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I just want to know if I can beat lyme and company without getting these out, how do I get testing to see how much mercury is in my body, who in Western MA, can help me, what about parasites how much of this impacts lyme, I just don't know what to do or believe what is necessary and what isn't any help out there!!!
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I am getting mine out. I have an appointment for consultation in Kingston, NY - not sure what part of Western Ma you are from... but Kingston is just a little south of Albany.

These guys have all the equipment and they do it right:

I don't know how to answer the "how important is it" question except... once I knew these were poisoning me, I had to get them out.

May health be with you!

Toxic mold was suppressing our immune systems, causing extreme pain, brain fog and magnifying symptoms. Four days after moving out, the healing began.

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My LLMD did a 24 hour urine with DMSA through doctor's data to check for mercury.

Clin Exp Immunol. 2007 Aug 2;

Mercury exposure as a model for deviation of cytokine responses in experimental Lyme arthritis: HgCl(2) treatment decreases T helper cell type 1-like responses and arthritis severity but delays eradication of Borrelia burgdorferi in C3H/HeN mice.

Ekerfelt C, Andersson M, Olausson A, Bergstrm S, Hultman P.

Division of Clinical Immunology, and Unit of Autoimmunity and Immune Regulation, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University Hospital, Linkping, Sweden.

Lyme borreliosis is a complex infection, where some individuals develop so-called 'chronic borreliosis'. The pathogenetic mechanisms are unknown, but the type of immune response is probably important for healing. A strong T helper cell type 1 (Th1)-like response has been suggested as crucial for eradication of Borrelia and for avoiding development of chronic disease.

Many studies aimed at altering the Th1/Th2 balance in Lyme arthritis employed mice deficient in cytokine genes, but the outcome has not been clear-cut, due possibly to the high redundancy of cytokines.

This study aimed at studying the importance of the Th1/Th2 balance in murine Borrelia arthritis by using the Th2-deviating effect of subtoxic doses of inorganic mercury. Ninety-eight C3H/HeN mice were divided into four groups: Borrelia-infected (Bb), Borrelia-infected exposed to HgCl(2) (BbHg), controls exposed to HgCl(2) alone and normal controls. Mice were killed on days 3, 16, 44 and 65 post-Borrelia inoculation.

Arthritis severity was evaluated by histology, spirochaetal load determined by Borrelia culture, IgG2a- and IgE-levels analysed by enzyme-linked immunosorbemt assay (ELISA) and cytokine-secreting cells detected by enzyme-linked immunospot (ELISPOT).

BbHg mice showed less severe histological arthritis, but delayed eradication of spirochaetes compared to Bb mice, associated with increased levels of IgE (Th2-induced) and decreased levels of IgG2a (Th1-induced), consistent with a Th2-deviation. Both the numbers of Th1 and Th2 cytokine-secreting cells were reduced in BbHg mice, possibly explained by the fact that numbers of cytokine-secreting cells do not correlate with cytokine concentration.

In conclusion, this study supports the hypothesis that a Th1-like response is required for optimal eradication of Borrelia.

PMID: 17672870 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

1: Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2007 Jul;30(1):34-9. Epub 2007 Apr 24.

The effect of amalgam exposure on mercury- and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Ready D, Pratten J, Mordan N, Watts E, Wilson M.
Eastman Dental Hospital, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, 256 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8LD, UK.

Antibiotic resistance genes can be found on the same mobile genetic elements as genes coding for resistance to metals such as mercury (Hg).

Amalgam restorations contain ca. 50% Hg and, therefore, it could be expected that exposure to such dental restorative materials may promote Hg resistance and thereby antibiotic resistance.

An in vitro biofilm model was used to grow microcosm dental plaques on enamel or amalgam substrata. The number and proportion of Hg-resistant organisms over time were determined by viable counts.

Microcosm dental plaques grown in the presence of amalgam had a higher number and proportion of Hg-resistant bacteria than those grown on enamel.

The levels of these Hg-resistant bacteria remained elevated for a period of 48 h, however after 72 h the proportions returned to baseline levels.

Of the 42 Hg-resistant bacteria isolated, 98% were streptococci, with Streptococcus mitis predominating. A high proportion of the Hg-resistant isolates (71%) were also resistant to a range of antibiotics, with resistance to tetracycline being encountered most frequently.

The results of this in vitro study indicate that placement of amalgam restorations may play a role in promoting the levels of Hg- and antibiotic-resistant bacteria present in the oral cavity.

PMID: 17459664 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


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Just posted this on another thread (Viva's) a little while ago and it sheds some light on amalgam. Hope this helps. These facts were told to me by Dr. K. in 1998 and that made my decision for me. It helped me to eventually get well. It took me about five years. But we know a lot more today and have found so many more solutions. Please do listen to the video I linked below.

Fyrecracker, in the first 7 years, a filling evaporates 50% of its mercury. Then the next 7 years, 50% of that. If you take a look at the photo with the smoking tooth, link below, it shows a nice cloud of mercury vapor coming off this 50-year- old filling. What you are seeing is the 50% of the two percent that were left, and it is still enough to kill a human.

Where the vapor goes, listen to the video. It explains it best.

Briefly what I learned from Dr. K.:

Uptake by dental pulp.
Evaporation of vapor and absorption by tissue or lungs. Then there is the abrasion of larger particles that you swallow and that go down the food pipe. No matter whether it enters in these tissues in the mucosa of the mouth or the mucosa of the gut, there are different ways it can travel.

The main uptake of mercury is in the nerves, not in the bloodstream, not in the veins, it goes straight to the nerves.

Mercury travels up the axon of the nerve from wherever it is, and it either ends up in the cranial nerve and goes straight into the brainstem or in a spinal nerve and goes up the spinal cord and then up to the brain. It takes roughly the same time.

In the mouth, we have several cranial nerves. The 5th cranial nerve in the back of the tonsil area (vagus nerve). The glossopharyngeal nerve, or the 10th and llth cranial nerves. And a couple of others in the mucous membranes. So within 24 hours from the evaporated amalgam from the tooth to the brainstem we can get foggy vision, tinnitus, cloudy thinking, and allthose things that come with it.

The other less important aspect is the venous uptake, lymphatic uptake, and the uptake of bowl bacteria in the intestinal tract. Kidneys get poisoned with it.

The pituitary is the part of the brain with the highest concentration. A tiny amount of mercury in the brain has catastrophic effects on the rest of the body. A relatively huge amount of mercury in the connective tissue of your biceps has little effect.

Why the pituitary? The hypothalamus, pituitary, and pineal gland are all outside the blood brain barrier. They are not protected by the bbb. So these are the first glands in the brain that become toxic. Pineal = trouble sleeping.

The Hypothalamus is the master gland that regulates the autonomic nervous system which regulates everything else which means everything gets disturbed.

The pituitary regulates our hormones. so all that gets disturbed.

The frontal cortex is where the emotional centers are.

The occipital cortex - that's where our vision is.

The Liver -- the detox pathways from the liver get screwed up. As I have heard Dr. K. say many times, phase one, phase two, all the fancy words we have around that and all the superficial treatments that don't work. Detox, detox, detox! And only with plenty of support for the organs.

The liver can repair - not as easy for the kidney.

The sauna increases your overall circulation -- and I don't think that is the medium to start with. Your lyme doc should start to educate him/herself.

The mercury in your teeth has been reduced as explained above, with plenty left to do more damage. The rest that escaped (mercury vapor turns into a different form of mercury when it settles again) is doing ongoing damage in the rest of the body unless you start to lighten the burden.

Hope this helps to understand that Lyme and all microorganisms only takes over when the body can no longer live with the total accumulated toxin level.

Take care.
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I had a mouthful of fillings when I got sick in '05. Still do.
I got 95% better in ~about~ 8 months.
(I was Dx'ed 5 months after the bites, 1 month after late-stage Lyme symptom onset.)
It's very possible I would've recovered a couple months quicker if I had no mercury amalgams. I'll never know.

I am now capping some filled teeth with gold & replacing others. A slow steady project. $$$, too. :-(

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I went into remission for 12 years after having my fillings out and chelating in 1991. I also changed my diet and started exercising then.

I was under a lot of stress over and extended period of time and had a new bite, so got sick again after that.


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For what it's worth, I had mine removed from a dentist who specializes in this and it didn't improve my health....hey, my mouth looks better, though!
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bugg, have you chelated to get rid of the heavy metals that were released into your system as a result of amalgams?
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