Take a look
at Smoking Teeth = Poison Gas. This eye-opening video
from iaomt.org has had a tremendous
impact on both the public and professional audiences.
is worth more than a thousand words when it comes to illustrating
the very real danger of mercury fillings. The video helps to powerfully
demonstrate that if you have these silver fillings then
every time you eat, chew, visit the dentist or drink hot coffee,
the mercury vapors are released directly into your mouth and body.
vapors are odorless, colorless and tasteless, however, so you wont
be able to tell that theyre there. It takes holding a tooth
up in black light to be able to see the toxic shadows of mercury
A single dental
amalgam filling releases as much as 15 micrograms of mercury per
day. The average individual has eight amalgam fillings and could
absorb up to 120 micrograms of mercury per day. In contrast, eating
mercury-tainted seafood will expose you to about 2.3 micrograms
per day and that is enough for scientists to call for a worldwide
and Dangerous Dental Tool
In the words
of Charlie Brown, president of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free
Dentistry, Amalgam is a primitive, polluting, 19th century
product that began when physicians were sawing off legs. Medicine
has since moved forward.
by dentists for more than a century, dental amalgam is the most
thoroughly researched and tested restorative material among all
those in use. It is durable, easy to use, highly resistant to
wear and relatively inexpensive in comparison to other materials.
For those reasons, it remains a valued treatment option for dentists
and their patients.
The FDA is
also far behind the rest of the world in stepping up to the plate
to reduce mercury. The FDA has been standing in the way of banning
this dangerous dental material for 34 years since 1976.
The FDA even
gives the amalgam industry the green light to sell and place amalgam
without disclosing to consumers that the fillings are mainly mercury,
even though the agency is aware of the industrys long-time
deceptive practice of marketing amalgam as silver fillings.
As a further
step to conceal the mercury and its risks, the FDA even pulled from
its website a warning that dental mercury can cause neurological
damage to children and fetuses.
about Mercury Fillings: Disasters for Your Health and the Environment
a potent neurotoxin that can damage your brain, central nervous
system and kidneys. Children and fetuses, whose brains are still
developing, are most at risk, but really anyone can be affected.
mercury used by dentists to manufacture dental amalgam is shipped
as a hazardous material to the dental office. Any amalgam leftover
is also treated as hazardous and requires special precautions to
dental offices is actually the largest source of mercury in wastewater.
According to an article by Michael Bender (co-founder of the Mercury
Policy Project), at least 40 percent of mercury flowing into municipal
water treatment plants begin in dentist offices. And those plants
are not set up to remove it, so it ends up in your fish.
dies, their amalgam fillings actually pose a risk to the living
as well. Emissions from the combustion of mercury fillings during
cremation are a significant contaminator of air, waterways, soil,
wildlife and food. Seven to nine metric tons of mercury per year
escapes into the atmosphere during cremations, and it is estimated
that, left unchecked, crematoria will be the largest single cause
of mercury pollution by 2020.
When you factor
in environmental costs and clean-up costs, amalgam is actually the
MOST EXPENSIVE dental material in the world.
It is also
the number one cause of mercury exposure for consumers, according
to the Canadian government and other sources.
As it stands,
U.S. dentists remain free to offer you any kind of filling they
want, and four out of five dental specialists are still placing
Find a Good Biologic Dentist
If you are
convinced of the importance of removing your mercury let me caution
you to avoid the mistake I made.
convinced of the danger by watching the 60 Minutes program on the
topic 20 years ago (you can see the video below) I actually had
over a dozen of my amalgam fillings removed.
I saw one
of the elders at the church I went to, and while he was a competent
conventional dentist he was absolutely clueless about the dangers
of mercury. As a result I had large amounts of mercury liberated
improperly and I believe it was largely responsible for damaging
later I had all the gold crowns replaced with glass crowns and then
eventually with composites. It was an expensive process and in the
early 90s cost over $20,000.
But the money
is not the issue; the major danger is what the mercury can do to
Avoid my mistake
and see a biologic dentist that is trained in properly removing
mercury so it doesnt go into your body during the removal
process. This typically involves the use of high-powered suction
and rubber dams.
the Attitude toward Mercury Fillings in the Rest of the World?
For a country
that is supposed to be so scientifically advanced, the United States
is lagging behind the rest of the world, and even behind some third-world
countries, when it comes to mercury fillings:
advised dentists to stop placing amalgam in children and pregnant
women in 1996 15 years ago!
Norway and Sweden have essentially banned amalgams.
5,636 hospitals in developing countries that are committed to
or already mercury-free. The majority of these are in the Philippines,
India, and Argentina.
to a massive response from grassroots America to the FDA's
abysmal 2009 amalgam rule, the FDA has agreed to re-examine
its pro-mercury fillings position and, come December, will convene
hearings before its Dental Products Panel to determine whether to
stop amalgam use for children and pregnant women.
In a major
victory, and largely thanks to your efforts at making your voices
heard, on July 15, 2010 the
FDA chose a mercury-free dentist by the name of Michael Fleming
to sit on this Panel.
But as we
move toward the December hearing, we need your continuing letters
and phone calls to the FDA and Ill give details shortly to
help you do so. As it stands, the FDA is remaining adamant in protecting
mercury fillings, which no doubt has at least something to do with
Margaret Hamburg has an egregious conflict of interest on amalgam,
yet participated in the rule making. Hamburg entered the FDA through
the revolving door after allegedly making millions as the director
of Henry Schein Inc., the largest seller of amalgam.
the panel selection process is complete, the FDA needs to continue
hearing your voice. We must show them there is a large body of consumers
out there who are keeping an eye on them like hawks.
Fight to Get Rid of Mercury in Dentistry
If at all
possible, please attend the FDA hearing coming up this December:
and 15, 2010, 8am6pm
Holiday Inn-Gaithersburg, Main Ballroom
2 Montgomery Village Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
The FDA will
not be expecting a forceful turnout, especially from ordinary citizens,
so we can surprise them with a show of force and dogged determination.
Even if you
cannot attend the hearing, make sure to submit your comments to
the panel for the record. You can submit your comments in two ways:
by mail to:
of Documents Management, Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852
comments Dental Amalgam Docket Number FDA-2010-N-0268
so that it gets into the right file.
involve telling the FDA about your injuries, your childrens
exposure to mercury, how your mercury fillings were implanted without
your informed consent, how deceptive the FDAs dental amalgam
website is, how mercury hurts our environment, or any other concerns
relating to mercury fillings.
They are organizing
a grassroots project to educate communities about the hazards of
dental mercury. If you would like to get involved, write Charlie
Brown at [email protected],
put Californian in the subject line, and list which
county you live in and your contact information.
American Civil War, mercurys use was prevalent, and even then
controversial. Physicians in that era used it to treat soldiers
for dysentery, typhoid, malaria, pneumonia, and syphilis
all uses that today would never be considered.
see that amalgam is soon added to this list and recognized for what
it really is: a toxic dentistry device that has been harming human
health and the environment for far too long.