Holistic Dentistry Blog
Susan Ryan: How a Dentist Saved My Life
For 10 years, Susan Ryan (49) battled with chronic illness. Her symptoms included vomiting, breathing difficulties, congestion and blackouts. After a terrifying blackout at home, Susan was banned from driving. With no answers coming, she felt her life was over.
In the interview below, Susan remembers that period in her life, and the day the cause of her problems was finally discovered; there was not only mercury, but thallium in her amalgam fillings.
What is chronic fatigue syndrome and what causes it?
Chronic fatigue syndrome, known as CFS or ME, can be a confusing condition for many reasons. Defining CFS or ME
For a start, there is even controversy about the official name of it. CFS is often the term used by doctors, because the main symptom is usually fatigue, and it is chronic. However, the term myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is used by the World Health Organisation who classifies it as a disease of the nervous system (International Classification of Diseases, G93.3), and also in this International Consensus Criteria by the Journal of Internal Medicine. We’ll refer to it as CFS/ME.
The Mouth-Body Connection
When people think about going to the dentist, they approach the visit as taking care of their teeth and gums, ensuring they stay healthy and clean. In actual fact, when you visit the dentist, you are looking after a lot more than your oral health.
European Commission Updates Its Position on Dental Amalgam
In May 2015, the European Commission updated its 2008 position on the use of dental amalgam, now conceding that there are certain cases where it should not be placed, highlighting pregnancy, primary teeth, mercury allergies and renal clearance.
How Did Thallium Get Into Patients’ Fillings?
Regular readers and patients will know that as a former GP and current holistic dentist, I’m committed to caring for the health of the whole person and not just the oral cavity when providing treatment. For this reason, I am wholly against the use of mercury in any dental treatment – that is why I haven’t placed an amalgam filling in over 20 years.
How to detox mercury after amalgam filling removal
Last month I wrote about the steps you can take in the lead up to amalgam filling removal to start cleansing your body of mercury. This month, I wanted to follow up with the best advice on how to continue your heavy metal cleanse once you’ve had your amalgam fillings and the mercury within them removed.
Mercury and food intolerance
“At the moment it’s one in five people in Ireland with a food intolerance”, the chair of the Food Safety Professionals Association recently told TheJournal.ie. “One in 100 Irish people are coeliac, and there’s an awful lot of food that these people can’t eat.”
The link between mercury and Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of Dementia. There are an estimated 42,000 people suffering with some form of Dementia in Ireland today, which doesn’t include the friends and family of sufferers that can find it equally devastating.
Fibromyalgia Affecting Ground Zero Rescue Workers
A first responder refers to a person who is first to arrive at the scene of an accident, usually a member of the emergency services. On September 11th 2001, the term took on a whole new meaning when the United States was hit by a devastating terrorist attack in the heart of New York City.
What Dr Mats Hanson found from 25 studies on patient health after mercury removal
Patient health improves when amalgam fillings are removed.
That’s according to a review of 25 studies on the effects of amalgam filling removal in almost 6,000 patients carried out by Dr Mats Hanson for the Swedish Association of Dental Mercury Patients. Dr Hanson found a clear link between the removal of the amalgam and an increase in the health of the patient.
Multiple Sclerosis and Mercury: the links
Mercury is a neurotoxin, and the only one that is permanently placed in people’s bodies
Mercury has been linked to many health problems such as headaches, to autoimmune diseases such as chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome. It has also been identified as a possible factor in serious illnesses like Multiple Sclerosis.
How oil pulling can improve your oral health
Don’t be fooled into thinking oil pulling is some new fad that people have been trying out. The practice is actually over 3,000 years old. However, up until recently, it was simply a folk remedy. So what is oil pulling? Simply, it involves swishing a tablespoon of oil around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes a day. The oil will “pull” and absorb toxins out of your body and trap them in a solution which you will then spit out.
We have seen a rise in the number of patients attending the practice with cavitation issues. Although they have been mentioned in dental literature for decades it can be hard for patients, and even some dentists, to understand what they are.
Why do dentists still choose mercury over white composite fillings?
It amazes me that in 2014 dentists in Ireland and the E.U. continue to use amalgam fillings that contain mercury. The debate still rages on with many dentists in Ireland standing over their use of amalgam fillings.
What causes IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is very common, affecting an estimated one in five people in Ireland, and twice as many women than men.
Fibromyalgia: Causes and Relief
Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition which causes widespread pain throughout the body as well as a heightened response to pressure and fatigue. Less common symptoms of this condition also include difficulty sleeping, regular headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and muscle stiffness.
5 Holistic approaches to autoimmune diseases
There are over 100 illnesses considered autoimmune diseases, while about 80 of them are considered serious chronic illnesses. Some of the most commonly-known are Diabetes, Celiac, Multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, Psoriasisand Lupus. Autoimmunity underlies them all.
What replaces mercury amalgam fillings?
Removing amalgam or mercury fillings is one of the most popular services in our practice. It seems many Irish people are hearing that mercury is a hazardous substance, and the news that there are plans to phase down the use of it in dentistry through the UN’s Minamata Treaty on Mercury
Banning amalgam: Countries and treaties leading the way
The World Health Organisation considers mercury one of the top ten chemicals of major public health concern. WHO has not established any level of mercury as ‘safe’ for exposure to humans.
Dealing with Sinusitis
Sinuses are the hollow air pockets in the bones of your skull. The lining of these pockets can become swollen causing pressure, this is known as Sinusitis. Symptoms can include a high temperature, pain and tenderness in the face, a blocked or runny nose and a general foggy feeling. Dealing with sinusitis can be frustrating at the best of times.
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