Earlier this month, I reported on some dentists' concerns over amalgam fillings
, which contain mercury
, a fact which most Americans apparently don't know, according to polls.
In that article, I cited a local holistic dentist, Hal Huggins
, who calls himself the "world's most controversial dentist," and who quackwatch.com
calls the leading advocate of "dubious" holistic claims. Huggins did not return our calls for comment at the time, but he has now reached out with a lengthy response, highlighting his opinions on why amalgam fillings are a risk to personal health.
Here is a link to that letter in full:
And here is just one excerpt, to provide a taste:
Does mercury come out of fillings?
Just sitting in your mouth, 272 micrograms of mercury will be released daily.
Americans, on average, have 8 mercury amalgam fillings. According to the Journal of
Dental Research (about 1983), chewing gum will increase that amount by 15,000%.
Second: How Much Mercury is toxic?
I asked this question to my professor (in forensic toxicology), “What is the safe exposure
to mercury because the EPA has one standard, OSHA another and the dental association
has quite another stance.”
“Well Doctor,” he said with a smirk, “Nerve cells are especially susceptible to
destruction. One atom of mercury can kill one cell. You tell me the safe level.”