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Dental Mercury Linked to Risk for Brain Damage

The following is reprinted with the permission of McClatchyDC

Dental group defends mercury fillings amid mounting evidence of risks

For decades, the American Dental Association has resolutely defended the safety of mercury fillings in the teeth of more than 100 million Americans, even muzzling dentists who dared to warn patients that such fillings might make them sick.

Officials Kill Proposal to Curb Mercury Fillings

Proposed Warnings Have Been Kept Secret for More Than Three Years

or the first time tFood and Drug Administration has proposed curbing dentists’ use of mercury in treating Americans’ decayed teeth. This would be a major step forward in protecting Americans from one of the planet’s nastiest toxins.

 It would be – if senior U.S. health officials hadn’t put the kibosh on the proposal after a cost-benefit analysis by officials at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The proposal, which was approved by FDA officials in late 2011 and kept under wraps ever since, would have advised dentists not use mercury fillings when treating cavities in pregnant women, nursing moms, children under 6 and people with mercury allergies, kidney diseases or neurological problems. It even went so far as to urge dentists that when considering using mercury fillings, the best course of action is simply not to – ever.

For your convenience, we have attached the FDA’s recommendations here – please share far and wide: FDA 2012 Safety Communication Mercury

To read more of the article exposing the cover-up, click here: Health Officials Kill Proposal to Curb Mercury Dental Fillings

 

Petition to Stop Nation’s #2 Producer of Dental Mercury

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June 18, 2013

Dear Citizen for Health,

Back in April we and our allies at Consumers for Dental Choice reminded you that the FDA had failed to act on their self-imposed deadline of December 31, 2011 for announcing their plans to address mercury in dentistry. We urged you to take action to remind Jeff Shuren, Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, of his agency’s promise.

Consumers for Dental Choice continues to lead the way on this important issue and has reached out to CFH to help spread the word about the nation’s #2 amalgam maker, Dentsply, and its failure to respond to a “wake-up call” provided last month by 23 organizations and religious orders from around the US, and the world. At a news conference in its headquarters city of York, Pennsylvania, these organizations presented a letter urging Dentsply to set a timetable for phasing out mercury amalgam.

Just as is the case with the FDA and its promise in 2011, Dentsply has failed to say one peep about the issue. That’s why CFH is asking its supporters to join with Consumers for Dental Choice and sign a petition to Dentsply CEO Bret Wise urging him to “stop making mercury dental fillings.”

Please sign the petition by clicking here. Forward this alert to your friends and family. If you work in dentistry, have your patients and colleagues sign it too. Share it on your websites, Facebook pages, and blogs. Remember: every single signature is important . . .  the more signatures, the more impact.

A message from Charles G. Brown, National Counsel for Consumers for Dental Choice:

Community members from York, Pennsylvania held a news conference on May 21. Pennsylvanians were, citing the Huffington Post, “shocked to learn that this company is still manufacturing dental amalgam, an outdated product comprised of 50% mercury, a known neurotoxin, and reproductive toxin.”

Dentstply shareholders released an open letter to Dentsply, regarding what they see as the company’s failure to adequately address the environmental health risks of the continued use of mercury, a neurotoxin, in its dental products.

Two dozen organizations – from Pennsylvania, across America coast-to-coast, and around the world – unveiled a letter of support urging Dentsply to stop amalgam production: “To protect our children from dental mercury pollution, dental amalgam production must be phased out.”

Now it’s your turn!

Dentsply can operate quietly in picturesque York PA…or it can manufacture mercury fillings. But it can no longer do both. Help us persuade Dentsply to stop churning out mercury fillings – fillings that add mercury to our bodies….pollute our environment…damage our teeth…and contaminate our dental offices. It’s time to demand action from a leading source of all these problems: Dentsply.

Charlie
18 June 2013

Charles G. Brown
National Counsel, Consumers for Dental Choice
President, World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry
316 F St. NE, Suite 210 Washington, DC 20002 USA
Phone: 202-544-6333     Fax: 202-544-63331
www.toxicteeth.org

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Take Action on Dental Mercury

April 4, 2013

(UPDATE: Special thanks to Consumers for Dental Choice for their invaluable partnership on this issue over the years. We failed to properly acknowledge them when this was first posted). 

When will the FDA fulfill their responsibility for dental mercury?

“We will by the end of the year, we will make an announcement.”

Silver Spring, MD – So said Jeff Shuren, Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

When did he say this? Earlier this year? Last year???

Nope. He said this on September 22, 2011.

So why has there been no action on dental mercury?

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Dental Care Procedures Without Mercury

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On November 16, a number of nongovernmental organizations (NGO) urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to end the use of mercury in dental care procedures.

More than 70 NGOs signed a letter that was presented to the WHO that called for a ban on the use of dental mercury in procedures such as fillings. Mercury can damage both the environment and human health.

“We strongly urge the WHO to foster the innovative use of mercury-free alternatives in parallel with its commendable goal of bringing affordable dental healthcare to the global population,” said Michael Bender of the Mercury Policy Project. “This is entirely consistent with the vast number of similar initiatives going on worldwide to phase out the use of mercury in products and processes.”

When mercury transforms into highly-toxic methylmercury, it can pass through blood-brain barriers. Mercury can become especially dangerous for pregnant women and children when it is in this state.

The American Dental Association says that thanks to advances in dental care, dentists can now use ceramics and compounds instead of traditional dental materials.

Mercury On The Mind Report

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original link: www.wellcorps.com
By Carter M. Throckmorton

In an escalating chorus of evidence from around the globe, emerging scientific research is providing direct links between amalgam dental fillings and childhood vaccinations and toxic mercury exposure. Various serious immune system and mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s, ADD/ADHD, depression, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia and Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome/Epstein-Barr Virus, are now believed to have a causative source from the inhalation, ingestion and absorption through mouth and nasal tissue of vaporized mercury contained in tooth fillings, and autism from the ethyl mercury (thimerosol) preservative used in childhood vaccinations.

We’ve all heard the term ‘quack’ when reference is made to an individual with no formal training or experience who tries to represent himself or herself as a medical professional. However, the majority of people in the United States don’t realize that this term was first used in 1812 to refer to the individuals who developed and sold amalgam dental filling material as an affordable and readily-available alternative to gold fillings for the mass public.

Originally opposed by dental societies of the era due to mercury’s known neurotoxic effects associated with the metal’s use in the hat-making trade, some dentists found amalgams of mercury (also known as quicksilver or quecksilber) in combination with silver, copper, tin and/or zinc to be a vast improvement over the molten lead, tin, and gold being used at that time. The quacks, as the mercury-users were called, found mercury amalgams cheap, easy-to-use and hard-setting. As the use of quicksilver increased, quacks formed powerful dental societies and the opposing groups died out.

read entire report here: www.wellcorps.com

Corn Syrup’s Mercury Surprise

By Melinda Wenner Via www.MotherJones.com

Corn Syrup Mercury

If the specter of obesity and diabetes wasn’t enough to turn you off high- fructose corn syrup (HFCS), try this: New research suggests that the sweetener could be tainted with mercury, putting millions of children at risk for developmental problems. In 2004, Renee Dufault, an environmental health researcher at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), stumbled upon an obscure Environmental Protection Agency report on chemical plants’ mercury emissions. Some chemical companies, she learned, make lye by pumping salt through large vats of mercury. Since lye is a key ingredient in making HFCS (it’s used to separate corn starch from the kernel), Dufault wondered if mercury might be getting into the ubiquitous sweetener that makes up 1 out of every 10 calories Americans eat.

Dufault sent HFCS samples from three manufacturers that used lye to labs at the University of California-Davis and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The labs found mercury in most of the samples. In September 2005, Dufault presented her findings to the FDA’s center for food safety. She was surprised by what happened next. “I was instructed not to do any more investigation,” she recalls. FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Kwisnek says that the agency decided against further investigation because it wasn’t convinced “that there was any evidence of a risk.”

At first, Dufault was reluctant to pursue the matter. But eventually, she became frustrated enough to try to publish the findings herself. She had her 20 original samples retested; mercury was found in nearly half of them. In January, Dufault and her coauthors—eight scientists from various universities and medical centers—published the findings in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health. Although they weren’t able to determine what type of mercury was present, they concluded that if it was organic, the most dangerous form, then based on average hfcs consumption, individuals could be ingesting as much as 200 micrograms of the neurotoxin per week—three times more than the amount the fda deems safe for children, pregnant women, women who plan to become pregnant, and nursing mothers.