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    Mayo Clinic Website Misleads About The Dangers of Mercury Fillings?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/slipsliding/272825287On the Mayo Clinic’s official website in the “expert answers” area, one person asked whether it was necessary to replace her amalgam dental fillings with fillings made of composite material.  This person was concerned about the cost of having amalgam fillings replaced with composite material, but stated that a dentist had recommended the procedure.  The Mayo Clinic’s expert, Dr. Alan Carr, D.M.D. responded to the question by saying that metal dental fillings only need to be replaced if they are defective or showing decay.

    According to Dr. Carr:
    “Generally, replacing metal dental fillings for aesthetic reasons should only be done after careful consideration and if your dentist feels it will not compromise the long-term health of the tooth. Likewise, there's no need to replace metal dental fillings because of concerns about mercury in the fillings.”

    Even though mercury used in amalgam fillings is a poisonous waste when it enters the dentists office, and is also considered a poisonous waste when it leaves the dentist’s office, it is considered perfectly safe when it is in your mouth.

    In the words of Mayo Clinic expert Dr. Carr:
    “Most metal dental fillings are dental amalgam — a stable alloy made with mercury, silver, tin, copper and possibly other metals. Although concerns have been raised over the years about the safety of mercury in dental amalgam, researchers have proved the concerns to be unfounded. The American Dental Association supports the use of dental amalgam as a safe, reliable and effective treatment for dental decay.”

    Why does the Mayo clinic as well as the American Dental Association continue to misrepresent the dangers of mercury in amalgam fillings when the scientific evidence supports the conclusion that mercury is not safe -- even when it is in your mouth!  Countless studies suggest that amalgam fillings are responsible for contributing the development of a wide variety of neurological, psychological, structural, renal, and endocrine disorders, among other health issues.

    In the case of Laurie Ramos, she had been in excellent health until the winter of 98 - 99.  Laurie's spine went from being straight to being curved over 13 cm. off center over the course of about 18 months. Her floating ribs on one side of her body were actually went below her hip bone, and she had to carry her head on her shoulder.  When she went to the doctor, do you know what her osteopath told her?  He told her to go home and do some yoga!

    Laurie ended up seeing a physical therapist, having multiple MRIs done, and even considering surgery.  She was experiencing a great deal of pain, muscle spasms, and difficulty breathing.  Every specialist she went to told her to go to a different specialist, and no one seemed to have an answer to her medical problems.

    Eventually Laurie ended up going to Mayo Clinic, where she was diagnosed with cervical thoracic lumbar dystonia with torticollis and secondary neuromuscular scoliosis of “uncertain etiology.”  This is all the “professional” way of telling Laurie that she is having strange muscluar movements and spinal misalignment, and the doctors don’t really know what caused it.  Her “treatment” was a prescription for Dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter normally produced by the brain.  Strangely, Laurie was never diagnosed with a dopamine deficiency.  The exogenous use of dopamine caused Laurie to become depressed and it actually made her muscular spasms even worse.

    Finally, a glimmer of hope came when a relative referred Laurie to a doctor in central Washington who hypothesized that Laurie’s condition might have resulted from having a root canal and several new amalgam fillings just prior to the onset of her condition.  In total, Laurie had 20 amalgam fillings!  Mercury from amalgam fillings is released into the body upon chewing, drinking hot beverages, and if tooth grinding occurs at night.  Over the course of many years, mercury can build up in the body and reach extremely toxic levels.  Laurie had received her first amalgam filling at age 7.

    Laurie then had her fillings removed by a dentist who specializes in safe removal of amalgam fillings.  Following the removal of the fillings, Laurie went through a course of chelation treatments, in which heavy metals are removed from the body’s tissues.  After completing all rounds of chelation therapy, Laurie had completely recovered.

    It’s not as if this is just one anecdotal case of mercury poisoning.  There are a countless number of documented cases of mysterious health problems, including hypothyroidism and infertility, disappearing with the safe removal of amalgam fillings and subsequent treatment using chelation therapy.  Further, the European Commission considers amalgam fillings unsafe.

    Could it be possible that the “experts” at the Mayo Clinic and the American Dental Association both know that amalgam fillings are dangerous?  Perhaps the continued usage of amalgam fillings and the cover-up about their safety helps perpetuate profits from the medical problems that they provoke.  Why else would such highly educated, intelligent doctors actually tell their patients there is nothing to worry about with amalgam fillings?

    According to one study:
    “The American Dental Association (ADA) maintains that amalgam fillings are safe – a position made completely untenable by the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared amalgam to be a hazardous material. It is interesting that the ADA, when confronted by a lawsuit regarding the use of amalgam fillings, made the following statement in its defense, "The ADA owes no legal duty of care to protect the public from allegedly dangerous products used by dentists."

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