There are three recognized methods for checking if your dentist did his job properly. Did he really get all that amalgam out? Or did he leave a bit behind? I found a fourth way and discovered that my dentist left a scrap behind under a filling. That small chunk is what has been holding back my chelation and what kept my chelator dose so low for so many years. I am very happy I finally discovered that tiny nugget; now everything is easier.
The mercury toxic world is awash with people trying to figure out if they have a hidden or left-behind bit of amalgam still in their mouths. There are many people struggling on the chelation road wondering if anything got missed. I have always wondered why my chelation was so slow, but how to double and triple check your amalgam free status? We all know that every single scrap of amalgam must be removed before chelation (mercury detox) can begin. If you don’t get all amalgam out, the chelation supplements will pull the mercury from the amalgam filling and flush it around the body causing all hell to break loose. Also, the body needs the constant drip, drip, drip mercury tap to be turned off before it can relax and unload its mercury burden.
- Look: The first way to check is free, easy and obvious: You open your eyes and have a good look in the mirror at your own teeth. Use a torch if needed. Can you see any metal in there? Over time amalgams shift in colour from silver to bronze and then black for the oldest. Can you see any darkness within a tooth? Seems odd to suggest this, but many people don’t think to check in this simple way. Maybe they assumed that was their dentist’s job?
- X-Ray: Get your teeth X-rayed and the amalgam will show up clear. It’s a bright white, sharp blob, or smear, or shard, or fleck, or speck. Use Bite wing X-rays. They have the needed resolution for specks of amalgam. Note that amalgam can NOT be seen under gold crowns, porcelain over stainless crowns, or other metal crowns because they are metal too. If you are having crowns replaced to check under them, beg or pay for Bite wings before the new crown is re-fitted to make absolutely sure every last bit of amalgam is gone, that’s before placing the $/£2000+ new crown in there. Bear in mind crown removal can result in the loss of a root canaled tooth. IMHO that can only be a good thing, but that’s a whole other story. For second opinions you will need to get copies of the x-rays and post them on your favourite mercury forum/social network site. Just ask, they are your teeth, you pay for the X-rays and the forums provide free additional peace of mind.
- Panoramic X-Ray: The panoramic X-ray will not find the little specks of amalgam or gum deposits that are more concentrated than amalgam tattoos. It will give a general overview of metal in the mouth. You can also check for cavitations. All metal crowns and pins will show up bright white. Amalgam tattoos of the gum are a dead giveaway that the tooth nearby had or has amalgam. Its slightly more specialist and you might have to hunt around a bit for a dentist that can oblige, but it’s relatively easy once you put your mind to it. This is my happy smiley face.
Obviously, I did all that years ago and assumed I was amalgam free. But my chelation progress has been slow, odd and tricky. I am one of those people that can only handle a teeny tiny chelator dose. I am a Low-Doser. Initial starting dose on the Cutler Protocol is 12.5mg of either DMSA, ALA or DMPS. As the number of rounds progresses you gradually increase the dose in line with what your body can cope with. Target dose is 200mg ALA.
After nine years and 89 rounds of chelation, my dosage slipped down to a measly 2.5mg ALA only. Anything higher hurt and hurt hard. It was not a question of toughing anything out. Chelation at 2.5mg ALA was fine, but at higher doses was brutal and totally out the question. There are lots of theories and stories of people ‘pushing through’ but that never happened to me. Although my health massive improved, something was still wrong and my chelation dose remained super-suspiciously low. Actually, I have known something was wrong from the word go. I mean since I started chelation 10 years ago back in 2007. I even discussed it in my book in some depth: ‘The Mercury Diaries’. I have looked underneath a lot of stones on my travels since then, searching for an answer. I finally found another way to check for hidden amalgam:
4) Kinesiology is the fourth method I found to check for hidden amalgam. What on earth is Kinesiology?
“Kinesiology aims to remove any interference to normal nerve and muscle function so that patients are as strong and robust as humanly possible.”
Loads of people make their livings treating people with Kinesiology, it’s their full-time job and every city in the world has their practitioners. I live out in the countryside in the middle of nowhere and there are four practitioners within 30 minutes’ drive of my home. So just because you have never heard of it, don’t mean anything. The world is full of new and funky things to discover!
I have used muscle testing myself for years to test the suitability of my supplements and for diagnosing problems. Maybe it could be used to check if my teeth had any amalgam still in them? I thought it best to use a professional kinesiologist for something like this. I decided to get the testing done whilst I was on a chelation round, whilst I definitely had mercury whizzing around my system. I decided to get it done by three independent kinesiologists, all on the same day, obviously without telling them that I would be cross-checking their work.
I booked the appointments and started the chelation round at the appropriate time and went off see the three muscle testers. The first two both found, independently, that my upper-right-six was giving out weak signs. Muscle testing cannot say specifically what is wrong, all it can do is show if there is a problem, or not. The third muscle tester refused to put his fingers in my mouth and obviously had no experience in this area. A good lesson here: always check beforehand
Next, I went to my dentist and arranged to get that upper-right-six filling lifted, removed and checked underneath. I need to go into a little detail about this exchange because it’s important to understand what we are dealing with here: ignorance and dental-bullshit.
First I’d like to say my dentist is holistic, awesome, mega expensive and fully booked up in advance. She has a PhD in dentistry, is a member of the ITI, the IAOMT, BSSCMD, DGZH, BDA and GDC. What I am saying is, she should know her stuff. She is not some provincial fool just beavering away. She is caring and cool and totally on top of the whole holistic dentistry lifestyle 21st-century thang.
“Hi Kathrin, great to see you again.”
“Hello Daniel, good to see you too. So we are lifting the upper right six filling, correct?”
“Err yes, please.” I’m kinda hesitant here because I need to ask a tricky question.
“Right, I understand you want to check, but still it is unlikely there will be anything under there. We have the x-rays and the panoramic too which show nothing. Peter was very thorough. It might just be some decay, maybe it needs a filling?” (Peter Mendelsohn was my previous dentist. He removed my amalgams nine years ago. He has since retired and died of cancer. R.I.P. He was a good man. He was totally mercury toxic.)
“Yes that is correct, but still, I want it checked.”
“Ok fine. We will check it. We’ll use the rubber dam and all the usual amalgam removal protocols, just in case.”
“Goodo. Just one thing I need to ask. I need to see the gap once you have removed the filling.”
“And err; I need to know if there is anything there. I mean anything at all. No matter how small, I totally need to be 100pct cast-iron guaranteed sure it’s clear, or not clear, or anything at all. I need to know without a shadow of doubt.” Phew, there, I’d said it. Always slightly embarrassing questioning a professional’s methods and ethics! But fuck it! I need to know and I don’t care how insulted or offended anyone gets. I am paying for after all.
“Daniel! Do you really think I wouldn’t tell you?” Kathrin gives me the shocked-professional-nose-outta-shape-cheeky-smile look.
There, I knew she’d get offended. “I just need to know for sure. As you know my mouth has caused me a whole heap of hassles over the years.
“Ok, well, I am pleased to report there is no mercury there. No amalgam at all. All clear.”
“Oh, that is good news. Let’s have a look-see. ”
It’s all mod cons here and she has a picture of my tooth with the filling drilled out:
“There is a bit of decay, here, looks s-shaped. And that black blob just below and to the left is a silver stain.”
“Silver stain?” Massive alarm bells trigger.
“It’s just a silver stain.”
“Silver? Stain? What do you mean?” Warning sirens wail.
“Like silver tarnish. Like silver candlesticks that need to be cleaned of black tarnish.”
“Silver? Stain? In my mouth?” I’ve never heard of silver stains before. Strobe lights are now flashing in sync with the sirens.
“Yes, it’s just a bit of silver tarnish, from the amalgam, that stained the tooth.”
“So there is a bit of amalgam left in my mouth?”
“No, no, no. It’s just a silver stain, from the silver. Amalgam fillings are made with all different metals including silver. I guarantee you it’s not mercury.”
“But, what? How can that be? If the silver came from the amalgam, how can it not be amalgam?”
“It’s not amalgam. It’s not mercury. What happens when there is a lot of decay, a big hole that’s close to the root, maybe the dentist doesn’t want to drill any deeper, get too close to the root, because if the root is touched the tooth will die. So they leave the stain. It’s just a stain from the silver in the amalgam filling.”
“So because that hole was big, Peter didn’t want to get too close to the root and he left the silver stain in there?”
“Yes. But it’s not mercury. I assure you it’s not.”
“But, how can it not be mercury? The silver from the amalgam left a stain on my tooth, so how do we know there is no mercury in it?” Sounds like utter bullshit to me. Admittedly I’ve never heard of silver stains before, but come on, seriously? Deep scepticism is written all over my shocked and anxious face.
“Well, nobody really knows for sure. No studies have been done. It’s common and normal for dentists to leave silver stains behind.”
“Common!” My eyes leap wide, brows furrow and I crinkle my nose up in disbelief. I am seriously unimpressed by this revelation: common?
“I promise you, it’s not mercury. It’s just a stain from the silver. I’ll remove it now.” And she did just that.
She guaranteed me three times. I specifically asked in various ways and three times she said it was not mercury. To remind you, she is a super top London holistic dentist and a member of all those dental organisations which specialise in mercury-free dentistry and amalgam removal. This is what our top dentists think. They think this ‘silver stain’ does not contain mercury. I mean, really? Really?
The stain did not show up on my x-rays. Should it have? When mercury leaks from an amalgam filling, it’s not great chunks flaking off. No, the mercury escapes as a vapour, as smoke. We are talking atoms, micron’s, molecules; mercury at the microscopic level. Hardly a surprise it does not show up on an X-ray.
I went home and jumped on google and got researching silver stains and I found nothing, nothing at all. I didn’t search for hours and hours but that doesn’t really matter. What matters is what actually happened to me afterwards.
I have to be extremely careful when I work-out because if I go even a fraction too far, always I pull a muscle. So my yoga practices are very slow and controlled and I don’t push my edges because I always get injured if I do, particularly my back and hamstrings.
Over the next month my body changed. My muscles were still tight, but I stopped getting injured. My yoga practice went from once or twice a week, to daily. Now the silver stain was removed I had the energy, power, flexibility and stamina to practice every single day. For me this a GIGANTIC flashing sign and signal that something mega good has happened
Next, my chelation. I have done 12 rounds since I became ‘silver-stain free’. I have doubled my dose with no problems. I have extended the length of my rounds too and for the first time in 101 rounds, I did a five-day round with no troubles. I am pretty cautious with chelation because of problems in the past. I could increase the dose to 7.5mg or maybe 10mg ALA but I’d rather chelate at a totally manageable dose rather than push it. I have a LONG way to go before I get to 200mg ALA and I’ll push it once I can actually raise my dose significantly. For me, the change is clear and obvious. Going silver-stain free changed everything.
Now, remember I have done 89 Cutler chelation rounds whilst I still had amalgam in my mouth in the form of a silver stain, so god knows what that’s done, but I know caution is the better part of valour, so I will be taking my chelation slow and easy. I feel truly lucky I used the Cutler Protocol to chelate. Lucky I tailored my chelator dosage to my manageable levels and didn’t blow my brains out with large dosage, infrequent chelation. Even after all this time, I still feel like I dodged a bullet on that one.
Next: Dumping. The dumping phase of mercury poisoning can be pretty horrific. This sometimes happens 3-6 months after becoming amalgam-free, when the body finally understands the tap of drip, drip, dripping mercury has been turned off. The body then dumps its load of mercury and people can get pretty sick. It lasts 6-12 months-ish. I am not suffering too badly, but I have to say I have had to be totally on top of my game this past year. My digestion is properly having a bad one. I am gluten free, dairy free, thiol-free, alcohol-free, sugar-free (refined and unrefined) and my gut does not like any deviations from that. I am skinny as fuck again and can’t gain any weight. My hyperglycemia has got nasty and I have high blood pressure which refuses to budge no matter what I do.
All of which, I hope, is my mercury dumping phase. Yes, I hope it’s the dumping phase. It’s not that bad at all. I led a very normal and happy life out here in the countryside and if this is the dumping phase, then I’ll take it any day of the week. I know they can get significantly worse than this. And I know it will pass, as it always passes. Dumping phases last 6-12 months and once out the other side I will have dumped a load of mercury, chelation will be easier and life will be better.
“Last time I was here, you categorically assured me the silver stain we found on my upper-right-six tooth w as not amalgam. Well, it’s six months later and I’m here today to tell you that I can categorically assure you one hundred percent that those silver stains did contain mercury. I know that and I can assure you of that because my body works better, I have finally been able to increase my chelator dosage and I seem to be suffering from a mild dumping phase.
“I just wanted you to know.
“And it wasn’t Peter either. It was the fine fellow that did unsafe amalgam removal on me. So as well as unsafe, unprotected amalgam removal, he didn’t even get it all out. Brilliant eh!”
Kathrin took that on board, serviced me, and I moved on with life.
Some months later I did a live radio broadcast talking about mercury poisoning. It was a two-hour show and Kathrin called in to ask questions and discuss mercury toxicity and dentistry. The silver stains came up and, live-on-air, she told me that she had investigated my silver stains experience and found that low and behold, yes, there is mercury in silver stains. Some research had been done and I had been discussed in one of her I AOMT meetings. Pity she had no research information, nor link for me to read and share. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cafeesotericaradio/2017/10/05/cafe-esoterica-radio-shawn-m-cohen-guest-mercury-diaries-author-daniel-forsyth
I have no problem is massively recommending Kathrin Huzelmann from http://www.carnabystreetdentist.co.uk/ She is a cut above the rest, listens and actually acts. Top-notch lady, top-notch dentistry.
Today it’s 2018 and this silver stain information seems to be in its infancy. How many other people have silver stains impeding their progress? Nobody knows. Nobody knows. Nobody knows. But I know how you can check if you have silver stains, and if they are stressing your body: Muscle testing/Kinesiology. It’s right there to be investigated. My appointments with my muscle testers cost £50 for 30 mins and £75 for an hour. That’s about $70-100-125 USDollars. That’s nothing in the grand scheme of things. Nothing compared to how much amalgam removal costs. Nothing compared to all the other protocols and whatnot we have to investigate. Nothing compared to easier chelation. Nothing compared to better health. Just Google search “Kinesiology near me’ and take it from there.
My muscle tester is Simon King. He works in England, just north of the M25 in Berkhamsted here: https://naturality.org.uk/ But I’m sure you can find your own muscle testers near you as they are pretty common these days.
Simon runs an organization called the Association of Afferent Input Practitioners. Members have been trained to use muscle testing to assess the effects of metal in the mouth, including amalgam, crowns, bridges and retainers. There is a directory of practitioners here http://members.afferentinput.org/directory/ But almost all kinesioogists should be able to check your teeth for probelms.
Simon wrote a really cool book too which is freely available online at http://live-without-pain.com Lots about how mercury drastically upsets the body.
Another outside possibility is the spot of decay on the tooth (the s-shaped mark on the pic) which could be a factor. The teeth are connected to the body’s meridian pathways after all. Any defilement on a tooth has strange and unexpected consequences around the body. I know decay on a tooth will be an issue, but all my money is on the silver stain having mercury embedded in it. In my opinion, the doubling of the chelation dose, the easing of chelation, is the most significant factor pointing to mercury in the silver stain. But, even if it is ‘only’ the removal of the decay that caused my improvements, my dentist and my X-rays did not see the problem. Kinesiology did and that gave me knowledge and enabled me to take positive action.
In my professional opinion, all low-dosers, I mean all people that struggle with their chelation dosages, should check this out. It’s more about being organised and finding the time, than the money because muscle testing is cheap as chips. Silver stains did NOT show up on my X-Rays, or my Panoramic X-Ray.
One final thing: You do not need to be on a chelation round to check if your teeth have mercury in them. Kinesiology can easily pick it up, on or off a chelation round. And do pre-check with the muscle tester what you want them to check. If you can muscle test yourself already, you can do it right here and right now. Touch each tooth individually and muscle test. But I’d seek out the professionals in any case, just to be sure.
That’s all folks!
Daniel Forsyth is the author of ‘The Mercury Diaries’ available on Amazon and all online book stores.
Note: A special thanks to Brian Mcblain and Simon King for their expert help in researching this article.