The Complete Guide to Mercury Toxicity from Dental Fillings

The Complete Guide to Mercury Toxicity from Dental Fillings


by Joyal Taylor, D.D.S.

Scripps Publishing, 9974 Scripps Ranch Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92131

Softbound, 206 pp., 1988, $14.95

The Complete Guide to Mercury Toxicity from Dental Fillings is a book for those who are already convinced that silver amalgams are toxic and who need a consumer's guide to the world of dental fillings. Joyal Taylor, D.D.S. presents information on identifying mercury toxicity, types of filling materials, and how to select an appropriate dentist for the safe removal of amalgam fillings.

Taylor explains in an appendix that mercury's danger lies in its attraction to sulfur. Sulfhydryl bonds (SH) are common in protein molecules that make up various hormones and enzymes. Mercury easily replaces the hydrogen in these bonds, thereby inactivating the protein. Insulin, for example, has 3 SH bonds. When Mercury replaces its hydrogen, the insulin is inactivated and a sugar imbalance results. In another example, when the enzyme with SH bonds that makes acetylcholine is inactivated by mercury, irregular heartbeat and muscle twitches occur.

Taylor's book contains pages of symptoms affecting behavior, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, energy, immune system, oral cavity, nervous system, that he links to mercury toxicity. Symptoms vary among individuals because mercury seeks each body's genetically weak areas.

Mercury can enter the body's bloodstream via the stomach as metal fillings break down and are swallowed, but most damage comes from the mercury vapor that is released during chewing. Test subjects who chewed gum had mercury vapor levels in their mouths 6-15x higher than before chewing; the levels remained higher for 1.5 hours. Most of the vapor (80%) is absorbed by the lungs where the blood picks it up and delivers it to various organs. The mercury vapor level in the mouth can be as high as 150+/micrograms. The National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) considers 20 mcg/m3 the maximum safe allowable limit.

Although Taylor does not advocate removing silver amalgams, he strongly recommends not putting in new ones. He discusses 3 alternative filling materials: porcelain, gold, and composites. Porcelain is time-consuming and expensive but does not break down. Gold alloys tend to register electrical conduction and may affect the body negatively. Fillings with high negative charges correspond to nerve-related symptoms, such as MS, headache, depression. High positive charges cause immunological symptoms. Gold in fillings also facilitates the release of mercury which is why removal of all of a mercury filling being replaced by gold is so important. Composites (plastics) contain chemicals with unknown biological effects and have caused tooth sensitivity and even killed teeth.

The average silver amalgam filling is 50% mercury. Most fillings have lost 50% of the mercury from the surface within five years. In 20 years, no measurable mercury is evident. The advantages of silver amalgams - that they are easy to use and inexpensive - make them hard to replace.

Taylor emphasizes that removal of silver amalgams does not automatically lead to a cure of the diverse symptoms of mercury toxicity. He recommends that the consumer find a dentist who will monitor the body's chemistry via blood tests, urinalysis, hair analysis, and T-cell analysis or who is willing to work with an MD or ND who will monitor the body and recommend supportive dietary, and lifestyle changes. He encourages the consumer to seek out a dentist who is knowledgeable about removing amalgams safely, since leaving traces of mercury and adding gold can cause illness.

The Complete Guide to Mercury Toxicity From Dental Fillings will not satisfy the research-oriented reader, but it is a good consumer's guide. For those who live with unexplained and erratic symptoms, Joyal Taylor's book may be a first and very helpful step towards regaining their health.

Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients.


By Jule Klotter

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