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Patients with dental amalgam (mercury) fillings, especially those of long duration (5-30 years), and even those who have had them replaced with biocompatible materials, are known to suffer from the complications of dysbiosis, candidiasis, poor digestion, food allergies, compromised local immunity, Leaky Gut Syndrome (intestinal permeability), intestinal inflammation, impaired nerve function and diminished peristalsis causing constipation, and parasitic and bacterial infections.
The mercury traveling into the gut with the saliva compromises the function of the Peyer’s patches, thus arresting the first line of immune defense. These conditions tend to persist during continued exposure to any source, after amalgam removal and at least until heavy metal detoxification is complete. Once the amalgams have been removed, the tissue burden of mercury can remain high for years to come, and the crippled bowels will not begin to return to full health until after most of the metals have been removed. During detoxification, the mobilized heavy metals can linger in the bowel for between 6 and 24 hours or more before evacuation takes place. The bowel of a healthy person may not be prone to free radical damage, but the damaged bowel of the metal toxic patient is potentially an area for added concern and monitoring.
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Allergy: Hypersensitivity caused by exposure to a particular antigen (allergen), resulting in an increased reactivity to that antigen on subsequent exposure, sometimes with harmful immunologic consequences.
Candidiasis: Infection of the skin or mucous membrane with any species of candida, usually Candida albicans. The infection is usually localized to the skin, nails, mouth, vagina, bronchi, or lungs, but may invade the bloodstream. It is a common inhabitant of the GI tract, only becoming a problem when it multiplies excessively and invades local tissues. Growth is encouraged by a weakened immune system, as in AIDS, or with the prolonged administration of antibiotics. Vaginal symptoms include itching in the genital area, pain when urinating, and a thick odorless vaginal discharge.
Constipation: Difficult, incomplete, or infrequent evacuation of dry, hardened feces from the bowels.
Free Radical: A free radical is an atom or group of atoms that has at least one unpaired electron. Because another element can easily pick up this free electron and cause a chemical reaction, these free radicals can effect dramatic and destructive changes in the body. Free radicals are activated in heated and rancid oils and by radiation in the atmosphere, among other things.
Peristalsis: Movement characterized by alternate circular contraction and relaxation of the intestine or other tubular structure which propels the contents onward.