Saturday, December 18, 2010

mercury amalgam fillings - safe or poison?

So, I was wondering, "What is the current thinking on the safety of mercury amalgam fillings in people's teeth?"

And I got quite a shock!

FDA panel deliberates the health effects of mercury in dental fillings

WATERFORD, Conn. — Amanda Just of Waterford has finally been able to speak directly to federal regulators looking into the health effects of mercury in dental fillings.

Just, who claims to have been made ill by mercury released during a botched dental procedure several years ago, had four minutes before a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel this week in Gaithersburg, Md.

The panel, convened by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to look into the safety of amalgam dental fillings containing mercury, advised the agency Wednesday to reevaluate the use of the material in children and pregnant women.

At the end of two days of hearings in Gaithersburg, Md., the advisory panel said new data brought to light Tuesday and Wednesday shows that some dental patients may experience medical problems related to amalgam, a mix of metals that generally contains about 50% mercury. Anti-mercury advocates say amalgam can lead to a variety of neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig's disease and may be a factor in a rise of kidney and periodontal disease.
[source USA TODAY]

So, I'm now definitely gonna embed this video (c/o the Health Ranger).

I'm angry now.

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