Mercury is linked to an array of deleterious health issues: Neurological impairments, birth defects, infertility, heart disease and gastrointestinal issues have all been linked to mercury exposure. The effects of mercury on intestinal health are especially problematic, as these kinds of issues tend to "fly under the radar" and are never attributed to the "true" cause. Much like the mercury in vaccines, concerns about mercury in dental amalgams are often waved off as "conspiracy theory."
But as Natural Health 365 reports, mercury-containing dental amalgams can contribute to the onset of leaky guy syndrome -- a devastating condition many conventional medicine enthusiasts refuse to even acknowledge. As is the case so often, many proponents of mainstream healthcare fail to acknowledge the fact that the body is one, connected system. Your oral health can affect the health of the rest of your body, and vice-versa.
Leaky gut syndrome, also known as "increased intestinal permeability," is characterized as a condition in which toxins, bacteria and other undesirables enter into the bloodstream via the intestines. This dysfunction of the intestinal epithelial barrier has been noted in a wide array of health conditions. Research indicates that it has been observed in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases, pancreatitis, liver disease and cirrhosis, heart disease, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, depression and more.
Scientists have stated that link between leaky gut and major disease is so profound, it's reasonable to "conclude that meticulous dietetic and probiotic approaches to recover healthy microbiota have the potential to make a breakthrough in the management of these diseases tomorrow."
Symptoms of leaky gut can include abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and indigestion, as well as more systemic symptoms like brain fog, anxiety, joint pain and a weakened immune system.
And as Natural Health 365 writer Lori Alton explains, the mercury in dental fillings may be playing a substantial role in the onset of leaky gut. Firstly, mercury exposure can increase the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which increase inflammation system-wide. The heavy metal can also disrupt intestinal nutrient transport, as well as exhaust the body's stores of essential antioxidants.
This sets the stage for disease to set in: The body is inflamed, nutrient-deprived and unable to counter free radicals and other damaging substances.
Natural health experts maintain that mercury destroys epithelial cells in the stomach and intestine, damaging the stomach lining and causing tiny holes in the gut lining. And research appears to bear this out – in a laboratory study of human intestinal cells published in Cell Biology and Toxicology, the team concluded that mercury can alter cell membrane permeability.
Mercury can also disrupt the microbiome and destroy "good bacteria," while allowing bad bacteria to proliferate. Mercury fillings have been tied to Candida overgrowth in the past -- it stands to reason that the heavy metal can have disastrous effects on other bacterial populations and more.
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