Mercury in amalgam

Mercury in amalgams is the major contributor to the body burden of mercury. Another source could be vaccines.

by Dr. Nicholas Meyer — 

So is it safe or isn’t it? It has been stated repeatedly that mercury is safe to use in the mouth and very little leaches into the body. A few years ago, chemistry students from the University of Kentucky embarked on an analysis to help answer this question.

They took a small amount of a mercury filling (amalgam) that dentists commonly use, placed the mass into a form of known dimensions, let it harden and started measuring. They measured the external dimensions, (that which is available to the environment); they washed the substance, heated it, brushed it and measured the amounts of mercury released under these various conditions. This is what they found.

Using a cold vapor analyzer (the best way to measure vapors), they repeatedly calculated out, that an average of 4.5 micrograms per centimeter square per day were released from a “standard” filling. Depending on the reference from the literature, this is anywhere from 100 to 1,000 times greater than what the official American Dental Association’s position is. Brushing one’s teeth gave an instantaneous 10-fold increase in the amount of mercury released.

Mercury in amalgams is the major contributor to the body burden of mercury. Another source could be vaccines. Almost 25 years ago, the Centers for Disease Control mandated its vaccine program. In the years prior to 1983, the autism rate was something on the order of 4-5/10,000. This number jumped almost overnight to >60/10,000. I cannot say if mercury is the direct cause of this change; however, the data certainly seems to implicate this radical jump in cases in autism.

 

Nicholas Meyer, D.D.S., is a general dentist in Scottsdale, Ariz., with a special interest in the functional aspects of the oral cavity that contribute to such maladies as TMJ, snoring and sleep apnea. 480-948-0560 or www.milldental.com.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 28, Number 3, Jun/July 2009.

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