam is a stable alloy which does not release mercury in the mouth.  A person with 8 fillings releases 120mcg of mercury into the mouth every day.  As much as 17mcg of that gets absorbed into the body.  In its vapor form the mercury is fat-soluble, and favors lungs and mucous membranes at first.  Then it crosses tissue barriers, including the blood-brain barrier and also the placenta.  Mercury then accumulates in the brain, the gut, and the liver.

The largest study of amalgam toxicity ever done took place at the University of Tübingen in Germany in 1995.  With over 20,000 subjects, this study showed conclusively that mercury from amalgams is continually released in quantities large enough to be identified in the saliva.  The designer of the study, Dr. Peter Krauss, noted that in some patients the amount of mercury in saliva could be as high as 100 times the WHO 'safe' level.

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Mouth/Oral Symptoms