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Holey Ge-Molar!
Chris Wheeler - 18/2/00

The lesson of the current era will probably be "Never trust an expert" and its corollary, "Never trust a professional." It's an inevitable consequence of over 50 years of expert-promoted disasters in practically every area you care to mention, where professionals who should have known better gave us absolute assurances that they knew best and then demonstrated their pig ignorance of even the basic facts of their profession by promoting catastrophies with far-reaching consequences. Just look at what the last two decades of economic theory in New Zealand have done to us to get my point.

But of all professionals, dentists are among my favourite worst and New Zealand dentists, in particular, deserving of a special place in the lower levels of Dante's Inferno. For years I've seen their professional body in Godzone promoting and defending the use of poisons - fluoride and mercury - ranked alongside cyanide, arsenic and the venom of the world's deadliest snakes and spiders. And for years, as their unwitting and witless victim, I've sat and lain in dentist chairs from one end of the nation to the other and heard the same specious arguments and platitudes in defence of their craft.

Let's get things straight from the start. I'm a consumer of dentists. As a Great Depression kid my teeth were rotten to the core from Day 1 and I've literally paid the consequences ever since. I've had more fillings and sessions with dentists than most of you young groovers out there have had hot dinners or hot sex. In fact I've only just narrowly avoided sliding into the category of "expert" myself - on the subject of bad dentists and bad dentistry.

But enough is enough! It's time to pull the rug out from under the tooth pullers and straighten out the myths and outright lies from a profession where Truth, bless its heart, is in woefully short supply.

Let's take a look first at the amalgam/mercury disaster.

Outside Sweden, which has banned the use of mercury amalgams, perhaps 80% of the fillings being placed in decayed teeth around the world are still of the amalgam variety, containing, on average, 750-1000 mg of mercury, a substance widely recognised in science as a poison for hundreds of years. The expression "mad as a hatter", incidently, comes from the 18th Century and earlier, when the profession of making felt hats became famous for a form of insanity common amongst its members. Hatters used mercury vapours to aid in shaping the felt, hence their problem.

Mercury has been factually documented for centuries as a potentially deadly poison with well over 100 diseases and disorders linked to its use - fits of anger, depression, anxiety, insomnia, memory loss, gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular problems, chronic headaches, dizziness, emphysema, endocrine disorders, anaemia, joint pains, allergies, asthma, Alzheimer's disease, etc, etc. A positive list of medical disasters, in other words. "Mad as a dentist" has since replaced "mad as a hatter", at least in the dentistry trade where odd behaviour and the top rate for professional suicides are accepted distinctions and one can't help observing that you would have to be stark, raving mad to have anything to do with a substance carrying so much risk with its use.

Naturally, you'd think that the recognition that mercury is a high hazard material would have caused the NZ Dental Association to pronounce an outright ban years ago, just like the Swedes have, but remember, these people are "experts", so, although the rest of the world stopped using mercury in health-threatening circumstances years ago, NZ dentists still favour its use in the most sensitive place of all, the human mouth.

As Greg Gibb, my personal amalgam-free dentist for years, pointed out in a story he wrote for me in 1996 ("Dealing with Mercury Dental Amalgams," Soil & Health magazine, Sept/Nov 1996, page 39) "Mercury vaporises continuously from dental fillings, reaching the brain within seconds. Vaporisation is intensified by chewing, brushing and hot liquids, taking almost 90 minutes to settle to pre-chewing level." The Law of Averages says that anyone - particularly us older generation geezers - with eight or more amalgam fillings in their gobs is being exposed to a daily mercury dose at potentially hazardous levels. Little wonder that Alzheimer's disease and other chronic conditions are facts of life for anyone over 50 in modern day New Zealand.

And it's not just a problem from the mercury itself, but from the electrical charges inevitably built up in the fillings themselves. In fact a metallic filling of any sort, including gold, usually exhibits some form of battery-like action, generating microvoltages in each filled tooth that can interfere with the body's natural electronic field. Conventional acupuncture theory recognises that teeth are significant points along recognised acupuncture meridians and that any foreign voltages generated on these meridians can disturb the body's natural state of health.

When I first started having my mercury fillings removed by Auckland dentist Greg Gibb over a decade ago, he tested my amalgam fillings (placed by previous dentists) and found negative readings exceeding 16 microvolts in some cases. Using the Huggans protocol (US dentist Huggans is one of the world-recognised leaders in New Age dentistry), Greg started removing the highest reading amalgam fillings first, using a rubber dam around the tooth, water spray and suction to remove all traces of the mercury/amalgam mix and avoid any chance the residues would cause additional problems.

Of course if you're a young groover of the sort that reads Presto, you possibly have had fewer problems with your teeth due to the improvement in nutrition which has taken place in New Zealand and, arguably, by the addition of fluoride by some municipal authorities to our water supply. Fluoridation of the water supply is still backed by the NZ Dental Association despite the fact that the leading authority behind its introduction into New Zealand, Dr John Colquhoun, reversed his position on fluoride safety shortly after its introduction and campaigned assiduously for its removal up till his death in Auckland last year.

Fluoride, like mercury, is another well-recognised toxin that shouldn't be put in anything, least of all our toothpaste and certainly not our water supply. There's review of its toxicity in a recent issue of "The NZ Charter Journal" (August 1999, page 9) which quotes a 1980s study by Phyllis Mullenix, head of the department of toxicology at the Forsyth Dental Institute in Boston, which indicated that fluoride causes a number of significant health problems including measurable reduction in IQ levels.

Perhaps this last is a factor in our regular election of that fourth rate bunch of seat-warmers occupying Parliament for the past couple of decades. Fluoridation has just made us too dumb to distinguish between the able and the downright incompetent. But putting the Shipley Effect to one side for the moment, NZ dentists shouldn't be supporting the use of fluoride any more than they should be supporting the continued use of amalgam.

The fact is, none of us have any further excuse for this wilful ignorance regarding elementary health principles. None of us have any excuse for any further trust of the experts, be they dentists, doctors or economists - or candlestick makers. We don't have to trust experts any longer. We don't have to even rely any longer on the academic libraries where formerly we had to go if we wanted to research the sort of information being touched on here. The fact is, any household computer hooked into the Internet can immediately put you in touch with Web sites around the world which exhaustively detail all the latest information and research on everything from amalgam-free dentistry to government-free democracy. I'd recommend it all - particularly the latter!

We don't need experts who can't be trusted any more. We need to empower ourselves with reliable information that puts the power back where it belongs - with ourselves.

And to return to my original theme, we need to start challenging our dentists. The benefit I received from having my dental amalgams removed was an almost instant reduction in the level of general irritability and hair-trigger reaction to the on-going progression of dog-eat-dog economics in New Zealand. Within a few weeks of the removal of the majority of my amalgam fillings I could read about rising unemployment, the increasing crime rates and the astronomic increase in the NZ poor (amongst whom I am now numbered) without my heart rate increasing beyond 120 per minute and my blood pressure rising beyond apoplexy.

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