Yesterday I travelled over 50 miles to go to the dentist. Despite there being one in my village. And two in the next village!
Why on earth would I do such a thing? Well, it all comes back to my quest to sort out my hypoacidity and poor digestion.
One of the many things I tried during this period was Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. I was working in London at the time and was introduced to one of the most amazing therapists I have ever met.
The plan was that through the power of gentle touch, my stomach would be coaxed into producing the hydrochloric acid that my digestion was missing.
These sessions were also the beginning of me starting a new relationship with my body. One where I really learnt to listen to it and feel what was happening – from the inside!
Is your dental work causing you pain?
Over the course of many months, we discussed various aspects of health. The one that really had an impact on me was the idea that my dental work might be causing me pain. I know it sounds crazy, but stick with me here…
I was introduced to a fascinating book called Live Without Pain by Simon King. This book promises to provide a new theory on what’s wrong with you and how to fix it!
Over the course of a couple of hundred pages, and various real life stories, I began to understand more about how, by triggering proprioceptive mechanisms, the various types of metal we wear on and in our bodies can affect our central nervous system and muscle reflexes.
It sounds unlikely, and at the time I was far more of a skeptic than I am now, but it also made sense that the electrical impulses in our bodies can be messed up when there is metal in the pathways.
The most common culprits are metal jewelry (belly button piercings, nose studs, ear piercings, necklaces, rings, etc), but the worst irritators are metal crowns and amalgam fillings.
Are your fillings toxic?
Now, as a child growing up in the 80s, I am part of a large swathe of the population who had NHS dentists who were paid per filling. I’m not saying that I didn’t eat sweets, or that I didn’t need any fillings. But I suspect I had a few more than were strictly necessary!
And these were all mercury fillings.
I’ve never quite understood how mercury can be so dangerous that we had to be super careful not to break a thermometer in the school science lab. But it’s fine to put it in your teeth.
So, now I had two reasons to start questioning my old fillings. They were potential toxic due to the mercury in them. And they were likely to be causing me other problems due to the amount of metal in my body.
Hello mercury-free dentistry
After much research, a friend recommended a mercury-free dentist in central London, not too far from where I was working.
Over the course of the next few months (and more money than I care to think about!), I had all my old metal fillings removed and replaced with safe alternatives.
And I’m still going to the same dentist, despite it being so far away. Yesterday, I just needed a chipped tooth fixed and I’d still rather trust this to a dentist who is paying attention to the wider health implications of their profession, than to the local one.
Despite the travel. Despite the cost. Despite the inconvenience. Actually I put my health above any small inconvenience. And it was a great excuse to meet up with a friend for dinner afterwards!
So, I’d love to hear if anyone else has gone through this and has seen an improvement in their health as a result. Or even if you’ve tried removing jewelry or piercings to relieve back pain or similar. Do leave a comment below and share your story.