A lot of women are told the cause of their hair loss is all in their head, but what if it truly is? Silver mercury amalgam fillings in your teeth are a possible culprit of hair loss. Do you have mercury fillings in your mouth right now?
At this point I’ve been researching hair loss for about 10 years, and I’ve had so many different tests, and ruled out almost all causes of my hair loss. Chances are it’s just genetic, but what I haven’t been able to rule out yet are my silver amalgam fillings (which contain mercury). I have a lot of silver fillings left – at least 10 that I haven’t needed to replace yet with white composite fillings. I started getting silver put in my mouth at age 13 and I’ve had a lot of fillings. When I was a kid I got silver ones because that’s what the dentist used, and when I was in college, I also got silver fillings because they were cheaper. I also have a gold crown next to a silver filling, which is supposedly really bad.
What’s wrong with mercury fillings?
Mercury is an extremely toxic element. The great debate is whether or not amalgam fillings pose any harm to you. Did you know that while amalgam fillings are used in the United States all the time, they are banned in some countries due to safety concerns? Amalgam fillings leach mercury vapors into your mouth every day, but some experts say the amount is negligible, and poses no harm, while other experts say this amount is extremely hazardous to your health.
But the American Dental Association (ADA) says amalgam fillings are safe. If a dentist suggests removing your amalgam fillings for health reasons, the dentist can be expelled from the ADA and lose their license, so most dentists are going to tell you they are perfectly safe. I’ve asked every dentist I’ve ever had if mercury fillings are safe and they all say yes. Do I believe them? No. Did you know that when mercury fillings are removed from your mouth, they are disposed as hazardous waste? Scary! Another crazy fact: dentists have one of the highest suicide rates of all professions. Mercury poisoning can cause depression and suicide. Remember the Mad Hatter from “Alice In Wonderland”? – mercury was used in hat making at one time, and neurological damage is another side effect of mercury poisoning.
Mercury and hair loss
So what does all of this have to do with hair loss – mercury poisoning causes hair loss. It also causes a host of other major health problems like autoimmune diseases, and it brings on diseases that you are genetically predisposed to getting. Mercury can also cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, MS, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, thyroid problems, Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus. Very common mercury ailments, besides hair loss, include: depression, numbness and tingling, chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, joint pain, difficulty making decisions, ringing in the ears, and irritability.
So mercury causes all of these horrible problems, but again the question is whether mercury fillings cause the same problems. That’s something I can’t answer, but I am guessing YES! I urge you to do your own research about mercury to decide for yourself. Not everyone is going to have a sensitivity to mercury, though. And people can have different thresholds to how much mercury in their body causes a problem.
Why haven’t I taken out my silver fillings yet?
There’s nothing I want more than to replace all of my mercury fillings with white composite fillings, but I haven’t done it yet. I’ve had several replaced in the past when bigger fillings were needed, and luckily I chose white ones then for aesthetic purposes. I only learned about the connection between hair loss and mercury a few years ago. I haven’t gone out of my way to replace any mainly because of money. It costs a lot to get them replaced, and I don’t have dental insurance (just a dental discount plan). Even though I know for a fact mercury causes hair loss, I do not know if removing my fillings will make my hair grow back. There are so many things I’ve already tried to fix that I was sure would bring back my hair (taking iron pills, fixing my low thyroid, eating better, exercising more, reducing stress) and nothing has worked, so chances are my luck will be no better with the mercury removal either.
I do believe I have a sensitivity to mercury because I have sooo many symptoms of mercury toxicity. Of course half of the symptoms are the same as those of depression, Hypothyroid and hormone imbalances, so who knows what’s what. Ironically, mercury causes all of these problems too! Also every time I eat fish with a lot of mercury (like ahi tuna) I get tingling fingers and arms, which is a sign of mercury poisoning. But it could be a coincidence. I now stay away from fish high in mercury. Finally, I first got my fillings at age 13 and didn’t notice any health problems until I was around 18, and it wasn’t until age 20 that I saw an increase in hair shedding. I was continuing to get new fillings every year after age 13, so maybe I finally reached a threshold where I had enough to cause problems, or maybe they have nothing to do with anything…
Another reason I haven’t removed all my fillings yet is because removing mercury fillings can cause even more problems. When they’re removed, they emit even more vapors into your mouth, and a lot of people report getting really sick from the removal. I’ve had so many health problems in the past, and I’ve always wondered if they happened when I got new silver fillings, or got them out, but I just can’t remember if the events coincided. Also, ideally you should find a dentist that believes silver fillings are bad and knows how to remove them properly – in the correct sequence, and using proper safety measures. In the book “It’s All in Your Head: The Link Between Mercury Amalgams and Illness,” the author explains this, and explains how to take them out, and how to chelate afterwards, and the whole things sounds so complicated, and if you do it wrong, you could end up worse off in the end! Jeez. I also worry the removal could cause more hair shedding initially, and you shouldn’t get all the fillings out at once, so the whole process could take a year.
Have you had your silver fillings removed? What happened? A lot of people online do report seeing their hair come back after removing their fillings! Of course, there could be more than one underlying cause of someone’s hair loss (mercury fillings plus genetics) so removing the fillings might help somewhat, but it’s not going to solve the genetic part. The amount of suffering I’ve gone through over the past 15 years from various health problems and hair loss (the worst of them all) has taken a real toll on me – what if it was all because of some stupid silver in my mouth?!!!