Written by Hal A. Huggins, DDS, MS
Over the years of treating patients who were toxic due to reacting to dental materials, we found that successful treatment is far from just replacing the offending filling materials with some kind of plastic. The body has usually been compromised and requires multiple avenues of care before it becomes functional again. Functional . . . That does not mean original "show room" condition. One must always keep in mind that revitalization of injured parts is a gift that you and your doctors have achieved together, and that you must give yourself extra care and nurturing for the rest of your life, for you are still susceptible to smaller challenges than you used to be.
It was a mystery to us 20 years ago that some people responded very well and others didn't. I suppose that is still the case, but far fewer times than it used to be. We have found many answers over the decades that show us that an explanation is always there. We just don't always see it. One of the big factors that can be under your control is the appointment schedule. Only within the past few years have I found that medicine was aware of immune cycles in people, but limited their use of this information to drug therapy. It was noted that some drugs were highly effective given in the mornings, but damaged people if given in the evenings. It was discovered that there are immune cycles in which the body's susceptibility is cyclic. We are familiar with sleep cycles, eating cycles, menstrual cycles, may have heard of biorhythms, so there must be something out there. Now there are hundreds of articles in the scientific literature related to treatments in accordance to cycles.
There are circadian cycles (around 24 to 28 days), circaseptan cycles (7 day), circahemidian (12 hour), ultradians (every few hours), infradian rhythms (greater than 28 hours), and many more. Some of these are synchronizers. These are important to us.
What became of the greatest significance in our practice was what we termed the 7-14-21 day cycles. It appears that 7 days after an immune challenge [this can be from mercury exposure during placement or removal of amalgam, an immunization shot, a severe case of flu, or emotional trauma like in family deaths or severe accidents] the body is somewhat depressed defense-wise. Defense is your white blood cells.
On day 7 (Monday to Monday) the lymphocytes appear to undergo a changing of the guard in which those born to fight the original day one challenge die off and new ones are born to take their place. At this time there may be a segment of a few hours in which your defenses are down. On day 14, the first challenge cells and the 7 day cells are both undergoing change, and to make a long story short and practical, if there is an additional challenge on day 7, 14 or especially day 21, then your genetic weak link is apt to be stretched, and you may become ill. Practically, do not have dental appointments on the same days for about 2 months, just to be safer. Another important condition in our patients was to not have dental procedures two days in a row. Another significant factor (keep in mind these were sick people -- some can stand more) we found that most people can withstand 2 hour appointments, but longer ones became unproportionally stressful. Putting this together, for optimal conditions (not always possible) have appointments of 2 hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on one week, and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday the next week. If all the "removal" procedures are performed within 30 days, chances are a bit better than if 60 days are required, and if you are having one filling a month replaced for financial reasons, forget it. You will probably feel no improvement. Save up for a year, then have it all done within 30 days.
In an effort to be concise, not all options are presented here. However, if you are not too mercury toxic, you may be able to get away with a more flexible removal schedule, and set up convenient appointments that will not compromise your immune system further. All in one day? Not advised for most folks. I did it personally because I am big and strong -- tough to boot. Would I try it again? No way.
Keep in mind that this does not address nor include replacement procedures. It seems to be the removal procedures that cause the noticeable immune challenges. If you have crowns prepared in January and wear temporary crowns until March when you are feeling better, no big deal.
New - Update!!! By using IV conscious sedation, one may have all removal procedures (amalgam, root canals, cavitations and crowns) done in one long 6 to 8 hour appointment without damage to the immune system. There are many advantages to having removal done this way, and it is ultra safe compared with using only local anesthetic. This is the greatest addition to the protocol in over 10 years.
Hal A. Huggins DDS, MS, is a leading pioneer and the world's foremost authority in identifying toxic dental materials, balancing body chemistry and developing a multi-disciplined approach to reversing autoimmune diseases.