(On a personal note: Three years after my year 2000 Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis I started replacing my mercury fillings that were three decades old with new less-temporary fillings. My dentist said there was no specific correlation between that and progressing MS, but I didn't want to take a chance. No insurance would cover it, considering it "cosmetic" and it cost more than $5,000 out of my own pocket, and I did it over a period of 18 months. By the way, those fillings now have to be replaced slowly too because they weren't as good as my original mercury fillings, but then, here is the news.)
A Nashville news anchor in Nashville is sharing her own story about the link between her dental mercury fillings and Multiple Sclerosis.
Stacy Case said she is convinced that her MS symptoms increased because of her dental fillings and she explains the procedure and what she did in the CBS show "The Doctors" in an episode called "Dangerous Toxins."
She said she is sharing her story because "I feel like I can help others" and she is "experimenting on my own body."
She had the mercury fillings (often wrongly called silver) removed by Ada Frazier, an Alabaman dentist and member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, as well as detoxifying with the assistance of Tennessee physician Michael Bernui .
Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating illness that attacks the central nervous system of an estimated 2.1 million people worldwide. When Case discovered that her inability to walk and other MS symptoms were triggered by her dental mercury fillings, she chronicled her journey to get well. She was particularly shocked that, like millions of other Americans, she was not aware there was mercury in her teeth. "It's an injustice not to have been informed," Case explains.
Dental amalgam fillings contain approximately 50% mercury, one of the most toxic heavy metals on earth. Numerous studies from around the world warn of mercury and its link to neurological illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Boyd Haley , Chemistry Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky, and Chair of the IAOMT Scientific Advisory Board, will also appear on The Doctors. Dr. Haley has demonstrated that enormous levels of mercury vapor are released from dental amalgam "silver" fillings.
Another film, "Smoking Teeth=Poison Gas," confirms poisonous mercury vapors are continually emitted from dental amalgam fillings.
While the World Health Organization has concluded that mercury vapor from dental amalgam is the greatest source of human exposure to mercury in non-industrial settings, the National MS Society continues to deny the link between mercury and MS.
Furthermore, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had warnings posted on its website about dental amalgam mercury which have since been removed, while the American Dental Association (ADA) has endorsed the continued use of dental amalgam.
Yet, dentists in California, Connecticut, Maine, and Vermont are legally required to provide their patients with brochures about their choices for dental fillings. Whereas U.S. authorities are clearly debating over dental amalgam while citizens like Stacy Case fight to recover from illness, global groups are taking a stance against mercury: Norway, Sweden, and Denmark banned the use of mercury amalgam fillings in dentistry, Germany and Canada limited their use for pregnant women, and France, Finland, and Austria recommended that alternative mercury-free dental materials be used for pregnant women.
Last month, FOX17's Stacy Case shared publicly her diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, and she did it because she believes her silver mercurty dental fillings triggered her symptoms.
Here is some of the dialogue taken from the studio's site:
"Just go as fast as I can?" asks Case.
"Just walk normal," says Dr. Moses.
A battery of neurological tests, checking for problems with coordination, strength, vision and balance.
"Now turn around," says Dr. Moses. "Look here at my finger please. Okay, push up. So, that's very good. Now try to walk one foot in front of the other heel to toe."
"Can I look?" asks Case.
"If you want to," says Dr. Moses. "Most people on a tight rope don't look."
"I've got to look," says Case.
"Okay," says Dr. Moses. "So that's pretty good, a little labored, a little difficult."
"Yeah," says Case.
Though she sailed through all of her other tests, this last drill shows she'd have a hard time passing a standard DUI test, though she doesn't drink and drive.
"What about the toe to toe out there?" asks Case. "I wasn't happy with that."
"It's not perfect," says Dr. Moses.
"Okay," says Case. "I did not like that."
"These are things we look for," says Dr. Moses. "We will keep an eye on that."
She says, to be honest, it scared her a little. Until that specific test, She had not noticed any balance issues in 3 years, since the first attack of MS-like symptoms that left her unable to walk correctly for a few days, dazed and confused with blurred vision in one eye. That was July 2008. Her children were just 2 and 3 at the time. After a look at outward symptoms, next a look inside her brain, from her annual MRI taken in May. Her neurologist is looking for white lesions. Multiple Sclerosis turns a person's own immune system against the coating that protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord, cutting off communication from point A to point B. Each divot creates a neurological deficit. Finally, the words she'd been praying she'd hear!
"The good news is these changes have remained stable," says Dr. Moses.
Stable, stable, stable. In layman's terms that means she has no white lesions, no new damage, no active disease, for the 3rd year running! That's why this visit is so critical. The fact that she's made it 3 years with no new white spots is promising - so promising, her Dr. who first told her he was 99% sure she had MS 3 years ago, now says each year of good check ups brings an even better prognosis. She never thought she'd hear something this good 3 years in!
"Your likelihood of having MS lifetime is actually quite low," says Dr. Moses.
"My what now?" asks Case.
"Likelihood of having a 2nd attack of developing MS is actually quite low," says Dr. Moses.
"So since I've been coming to you, you've told me that you do think I have MS. Now you're saying I may not?" asks Case.
"Well, I'm not 100% sure," says Dr. Moses. "Some of the changes on the MRI look like they could be due to MS, but they could also be due to other things."
Those other things she thinks are heavy metals toxic to the body accumulated over time. Then, she thinks dental work in 2008 just before her onset of symptoms tipped the scales of toxicity, giving her a life changing dose of mercury.
"You understand how I feel about it," says Dr. Moses. "I don't think the chelation business and some of these other things make a big difference, but it's not like I think it's a terrible idea. I'm not certain it's helping, but that's fine. So, we have a difference of opinion around that, and that's perfectly okay."
Bottom line: she's gotten better with each passing year since that terrible episode in 2008 that scared her family to death.
"So that's very reassuring again," says Dr. Moses. "I'm hopeful if your MRI is stable in the next 2 years, we might just see how that goes."
"Would you call that an undiagnosis?" asks Case. "or how would you phrase that medically?"
"I would say you're at risk," says Dr. Moses. "but I think your risk continues to diminish."
She's just happy to be where she is, even if there's a disagreement on how she got there. She has chosen to share her journey because she believes others can benefit from what she's learned by experimenting on her own body and ridding herself of heavy metal toxicity. You can to her website here.