Dr. Glaros’ notes on the video by Chris Shade, PhD.
Topic: Issues in heavy metal toxicity presented in this video are:
- Individual differences in how much stays in your body vs. moving out, and
- Individual differences in the body’s reactivity to what stays.
Years ago we learned of the term “retention toxicity” to describe these individual differences in how people responded to exposure to heavy metals. Active excreters are not inclined to store the toxins and are less inclined to have the symptoms of those who retain (don’t move out) the toxins.
The problem is that this situation is about individual differences in reactivity, more simply, individual hypersensitivity. A MELISA test measures a so-called Type-IV delayed hypersensitivity reaction. In genetically predisposed individuals, an ongoing everyday exposure to allergens can induce the Type-IV hypersensitivity with a resulting allergic reaction. A small amount of Hg goes a long way when there is the development of hypersensitivity.
Synergistic toxicity – the biggest reason it is not possible to declare a safe level of toxic metals, and why seemingly very low levels of toxins have huge effects on some individuals.
- Shubert: gave increasing amts of mercury(Hg), lead(Pb) and cadmium(Cd) to rats.
- LD1 of Hg is amt. of Hg that would kill one rat out of 100.
- LD1 of Pb is amt. of Pb that would kill one rat out of 100.
- They injected 100 rats with LD1 of Hg and 5% of LD1 of Pb – 100% die
- The effects of the added toxins (in this case, 2 metals) is not additive (2 dead rats), but had a multiplying effect (100 dead rats).
This information may be helpful in understanding why it is vital to have healthy exit routes, open and functioning, prior to/during/after mercury filling removal from the teeth. We don’t just want it out of the mouth, we want it out of the body.
In the interest of minimizing exposure to our patients, our staff (and doctor), and our environment, we use all of the relevant mercury-safe protocols that we know of. Old saying is true here, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”