HEAVY METAL TESTING
Whole-Body Dentistry uses a variety of tests if patients want to consider the impact mercury and amalgam fillings may be having on their health. A provocative urine test can reveal how much saturation of mercury is in the tissues of the body. We begin by having a physician take a baseline urine test for mercury and other heavy metals. Then a chelating drug which binds the metals is administered. When the urine is retested, you can see if there is a substantial increase of metals in the urine, compared to the baseline, indicating a problem with a metal buildup in the tissues.
Some dentists use a mercury vapor test which helps determine how much mercury vapor is escaping the fillings both during stimulation (like chewing) and while at rest. A dental materials compatibility test will tell immunologically if you are reacting to components in the mercury filling. Dr. Breiner also use Electrodermal testing to help evaluate the impact of the mercury fillings on the body's meridians.
Hair analysis is often another useful tool. Hair analysis will screen for heavy metals, and often will reveal high lead levels in both children and adults, which usually prompts a referrals to a physician. However, hair analysis is not particularly good for indicating a mercury problem. Many patients who have high mercury on urine testing may not have high hair mercury. Nevertheless, if mercury is high in the hair, there is almost definitely a problem.
Hair analysis also tests for minerals, and in general, mineral imbalance is more important than vitamin levels. What is important on the hair analysis results are not so much the absolute values of the hair minerals, but the ratios. Of course, the absolute values cannot be far from optimal.
For instance, a normal ratio of calcium to magnesium in the hair is about seven parts calcium to one part magnesium. A very high ratio of calcium to magnesium, for example, 15 to 1 or greater, indicates a sensitivity to carbohydrates, and this person will benefit from a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. If the individual has not been on that kind of diet, they usually will feel much better if they cut down their consumption of carbohydrates. Another useful ratio is calcium to potassium. If the calcium to potassium ratio is greater than approximately five, it indicates an underactive thyroid; the greater the ratio, the weaker the thyoid.
Very high hair calcium level usually indicates the patient will be slower in responding to treatment. The calcium is a form not readily utilizable and blocks normal function. In fact, these people are actually "starving" for calcium.