Originally posted 19 September 2008
It seems that some people, when they start learning the truth about the risks of amalgam fillings, will instantly ascribe all of their symptoms to the presence of mercury in their mouths. They want to get it out immediately and often expect to feel instantly better once it’s removed.
But a conscientious practitioner will never just take out amalgams without first investigating whether they are in fact the prime source of illness and dysfunction in the body. For there are often other problems that can be addressed in more conservative ways first, with mercury removal to follow if doing so is indicated by the client’s particular health situation. Even then, the client must remember that healing is a process for which the body must be prepared. If the immune system is weak, if the biological terrain is compromised, hasty removal can actually create more problems than leaving it in.
Thus, the results of a new study in the Journal of Dental Research do not surprise us much. Comparing the outcomes of three different interventions – amalgam removal, amalgam removal plus detox and participation in a health improvement program without amalgam removal – the mainly German research team found the greatest health improvements in those who had their amalgams removed but also a significant lessening of symptoms in the group that learned how to make better lifestyle choices. The study authors suggest that improved nutrition may have had a similar effect to detox, by which the body becomes more able to withstand or counteract the effects of mercury. Indeed, a person with a healthy, resilient terrain is much better able to withstand the onslaught of all types of environmental toxins.
This is not to say that mercury removal isn’t called for so long as you live a healthy lifestyle. It only makes sense to remove or minimize toxic exposures from all sources. But it is only one part of a larger approach to health. As Dr. Verigin writes,
Mercury, root canal or cavitation removal is almost always beneficial. However, it is not an instant cure. Detoxification and healing are processes. They require a thorough understanding of the current situation and all possible routes to recovery. Because of the relationship among the dental situation, energetic health and systemic health, all aspects must be considered and treated together. Quick removal largely ignores the systemic issue: only the dental aspect is addressed. Likewise, treating the bodily symptoms without considering the dental or energetic components means that you will be fighting the problem constantly, continually, never addressing the cause. Dealing with illness in an integrated, biological manner is more time-consuming and, in the short term, more expensive. But the final goal must always be to ensure long-term health and wellness – which is always less time consuming and cheaper in the long run.
We encourage you to read the rest of this essay, “The Only Thing that Matters Is Getting the Mercury our, Right? (Not Quite),” for more discussion of healing as a process and the importance of finding and dealing with the root cause of any dysfunction or illness.
Related – 3 articles on mercury risk:
Cancer Connection to Mercury, Toxic Metals and Dental Cavitations
Effects of Toxic Metals on Learning Ability and Behavior
The Dangerousness of Mercury Vapor