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 MERCURY FILLINGS IN BOYS

A study was funded by the National Institute of Health that evaluated the effect of amalgams (mercury releasing fillings) on orphans in Lisbon, Portugal. It involved testing for urinary mercury concentrations yearly for seven years. The study concluded that amalgams were safe for use in children. Much of the data argues the opposite, that they are not safe, especially in boys.
 
This study actually shows that prolonged exposure to mercury vapor decreases the child’s ability to excrete mercury through the kidneys. This is consistent with the well known toxic effects of mercury on kidneys. The boys showed less ability to excrete mercury than girls. This is consistent with other studies that show testosterone causes retention of mercury. Aha! Boys produce testosterone, girls do not. Could this be related to some other well-known statistics about boys—such as boys are 4 times more likely to become autistic and many times more likely to have ADHD than girls?
 
Further research might also find connections with what has been termed the “boy crisis” in schools. For example, a few years ago the US Census Bureau showed that more boys than girls are enrolling in kindergarten but fewer boys are found in the 12th grade. For every 100 young women found in colleges nationwide, there are only 77 young men enrolled. Boys are two and one half times as likely as girls to be diagnosed with some form of a learning disability. 
 
These differences cannot be explained adequately by social parameters. I believe the consistent scientific evidence of mercury’s silent and insidious effects on boys explains both the social and physical phenomena we are seeing. If mercury is dangerous enough to be taken out of pharmaceuticals and thermometers, how can it be safe anywhere in our bodies?
 

Relationship of Cholesterol to Depression

University of Montpellier researchers reveal us how depression is related to cholesterol and gender

Did you know the Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and University of Montpellier financed researchers suggested that regulating 'good' and 'bad' levels of cholesterol may help reduce emotional problems among aging adults?
 
In a newly released issue of the publication Biological Psychiatry (http://www.biologicalpsychiatryjournal.com) released in July 2010, leading researcher Dr. Marie-Laure Ancelin of INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale http://www.inserm.fr) described that gender-specific regulation of levels of cholesterol may help prevent depressive disorders in the seniors.  French analysts followed a large group of women and men aged sixty five and older for 7 years.  They established that depressive disorder in women was linked with lower levels of "good" high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), which puts them at higher risk for coronary disease, including stroke.
 
On the other hand, depression in men was related to low levels of "bad" low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). This association was strongest in men with a genetic vulnerability to depression related to a serotonin transporter gene. Therefore, proper regulation of HDL-C and LDL-C levels may help stop depressive disorder in the elderly, the researchers concluded.
 
The study appeared in the July 15 issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry (Reference: http://www.biologicalpsychiatryjournal.com/article/S0006-3223(10)00393-8/abstract).
Major dietary sources of cholesterol include cheese, egg yolks, meat, pork, chicken, and shrimp. Plant products such as flax seeds and peanuts have cholesterol-like substances known as phytosterols.
Total cholesterol means the sum of HDL (High-density lipoprotein), LDL (Low-density lipoprotein), and VLDL (Very-low-density lipoprotein). Usually, only the total, HDL, and triglycerides are measured.
It is strongly recommended to have cholesterol tested more often than 5 years if someone has total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or more, or if a man over age forty five or a woman over age 50 has HDL (good) cholesterol less than 40 mg/dL, or occur other risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
 
So...exactly what can you do to rise your HDL (good) and decrease your LDL (bad) levels?
 1. Workout can substantially raise HDL cholesterol while lowering LDL cholesterol.
 2. Smoking cigarettes has been shown to lower HDL while raising LDL cholesterol.
 3. Prepared, trans fats at the same time raise LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol.
 4. Monounsaturated fats such as those found in olive oil and avocados raise HDL and reduce LDL.
 5. Fatty fish like salmon and sardines contain omega-3 fats that raise HDL and lower LDL.
 6. Whole, intact cereals contain dietary fiber and niacin, both of which raise HDL and may lower LDL.
 
Now it's all to you...
 

MOTHERS’ AMALGAM FILLINGS TRANSFERS MERCURY TO THEIR UNBORN CHILDREN

 
            A study, reported in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology in 2008, analyzed the relationship between the number of fillings in pregnant women’s’ mouths and the exposure to mercury of her unborn child. Questionnaires were administered after the babies were born, the number of amalgams in the mother’s mouth was determined and blood samples were taken from both the mother’s blood and from the newborn.
 
            A strong correlation was found between the number of fillings in the mother’s mouth and the levels of mercury in the baby. In other words, if the mother had more amalgams in her teeth, then the baby had more mercury in its blood.
 
            This is consistent with the research of Dr. Murry Vimy back in the 1980’s that showed sheep fetuses with up to 7 times more mercury in their tissues than the mother sheep displayed. The obvious conclusion is that mercury fillings are not safe for girls or women of childbearing age.
 
            Does that mean that mercury fillings might be safer for boys? We’ll take a look at that question in my next article.
 
 
Author Dr. Chester Van Clark Jr has practiced dentistry in Amity Arkansas since  1976 and has abstained from the use of Mercury since 1984.  For more information about his practice you can view his directory listing here. 
   

 Toxicity of Mercury

Dr. Boyd Haley, professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry emeritus at the University of Kentucky, recently gave a lecture at a dental convention. His lecture was titled, the Toxicity of Mercury and its Relationship to Neurological Illness and Oxidation Stress.  

 
In a series of short articles I would like to summarize and simplify what he presented. He rightfully stated that without degrees in chemistry, most of us would not understand all that he presented. We did understand most of the conclusions following the scientific articles and it is my hope that you will also understand and benefit.
 
A pro-amalgam spokesperson recently stated that it is “estimated” that only 0.03 mcg. (Micrograms) Of mercury is given off in a single day. On that basis, he said, it would take several hundred amalgams to provide a toxic dose.
 
First, why would someone representing a science-based organization, have to estimate something as toxic as mercury is to humans? A recent study, funded by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, shows that different types of amalgam emits more mercury than others and that a single spill (very small amalgam) emits between 4.0 and 20.0 mcg of mercury a day at room temperature and without abrasion (it would have been much greater at body temperature, or after chewing or brushing). 4.0 to 20.0 mcg/day is about 133 to 666 times more than was estimated by this “scientist.” This is a sad example of perverting or ignoring science to support erroneous claims.
 
A study done inStockholm, Sweden published in 1997 byL. Bjorkman,et.al. evaluated the mercury concentration in saliva and feces before and after removal of dental amalgam fillings. Ten subjects had all their mercury fillings removed at one appointment. 
 
Before removal the mercury concentration in their feces was more than ten times higher than the samples from an amalgam free reference group of ten individuals. A considerable increase of mercury concentration in feces two days after removal was followed by a significant decrease.  The decrease continued until checked at 60 days after removal when it was just slightly higher than the non amalgam reference group figure.
 
In saliva, there was an exponential decline in the mercury concentration during the first two weeks after removal.  It was concluded that, 1) amalgam fillings are significant sources of mercury in saliva and feces, and, 2) the uptake of amalgam mercury in the GI tract in conjunction with proper removal of amalgam fillings appears to be low.
 
Coming Soon: Mercury as a source of Oxidative Stress.
 
 

 

 

 An Overview of Holistic Dentistry

Like their naturopathic counterparts, holistic dentists (also known as “bio-compatible,” “biological” or natural” dentists) consider the whole person (body, mind and spirit) and his or her lifestyle when recommending treatment. They understand the importance of a healthy immune system, and utilize treatment methods that will enhance overall health and wellness. Such dentists receive the same training as their conventional counterparts, and perform the same procedures. However, they minimize the use of x-rays (and/or use technology that reduces exposure by up to 90%), and use non-toxic materials such as composite resins rather than mercury amalgam to fill cavities. Likewise, they address root canals and periodontal disease in a holistic, non-toxic manner. Services may include removal of amalgam fillings and detoxification of residual mercury deposits. A holistic dentist often works in conjunction with other complementary health care professionals.

Mercury Amalgam
The use of mercury in conventional dentistry is a serious controversy, and is probably the main reason to choose a holistic dentist—holistic dentists don’t use mercury amalgam. Mercury amalgam (“silver”) fillings contain about 50% mercury, a substance more toxic than lead, cadmium or arsenic. Traditional dental authorities allege that mercury is locked into the filling, because the atomic structure of mercury is “bound” to the silver, and therefore the mercury is biologically inactive. However, recent studies conducted at the University of Alberta, Canada show that mercury vapor actually escapes and is absorbed by the rest of the body. This increases when eating or drinking hot foods and liquids, during chewing (friction releases the vapor) or when placement of an amalgam filling is next to a tooth that has been restored with gold or other metals.

Mercury released from amalgam fillings has been shown to accumulate in organs, in fetal tissue and in maternal milk. This low-level (but continuous) mercury exposure may contribute to a variety of health problems if the immune system is compromised. Studies in animals and humans have shown decreased kidney function and an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the intestines. This low-level of exposure in experimental settings causes virtually the identical neurological alteration and degeneration of brain cells found in Alzheimer’s Disease. For an excellent review of some of the compelling scientific research on amalgam mercury, see “The Scientific Case Against Amalgam,” available from the from the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology Web site www.iaomt.org. 

“Silver” (mercury) amalgam fillings are a potential health risk for everyone, but are of particular concern for those who are chemically sensitive. If you have a number of amalgam fillings and/or your immune system isn’t functioning optimally, you may feel symptoms like lethargy, blurred vision, dizziness, muscle aches, numbness, etc. Consider having your amalgams removed—not only are they potentially harmful, they’re also unsightly. Natural-looking composites are healthier and more aesthetically pleasing.

 

Excerpted from Larry Cook's book and website, The Beginner's Guide to Natural Living.

   

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