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10 Is There Any Change In Symptoms After Amalgam Replacement?


This article is from the Amalgam and Mercury-free Dentistry FAQ.

10 Is There Any Change In Symptoms After Amalgam Replacement?

There has always been a very small minority of the individuals that
have undergone amalgam replacement that have not benefited from
it. This has caused a great deal of discouragement in the individual
and the health professional working with them. In some instances it
has been related to the materials and procedures used by the dentist
that did the work. In others it was assumed that their health problems
were caused by something other than mercury or that the damage caused
by mercury was irreversible. Whatever the reason, it was very little
comfort to the individual not seeing any improvement. Now however,
thanks to some very advanced research in Sweden, it appears there may
be an answer for many of these intractable cases.

Dr. Christer Malmström in Sweden has discovered that most of the
people who do not see health improvements after amalgam replacement
appear to have diverticula or impacted fecal matter in their colon
that contains high levels of toxic metals. Upon removal of these
metals, great progress can be seen in the individual's
health. (Appendix B of the book ''Dental Mercury Detox'' contains the
complete ''Malstrom Protocol)


However, even in those cases where there hasn't been any great
improvement, these individuals can take comfort from the fact that
they have eliminated a constant source of poison entering their
body. The vast majority of individuals who have undergone amalgam
replacement and the reduction of their mercury body burden have
experienced improvements in health that have ranged from minor to
startlingly dramatic. For example the statistics listed below were
compiled by the Foundation For Toxic- Free Dentistry (FTFD) on 1569
patients from 6 different reports.

The statistical analysis involves a total of 1569 patients in six
different studies: 762 patients utilized the FTFD Patient Adverse
Reaction Report to individually report changes in their health
directly to the FDA and the FTFD; Dr. Mats Hanson, Ph.D. reported on
519 Swedish patients; Henrik Lichtenberg, D.D.S. of Denmark reported
on 100 patients; Pierre LaRose, D.D.S. of Canada reported on 80
patients; Robert L. Siblerud O.D., M.S. reported on 86 patients in
Colorado as partial fulfillment of a Ph.D. requirement; and Albert
V. Zamm, M.D., FACA, FACP reported on 22 of his patients.

No. improved or cured % of cure or improvement

14% 	ALLERGY 	221 	196 	89%

5% 	ANXIETY 	86 	80 	93%

5% 	BAD TEMPER 	81 	68 	89%


5% 	CHEST PAINS 	79 	69 	87%

22% 	DEPRESSION 	347 	315 	91%

22% 	DIZZINESS 	343 	301 	88%

45% 	FATIGUE 	705 	603 	86%


8% 	GUM PROBLEMS 	129 	121 	94%

34% 	HEADACHES 	531 	460 	87%

3% 	MIGRAINE HEADACHES 	45 	39 	87%

12% 	INSOMNIA 	187 	146 	78%

10% 	IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT 	159 	139 	87%

8% 	IRRITABILITY 	132 	119 	90%

17% 	LACK OF CONCENTRATION 	270 	216 	80%

6% 	LACK OF ENERGY 	91 	88 	97%

17% 	MEMORY LOSS 	265 	193 	73%

17% 	METALLIC TASTE 	260 	247 	95%

7% 	MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS 	113 	86 	76%

8% 	MUSCLE TREMOR 	126 	104 	83%

10% 	NERVOUSNESS 	158 	131 	83%

8% 	NUMBNESS ANYWHERE 	118 	97 	82%

20% 	SKIN DISTURBANCES 	310 	251 	81%

9% 	SORE THROAT 	149 	128 	86%

6% 	TACHYCARDIA 	97 	68 	70%

4% 	THYROID PROBLEMS 	56 	44 	79%

12% 	ULCERS & SORES (ORAL CAVITY) 	189 	162 	86%

7% 	URINARY TRACT PROBLEMS 	115 	87 	76%

29% 	VISION PROBLEMS 	462 	289 	63%

One extremely interesting statistic relates to the incidence of
allergies reported. The recent January 1993 Public Health Service
Report on Dental Amalgam states: ''Only a small proportion of
mercury-sensitized individuals respond adversely to the placement of
amalgam restorations. The few case reports of adverse allergic
reactions to amalgam involve skin reactions, such as rashes and
eczematous lesions...'' The ADA maintains that the incidence of
allergic reaction to amalgam dental fillings is extremely rare, with
only 50 case histories being reported in the literature. However, a
recent book ''150 Years of Amalgam'' by Fredrik Berglund, M.D.,
Ph.D. refutes the ADA statement by clearly indentifying and
categorizing by symptoms, case reports, on 245 amalgam patients
published from 1844 to 1993. This of course deomonstrates the type of
inaccurate statement the dental establishment is prone to make in
support of their position. Furthermore, ADA statements of this nature
totally ignore valid peer reviewed scientific studies demonstrating an
allergic reaction to dental amalgam ranging from 16.5% for
non-allergic patients to 44% for fourth year dental students.

More importantly, as this symptom analysis demonstrates, the question
is not whether the patient is allergic to dental amalgam but rather
the direct causal relationship of mercury/amalgam dental fillings to
the development of allergies to food, chemicals, and environmental
factors. In the prior FTFD analysis, this is supported by the fact
that 14% of the individuals reported some type of allergy and that
after replacement of their mercury/amalgam dental fillings, 89%
reported their condition had improved or was totally eliminated. If
you were to extrapolate this data to the approximately 140 million
amalgam bearers in the United States, there should be 19.6 million
people (14%) with amalgam causally related allergies. Of this number,
89% or approximately 17.4 million would have their allergies
ameliorate or disappear simply by having their mercury dental fillings
exchanged for non-mercury ones.

We attempted to look at this from another perspective, by first
determining the total number of people in the U.S. with
allergies. Although there are no hard data available, the NIH
estimates the number to be between 40-50 million. Using the lesser
number of 40 million people with allergies, it is estimated that 65%
or 26 million of them would be amalgam bearers whose allergies may be
causally related to their mercury/amalgam dental fillings. HARDLY AN


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