Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dental Amalgam

On my journey to have the mercury in my mouth removed I find random tidbits of information that I find important:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identifies dental amalgam as the primary source of mercury exposure, and the World Health Organization and Health Canada acknowledge that the mercury burden from multiple amalgam fillings far exceeds that in people who eat a lot of fish. More than ten years ago the New England Journal of Medicine indicated that amalgam fillings pose a far greater danger than fish.6-10

Mercury, Mercury Everywhere

Mercury is number three on the ATSDR hazardous metal list.1 Yet doctors and dentists routinely assure the American public that the same mercury that is so dangerous when spilled on the floor becomes mysteriously and miraculously safe in the mouth as part of silver-colored amalgam dental fillings. (Astonishingly, that is about to change thanks to a successful lawsuit against the FDA by Consumers for Dental Choice and Moms Against Mercury, which ended early in June with the FDA agreeing to change its website on the issue of mercury and to reclassify mercury amalgam fillings by June 2009. It’s unlikely that the FDA will forbid the use of amalgam fillings, but this is clearly the beginning of the end for the decadeslong cover up between the American Dental Association and FDA. The government website has already been changed and reads “Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetus.”2)

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