I’d seen her face before.

Many times, actually.

In fact, every time I saw her advertisement, I would tear it out, tuck it away, and vow that one day I would call her.

But there I was, staring at her face – which looked markedly different from the one in her ad, by the way. Why did I expect she hadn’t aged? I’d been collecting those ads for nearly a decade.

Her kind, gentle face and her sweet voice assured me. She assured me that I wasn’t crazy for feeling like the dental compounds used in my mouth before were potentially problematic. She assured me that the heart palpitations I had had under local anesthesia were, while frightening and unusual, not a source of concern.

But mostly, she assured me because she didn’t treat me like I was a crazy person.

You see, when you have as many sensitivities to the world as I do, you do start to wonder if you’re a little off your rocker.

But the fact is, conventional dental work made me sick every single time.

Dental health was kind of my last bastion for going holistic. About a year ago, I ditched my conventional fluoride pastes when I read that fluoride had been linked to acne. (It’s always about the skin with me, I know.)

I got a water pik, started using a Berkey filter plus fluoride removal, and amped up my K2 efforts. (Butter. Lots of butter.)

But I still had a mouth full of metal.

I had a mouth full of mercury, to be precise. (That’s what cavities in the 1970s and early 1980s got you.)

There is a LOT of controversy in the dental world about whether or not mercury amalgams are harmful. I’m not going to go into detail, but if you’re interested a quick internet search will have you busy for awhile. Not wanting to fall victim to “quackery,” I left well enough alone.

Then I listened to this podcast between Amy Myers, M.D. and Dr. Stuart Nunnally, D.D.S., a biological dentist in the Texas Hill Country.

Convinced that I needed to at least explore the option of mercury removal, I finally called her.

Her name is Roberta Cann, D.M.D, and she is a well-trained, knowledgable, kind and gentle dentist.

She is the dentist who tested my blood to see what compounds my body would best tolerate before she went to work on me.

MouthShe is a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.

And she is the dentist I trusted to remove the metal from my mouth. (Read more about her precautions and protocol here.)

At this point in the story, I need to back up. Because about three years ago, I started having strange bumps all along both sides of my face. They weren’t pimples, they didn’t look like rosacea. They had multiple skincare experts stumped.

“It looks like you’re having an allergic reaction to something,” one of them told me.

Nothing I did made them better or worse. They just were.

But then, about two years ago, I started having deep, horrible cystic lesions on my jaws, from about the midpoint to my earlobes.  I scoured the internet for solutions. I exchanged tweets with Liz Wolfe, NTP, author of The Skintervention Guide, to try to figure out what to do.

Nothing worked. They were deep, itchy, painful, red and ugly.

Do you see where this mystery is headed? Fans of Sherlock and other BBC productions may see where I’m going.

The amalgam removal process took two visits. I had one side done in January and returned in February for the other side.

After my January visit, the spots along my jaw worsened. Whatever. I was used to them.

But then, an amazing thing happened after all of the mercury was gone from my mouth.

The crazy bumps on my face? GONE.

And, more remarkable, the deep horrible lesions on my jawline began to slowly heal.

I’m not where I want to be yet. I still have scars and some residual bumpiness.

But ohmygosh, the healing has been unprecedented, remarkable and mind-blowing.

What’s my takeaway, here? Well, using my powers of deduction I can only surmise that my body just doesn’t detox well. Given the toxic load that the mercury was foisting on me, my skin erupted. It’s conjecture, of course, but it’s where I’ve settled in my head.

The clear villain in our blog-based drama here is mercury. So, while I didn’t have an opinion on the “dental amalgam controversy” before I saw Dr. Cann, I sure as heck do now, and it’s this:

Removing my mercury fillings had a positive impact on my health, as evidenced by the healing of my skin.

And, quite frankly, I don’t need to know any more than that.



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