Sunday, April 12, 2015

Metal-Free Mouth

Plenty of people come to a developing country like Nicaragua and end up getting better health care than they do back home. People like me -- who works for herself and can't always afford to pay out of pocket for care, or pay high premiums that don't even cover all routine health exams. It's no secret that our health care system in the United States needs some fixing, and i'm sure there are problems here too... but the plain fact is that i can afford to walk into a fancy dental office here and pay up front without having to sacrifice or eat beans and rice the rest of the week. For that, i am glad and am taking full advantage of it.
Smiling with this metal-free mouth.

Some people i know get liposuction or chemical peels or other elective procedures while they're here  -- me, i get my mouth worked on. Last month it was a cracked filling; this month it's electing to get all of the metal fillings removed from my mouth. It's far from cosmetic.

While researchers can prove one thing or another, depending on who's backing them, the fact is that plenty of studies have addressed the potential for risk from fillings that contain mercury. The effects can be neurological or manifest in other organs -- plus, metal in the mouth is just not cute, is it?

In any case, when people get mercury removed from their mouths, it's often followed by a heavy metal cleanse protocol. While i don't have the easy access to organic herbs or freshwater algae products that can help, i'm doing my best.

Based on what i've learned on the Web, some of the products that can bind and flush mercury include cilantro, chlorella, garlic and lots of water, as well as Vitamin C. When the local herbal pharmacy is not available, as is the case here in Nicaragua, i substitute cilantro for culantro, chlorella for the spirulina powder i was able to get in Managua, and Vitamin C in pill form with copious amounts of citrus from my back yard. That's what i can do, so i'm doing it, and saying Adios to the threat of excess mercury...

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While organic products are not as widely available in Nicaragua as they are back home, there are still other ways to care for the planet. Check out the Indiegogo campaign for Leaffing, which calculates the CO2 emissions of your home delivery and then gives you the possibility to neutralize/compensate them by giving the calculated amount. Cool!

And while the stray dogs make off with the neighbors' plastic diapers and deposit them round the corner of our house, they don't come from here! I've always been a cloth diaper advocate, and Itti is even making cloth diapers super cool -- though in Australia, they call them "nappies..." =)

2 comments:

Bea Downing said...

I've wanted to do that for years! What is the procedure there? Can you share what the mercury fillings are replaced with? I'm so curious, thanks for sharing about your adventures!
Bea

Nico said...

Hi Bea -- the process is much the same here as in the States -- lots of suction in the mouth, a rubber guard around the rest of the mouth so only the filling is exposed. The new filling is a white resin composite -- no metal! Here, i just paid $25 for each tooth. In the States I'm going to venture to say it's 10 times that price!