There have been a number of articles about a link between dental infection and alopecia, but what if amalgum fillings could equally be the culprit?
Amalgum fillings (with their high mercury content) have now been linked with a staggering number of health conditions, ironically including some of the very dental issues they are used to alleviate.
- Periodontal (gum) diseases;
- Oral lichen planus and leukoplakia;
- Oral keratosis;
- Immune system and autoimmune problems;
- Multiple chemical sensitivities;
- Chronic headaches/migraines;
- Tachycardia and heart problems;
- Blood conditions;
- Crohn’s disease;
- Gastrointestinal problems;
- Lou Gehrig’s disease/ALS;
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/CFS;
- Memory disorders;
- Autism spectrum disorders;
- Anxiety and mental confusion;
- Susceptibility to infections;
- Antibiotic resistant infection;
- Alopecia/hair loss;
- Sinus problems;
- Tinnitus/ringing ears;
- Hearing loss;
- Chronic eye conditions;
- Vision disturbances;
- Eczema and psoriasis;
- Other skin conditions;
- Hypothroid and autoimmune thyroiditis;
- Urinary/prostate problems;
- Diabetes; and
Sweden, Norway, Germany and Denmark have now banned amalgum fillings. Supposing that the EU continues to 2018, there is a proposal to ban all mercury fillings for children under 15 and pregnant women across the EU, so the health risk is starting to be taken seriously in some quarters.
So why are amalgum fillings still being used at all, and when we live in a world where far superior (and apparently safer) fillers have been invented? Two reasons. Durability and low cost. Indeed NHS dentists are notoriously reluctant to let patients have non-amalgum white fillings, even if they are prepared to pay extra. I know I have had more than one argument with my NHS dentists about this over the years, though this was on cosmetic grounds where visible teeth were concerned rather than on health grounds.
Increasingly those with one or several of the above conditions are being advised to have their amalgum fillings replaced, an expensive and laborious process. In addition, a bit like asbestos, the substance can be even more dangerous if clumsily removed or exposed by an inexperienced dentist and measures should be taken to ensure the body is otherwise in optimum health both before and after the procedure..
What is known is that removal of amalgam fillings results in a significant reduction in body and waste product load of mercury. Total reduction in mercury levels in blood and urine is often 80% within a few months.
No significant clinical study has yet been undertaken to compare health (and hair health) between those with significant numbers of amalgum fillings in their mouth compared to those without, or who have had their amalgum fillings replaced, but it seems high time this was done.