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 that is not related 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 caused an improvement in symptoms.
Some alternative medicine practitioners say that vapor that escapes from the mercury in dental fillings can lead to changes in blood composition. They think that this may contribute to multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms. They claim that removing the fillings can benefit people who have MS.
People with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) start out with another type of MS -- relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
If you've been diagnosed with SPMS you may have had relapsing-remitting MS for a decade or more. That's when you may begin to feel a shift in your disease.
The changes are often not easy to recognize. But you may notice that your relapses may not seem to fully go away.
Most people with relapsing-remitting MS -- about 80% -- eventually get secondary progressive...
Treatment involves removing mercury amalgam fillings. The person is tested for the best replacement filling material. Then that material is used to replace the mercury fillings. The person also gets detoxification therapy. This may include nutritional support to balance body chemistry. It may also include the 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 it an unethical practice to remove fillings to treat MS.
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March 12, 2014
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