Half of mercury contaminated dental amalgams are gone! YES! As much as I wanted to cancel my appointment to begin the process of removing my “silver” dental amalgams, I was brave and went in and did it.
My Personal Protocol When Removing Mercury Fillings
Last night, I had spent some more time researching and trying to figure out which protocol to ask for on removal. I also began loading up on Vitamin C and drinking EmergenC to prevent free radicals from having a grand time with the mercury. This morning, I took 5000 mg of Vitamin C over a few hours, another EmergenC, extra Vit E, a complex B, my normal vitamins and a shot of colloidal silver (I always take either colloidal silver or Oil of Oregano before ANY dental work or cleaning) and took extra doses of vitamins, especially C and E to take after the procedure. Breakfasted on scrambled eggs on cilantro covered toast.
According to Dr. Mercola at www.mercola.com
Dental fillings: Vapors from dental fillings, or amalgams, are continually released in your mouth and increased when you chew food or gum. Studies have found people with these fillings can have mercury vapor concentrations 10 times higher than those in people without them. Also, simple activities such as chewing gum, drinking hot liquids and brushing teeth can further increase the release of mercury.
Therefore, if you are looking to have your amalgam fillings removed and want to avoid getting worse please follow the following rule: Only see a dentist who is properly trained in removing mercury fillings. If they don’t appreciate mercury toxicity they will not implement special precautions, like room air to you by nasal cannula, rubber dams and high-pressure suction to suck out the mercury vapors that are released by drilling.
I talked to Dr. Mefford first about my questions, fears of getting further contaminated and the thought that it felt like I was jumping out of a “perfectly good airplane.” I brought up my concerns of using a dental dam, etc. Dr. Mefford is great and spent a lot of time making sure I was completely okay with my elective procedure, before beginning. He did everything he could to assure that he met safe guidelines (which vary widely, like everything on the web!)
The silver amalgam removal was just like getting any other dental procedure. It began with the numbing gel, then the shot. Dr. Mefford highly recommended the nitrous oxide - and I thought it covered the “breathe pure oxygen” advice better than open air breathing as the mercury was drilled, possibly exposing my brain to mercury vapors (do I sound paranoid or what?) so opted for it. It was my first experience with nitrous and I found it strange, but not unpleasant. It made the 3 hour procedure go a lot faster as I tended to lose track of time. I have made it a point, since becoming a Christian, to pray for the dentist and assistants while I am getting work done, especially for their children. Praying redeems what can be an unpleasant time and makes it profitable in a kingdom way. I had the honor of quietly praying for Dr. Mefford’s baby girl, 11 month old Lily Grace (not sure that I spelled that right).
Toward the end of the procedure, waves of nausea began to sweep over me, so they gave me pure oxygen for awhile, then tried the nitrous back on. I felt sick again, so we dispensed of it. Dr. Mefford had planned to do 1/4 of my mouth at a time, but were able to do the upper & lower left side today! Although I was there a long time, it did not seem bad. I got up, with the fuzzy feeling mouth from the anesthetic, thanked them, paid my rather large copay as it was rather pricey to fill 4 teeth and went on my way.
For some reason, I was worried that I would be woozy when it was done. After the silver amalgam removal, I was okay to drive home, including a few errands on the way home. I emailed my ebay orders, gulped an Aleve down, ran by the grocery store for cilantro and to get stuff for my second cleanse and came home.
When I got home, my mouth was very numb, so I lunched on plain yogurt (add a bit of vanilla and stevia) without fruit as I did not feel like chewing. I rubbed arnica gel into my gums to reduce pain and swelling and plan to do that for a few days. Had half a smooth pb sandwich around 3 as I felt really sick to my stomach. With all of the Vit C I am taking, that does not surprise me.
Made a quick dinner of hamburgers topped with blue cheese, tomato and avocado, with canned green beans - the softest quickly prepared stuff I had that didn’t have seeds or some sort of odd texture that might bother my sore gums. I didn’t feel like juicing and I definitely did NOT feel like chewing a salad! We will have watermelon when someone else slices it!
It has been 8 hours since leaving the dentist (who just called me - to make sure I am okay - can you believe that? WOW!) and I feel sore, tired, a little foggy, ready for bed - but thankfully the nausea is gone since eating dinner. Next appt, I will plan food choices a little better and have smooth stuff already prepared.
Chelation to Remove Mercury
Now comes part one of chelation, or removing the mercury from my body. I have half a mouth of amalgam left, so am in the twilight zone and full mercury detox is not recommended until it is all gone. I did not do a mercury analysis, hair analysis, etc, so I will not know what my levels are or were. I may check further into this by calling my Dr and getting her advice. All in all, this was one of those long term health obediences that I have felt I was to do for a long time, about 5 years now. We currently have the insurance coverage for 80% of it, so now is as good a time as ever. My goal this summer is to regain my health and thoroughly detox my body, so now is as good a time as ever.
My main chelation protocol for right now, increase eating CILANTRO (Cilantro Pesto recipe below) and keep up with the Vitamin C and vitamins and the whole foods lifestyle currently on. I am prepping for another gallbladder cleanse next week, so I have a month to figure out what else I need to do, as my next amalgam removal is August 15th.
Thought you might enjoy some more information on why I did this. Over the years, I have had many signs of mercury toxicity, including fibromyalgia, brain fog, exhaustion, thyroid issues, headaches, infertility and more. There are over 125 suspected signs of mercury toxicity - and I have a lot of them (and can’t find the list). More importantly, that still small voice has whispered that I am to do this for some time. Not really sure how the back end of this will all play out - but you can trust that I will be reporting amalgam removal issues on the prudent wife blog!
I have read Dr. Mercola’s site for years and find he has a lot of good information (As always, when reading someone with a beating heart, we must read with a discerning spirit, compare to scripture, pray through the information and toss out the bad!)
Dr. Mercola’s Mercury Toxicity and Systemic Elimination Agents http://www.mercola.com/article/mercury/mercury_elimination.htm
Dr. Mercola’s Mercury Detoxification Protocol http://www.mercola.com/article/mercury/detox_protocol.htm has helpful hints on foods, supplements and more.
Is Toxic Mercury Exposure Ruining Your Life? http://www.mercola.com/2005/mar/9/mercury_exposure.htm
Another batch of interesting articles can be found at
Biological and Mercury Free Dentistry http://www.med-library.net/content/view/35/40/
Dental Amalgam Mercury Poisoning http://www.med-library.net/content/view/235/41/
Mercury Toxicity, Gut Wall Infection, and Fatigue http://www.med-library.net/content/view/149/41/
Cilantro Pesto ~ Great for pulling toxins out!
Enjoy this fabulous, spicy, yummy Cilantro Pesto! The color is gorgeous - it would be a savory dip at a party!
Why is this under DENTAL HEALTH? Great question! Cilantro helps pull mercury toxicity out! I lived on Cilantro Pesto after removing all of my silver amalgam fillings!
- 2 cups loosely packed cilantro leaves (stems removed)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic (you can use more, up to 5 or 6)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Optional ingredients- to make it more pesto-y
- 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 2-4 teaspoons water (depending on desired consistency)
Rinse the cilantro and remove the bottoms of the stems. Put all ingredients in the trusty Vita-Mix, food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Use more or less water to get the thickness you desire.
Cilantro Pesto is the ideal treat for a delicious summer dinner, pasta toss, or stirred into yogurt or sour cream for a savory dip.
Cilantro Pesto helps the body to detox heavy metals. Ideal to eat 2-3 Tblsp a day after getting silver amalgam fillings removed!
So there you have it, my story on getting amalgam fillings removed, the protocol I followed after wards, and how it all went!
As ever - we are NOT medical professionals at The Prudent Wife and highly suggest that you consult with your health care professional before attempting any of our healing options, recipes, natural alternatives or suggestions. You are responsible for your own health and need to find a health provider that will work closely with you on your journey toward prudent health. You must ABSOLUTELY check with your physician before trying ANY suggestions with children.