Are your fillings KILLING you?
You couldn't come up with a worse treatment if you tried: Stick a toxic metal into the body and then leave it there for DECADES.
Think about the lunacy of that for a moment.
Yet that, in a nutshell, has been the foundation of dentistry for more than a century. "Silver" fillings aren't really silver. They're an amalgam containing mostly mercury -- and while dentists claim it's safe, stable, and stays inside the tooth, new research proves that's a huge lie.
The mercury slowly breaks down, disintegrates, and gets absorbed into your blood -- and the more fillings you have, the higher your blood levels of this incredibly dangerous metal.
If you have eight or more fillings -- a pretty common number -- you're 150 percent more likely to have mercury circulating in your blood than someone with none of these toxic teeth.
The problem with mercury is that there is no safe level of exposure, because it doesn't leave the body very easily.
A little from your teeth, a little from fish, a little from your water -- it all accumulates, and over time, it can slowly damage your vital organs, leading to chronic health problems that probably would never be traced to the mercury.
And maybe it's not the mercury alone.
Kidney, lung and heart problems often have multiple causes -- but mercury is proven to damage all three, so it's certainly not helping.
It can also weaken the immune system and expose you to infection.
But the biggest risk of all is in the brain, where exposure to mercury can set the stage for neurodegenerative diseases including dementia and Parkinson's.
None of this is cutting-edge science. We've known all about most of these risks for ages. Even when you were a kid, anyone pumping your teeth full of mercury should have known better.
The fact that mercury fillings are still in wide use here in 2016 is downright unacceptable.
Fortunately, a growing number of dentists -- including mainstream dentists -- now refuse to work with mercury. If your dentist still does, it may be time to find a new one... or at least insist that he not use any amalgam on you.
If you have mercury fillings and are concerned about their deterioration into your body, there are dentists who specialize in safely removing them and replacing them with resin-based composite.
A good place to start your search is with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, which has a directory of mercury-free dental practices around the nation.