THE LIVES BEHIND EVIDENCE OF HARM:
Documentary film chronicles the toxic impacts of dental mercury
By Amanda Just
When Randall Moore’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the documentary filmmaker looked for science to explain what was slowly killing his beloved dad. The research Moore found completely changed the course of his life: He became convinced that dental mercury was causing his father’s incapacitating illness and likewise causing debilitating health issues for millions of other citizens, and Moore dedicated himself to educating the public about the hazards of amalgam fillings.
Moore explained, “I became frustrated with our government’s failure to end the use of dental mercury. So, I made the documentary to alert others of this widespread, toxic danger to the health of people and the environment worldwide.” To accomplish his goal, Moore chose to weave together detailed information from scientific studies, government records, and professional and personal testimonies, all of which serve as the main material in Evidence of Harm.
Making the urgent message about dental mercury’s harms memorable to the audience was essential to Moore, and he artistically decided to do this by highlighting the human element behind the issue. The filmmaker noted, “During the editing, I continually tried to bring the personal experiences of the individuals to the forefront while balancing the science and scandals that permeate this issue.”
The human aspect of the dental mercury issue is notably delivered in Evidence of Harm through the emotional stories of dental assistant Karen Burns and dental patient Stacy Case. Burns tells viewers about 20 years of mercury exposure from her job as a dental assistant and the devastating health effects that she has endured. Stacy Case, an investigative TV reporter, offers insight into how safe mercury amalgam removal by a dentist from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT, www.iaomt.wpengine.com) and ensuing detoxification methods alleviated her symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS).
The sentiment provided by Burns and Case is supported by scientific findings from several other of the film’s principal subjects. Biochemist Boyd Haley, PhD and IAOMT Scientific Advisory Board, plays an important role in the movie by representing the voice of mercury science and elaborating on the connection between the toxic element and Alzheimer’s disease. A variety of scenes in the film link mercury to anxiety, cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue, depression, kidney dysfunction, and an array of other health problems. Meanwhile, IAOMT dentist Dr. Matthew Young shares facts about his research into occupational hazards of dental mercury.
Moore hopes that his film will continue to reach a wider and wider audience so that even more citizens will learn about the harms of dental mercury. The documentary has already been shown at Oscar-qualifying theatrical releases in New York and Los Angeles, in addition to the Kansas City Film Festival, the Awareness Film Festival, the Garden State Film Festival, and the American Public Health Association.
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