Environmental factors can play an important role in the development of autoimmune thyroiditis (AT) and other autoimmune diseases. This article reviews the role of heavy metals and infectious agents in AT. Memory T lymphocytes can be used as biomarkers of susceptibility to mercury and other inflammation triggers in individual patients. If metal allergy is found, the patient should avoid all exposure to the allergenic substance. Mercury-allergic patients may benefit from replacement of dental amalgam.
In 2005, I received 7 amalgam fillings and afterwards saw my health spiral downward. It wouldn't be until years later that I would pin-point the destruction of my health to this event. I remember shortly after that dental appointment, I became ill routinely. My mother said to me "You haven't been well since you went to that dentist" - And that always stuck in the back of my mind.
This is the account of how my wife was affected by mercury poisoning: It started with symptoms ranging from unexplained anxiety, palpitations, struggling to breathe, light headedness and in the final stages of her illness, pins and needless over her body. Her arms and legs became very weak and she would frequently feel as if she were going to pass out.
Today I want to speak to the panel and urge them to help the FDA do their job. I testified at the FDA hearing in 2006, I watched the FDA panel vote 13-7, based on the fact that they could not prove amalgam was safe. I don't know what happened after that. It seems like they didn't do anything except make claims of safety without proof.
My name is Dr. Janet Stopka D.D.S. I am a practicing dentist from Chicago. I have not used mercury as a restorative material in 14 years and my patients are given informed consent. No one has ever asked me to place mercury in their mouth and they understand immediately its toxic. But many of them don’t know they have it in their mouth!
Dr. Richard Chanin DMD of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology disscusses one of the flaws in the Saxe study: "Dental amalgam and cognitive function in older women: findings from the Nun Study", which was published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) and widely promoted to discredit the link between mercury exposure (as from dental amalgam) and Alzheimer's disease.