07 Sep 2015
As I continue to research what path I’m taking to maintain my health, I have pretty much decided to go ahead and replace my mercury amalgam fillings. I know the evidence isn’t fully there to support their removal but I have researched enough to convince me that it’s not healthy to continue me having them in my mouth.
If you recall, my mercury free dentist (I’ll refer to him as my biological dentist going forward as that seems to be the description used by the profession) performed a few tests, one including an optical scan to test for nutrient and antioxidant levels in my body and my results came up in the marginal zone. Based on that result, I decided to go for a more detailed micronutrient blood test with my naturopath and I have a more definitive assessment of where my deficiencies are. Overall, my results were surprisingly good in most areas and only identified 3 nutrients where I was under or borderline for being considered deficient. My B complex vitamins, amino acids, metabolites, other vitamins (D, A and K), antioxidants, and minerals were all good with the exception of Oleic Acid (only 3% below the reference range), copper and CoQ10 (both at the bottom of the good reference range).
My results might be good because I do consider myself to eating a fairly balanced diet and I also take a daily multivitamin supplement. I won’t make any changes to my diet until other tests I’m taking to check for any potential food allergies, including gluten sensitivities, come back so more to follow when I get those results.
I will change my vitamin and supplement protocol only because my biological dentist does have a specific protocol that he wants me to follow one month from when he will remove and replace my first amalgam. Most of this is to maintain and improve my nutrient levels so I will switch from my generics to higher grade compounds accessible to the profession. These will include:
- Co Q 10
- Glutathione Plus
- NAC (N Acetyl Cysteine)
- Vitamin C
- B complex with metafolic
- Protection III multi vitamin with no copper or iron (even though I’m slightly copper deficient, my biological dentist ask I exclude it)
I will also take a couple enzymes (lymph drainage and protease) to help begin clearing my body of toxins and digest proteins.
Along with the nutrient testing, I did decide to follow-up on the bioenergetic assessment and see how I’m reacting to my recent dental work (extractions, implants and crowns). The test, without getting overly technical, is what I would describe as computerized acupuncture. Using electrodes, the practitioner, passes micro currents through pressure points on my hand that map back to mouth and teeth. The three teeth being evaluated are for my right upper second bicuspid (implant with crown), lower left wisdom tooth (extract), and lower left second molar (implant and crown). This test revealed cavitation under the second molar implant with signs of infection. The test is also reading positive for nickel, which I find surprising since the dentist who did this work tells me the implant is pure titanium, and I know that I am sensitive to nickel and don’t think I would have healed properly if present. I do have a significant mercury amalgam filling in my first molar so it’s possible it’s picking it up from that tooth. In any case, the prescription for treating the infection is injecting the site with ozone (1 cc a week for 4 weeks). This will be performed by my biological dentist when I go in to replace my first filling.
What’s interesting here is the infection and cavitation. I don’t feel anything and it (the resulting cavitation or bone loss) may not even show up in the x-rays of the area. It is worth noting that I have not had any health issues prior to all my recent dental work. I don’t fault my prior dentists as I did not experience any problems with healing after those extractions and implant. Who knows when and how the infection started but it is a potential cause for my compromised immune system and leading ultimately to me coming down with Graves’ disease. The infection has been around long enough to cause a cavitation so it could be the type of long term inflammation, like what happens with gluten, to trigger an autoimmune response. I will continue looking at this angle plus whatever is discovered from my food sensitivity testing to see where I go next.
Personally, I’m pulling for not finding any food sensitivities and zeroing in on the infection as the root cause to my Graves’. How autoimmune diseases start is still not well understood and the cause is likely to be different for anyone who does come down with one. Be diligent, do your research and ask lots of questions before settling in on any prescribed treatment.