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FDA: Mercury teeth fillings may harm some
MERCURY TEETH FILLINGS
MAY HARM SOME: FDA
In the News...Wed Jun 4, 2008 8:26pm EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Silver-colored metal dental fillings contain mercury that may cause health problems in pregnant women, children and fetuses, the Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday after settling a related lawsuit.
"Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses," the FDA said in a notice on its Web site.
"We do believe that the agency will ask for the label to indicate that
mercury is an ingredient in the filling, and that special populations
should be exempt from such fillings, such as: nursing women, pregnant
women, young children, and immunocompromised individuals,
Dr. Powers' comments...
For over 20 years there has been evidence that mercury in traditional amalgum "silver" fillings can be a real health hazard for many people.
Here are some recommendations to consider:
Avoid the use of mercury amalgum fillings:
1. If you are nursing, pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or may become pregnant
... so basically, all post-puberty and pre-menopausal females! Realize
that once you become pregnant, it isn't safe to have your mercury
removed, so avoid adding more mercury fillings to your teeth if you
fall in this age group.
2. If you are in the category of Young children ... but how young is 'young'? I suggest anyone under the age of 21, as their body is still growing at least until that age.
3. If you are immunocompromised ... but how do you know if you are immunocompromised? Some of the more obvious candidates here would be people that have AIDS or are HIV positive. But, let's not forget about these conditions that involve a compromised immune system, as well:
Autoimmune diseases, some of the more common ones being:
Allergic individuals, such as with:
History of (or at risk for) having Cancer
History of (or experience repeated) Infections
You are over the age of 65 (studies show that the older most people get, the weaker their immune system becomes)
Even if you haven't been diagnosed with any of the above conditions (and you would be the exception!), how do you know if your immune system is compromised or not? To help clarify, let's look at a short list of things that weaken or compromise your immune system's health:
... do you sleep soundly and awaken refreshed, and are you truly
gettting the quality and quantity of restorative sleep that your body
needs? (how do you know? ... and what do you do to get better sleep?)
Inappropriate exercise ... do you exercise consistently, and in a way that is actually good for you? (how do you know?)
Excessive toxicity ... do you have more toxins in your body than your body can deal with without compromising your health (and immune system)? (how do you know?)
Unmanaged stress ... how well is your body handling the various and multitude of stressors in your life, including emotional stress, mental stress, electromagnetic stress, chemical stress, biomechanical stress, etc.? (how do you know? ... and do you know what to do about it?)
Insufficient nourishment ... do you have any nutrient deficiencies (how do you know?), and are you eating plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats/oils and proteins every day?
SO, YOU ONLY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MERCURY "SILVER" FILLINGS IF...
IF THE SHOE FITS...
If you fit the description of any of the above categories, it would be wise to consider avoiding putting additional mercury amalgum "silver" fillings in your mouth! You may also might want to find out if removing yours might help you (and your immune system!) LOOK, FEEL, OR FUNCTION BETTER!
Removing mercury amalgums does pose a risk for increasing your mercury exposure. Before replacing your fillings with less toxic substances, seek professional advice to determine:
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Why take the chance of putting more stress on your body and immune system than it already has? Take the safe road and avoid mercury amalgum fillings, and use one of the healthier alternative solutions.