By Dr. Evelien Van Amerongen
Both of my parents worked in Dentistry: my father was a professor and my mother worked in the dental laboratory and assisted my father as a dental nurse. Both worked with mercury amalgam and other dental restorative metals.
In those days, mercury was added to a silver amalgam and mixed by hand in a little rubber cup. Their exposure to mercury was high to say the least. During my mothers pregnancy this mercury was passed through the placenta and later through the breast milk to me, so I was born and grew up with a high body burden of toxins.
Then one day, as a 6 year old, I sneaked into the surgery and played with the wonderfully glistening little mercury bubbles that just could not be caught, whatever you tried. I became acutely toxic and suffered the consequences. I was put on a high protein and fat diet, and supplements, for months to remove the body burden of mercury.
Later when I became a dental student, I revisited the symptoms of toxicity, but in a much more severe way. My adrenal, immune and thyroid function began to fail; I put on a lot of weight quickly and could hardly walk to the bus stop without being exhausted.
It took a fellow medical student to recognise the symptoms and insist I visit the toxicology department in the hospital to have some tests done. IV-Chelation and a strict nutritional program brought me back to health, but left me with many questions.
I was often confronted with a hostile and dismissive attitude when talking to the dental and medical profession about the heavy metal issue. I learned that, to get these questions answered, I had to look outside the dental curriculum. From the many thousands of hours of continued professional education in the environmental aspect of health, it became very clear to me that modern diseases have a common factor: a heavy burden of toxins.
The toxins behind many health problems are classified in two categories: toxic metals and man-made chemicals. In order to be able to address these metals and chemicals in my patients, I trained with Dr Dietrich Klinghardt, specialist in Chronic Degenerative Disease, Heavy Metal Detoxification and Chronic Pain Management.
I qualified in Dr Klinghardt’s Developed Autonomic Response therapy, which is based upon the ancient Vedic knowledge: The 5 Levels of Healing. I have incorporated this therapy into my integrated dental clinic in the UK and now in Ireland for over 15 years with great results.
I moved to Westport, County Mayo, and founded the ISHSKO Centre in 2008. The Centre incorporates both modern western dental and medical medicine and eastern healing modalities with an integrative team approach.
Optimum health is a natural state of being, and happens when body, mind and emotional aspects are in harmony. A hectic life, poor work/home balance, physical and emotional trauma, dietary deficiencies and polluted environment all cause this balance to be disrupted. If the stress is persistent, our health deteriorates. It takes more than a prescription and a 5 minute consultation to find the cause behind symptoms. It is important to see a patient as a whole human being and to empower the patient to address their health on each of the 5 levels of healing.
1: The physical level, which represents our structure, organ-systems, chemistry (digestion, hormones, etc.) and sensations (touch, sight, hearing, etc.). 2: Our electrical system, nerves and meridians, and our feelings. 3: Our mental field (beliefs and thoughts). 4: Our intuitive level. 5: Our spiritual level.
Each level has its own science, diagnostics and treatment modalities. Addressing blockages at the correct level with the correct healing modality gives good and long lasting health benefits. On the contrary, if a problem occurs on one level, giving a treatment that is designed for a different level, one cannot expect nor achieve long lasting results.
In our centre, we provide Biocompatible, Mercury-free Dentistry and Detoxification therapies for the whole family, Dental Implantology, IV-Chelation therapy, A.R.T., Family Constellation therapy and Sports Injury and Rehabilitation Massage therapy.
Our body has an amazing self-regulatory capacity, but often, what stands in the way of this inert capacity to heal can only be understood and dealt with when the blockages are revealed to us and treated simultaneously, so we can act and change our direction and take actions to support the healing pathways.
If you are interested, you can get more information about each of the modalities and services on our website www.mercuryfreedentistry.eu