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\\\ Diagnosis \\\ Posts 8 – 12 \\\ THIS IS POST 9 DENTAL TOXICITY TESTS AND SCANS – YOU MAY LIKE TO START READING ABOUT DENTAL TOXICITY AND HOW IT WAS DIAGNOSED – WRITTEN BY A REAL PATIENT
What Tests Are Available To Aid Dental Toxicity Diagnosis? Part 2 Of 2- This is Post 9.
Part 2 Of 2 – This is Post 9.
Suggestive Toxicity Included Elemental /Inorganic Mercury – Palladium – Nickel Toxicity
Tests taken included –
- Private Clinic Toxicity Blood Tests
- Private Clinic Thyroid Blood Tests
- Private Clinic Ultrasound Diagnostic Scans
- Saliva Tests
- Urine Blood Tests
- X Rays
- Retinal Scans
Environmental 16 Metals Blood Test provided suggestive toxicity information for 16 metals tested.
A patient referral is required from an approved clinician for tests.
Having been left undiagnosed and misdiagnosed for years by the NHS clinicians at The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, East Sussex, UK, after suffering a dangerous, unconsented surgical procedure under general anaesthesia in a daycare routine procedure, the procedure produced new symptoms within days.
It had become clear to the patient that there were two very different diseases causing many symptoms, where the clinicians had dismissed one as ‘nonsense’, what is now known to have been Oral-Electro Galvanism.
No clinician had informed the patient they did not recognise the medical symptoms being presented, nor arranged appropriate appointments to consult with seniors or refer the patient to those better placed to diagnose. They provided inappropriate care plans, or not at all.
It was evident that this hospital and its clinicians were in a state of chaos and undermining patients’ health and their safety.
After years of misdiagnosis and being left undiagnosed for symptoms being presented, the patient called in their medical files only to find that a number of patient statements and consultations had been removed, patient statements altered, falsification of documents, statutory information removed, and other diseases known to the NHS clinicians were never disclosed to the patient.
The patient sought private consultations and testing. (You can read about the symptoms and information that led up to private testing posts, Posts 2 – 7).
A consultation with a friendly NHS GP may provide you with an opportunity to be referred for specialised blood tests if you suspect toxicity. It is worth checking before commencing, whether the practitioner is willing to accept the test results from a non-NHS testing clinic, and trained to interpret the comprehensive results. NHS clinicians are trained in the NHS blood testing programmes but may be reluctant to consider other private clinical blood test results, sometimes even questioning CQC-approved clinic results, which may have a better CQC rating than the limited blood tests offered by the NHS service.
It may be left to you to find a suitable clinic and propose these tests initially.
In this case, the patient was refused by the GP a referral to an oral consultant specialist. The patient immediately called in all the medical files by Statutory Requests, which when finally received, established what was being concealed not only by the GP but also by The Royal Sussex County Hospital.
A consultation was made with a chiropractor who offered Diagnostic Thermal Imaging Scans which were of huge interest being another way to assess what was happening to the head and face.
The practitioner referral was made to a new dentist as a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ and to bring any outstanding dental works up to date. (Read more, previous post, Post 8).
Private Clinic Blood Tests
The Environmental 16 Metals Blood Test
After necessary X-rays, dental scans, and dental works were brought up to date, the chiropractor referred the patient for an Environmental 16 Metals Test, testing metals used in the everyday environment.
The staff were thorough and friendly, and the clinic was efficient and clean, CQC approved. The clinic turned the test results around in a matter of days.
Blood may be sent to them for testing from other approved UK clinics that may be located closer to your home if you didn’t live in or near to London.
The clinic provides useful and detailed website information about its large range of testing capabilities available.
The results were significant and directional, suggestive that the metals being tested for were over and on the public range and further research indicated those metals to be frequently used in dentistry.
Due to the high levels of mercury present in the bloodstream, and the many years that health had been declining, it was evident that this wasn’t the patient eating “a toxic prawn sandwich” as one untrained senior NHS clinician had tried to advise! (Usually associated with methylmercury, a derivative of organic mercury).
The NHS offers a general metal test for mercury and then informs patients if the results are high that is suggestive of methylmercury toxicity from eating fish. (Read Post 23 Mercury Toxicity Derivatives). Exposure to mercury can occur not just through eating fish but through the air, soil, water, vegetables, cosmetics and dental amalgams within our teeth.
They are not trained in dental elemental/inorganic mercury toxicity symptoms and diagnoses, suggestive of dental toxicity, but do not inform patients unless patients ask. Patients can unwittingly be misled by being informed they’ve eaten fish.
The symptoms suffered were suggestive of chronic dental toxicity, later found confirmed in more specialist blood testing to be suggestive of elemental/inorganic mercury, palladium, and nickel in particular, as well as other dental metals.
There had already been visual evidence of nickel and Pink Disease eczema and tests for leeching of the amalgams where elemental mercury vapour had the opportunity to mix with saliva and other metals in the mouth where the toxic vapour ingested had over nine years to be able to deposit the elemental/inorganic vapour deep into the bones as well as organs and tissues around the body.
A chelation programme was put in place immediately.
Take Note – Take into consideration that public ranges are set notoriously high, whatever the organisation, taking two tests without altering one’s lifestyle with a gap of a couple of weeks in between tests can be beneficial. Combine the two tests which will give a more complete overview of the test results.
However, dangerous metals such as mercury need to be chelated immediately. It can be advisable to use one clinic, where possible, repeatably, which then provides stability and clarity in recording test results over a period of time.
Working with a Chiropractor to find the root causes of the diseases, a range of informative tests were arranged.
Read post 23 which explains the 3 main groups of mercury.
More Private Clinic Blood Tests
The well-known USA-based Quicksilver Scientific’s patented Mercury Tri-Test includes hair, blood, and urine analysis used to test for inorganic mercury and methyl mercury and reports on the patient’s ability to push out the toxins through excretion abilities and exposure of inorganic and methyl mercury.
‘Unlike common “Challenge Testing”, the Mercury Tri-Test separates methyl mercury (mostly from seafood or amalgam-based mercury) from inorganic mercury (the most toxic form) and measures each directly’.QUICKSILVER SCIENTIFIC
A test was taken, part of the way through the chelation detoxifying. The test results did take longer than expected to be returned from the USA, indicating similar results to those from the UK, the Environmental 16 Metal Blood test and urine test results, that were already available. The test results confirmed that inorganic mercury tested was highly evident, far higher than Methylmercury where this test differentiates, unlike the Environmental 16 Metals Blood Test, being a general test for mercury.
In retrospect, this test would have been more helpful if taken immediately when toxicity was suspected. The results bear less help after a chelation process is underway as it provides results only as good as that day of testing, what is recorded in the patients’ bloodstream, the environment the patient has been in, the chelation process now in place, and what the patient is managing to excrete.
It did confirm that inorganic mercury was still very heavily present and needed chelating. The patient was recorded as having a small amount of methylmercury in the bloodstream although having not eaten fish for several years.
Methylmercury is found in the environment, for example, in air, sea, water, skin lightening creams, and not just by fish-eating. (Read Post 23 for more information).
It doesn’t tell you the most important information you really want to know which is what elemental/inorganic toxicity is left in the body, and where no test even today tests for the amount of mercury resting in the bones. There is no scientific way to tell you.
With this new evidence and the Environmental 16 metals blood test toxicity, and the pinpointing of the suspected oral problem by metal detectors for the past 3 years coupled with the Medical Imaging Thermal Scan reports, Mercury leaching tests, the patient in consultation with the Chiropractor underwent another more specialised dental ingestion tests including the Melisa® test.
An interesting website, Leeds NHS Trust Hospital states “Blood and urine testing is not useful for assessing exposure to mercury from dental amalgam in fillings.”
The Melisa® Test
One of the safest and most specific dental ingestion tests than other tests available and can differentiate between an allergic reaction to inorganic or metallic (also known as elemental or quicksilver) mercury from dental amalgams.
The Melissa® test is specific to the patient’s individual needs and tests for those metals associated with their particular elected dental works.
The test was for the metals associated with mercury amalgams, and gold and palladium fused to metal crown restoration, located in LR jaw, which had always been the suspect of long-term health problems over the previous 8 years, constantly reported to NHS clinicians who dismissed the information, even laughing at the patient claiming it was a prawn sandwich the patient ate that caused toxins.
Blood was taken in London at the CQC approved, BioLab clinic, numerous test tubes of blood were provided and the Melissa® test results were delivered from European testing in Germany, within 2 weeks, where blood had been tested twice providing a balanced test result.
As anticipated, the results provided suggestive information that the ingested mercury vapour was inorganic mercury used in dentistry, recorded at the highest levels, also highest levels of nickel and palladium. There was the presence of other more minor metals tested for, including gold.
- Interestingly, the organisation offers a quick symptom check test on their website, which is useful and enlightening to anyone concerned they may be suffering from dental toxicity.
To have completeness in testing, the same London clinic was used for regular blood testing providing a patient history.
It’s worth noting –
Consultations with senior NHS toxicologists admitted –
- They were not trained to diagnose chronic dental ingestion or chelation programme (and were not aware of the Dental Melisa® test) at that time. Despite this important test and information, they still continued to diagnose incorrectly the chronic dental ingestion as fish-eating toxicity as they are required to do so by the NHS and their professional bodies, despite toxin information being freely available to the public globally.
- At the time of writing, the NHS does not offer a similar dental test to Melisa® in NHS establishments.
- There appears to be no NHS protocol in place for testing and treating chronic dental ingestion patients and injuries caused by an unknown accident to the face.
- NHS Toxicology clinicians are trained to recognise methyl mercury symptoms, suggesting that it’s fish-eating toxic symptoms.
- NHS Toxicology clinicians are trained to treat acute mercury toxicity, where the accident is caused by a known substance.
- Acute inorganic mercury toxicity and chronic dental ingestion mercury toxicity require different chelation methods.
- NHS Toxicologists were not aware of how to chelate chronic dental toxicity.
Metal Detection Tests
The patient had informed NHS clinicians for years that the oral cavity was suspected as the root cause, even suggesting the problem to be located in the LR jaw region as far back as 2010, a year after the surgical unconsented accident, to the clinicians at the Oral & Maxillofacial outpatients department, which in time proved to be correct.
Results of metal detection tests that the patient had organised taken with quality handheld metal detectors, pinpointed the exact location of the toxicity, the centre of interest.
At a future NHS consultation, clinicians ignored this important information, where one NHS clinician even stated “metal detectors don’t work!” That clinician had clearly forgotten that the hospital had taken delivery of numerous metal detectors being used in their A&E, detecting ingested metal, such as children frequently swallowing tiny batteries!
The metal detection tests of the facial region proved to be right, pinpointing the actual ‘problem’ tooth and when that dental restoration was removed, the metal detector tests moved their finding, when used on the face immediately to pinpointing the next highest recording in the oral cavity, being the highest leeching mercury amalgam of four, recorded as leeching mercury more than 5 times the normal public range permitted levels.
The metal detectors considered the LR restoration to be the most problematic followed by four leeching amalgams.
NHS Ultrasound Scan Testing
An Ultrasound diagnostic scan was taken to support the surgical procedure, in 2009. The positive scan results were never provided to the patient, to make an informed decision about a pending surgical procedure, and the results were never provided to the patient’s GP by the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, Sussex, UK, Oral and Maxillofacial Department.
A later referral to the specialised Ears, Nose, and Throat (ENT) department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, failed to inform the patient that medical files had clearly, for years, indicated suggestive causes of disease with this visual supporting scan evidence, and unbelievably this department continued to confirm to the patients’ GP there was nothing “to worry about.”
All departments at The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton Sussex, UK, during the entire time the patent was in their care failed to organise precautionary blood and urine tests with the exception of one clinician who did organise blood tests but failed to organise the retesting for cancer, HIV, Leukaemia and thyroiditis, where the pathology department flagged up their concerns of the initial blood test results provided, which were well below the acceptable public range levels.
Again, this was another serious opportunity that was missed by these clinicians to put right some of the declining patient’s health, leaving the patient for 4 more years being severely poisoned and high-risk of cancer.
After numerous poor consultations with various NHS departments, requests for the patient’s medical files were made from the Data Protection department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, Sussex, UK.
You can read more about this in post 2. Medical Accident and Loss of NHS Patient Records
The medical files and a CD ROM provided from the Data Protection request presented evidence of the scan results taken in 2009, suggestive that clinicians surprisingly had always known that the patient had been suffering from a potentially life-threatening disease and failed shockingly, to disclose this dangerous condition which was seriously worsened by the elemental/inorganic mercury toxicity.
Private Clinic Ultrasound Diagnostic Scan Testing
Organised by clinical referral to recheck those provided by the untrustworthy, and quite frankly, bungling, The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, Sussex, clinicians. The scans confirmed the NHS clinicians always knew of the patient’s disease and had always withheld this information from the patient and GP.
Symptoms of hypersalivation, notoriously linked to mercury toxicity, of constant drooling of saliva from the mouth, were experienced over a period of months, as the disease worsened, which was particularly further noted after the removal of the gold and palladium fused to metal-ceramic crown restoration and to the now unmitigated, constant exposure to severe leaching of the mercury amalgams.
An Ultrasound diagnostic scan was taken of this different area, the carotid arteries, being a safe non-evasive way to keep a visual check of the oral cavity and throat regions, highly vulnerable to cancer. Something, again, the NHS never tested.
A whole range of Ultrasound scans are available and can be arranged privately by self-referral and clinics are available up and down the UK.
The patient was diagnosed with ‘Tooth Grinding’ by the Oral and Maxillofacial outpatient department a year after their unconsented surgical procedure.
The NHS never tested for thyroiditis despite scans suggesting the patient was suffering the disease which they never disclosed to the patient taken for the initial hospital surgery where a knock to the teeth is suggestive of causing the toxicity.
The GP clinic failed to send the patient to outpatient appointments at the department that could have tested and helped to stabilize the thyroid as they were being instructed to do a year later.
Now three years later, the GP further suspected thyroid disease but failed to inform the patient and take blood tests.
A 5 year period of failure to test and disclose thyroid disease by the NHS clinicians left the patient getting sicker and sicker.
Thyroiditis can be common when dental toxicity is suspected, where the throat is so closely located to teeth and especially amalgams, (aka 50% mercury), and the ingestion of saliva able to carry a mixture of dental toxin vapour.
Private Clinic Thyroid Blood Tests
Further testing was undertaken during the start of the chelation period for FT4, FT3, TSH, also Anti-thyroglobulin (monitors treatment of some types of thyroid cancer, and to look for cancer), and Anti-thyroperoxidase blood tests, (the presence of TPO antibodies in blood which suggests that the cause of thyroid disease is an autoimmune disorder, such as Hashimoto’s disease or Graves’ disease), which NHS GP’s do not routinely test for.
At the start of chelation, Anti thyroglobulin blood tests were recorded dangerously high at 1000% over the public range.
These levels were decreased to 750% during the first year of chelation.
At the start of chelation, Anti-thyroid peroxidase blood tests were also recorded dangerously high, being more than 500% over the public range.
These levels decreased by being reduced to 100% over the public range during the first year of chelation.
Once the diagnosis had been established, chelation was underway which helped to decrease hypothyroidism to a manageable and more normal level, with the start of the removal of toxins from the body, with the aid of using the natural chelation process outlined in further posts on this website. (Read more about Chelation, Posts 13-18). Chelation is likely to be continued for many years.
What is Chelation?
The process by which a molecule encircle and binds to a metal and removes it from tissue.Mentioned in Heavy Metal Poisoning Gale Encyclopaedia of medicine. Copyright 2008. The Gale Group, Inc, All Rights Reserved.
You may like to read Environmental toxins harm the thyroid. Kresser Institute Published on September 6, 2017. Lots of good tips for patients about chelation.
C-Reactive Protein blood tests
A test for inflammation, severity, and response to treatment during the chelation programme.
Results were suggestive to be in the normal public range tested after the dental root treatment, crown and amalgams had been removed from the mouth. This test could be taken on the day of diagnosis and then a further period, later, whilst chelation is in progress to check improving inflammatory especially of the patient’s liver.
Saliva was never monitored by the NHS when complaining of constant oral cavity problems, even by the Oral and Maxillofacial Department at The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, Sussex, UK.
Saliva can easily be monitored from home, with unsophisticated simple PH sticks, which in this case recorded extremely low levels, below 4.5PH, cancer level, for some time, prior to diagnosis, being a further endorsement of the toxicity problems.
After the initial blood tests and scans, saliva test results steadily improved when –
- The dental works removing the ‘problematic’ LR dental restoration and amalgams (aka mercury) from the oral cavity, were replaced with bio-compatible materials.
- Coupled with the special chelation organic diet being consumed, (you can read about this in future posts 13-18).
Saliva results steadily improved, over months and years and finally recorded a satisfactory 6.75PH – 7.00PH although this took more than three years to achieve from the day of diagnosis, one and a half years from the completion of dental works and where the patient relied heavily upon following the strict chelation programme.
Nothing was a “quick fix” when chelating.
Sticks are available from a number of medical online stores and can provide a simple general overview of oral acidity. Take into consideration the previous 24 hours’ consumption of any acidic/alkaline foods and beverages.
Taking and charting home tests for a period of time can be highly recommended.
No urine tests were taken prior to diagnosis by any NHS clinician.
The macroscopic urinalysis (to you and me, the visible colour of urine), presented suggested liver disease prior to the first 16 Metals blood tests and chelation, yet not one NHS clinician bothered to organise urine tests despite presenting a range of symptoms located in the oral cavity, head, legs and moving around the body, even to toes. However, no one could have been left in doubt by the sheer colour of the urine that there was the possibility of liver disease, but the NHS didn’t bother to test.
Elemental mercury toxicity, also known as quicksilver and metallic mercury, (read post 23 which explains the derivatives) specifically attacks organs, and tissues and quickly rests in bones which makes chelation a long process over years to pick out the deep, buried mercury resting in the bones.
The NCBI medical paper Mercury Toxicity and Treatment: A Review of the Literature https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3253456/Robin A. Bernhoft 2011, provides the reader with information as to where the mercury derivatives distributed around the body.
Private clinic tests at Biolab, London, provided urine test results, undertaken after diagnosis, after six weeks of the chelation programme in place, confirming that 18 metals tested including mercury, nickel, manganese and cobalt (all dentistry related metals) were satisfactorily being detected passing out in the urine. Mercury was not recorded as particularly high which suggested that there was a long way to go to clean the body’s organs and ensure they were fully functioning helping to push out the mercury toxin.
Palladium testing was not available.
At the start of dental consultations with new dentists, low dosage 360° X-Rays were taken of the oral cavity, providing an up-to-date historical reference.
Both mercury and palladium are notorious for affecting the eyes and tests were carried out within two weeks of diagnosis by the local optician who had the patient’s historical testing data.
The retinal photographic scans provided evidence that the eyes were suffering from a number of unexplained dark spots and unexplained flare-ups. The scans were taken behind the eyes and appear to you and me, as left and right large orange blobs on computer screens. The scans actually looked like a rocky moon landscape, with lots of blacks and dark red areas and spots.
Eye tests were arranged half-yearly for the next year and a half, to monitor improvement during the chelation period. Nothing much changed recorded on those next scans.
After four years of chelation, the eye tests had successfully improved when tests were taken, the scans showed very smooth orange colour retinal pictures with no dark spots now remaining or other unexplained problems.
It provided visual evidence that the chelation programme was working, where it was likely that the toxicity was being removed successfully from the organs and tissues in the body which left elemental/inorganic mercury remaining in the bones, having been deposited for over seven years before diagnosis.
However, the eyes do not escape from the effects of severe ‘eye burning’ symptoms. This is disappointing and is often credited as the effects of palladium toxicity which clinicians, globally, currently have no means of providing proven ways to remove from the body. These symptoms have not improved, now into the sixth year of chelation. This particularly occurs during the night when eyelids are fully extended, waking the patient during the night because of its intensity, and first thing in the morning. One wants to continually rub the eyes, but this could cause detached retinas.
There still remain intense periods of prolonged eye twitching, sore eyes and pain particularly just above the eyes coupled with the ‘sparkly’ eye-burning intensity of the eyelids explained previously.
The eyes sometimes lose focus when working, when papers in front of the patient become hazy and blurred. The patient has to stop everything and has found by immediately taking Vitamin C (fresh oranges and/or supplements and a couple of brazil nuts, each nut loaded with 100% selenium mineral) that this action seems to move this symptom away from the eyes speedily, rather than allowing it to take its course slowly.
This also highlights the problem of elemental/inorganic mercury where it is constantly being redeposited around the body by the bloodstream, causing symptoms 24/7, in no particular recognised location or with any specific regularity.
The NHS faces real funding issues that seem to overshadow its readiness to test patients at the best of times. Tests are being reduced in number and being offered less frequently to patients.
When patients present not so well known symptoms, it becomes even more so of a problem for those patients to be offered tests and be correctly diagnosed.
Fortunately, the internet has become a ‘life-saver’ for those patients with lesser-known diseases than your average GP training where more and more access is being opened up for private consultations and sophisticated testing than the NHS can offer.
The patient’s GP tried to prevent the patient from visiting an oral specialist, refusing a referral. The simple answer was to make an immediate Statutory Request for patient notes to see why the GP refused and in the meantime consult with other doctors who could refer for testing the suspected area of concern with better, faster, and more advanced tests than the NHS can offer.
It was devastating to find GP services covering up lost and/or removed statutory paperwork, failing to send the patient to outpatients’ appointments for 18 months requested by secondary care, and then failing to disclose their suspected diagnosis and take important tests that may have helped prevent some symptoms. GPs were more concerned about the concealment of poor care than providing the patient with care. These are people who we are taught to trust. That trust was now broken.
It was time to ditch the NHS and start private research, consultations, and plan a test strategy focusing on the areas of the body that had always been suspected as a starting point to restoring health.
Today, NHS clinicians still refuse to acknowledge their appalling care and accept the more modern, advanced information and tests presented.
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