For as long as I can remember, I was dogged by that commonly crippling affliction known as dental phobia. Paradoxically, this tended to result in a foolish neglect of my teeth and inevitably meant that the need for dental treatment became unavoidable and was always torturously extensive. It was when I began my training as a hypnotherapist that I learned how to transform that fear into something entirely manageable.
Some time ago, I noticed that one of my many amalgam fillings had a crack the size of the San Andreas Fault so, supported by my smug awareness that ‘I can do the dentist’, I headed off for the emergency dental appointment. With all my phobia management techniques firmly in place, I sat in the chair taking deep, relaxing breaths while the dentist selected his sharpest (it seemed to me) instrument to assess the depth of the crack. Once he’d established that the fissure was not actually causing me any physical discomfort, he told me that it was not an emergency so I should make another appointment and come back.
So now, here’s a mixture of relief and concern, as I recalled a colleague once telling me of the dangers of amalgam fillings and potential mercury poisoning. My dentist seemed unconcerned, though I couldn’t get the thought from my mind.
When I got home, I booted up the google engine and did some checking. What I found is that, as always with the internet, there is a whole raft of information and misinformation out there. However, my attention was caught by this:
I guess that until there is a unified position from all the so-called health watchdogs, it’s up to us to make our own minds up based on how we feel. In my personal case, I’d become aware of a general malaise that’d been around me for a couple of weeks and it seemed plausible that I could be becoming toxic. I was getting headaches and nausea and I also felt as though my eyesight was weaker. Eventually, after much searching, I found a dentist who would safely remove the offending filling and replace it with a clean, safe alternative. Since the treatment, my headaches have stopped. The nausea has lessened and is continuing to do so. The amalgam replacement cost me £200 and, despite being a national health dental patient, I want to tell you that it’s just about the best £200 I’ve ever spent.
If dental amalgam is of concern to you, find out as much as you can about it and search for a dentist that can safely remove it. I was prepared to travel to Portsmouth to Cathedral Dental Practice as they came highly recommended.
I also found this to be very interesting http://www.klinghardtacademy.com/images/stories/neurotoxin/NeurotoxinProtocol_Jan06.pdf