‘Before the Flood’ — A Global Exploration for Answers to Climate Change

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By Dr. Mercola

In the National Geographic film, "Before the Flood," actor, environmental activist and United Nations messenger Leonardo DiCaprio explores what must be done to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on planet Earth.

We all accept that we are harming this planet to our own detriment and we must stop our wasteful and polluting ways. Whether you are an adversary or proponent of the highly politicized phrase “climate change,” the solutions we need to implement for our long term viability are obvious, necessary and beneficial for everyone that desires a regenerative world.

There are four primary components that can unite everyone and bypass further arguments. Protecting and improving our air, water and soil is simply essential — not doing so is suicide. I recommend you think about four indisputable actions that can help avoid arguments and preserve regenerative systems. These practices are essential and universally agreeable; getting caught up in any debate is unnecessary.

  1. Support Regenerative Agriculture
  2. Protect our lakes, rivers, oceans and aquifers
  3. Reduce Waste
  4. Improve Energy Use and Sourcing

Before the Flood

Whether you believe man-made climate change is real or not, I urge you to lay your judgments aside for an hour-and-a-half and watch this film. A fact that cannot be denied is that our world has become increasingly and devastatingly toxic, and these toxins are damaging our ecosystem, thereby placing the survival of mankind at risk.

We are eroding soils, polluting water, draining aquifers and contaminating our air. Any one of these issues progressing will have devastating consequences, and at our current pace we have roughly 50 years before time will run out. Some instances of pollution, such as the plastic now choking our oceans, or agricultural runoff contaminating our fresh water supplies, highlight serious damage that we can and must stop.

The decimation of forests, be it for the purpose of tar sands operations or paper milling or building cities and suburbs, also has an impact on the Earth. Whether man-made CO2 is instrumental in climate change or not, what’s clear is that our Earth is in peril, and it’s up to all of us, corporations included, to reassess our impact on the world at large.

We Must Reassess Our Dependence on a Fossil Fuel Economy

To sustain our dependence on fossil fuels, we’ve had to implement increasingly risky and environmentally devastating extraction methods, such as fracking for natural gas, mountaintop removal to extract coal, offshore drilling for oil and tar sands for synthetic crude. All of these methods are extremely disruptive and destructive to the environment. The past few years alone are rife with examples of massive spills and accidents causing environmental damage of absolutely epic proportions.

This is no overnight change, but first and foremost we can all be more efficient with our energy consumption in our homes, businesses and transportation. Solar energy will likely play the largest role in this transition, but in the meantime we need to look at all aspects of how we use energy and use less while minimizing pollution.

Melting in the Arctic

DiCaprio visits Baffin Island, situated in the Canadian Arctic, above the Arctic Circle. There, he interviews National Geographic explorer-in-residence Enric Sala, Ph.D., and Jake Awa, a native Arctic guide and hunter.

Awa recalls that in earlier years, they always used to have solid, frozen ice. Today, it has a slushy consistency, with large puddles everywhere. According to Sala, if the melting trend continues, by 2040 we will be able to sail across the North Pole. There will be no Arctic ice left.

This in turn will have wide-ranging consequences, changing currents and weather patterns across the globe. Floods and droughts will become more severe and catastrophic. As noted by DiCaprio, we’re now far beyond the point where making small changes — such as changing your light bulbs to more energy efficient versions — can have an impact.

Even if the temperature were to stabilize at the levels we’ve seen in the past decade, Greenland will still vanish. In the past five years alone, one lower Greenland weather station has seen about 30 feet of ice melt, amounting to hundreds of cubic kilometers of ice.

Will China Lead the Next Green Revolution?

China has now overtaken the U.S. as the No. 1 polluter in the world. There, people have become quite familiar with the realities of pollution in the water, air and soil. Chinese media are being “very helpful,” in this regard, says Ma Jun, founding director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Faced with the immediate (and easily recognizable) threat to health posed by pollution, most civil protests are now over environmental issues, with people demanding greater transparency and solutions. In most cities, people will wear face masks when venturing outside, as the pollution burns the lungs.

Jun created a website showing which of the 9,000 factories are in or out of compliance with pollution standards on any given day, allowing people to continuously pressure those factories to meet the standards.

As a result of public pressure, China has resolved to invest in “green,” energy solutions such as solar. And, while the country is still heavily vested in fossil fuels, they are transitioning to renewables faster than anticipated. The question is: Can developing countries make the same transition, or will they simply repeat the mistakes of the developed world?

Balancing Immediate Energy Needs With Global Pollution Ramifications

In India, about 30 percent of households, more than 300 million people, do not have access to electricity. As noted by Sunita Narain with the Centre for Science and Environment in Delhi, India stands poised to follow in the footsteps of the developed world, because coal is both abundant and inexpensive in India.

“If you created the problem in the past, we will create it in the future,” she says. “We have 700 million households that cook using biomass fuel today. If those households move to coal, you have that much more use of fossil fuels. Then the entire world is fried.”

However, she also notes that if using solar is so simple, convenient and inexpensive, why hasn’t the U.S. made the conversion already? The U.S. needs to put its money where its mouth is, and if we’re so concerned about climate change, then we need to take a long, hard look at our own consumption first, before we lay eyes on India.

According to Narain, the average American uses the energy equivalent to 1.5 citizens of France, 2.2 citizens of Japan, 10 citizens of China, 34 citizens of India, and 61 citizens of Nigeria, each and every day of the year.

“Your consumption is really going to put a hole in the planet,” she says. “The fact of the matter is, we need to put the issue of lifestyle and consumption at the center of climate negotiations.”

In short, Narain believes Americans must take responsibility, both for our bloated energy consumption and our own addiction to fossil fuels. If we were to invest in and transition to renewable energy, then others, including India, could pressure its leadership to follow.

Crisis in Kiribati

In Kiribati, an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean, rising seawater has now started to enter homes, farmland and the freshwater ponds used for drinking water. According to Anote Tong, president of Kiribati, the projections put forth by scientists is that the islands will eventually be completely submerged by rising sea levels. The question is what can be done about it?

Short-term, people have been relocated inland, but Tong realizes that a long-term solution must be prepared, for eventually the island will not be able to accommodate all of its inhabitants. Ultimately, migration is inevitable. Kiribati has acquired part of the Fiji Islands, and if people choose to migrate, now or later, they have someplace to go. As noted by one Kiribatian, many of the island nations that contribute the least to global warming are the ones experiencing the worst, and earliest, impact.

Industrialization and pollution have also taken a dramatic toll on oceanic ecosystems. In the last three decades alone, HALF of all coral has been lost. And with the death of coral the entire ecosystem falls apart, ultimately leading to starvation — as more than 1 billion people worldwide depend on fish for sustenance — and loss of livelihood, which leads to poverty.

The ocean soaks up about one-third of the CO2 dumped into the atmosphere. This makes oceans a stabilizing force in climate. The problem is we have been, and certainly still are, creating CO2 at a faster rate than the oceans can process and filter. Ultimately, that is the problem: We’re killing ALL of the systems that would normally help stabilize the Earth’s climate, such as oceans and rainforests.

Carbon displacement is real, and soil erosion and the burning of fossil fuels are taking carbon from the land and moving it to water and air. Regenerative agriculture is the most promising and productive means we have to remedy this situation while improving the quality of our foods and water efficiency.

Destroying the Lungs of the World

Another type of oil that is robbing our grandchildren of a future is palm oil, an inexpensive oil found in countless household products, from soaps and cosmetics to processed foods and cooking oils. In Indonesia, massive fires are intentionally set to clear rainforest for palm oil plantations.

As noted in the film, “This cheap commodity is making companies tremendous profits.” The ultimate price: rainforests — the lungs of the world. Today, palm oil plantations have taken over about 80 percent of the rainforest in Indonesia.

The forest fires of 2015 released more carbon into the atmosphere than the entire U.S. economy, each and every day. In the process, populations of rhino, orangutans, elephants and tigers were also decimated. The reasons these forests are being destroyed is because people keep buying products containing palm oil. This is yet another case where the purchasing decisions of consumers are driving an incredibly destructive process.

Is Transition to Solar Energy a Feasible Goal?

Revisiting the issue of transitioning to renewable energy like solar, DiCaprio talks to Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. Would it actually be possible to transition not only the U.S., but the entire world, to solar energy?

At Tesla’s gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, Musk is working on producing batteries that can efficiently store solar energy. This is a much-needed component of the solution, as the sun does not always shine, no matter where you live. A massive advantage of solar panels and batteries is that you avoid having to build any kind of electrical power plants.

A single battery pack could store energy collected by solar panels and supply power to an entire village, without having to build a power plant and draw power lines.

“It’s like what happened with landlines versus cellular phones,” Musk says. “A lot of developing countries didn’t do the landline phones. They went straight to cellular.”

Musk has calculated how many gigafactories like the one in Reno would be required to transition the whole world to renewable energy. The answer? One hundred gigafactories, measuring about 15 million square feet each. That’s all that would be required to make enough solar powered batteries to give solar energy to not just the U.S., but every nation on the globe.

As noted by Musk, were larger industry giants to get in on this, along with nations like China, the transition could be accomplished rather quickly. It would be even quicker if governments were to implement laws and regulations favoring renewable energy. Some countries are already well on their way.

About 30 percent of Germany’s energy comes from solar energy, for example. Denmark uses as much as 100 percent solar, and Sweden recently declared its intention to become the first fossil fuel-free nation in the world.

The Easiest Way to Opt Out of a Destructive System

As noted by Gidon Eshel, Ph.D., a research professor of environmental physics at Bard College, one of the absolute easiest ways to opt out of destructive systems — without appealing to or waiting for governments and corporations to change — is by changing your own diet.

Eshel is a scientist who studies the effects of agriculture on climate. According to Eshel, 47 percent of the land is used for food production and, of that, 70 percent is used to grow feed for cattle in feedlots. Fruits, vegetables and nuts account for a mere 1 percent of the agricultural land.

While I believe everyone needs some beef, most Americans do eat as much as five times more than they need, so cutting back on beef could also have a number of health benefits. An even more important change would be to switch to grass fed beef which reduces the carbon footprint and improves the soil, water and environment.

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) create an enormous amount of waste that pollutes soil, air and water. CAFOs also routinely use antibiotics, thereby promoting antibiotic-resistant disease and drug-resistant pandemics.

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Voting for a Cleaner World With Every Meal

Hopefully you can find the time to watch “Before the Flood.” I think you’ll find it to be an eye-opener. And, while realizing the extent of the environmental destruction can be distressing, it’s important to realize where your power lies. In this case, the greatest power you have as an individual is your purchasing power.

Each decision you make either adds to the problem or facilitates the solution. So take responsibility for your decisions. As mentioned, one of the easiest ways to opt out of a number of destructive systems is to change your diet.

By supporting your local farmers and choosing fresh, local produce over “cheap” conventional varieties commonly sold in larger grocery chains, you help steer the agricultural industry toward safer, more sustainable systems. You can also slash your food bill by focusing on locally grown foods that are in season, typically a bargain at that time of year, or by growing some of your own. Remember to choose organic, grass fed/pasture-raised beef, poultry and dairy, in addition to organic produce.

While many grocery stores now carry organic foods, it’s preferable to source yours from local growers whenever possible, as much of the organic food sold in grocery stores is imported. If you live in the U.S., the following organizations can help you locate farm-fresh foods:

? provides lists of farmers known to produce wholesome raw dairy products as well as grass fed beef and other farm-fresh produce (although not all are certified organic). Here you can also find information about local farmers markets, as well as local stores and restaurants that sell grass fed products.

? Weston A. Price Foundation

Weston A. Price has local chapters in most states, and many of them are connected with buying clubs in which you can easily purchase organic foods, including grass fed raw dairy products like milk and butter.

? Grassfed Exchange

The Grassfed Exchange has a listing of producers selling organic and grass fed meats across the U.S.

? Local Harvest

This website will help you find farmers markets, family farms and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce, grass fed meats, and many other goodies.

? Farmers Markets

A national listing of farmers markets.

? Eat Well Guide: Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals

The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns, hotels and online outlets in the United States and Canada.

? Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)

CISA is dedicated to sustaining agriculture and promoting the products of small farms.

? FoodRoutes

The FoodRoutes “Find Good Food” map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, Community Supported Agriculture memberships (CSAs) and markets near you.

? The Cornucopia Institute

The Cornucopia Institute maintains web-based tools rating all certified organic brands of eggs, dairy products and other commodities, based on their ethical sourcing and authentic farming practices separating CAFO “organic” production from authentic organic practices.


If you’re still unsure of where to find raw milk, check out and They can tell you what the status is for legality in your state, and provide a listing of raw dairy farms in your area. The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund1 also provides a state-by-state review of raw milk laws.2 California residents can also find raw milk retailers using the store locator available at

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Ashwagandha for Cognitive Function

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By Dr. Mercola

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an herb that’s been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times. Literally translated from its Sanskrit roots, ashwagandha means “smells like a horse,” which may hint more at its essence than its actual smell. It’s suggested by some Ayurvedic health practitioners that the herb was so named because it provides the strength and stamina of a horse. Meanwhile, its species name, somnifera, is a nod to its sedative properties.1

While ashwagandha is sometimes referred to as Ayurvedic or Indian ginseng,2 it is not in the ginseng family. The ashwagandha plant is a shrub with yellow-green flowers and orange-red berries native to Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.

The leaves and root are most often used medicinally. According to Ayurvedic tradition, ashwagandha is considered a rasayana herb, which means it may promote youth and longevity while alleviating suffering. It’s a broad but fitting description, as this herb has a wide range of beneficial properties, including being adaptogenic, which means it helps you manage stress.

“[I]t also is believed to be quite helpful to the elderly by providing energy and relieving pain, inflammation, and nervous debility,” according to the American Botanical Council,3 and recent research suggests it has brain benefits as well.

Ashwagandha May Improve Memory and Cognitive Function

Memory enhancement is one of ashwagandha’s traditional uses, particularly the root. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements bears this out, as it studied the use of ashwagandha root extract for improving memory and cognitive functions in 50 people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).4

MCI is a slight decline in cognitive abilities that’s associated with an increased risk of developing more serious dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Participants received either ashwagandha root extract or a placebo for eight weeks. Those who took ashwagandha had significant improvements in a number of areas compared to the placebo group. This included greater improvements in:

  • Immediate and general memory
  • Executive function
  • Sustained attention
  • Information-processing speed

The researchers pointed to ashwagandha’s sedative properties as a potential mechanism behind the memory benefits, noting they “may be indirectly involved in improving memory and cognition in human subjects, as stress, anxiety and sleep disorders can affect normal cognitive function.”5

Ashwagandha may also help to slow down the deterioration of brain cells in people with dementia. It was found to repair brain cell damage and rebuild neuronal networks and synapses. This herb may also help deal with depression because of its ability to combat mental and emotional stress. Separate research found it alleviated obesity-induced cognitive impairments in rats.6

Researchers even wrote in PLOS One, “Ashwagandha leaf derived bioactive compounds have neuroprotective potential and may serve as supplement for brain health.”7

Ashwagandha May Buffer Some of the Effects of Sleep Deprivation, Stress

Ashwasgandha has traditionally been used in Ayurveda as a sleep aid, and research suggests it has anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties that may help to manage sleep deprivation-induced stress and associated functional impairments.8

Its stress-reducing properties are well known, as ashwagandha helps your body reduce production of cortisol (stress hormone) by as much as 28 percent. In fact, when given to study participants with a history of chronic stress, they experienced significantly reduced cortisol levels and a reduction in scores on all the stress-assessment scales tested. Researchers concluded:9

“The findings of this study suggest that a high-concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha root extract safely and effectively improves an individual’s resistance [toward] stress and thereby improves self-assessed quality of life.”

Beyond this, in a study of people with moderate to severe anxiety, those who took ashwagandha extract experienced a reduction in anxiety and stress along with improved vitality, motivation and general health.10

Ashwagandha: An All-Around Health Tonic

Aswagandha is best known for its calming, stress-relieving qualities, but its uses extend far beyond this. In the journal Central Nervous System Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, ashwagandha is described as an “elixir” that’s used in a global fashion to not only increase longevity but also to “normalize physiological functions, disturbed by chronic stress, through correction of imbalances in the neuroendocrine and immune systems.”11

“Ashwagandha is regarded as tonic, aphrodisiac, narcotic, diuretic, anthelmintic, astringent, thermogenic and stimulant,” note researchers in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, who went on to list its many benefits for different health conditions and disease processes:12

“Ashwagandha is commonly available as a churna, a fine sieved powder that can be mixed with water, ghee (clarified butter) or honey. It enhances the function of the brain and nervous system and improves the memory.

It improves the function of the reproductive system promoting a healthy sexual and reproductive balance. Being a powerful adaptogen, it enhances the body’s resilience to stress. Ashwagandha improves the body’s defense against disease by improving the cell-mediated immunity. It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals.”

In areas where Ayurvedic medicine is widely recognized (such as India, Nepal and Malaysia), ashwagandha root may be used to treat inflammatory disorders, impotence in men and diseases associated with wasting or weakness.13 Some even say it may be used to treat “almost all disorders that affect … human health.”14 In addition, ashwagandha may be useful for:

? Improving stamina

? Gastric ulcers

? Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s

? Energy levels

? Mitochondrial health

? Inflammation

? Rheumatoid arthritis

? Osteoarthritis

? Increasing muscle mass and strength

? Lowering blood sugar levels

Beyond this, the American Botanical Council has compiled even more uses for ashwaghanda (in this case the root), noting:15

“Some of the documented uses of the root of ashwagandha include as a hypnotic for treating alcoholism (along with leaf); treatment for brain fog, colds and chills, childhood emaciation, emphysematous dysphonia (difficult speech caused by emphysema, with leaf), fever, glandular swelling, impotence or seminal debility;

… [T]o counteract loss of memory and muscular energy, nervous exhaustion, rheumatic fever, rheumatic swelling, senile and general debility, spermatorrhea, syphilis, and ulcers. In Tanzania, the root is used as a sexual stimulant and to promote uterine contractions.”

How to Use Ashwagandha

If you’re considering using ashwagandha, talk to your holistic health care practitioner first, as even natural remedies, like herbs, can sometimes interact with other medications or supplements you may be taking.

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid ashwagandha, as studies suggest that when taken in excess it can cause spasmolytic activity in the uterus, which can result in a premature birth. In general, however, ashwagandha is associated with only mild side effects, if any, and appears to be safe for most people.

Dosages typically range from 125 milligrams (mg) to 1,250 mg daily, with the higher end leading to the most significant effects in clinical studies.16 Ashwagandha can also be used in essential oil form topically (diluted with a carrier oil), especially for pain relief or fighting stress. If you prefer, dried ashwagandha root can also be made into a tea, which you can sip at your leisure. One recipe, from Cure Joy, is as follows:17

Ashwagandha Tea

  • Take 2 teaspoons of dried ashwagandha root
  • Immerse it in approximately 3 1/2 cups boiling water
  • Allow it to boil for 15 minutes
  • Remove the root from the liquid
  • Strain to remove any remaining plant matter in the water
  • Consume 1/4 cup twice daily

Finally, while ashwagandha isn’t the typical “herb garden” plant like thyme or basil, it’s relatively easy to grow (as an annual if you live in an area with cold winters) and will provide you with your own ready supply for teas and tinctures. To grow your own ashwagandha, here’s what you should know:18

  1. Your soil should be sandy and well-draining. It’s best to plant your seeds in a sunny part of your garden. It is nearly impossible to grow ashwagandha in a moist environment; it thrives in dry soil.
  2. The plant should not be watered all the time and should only be watered when it seems “thirsty.”
  3. The ideal growing temperature is between 70 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is lower, expect the plant to grow at a much slower pace. The ashwagandha plant should be fully grown in about 150 to 180 days.

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Tell FDA to Ban Amalgam for Pregnant Women, Children and Nursing Mothers

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By Dr. Mercola

Dental amalgam — deceptively marketed as “silver” fillings, denoting their color rather than their composition — are 50 percent mercury and therefore really should not be placed in the mouth.

Mercury is a potent and well-recognized neurotoxin, and there’s no magic formula or process that renders it safe once it’s in your teeth. As noted by Charlie Brown, former attorney general for West Virginia and president of Consumers for Dental Choice:

“In its amalgam rule, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concedes that this mercury product poses a risk for the unborn and young children: ‘The developing neurological systems in fetuses and young children may be more sensitive to the neurotoxic effects of mercury vapor.’

FDA also admits that there is no scientific proof that amalgam is safe for these populations: ‘Very limited to no clinical information is available regarding long-term health outcomes in pregnant women and their developing fetuses, and children under the age of [6], including infants who are breastfed.’”

Despite such admissions, the FDA’s amalgam rule continues to support and promote the use of amalgam. This toxic and health harming practice needs to end and, in the video above, Brown details two recent developments that really should force the FDA to finally take action.

Two Groundbreaking Developments Highlighting the Need for FDA Action on Amalgam

In 2013, the Minamata Convention, which is focused on reducing environmental mercury pollution, was signed by more than 100 nations, including the U.S.

Consumers for Dental Choice was instrumental in getting dental mercury included in this global treaty, which requires participating nations to phase down dental amalgam.

In the three years since, the FDA has not responded or taken any action regarding this requirement — yet they have no choice; they must do so eventually, so why not now?

Then, in December of last year, the European Union reached an agreement of its three parts — Parliament, Council and Commission — to ban mercury dental fillings in pregnant or nursing women and children under the age of 15.1,2

This spring, the European Parliament ratified the package of reforms to implement Minamata, including the partial amalgam ban, by an astounding margin of 663 to 8! The ban takes effect on July 1, 2018.

This means women and children in 28 countries, with a population totaling more than half a billion people, will be protected from this dangerous neurotoxin.  

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the FDA — which claims to be the “gold standard” in medical device regulation — has done nothing, zilch, zero, at all to safeguard even the most vulnerable among us.

The agency admits amalgam poses a risk for unborn and young children, and that it has no proof amalgam is safe for use in these populations, so why has it not taken action to protect Americans?

The FDA simply must take action on this issue, and between the Minamata treaty and the E.U.’s partial ban on amalgam, the agency really has no choice but to do what the treaty requires and 28 other countries have agreed to do already, which is to ban the use of amalgam in children under 15, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

Banning amalgam use for these groups is an important first step toward mercury-free dentistry for everyone. In Sweden, once amalgam was banned for children and pregnant women, a total ban was soon to follow.

To remind the FDA of its responsibility, please take a moment right now to sign the Consumers for Dental Choice petition to the FDA to ban amalgam in these most vulnerable groups — the first step toward banning amalgam use for everyone.

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Mercury Has No Place in Modern Dentistry

Mercury-containing amalgam is a primitive and toxic dental repair device that is technically inferior to modern alternatives. It simply has no place in modern dentistry. One of the most popular alternatives to amalgam is resin composite, which is made of a type of plastic reinforced with powdered glass.

It is already common throughout the U.S. and the rest of the developed world, offering notable improvements over amalgam as it’s nontoxic, environmentally safe, allows the dentist to preserve healthy tooth structure and has excellent durability, typically lasting as long or longer than amalgams.

Meanwhile, evidence shows dental amalgams readily release mercury in the form of vapor every time you eat, drink or brush your teeth, with a single amalgam filling releasing an average of 10 micrograms (mcg) per day.

The video above demonstrates this. For comparison, eating mercury-tainted seafood can expose you to about 2.3 mcg per day, which was enough for scientists to call for a worldwide warning in 2006.

Mercury promotes chronic inflammation, which is a key factor in most chronic disease. It also impairs your body’s ability to detoxify, and toxic load is another component driving chronic disease rates skyward.

Beware of Metals in Dentistry

Today, about 50 percent of American dentists offer mercury-free dentistry. That percentage really needs to be 100 percent, and to accelerate change, it’s important that you demand mercury-free dentistry for yourself and your children — both from your dentist and your insurance company.

If they refuse, switch dentists; switch insurance. Consumer pressure is by far the fastest way to eliminate a hazardous practice. Ideally, you should not have any kind of metal in your mouth. When metals, such as those used in crowns and implants, are placed in your mouth, they sit in a medium of saliva, which turns your mouth into a charged battery. We call this charge “galvanic toxicity.”

Your brain is a collection of nerves and supportive connective tissues that are highly sensitive to these microamp currents. Galvanic toxicity in your mouth can easily disrupt sensitive neural circuits and function. Common signs and symptoms of galvanic toxicity are a metallic taste in your mouth, an electric charge with utensils and insomnia.

Finding suitable materials to replace the metals currently used can be a challenge, but a knowledgeable biological dentist should be able to inform you of the latest, safe alternatives. Holistic dentists use biocompatible materials that will not adversely impact your immune system.

EPA Sued for Withdrawing Mercury Policy

Dental amalgams are also a significant source of environmental mercury pollution, which is why it was included in the Minamata treaty in the first place. There are 130,000 dental offices in the U.S., about 103,000 of which still either use or remove amalgam fillings.3 Together, these dentists discharge about 5.1 tons of mercury each year to publically owned water treatment plants4 and, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “most of this mercury is subsequently released to the environment.”

Indeed, dental offices are the single largest source of mercury pollution at sewage treatment plants — mercury pollution that then ends up accumulating in the environment and contaminating fish. In December 2016, the EPA finally — after more than 15 years of debate and inaction — finalized a rule that would restrict these kinds of mercury discharges by requiring dentists to install amalgam separators and follow best management practices.

Alas, the rule was unceremoniously withdrawn following a regulatory freeze order issued by the White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, on January 20, 2017, and the EPA is now facing a lawsuit because of it. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which filed the suit, the EPA cannot legally withdraw its mercury protection rule without first going through the Administrative Procedure Act notice and comment process.

The NRDC also contends that, technically, the regulatory freeze order does not even apply to the dental amalgam rule because the order exempts “any regulations subject to statutory or judicial deadlines.” NRDC’s litigation director, Aaron Colangelo, said in a statement:5

“The Trump White House ordered the EPA and other agencies to violate the law … That puts Americans at greater risk of exposure to this dangerous neurotoxin, which can do harm even in tiny amounts … EPA’s withdrawal of the mercury rule is not just illegal, but senseless. The rule imposes minimal burden, drew widespread praise from dental providers and benefits public health and the environment.”

Important Safety Information for Amalgam Removal

For those of you who have mercury fillings, I recommend having them removed by a competent biological dentist who follows protocols for amalgam removal. When amalgams are removed, a large amount of mercury is released, and if the proper precautions aren’t taken, your body can absorb a massive dose of mercury that can lead to acute kidney problems.

Biological dentists are well aware of these dangers. Some of the steps that need to be taken to keep you and your dentist safe during amalgam removal include:

? Providing you with an alternative air source and instructing you not to breathe through your mouth

? Putting a rubber dam in your mouth so you don’t swallow or inhale any toxins, and using a high-volume evacuator near the tooth at all times to evacuate the mercury vapor

? Using a cold-water spray to minimize mercury vapors

? Washing your mouth out immediately after the fillings have been removed (the dentist should also change gloves after the removal)

? Immediately cleaning your protective wear and face once the fillings are removed

? Using room air purifiers

How to Find a Mercury-Free Dentist and/or Biological Dentist for Amalgam Removal

The mercury-safe dentist directory by the International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists (IAMSD) is a source that can be useful if you’re looking for a mercury-free dentist. Through this service, you can search for mercury-free dentists (members of IAMSD) in the U.S., Canada and internationally.

When it comes to amalgam you already have, it is vital that you do not see just any conventionally trained dentist to remove your mercury like I did 23 years ago. That will likely cause more problems than it solves. You should only use a biologically trained dentist who has the skills to remove this highly toxic metal without harming you, as removing amalgam can lead to severe and acute mercury poisoning. Biological dentists are trained to treat your oral and physical health as a cohesive whole.

The following organizations can help you find a dentist qualified in the safe removal of mercury fillings in the U.S. and (in some cases) internationally:

Tailoring a Detoxification Protocol

Once you’ve had your amalgam fillings safely removed, you need to consider a detoxification protocol to address any mercury toxicity you may have in your body as a result of those amalgams. For my mercury detoxification protocol, please see “Revised Protocol for Detoxifying Your Body From Mercury Exposure.”

I have been doing a deep dive into heavy metal detoxification and hope to post my revised protocol that involves using a low EMF far-infrared sauna with near-infrared supplementation, along with mercury chelators like zeolite, modified citrus pectin, high dose liposomal vitamin C, chlorella and alpha lipoic acid. I hope to publish it in the next few months.

Take Action — Tell FDA It’s Time to Ban Amalgam for Unborn and Young Children

If you haven’t done so already, I urge you to take a moment to sign Consumers for Dental Choice’s petition to the FDA. The agency admits amalgam poses a risk for unborn and young children. It admits there’s no proof amalgam is safe for use. Enough is enough. The time is well overdue for the FDA to take action on this issue to protect children and pregnant women from this well-recognized neurotoxin.

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