Written by Hal A. Huggins, DDS, MS
For over two decades we have noted improvements in people's digestive problems after total dental revision. The word "indigestion" is sort of a generic term. It can encompass everything from one's occasional overdone appetite preferences to the ability to break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It can also refer to how one absorbs these molecules after they are broken down and to results of incomplete digestion that leads to diarrhea and constipation. All of these functions can be influenced by mercury.
Where do digestive problems come from? Let's start in the mouth. The act of chewing stimulates the release of saliva, which contains certain enzymes that initiate carbohydrate metabolism. The better you chew, the better your digestion is a common statement and it is true --- except when you have amalgam in your mouth. As chewing stimulates the release of salivary enzymes, it simultaneously stimulates the release of mercury from your fillings. Mercury mixes with the food and goes down the digestive tract with it.
In the stomach mercury from fillings can mix with hydrochloric acid and produce mercuric chloride. This chemical can damage the stomach lining, paving the way for nervous stomach and ulcers in those people genetically predisposed to those conditions.
There are multiple types of bacteria in the stomach and intestinal tract that aid in our digestion. These are frequently called "friendly bacteria". These are the bacteria we try to fortify in our system when we eat buttermilk, yogurt and take acidophilus capsules from the drug store. Mercury can kill many of these bacteria just by touching them. That does not eliminate the mercury, for it can move on and kill other bacteria. Probably worse, mercury can cause a change in the bacteria, called a pleomorphic change, in which the form and function of the bacteria is altered. This may perform a good deed, or bad deed, depending upon the result. Most often it is a bad deed, for the body had taken some time in creating the balance of bacterial flora that it felt was needed for your particular eating and dining habits.
When the number of altered bacteria exceeds the normal bacteria, the body can initiate action against them. This is called diarrhea. Its purpose is to eliminate the bad bugs and recolonize. With mercury still present, this is impossible, for there is a minute-by-minute supply of mercury in the saliva and big doses when eating or gum chewing is taking place.
After several years of trying to correct, the situation becomes overwhelming and the result is constipation. In many people there is a time of intermittent diarrhea and constipation.
What to do? First the protocol of removing offending substances from the mouth should be done. Then dietary alterations governed by the blood chemistries can be instituted. These dietary changes will probably have to be monitored by observing your blood chemistry over the period of a year or so, due to the changes in requirements that may appear as the body heals. Your body can take over digestion in its original natural way. Less and less external aid may have to be supplied as you improve.
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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.