Many years ago I made a huge mistake that cost me years of my life. As a result to this decision I made, my brain fog was unprecedented, my fatigue was crippling, my relationships wained due to unpredictable health status on the daily, and my family was feeling the effects of “mom not feeling well”, ever. What was that fatal decision? On a whim, I decided to get a silver filling removed while getting a cleaning by a new dentist. Dr Dentist told me I had a broken filling and it needed replacement. “Would you like to have your filling replaced now?” At that time, I had heard of amalgams being toxic, so I thought, “What the heck, let’s get her removed. What is the worst that could happen?” Years later I am still paying for that fatal and uninformed decision.
The dentist conducting this procedure was not trained in safe amalgam removal what so ever. Due to the doctor not having the education of a safe removal protocol in place, upon removal, I was exposed to significant amounts of mercury vapors that were detrimental to my health. I cringe to think that I laid there as he drilled out the mercury and other heavy metals from my tooth and the vapors just flew and were absorbed into my system. Not a single precaution was made. I immediately entered a health crisis. I became sick with the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, began to have hair loss, experienced extreme fatigue, and slowly increased in weight regardless of efforts due to my sudden metal overload.
“I immediately entered a health crisis. I became sick with the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, began to have hair loss, experienced extreme fatigue, and slowly increased in weight regardless of efforts due to my sudden metal overload.”
Not only is mercury vapor known to be released from dental mercury amalgam fillings at higher rates during brushing, cleaning, clenching of teeth, and chewing, it is the most toxic upon removal. When I had that one filling removed years ago, I was exposed to significant amounts of mercury vapors. All dental amalgam restorations contain approximately 50% mercury, and reports and research are consistent that these fillings emit mercury vapors. Scientific research demonstrates that dental mercury amalgam exposes dental professionals, dental staff, dental patients, and fetuses to releases of mercury vapor, mercury-containing particulate, and/or other forms of mercury contamination. etc. and mercury is also known to be released during the placement, replacement, and removal of dental mercury amalgam fillings. Bottomline, unsafe amalgam removal process releases mercury vapor and particles that can be harmful to the patient, the dentist, the dental staff, and the environment. This is why I am writing this 3 part series on amalgam removal: Part 1: Safe Amalgam Removal, Part 2: Detoxification Before and After Removal (this article), and Part 3: The Dangers of Heavy Metal Toxicity.
In Part 1, we discussed what a biological dentist was and the necessity of obtaining one when it not only comes to amalgam removal, but to total health. We listed the protocol to discuss with your biological dentist to help you decide who was best for you. Hiring the right biological dentist is key and is as important as the preparation you do before the removal and support you do after removal. Preparation before the removal allows the detoxification pathways to be optimized, open and ready for the detoxification that is required post removal. We are in special OPS mode and are going to go into super detail in this article, but here is an easy way to remember the steps to keep you safe and supported the entire way through the amalgam removal process: OPS (Open Pathways, Protect During, and Support and Detox After)
Removing amalgams safely is priority, but even this important step does not mean you are free from heavy metals, specifically mercury. Mercury has slowly been released ever since it was placed in your mouth. Could that be years? Decades? It has has been stored in your fatty tissues and we need to open up your detoxification pathways to get them out. And this is no sprint. It can take up to 18 years for the body to clean out half the mercury naturally from the body once the amalgam fillings are removed. It is a marathon worth running. Especially if you are willing to give your right arm to feel better.
Once you have resourced a biological dentist, reviewed proper protocols with him/her, and have decided he/she is the one, preparation begins. Allow at least two weeks prior to your appointment for this preparation phase. In Functional Medicine, a 5-R protocol, as outlined below, is typically an initial step in supporting the GI-Immune system restoration and support and detoxification requires strong gastrointestinal health:
STEP 1: Implementation of the 5-R protocol:
STEP 2: Order supplements:
The following supplements are to be ordered a minimum of two weeks prior to the removal of your amalgams. Your post removal protocol actually starts the day of removal, so it is vital to check deliver dates if ordering online. You can click on each supplement to order online if that’s your jam.
Start this protocol THE DAY you have your amalgams removed. It is essential that you approach this protocol with longevity. It lasts for a minimum of 6 months to a year, with continued support for as long as your labs show heavy metal presence. This protocol will work for detoxing other heavy metals as well, so it is important to get your labs done every 6 months by a functional health practitioner.
Step 3: Post Removal Protocol
There is no one diet that is best for everyone. I get this question all the time, “What is the best diet to be on (in general)?” Everyone is different and each person has their own unique needs and we must approach diet as a personal approach. BUT, in this case, I recommend following the anti-inflammatory diet (provided no allergies to it) to protect the body from clogging up any detoxification pathways and to guard against inflammation. And I can not express enough that the need for water every day is essential to flushing the system of toxins. At least half your body weight in ounces every day, minimum. Last, sweat. I mean drip with sweat at least 3 times a week through exercise or sauna to aide in the elimination of toxins.
Cumin, coriander, fennel are famous digestive spices, and when brewed together as a tea they make the perfect addition to an Ayurvedic lifestyle. CCF Tea directly stimulates the digestive system, supporting the body’s natural ability to breakdown natural toxins in the GI tract. CCF Tea is great to enjoy before, during, or after meals to encourage absorption and assimilation of food nutrients. CCF Tea provides support for the natural detoxification process. This delicious tea is gentle enough for daily enjoyment, and traditional Ayurvedic households will keep a fresh batch brewed at all times for sipping throughout the day. CCF Tea can be added to a thermos to take on the go, or stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Usually you’ll want to enjoy your tea warm, but in the summer try letting it cool to room temperature and add a squeeze of lime or lemon for a refreshing Ayurvedic tonic.
***Please consult with your health care practitioner prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant or nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition. Keep out of the reach of children.
Although my fatal decision to have that one amalgam removed completely unprotected was a huge setback in my health, I was grateful to have this detox protocol in place for the other amalgams I recently had removed. To say the least, I noticed an extreme difference in the way I walked out of this last appointment verses the first experience. My research and preparation set me up on a safe experience as well as supported me for my detoxification. I was armed with knowledge and protocols to support my recovery from heavy metal detoxification. I will be on this journey of detoxification for a while (years) and I don’t mind it a bit knowing I am on my way to the best version of myself. And so are you. Following is a recipe for that CCF tea I mentioned earlier that supports detoxification and decreases inflammation.
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I am Claudine Phillips, a Registered Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist who in recovery from Hashimotos Thyroiditis and other autoimmune diseases. I journal, vlog, and podcast my experiences to help you find your healing as well. I termed the phrase #wholisticgreatness to embrace mental, physical, and spiritual health in order to achieve complete recovery. I share my research and protocols to provide inspiration, tactics, and strategies so that you, too, achieve the best life you could image! Is that you? Then let’s do this! I can be found speaking locally and nationally, journalling and vloging my research and protocols on this site, and connecting with you on my podcast The Claudine Phillips Show and on all the socials at @claudinephillips. I can’t wait to connect!