Dental health, mental health


Kaiyum’s important health advice and information about amalgam tooth fillings.

Amalgam fillings

If you have fillings, you’ll want to see if the information here is relevant to you.

If you know someone who has ‘silver’ (amalgam) fillings, this information is definitely for them.

Have you had amalgam fillings removed?
Do you still have such fillings?
Are you planning to have them removed?

The answers to these questions indicate the urgency of effecting change and implementing the simple advice offered.

Starting point

Amalgam fillings consist of a high percentage of mercury, an element that in no way belongs in the human body. Although these fillings seem ‘dead’, they are continually releasing (outgassing) minuscule amounts of mercury that find their way across the blood-brain barrier and can seriously affect behaviour, mood and, more generally, your health.

Symptoms of mercury poisoning

There are many vague-to-serious symptoms that may or may not be related to the presence of mercury: decline in muscle power, chronic fatigue, headaches/migraine, insomnia, dizziness, brain fog, shortness of breath, lack of coordination… and a whole lot more. Enthusiastic consumers of sushi, sashimi and ceviche are certainly more susceptible to the effects of methylmercury poisoning, that slowly accumulates in the body.

Next step

Switch to ‘white’, composite fillings. Find a dentist who uses masks and other devices to minimise the risk of your breathing in residue from his drilling.

Above all, take these two steps:

– Replace maximum two fillings at a time.
– For 3-4 days prior to as well as after the dental work supplement your diet with selenium (some sample products).
– Make sure you drink enough (1½-2 litres) of water daily alongside your coffee!

How much selenium?

First of all, it’s important to realise that selenium is an essential trace mineral such as molybdenum and lithium… and in many cases totally lacking in regular food. Organic, traditionally-farmed produce from healthy soil usually has enough except in some countries (like in the Netherlands, where I live) where some trace elements are naturally absent.

Secondly, it’s hard to give more than a general guideline for the optimum amount you need. A wise daily supplementation anyway is at least 200 mcg, but city life and poor nutrition could easily warrant 200 mcg per meal for a certain period of time while the body’s reserves are replenished. Searching on the Internet and reading the package labels can easily be overwhelming, with the risk that you take far less than your body actually requires.

Generally speaking, however, don’t be afraid to take more than the dose indicated on the package, especially when dealing with amalgam fillings. Then I recommend 1000-1600 mcg a day for the few days around the dental work. See below under ‘Testing’ for the importance of individual needs assessment.

Why selenium?

The body’s capacity to detoxify is staggering, yet it must have the raw materials to do the work. It can remove heavy metals like mercury, but there must be adequate amounts of selenium available.


Many foodstuffs are rich in selenium, notably Brazil nuts. Including these in your diet could be a wise choice. However, when replacing amalgam fillings or visiting a city with serious air pollution, supplementation with selenium is still recommended.

Please note that Brazil nuts, since they are so oily, are notorious for how quickly they can go rancid… and then it’s better not to eat them.


It’s great, of course, if you are able to test directly on your body, to ‘ask’ specifically what your body requires. Muscle testing, for example, is my preferred method.

Different health practitioners use different methods. Blood tests, such as heavily relied upon by allopathic doctors, are in many cases – like the presence of mercury – totally inadequate.

Various electronic tests, such as Vega, can provide the necessary indicators. A hair test can be useful, as a spectrographic analysis can reveal long-term trends in the body chemistry – but only if you’ve been using ‘safe’ soap products for long enough. And ‘safe’ basically means avoiding all commercial products with ingredients you can’t pronounce! Relatively safe are organic products such as these.

“My fillings were removed some time ago”

If that is the case, and especially if you’ve had health issues since then, it’s advisable to get checked for the presence of heavy metals (in general) and specifically mercury.

A course to remove toxic metals is advisable. Many health practitioners outside the allopathic system are aware of what is required and can advise you suitably.

EMFs: a general comment

If you still have amalgam fillings, be aware that your body is more sensitive to the effects of electromagnetic frequencies such as 4G (and shortly 5G) wireless networks, regular wifi and microwave ovens (which, despite manufacturers’ assurances, still ‘leak’ significantly). Other metal fillings, such as gold, will also respond to EMFs. Although the risks of outgassing are absent, there are risks of vague pain and other discomfort.


Kaiyum is a writer, communication coach, reviewer, and fond of cooking.

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