The South African Academy of Biological Practitioners (SAABP)
The fundamental mission of SAABP is to educate and promote the health of the public at large, doctors and their staff – and to take a stand with environmentalists and international Biological Health Practitioners, against the use of mercury and fluoride for placement in any form into the human body be it via vaccinations, amalgam restorations or fluoridated water, as well as the consumption of refined sugar and its impact on the immune system and the brain.
The South African Academy was established by dr Paolo Brogneri and dr Maria Theologides, using the combined functional and biologic approach, with a deep desire to make a difference through education and public awareness. Together they have joined forces with both local and international experts to create online modules, share research and take a stand on health and environmental issues.
We are witnessing a dramatic rise in lifestyle and environmentally related diseases from cancer (especially in organs previously not affected and in children); Alzheimer’s and dementia; AUTISM, ADD and ADHD; diabetes; anxiety and depression – to mention just a few. We are also seeing a serious rise in the environment of neuro-toxic chemicals and heavy metals. The resultant accumulation of heavy metals in the human body poses significant health risks. Fluoridated water, sweetened and preserved foods with increasing chemical additives, consumption of GMO products, pesticides and environmental toxins are all adding to the toxic load and increase in chronic diseased states.
With all these health and environmental concerns in mind, the South African Academy of Biological Practitioners was born. The fundamental mission of SAABP is to educate and promote the health of the public at large, doctors and their staff – and to take a stand with environmentalists and international Biological Health Practitioners, against the use of mercury and fluoride - placement in any form into the human body be it via vaccinations, amalgam restorations or fluoridated water, as well as the consumption of refined sugar and its impact on the immune system and the brain.
Our goal is to amalgamate scientific cutting edge research, with ancient principles of detoxification and healing – bringing together of biological dentists and integrated medical practitioners who understand and are knowledgeable on the role of detoxification and lifestyle health coaching – together we can help empower parents and their children through knowledge and their active role in creating sustained health.
The proud Founders of the SAABP
South African Academy of Biological Practitioners
Dr. Paolo Brogneri
“When we love what we do, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
After graduation from the University of Stellenbosch in 1987, Dr Brogneri gained extensive experience in practices in Cape Town before gaining valuable experience in a practice in Rome whilst playing professional Rugby for Rome. In 1993 he established a practice in Camps Bay.
He is a multi-disciplinary biological dentist who practices safe mercury removal according to the IAOMT SMART recommendations. His special interests include preventative, restorative and reconstructive dentistry. His specialties include aesthetic dental make-overs which encapsulate all aspects of cosmetic dentistry: porcelain crowns and bridges, veneers, inlays, natural tooth colored metal-free fillings, surgical dentistry, including implants and bone and tissue grafting, a range of removable and implant supported denture options as well orthodontics including both fixed orthodontics using the Damon system and removable orthodontics using clear aligner systems. Advanced periodontal, maxillo-facial and implant cases are treated in conjunction with leading Cape Town periodontists and maxillo-facial surgeons.
He regularly attends courses and lectures to stay abreast of the latest products, techniques and cutting edge technological advances. He is a member of HPCSA, SADA, SAAO. He is also a co-founder of h.u.m.a.n.
Tapping into a skills base that covers a number of specialists fields when turning a patients mouth and by extension their smile and their life around giving them renewed confidence, is the most rewarding aspect of his work as a dentist.
He prides himself in providing first-world dentistry using cutting edge technology and equipment amidst a friendly and caring environment. He strives to make a difference in people’s lives though the type and quality of dentistry he does and the manner in which he provides that service. He enjoys the artistry in dentistry but this is a drop in the ocean when compared to the relationships he builds as a team with his patients.
His practice was the first in South Africa to introduce Ozone as a treatment modality and is pioneering safe amalgam removal and biological dentistry. He is the founder of SAABP (South African Academy of Biological Practitioners): an association of like-minded dentists and functional medicine practitioners who are devoted to mercury free dentistry and medicine – and helping patients safely remove mercury not only from their teeth but from their bodies.
Dr Maria Theologides
BSc HON – Paediatrics (Stellenbosch)
PDD – Paediatrics (Stellenbosch)
MSc – Paediatrics (Stellenbosch)
Heal Your Life Practitioner (Hays Institute, SA)
Touch for Health Practitioner (Institute of Kinesiology, Sweden)
First Line Therapy
Functional Medicine (Institute of Functional Medicine, USA)
She is the only practicing Paediatric Specialist in the Western Cape and also runs a Functional Integrative Medicine Practice and is a Life and Health Coach.
She is also:
After graduation from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1994, Dr Theologides gained experience in Johannesburg before relocating to Cape Town at the end of 1995. In 1996 she was offered a lecturing post at the University of Stellenbosch while specializing in Paediatrics, a 4 year degree, completed in 3 years. She has a Masters in Anaesthetics and Sedation in Children. She is the only practicing specialized Paediatric dentist in the Western Cape. She joined Camps Bay Dental Studio, where she has been exclusively since 2001.
In 2011 she became a certified Heal Your Life Practitioner (Hays Institute, USA). She is also a certified Touch for Health Practitioner and incorporates Kinesiology in her practice for maximum life changes and health. This was followed by training in First Line Therapy; and Functional Medicine – which she runs as a separate practice but also integrates this approach into her interactions with her patients for a holistic methodology to healing and health. She has assisted many patients suffering from depression, anxieties, addictions, acute and chronic health conditions to attain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance both within their bodies and lives – freeing them to finally materialize their dreams.
She had an Inspiration column and then a Philosophy column in the Chronicle newspaper and then in the Bay Magazine from 2001-2015.
Having studied both within the dental and medical fields she recognized a big chasm between not only these two disciplines but also within the specialties of western medicine. Her dream has been to move away from the fragmented approach of modern western medicine and to return to a holistic approach where specialists who have mastered their fields are brought together to work as a team for the patient’s well being. This was the basis for the establishment of h.u.m.a.n. – her goal: to change the face of Western medicine and dentistry and so to re-inspire an ethos of caring and hope.
The Greatest Threat to Our Planet Is
the Belief That Someone Else Will Save It.
– Robert Swan
The MINAMATA Treaty
In 2001, the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme1 (UNEP) invited the Executive Director of UNEP to undertake a global assessment of mercury and its compounds, including information on the chemistry and health effects, sources, long-range transport, and prevention and control technologies relating to mercury. In 2003, the Governing Council considered this assessment and found that there was sufficient evidence of significant global adverse impacts from mercury and its compounds to warrant further international action to reduce the risks to human health and the environment from the release of mercury and its compounds to the environment. Governments were urged to adopt goals for the reduction of mercury emissions and releases and UNEP initiated technical assistance and capacity building activities to meet these goals.
The Minimata Convention is a global treaty which aims at protecting human health & the environment from anthropogenic emissions, releases of mercury and mercury compounds and the adverse effects thereof.
The Convention draws attention to a global metal that is naturally occurring and has broad uses in everyday objects and is released to the atmosphere, soil and water from a variety of sources. Controlling the anthropogenic releases of mercury throughout its lifecycle has been a key factor in shaping the obligations of the signatories under the Convention.
The Minamata Convention is the first new global Convention on environment and health adopted for close to a decade. WHO considers mercury as one of the top ten chemicals of major health concern, which threatens the environment and health of millions. Mercury is known to be one of the most toxic substances on the planet more toxic than arsenic, lead and cadmium. Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment says there are alternatives to almost all of mercury’s current applications, such as newer, safer industrial processes and that all countries can play a role – as well as all of its citizens just by changing what we use and buy.
The UN Environment Global Mercury Partnership consists of stakeholders from governments, industry, NGOs, and academia who are dedicated to protecting human health and the environment from the impacts of mercury, and to reducing global environmental releases of mercury. It was initiated in 2005 by a decision of the UN Environment Governing Council, the Partnership played an important role in catalyzing global action on mercury and offering information, capacity-building, and awareness-raising in support of international negotiations to establish a legally-binding instrument on mercury.
The work to prepare the Minamata Convention on Mercury was undertaken by the Chemicals Branch of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics who supported an intergovernmental negotiating committee. The mandate was to complete the negotiations before the twenty-seventh regular session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in 2013. This mandate has been met.
Today, the Partnership is focusing its work on ensuring timely and effective implementation of the Minamata Convention.
Major highlights of the Minamata Convention include:
- a ban on new mercury mines and the phase-out of existing ones
- the phase out and phase down of mercury use in a number of products (eg batteries, lightbulbs & cosmetics) and processes
- control measures on emissions to air and on releases to land and water
- the regulation of the informal sector of artisanal and small-scale gold mining. The Convention also addresses interim storage of mercury and its disposal once it becomes waste, sites contaminated by mercury as well as health issues.
- Visserhoek and the environmental dilemma pertaining to this dumping ground in Cape Town.
On the 10/10/2013 South Africa signed the Minamata Treaty. We are one of the now 128 signatories as at 18/5/17 when the required 50th of the countries ratified (55 countries as at 18/5/17) the treaty which means that on 16/8/17, 3 months after this required milestone was achieved the Minamata Convention on mercury entered into force and is part of international law and will be legally binding for all its signatories.
THE SAABP ACCREDITATION PROCESS
Become an accredited biological dentist or doctor
Accreditation by the SAABP certifies to the professional community and the general public that you have been trained and tested in the comprehensive application of biological dentistry, integrative principles of health; detoxification and healing - including current methods for safe removal of dental amalgam; its biological alternatives and the intricate link between systemic, gut and oral health. SABP accreditation establishes you at the forefront of biological dentistry and demonstrates your commitment to furthering your knowledge of the oral health’s indisputable role in general health.