Getting to the Root of Dental Decay - Hal A. Huggins DDS, MS, stop the use of mercury in fillings.

"Mercury is one of the most toxic substances on the earth, surpassed only by plutonium, according to Dr. Paul Gilbert of the Academy of General Dentistry. Mercury amalgam dental fillings have been used in the United States and UK since 1833 and 50 percent of their composition is toxic liquid mercury. Mercury poisoning is pervasive, affecting the entire body, according to well-known advocate of amalgam removal, Dr. Hal Huggins. Recovery from mercury poisoning is long and tedious."

So my question is to all you UC suffers....Do you have amalgam fillings?

Dr. Hal Huggins explains the importance of biocompatibility when choosing material for fillings, the work of Dr. Weston Price, and the pioneering research of Dr. Ralph Steinman, which shows that dental decay is not local to the mouth.

Hal Huggins is an American campaigner against the use of dental amalgam fillings and other dental therapies that he believes to be unsafe.  Huggins began to promote his ideas in the 1970s and played a major role in generating controversy over the use of amalgam.   Huggins had his license to practice dentistry revoked in 1996 after a panel found him guilty of gross negligence.   However, he has continued to publish on the topic of mercury and human health and believes that dental amalgam and other dental practices are responsible for a range of serious diseases. 

Who Is Dr. Huggins

Hal A. Huggins DDS, MS, is the world's most controversial dentist because of his stand on trying to convince dentistry to stop the use of mercury in fillings. He has been in practice since 1962, fifty years. He received a post–doc Master's at the University of Colorado with emphasis on immunology/toxicology in 1990. He successfully pioneered treatments for autoimmune diseases caused by dental toxins and has personally treated over 5,000 toxic patients.

He has lectured professionally 2,500 days in 46 of the U.S. states and 14 foreign countries. He has authored several books, written over 50 articles and given over 1,000 radio/TV interviews, including 60 Minutes Australia (1989) and 60 Minutes New Zealand (2007).

He is currently a consultant worldwide for multi-disciplined centers and founder of the Multi-Discipline Alliance of professionals who practice the Huggins Protocol for recovery of autoimmune diseases.
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MOST PEOPLE TAKE THE SILVER FILLings in their mouth for granted. As long as their dental work doesn't crack or fall out, they are happy to leave well enough alone. But over the past couple of decades, it has become popular among some followers of alternative medicine to have the old fillings removed--a process that is not only expensive but also often painful. The theory is that the fillings slowly poison the body by leaching out mercury that was mixed with silver to make the amalgam. Hundreds of dentists in the U.S. offer amalgam extractions as a profitable adjunct to their...

Sale of Amalgameter Banned

Investigators' Report
FDA Consumer October 1989

It was called the "Amalgameter." Its promoted purpose was to reveal the presence of positively or negatively charged dental fillings that contained mercury, tin, silver, or other metals.

The dentist-inventor of the Amalgameter, Hal A. Huggins, of Colorado Springs, Cob., lectured and wrote that mercury vapor emitted from dental fillings could be a health hazard. He advocated that patients diagnosed as hypersensitive to mercury and other metals should have all metal dental work in their mouths progressively removed and replaced with gold or plastic. Huggins also developed and promoted "X-it" and "Eaters Digest," edible compounds that he claimed would help flush mercury vapors escaping from amalgam dental fillings out of the body, and otherwise promote better health and recovery from disease.

Huggins was a businessman, known to FDA through some of his other ventures. He had previously been warned by the agency about violating good manufacturing practices and marketing medical devices without FDA approval.

Literature accompanying the Amalgameter claimed there was "the possibility of carcinoma [cancer] resulting from nickel accumulation," and that mercury sensitivity "affected 22 percent of the U.S. population," with symptoms of headaches, fatigue, and "immune response and heart function." The claims were scientifically unsubstantiated.

Other literature packaged with the Amalgameter described "polarity centers" and an "Amalgam War" in the patient's mouth. Directions detailed locating high and low positive and negative current readings in fillings and recommended removing fillings in successive visits to the dentist, starting with the filling with highest negative current reading. Directions noted that if the patient "has a severe problem such as MS [multiple sclerosis], seizures, cardiac problems or suicidal problems, we recommend removing just.. . . one amalgam at the first appointment, then proceeding by quadrants."

Visiting Huggins in Colorado in July of 1985, FDA investigators obtained samples of the Amalgameter—a simple battery-powered ammeter that measured electrical current. In November 1985, the agency sent a regulatory letter to Huggins, informing him that the Amalgameter was misbranded in that its labeling recommended removal of dental fillings based on findings for which there was no scientific basis, and that it was promoted as a medical device for which there was no approval for manufacture or marketing.

At least two states (Iowa and Utah) have investigated dentists using the Amalgameter in their practices. The device also was the subject of a nationally syndicated television program, "Inside Edition," last February, which exposed the unsubstantiated claims of danger from mercury-emitting dental fillings. During the broadcast, a reporter was shown being examined by Huggins, who described the reporter's mouth as "corrosion soup" and as an "accident waiting for a place to happen." Another reporter was shown during an undercover visit to a New York dentist who used the Amalgameter to test her dental fillings and recommended removal and replacement of all of them.

FDA inspections in July of 1985 and again in the spring of 1989 confirmed that neither Huggins nor Tox Supply, Inc., the firm owned by Huggins that made the device, were any longer in the Amalgameter-making business. But records show that at least 100 units were produced and, as simple as the device is, many could be around to dupe unsuspecting dental patients for a long, long time.

Update by Stephen Barrett, M.D. (9/20/04)

This article was originally published in FDA Consumer 23(8):33-34, 1989, under the title "Dentist's Device." Huggins's license to practice dentistry was revoked in 1996, but he is marketing himself through seminars, telephone consultations, and the Internet. In December 2003, his Web site began offering a device called the "Rita Meter," which costs $610 and appears to be a reincarnation of his Amalgameter. His Web site states:
The Rita Meter is used to test electrical current for sequential removal of amalgam dental materials. The Rita Meter has a 'ground' that touches the cheek or is placed under the tongue. The probe touches the dental restoration to be tested. . . . A video included with your order provides a visual demonstration of how to use the Rita Meter and details the concept of Sequential Removal.
In 1986, the FDA classified the Amalgameter as a "Class III" medical device, which meant that it could not be legally marketed without FDA approval. Devices approved by the FDA for marketing are listed in the agency's 510K database. In September 2004, after finding no listing for "Rita Meter," I asked the FDA and the Colorado Attorney General to ban it.



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