This common exam could POISON you!
It’s the double-edged sword of technology: Every new advance in medicine brings new risks.
Many are completely unforeseen.
By the time the “latest and greatest” new tech is in widespread use, thousands have been exposed to problems no one predicted or anticipated.
The most recent example is a powerful new form of MRI.
Sure, the 7T (seven Tesla) MRI approved by the FDA last year gives docs better images with more detail for the smallest parts of the body, especially deep inside the brain.
But new research shows that it could also cause you to get poisoned… by your own teeth!
If you’re getting up there in years, odds are good that you’ve had your share of dental work over the decades. There’s also a good chance that you still have some old mercury-based “amalgam” fillings in some of your teeth. (Some dentists are still using these toxic fillings even today.)
It’s already known that the powerful magnetic field of the MRI can trigger a small amount of corrosion in an amalgam filling, which can sometimes cause a little mercury to slip out.
That by itself is bad news.
But the 7T is far worse. It’s so powerful – and causes so much more of that “electrochemical corrosion” – that the study finds FOUR TIMES the levels of mercury can escape when compared to a 1.5T scan.
Here’s the worst part of it: That powerful cutting-edge brain scan might find nothing wrong in your noggin.
The evaluation might even come as a huge celebration-worthy relief.
Nothing wrong with my brain – hooray!
But the mercury unleashed by that scan could eventually make its way to your brain. You didn’t have a problem up there when you had the scan… but the scan itself could CAUSE a problem later on!
Next thing you know, you’re facing a neurodegenerative disease such as dementia or Parkinson’s that was caused by the very scan that found nothing wrong.
If that’s not an example of the cruelest form of irony, I don’t know what is.
This isn’t to say that you should never get a 7T MRI. There might be cases where you need it. But definitely don’t blindly submit to one simply because it’s the latest and greatest scan (or because the clinic gets to bill your insurer at a higher rate).
Make sure the doc actually NEEDS the stronger scan – and if he does, work with a holistic physician on detoxifying therapies that can minimize the risks of any potential mercury exposure.
If you’re in the San Diego area, I can work with you on natural therapies that will help chase metals from fillings, food, water, and other common sources out of your body.
Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in Southern California? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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