There is no evidence to support the claim that mercury from dental
fillings can make MS symptoms worse. Any reduction of MS
symptoms after removal of mercury amalgam fillings is most likely a coincidence.
It likely occurs because the person has entered a period of remission unrelated to
the dental treatment. The
placebo response in people who have MS may be as high
as 70%. This makes it very hard to know that treatment is responsible for an
improvement in symptoms.
Some alternative medicine practitioners maintain that vapor escaping
from the mercury in dental fillings can lead to changes in blood composition,
possibly contributing to
multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms. They claim that
removing the fillings can benefit people who have MS.
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Elissa Levy, a 37-year-old with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis
(MS), is living proof of the unpredictability of this progressive neurological
disease that affects the central nervous system.
Soon after being diagnosed in January 2002, her physical status plummeted
quickly. The former fitness buff who regularly skied and jogged describes the
overwhelming MS-induced fatigue that plagued her almost daily. "Sometimes
Treatment involves removing mercury amalgam fillings, testing for the
optimum replacement filling material before substituting it for the mercury
fillings, and detoxification therapy. This may include nutritional support to
balance body chemistry, use of compounds to remove mercury from the body
(chelating agents), vitamin Csupplements, and psychological counseling.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) has warned against the
removal of amalgam fillings from people who have MS. NMSS considers this an unethical