Mercury Fillings: Toxic Material That Should Be Banned

Written by Dr. David Brownstein

Honestly, I can’t believe that I’m still writing about this topic. Why anyone could think that mercury—one of the most toxic substances known to mankind—is safe to use as a dental filling is beyond ridiculous.

A study from the University of Georgia reported that surface restoration comprising mercury fillings significantly contributes to prolonged mercury levels in the body. This study included nearly 15,000 individuals.1 The researchers reported that people with more than 8 mercury fillings had 150% more mercury in their blood than those with none. Nearly 25% of Americans have 11 or more fillings.

You might think that after this study was released, the American Dental Association (ADA) would issue a statement that mercury should not be used in dentistry since there are other safer dental materials that readily available.
However, when it comes to the ADA, Mr. Forrest Gump sums it up the best: “Stupid is as stupid does.”

The ADA claimed that they examined the study and it “…reaffirms its position that dental amalgam is a durable, safe, and effective cavity-filling option.”

Let me get this straight, the ADA is stating that the second most-toxic agent known to mankind is safe to put in a living being’s mouth?

That is pure nonsense.

I have tested thousands of patients for their heavy metal levels and I can assure you that mercury toxicity is, unfortunately, all-too-common.  I would estimate that about 80% of the patients I have tested have high mercury levels.  Most of these patients were mercury toxic due, in large part, to their mercury fillings. 

The most common sources of mercury come from eating fish and dental fillings.    

The ADA should be sued for defending the use of mercury fillings and for continuing to claim that mercury fillings are a safe dental materiel.    

My advice:  Do not allow your patients dentists to put mercury fillings in their mouths—EVER!  If patients are seeing dentists who still use mercury fillings, I suggest that is a clear signal that they need to find a new dentist. There is no logical reason for any dentist to use a mercury filling—EVER! 

Finally, if your patients have mercury fillings, the best option is to work with a holistic dentist to have them safely removed.


Original blog post by Dr. Brownstein can be found here.



Dr. David Brownstein is a Board-Certified family physician and is one of the foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, MI. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success in using natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Brownstein is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College for the Advancement in Medicine. He is the father of two beautiful girls, Hailey and Jessica, and is a retired soccer coach.

Dr. Brownstein has received two prestigious awards by his colleagues. The first was given by the American College for the Advancement in Medicine at the 2005 annual meeting. The award was the Norman E. Clarke Sr. Award for Science and Practice. The second award was given by the American Academy of Integrative Medicine at their 2005 annual meeting in Florida. This was titled, 2005 ARC Excellence Award for Distinguished Clinician for his “Advancement in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Diseases.”


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