Amalgam poisoning – causes, symptoms and removal of amalgam as therapy
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What is an amalgam poisoning??
The term amalgam poisoning summarizes signs of poisoning that are closely related to the heavy metal mixture amalgam. This unsuitable filling material is found in the human body in the form of amalgam fillings. In addition to mercury, these contain other heavy metals such as silver, zinc, copper and tin.
How does an amalgam poisoning develop??
Amalgam fillings are increasingly dissolving over time. The heavy metals they contain enter the body and may cause amalgam poisoning there. Removing caries under an existing amalgam filling will also release traces of amalgam. Amalgam poisoning often affects children and women. Younger people are generally more sensitive to heavy metals than older people. Because of these risks, a ban on amalgam is repeatedly discussed.
What are the symptoms of amalgam poisoning??
The first symptoms of amalgam poisoning often do not occur until several years after the introduction of the dental fillings. The nonspecific signs are rarely associated with the amalgam. At the beginning of the poisoning manifests itself for example in the form of a headache or increased susceptibility to colds.
How does an amalgam poisoning go??
The course of an amalgam poisoning depends not least on its severity. A very slight expression may under certain circumstances not be felt. Those affected do not feel sick, but occasionally suffer from tiredness. Symptoms such as tiredness, headache and jaw pain, photophobia, appetite disorders and depressive moods are more common as the disease progresses.
High heavy metal loads can be accompanied by enormous exhaustion, twilight states, balance disorders, dizziness and respiratory problems.
Acute or chronic hyperventilation, muscle tremors and cramping are also signs of severe amalgam poisoning such as emotional distress, metal taste in the mouth, chronic diarrhea, blurred vision and muscle pain. Also, weight loss, joint pain, general restlessness and anxiety can often be attributed to an amalgam poisoning.
How to prove an amalgam poisoning?
A clear diagnosis of amalgam poisoning is often only comparatively late due to ambiguous symptoms. A suspected diagnosis can be made, for example, based on existing amalgam fillings with the simultaneous occurrence of characteristic clinical pictures. To check this suspicion, it may be advisable to replace the fillings and see if this will affect the existing symptoms.
Simple blood and urine tests do not lead to poisoning with amalgam. In the blood, the heavy metal mixture is detectable only immediately after the insertion or drilling out of the amalgam fillings. Subsequently, it deposits in the organs, especially in the kidneys and liver.
In the natural way, mercury is hardly excreted. Therefore, even in heavily loaded patients find maximum light traces of amalgam in the urine.
Provocation test detects amalgam in the organs
Clarification can be provided by a provocation test using the complexing agent DMPS (2,3-dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid), which is injected intravenously into the patient. It releases the heavy metal from the liver and kidneys, so that these metals can be detected in the urine for a certain amount of time. Another way to detect mercury, offers a saliva test. The mercury content in saliva is determined before and after the chewing of chewing gum. The saliva test also gives an indication of the quality of the fillings.
Whether a patient is generally allergic to amalgam can be determined, for example, with a patch test. For this purpose, patches of amalgam and various mercury compounds are stuck to his back. If there is an allergy to the respective substance, the skin reddens after a few days under the patches.
What are the treatment steps in case of amalgam poisoning??
Usually, the treatment of amalgam poisoning begins with the amalgam removal from the body. That is, the amalgam fillings are replaced by other fillers. Although a therapy of the symptoms is also possible with medication, the cause of the poisoning is as little remedied as the accumulation of heavy metals in the organs. Therefore, the treatment success of exclusively medical treatment in most cases is short-lived. After removal of the amalgam fillings, more treatment steps are necessary for the detoxification of the body.
For this purpose, different treatment concepts have been established, which include both orthodox medical and alternative medical procedures. The therapeutic success of amalgam removal can not be achieved by just one treatment. Usually several treatment phases are required.
How can I prevent amalgam poisoning??
The best precautionary measure against amalgam poisoning consists in a waiver of appropriate dental fillings. Alternatively, fillings such as ceramic, plastic or gold can be used.
The early replacement of existing amalgam fillings in the context of a so-called amalgam removal can prevent the emergence or progression of poisoning by amalgam or the heavy metals contained therein.
There is currently no scientific evidence that amalgam fillings are associated with an increased health risk. Although health hazards are rare and rare, amalgam is still more restrained today. For pregnant women, breastfeeding, infants, people with impaired kidney function, and people allergic to mercury, the Federal Department of Health estimates amalgam as potentially harmful.
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