Monday, April 28, 2014

Avoiding Toxic Mercury Fillings

There are several reasons for which silver/amalgam dental fillings should be avoided. Amalgam fillings contain high amounts of mercury, which is a toxic substance. Various damages can be brought to your body, since mercury can rank with arsenic as neurotoxic and immunotoxic poison in various forms, such as material generated during amalgam removal or night grinding of teeth, chemically during amalgam removal, or vapor produced when heated by hot foods.

Mercury was banned from being used in paints in the early 90`s, when the Environmental protection organization termed it as toxic poison that needs extraction filters and advanced disposal. Before being disposed in the city sewage, the dental office waste must be filtered first. The toxicity of this substance in the mouth has not been declared yet by the Centers for Disease Control.

Mercury vapor escapes from amalgam fillings, according to some studies conducted at the Universities of IOWA, Calgary, Oral Roberts and New Zealand. This fact was also recognized in the Environmental Health Criteria document 118, which states that the average daily amount of mercury released by amalgam fillings stands at 3.8-21 micrograms. This toxicity was also recognized in some studies performed in Sweden and Germany. Unborn babies can also be affected by this toxic substance, according to some studies performed in Denmark. Moreover, important levels of mercury were also discovered in brain cells of Alzheimer`s patients during some studies performed at the University of Kentucky.

Several medical prescriptions, like diuretics, anti-fungal, antiseptics that contain merthilate, mercurochrome and brain scan radioactive mercury can be used to boost the hypersensitivity to mercury. Fish from various lakes, rivers or oceans can also be intoxicated with considerable amounts of mercury, so it is recommended to avoid the consumption of too much fish. There are various levels of mercury exposure, which usually end with the spill-over tolerance level, which leads to various symptoms in the body.

Here are the main 10 reasons for which you need to avoid Amalgam

1 - It can have a major impact on the environment

Here are three important components from our environment that can be polluted with Amalgam:
  1. Water. The human waste and dental clinic releases can pollute water in the surrounding areas.
  2. Air. Factors such as: cremation, dental clinic emissions, sludge incineration, and respiration can have a major impact.
  3. Land. This element can be polluted by landfills, burials and fertilizer. Methylmercury is a very toxic substance produced when mercury reaches the environment. This particular substance can reach the fish that people consume daily. Various neurologic conditions can affect children and unborn babies in case they are exposed to dental mercury from the environment.

2 - Our health can be negatively influenced by amalgam

Even after it was implanted into our bodies, amalgam will continue to emit mercury vapor. To reach the fetuses, this bioaccumulative substance will first pass through the placenta. Children, fetuses, nursing infants, and those with kidney problems are the most exposed to the dangers presented by dental amalgam’s mercury. The fact that producing neurological systems of children and fetuses are more exposed to the neurotoxic effects of mercury vapor is also suggested by the U.S Food and Drug Administration.

3 - Amalgam damages teeth

Dentists have to remove important amounts of healthy tooth matter in order to place amalgam. The need for future dental work will appear since this removal weakens the overall tooth structure. Moreover, due to the fact that amalgam fillings expand and contract during the course of time, they may crack teeth.

4 - Amalgam presents various dangers for dental workers

Several studies have suggested the fact that dental workers have elevated systemic mercury levels because of mercury exposure from amalgam in the workplace. To lower the exposure to mercury, air masks are offered to the dental workers. Various dental workers have reported neurological issues, reproductive failures, and birth defects caused by amalgam in the workplace, since they were not aware of the dangers presented by this substance.

5 - Oftentimes, amalgam is implanted without informed consent

The fact that amalgam contains mercury is oftentimes not suggested to the patient. The Zogby polls have suggested the fact that nearly 80% of the patients are not aware of the fact that amalgam contains mercury. Moreover, the same people said that they will avoid amalgam fillings considering that it contains mercury, which demonstrates the importance of making an informed decision.

6 - Social injustice can be perpetuated by amalgam

People with low standards of living continue to be exposed to amalgam, while consumers that are positioned higher on the scale of living standards usually choose mercury-free filling materials. Moreover, amalgam is also used in treating racial minorities, such as American Indian patients. This aspect was highly contested by former Virginia state NAACP president, Emmitt Carlton.

7 - Amalgam costs taxpayers

Even though dentists should handle the bills for the environmental clean-up of amalgam, this responsibility falls on the shoulders of taxpayers.

8 - Amalgam is diverted to illegal gold mining

Even though amalgam is distributed to sub-developed countries for dental use, it is often diverted to illegal use in high and small scale gold mining. Apart from the fact that this fact has a negative impact on the environment, it also exposes miners to the risks of mercury poisoning.

9 - Various mercury-free fillings materials can be used to replace amalgam

Various resin composites, compomers, and glass ionomers can be used to replace amalgam as filling materials. Numerous Scandinavian countries have even banned the use of amalgam considering the efficiency of other filling materials. Due to the fact that modern mercury-free practices, such as atraumatic restorative treatment (ART), are less expensive compared to amalgam, numerous developing nations have decided to take advantage of them.

10 - The price of mercury-free alternatives continues to increase due to amalgam

Mercury-free filling materials are accessible at high prices due to the continued use of amalgam. These prices can be decreased in case the usage of mercury-free materials becomes more and more popular amongst consumers.

If you live in the San Diego area and would like to replace your amalgam fillings, visit If you are not in the vicinity, Dr. Vinograd publishes a great deal of information on these topics at &

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Chewing Gum.. Is Healthy?

"Feeling scatter brained seems pretty common these days thanks to the innumerable amount of tasks placed before us on a daily basis. On top of these tasks, unexpected occurrences can also throw you off, leading to being far less productive than you would have liked to be..."

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Non-Toxic, Homemade Toothpaste (Recipe)

There’s been a lot of controversy about fluoride lately. You may have seen the Natural News editorial piece about the dangers of fluoridation in water. Some cities have even stopped fluoridating their water. Yet other cities that never added fluoride have recently started. Fluoride even occurs naturally in the water in some places.

With all the controversy, concern and uncertainty, this much is certain: using a toothpaste that contains potentially harmful fluoride just doesn’t make sense. You need a fluoride-free toothpaste recipe that tastes great and works effectively. You need what this post is offering.

To avoid drugging yourself with fluoride toothpaste, you could buy something like the Himalaya Neem and Pomegranate toothpaste. It’s a fluoride-free toothpaste that works very well. Or you could make your own toothpaste that tastes even better and costs a lot less.

Coconut Oil Homemade Fluoride-Free Toothpaste Recipe

For a toothpaste that won’t make you nauseous, doesn’t taste bad and will actually get used, try this formula:
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 25 drops peppermint oil
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable-based glycerin, optional
To prepare, mash the coconut oil and baking soda together with a fork until blended together. Then add in the peppermint oil, sweetener and glycerin and mash some more until your concoction is the texture of toothpaste. If you choose not the use the glycerin, expect a lumpy mixture, but it will still do the job. Glycerin adds to the sweetness a bit too.

But Does It Work?

If you mean does it actually clean teeth, the answer is a resounding yes. It’s minty, cleans very well and leaves a very nice mouth feel. Plus, teeth actually sparkle.

Remember that coconut oil solidifies in cold temperatures and gets runny in hot temperatures, so the consistency may change with the temperature in your house. Just keep the mixture in a jaw and dip you brush in it to use. Obviously, clean the jar thoroughly or switch to a different jar with each new batch.

You could even pipe this stuff into an old toothpaste tube or another kind of tube by putting it in a bag, cutting off the corner and squeezing it in through the little hole -- if you really want to.

There’s no reason to worry about fluoride. Use this fluoride-free homemade toothpaste recipe and also filter the fluoride from your drinking water. Then, there’s no controversy at all -- and no fluoride going into your body.

For another fluoride free, homemade toothpaste recipe, visit

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

7 Reasons Your Mother Was Right About Green Beans

"You may consider green beans to be that boring side dish next to your mashed potatoes and roasted chicken leg. Your thoughts of green beans may even wander to green bean casseroles that you shovel in your mouth on Thanksgiving..."

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Right Way To Eat Calamari

"Have you ever truly taken a minute to think about what constitutes fried calamari? This staple at every American food restaurant is comprised of white refined flour, heat stable vegetable oil, most likely corn or soybean oil and squid. That’s right, the squishy looking seafood found in the ocean..."

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Colon Cancer - Out In The Open

"Bathroom talk was forbidden in grade school, but should it have been? When most people think of cancer, breast, lung and prostate cancers come to mind but colorectal cancer is quite deadly too. Unfortunately, this type of cancer is not widely discussed due to the colon’s reputation of being an immature and crass topic. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute, roughly 51,000 men and women die of cancers of both the colon and rectum per year making it the fourth most common cancer in both sexes..."

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