A critical step in achieving optimal health is to participate in the safe and
effective amalgam filling replacement and mercury detoxification program (ARDP)
offered through Health First
Dental and the Calgary Centre for Naturopathic Medicine.
"Mercury amalgams are as close as you can get to the centre of the illness
universe, and their use in dentistry has set us up for most of the health
problems we see today."
- Bruce Shelton, M.D., M.D.(H), Di.Hom.
Dental amalgams, commonly known as silver
fillings, are the largest source of mercury in the general population.
Each filling contains up to 50% mercury, 30% silver, and the remaining 20%
consisting of copper, tin and zinc. The average amalgam filling contains close
to one gram of mercury. To put this into perspective, that is enough mercury to
contaminate a 5 acre lake and declare it unsuitable for drinking and fishing
according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Small amounts of mercury are continuously released from these fillings and
absorbed in the body. Once mercury binds to organs and tissues in the body there
can be cell death or irreversible chemical damage that impairs the function of
Mercury from amalgam fillings has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease,
Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS),
infertility, neurological disorders, immunological suppression, kidney disease,
and cardiovascular disease.
The harmful accumulation of mercury from amalgam fillings can remain present in
the body for decades after the fillings have been removed.
How Does the ADRP Work?
Step 1: Your amalgam fillings are removed and replaced by Health First Dental
Health First Dental has the competency and training to safely remove your
amalgams without exposing you to high concentrations of mercury. As they
practice only “Biological Dentistry”, each amalgam they remove will then be
replaced with the biocompatible and highly esthetic alternative of your choice.
A biological dentist appreciates that the diseases and materials in your mouth
can have lasting, negative affects on other systems in your body.
Given that the objective is to halt any further exposure to mercury, we
recommend that you replace all of your amalgam fillings over the shortest time
Step 2: You are tested to determine the degree of toxic metal exposure.
The toxic / heavy metal testing and detoxification protocols (treatments) will
be carried out by the doctors at CCNM.
Analysis of the levels of toxic metals in urine after the administration of a
metal detoxification agent is an objective way to evaluate the accumulation of
toxic metals. Acute metal poisoning is rare. More common, however, is a chronic,
low-level exposure to toxic metals that can result in significant retention in
the body that can be associated with a vast array of adverse health effects.
To evaluate net retention, the doctors at CCNM
will compare the levels of metals in urine before and after the administration
of a pharmaceutical metal detoxification agent such as EDTA, DMSA or DMPS.
Different compounds have different affinities for specific metals, but all
function by sequestering “hidden” metals from deep tissue stores and mobilizing
the metals to the kidneys for excretion in the urine.
Step 3: You are detoxified over a series of special oral and/or IV treatments.
The doctors at CCNM may also request the
analysis of essential elements in urine specimens to evaluate nutritional status
and the efficacy of mineral supplementation during metal detoxification therapy.