Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do all Mercury amalgams (Silver Fillings) Leak?
Perhaps a better term would be vaporize. Mercury vaporizes off the surface of amalgam fillings 24/7. Mercury also infuses into the pulp chamber of the tooth and enters the blood stream. The interaction of 5 metals constantly keeps amalgam giving off mercury as well as copper and other corrosion products (16 of them). Chewing food is but one way that mercury release in increased by hundreds up to thousands of percent. It has several different routes in which it can enter the body. None are healthful.
2. Why should I not have a ROOT CANAL done?
Root canals are recommended when a tooth has been fractured, or when decay has entered the nerve chamber and created much pain. Often the body calcifies the tooth membranes, and allows it to remain. Unusual as it sounds, the body does not like dead structures in it, and a healthy body will try to reject it. Pain requiring antibiotics and pain pills are frequently used until the immune system stops working in that area. Root canals produce toxins that can increase or create many autoimmune diseases.
3. Are implants considered a safe replacement for my teeth?
As Professor Doug Swartzendruber of the University of Colorado once said, "anything implanted into bone will create an autoimmune challenge. The only difference is the length of time it takes for a disease to appear." We have personally seen numerous diseases with an unknown origin that may have been created by implants. It is a popular dental treatment, but not recommended for people interested in maintaining the best health.
4. Are there symptoms and diseases that are related to dental materials and procedures?
There are dozens of diseases and hundreds of symptoms that have been related to various dental materials. Toxicity is not generally considered when manufacturing dental materials. Durability in the hostile environment of the mouth is of more concern. Mercury is a good example, as are copper, beryllium, zinc, nickel, root canals and cavitations.
5. Is laser treatment for cleaning of root canals and cavitations considered a safe treatment?
In both root canal sockets and cavitation linings, the big concern is the anaerobic bacteria. These are ones that live in the absence of oxygen. Botulism and gangrene are examples of anaerobic bacterial action. Bad bugs. If laser can kill all the bacteria, who is going to remove the dead bacteria, or the dead bone lining the sockets? There is no blood supply here. Laser only kills, does not clean debris. Other techniques are required to leave a clean area that can fill in with bone and new blood vessels.
6. Will having dentistry alone solve my problems?
Removal of toxic dental materials will cut off the supply of toxins, but that does nothing toward healing and repair. Balancing the body chemistry is required to supply the proper raw materials to bring about healing.
7. After starting my revision how soon should I get it completed?
Observations have shown that if all the removal procedures (this does not count placing crowns and bridges) are accomplished within less than 30 days, healing is good. The longer over 30 days the procedures take from the initial removal, the less positive response one can expect. Frequently, when more than 6 months lapse between start and finish, the patient may find that they are worse off than when they started.
8. Why is vitamin B-12 as a supplement or additive dangerous?
Many Universities have published articles on the ability of Vitamin B-12 to convert mercury vapor into the much more deadly "Methyl mercury". Methyl mercury knows no barriers, and creates far more havoc than other mercury chemicals, because of its ability to travel anywhere in the body without inhibitions. Sometimes the effects of high doses of Vitamin B-12 (over 50 micrograms) take months to correct.
9. What are my nutritional needs and requirements after being affected by mercury and root canal toxins?
We seek a client's "Ancestral Diet", or foods that the past 2000 years of ancestry that produced you. Your blood chemistry will divulge how much carbohydrate, protein and fat your specific body requires, as well as telling how well you digest these foods. In addition, blood tells us which supplementation (if any) that you need.
10. What is the first step for a dental revision?
As with any adventure, it is best if one becomes educated in the process and expectations that dental revision and balancing body chemistry would do for you. You cannot test drive the results, so you should familiarize yourself with these aspects through reading books, asking professionals in the business and talking to people who have been through the processes when they are available. Even though any mercury is damaging to adjacent tissues, search to see if your diseases and symptoms are similar to those seen to improve upon correcting your body chemistry and doing dental revision.
11. When and what should I do for detoxify?
Foremost, remember that Detoxification is Retoxification. We have seen disasters precipitated by over detoxification with too strong a medications and too large a dosage. Detoxification, or releasing mercury from stores in the body is no real trick. The secret is in elimination. Just because you have moved mercury from your arm bone to your brain does not mean you have detoxified properly.
12. I feel fine; do I really need to balance my body chemistry?
So often people say, "Why wasn't I told?" It is easy to avoid buying life insurance until the third engine of the airplane you are on stops. This is your choice. Want to avoid the problems we hear about daily, or strengthen your immune system now? Sort of pay now, or pay later - only later may be with a part of your life that you did not want to lose. Look over the diseases and symptoms. This could help you make your choice.
13. How do I know how much mercury is in my body?
This is tough. Cremation is about the only accurate method, but, it really does not matter. You will never get it all out, and that that is in storage is not bothering as much as that that is in circulation. The answer is to have mercury going out of the body just a few micrograms faster than it is coming in. We are all exposed to mercury daily in air, food and water. We excrete in sweat, urine and feces. Maintaining the balance in favor of more excretion than intake will keep you feeling good, and keep your chemistry looking good. Textbooks say the body has 13 milligrams in it. We have known of several people who went on doctor controlled fasts and eliminated a quarter cup of mercury rectally at one time. That is pounds, not thousandths of a gram.
14. Why do I need supplements and why your supplements?
Most people have chemical imbalances as seen from blood and hair analysis. The best diet in the world will give them the same imbalances, just at a higher level. The real purpose of supplementation is to create the opposite imbalance from what the client has, so that the combination of extra supplementation for deficiencies and corrective supplementation to bring down high levels can create a good balance. Matrix supplements were formulated by watching human chemistries versus dosages such that corrections are more predictable. With 5 different routes of absorption for each mineral (thus the name 'matrix'), low dosages can bring about proper and predictable corrections. Overdoses are just as bothersome as under-doses. The old wives tale about taking large doses being OK, because the body just eliminates what it does not need, does not hold true when you continually monitor people taking supplements.
15. Why is it important to choose Huggins protocol when it comes to dental revision?
There are many mistakes which can be made in balancing body chemistry and removing dental fillings. Huggins made many of these mistakes in the 1960's, and avoids those errors today. The current Protocol is a combination of using what works, and avoiding what harms. Remember, 63% of the people who just have fillings replaced randomly end up with symptoms or diseases that they did not have prior to filling removal. Try not to make the figure 64%. Become educated and select a trained dentist.
16. Can my dentist follow Huggins protocol?
Your dentist can take the training and follow the Protocol. This protocol is not taught in dental school, for schools teach that mercury is safe in the mouth, root canals are "Preventive dentistry", and that cavitations do not exist. By not following the Protocol, a dentist is apt to make the mistakes that Huggins made back in the 60's. Others can learn by his experience.
17. What are considered safe materials and do they have to be metal free?
"Safe" dental materials are those that do not produce toxins, and do not react adversely to your immune system. A special blood test can determine which dental materials react with your personal immune system, and which ones do not. Dental materials that create what are called "antigen-antibody complexes" are forming clogging particles that can get lodged in your kidney, lungs, heart or brain. These blockages of proper blood flow through critical organs can create problems that you may not want. Some metals are toxic in any form, like mercury, while others, like calcium or titanium, may not create a toxic reaction in your body. Blood tests (compatibility testing) will tell the story.
18. Are there any auxiliary therapies that I should follow?
Many auxiliary therapies can be helpful in regenerating the toxic injured body. Some of these are called "body disciplines". Acupressure has been especially helpful in people with neurological diseases. Acupuncture also. Trager, massage, Feldenkrais, and reflexology have their places also. Each has something to offer that can be seen in the blood chemistry. Intravenous Vitamin C is a major assistance post dental as well as during dental procedures. Again, each should be evaluated individually.
19. Are there any health issues that I have to be aware of before I have my dental revision?
Perhaps a better question would be are there any health issues you have that your doctor should know about. Yes, there are medications that people take that might alter the doctors decision as to which procedures to use and which to avoid. Be totally honest with your physician and dentist about any conditions that you may have.
20. Is 'Candida' related to my amalgams (silver fillings)?
Strangely enough, Candida is there to save your life. It changes methyl mercury to a less toxic (but still toxic) form. Bacteria change it back to methyl mercury, and the system goes back and forth. If Candida were eliminated while you have amalgam in your mouth, your health will not be as good as if it were there protecting you. Complex, but yes, there is a relationship.
21. Should I begin a nutritional or a detoxification program before I have my dental revision?
Detoxification is a good idea, if done properly. Which means, please do not overdo it with drugs that are too strong for your condition. To a certain extent, it is like drying off while you are standing in the shower. It may not hurt anything, but, if you eliminate an atom of mercury that will be replaced in less than a second, you have not gained much. It is more beneficial if designed into a total program.
22. Should I remove my root canals or have my amalgams removed if I have to choose between the two?
This is like saying, should I have the left or right wheel of my airplane on the runway when landing? You are begging for a crash, and will likely have your wish granted.
23. What is the alliance?
These are dedicated dentists who have promised to follow as much of Huggins' Protocol as they can on patients we refer. When with their own patients, they may do what they like, but for referral patients they will do as much as possible. Not everyone has the equipment or personnel to do everything in the Protocol, but they will be far closer to the original suggestions than an untrained dentist. They are crossing swords with their parent American dental association by suggesting that mercury and root canals "might" be harmful (the trigger for the ADA to file sanctions against them), so be kind to them. They are sticking their professional necks out for your health.
24. Is it safe to go to another country for dentistry?
That depends. The finest dentist in the world that I know is in Rio de Janeiro. Second best is in Germany, both of which are long since retired. Some of the worst are in the United States. Third world countries charge very little, but that is what you generally get. One of the Mexican clinics I attend for training has very high quality dentists, yet in the same town there are cheaper dentists who generally do more harm than good. The United States had high standards and high requirements for education of dentists up until about 20 years ago. Their training is far sub to what it used to be, so the answer is more directed to the age, experience, dedication to patient health, and post doctoral training of the dentist than to the country. This is why we take the time to train our alliance dentists to a quality that is definitely superior.
25. Will my insurance cover the procedures?
If insurance companies covered the cost of amalgam removal, they would be admitting that mercury is poisonous to patients. That would mean that they would have to pay to remove everyone's amalgams, and that cost would be enough to break even the largest of insurance companies. Remember, what are insurance companies in business for?