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Sun Apr 10 18:12:21 EST 2005

a. that the mercury is not absorbed from either and or airways and 
gastrointestinal tract.
b. that mercury does not stay long in the blood but gets irreversibly 
stored in the body. That could be found from autopsies.
c. that mercury is excreted via the intestinal tract through the bile or 
other pathway.
: Part 2. Measured levels In saliva and disease symptoms.
: Every saliva test was accompanied by a questionnaire In which the
: persons were asked for 30 symptoms. The analytical group at Tubingen
: university evaluated 17500 completely answered questionnaires. The
: question was whether there was a significant relation between report
: of a symptom and the measured level of Hg in the saliva after chewing.
: It has to be stressed that the established relation has a direct 
: mathematical and statistical character and should not be casually

should spell `causally.'

: interpreted. A statistically significant difference does not
: automatically mean a medical or biological relevance. Not even multi
: variance analysis can decide which relations are caused by chance and
: which by a casual relation. 

 should be `causal.'

: Relation between symptoms and mercury concentrations in saliva after
: chewing.
: The Tubingen amalgam study could establish in the especially examined
: group of 21-40 year old persons a statistically significant relation
: between mercury levels in saliva and symptoms. Only symptoms which are
: characteristic of subacute or chronic mercury exposure in the
: low-level range were studied. 
: The set of symptoms are often called micromercurialism in the
: literature, 
: There was a significant relation between the measured mercury
: concentration and the following symptoms: 
: Mouth-oral cavity: Bleeding gingiva, metal taste, burning tongue. 
: Central nervous system: Concentration difficulties, impaired memory,
: sleep disturbances, lack of initiative, nervousness. 
: Gastrointestinal tract: not specified; further research is needed to 
: establish the diseases which are covered by the non- specific label 
: gastrointestinal problems. 

For a start, with a very large sample, as in this study, significance can 
be claimed for only a tiny increase in symptoms.

That significance could then have other explanations.

That is that people with the symptoms of:
: Mouth-oral cavity: Bleeding gingiva, metal taste, burning tongue. 
: Central nervous system: Concentration difficulties, impaired memory,
: sleep disturbances, lack of initiative, nervousness. 

are likely to be clenching and grinding the teeth more, therefore increasing 
the mercury in the saliva. If your correlation were any other than very low
I am sure you would be reporting it rather than leaving it to the 

: Plausibility and explainability of the demonstrated symptoms.
: In addition to high levels of mercury in saliva there has also been 
: demonstrated high levels In gingiva, pulp, oral mucosa, dentine, roots
: and jaw bone. Amalgam fillings, as described in the literature, lead
: to increased inflammation of the gingiva.

For some people, but so do crowns and composites, probably worse.
My gum between the teeth bleed much less since I have had the composites 
replaced with amalgam. I admit that some of that could be because 
composite is hard to fashion to stop intrusion of food between the teeth.

 In addition the oral cavity
: will be affected by the Hg-vapor released by the fillings. Experiments
: with cell cultures demonstrated that the Hg-levels measured in the
: oral tissues (up to 8000 ng/g in the mucosa)

What form of Hg? Also in vivo the blood constantly brings in good new 
nutrietns, if in the diet - selenium &c.

 can lead to damage to
: human cells. It has also been described that unpolished amalgam
: fillings can damage nearby cells more than polished ones. 

The abrasion would not help. But please take some care with the polishing 

: Also for the gastrointestinal tract it has been demonstrated that
: there are high levels of mercury in the intestinal wall, intestinal
: lymph nodes and in feces. The cause of this is that the mercury which
: is swallowed with the saliva is only absorbed to 10% and the rest
: remains in the gastrointestinal tract. 

Or comes from the bile.

Obviously this Tubingen lot is not serious or they would have taken into 
account the study which I have cited a couple of times from the `Science 
of the Total Environment.'

: For both these body parts it has been established that blood and urine

: levels are unsuitable to evaluate the mercury load. The symptoms from
: the central nervous system show a remarkable similarity with the
: classical mercury symptoms described in the literature. For instance,
: effects of mercury on memory and concentration has been repeatedly
: described in the literature. 

It is needed to look at the level of vitamin D absorbtion, from UV or fish.

Lack of vit D could be causing poor calcium metabolism, more fillings, 
neurological symptoms - multiple sclerosis, as well as more tooth 
grinding and more mercury in the saliva.

: The Tubingen group for environmental analysis stress that some aspects
: of the study require further examination. For instance, the
: relationships between mercury exposure to metal allergy, or loss of
: hair, or the relationship to involuntary infertility. In each of these
: considerations, tendencies were noted, however, extensive and
: expensive further questionnaires are required. It should be stressed
: that the results are statistical and do not establish a causal

(correct spelling for a change)

: relation for single cases for any symptom. 
: After the statistical relations found in the study, persons who
: complain over problems with amalgam must not further be dismissed a
: "Ecochondriacs" or "Hypochondriacs," and furthermore a possible
: Hg-load must be take into account in the anamnesis, especially when
: the patients exhibit the described symptomatology. 

They should be also checked for vitamin D metabolism, and stress - jaw 

: Amalgam is with certainty not the material for the future, the
: Tubingen group stress, however they also warn for exaggerated panic
: reactions.

For a start give us the level of correlation.

Just by what per centage were the symptoms increased?

 As in medicine In general, In every single case one must
: together with the treating doctor evaluate whether an amalgam removal
: is necessary and if yes, how rapidly a removal should take place. 
: The relations found, which as stated above, should not be causally 
: interpreted, however clearly prove that humans will be exposed to a 
: continuous load of mercury from amalgam fillings. The filling material

: amalgam is thus suspected of being able to cause damage to health, 
: This should be sufficient for health policy measures and at last start
: to end the amalgam era. 

False conclusion.

If the alternatives lead to more abscesses then that may be a worse risk.

: under the name SALIVAGAM a dental metal test. This can be mediated by
: all pharmacies.

Sales ploy.

 In addition to mercury levels in saliva all other
: dental metal are analyzed. Further information in all pharmacies and
: from BUND-Umweltlabor, Tel: 0781/9383-21, Fox-11 
: For answers to scientific matters please contact Dr E Roller, Dr. HD
: Wolss, KH Maier, AK Umweltanalytik, Univ. of Tubingen, Postfach
: 210352, D-72026 Tubingen, tel 07071/2984802. Interested journalists
: can obtain detailed information from BUND, Dunanstrasse 16. D-79110
: Freiburg, Tel: 0761/885955-0, Fax-90 

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