Good News and Bad News
First the good news: Each month I read several newsletters on nutrition and natural health. This month’s neurological journal describes research at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia concerning a promising treatment for Parkinson’s. While somewhat effective in the short term, drugs don’t necessarily protect or repair the damaged neurons that produce dopamine which seems to be deficient in Parkinson’s patients. Patients were divided into two groups.
The first group received the combination of oral and IV N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), a naturally occurring amino acid. The second group, the control patients, received only their standard pharmaceutical care. After 90 days, those patients receiving the NAC STOPPED PROGRESSING. Dopamine transport binding improved an average of 7% and brain scans improved by 13%. Researchers commented that never before had they seen this kind of effect in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s sufferers should discuss NAC therapy with their doctors. NAC is a true game changer. The body converts NAC into glutathione one of the most powerful antioxidants and detoxifier’s known. Research shows that it slows the aging process in general by protecting brain and nervous tissue. Loss of glutathione is an early indicator in the brains of Parkinson’s as well as Alzheimer’s patients.
Now the bad news: New research published in the Journal of Neuroimmunology demonstrates an increased release of mercury from dental amalgam fillings caused by exposure to common electromagnetic fields. Energy from MRI scans, cell phones, Wi-Fi signals and even computer monitors, greatly amplify the release of toxic Mercury vapor from silver amalgam fillings. Silver fillings are 50% elemental mercury, which is extremely neurotoxic (destroys nervous tissue).
For years it was assumed that the Mercury in such fillings was inert. But there’s mounting evidence proving that mercury vapor is released from such fillings. Mercury is considered by toxicologists to be one of the most poisonous naturally occurring substances on earth. When one considers that the fillings are in close proximity to the brain, it’s not surprising that there is a direct correlation between brain levels of mercury and the number of amalgam fillings. One study showed people with eight or more amalgam fillings suffered a 150% increase in Mercury vapor release.
Autopsies on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients showed an increase in Mercury levels in brain tissue. Levels were correlated to the number of amalgam fillings. The connection between exposure to mercury and degenerative diseases of the nervous system is strong.
It’s critical to note that two age groups were found to be at the highest risk for Mercury absorption from dental amalgams: women of childbearing age and children between the ages of six and nine. It is the developing child’s brain that is most at risk. We are exposed to mercury from vaccines with added Mercury as well as seafood but it appears that dental amalgam is the major source. Of course there are other factors besides Mercury implicated in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It’s not as simple as… You get a filling, you get Parkinson’s. It’s much more complex than that. The widespread use of pesticides, which are neurotoxic, have been universally implicated in the development of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Nutrition plays a major role in protecting the brain from injury, including mercury toxicity. Selenium, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Magnesium, CoQ10, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, a quality multivitamin and of course NAC, offer high levels of protection. But from this dentist’s point of view, no one nowadays should ever have their teeth repaired with amalgam/silver fillings. Stay well…Dr Bill Ardito – Sunshine Dentistry AZ