Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mercury-Free Dentistry in Costa Rica - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #3

Let's switch it up a little today and talk about dentistry.

“Silver fillings” are really “mercury fillings,” and mercury is highly toxic and the most vaporous of the heavy metals.

Costa Rica has a vibrant dental tourism industry -- that's a fact, but what if you seek holistic dentistry?? Is there anything here for you??

As a person who has not yet had the amalgam removed from my teeth,  that is exactly the question I have been wondering about.

What is amalgam?
Amalgam is a combination of metals that has been the most popular filling material used in dentistry for the last 150 years. Although it sometimes is called "silver amalgam," amalgam actually consists of a combination of metals. These include silver, mercury, tin and copper. Small amounts of zinc, indium or palladium also may be used.

The U.S. was one of the first countries to ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury, an international treaty to end mercury pollution, in 2013. It was a major victory, but even at that time, a central question was, "Who's going to be responsible for enforcement?" August 2017, that treaty became legally binding, as 50 countries are ratified. Now the U.S. must begin enforcement.

"It's a treaty on all major sources of mercury. Of course, dental amalgam is a major source. It's the largest use of mercury in America.  

Good News!
 Consumers for Dental Choice has successfully facilitated a total ban on dental amalgam for children under 15 and pregnant and nursing women within the European Union (EU), effective July 1, 2018 — a victory that will positively affect half a billion people in 28 countries.

My friend Reenie at the dentist in Costa Rica

This is what Reenie has to say about her experience-
"WOW, I must be the luckiest lady on the planet!! I had been “wishing” for a Biological Dentist that was Mercury FREE & SAFE, did Crowns, fillings and Implants, and one I could hopefully afford!! Found them in Costa Rica 🇨🇷 just outside of San Jose! I got TWO Biological safe Implants, Bone grafting, TWO Crowns, and FIVE mercury free fillings at a FRACTION of the cost in the US! Not only that, but they treated me like Family, even fed me a Vegan lunch, and Victor co owner and manager, took such good care of me making sure to help me arrange my Uber rides and giving me more TLC than I’ve ever gotten from a medical facility in the States and the quality of the work was EXCELLENT!!
“Costa Rican Bio Dental” went ABOVE & BEYOND to make much needed dental work possible for me!! THANK YOU Dr Krista, Victor and ALL the staff at CRBD!! 
This CR bio dentist, can remove mercury fillings with equipment that is safe and will not flood more of it into your body!"

For those of you who are still in the states!

Mercury-Free Dentistry Is Finally Reaching Tipping Point in US

Indeed, the mercury-free dentists in the U.S. were pioneers who understood the folly of placing mercury in a person's head very early on. They were vilified, criticized by their peers and penalized by their medical boards, to the point where their licenses were removed. 

Go to a Mercury-Free Dentist
Insist on mercury-free dentistry, yes. But take it another step — don't go to a dentist who puts mercury fillings in any child or any person. Spend your time, spend your money, only with a mercury-free dentist. How do you find one? Here are several organizations with lists or information:

Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions (DAMS). (offers a packet of information)

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday at the Pure Jungle Spa - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #3

While on the Caribbean Coast, we had the option to select a spa treatment from Pure Jungle Spa in Puerto Viejo. Some chose the couple's massage, the chocolate facial, deep tissue and more. I opted for a mani-pedi.

The Pure Jungle Spa is the cutest little place. Very tranquil and serene. They also have natural products available for sale.

They served me hot herbal tea and organic chocolate. I would definitely go back and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys being pampered! 

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Welcome to Cahuita, Costa Rica - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #3

 The Magellan Boutique Hotel - Cahuita Costa Rica

Really enjoyed the hotel with it's picturesque setting and would definitely recommend it.  Sunny - the owner -  is an expat from the US. She purchased the hotel and renovated it (almost a complete re-do). She lives on the property with her 10 yr old son. There is a also a pool and yoga studio on the property. 
They serve a delicious breakfast! There are 6 rooms w/air conditioning.

(One hotel was not big enough for our entire group so the rest of the group stayed nearby at the Caribbean Coconut - more on that hotel in a separate post) 

and just what are we all looking at?

 This little lady - a female sloth  - one of 2 living at the Magellan Boutique Hotel

We also met 2 very interesting ladies (Stacey & Chyrel) from the states who were on a Costa Rica due diligence mission! 

They joined up with our group at the Gecko Cafe & Grill. 

Once we had lunch and were all checked into our rooms   
we were just relaxing on the patio outside 
and we got to talking...

Stacey & Chyrel owners of 

See additional pics of the hotel grounds and learn the history of Sacred Naturals in our interview 
with Stacey & Chyrel below
(we already have a list of things we want to order!!) 

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