Your contribution to IAOMT is tax-deductible and will help promote the goals of the IAOMT in establishing safer, healthier dental care for all. Past and current projects that have been funded by your donations include:
• Promoting change of the FDA’s Position on mercury fillings
The IAOMT has been at the forefront of the decades-long battle with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the dental establishment over the use and regulation of dental amalgam. We are so close to the endgame in the legal chess match with the FDA, we are coming to you with a special plea for renewed support.
Here’s a brief reminder of the history:
• 1976 – Congress mandates classification of all medical devices.
• 2009 – Under pressure from citizens’ lawsuits, FDA classifies amalgam as safe.
• 2009 – IAOMT and other groups submit petitions for reconsideration.
• 2010 – FDA holds advisory hearing that raises serious doubts about amalgam safety.
• 2012 – FDA secretly proposes sensible limits on amalgam, never makes it public.
• 2014 – IAOMT and other groups sue FDA to finally respond to 2009 petitions.
• 2015 – On January 27 FDA responds to lawsuit with a further whitewash, still concealing its own secret position from 2012.
In response the IAOMT issued the following press release.
On July 27, 2015, our attorneys, Jim Turner, Jim Love, and Robert Reeves, filed a supplemental complaint on behalf of the IAOMT against the FDA arguing that the UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA should ban or strictly limit the use of mercury amalgam fillings.
First and foremost, our case asks for a ban on mercury dental amalgam. However, if no ban is enacted and the use of mercury fillings is allowed to continue, our complaint demands that dental patients be fully informed of those very risks from mercury amalgam that the FDA itself has previously acknowledged in its 2012 proposal. Further, we point out that the FDA has recognized that specific, populations such as dentists, dental office workers, pregnant women and their fetuses, children, and other susceptible patients identified in prior FDA communications are at particular risk from dental mercury.
Our case against the FDA made national news in July 2015 when it was reported in McClatchy newspapers (the nation’s third largest newspaper chain) across the country. One of its papers, the Lexington Herald-Leader, ran an editorial titled, “Feds OK mercury in teeth but not air”, a biting critique of the double standard afforded mercury.
Untold millions of our citizens have been exposed to our message about the risks of mercury fillings through numerous TV segments and magazine, newspaper and Internet articles as a direct result of our past efforts.
Please use the “Make a Legal donation” button for a one time donation to support this effort or call 863-420-6373 for Kym or Farrah to process a recurring, monthly donation.
• Environmental and Public Health Campaign
IAOMT’s Environmental and Public Health Campaign (EPHC) has already brought mercury-free and mercury-safe dental practices to thousands of dentists and hundreds of thousands of patients around the globe. We have inaugurated a Technical Assistance Programme (TAP), an integral part of this campaign, with projects beginning in Brazil and the Philippines, helping dentists and dental schools transition away from mercury amalgam tooth fillings, and toward environmentally responsible methods of dealing with mercury dental waste.
Dental amalgam fillings, which contain 50% mercury, represent one-fourth of global mercury consumption in products, and mercury is a known neurotoxin that can cause serious harm to all humans, especially children, pregnant women, and fetuses. Furthermore, the use of dental amalgam results in an estimated 300 tons of toxic mercury released annually into the environment, where it wreaks havoc on the entire ecosystem for centuries.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s 2013 Minamata Convention on Mercury has unified the world in ending the use of mercury in processes and products. Now signed by over 100 nations including the United States, this legally-binding agreement strongly encourages a global phase-down on the use amalgam fillings as a means to preserve the environment and protect human health.
In fact, part of our EPHC was specifically developed to assist the United States and other countries in fulfilling aspects of this treaty, which encourages nations to work with organizations (like the IAOMT) to train dentists about alternatives to dental amalgam fillings and about safe mercury practices that will reduce toxic releases to humans and the environment. This is because many dentists require training in the use of mercury-free alternatives, safe mercury removal procedures, and the most up-to-date mercury handling practices before they can apply these techniques to their daily routines.
• Funding of scientific studies
The IAOMT was founded in 1984 in large part because scientific studies on mercury dental amalgam were not being funded by the federal government. Early studies funded by the IAOMT included the sheep and monkey amalgam studies, which documented that mercury vapor from amalgam is distributed in organs throughout the body. More recently the IAOMT funded the reanalysis of the data from the Children’s Amalgam Trial, which documented neurobehavioral harm to children in the key study that, ironically, had until then been cited by amalgam proponents as providing evidence for the safety of amalgam.
More recently, the IAOMT funded a study documenting the high levels of mercury exposure incurred by dentists, staff, and patients, during amalgam removal under various controls. The study is in the process of being submitted for publication.
• Online scientific library
Unveiled in 2014, the IAOMT Library is a publicly searchable database of resources related to biological and biocompatible dentistry including scientific articles, regulatory information, and educational materials. http://library.iaomt.org/
• Continuing education in mercury-free, mercury-safe dentistry
In support of its mission to promote mercury-free, mercury-safe dentistry, the IAOMT has developed an online, accredited, continuing education program. Dentists from around the world who may be unfamiliar with mercury-free, mercury-safe dentistry can now access our online program and obtain CEUs and in the process will learn the key concepts in mercury science that have not been taught in dental schools.
• Mercury-free baby
The IAOMT and the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (CoMeD) are cosponsoring Mercury Free Baby, a public awareness campaign with the mission of helping parents make informed choices about which types of dental restorative materials and vaccines are used for their own care and the care of their children.
• Support for independent documentary film, You Put What in my Mouth?
The IAOMT has provided partial funding for this independent documentary, which is currently in film festivals and will have its public debut in the summer of 2015. You Put What In My Mouth? is a powerful documentary that explores the dangers of dental mercury fillings, otherwise known as “silver” amalgam fillings. This film will take viewers on a daring exploration of personal journeys and experiences with professionals from all sides of the dental mercury exposure debate. Both sides of this issue are showcased so that you can determine your own opinion about the potential hazards of dental mercury fillings.
• Support for related organizations: Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions (DAMS)
The IAOMT supports the work of related organizations such as DAMS (www.amalgam.org), which provides personalized information to patients seeking help with both mercury toxicity issues and mercury-safe dental care.
• Media relations
The IAOMT seeks to develop a communications plan that will attempt to place its message in the public eye at regular intervals in coordination with other organizations and with news events.
The IAOMT seeks and accepts donations and endowments from private sources and distributes the funds to accomplish its scientific research and social education mission to ensure safer, healthier dental care for all.
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