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Do Europeans Know
Something We Don’t?
Heavy metals in general and amalgam dental fillings containing mercury in particular, have received quite a bit of attention over the last several years. As a result of research linking mercury poisoning to problems from severe kidney and neurological damage to autoimmune diseases (MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic yeast and fungal infections, congenital birth defects) , some European countries like Denmark, Sweden and Germany, have taken the step of prohibiting the use of amalgam fillings.
How Does the Poisoning Occur?
While exposure to heavy metals comes from car exhaust, heavy industry, cigarette smoke, certain types of fish and contaminated water and soil, the most common cause of exposure to mercury are dental amalgams. Chewing, especially if fillings are old, can release vapours that are fat-soluble and can, as a result, cross into the brain. Also, mercury has a high affinity for the thyroid gland and the urinary tract organs. It can impair the activity of many essential enzymes necessary for proper functioning of the body. Unfortunately, like radioactivity and certain water contaminants, it is difficult to measure the extent of exposure until the first symptoms occur, usually in the form of a chronic disease.
How Does the Body Get Rid of the Metal?
The key defense against heavy metal toxicity is a healthy liver. There are several biochemical components that assist in this process: the so-called glutathione (a small protein), is the most important player, though all B vitamins play a major role as well. The capacity of the liver to detoxify mercury is limited, but whatever can be eliminated exits the body via the urine.
Specific Tests and Methods
First and foremost, doctors and dentists must become informed. A very good start is the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) website located at www.iaomt.org
The most sensible route to take would be to undergo heavy metal toxicity testing, followed if necessary by dental amalgam removal and a good detoxification program. All the steps need be taken under the close supervision of a qualified health care practitioner. Your dentist should follow the established IAOMT guidelines for both amalgam removal and disposal.
There are a number of hair and urine analysis tests available to assess the heavy metal toxicity. Generally, your physician or dentist should be helping you with this.
As for nutrients, the most useful ones to take orally are all B vitamins, high doses of vitamin C, reduced glutathione, NAC (N-acetyl-cystein), and an amino acid called methionine. Also helpful are fresh cilantro and blue green algae, especially chlorella.
In addition to these steps, other methods, such as intravenous chelation therapy, are available to patients. This therapy introduces a special compound into a patient’s bloodstream that has a very high binding affinity for metals. This compound binds the metal (for example, mercury), and draws it out of the body via the kidneys. The mercury clearance via the kidneys can be monitored through appropriate tests. Generally, heavy metal chelation is a lengthy process, but well worth the time and money invested.
Whether the patient chooses oral supplementation, or wants a referral to a chelating physician, York Downs Pharmacy staff is well equipped to help you with the choices.
Homeopathy-The Original Alternative Treatment
Homeopathy is the oldest alternative healing modality in Europe. Over its 170-year history the practice of homeopathy has taken deep roots in England and Germany, and more recently in North America.
Homeopathy is probably the safest way to treat any ailment. It is based on the principle of ‘like treats like’, established by Samuel Hahneman over a century and a half ago. Remedies are selected and made according to the properties that match the properties of a particular illness or ailment. Remedies are made by serial dilution (many hundreds, thousands and millions of times), of the original substance, and solidified in small sugar pellets to be dissolved under the tongue.
A typical homeopathic exam should take one to several hours to allow for a detailed history to be taken as well as discussion about symptoms. This is necessary in order to properly match an ailment and the remedy. In some cases, different people with the same problem may require different remedies. Self-prescribing with homeopathy is not recommended, especially because the remedies are made in different strengths known as "potencies". Sometimes, the choice of the potency is as important as that of the remedy.
In some cases, different people with the same problem may require different remedies. Self-prescribing with homeopathy is not recommended, especially because the remedies are made in different strengths known as "potencies". Sometimes, the choice of the potency is as important as that of the remedy.
Conditions that best respond to homeopathic treatment are chronic as well as mental/emotional disturbances. There are a lot of good books on the market covering this subject, and York Downs pharmacy works closely with a number of skilled homeopathic practitioners. We also have excellent selection of homeopathic remedies as well as literature on the subject.
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Last updated: January 09, 2016