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If you need or want to have amalgam fillings in your teeth removed, you and your dentist should follow these protocols to limit your exposure to the toxic mercury they contain.

The patient’s protocol before dental work on amalgam fillings

As the patient, you should take the following supplements starting before your fillings are removed:

  • Cilantro: Helps with mercury removal

  • Vitamin C: Improves immunity and detoxification

  • Alpha-lipoic acid: Aids liver health

  • Garlic: Boosts immunity and has sulfur

  • Kidney formula (with juniper and uva ursi): Strengthens kidney health

  • Liver formula (with milk thistle and olive leaf): Boosts liver health

  • Vitamin D: Aids kidney function and bones

  • Turmeric: Helps immunity

  • Vitamin B complex: Aids liver function

You should also take detox baths once a week while the fillings are being removed. This aids the removal of mercury and other heavy metals from the skin. In the bath water, add

  • 2 cups Epsom Salt (which contains magnesium sulfate)

  • 1 cup baking soda

  • 2 to 3 teaspoons of powdered vitamin C

  • 2 to 3 teaspoons of yellow mustard powder

These substances will help pull heavy metals from the skin. Yellow mustard contains sulfur, for example, which bonds to mercury and pulls it out of the skin.

Soak in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes, and then scrub your skin with soap. The bath water will begin to turn dark gray and cloudy. The discoloration will leave a ring around the tub, which lab tests have found to contain aluminum, lead, and mercury.

For additional assurance, you can have an IV with vitamin C before the filling removal and a chelation treatment with DMPS after removal.

The dentist’s protocol when removing silver-colored fillings

The dentist should use a certified mercury removal protocol, which includes these measures:

  • Clean air filtration in the room where fillings are being removed

  • A rubber dam to prevent mercury pieces from being swallowed or inhaled

  • Water coolant to keep the filling from heating up (because heat releases toxic mercury vapors)

  • High-speed suction or vacuum for removing toxic vapors and debris

  • Filtration masks for all employees in the room while the procedure is performed

If your dentist won’t follow this protocol, search for a dentist who will. Online, look for biological or holistic dentists at these Web sites:

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Dr. Gerald Don Wootan, DO, M.Ed., is a board-certified osteopathic physician and the medical director of Jenks Health Team, a medical practice that specializes in integrative medicine with an emphasis on natural detoxification and nutritional supplementation. M. Brittain Phillips is a freelance writer.

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