and i forgot to mention...
i was told by my roommate from college who is also a dental hygientist, that you actually have a much higher chance of getting poisoned during removal then if you just left the fillings in. plus once they remove the amalgam, they have to drill even more of your tooth before replacing with a composite. and everytime you take away from your tooth structure it increase the chance that it can fracture and you will have to get a crown. and damaging your teeth is not healthy for us either.
here is some more information:
Removing Mercury Fillings
If mercury is so dangerous, shouldn't everyone run out and have their dental fillings removed? The answer is a great big "NO!" The process of removing Amalgams can generate mercury vapor and particulates many times greater than leaving them alone. Before making a decision to have your fillings removed, have your physician screen your body with a simple urine test to measure the level of toxic heavy metals in your body. If it is determined that your levels are high, it is recommended that you consult with a biological dentist who is knowledgeable in safe Amalgam removal.
How to get mercury fillings removed without exposing yourself to toxic mercury vapor
Chelation Therapy as a Treatment Option
You should be aware of the fact that there are alternative techniques to treat metal toxicity problems, such as chelation therapy. In most instances, the general population knows nothing about such treatments because the traditional medical establishment isn't aware of its existence and/or such knowledge has been suppressed over the years by various powerful organizations.
Chelation was first used in the 1940s by the U.S. Navy to treat lead poisoning and was subsequently approved by the FDA as a safe method of treating heavy metal toxicity. Chelation therapy is a medical treatment that improves metabolic and circulatory function by removing toxic metals and abnormally located nutritional metallic ions (such as iron) from the body. This is accomplished by administering an amino acid, ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid (EDTA), by either an oral or intravenous infusion.
When a molecule of EDTA travels through the blood stream, it grabs on to the heavy metal particles, binding tightly and pulling them out of the membrane or body tissue in which they are embedded. Since EDTA is an artificial amino acid, the body regards it as a foreign substance and delivers it to the kidneys to be excreted in the urine.
Physicians familiar with the administration of chelation therapy treatment alternatives can thoughtfully review the benefits of undergoing such therapeutic treatments with their patients.
Dr. Connealy, M.D., M.P.H. began private practice in 1986. In 1992 she founded South Coast Medical Center for New Medicine, where she serves as medical director. Her practice is firmly based in the belief that strictly treating health problems with medications does not find the root cause of the illness. Dr. Connealy writes monthly columns for Coast and OC Health magazines and is a biweekly guest on Frank Jordan's "Healthy" radio show. She routinely lectures and educates the public on health issues.