This article is from the Amalgam and Mercury-free Dentistry FAQ.
There are really two terms that should be used to more clearly define
what detoxification means. The first is:
DETOXIFICATION: Normally accomplished by the administration of drugs
orally, by injection, or intravenously. Such drugs are usually
designed to bind, complex, or change the chemical structure of a
particular toxin and change and reduce its toxic properties or to make
it easier to eliminate from the body.
DETOXICATION: The processes by which the individuals own body
biochemical structure works to neutralize or eliminate toxins
considered to be foreign. The biochemical processes work to remove the
foreign substance from the tissues and metabolize it into a less toxic
form or cause it to bind or complex with one of the many transport
systems in the body so that its toxic properties are neutralized, or
reduce it to a form that is more easily excreted. This is a normal
body process that is enzymatic in nature often requiring cofactors
that are derived from essential nutrients, whether from food or from
Chronic toxicity with persistent symptomatology can be related to
chronic nutritional deficits or metabolic impairments. Bio-Probe has
outlined all of the current procedures and protocols for mercury
detoxification in its book ''DENTAL MERCURY DETOX.''