“The mouth is the mirror to the body”  Sir William Osier  (a founding father of modern medicine)

Today is the day that I have been looking forward to for many years because today the last mercury filling in my mouth is to be removed.   I was part of the ‘drill & fill’ regime and I am sure that lots of the fillings could have been avoided but the reality is some of these fillings had been in my mouth for 30 years or more. ( These pictures below are not my teeth by the way, they were not far off, but you get the idea!)



It seems unusual for me to suggest enjoyment and dentistry in the same sentence as there was a time when I had to be strapped to the dentists chair.   For the past 2 months I have skipped my way into the dental clinic, always early, excited about new understandings I will encounter and giddy that a little more poison would be removed.


I have been present through every removal, deeply breathing to relax my body & mind and I have been loving the release as I prioritise this health protocol.


This has been a long journey which was first suggested 10 years ago when I was diagnosed with mercury poisoning.  I can detail this diagnosis another time, but in the recent years of clean eating and detoxing I am highly aware of  areas needing attention in my body and my teeth have been continually reminding that I need address this huge source of toxicity.


In valuing my overall well-being, it has also taken me this all time to find the right dentist, a holistic dentist.


Any dentist can take out an amalgam filling and pop in a neat little white one, but only a holistic dentist can offer this treatment as one part of a much bigger picture of your overall health.  I would not only recommend Belfast’s only holistic dentist, I would go so far as to say, a consultation with him will expose more about your health than you could ever imagine!


There is so much reference to the notion that all disease begins in the gut, a particular area of interest for me, but it is well documented that disease may also start in the mouth, where the gastro-intestinal tract begins.


It seems alien now that I once considered the teeth as just the teeth, doing their thing, chomping, chewing etc etc independent of the rest of the body.  The fact that you go to the dentist for your teeth and the doctor for the rest of the body perhaps supports this notion!


No one had ever suggested that our teeth are connected to energetic pathways called meridians and there is a relationship between our teeth to other body parts.  This relationship between problems in the teeth and their direct influence on another organ (or organs) in the body resonated immediately.  Just like a piano, each tooth being a key.  The key is pressed and it causes a hammer to strike a note which creates a vibration and a sound.  Each key produces a different sound.

Your teeth aren’t just your teeth!



One thing that instinctively lead me to cultured and fermented foods many years back was the feeling that my digestive tract needed a little support and help.  No wonder, as a few years prior to this I had undergone a tooth extraction which related specifically to the large intestines & lungs. As the teeth are connected by nerves to your brain, these nerves send nerve impulses or messages to specific parts of the body.  If there is no tooth, I guess their is no message and this area in my body needed extra help.


I am delighted that these foods were already an established part of my routine and have kept me in good health, enabling me to respond so well to an intensive series of treatments to a mercury free mouth!


The mercury detoxing continues for at least the next 6 months, as stored mercury in the body still needs to be removed.  The approach will be  to chelate out heavy metals the longer, slower way, by means which Nature has provided and a a pace my body can naturally cope with.


Natural chelating agents include:

  1. Acetic acid is a natural substance found in fermented foods and drinks, i.e. sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kvass, apple cider vinegar, etc.
  2. Copious amounts of coriander, garlic and chlorella
  3. Amino acids, obtained from proteins, mainly eggs.
  4. Citric acid which is found in citrus fruits, i.e. lemons and limes
  5. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in many foods including vegetables and fruits.
  6. Lactic acid  found in dairy products, i.e. whey, kefir, and yogurt and fermented foods.  Double servings of my traditional fermented lemonade, Thank you very much!.
  7. Natural fats, such as butter, unrefined coconut oil.


Instinctively  for the past two months I have been religiously oil pulling at least once a day, sometimes twice.  I figured that since I have invested so much in my mouth already the extra expense of a spoonful of coconut oil might keep me right for a little while longer.   I am feeling the benefits of this as part of my mercury detox protocol.


This was forever on my to-do list. The satisfaction I now feel ticking this one off is beyond words.  I really do feel a toxic burden has lifted.

Recognizing that amalgams are dangerous to health, getting them properly removed by a trained dentist is necessary to reclaim your health.  Getting them replaced with biologically compatible composites, and continuing to detox mercury from your body will improve your overall wellbeing.


If you are feeling inspired to address the toxicity caused by mercury fillings, I urge you to make an appointment with Dr David Hefferon Holistic Dentist at Elite Dental Practice.  Tel 02890459696

(News to come soon regards a part time Dublin Clinic starting up soon)


You won’t regret it!