Episode 9 Mercury Madness with Leo Cashman

Dental work can have detrimental effects on our health, but is often the last thing we think about when something goes wrong. Amalgam or ”Silver” fillings are 50% mercury and can cause various health problems associated with mercury exposure, including neurological symptoms, fatigue and weakened immunity. Over the years we have put trust in our dentists, not realizing the effects it has had on us. Leo Cashman will help us learn how to take charge of our dental health, from choosing a qualified mercury-free, mercury-safe dentist, choosing the best replacement materials and safe detoxification methods.


Topics Covered in this episode:

  • What is DAMS?
  • How did you get involved?
  • How do you help people with dental issues?
  • What are the most common questions you have?
  • Can you explain what amalgam fillings are?
  • There is a lot of denial that amalgams are dangerous.  Is there another side to this story?
  • What are signs that amalgams are causing an issue?
  • Do you recommend people get their fillings removed if they aren’t having symptoms?
  • Some people seem more affected than others to this toxicity, what do you see as factors that can contribute?
  • What are other ways to get mercury toxicity?  Can this be passed from mother to child?
  • How does someone find a dentist to remove their fillings? 
  • How can it be done safely?
  • Is there certain preparation that you recommend for people before removal?
  • What are safe choices to replace the mercury fillings?
  • How do you choose what’s right for you?
  • What is chelation?
  • There seems to be a lot of choices if you look online, how does someone know what is best treatment for them?
  • Are there any dangers with tooth extraction?
  • What about implants?  How does someone choose those?
  • Are there dangers after extraction of things like cavitations?
  • What can someone do about a cavitation?
  • We had a question on facebook about material used in the mouth with bridges, how do you know if it’s safe for you?
  • For bridges and crowns, what material do you recommend to people trying to avoid toxicity?
  • There has been a lot of press on root canals, can you tell me first what a root canal is?
  • Why do they cause so many problems?
  • Some people believe that we shouldn’t have any, what can we do to insure what we are about to do (or have done) is safe and not causing us health problems?
  • One thing that I grew up with is yearly fluoride treatments.  Now there is press that this isn’t doing what it was promised.  It has been added to water, but in the last few years Calgary removed it.  What is the actually data on fluoride?
  • Does it prevent tooth decay?
  • Does it cause any other health problems?
  • How does someone choose the right dentist to help with all this?
  • One of the most common comments I hear in clinic is that people can’t afford their dental work, or don’t want to do it.  What do you say to people in this situation?
  • Do you have any overall advice for our listeners for their dental health?
  • Is there a way that someone can get a hold of you or DAMS if they have further questions?

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