Amalgam Removal Risks and Protocols.

I have 10 amalgams, I'm very cautious/concerned about the removal benefits, and risks. If I were trying to conceive within 18-24 months, I would NOT have even one mercury filling removed and absolutely not by a regular dentist. There is a big dump of stored mercury into blood circulation about 3-6 months after removal and again around a year, per my understanding.

Basically, the body "chelates" itself (into breastmilk, fetus, etc) during the first few months after mercury removal, and then your organs start to dump their mercury out and your blood levels go back up after mercury amalgam removal. Breastmilk is a natural detox pathway.

The issue is that the most mercury vapor exposure is during placement, and during removal. So, you must detox the vapor exposure by excreting the mercury, or storing the mercury. Plus, the mercury fillings leach mercury vapor every day, every meal, especially with hot liquids and chewing.

The body stores excess mercury, if we are not able to excrete it effectively. Some of us have poorer detox ability than others, this depends upon nutrient deficiencies to a large extent, also depends upon toxin exposure and genetics. So, you may have mercury stores from when the fillings were placed or from your mother's mercury load while pregnant with you. (adrenal, thyroid, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, candida, sacral dimple, tongue-tie, allergies, asthma, and mental health issues seem to be associated with poorer detox ability).

The excess mercury circulates in the body (during and after placement and removal) to be excreted (or stored in the organs, brain and gut). As the (daily) mercury exposure is lessened (after removal), old stored mercury is released into blood circulation for excretion.

Opening detox pathways with whole food nutrients is a priority, first. Otherwise the huge load of mercury exposure is more than the body can process and folks could end up with far worse health. Andy Cutler and IAOMT protocols are resources to research and study before considering amalgam removal. I have several friends who are NOT better for having their amalgams removed.

Cutler says that roughly 3-6 mos after removal, circulating metals go up, along with symptoms. Your body moves mercury around for a year or more after removal, and you don't want to be pregnant during that time. "
There is nothing you can do to speed that up." ( Page 52 of Amalgam Illness)

If you have optimized nutrients to excrete toxins well and have balanced microbials in the gut, I believe that the IOAMT mercury amalgam removal protocol could be done safely.

However, 40% of North Americans have impaired detoxification due to the MTHFR gene polymorphism and do not excrete toxins well. Those with effective detoxification systems probably are fine with the small daily exposures of mercury as the body naturally detoxifies all the time. If one has more than four mercury fillings or health issues, mercury removal and safe excretion of the toxins becomes much more complicated.

Wish I didn't have a mouthful of mercury. But, I expect they are going to remain. I'm focused on optimizing my detoxification system to handle the years of toxin exposure and stored toxins. I have friends who don't seem to have impaired detoxification systems remove amalgams and chelate according to the Andy Cutler protocol (around the clock!) for a couple of years and are doing well.

Everyone's situation varies, especially if one wants to try to conceive within 18 months, is pregnant or nursing.

Here are several threads discussing whether to remove or not remove amalgams:

The health issues that seem to cluster among people with mercury problems:

intermittent depression
adrenal problems slowly building all through this, may not recognize them
hypothyroidism (this is often reversible)

Other folks might have the more serious problems: fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue, MS. Cutler's book talks about various problems.

Chelating with ANY mercury fillings still present is seriously dangerous. Chelating products include those which mobilize mercury from stored locations into the blood circulation but do not bind it for safe excretion:
chlorella and coriander
(Alpha Lipoic Acid)
protein powder (cysteine),

If one has nutrient deficiencies of the major detoxification nutrients (zinc, magnesium, folate, B6, B12, biotin vit C, molybdenum, selenium, sulfate etc.) then the body just redeposits the mercury into the brain, organs, gut, fetus and breastmilk.

Here is more about Natural Detoxification:
More about Liver Detoxification:
Foods to Optimize Phase I & Phase II Detoxification:

Therefore, it is probably safer to conceive with the mercury fillings in place, than to conceive within 12-18 months within removal of the amalgams.

If I had known about the risk to my fetus, I would not have conceived with 10 mercury fillings present. Our son has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) behaviors. And I know I shared my mercury issues with him, as my mother did with me! We also have genetic variables (MTHFR gene polymorphism) which impairs detox of mercury though.

40% of the North American population has this MTHFR gene issue which doesn't utilize synthetic folic acid effectively for detoxification. Food folate is key. Food folate is present in beans, greens, legumes and liver.

Start at the beginning of this thread for more information.

Also,,76&q=102 (many helpful links)

Mercury amalgam fillings should be removed only by dentists with experience using the IOAMT mercury amalgam removal protocol.

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Comment by Pat Robinson on July 16, 2012 at 11:43pm

I'm out of town, on the way to Canada for two weeks. But, wanted to mention that we detox for 12-18 months after amalgam removals. There is a dump around 3 months and again about 12 months after removal. I've read that one should delay conception until 18 months after removal.

I'm not crazy about Cutler's chelation due to the chemicals used. But, definitely do not agree with Mercola and Klinghardt. And we can't actively chelate with mercury still present in the mouth.

Here is more info about the detox pathways. I don't agree with all of it either. :-) We each have to choose what we believe in and make our best path forward based upon that.

According to Cutler, cilantro has only one thiol bond, thus does not bind with mercury strongly to remove it from the body. He likes DMSA intead. Here are a bunch of Cutler's posts:

IMO, most N.D.'s are dangerously clueless about mercury chelation.


Comment by Catherine on July 17, 2012 at 11:59am

In the News!  

New study says that BPA in dental fillings might affect children's behavior, but the research couldn't prove that BPA caused the subtle changes.

IAOMT has the story on their site also.  They call the study relatively weak but raises some questions:

Comment by Pat Robinson on February 12, 2013 at 9:08am

There are concerns regarding iodine supplementation in the absence of adequate selenium due to the mobilization of mercury into blood circulation. Andy Cutler, author of "Amalgam Illness" also cautions about mobilizing mercury with iodine supplementation as it doesn't bind with (chelate) the circulating mercury. The mobilized mercury is just redeposited into brain, organs and gut, rather than effectively excreted.

Additionally, women with hypothyroid, especially Hashimoto's, are at increased risk of a hyperthyroid crisis when supplementing iodine.

Iodine-rich food sources such as sea vegetables are a natural way to consume iodine alongside co-nutrients needed. (Raw, grass-fed)cow’s milk, yogurt, mozzarella cheese, eggs and strawberries are good sources of iodine. Fish and shellfish can also be concentrated sources of iodine.

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