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Biocompatible Dentistry- Frequently Asked Questions

Watch this short video about Dental Amalgams HERE!

1. What is Biocompatible Dentistry?

Normal dental procedures or treatments include such standards as filling decayed tooth cavities with amalgam fillings, which are 50% mercury – one of the most toxic substances know to man. Standard policies such as, “save the tooth at all costs,” are not always the healthiest procedures for the body. Bio, means “with life” – therefore our Dental Protocol is “compatible with life.” Our protocol takes into consideration the safest (or least toxic) life compatible procedures for the entire body: pretreatment, during, and post- treatment. We provide assistance with future choices which enhance the total health of the individual.

2.What is different about the protocol used by Dr. Viana Protocol?

Dr. Viana has developed a comprehensive protocol that includes treatment before any dental work begins to enhance the body’s resiliency to treatment. During your treatment and after in the recovery phase Dr Viana has developed clinical nutrition and acupuncture procedures that facilitate treatment and speed recovery Our Biocompatible Medical Protocol recommends that all amalgams, root canalled teeth, wisdom teeth and infections (cavitations) in the mandibles (jawbones) be removed under the established procedures established by the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (www.iaomt.org). We plan and replace the necessary area with the safest known materials available which are tested on an individual basis for allergies, taking into consideration the individual’s overall health. For the safety and total health of our patients, we use a multi-disciplinary approach. Our team of experts includes only trained Biological Dentists and Oral Surgeons, state of the art medical laboratories, and Dr. Carlos Viana, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Oriental Medical Doctor (China), Colon Hydro Therapist, Addiction Specialist Medical Anthropologist and Cell Regeneration Therapist. Emergency care and additional medical specialists are available and consulted as needed.

3. Why do you not recommend amalgam “silver” fillings?

There are people who still believe smoking that cigarettes is not detrimental to your health! We do not want to try to convince the obstinate. We let the facts speak for themselves. Today’s dental amalgams are fifty percent mercury, the second most toxic element in the world! Amalgam fillings are the largest source of Mercury by far, based on a number of studies in Sweden (which has banned all use). The World Health Organization in 1991 determined that the estimated mercury absorption from amalgam fillings is approximately four times higher than from fish. Recent studies have confirmed this estimate. Even though absorption can vary from person, to person mixed metals such as gold crowns or fillings, braces or even chewing can increase amounts of mercury released into the body from the fillings.

Watch the video Smoking Tooth – IAOMT

4. What are the dangers of Mercury?

Mercury is the second most toxic element in the world. The most minute amount damages cells. More than 2/3 of the excreted mercury in humans is derived from amalgams; mercury crosses the maternal placenta into the developing fetus; it is capable of inducing auto immunity diseases; mercury immediately and continually challenges the kidneys, it can enhance the prevalence of antibiotic resistant intestinal bacteria, and people exposed to mercury are at risk to lowered fertility. This is only a partial list.

5. What are the alternatives to Amalgam fillings?

Dental composite (the restorative that is used with tooth bonding technique) has been the material of choice for creating tooth-colored fillings for front teeth for many decades (since the 1960’s).

After our initial diagnosis, you may be asked for additional medical tests, which can be done quickly in one of our state-of-the-art laboratories. ( many within 24 hours) Treatment options will be discussed and a preliminary health plan will be offered. This may be amended as information from medical tests is available to provide a full evaluation and recommendations. Treatment is offered immediately following the consultation if appropriate.

6. Is the composite type filling safer than amalgams?

Yes. We do not use any composite material that contains toxic elements. Composite fillings are composed of an organic polymer (BIS-GMA), and inorganic particles such as quartz, borosilicate glass, and lithium aluminum silicate, without any toxic materials. We still recommend all potential Biological Dental patients have a Dental Material Compatibility test to check for individual reactions. We can arrange this with a simple blood test. We use Clifford Consulting and Research Inc. (www.ccrlab.com) to provide this service. We use only materials shown to have the highest compatibility statistics.

7. How strong is a composite filling?

Many of us had amalgams placed when we were young, only to find years later that parts of the tooth or amalgam were breaking up or falling out. No filling can withstand the hostile environment of the mouth permanently. Dental hygiene and other health factors will affect longevity of both. There are two types of composite fillings: one formula for the front teeth and a stronger, more expensive formula for back teeth. Dentists who use front teeth composite material on back teeth or who are not adequately trained or lacking the necessary equipment to place fillings could compromise the filling, making them highly susceptible to decay in the future. All of our colleague dentists have developed advanced techniques in the placement of color matched composite tooth fillings.

8. If composites are safer than amalgams, why aren’t more dentists using them?

Financial considerations are most probably at the core of the explanation. Mercury amalgams are cheap, easy, and quick. The American Dental Association (ADA) has a published claim in “Guide to Dental Materials and Devices”, that once a filling becomes coated with saliva, mercury stops leaking out of it. Unfortunately, the opposite is true! Current research on electricity shows that mercury is emitted from fillings that are just sitting in water. No chewing or saliva, just water! To see Mercury gas, which is colorless and odorless leaking from an amalgam – Watch the “Smoking Tooth” video at: www.iaomt.org Composites require more time and skill to place than amalgams, and are therefore usually 40-50% more expensive. Amalgams tend to last longer, making an inexpert dentist appear more competent in his work. Leaching of mercury and other metals from amalgams is not obviously noticeable to the patients. Statements and poorly-researched information from Dental Trade organizations is confusing the issue. Symptoms of problems can be muddled with other medical problems, taking years to be diagnosed, if at all. Then there is the factor about “What if amalgams are found to be harmful,” who will pay the costs to help the many harmed by this toxic “standard” procedure? The bottom line – time and money! Biocompatible dentistry places the patient above the life of the tooth, the businesses and powerful associations.

9. What are the symptoms of Mercury poisoning?

The primary symptoms of mercury-poisoning are vague mental problems. Short-time memory deteriorates. You will find it difficult to concentrate on tasks which require attention and thinking. It is easier to execute tasks that are well known rather than to learn something new. You avoid social contacts which demand that you get out of your introverted behavior. You lose your temper easily and switch between different moods for no particular reason. Little by little, a more physical kind of exhaustion is added to the condition. More and more effort is required to initiate activities and people sometimes break things due to inability to co-ordinate your movements with your visual impressions (ataxia). Occasional headaches, minor involuntary muscle spasms or ticks within groups of muscles can also appear.

Signs & Symptoms of Mercury Vapor Exposure from Mercury Amalgam Dental Fillings include:

• 1. Psychological Disturbances (erethysm) Irritability, Nervousness, Fits of Anger, Memory Loss, Lack of Attention, Depression, Low Self Confidence, Anxiety, Drowsiness, Shyness/timidity, Decline of Intellect, Insomnia, Low Self Control.

• 2. Mouth Disorders Bleeding Gums, White Patches – Mouth, Stomatitis, Bone Loss Around Teeth, Loosening of Teeth, Ulcers of Gums- Palate- Tongue, Excessive Saliva, Burning of Mouth, Foul Breath, Gum Pigmentation and Metallic Taste.
• 3. Gastrointestinal Effects Abdominal Cramps, Colitis, Crohn’s disease, Gastrointestinal Problems, Diarrhea.
• 4. Systemic Effects Cardiovascular, Irregular Heart Beat, Changes in Blood Pressure, Feeble or Irregular Pulse, Pain or Pressure in Chest
• 5. Neurological Chronic or Frequent Headaches, Dizziness, Ringing or Noises in Ears, Fine Tremors (Hands, Feet, Eye Lids, Tongue)
• 6. Respiratory Persistent Cough, Emphysema, Shallow or Irregular Breathing.
• 7. Immunological Allergies, Asthma, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Swollen Lymph Nodes in Neck
• 8. Endocrine Subnormal Temperature, Cold Clammy Hands & Feet, Excessive Perspiration, Muscle Weakness, Fatigue, Hypoxia, Edema, Loss of Appetite, Loss of Weight, Joint Pain

10. Why do you use acupuncture in your Biocompatible Dental Protocol?

Dr Viana has developed an acupuncture protocol to work specifically with dental procedures. “In the past two decades, acupuncture has grown in popularity in the United States. The report from a Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997 stated that acupuncture is being “widely” practiced–by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners–for relief or prevention of pain and for various other health conditions” (http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/ ) The experience in our clinic is that patients undergoing dental procedures including tooth extractions and oral surgery experience much less pain, swelling and post dental trauma signs. Our clinical observations have shown us hundreds of patients that found quick, drug free relief from pain and who recovered much faster with fewer complications from dental surgery than those who did not do the post-dental surgery treatments. Most of these patients require little to no pain medication. Dental patients without acupuncture almost always require increased amounts of pain products, for longer periods, and suffer from extensive swelling and discoloration.

11. How do you check for Mercury and other toxic metal poising?

First, during your initial consultation we look for specific signs of mercury exposure in your body or from subsequent blood tests. Also, many of the symptoms patients HairTest01complain of are reflective of mercury exposure – (please see #9 – What are the symptoms of Mercury poisoning?) Secondly, Dr Viana has evaluated more than 1,400 hair element analysis reports in the last 10 years. A few ounces of head or pubic hair (non-chemically treated) is sent to a lab specializing in this type of testing. A hair test looks at the elements from a different perspective than blood. A hair analysis shows how elements are working together or against each other, which a blood test alone cannot. We can arrange a hair analysis kit for you at the beginning or before your treatment. Your pre-treatment analysis gives us a base line; repeat tests may be recommended 3-12 months after treatment or if there are changes in your lifestyle and or nutrition. Together with blood analysis we can provide follow-up recommendations. Of course, the patient should check the list of symptoms. If you know you have amalgam fillings, which we do know it are toxic, these need to be eliminated to stop the insult to the body.

12. I have no amalgam fillings, only gold crowns and my Dental Compatibility test says Gold is Ok for me, but I have symptoms of Mercury toxicity.  What should I do?

It is common practice for many dentists who place “Gold Crowns”, to use amalgam filling underneath the Gold to save time “seating” the crown on the tooth stub. You need to have this checked to be sure. Mixed metals can also cause an electrolysis problem, leaching the mercury faster. This can energetically affect your health also. Also, many older porcelain crowns are baked on aluminum caps. Aluminum is another toxic heavy metal. We recommend that you check if you have other dental work with nickel or mixed metals in your mouth.

13. If I have a hair analysis done, why do I also need blood tests done?

Hair tests show us what heavy metals and nutritional elements are stored in your body. A blood test does the talking for your body and tells Dr. Viana how it feels and what it needs to start balancing the acid/base balance in your body. Additionally, blood, urine, pH, or other testing can show how you body is handling the current challenges. Dr. Viana matches your symptoms and disease with toxins such as dental materials, nutrition (or lack of) and lifestyle. Dr. Viana is also evaluating how your organs of excretion; kidneys, liver, and colon are functioning to assess your treatment limits.

14. Can my regular Doctor or Dentist interpret my blood and hair test results?

Most medical and dental schools do not teach blood interpretation beyond diagnosis of the presence of disease. Your professional’s interpretation is based on their specific education and experience. Doctors and especially dentists do not have much training in nutrition and little to none in blood chemistry. Most of allopathic (regular) doctor’s nutritional information comes from media sources or drug laboratories which use very imbalanced/sick people to identify “acceptable averages” according to their business agendas. Using a Certified Clinical Nutritionist such as Dr. Viana, trained in advanced blood chemistry to interpret your results, will give you a more scientific explanation of your whole body’s health. Your blood test does the talking for your body, telling Dr Viana how you feel. Moreover, along the way Dr Viana will repeat blood tests to monitor your recovery.

15. Why is nutrition important to a dental treatment plan?

A Certified Clinical Nutritionist is knowledgeable in helping you rebalance your healthy metabolism. Besides toxic metals and other poisons, nutrition is the biggest factor in overall health. Nutrition is especially important in the body’s healing process. For example, you may have increased demand for protein, and vitamins like C, but need to determine which type and amount are right for you. Your program will include a complete nutritional plan, including food and supplement recommendations which may play a role not only in your Biocompatible Dental Program but in your total health. One general, healthy diet does not work for everyone, as all bodies have varying factors. It is important for you to know what foods are toxic to you to maintain your future health.

16. My dentist or hygienist says I have Periodontal Disease (PI). What causes this and what are the health implications?

In his book, Biocompatible Medicine, A Holistic Protocol for Today’s World, Dr Viana states that “periodontal disease before the age of 50 is a sure sign of dying young of a degenerative disease”. The mouth is an excellent reflection on the overall health of your body. Unfortunately, gum disease has been overshadowed as a risk factor in heart disease and other health problems by more commonly acknowledged factors such as smoking, cholesterol, lack of exercise, and obesity. But recent studies report the link between the severity of gum disease (measured by amount of jaw bone loss) and risk of heart disease. Gum disease has been identified as a previously-unrecognized risk factor for heart disease and hardening of the arteries. Gum disease leading to severe periodontal (jaw) bone loss increase the risk of death from heart disease. It seems that bacteria from dental plaque (tooth debris) enters the circulation and lodges in blood vessels, where they participate in producing atherosclerotic plaque (fatty deposits). Additional studies link poor blood sugar control in diabetics, low birth weight in premature babies, and pneumonia. There are spaces between the teeth and gums where bacteria reside. Bacteria allowed to attack this area is called periodontal disease (PI) and there are two principal kinds. “Gingivitis” occurs when the bacteria are breaking down the gums and “periodontitis” is a disease state affecting the periodontal tissue surrounding the tooth and can lead to tooth loss. Gum infections are a reflection of ongoing acid stress that leads to chronic inflammation and degenerative diseases.

17. What are the safest products to use to keep mouth and gums healthy?

Read the label of any food products and supplements you bring into your home. Many known brands of toothpaste are full of chemicals, including aluminum (a toxic metal) and fluoride. Start using baking soda or sea salt as toothpaste or purchase natural oral care products for periodontal health without fluoride from Biological Dentists or a health food store. We use natural care products that contain an extract of phytoplenolin, which is a patented essential oil derived from a bush known as “Sneezeweed” or “Old Man’s Weed”,. It is native to Australia where it has been used by aborigines for burns, wounds, skin infections, diarrhea and rheumatism. As an Oriental Medical Doctor (OMD) Dr Viana was shown in the People’s Republic of China how to use this plant to treat colds, nasal allergies, and asthma, malaria and amoeba infections. It is this anti-protozoan efficacy that makes it such a valuable oral health aid. Also good is Xylitol, a sugar-alcohol which studies show benefits dental health.  Remember it is bacteria that cause cavities in your mouth and gum disease.

18. Why is Fluoride bad, I thought it killed cavities?

For nearly 50 years, the U.S. government and media have been telling the public that fluoride is safe and beneficial — it is supposed to reduce cavities, especially in children. Manufacturers add it to toothpaste; municipalities put it in the public’s drinking water. Another reality shows us that deceptive politicians have taken an ongoing pollution problem, which is going to cost a lot of money to get rid of, and manipulated the facts about fluoride pollution to influence the public so they believe that fluoride is good for them – this is called “putting a spin to the problem”; the latest buzzword for lying to the public. Pollution problem solved by spending no money and making money for industry that gets to sell its pollution to the pharmaceutical and food industries. The truth is that raw hazardous pollution trapped in scrubbers of the industries listed above is sold as fluoridation. Pretty neat solution for the politicians and industry; however, using of fluoridated toothpastes and dental products or ingestion of fluoridated water directly or in food processing dramatically raises levels of lead in children’s blood. These high toxic levels cause learning disorders and brain damage. Want some no-nonsense proof? Read the FDA warning on the label of that fluoride toothpaste you are using that states: “WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. In case of accidental ingestion, seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control center immediately”. And you are still using this stuff? Fluoride is a poison, there is enough in one standard tube of fluoridated toothpaste to KILL a 20 pound/ 9 kilo child! Additionally, hygienists, dentists and public health agencies have noted Dental Fluorosis, (permanent yellowing of tooth enamel leading to tooth and gum destruction) in the teeth of children who receive fluoride treatments or ingest fluoride in the growing number of food and beverage products currently not required to be labeled. For detailed information on fluoride health issues contact the Fluoride Action Network (F.A.N.). www.fluoridealert.org

19. Why should I remove teeth that have root canals?

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, is a process by which a dentist removes as thoroughly as possible all bacteria and organic debris left over from a breakdown inside the pulp of the tooth. Once this inner space has been the interior of the tooth is filled and sealed with the coagulated milky latex of the gutta-percha tree, also used as an electrical insulator, as a waterproofing compound, and in golf balls. These steps are in a futile attempt to minimize the possibility that bacteria will be able to re-infect the inner aspects of the tooth or that fluids can seep inside the tooth, become stagnant, and subsequently break down toxically. With this scenario, at best your body will only be able to cordon off the infection caused by the bacteria living inside your tooth. Most likely, this bacterial infection will overwhelm your body’s defense and eventually all root canalled teeth will have to be reopened A medical researcher and dentist, Hal Huggins, has shown that the toxins liberated by infected root canalled teeth are almost 1,000 times more toxic than botulism, the most toxic substance known. Very careful conservative measures may possibly seal off part of the infection, but it can never close off the innumerable dentin capillary canals. Leaving dead teeth in affects other organs and structures in the body. Some people can tolerate them for some time; however any stress, physical or emotional can cause toxins in root canals to wreck havoc with the body. Dead is dead; nothing will bring a dead toot back to life! We recommend all root canalled and dead or devitalized teeth be removed. A tooth is an organ. You would not leave an infected appendix or gallbladder in your body. Listen to Dr. Hal Huggins talk about the “Surprising Consequences of Root Canals”

20. I have no obvious mouth problems and have none of my own teeth. Why still do a Panoramic X-ray and check-up of my mouth?x-ray

Many people have lost all their own teeth because of chronic inflammation in the body. This means that with the compromised immune system and standard dental care, we commonly find infections called cavitations in the jaws of those who think they have eliminated their dental problems by total extraction. By identifying and removing the site(s) of infection, we have seen amazing health improvements.

21. My regular dentist doesn’t recognize cavitations. What are they and why do they cause problems?

Another little known, but serious dental problem which can affect the health of entire body is a jawbone cavitation. This is a hole or pocket in the bone not readily visible to the eye or easy to see on an X-ray (if your dentist has even heard of them) because it is looking for an air pocket surrounded by bone. It takes special training and experience to spot cavitations. Please note: Although cavitations have been treated in Europe since the 1930’s, not every dentist is trained to treat them. Information regarding cavitations is contrary to what is being taught in most dental schools and is controversial. Our understanding of body energies gives us an advantage in looking for and understanding the effects of a cavitation. Often causing no local discomfort, a cavitation can be the hidden cause of facial pain. The most popular name is NICO – Neuralgia Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis. The most common origin is brought on by standard dentistry. When a tooth is extracted and a root tip or part of the periodontal membrane is left behind this debris becomes a focal point for infection in the bone. Sometimes the whole ligament is left behind, developing an infection that has the outline of the extracted tooth. The mouth will look like it has healed at the extraction sight, but under the skin the pocket or cavitation remains with highly toxic, anaerobic bacteria. Cavitations can not only continue to destroy jawbone, but their toxins gain access to the entire body via the nerves or blood stream affecting the immune system, promoting disease. This bacterium is nearly impossible to treat with antibiotics and must be removed at the sight surgically. Cavitations most often occur in the wisdom tooth areas, but have been found in other extraction sites.  Watch this video explaining Dental Cavitations from IAOMT

22. If I have my cavitations cleaned properly, will the jawbone re-grow and heal?

Even with an oral surgeon trained in proper technique, the cavitation may only heal partially. Small cavitations usually heal well the first time. Large cavitations are more likely to only heal partially and then need to be redone to complete the healing process. Luckily, the size of the cavitation will decrease after each treatment, as the bone gets stimulated from the cleaning. It takes many months for the bone to re-grow. Follow up should to be done after 6 months either at our clinic or at home with a trained biocompatible dentist. Good dental hygiene is critical. People at risk for recurrence are those who smoke or have the most compromised immune systems. Initial improvements should be noted and any return of old symptoms after several months or years should be followed by a new evaluation with a Panoramic-X-ray or medical check-up and evaluating lifestyle changes. Following detoxification and lifestyle recommendations are important to the healing process.

23. Why should I remove my Wisdom teeth, even if they have no problems?

Teeth are organs in their own right and are interconnected with other organs and body structures. Your wisdom teeth are interconnected with the limbic system. The limbic system (Latin limbus: “border” or “edge”) includes the structures in the human brain involved in emotion, motivation, and emotional association with memory. The limbic system influences the formation of memory by integrating emotional states with stored memories of physical sensations According to Chinese medicine, the wisdom teeth are on the Heart meridian. Dr. Viana has seen irregularities in heart rhythm resolve when especially impacted wisdom teeth are removed.

24. I had my amalgams removed a long time ago, but I am still having health problems. Could there be something else affecting me?

There are many health factors. If you have removed your amalgam fillings by a dentist not trained in safe biocompatible methods to safely remove mercury amalgams or you have not removed root canals, wisdom teeth, and checked for cavitations and then do a detoxification program to remove residual toxins in the cells, you may not be able to complete your healing process. If the entire program has been completed, you may need to do a new dental check-up to check if all cavitations or infected areas have healed properly. Some cavitations will re-infect. There are many reasons, smoking the biggest. If you have been ill within the first six months of cleaning a cavitation, this may cause the bone to have problems healing. It may need to be cleaned out again. Lifestyle, stress and dietary issues are also important in a health review.

25. How do I make an appointment to do Biocompatible Dental Restoration with the Viana Natural Healing Center and Practice for Advanced Dentistry (Mercury Free Dental Practice)?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We have a list of information needed by our office in evaluating the proper plan for you. It is available by post, FAX or e-mail (vianaheal@gmail.com); in addition you may want to talk to one of our staff or to Dr. Viana by telephone. (Aruba: 297-585-1270) Scheduling generally requires about a 2 week stay to minimize the stress on the body. Each case is individual and some finish their restoration in Biocompatible Dentistry at our facility in less or more time. Instructions for home care and follow up are discussed before leaving.

26. After completion of the Dental Work, what is next?

To start the detoxifying process of your body after amalgam removal and sometimes again after a complete dental program, Dr. Viana, a trained colon therapist recommends a Colonic or Colon Hydro Therapy (sometimes also called Colonic Lavage). This is a gentle cleansing of the colon with water, done by a trained therapist. The initial cleansing helps the rid the body of residual medications sometimes used during dental procedures and any amalgam residue that could have found its way down your gastrointestinal tract. Post-treatment blood tests are then requested and evaluated to prepare a safe plan for detoxification of heavy metals left in the body. See: Healing Water Therapy page

27. What types of detoxification are recommended following the treatment?

There are several forms of heavy metal detoxification or chelation available. Dr Viana has successfully used EDTA intravenous (IV) Chelation according to American College for the Advancement in Medicine (www.acam.org) (ACAM) protocols. However, a series of treatments is usually recommended in which each session takes from 4-6 hours and is usually quite costly. This method, though helpful, can be difficult for the patient and caregiver as it is delicate and invasive. It is not easily available everywhere. Dr. Viana also feels IV chelation that can only be given at most twice weekly allows the EDTA to be excreted too quickly. After completing biocompatible dental treatments, Dr. Viana recommends a blood test, which will be done in one of our state of the art medical laboratories, to determine through the ACAM formula the safe amount of EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) Chelation therapy for heavy metal detoxification. Dr. Viana prefers the calcium salt of EDTA be used as an antidote for metal poisoning and as an anticoagulant that helps clean arteries and veins. For several years we have been using less invasive, less expensive but highly effective EDTA suppositories, available in the United States, to successfully remove heavy metals. This method allows for a much slower detoxification, which is safest as the cleansing process can be difficult for some. This also allows patients to continue the detoxification process safely at home. We remain available by telephone, FAX, and e-mail for follow-up consultation or recommendation for evaluation in your home area. (Please check www.iaomt.org for a list of fellow member, trained Biological dentists in your area, should follow-up at home be necessary) Follow-up hair tests show positive heavy metal removal results. Depending on the individual, this process could take anywhere from 3 -12 months, followed by a reasonable maintenance program which will be discussed individually.

28. What about DMPS, DMSA, Vitamin C, and Homeopathic detoxification methods?

DMPS (2,3-dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid sodium), also known as Dimovol, is a synthetic amino acid chelating agent of toxic heavy metals, which forms a water soluble complex with toxic heavy metals and is believed by many to lead to their removal through the kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract. DMPS has been use in West Germany, where it has been studied and is available as a commercial drug for the treatment of heavy metal toxicity. Studies in West Germany report safety in animals and humans in the doses given. DMPS does not appear to be toxic. Because DMPS has not been studied in the United States of America, it is considered “experimental” by the FDA. DMPS chelation can be administered either by intravenous (I.V.), intramuscularly (I.M.), or by subcutaneous injection (S.Q.). The preferred administration is an I.V. “push,” pushing about 10 CC of solution. The I.V. push uses a syringe in which the nurse inserts the catheter into the patient’s vein, the catheter is connected with clear tubing to a large syringe containing the DMPS solution, and the patient usually takes charge to slowly push the solution into their vein over about a 20 – 30 minute period of time. In contrast, EDTA chelation is very “hot” to the veins, is mixed usually into a 500 CC solution, and must be administered via a very slow I.V. “drip” which will take about 3 – 4 hours to administer. Possible side effects include: temporary lowering of blood pressure or tachycardia, vertigo, general weakness or paleness 5 – 10 minutes after injection, and infiltration into the soft tissue which may create local itching that can last 30 minutes. Symptoms have been shown to generally be reversible after discontinuation of the drug. Aggravation of the metal related symptoms may result from the mobilization of heavy metals over the following several days after receiving DMPS treatment. DMSA (meso 2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid) is also known as Chemet, Succimer, or Captomer. DMSA is an FDA approved chelating agent for lead toxicity but has been shown clinically to detoxify other heavy metals as well. This medication binds with metals such as lead, arsenic and mercury, excreting them through the liver, kidneys and bowel. Dr. Viana feels the toxic effect of DMPS and DMSA outweighs the benefits. Vitamin C supports and strengthens the immune system. It also works as a mild natural chelating agent. It can be IV’d during some dental treatments, or used as a supplement. Types and doses vary tremendously and must be recommended by a Clinical Nutritionist to receive therapeutic benefits. We sometimes use a form of this method to detoxify children or those with G6PD (Glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase Deficiency) who cannot handle EDTA or other stronger forms of detoxification. *G6PD deficiency is an enzyme deficiency of the red blood cells. G6PD deficiency leads to an abnormal rupture (breakage) of the red blood cells called hemolytic anemia (abnormally low red blood cell count). G6PD deficiency is the most common known human enzyme disease, affecting 10% of the world’s population. There are many homeopathic remedies for heavy metal detoxification. Always use a professional to help choose a method and dose and to monitor the detoxification process.

29. Are there methods of detoxification I can do at home without a Doctor’s supervision?

There are many non-chemical forms of detoxification that are available to everyone. These can include: Many types of massage (lymphatic, deep tissue, shiatsu, and acupressure) Saunas (far infrared preferred), steam baths, hot baths (some with added salts or aromatherapy oils), Body treatments such as salt and clay wraps or scrubs and our personal favorite, soaking in the sea. These methods use heat or movement or both. There are many benefits to these methods, releasing toxins slowly many times through the skin oils and bypassing the kidneys or liver is less stressful to the organs. Most of these treatments are stress reducers which is an added benefit to healing. They are, however, detoxification processes and should not be practiced more than one a day.

***CAUTION: With All detoxification, make sure you consult with a health professional and drink sufficient water (minimum: 1/2 of your body weight in pounds in ounces or 1 liter for every 30 Kg. of body weight) throughout the entire process. Following nutritional advice and staying well hydrated is critical!

Note: All Detoxification begins by removing the toxic source. Detoxifying, without getting the poison out, keeps the endless supply of problems coming. You must get the poison out! Then, bring in what is needed nutritionally by the body. By adding a great attitude and a healthy lifestyle, you are on your way to a healthy life!

30. I had my amalgams removed several months ago, my other health symptoms are improving but some of my teeth are still sensitive especially to hot and cold.  Did something go wrong?

Every person and procedure is individual. Most tooth nerve sensitivity from cutting or drilling goes away in a few weeks. We have seen our clinic’s post-dental acupuncture treatments help tremendously. However, some teeth may be sensitive for up to 6 months, getting better slowly each month. Discuss any concern with your Biocompatible Dentist and Health Care Provider. A clinical nutritionist can supplement you with MSM supplements – methylsulfonylmethane that helps with pain and tooth sensitivity

31. Now that I have had my mouth renovated using biocompatible medicine how can I continue to keep my mouth healthy?

We recommend you purchase a Home dental irrigation machine with special tips to reach under the gum. Use together with a safe, herbal under the gum concentrated solution. (Available from Biological Dentists and colleagues) Irrigate gums daily along with brushing (an electric ultra-sound type brush is also helpful) and regular dental cleanings (every 3-4 months is best) to avoid a harmful bacterium that hides deep in gums which not only destroys gums, bone and teeth, but affects the health of the whole body. * Travel size dental Pocket Irrigators ® are available through Dentists and at Viana Healing Center to use with solution on-the-go. Have regular professional and personal evaluations of your health.

32. Is there anything else I should know about traveling to Aruba or your clinic?

We are not a travel agency but are available to assist in answering any of your questions or concerns about traveling to Aruba and consulting with our clinic. For a wealth of information about our island or ideas for travel arrangements you can contact the Aruba Tourist Authority at: www.aruba.com. Many of our patients fall in love with our tropical island and choose to return for follow-up while vacationing in paradise within 6 months to a year.  More information check our Services page or Contact us

For a Patient’s Perspective on doing the Dental Protocol read: “Get it, Got it, Good! – A Patient’s Perspective by Bob”  in our testimonial & article section

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