Chronic Mercury Poisoning: Dealing with the Emotions of Discovery
(Archived Article #M100, August, 2004)
The Poison in Your Teeth: Mercury Amalgam (Silver) Fillings . . . Hazardous to Your Health! (Available April, 2008), explains how one’s first exposure to mercury from amalgam fillings can actually occur at the point of conception. When a mother learns that she contributed, even unknowingly, to the poisoning of her child; it is not something she can take lightly. Most of the mothers I’ve spoken with didn’t find that knowing they weren’t responsible made dealing with this discovery any less painful. Thus, the first article in our MAMA series is devoted to helping you deal with the emotional fallout. Facts and knowledge and solutions to problems are wonderful, useful, and necessary. They definitely have their place, but I don’t believe that anything is truly resolved until we deal with the emotional issues surrounding its cause.
The primary emotion that I want to address is guilt. I'm not a psychologist and don’t claim to be an expert in this field. But I've communicated with mothers who have had to deal with this difficult subject and based on that experiences I’d like to pass along what I ’ve learned. I sincerely hope you’ll find it useful.
Lesson Number One
I fully understand how angry you must be about not being told that your mercury amalgam fillings were not only poisoning you, but your child as well. But anger has never really solved anything. Getting angry at the dentist(s) responsible serves no useful purpose. What you need to remember is that you’re not the one who is guilty here, or should be blamed, or who should feel shame. I can’t stress the importance of looking at it in this way enough! You and your child are the victims here! This is vital to understand. You did not commit a crime; you are the victim of one! This crime has been done to you . . . not by you! When you are not at fault, there are better ways to channel the energy being consumed by negative thoughts and feelings. (I say crime because when I last checked it is still a crime to poison anyone.)
But t his is not about getting even. It is about making every effort to undo the damage that mercury from amalgam fillings has done to you and your child. You will be given the information to do just that in, Mercury Detoxification: The Natural Way to Remove Mercury From Your Body. Keep in mind that this mercury detoxification program is designed for adults to safely remove mercury and would need to be adjusted accordingly for a child. In addition, a child’s mercury detoxification program will need to be monitored carefully by a qualified health professional. I believe that one of the most accurate and objective tests for determining how much mercury is being released by the body is the Fecal Metals Test. (This test is discussed in detail in Mercury Detoxification and one of its advantages is that it is non-invasive, easily done at home, and ideal for babies and young children.)
Chronic Mercury Poisoning: Helping Other Victims
Once you’ve done everything possible to correct the damage caused by the mercury released from these toxic fillings, it will be time to direct your energy in a different direction. You will want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. You may not be able to change the past, but you can insure that it isn't repeated, for you and others. Here’s what you can do.
You can focus your anger toward telling the truth about this crime and cover-up to everyone you know and care about. Word-of-mouth is the most powerful form of communication, and spreading the word about the health hazards of mercury amalgam fillings will be more effective than you know. Think about this for a moment. How important would it have been to you to have had this information before you became an unwilling participant in the poisoning of your child? There is no doubt in my mind that had you known that your mercury amalgam fillings were not only poisoning you but your child; you would have chosen a different path.
Tell Family and Friends
Now you have the knowledge and the opportunity to tell your family and friends about what you’ve learned and experienced about the health hazards of mercury amalgam fillings. You can't really make anyone do anything they don't want to do, but you can certainly try. Talk with them, loan them The Poison in Your Teeth , and express your passion. Tell them about the Mercury Free Now website. If you meet resistance, let it go. It’s not up to you to change people’s opinions, but it’s important to offer those you care about the seed of choice.
Now it’s time to step back and take a moment to reflect. You should feel very good about the steps you have committed to take to rectify the wrongs that pro-amalgam dentists have done to you and your child. You can’t undo the past, but you can create a positive and healthier future.
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