I began suspecting my health was being impacted by dental amalgam in about 2000 but dismissed the idea as crazy trusting the scientific integrity of the dental and medical community. I assumed the anti-amalgam community to be unscientific alarmist or charlatans. In 2002, I began to research the issue expecting to find little or no scientific work on the subject. I was shocked to find hundreds of papers supporting the concerns regarding dental amalgam including the assessment of over 700 papers by Maths Berlin.
Shares his story of mercury toxicity
from his dental mercury fillings
At the time my health was in terrible shape. I could not work and needed to sleep in several days a week. I was suffering from numerous ailments including: chronic fatigue, muscle ache, numbness and tingling, sciatica, dizziness, tremors, speech difficulties, low self-confidence, timidness, irritability, memory loss and brain fog. I also experienced a persistent metallic taste in my mouth. I allowed myself to rest, undertook physical and mental therapy, tried numerous traditional and non-traditional treatments but continued to get worse.
In 2002, I began treating myself for amalgam illness consulting references from the internet. I found a reasonably priced mercury free dentist and had my eight amalgam fillings replaced with mercury free alternatives. One filling was semi-liquid beneath a solid metal cap! I also treated myself for chronic mercury poisoning using a supplement and chelation protocol developed after reading the notes of chemist Andrew Hall Cutler.
Since 2003, I have been able to work again and now have three daughters. I am currently a Senior Physics Engineer with Raytheon SAS and a leader in my profession serving as Past President & Webmaster of the Optical Society of Southern California.
In December 2010, I testified at the FDA dental products panel meeting urging the FDA to discontinue the use of mercury dental restorations.