News 2016-10-08T16:20:37+00:00

IAOMT Submission to COP1 Minamata Convention

The IAOMT is an accredited member of the United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Global Mercury Partnership, and our members have actively participated in the important sessions related to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. This global, legally-binding treaty aims to phase-down uses of mercury, including dental amalgam mercury fillings. In September 2017, Dave Simone, DDS, AIAOMT, […]

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Europe just got one step closer to ending dental mercury

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) welcomes European Parliament’s vote on mercury The EEB today welcomed the European Parliament’s vote to restrict the use of mercury within the EU. The new regulation, already informally approved between the EU institutions in December, fills in the legislative gaps at EU level in view of implementing the requirements of […]

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Mercury: The Quintessential Anti-Nutrient

by Sara Russell, PhD, NTP, and Kristin G. Homme, PE(ret.), MPP, MPH From the Townsend Letter January 2017 Summary The chronic effects of cumulative, low-dose mercury exposure are underrecognized by both mainstream and alternative health authorities and, consequently, by the public. Mercury can cause or contribute to most chronic illnesses, including neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, […]

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IAOMT Article about SMART Published in Natural Blaze Online Magazine

Natural Blaze Magazine has published an article, “Get SMART About Your Mercury Fillings!” about IAOMT’s Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique that was written by the Academy’s very own Dr. Jack Kall, Chairperson of the IAOMT Board of Directors and Amanda Just, Program Director of the IAOMT. To read the article, visit http://www.naturalblaze.com/2017/02/mercury-fillings-safe-smart.html

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MS, Mercury, and My Mouth

Multiple Sclerosis News Today Ed Tobias | December 20,2016 When I was a child my teeth had a lot of cavities. So, I had lots of fillings in my mouth. The fillings were silver amalgam, which contain about 50% mercury. Mercury is a pretty toxic metal. In fact, these days if you break a thermometer […]

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Mercury fillings can’t go down public sewers anymore, EPA rules

Gregg Gordon | December 19, 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has adopted a rule to require dentists, whose treatment of tooth decay with mercury compounds has sent the toxic substance into public sewers for decades, to contain their discharges by early 2020. On Friday, the day after EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the final […]

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Any Number of Dental Mercury Fillings Can be Dangerous

“The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) warns that any number of mercury fillings can be hazardous to a dental patient’s health,” announced Dr. Jack Kall, Chairman of the IAOMT Board of Directors. This warning is being made due to recent publicity about mercury levels measured in patients with dental restorations. Hundreds of […]

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Petition Asks FDA to Remove All Unapproved Fluoride Supplements from Market

LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2016 PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a “Warning Letter” that orders a manufacturer of fluoride drops and tablets to “immediately” discontinue marketing these products because FDA has never approved them as safe and effective. Now the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) has joined with The International […]

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Lessons From Countries Phasing Down Dental Amalgam Use

Dentistry may not be the first use of mercury that comes to mind when considering this heavy metal. Nevertheless the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Mercury Assessment 2013 revealed that mercury in dental use accounted globally for 270-341 metric tons in 2010 (AMAP/UNEP 2013). Due to growing concern regarding impacts of mercury on the […]

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Leading Physician Joins Calls for Federal Investigation of Water Fluoridation

Dr. Mark Hyman Warns of Fluoride Risks to Diabetics, Kidney Patients, and Thyroid Function April 5, 2016: Ellijay, Georgia: Physician and nine-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman has joined a growing chorus of influential leaders highlighting possible health risks from drinking fluoridated municipal water. Known to millions of American television viewers […]

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Still Confusing: Does Omega 3 Outweigh Mercury In Fish For Pregnant Women?

from Environmental Health News,  March 16, 2016 Federal seafood advice leaves some women full of mercury: Study For years seafood was Karen Grote’s “go to” when eating out—ordering tuna, shrimp and lobster. “I travel a lot for work, so was constantly eating out,” said the 34-year old actuary from the Philadelphia area. But her choices […]

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Lying With Statistics: New Fluoridation Study Omits Key Data

from the Fluoride Action Network, February 26, 2016 Calgary Fluoride Study Fatally Flawed; Key Data Omitted A recently published study concludes that tooth decay rates in Calgary, Alberta, have increased because of the city’s decision to scrap its fluoridation program. But the study omits data showing that the spike in decay mostly occurred when fluoride […]

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Amalgam Still the Major Restorative For Indian Health Service Dentistry

from Consumers for Dental Choice, February 11, 2016 American Indian and Consumer Groups Petition to Stop Dental Mercury on Reservations WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The International Indian Treaty Council and Consumers for Dental Choice filed a petition calling on the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (who runs the Indian Health […]

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Fluoridation May Have Worsened Lead Crisis in Flint, MI

from the Fluoride Action Network, February 10, 2016 Residents of Flint, Michigan recently had their lives turned upside down by revelations that their tap water has been poisoned with dangerous levels of lead. The staggering health ramifications of lead poisoning, coupled with the scandalous actions of local, state, and federal governments in turning a blind […]

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Report Lists Bottled Water Brands With Added Fluoride

from Health Freedom Alliance, January 25, 2015 People in the world become more and more aware of the fact that fluoride, a by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry, wreaks havoc on the brain and the body. Even though there are peer-reviewed scientific proofs against it, the fluoride is still being used in the production of […]

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US Can Benefit From Worldwide Mercury Reduction

from Imperial Valley News, January 3, 2015 Global reductions in mercury emissions should lead to billions in economic benefits for U.S. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Mercury pollution is a global problem with local consequences: Emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources travel around the world through the atmosphere, eventually settling in oceans and waterways, where […]

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Power Plant Mercury Emission Rule Upheld In Court

from E&E News, December 15, 2015 More legal battles likely after mercury rule survives attack The Obama administration scored a major victory in court this morning as federal judges kept U.S. EPA’s landmark mercury standards for power plants in place, but the legal battle over the rule isn’t done yet. Foes of the mercury standards […]

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Power Plant Pollution Controls Reduce Mercury Contamination

from the Baltimore Sun, December 8, 2015 Emission controls reduce mercury pollution, study finds Emission controls required on out-of-state power plants have yielded big reductions in mercury pollution in Western Maryland’s air, a study has found. So far, however, the state’s fish remain as contaminated with the toxic chemical as ever, researchers say. Long-term monitoring […]

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Mercury in San Francisco Bay Fish Affecting Health

from KQED.org, November 5, 2015 Some of the California Pacific Medical Center physician’s well-heeled patients were coming into her clinic complaining of fatigue, or trouble thinking – an on-and-off feeling of not being well. Sometimes it was problems with vision, hearing, nausea and vomiting, or a metallic taste in the mouth. In 1999, she began […]

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Fluoride poisoning recognized in Indian villages

from The Guardian, October 29, 2015 The Indian village fighting fluoride poisoning with vitamins and clean water For years the people of Tapatjuri, a remote village in northeast India, thought evil spirits were tormenting them. It was the only way they could explain why hundreds of people in their community were crippled, with bones bent […]

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Endocrine Society Strengthens Statement on Disrupting Chemicals

from Science, September 28, 2105 Links between health problems and endocrine-disrupting chemicals now stronger, statement argues The list of health problems that scientists can confidently link to exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals has grown to include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, a new scientific statement suggests. The statement, released today by the Endocrine Society, also adds support to […]

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Coca-Cola Buys Favor With Health Groups

from The New York Times, September 28, 2015 Coke Spends Lavishly on Pediatricians and Dietitians When the American Academy of Pediatrics needed support for a website it created to promote children’s health, it turned to a surprising partner: Coca-Cola. The world’s largest maker of sugary beverages, Coca-Cola has given nearly $3 million to the academy […]

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States, Industry Sue to Overturn Mercury Pollution Rule

from EENEWS, September 25, 2015 Industry, states ask court to scrap MATS rule Several states and industry groups yesterday asked a federal court to toss out the Obama administration’s landmark standards for reducing mercury pollution at coal-fired power plants. Led by White Stallion Energy Center LLC and the state of Michigan, the parties argued that […]

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Mercury news from the ocean

from takepart.com, September 7, 2015 A new study finds an unlikely source of contamination—the fur and skin of elephant seals. Año Nuevo State Reserve sits on a wild stretch of the California coast 60 miles south of San Francisco, far from power plants and other sources of pollution. So when researchers found 35 times more […]

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Connecticut DSS Won’t Allow Composite Fillings

from Consumers for Dental Choice, August 3, 2015   Exposing separate but “equal” dentistry Yesterday’s Hartford Courant, Connecticut’s #1 newspaper, featured an op-ed exposing yet another injustice resulting from the traditional dental industry’s obsession with mercury: the resurgence of separate but “equal” dentistry.*Authored by Hartford city councilwoman and civil rights attorney Cynthia Jennings, former Hartford health director and physician Mark […]

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Dentists Retain Monopoly for Teeth Whitening in Connecticut

from Dr. Bicuspid, July 24, 2015   Court rules for dentists in Conn. teeth-whitening case A federal appeals court has upheld a Connecticut law restricting nondentists from shining light-emitting diode (LED) teeth-whitening lights on customers’ teeth. The judges ruled that economic protectionism for favored interest groups is a legitimate use of government power. The 2nd U.S. […]

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Editorial: Feds OK mercury in teeth but not in air

from the Lexington Herald-Leader, July 23, 2015 Consider: One arm of the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, is requiring power plants to install billions of dollars in pollution controls to keep mercury from falling on land and water where it contaminates fish that humans might eat. Meanwhile, another arm of the administration, the Department of Health […]

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Text of FDA’s Actual 2012 Amalgam Safety Proposal

In January 2012, the FDA had actually prepared a “Safety Communication” that recommended reducing the use of mercury amalgam in the general population, and avoiding it in susceptible sub-populations: pregnant and nursing women children under six years of age people with allergy to mercury or other components people with neurological disease people with renal disease […]

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Major Science Review Shows No Evidence For Water Fluoridation

from Newsweek, June 29, 2015.   Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities, Scientific Review Shows If you’re like two-thirds of Americans, fluoride is added to your tap water for the purpose of reducing cavities. But the scientific rationale for putting it there may be outdated, and no longer as clear-cut as was once thought. Water fluoridation, which first […]

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Supreme Court rejects power plant mercury emission rule

from Huffington Post, June 29, 2015 Supreme Court Rejects Obama’s Drive To Cut Mercury Emissions From Power Plants WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against an Environmental Protection Agency regulation limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, undermining the Obama administration’s drive to cut pollution from electricity generators.

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Truvia® – Safe for humans but not fruit flies?

Erythritol, a Non-Nutritive Sugar Alcohol Sweetener and the Main Component of Truvia®, Is a Palatable Ingested Insecticide   Kaitlin M. Baudier, et. al. Published: June 4, 2014 PLOS-1.  DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098949 Abstract Insecticides have a variety of commercial applications including urban pest control, agricultural use to increase crop yields, and prevention of proliferation of insect-borne diseases. […]

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EPA Announces Delay For Final Amalgam Separator Rule

from ADA News, May 25, 2015 Washington – The Environmental Protection Agency will delay releasing a final amalgam separator rule until the summer of 2016, according to a May 14 Bloomberg BNA media report. The ADA is encouraged by the EPA’s willingness to work with the profession as it develops its rule, the Association said in […]

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BPA Metabolites May Cause Obesity

from Environmental Health News, May 29, 2015 Do our bodies safely break down BPA? Fat chance, study suggests. A new study suggests the long-held industry assumption that bisphenol-A breaks down safely in the human body is incorrect. Instead, researchers say, the body transforms the ubiquitous chemical additive into a compound that might spur obesity. The study […]

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European Commission Joins FDA In Amalgam Whitewash

While not quite as pernicious as the FDA Final rule on mercury amalgam, the EU committee neglects decades of evidence on mercury exposure and toxicity of dental amalgam to reach this conclusion.   from DrBicuspid.com, May 26, 2015 European committee recommends amalgam alternatives for certain patients. In a final opinion on dental amalgam, a European Commission scientific committee […]

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California Adds BPA to Prop 65 List

from Chemistry World, May 14, 2015 California demands warning labels for BPA The US state of California has added bisphenol A (BPA) to its Proposition 65 list of chemicals linked to health concerns, despite opposition from the chemical industry. Products containing any of the ~800 chemicals on the list require warning labels in that state. The US Food and […]

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First Chinese Emperor’s Tomb Flowed With Mercury Rivers

from Chemistry World, Jan 15, 2015 Flowing rivers of mercury complete living map of empire. The Chinese emperor had done all he could to become immortal, but in vain. His physicians had prepared herbal and alchemical elixirs, but none could stave off his decline. He had sent a minister on a voyage far over the […]

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New HHS Fluoride Level Fails To Address Safety Concerns

from the Fluoride Action Network, April 29, 2015   On Monday, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) admitted that the fluoride levels, which they promoted and encouraged as safe, has damaged children’s teeth.  Because of the huge increase in dental fluorosis (white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth) on the teeth of […]

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Why Bother? – US Government Lowers Water Fluoride Levels

from Newsweek, April 27, 2015 For the first time in more than 50 years, the federal government has recommended lowering the level of fluoride in drinking water. Since 1962, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) suggested that public tap water contain between 0.7 and 1.2 milligrams of fluoride per liter. But on Monday, […]

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Erin Brockovich Weighs In Against Fluoridation

from the Fluoride Action Network, April 15, 2015   Well-known environmental activist, consumer advocate and legal consultant Erin Brockovich posted the following message on her Facebook account yesterday calling for an end to fluoridation, for hearings to hold public officials accountable, for organizations to rescind their endorsements, and for further research on removing accumulated fluoride from our bodies: […]

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Xylitol’s Effect on Tooth Decay Still Unproven

from DrBicudpid.com, March 31, 2015 “…the review found that many of the studies did not sufficiently report xylitol’s side effects, which can include bloating, diarrhea, and laxative effects.” There is limited evidence to show that xylitol is effective in preventing dental caries in children and adults, a new research review published in the Cochrane Library […]

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Widespread Toxic Exposures Reveal Corporate Rule in America

from Salon.com, April 29, 2013 America is poisonous to your health Without our knowledge or consent, some of the country’s largest corporations are subjecting us to deadly toxins David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, TomDispatch.com   A hidden epidemic is poisoning America.  The toxins are in the air we breathe and the water we drink, in […]

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Sugar Industry’s Tobacco Tactics at NIDR Revealed

from Dr. Bicuspid.com, March 10, 2015 Sugar industry influenced U.S. caries research in 1960s, 1970s (and on into the future!)   March 10, 2015 — The sugar industry influenced U.S. caries eradication research during the 1960s and 1970s, according to a new study in PLOS Medicine. By working closely with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a […]

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New Studies Link Fluoridation to ADHD, Thyroid Dysfunction

from the Fluoride Action Network, February 28, 2015   A New Day, Another Study Just when you thought we wouldn’t get any more bombshells this week, a study was published yesterday linking fluoridation to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States. The study entitled, “Exposure to fluoridated water and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder […]

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Supreme Court Busts Dental Boards for Restraint of Trade

from Consumers for Dental Choice, February 26, 2015   Supreme Court lowers the boom on self-dealing dental boards …and the pro-mercury American Dental Association Dear Friends, Invoking antitrust laws, the United States Supreme Court has ordered the North Carolina dental board to stop using its power to advance the economic interests of its dentist members.   […]

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Leading activist Freya Koss settles long standing amalgam injury case

Landmark Settlement in Dental Amalgam Mercury Case Blindsided by Modern Dentistry and Medicine By Freya B. Koss   On October 21, 2014, my “Landmark” dental mercury amalgam lawsuit was quietly settled out of court. After a 14 year legal battle, it was a relief to put it behind me, yet I was somewhat dismayed at […]

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Seychelles study shows benefits of fish outweigh risks

from Yahoo News, January 22, 2015 Study gives pregnant women the green light to eat fish Eating fish during pregnancy could be beneficial after all, say researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center who voyaged to the Seychelles to study the benefits of nutrients found in fish and the risk associated with mercury exposure. […]

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Ontario First Nations claim clear cutting will poison their fish with mercury

from The Star.com, January 20, 2015 Ontario’s biologists called clear-cut logging plan ‘big step backwards’ Ontario’s fisheries biologists were scathing about a guide approved in 2010 that laid out conditions for controversial clear-cut logging across the province, with some calling it a “big step backwards,” according to documents obtained through freedom of information requests. Four […]

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Mercury pollution from cremation a problem in Europe

from Reuters, January 11, 2015 EU should curb mercury emissions from cremations, campaigners say Environment campaigners are calling for curbs on mercury emissions from human cremations as part of pollution controls that EU authorities will debate this month. Increased cremation as shortage of land makes burial expensive has coincided with a rise in emissions of […]

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New Zealand Health Ministry To Redefine "Medicine" to Exempt Fluoride

from Fluoride Action Network, January 7, 2015 In the last few years NZ health authorities have gone to some extraordinary lengths to continue their support and promotion of the outdated, unscientific and unethical practice of water fluoridation (see discussion below). But now they have reached a new low in their public relations tactics. They are attempting […]

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Leading Toxicologist Slams Fluoride Defenders

from the Fluoride Action Network, December 18, 2014 A new brain study from Harvard (Choi et al. 2015) has prompted Phillipe Grandjean, author of Only One Chance, (Oxford Universtiry Press, 2013) to challenge the spin being used by fluoridation promoters to downplay the studies that have found an association between exposure to fluoride and lowered […]

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Fluoridation in Canada: Agony and Ecstasy

from the Fluoride Action Network, December, 2014 Fluoridation in the City of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada begun through an October 4, 1954 City resolution …will end December 31, 2014, 60 years after it began! The first ever fluoridation non-binding opinion poll / referendum in Prince George was held November 15, 2014 and it has […]

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Amalgam Mercury Makes News In Bangladesh

from the Dhaka Daily Star, November 17, 201 Mercury poisoning plagues dentistry Says US campaigner against use of the metal for fillings The toxicity of mercury, comprising in liquid form half of conventional dental fillings which are popularly known as “silver amalgam”, has fatal consequences on the human body and environment, said a Washington-based leading […]

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Ireland Begins To Give Up On Water Fluoridation

from the Fluoride Action Network, November 15, 2014 Another Domino Falls in Ireland Ireland is the last remaining country in the world with a nationwide fluoridation mandate, but likely not for long. On Monday, November 10, the Kerry County Council unanimously passed a motion opposing public water fluoridation. The motion states: “that Kerry County Council […]

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EU Process to ban toxic chemicals "hijacked by industry"

from Newsweek, October 30, 2014 Calls to Ban Toxic Chemicals Fall on Deaf Ears Around the World When Denis Bibeyran was diagnosed at the age of 47 with bile tract cancer – a rare form of the disease usually found in men at least 20 years older than him – his sister Marie put it […]

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Ireland May Be Next Country to End Fluoridation

from Fluoride Action Network, October 9, 2014 For years now the momentum has been building for the worldwide fluoride-free movement, with more and more communities and a country (Israel) recently ending the practice. As the dominos continue to fall we get closer to confining this medical malpractice to the history books. The next domino in […]

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Arctic Seabirds Expose Mercury’s Hiding Places

from ScientificAmerican.com  October 8, 2014 Watch the skies and learn where the mercury lies. Arctic seabirds called little auks (Alle alle) pick up mercury while on holiday in southern climes, a new study reveals, and then subsequently transport the toxin back into their main habitat. By tracking the pilgrims, scientists can pinpoint oceanic pools of […]

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Israel has officially banned fluoridation of its drinking water

from Fluoride Action Network, August 29, 2014 On Tuesday of this week (Aug. 26), Israel officially stopped adding fluoride to its water supplies. The decision has “been lauded by various rights groups, but criticized by many in the medical and dental communities as a serious mistake,” as the Times of Israel put it. The tasteless, […]

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EPA proposes rule requiring dentists to install amalgam separators

from Dr.Bicuspid.com, September 25, 2014 September 25, 2014 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed a rule under the Clean Water Act requiring dentists to install amalgam separators to help cut discharges of dental amalgam to the environment. The proposed rule would require all affected dentists to control mercury discharges to publicly owned treatment […]

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Dentistry In The News, September, 2014

These news reports about dentistry have appeared in recent headlines around the world… Toothpaste troubles have made headlines again this month. While last month’s focus was on the potentially toxic consequences of the ingredient triclosan in some toothpastes, the newest stories are about the tiny plastic beads also used in some brands of toothpastes. The […]

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High Fluoride in Maine Wells Causing IQ Concerns

from Scientific American, August 20, 2014 Excess fluoride, which may damage both brain and bone, is leaching out of granite and into Maine’s drinking water—and potentially other New England states Locals call it the “Switzerland of Maine” for its breathtaking mountains and picturesque waters, yet Dedham is just one of a cadre of communities in […]

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BPA alternatives may be just as bad

from ScientificAmerican.com, August 11, 2014 BPA-Free Plastic Containers May Be Just as Hazardous Animal studies find that a replacement compound for the estrogen-mimicking chemical bisphenol A may be also be harmful to human health In 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of baby bottles that contain bisphenol A (BPA), a compound […]

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Mercury in the News

 Humans have tripled mercury levels in upper ocean from Nature, August 6, 2014 Mercury levels in the upper ocean have tripled since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and human activities are to blame, researchers report today in Nature1. Although several computer models have estimated the amount of marine mercury, the new analysis provides the […]

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Study explains why deep-sea fish have higher mercury levels

from Alaska Dispatch News, July 8, 2014 Ocean fish plucked from great depths are packed with more mercury than are their counterparts fished from shallower waters, according to new research from the University of Michigan and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. A new paper, published in Nature Geoscience, pinpoints the difference in mercury levels […]

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Fish + Mercury for School Lunch?

from Discover Magazine, June 25, 2014 Cafeterias, prisons and federal food programs may soon be serving a high-mercury fish in an innocuous form. It’s Thursday morning at the Portland Public Schools central kitchen on Riverside Street in Portland, Maine. A crew of white-coat-clad kitchen employees is preparing locally landed Acadian redfish fillets topped with oyster […]

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FDA to review mercury in seafood advisory

While still refusing to address mercury in amalgam fillings… from Yahoo News, May 31, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is updating its advice for pregnant women on the appropriate levels of mercury in seafood. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says the agency won’t require mercury labels on seafood packages. In a wide-ranging interview Friday […]

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Nepal Dental Association calls for mercury-free fillings

from eKantipur.com, May 28, 2014 Health experts stress Mercury-free dental fillings KATHMANDU, MAY 27 – Public health experts have drawn the attention of the concerned authorities and public over the use of amalgam (mercury) in dental fillings, warning that it causes negative health effects including immunological, neurological and psychological problems among the people. Organising a […]

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Mercury-exposed songbirds have the same pathologies as amalgam-exposed humans

from the Virginia Gazette, May 17, 2014 William & Mary biologists find link between mercury dosage, songbird losses WILLIAMSBURG – For College of William and Mary Biology Professor Dan Cristol, tracing the path of industrial mercury through the landscape is becoming a lifelong endeavor. Cristol is one of the co-authors of new research published this […]

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Cosmo article reminds us of amalgam impact on health

from Cosmopolitan, April 24, 2014 This common dental procedure poisoned me Kira Peikof The Symptoms Alethea Black, a 44-year-old writer in Dutchess County, N.Y., vividly remembers her first strange symptom. She was walking her dog in October 2010 when she suddenly felt a tickle on her leg, as though a spider were crawling over her […]

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EPA Mercury Rule For Power Plants Wins In Court

from Politico, April 15, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency took home a sweeping victory Tuesday when an appeals court upheld the agency’s pollution limits for mercury and air toxics from power plants. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld EPA’s rule, known as MATS, denying challenges from states, utilities and […]

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The Plastics Puzzle: are new chemicals better than BPA?

When toxicologists warned that the plastics ingredient BPA might be harmful, consumers clamoured for something new. But problems persist. from Nature, April 16, 2014 A stroll down the aisles of a US supermarket reveals a modest victory for consumer activism. In the baby-products section, plastic baby bottles, spill-proof cups and miniature cutlery are proudly marked […]

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WHO Proposes New Sugar Guideline: Cut Current Consumption By Half

from Scientific American, March 11, 2014 Storm Brewing over Proposal to Halve Recommended Sugar Intake Scientists are gearing up for a battle with the food industry after the World Health Organization (WHO) moved to halve its recommendation on sugar intake. Nutrition researchers fear a backlash similar to that seen in 2003, when the WHO released […]

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Pregnant Women in Bermuda See Drop in Mercury Levels

from the Royal Gazette, March 14, 2014 A new study has discovered a dramatic drop in the levels of mercury found in pregnant women in Bermuda in the last decade. A paper published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE compares two studies conducted in 2003 and 2011 which reveal a significant reduction in blood concentrations […]

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Fluoride Wars Resume In Albuquerque

from the Santa Fe Reporter, March 4, 2014 When city and county officials in Albuquerque met last week to discuss reinstating water fluoridation, the scene was one familiar to Santa Feans. Dozens of community members showed up to protest what they described as an unnecessary and potentially cancer-causing, IQ-lowering incursion on their liberty, while doctors […]

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Santa Cruz Crematorium Opponents Fear Mercury Pollution

from the Monterey Herald, March 8, 2014: SANTA CRUZ — A neighborhood group will ask the City Council on Tuesday to require operators of Santa Cruz’s only crematorium to conduct a formal environmental study of potential mercury emissions before relocating to a site that could help a long-delayed rental housing development. The Ocean Street Extension […]

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IAOMT Sues FDA For Failing To Address Risks Of Mercury In Fillings

See the press release below the news article. Related:            IAOMT editorial published in DrBicuspid.com Lawsuit Seeks FDA Response on Petition on Dental Amalgam 03/05/2014 Several groups filed suit against FDA 3/5 in Washington, DC District Court seeking an order compelling the agency to respond to 2009 petitions calling for either a formal ban on dental […]

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Does BPA-Free Mean Safe?

from Mother Jones, March-April 2014 The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics  (And the Big Tobacco-style campaign to bury it.) Each night at dinnertime, a familiar ritual played out in Michael Green’s home: He’d slide a stainless steel sippy cup across the table to his two-year-old daughter, Juliette, and she’d howl for the pink plastic […]

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IAOMT-Philippines Joins Government Agencies In Push For Amalgam Ban

from Rappler.com, March 1, 2014 MANILA, Philippines – Environmental activist groups are pressing the government to immediately stop the use of dental amalgam – and to change the dental curriculum accordingly – even before the 2016 deadline for its phaseout. They have cited a study proving that there are high levels of mercury vapor in […]

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Fluoride, Industrial Chemicals, Linked To Brain Development Deficits

New research finds exposure to fluoride in drinking water and several other common chemicals in early life diminishes brain function in children. Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity. Grandjean P, Landrigan PJ. Lancet Neurol. 2014 Mar;13(3):330-338. doi: 10.1016/S1474-4422(13)70278-3. Epub 2014 Feb 17. Abstract Neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments, affect […]

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FDA Finds No Low Dose Effect of BPA, Critics Dispute Findings

from Environmental Health News, February 13, 2014 New BPA experiment finds no low-dose effects, FDA says A new experiment by scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that bisphenol A does not affect the health of rats fed low doses. The study adds to the ongoing scientific dispute over whether traces of BPA – an industrial […]

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Flame Retardant Industry Plays By Same Book As Big Tobacco, Amalgam Manufacturers

from Huffington Post, February 7, 2014 When chemical companies hired Grant Gillham in 2007 to manage a campaign in defense of flame retardants in couches and other consumer goods, Gillham recalled being “assured that the scientific information they had supporting the safety and effectiveness of their products was valid.” The companies’ claim turned out to […]

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Oregon Effort To Phase Out Toxics In Children’s Products Derailed By Lobbyists

from The Oregonian, February 5, 2014 SALEM — An effort in the Oregon Legislature to phase out arsenic, cadmium, mercury, Bisphenol A, formaldehyde and other potentially toxic chemicals from some children’s products looks on track to fail after intense lobbying from the chemical, toy and business industries. An amendment in the works for Senate Bill 1569 would require […]

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It’s Not Just Mercury: Sewage Treatment Can’t Remove Drugs, Artificial Sweeteners

Two recent studies show higher than ever levels of excreted chemicals in surface waters: ——————————————————————————————————————————— Canada river ‘sweetened’ by contaminants from Environmental Health News, January 30, 2014 Spoelstra J, SL Schiff, SJ Brown. 2013. Artificial sweeteners in a large Canadian river reflect human consumption in the watershed. PloS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0082706. Three artificial sweeteners have been […]

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Charcoal may be the answer for mercury polluted sites

from Smithsonian Institution Newsdesk editor’s note: IAOMT recommends a mouth rinse of activated charcoal after removal of amalgam fillings to absorb any mercury that may be dissolved in the saliva. New Low-Cost, Nondestructive Technology Cuts Risk from Mercury Hot Spots October 25, 2013 Hot spots of mercury pollution in aquatic sediments and soils can contaminate […]

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NHANES finds that mercury is falling in young USA women

from Scientific American, January 6, 2014 transcript of podcast by Dina Fine Maron Fish fouled by heavy metal mercury has been a concern, especially for pregnant women. Since it can wreak havoc on the developing nervous system of a fetus. But here’s some good news. Though Americans still chowed down on about the same amount […]

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Philippine small scale gold miners won’t stop using mercury

from Inquirer Mindanao, December 21, 2013 MONKAYO, Compostela Valley—With a piece of cloth, Demetria Durano squeezes out a whitish object the size of a matchstick head from a shallow basin. Using a kilogram of mercury, she captures 5 grams of gold—worth P5,500—from a 45-kg bag of milled ore. The 51-year-old woman works on the top […]

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It’s Not Just Mercury – Plastic Debris Contaminates Seafood

from NPR.org, December 13, 2013 We’ve long known that the fish we eat are exposed to toxic chemicals in the rivers, bays and oceans they inhabit. The substance that’s gotten the most attention — because it has shown up at disturbingly high levels in some fish — is mercury. But mercury is just one of […]

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Dentsply silences dental press on anti-amalgam petition

from Consumers for Dental Choice, December 9, 2013 Dentsply pressures publications to remove article on amalgam Dentsply International – one of the world’s largest manufacturers of mercury amalgam – has been caught pressuring mainstream dental publications to remove from their websites articles featuring the “No more mercury fillings” petition to Dentsply that so many of […]

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Fluoride-Free Victories in 2013

from Fluoride Action Network, Dec 2, 2013: The fluoride-free movement has continued to grow throughout the world at a staggering pace, with more than 400 communities having ended existing fluoridation programs or having rejected new efforts to fluoridate either by council vote or citizen referendum since 1990. In 2013 alone, we’ve confirmed that at least 55 communities with more than1.2 […]

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U.S. Signs Minamata Convention

from GlobalPost.com,  November 6, 2013 The United States signed an anti-mercury pollution convention Wednesday named after a Japanese city where industrial emissions of the toxic substance caused a poisoning disease affecting thousands of people. “The Minamata Convention represents a global step forward to reduce exposure to mercury, a toxic chemical with significant health effects on […]

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Tanzania Begins Amalgam Phase-Out with Pilot Project

from AllAfrica.com, November 6, 2013 TANZANIA is among three African countries that have successfully implemented a pilot project on phasing down dental amalgam, as countries around the globe are pondering on phasing-out the substance. Dental amalgam is an alloy of mercury with various metals used for dental fillings. It commonly consists of mercury (50 per […]

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Israel To End Water Fluoridation In 2014

from Fluoride Action Network: On July 29, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that new regulations require Israel to stop adding fluoride chemicals into public water supplies in one year, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Izun Hozer Association for Dissemination of Health Education and Yaacov Gurman petitioned Israel’s highest court, November 12, 2012, […]

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The Minamata Convention: 12 things it does (or doesn’t do)

from Environmental Health News, October 10, 2013 The Minamata Convention, a United Nations pact launched Thursday, is designed to limit mercury use and emissions internationally. Finalized after four years of negotiations and signed by delegates of about 140 nations, the treaty includes many exemptions. (Seehere for news about the U.S. delegation.) Here is what the treaty does – […]

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Mercury News, From The Treaty

from The Japan Times, October 8, 2013: Minamata Mercury Treaty Finds Skeptics OSAKA – Delegates from about 130 countries will gather Wednesday in the Kumamoto Prefecture cities of Minamata and Kumamoto for a three-day meeting to finalize a new international treaty seeking to ban or greatly limit the use of mercury. But critics say the treaty […]

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NGOs urge DENTSPLY to cease dental amalgam trade

from Dental Tribune International, October 2, 2013 YORK, Pa., USA: A treaty to reduce the production and use of mercury will be signed this month. However, concerns have arisen that dental companies will dispose of mercury-containing filling materials in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Therefore, 62 organizations have written to Bret W. Wise, chairman […]

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Fish Guidelines For Pregnant Women May Be Too Strict, Study Suggests

from NPR Blogs, October 2,2013 The health benefits of eating fish are pretty well-known. A lean source of protein, fish can be a rich source of healthful omega-3 fatty acids and has been shown to benefit heart, eye andbrain health. But for years, pregnant women have been advised to go easy on the fish. The U.S. government advises expecting mothers to […]

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Berkeley Council defeats measure requiring disclosure of mercury in fillings

from InsideBayArea.com, September 19, 2013 BERKELEY — A measure that would have required dentists here to disclose the composition of fillings each time they are recommended went down to defeat just before midnight at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Instead of the mandate proposed by Councilman Jesse Arreguin, the council voted 6-3, with Arreguin and Councilmen […]

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NIH to fund next-gen composite research

from Dental Tribune International, September 18, 2013 Dental composite research projects receive grant BETHESDA, Md., USA: The National Institutes of Health, a U.S. medical research agency, has announced that it will award $2.8 million this year to six research projects to develop a longer-lasting dental composite. The five-year grant will allow scientists throughout the country […]

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Mercury Pollution In The News

Although dental mercury contributes only a small part of global mercury pollution, and should be easily controlled as a point-source problem, it is the environmental mercury our industry is responsible for. _____________________________________________________________________________ Mercury fingerprint of Pacific fish points to Asia coal power plants from the LA Times, Science Now, August 28, 2013 Mercury found in […]

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Sheridan WY Restarts Fluoridation Amid Controversy

from The Sheridan Press, August 23, 2013 Will Fluoride Make History In Sheridan Again? SHERIDAN — People talked, petitions circulated and the newspaper became a battleground for letters to the editor. Those in favor of adding fluoride to the water supply felt it was a certain way to prevent tooth decay. Those against insisted that […]

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Sugar News: Is It Toxic?

Two articles: 1.  Moderate increase in dietary sugar lowers mouse lifespan. 2. “Sifting through the evidence” that sugar is toxic. 1. Study: Sugar even at moderate levels toxic to mice health, reproduction from the Washington Post, August 13, 2013 Sugar, even at moderate levels, could be toxic to your health — or at least to […]

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Lead Industry Seeks To Escape All Responsibility

Can this be a harbinger of how responsibility for the dental mercury-amalgam disaster will ultimately be avoided by the industry? from Fair Warning After Flicking Away Lawsuits, Lead Industry Goes for a Final Knockout By Lilly Fowler on August 8, 2013 In April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised to 535,000 its estimate of the number […]

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Senate report blasts corporate dental chains for Medicaid over treatment

from Dr. Bicuspid, July 24, 2013 Senate report wants dental chains booted from Medicaid By Donna Domino, Features Editor July 24, 2013 — The Small Smiles dental chain should be excluded from the Medicaid program for encouraging dentists to perform unnecessary treatments to boost profits, according to a comprehensive report compiled by a U.S. Senate committee. The […]

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Mice harmed by low doses of BPA but not high doses, study says

from Environmental Health News, July 25, 2013 Baby mice exposed in the womb to low doses – but not high doses – of bisphenol A were fatter and had metabolic changes linked to obesity and diabetes, according to a new study published today. Building on previous studies that link the hormone-altering chemical to changes in […]

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Cheap tea bags contain high fluoride levels

Could cheap tea bags make you ill? Study reveals they contain high fluoride levels that could damage teeth, bones and muscles from the Daily Mail, July 24, 2013 Opting for cheap supermarket tea bags over artisan blends could have long-term health consequences, according to new research. A study has found that cheap tea bags from […]

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Plastic News: Toothpaste Microbeads, Ocean Plastic Ecosystems Develop

Plastic Microbeads Threaten Waterways from the Columbus Dispatch, July 17, 2013   A common additive in soaps and other personal cleaning products has become a pollution threat to Ohio’s waterways.Companies that make and sell soaps, facial scrubs and toothpastes call them microbeads — tiny plastic balls that create friction to help scour teeth and exfoliate […]

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Global Treaty to Curb Mercury–Except When It Comes to Children’s Vaccines

from Fairwarning.org   June 27,2013 Mercury is notorious for damaging the developing brains and nervous systems of babies and children. Concern about the serious effects of mercury pollution brought delegates from more than 140 nations to Geneva this January to put the finishing touches on a global treaty to minimize emissions. But there’s a form of mercury […]

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BPA associated with white spot lesions on kids’ teeth

from Voice of America News, June 13, 2013 Common Chemical May Damage Teeth A chemical compound that’s been linked to a number of health problems in animal studies may also damage tooth enamel in humans. BPA is found in many resins and plastics that people use everyday, such as water and baby bottles and food […]

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Mercury linked to neural tube defects in Chinese newborns.

from Environmental Health News, June 6, 2013. Jin L, Z Le, Z Li, J-M Liu, R Ye and A Ren. Placental concentrations of mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic and the risk of neural tube defects in a Chinese population. Reproductive Toxicology http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.reprotox.2012.10.015.   Babies with two serious neural tube birth defects had higher levels of mercury in […]

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Toxic Metals in Lip Products: A Cause for Concern?

from Environmental Health Perspectives  June 1, 2013 by Valerie J. Brown Humans have used cosmetics for thousands of years. In recent years there has been growing consumer concern that cosmetics may contain harmful levels of toxic substances. For example, in 2007 the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics published a report drawing attention to the lead content […]

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Report shows high global burden of oral conditions

from Dental Tribune International, May 30, 2013ALEXANDRIA, Va., USA: Yesterday, the International Association for Dental Research and American Association for Dental Research released a report on the global burden of untreated caries, severe periodontitis and severe tooth loss. The paper showed that the burden of oral conditions has increased in the past 20 years by […]

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Diet Sodas Damage Teeth Like Meth and Crack

Diet Soda’s Effect On Teeth Terrifyingly Similar To Effects Of Meth, Crack Cocaine from Huffington Post, May 29, 2013 Diet soda can have the same effect on your tooth enamel as methamphetamine or crack cocaine use — and it’s not pretty. In a three-person case study published in the March/April 2013 issue of the journalGeneral Dentistry, Dr. […]

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Election Victory – Portland to remain fluoride free

from Fluoride Action Network, May 22, 2013 A broad coalition of Portlanders have resoundingly rejected adding fluoridation chemicals to the city’s water supply.  By a 61% to 39% margin, Portland voters agreed with the position of most western nations that there are safer, more effective, and less intrusive ways to promote oral health than adding […]

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New FDI venture sponsors amalgam separators in Africa

FDI and DRNA join forces to resolve dental amalgam waste issues from FDI, May 14, 2013 FDI, the voice of worldwide dentistry, and DRNA, the leading waste management company solely dedicated to servicing the dental profession in North America, have agreed to collaborate on new international initiatives in line with the upcoming global, legally-binding treaty […]

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Portland Fluoride Debate Brings In Craft Brewers, Rock Bands

Tooth and Nail: Fluoride Fight Cracks Portland’s Left  Liberal City Chews Over Water Vote; Debate Brings Out Mimes, Indie Rockers from the Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2013   PORTLAND, Ore.—In the 1950s, after health authorities began fluoridating U.S. water supplies, they faced opposition from groups like the John Birch Society, which called it “an […]

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HHS stalls new FDA advisory on mercury in fish

U.S. advisory on mercury in fish tied up at health department  from Reuters  By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON | Thu May 16, 2013 4:38am IST (Reuters) – Updated federal advice on mercury levels in fish appears to have stalled within the U.S. department of health, frustrating scientists and advocacy groups who argue that exposure to mercury […]

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High Indoor Air Mercury Levels At Pakistan Dental Clinics

High mercury levels at some Pakistan dental hospitals, claims study from FDI World Dental News 8 May 2013 Indoor levels of mercury at some dental hospitals in Pakistan are between 8 and 20 times higher than the permissible level for human health, claims a study carried out by the Islamabad-based Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). […]

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Shareholder revolt at major dental manufacturer

Danaher Shareholders Seek to Accelerate Phase-Out of Toxic Mercury from Dental Products NEW YORK, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the Investor Environmental Health Network and shareholders in the Danaher Corporation today released an open letter they sent to the Board of Directors regarding what they see as […]

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CDC Report: Autism now at 1 in 50 school children

 from ABC News By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK March 20, 2013 (AP)  A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder. Health officials say the new number doesn’t mean autism is occurring more often. But it does suggest that doctors are […]

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IAOMT Lawyer Seeks New FDA Action on Amalgam

from FDA Webview, 03/07/2013   After allowing a decent interval (15 months) since HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius suppressed promised CDRH action on his three-year-old petition to reconsider the safety of dental amalgam, attorney Jim Love 3/7 filed a formal request with commissioner Margaret Hamburg to supplement that petition with new evidence. His 15-page request, supported […]

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East African Countries Leading the Mercury Phase-Out

The government of Kenya is in the process of phasing down mercury in dental practices in Kenya, this is according to a report by the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources showing the progress of the phase out. The report known as East Africa (Kenya ,Tanzania, Uganda) dental amalgam phase down inception workshop, states that […]

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Minnesota power plants cut mercury emissions in half

from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, February 18, 2013   State is ahead of Legislature’s schedule for pollution controls. by Josephine Marcotty and David Shaffer Minnesota’s electric power plants have cut their mercury pollution in half since the mid-1990s, putting them three years ahead of the schedule established by the state Legislature and well on their way […]

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Scientists clash over BPA

from Environmental Health News, Feb 16,2013 Scientists clash over BPA: Do low doses really harm people? Are people exposed to doses of bisphenol A in their canned foods and other consumer products that can harm them? Or are the amounts too low to cause any harm? This is the crux of a vehement debate that […]

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Indiana utility to spend $511m to reduce mercury emissions

from the San Francisco Chronicle, January 22, 2012 By PAMELA ENGEL, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana power company plans to spend more than a half-billion dollars to reduce its mercury emissions to comply with new federal regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. Indianapolis Power & Light Co. said Tuesday the $511 million in upgrades […]

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Treaty on mercury would not affect vaccines with thimerosal

see also “Indigenous Peoples” below from the Washington Times, Saturday, January 19, 2013 By Cheryl Wetzstein A global treaty to reduce toxic mercury in the environment has been completed and will be presented to countries for their agreement to control and reduce ways in which mercury is used, released or emitted. Negotiations on the Minamata […]

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Nations agree on legally binding mercury rules

from BBC News: More than 140 countries have agreed on a set of legally binding measures to curb mercury pollution, at UN talks. By Mark Kinver, Environment reporter, BBC News Rising gold prices has seen an increase in small-scale gold mines, most of which use mercury Delegates in Geneva approved measures to control the use […]

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UN treaty on mercury expected to phase down amalgam globally

UN treaty on mercury expected to phase down amalgam globally; Draws praise from consumer and environmental groups PR Newswire GENEVA, Jan. 17, 2013 GENEVA, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — While no dental amalgam phase out date has been set, UN mercury treaty talks are expected to result in the phase down of dental mercury globally, […]

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Philippine Green Group Warns How Easy It Is To Buy Dental Mercury

from the Philippine Daily Inquirer January 11, 2013 Green group sounds alert on liquid mercury dental fillers By DJ Yap MANILA, Philippines—An environment and health watchdog on Friday sounded the alarm about the unregulated over-the-counter sale of liquid mercury used by dentists for filling teeth cavities. EcoWaste Coalition said its “AlerToxic Patrol” was able to […]

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BPA Effect On Diabetes And Obesity In Mice Not Confirmed

from the Columbia Daily Tribune, Thursday, January 3, 2013: MU study on BPA yields different results By Catherine Martin Recent University of Missouri research could not replicate results of a previous study linking exposure to the chemical bisphenol A — commonly known as BPA — to obesity and diabetes. The original study, conducted by researchers […]

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Related Toxicology: Does Lead Cause Criminal Behavior?

from Mother Jones, Jan-Feb 2013   America’s Real Criminal Element: Lead New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing. —By Kevin Drum   Experts often suggest that crime resembles an epidemic. But what kind? […]

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Scotland National Health Service Pays For Amalgam Replacement

  from News.Scotsman.com  NHS pays out £400k to remove mercury fillings By MIKE MERRITT Published on Saturday 29 December 2012 SCOTTISH NHS patients have had thousands of mercury fillings removed after they claimed they were making them ill, new figures have revealed. In total, taxpayers have paid more than £400,000 over the last five years to […]

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UN Treaty On Worldwide Mercury Trade To Be Completed In January

The IAOMT has been very active as an NGO observer in the negotiations for this treaty. We have sent our members to each of the four previous meetings, where they have been highly effective at getting and keeping dental mercury listed as a product whose trade must be limited when this treaty goes into effect. […]

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EPA To Revisit Endocrine Disruptor Toxicology; Chemists Devise Work-Around

from Environmental Health News, December 13, 2012 EPA responds to scientists’ concerns, initiates new effort for low-dose, hormone-like chemicals Spurred by mounting scientific evidence, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is initiating a new effort to examine whether low doses of hormone-mimicking chemicals are harming human health and whether chemical testing should be overhauled. The EPA, […]

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Quicksilver and Gold: Mercury Pollution from Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining

from Environmental Health Perspectives, November 1, 2012 by Charles W. Schmidt IAOMT Comment: Throughout this excellent article, no mention is made of the fact that much of the mercury used in artisanal gold mining is originally labelled for use in dentistry. Its real purpose is to be diverted to gold mining. In 2009 a mining […]

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Wichita Voters Reject Fluoridation

from the Fluoride Action Network, November 7, 2012:   It is with great excitement and satisfaction that FAN can report that the people of Wichita, Kansas–the second largest non-fluoridated city in the U.S.–resoundingly rejected water fluoridation last night, just like they did in 1968 and 1978. The vote wasn’t even close, with a margin of […]

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Big Sugar's Sweet Little Lies – Mother Jones Exposé

How the industry kept scientists from asking: Does sugar kill? —By Gary Taubes and Cristin Kearns Couzens November/December 2012 Issue   On a brisk spring Tuesday in 1976, a pair of executives from the Sugar Association stepped up to the podium of a Chicago ballroom to accept the Oscar of the public relations world, the […]

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Contact allergies owing to gloves: A growing problem in dentistry

  from Dental Tribune, October 31, 2012   by Ben Adriaanse, DT Netherlands HOUTEN, Netherlands: In recent years, researchers have noted a significant increase in contact allergies to rubber additives among health care professionals. Although the cause of this cannot be stated with certainty, experts believe that nitrile gloves, which are most commonly used in […]

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Fluoride Vote in Wichita

Pro-fluoride speaker says fluorosis is “attractive”… Citizens of Wichita, Kansas will vote on a proposal to fluoridate their water on November 6. The pro-fluoride lobby has not spared any expense to force fluoridation on the residents of Wichita and several surrounding communities. First, the dental-lobby forced the city council to place the question on the […]

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Fluoride Issue Heats Up In Ottawa

City dismisses concerns over fluoride in Ottawa drinking water By Mohammed Adam, from the Ottawa Citizen October 19, 2012   OTTAWA — The city’s chief medical officer of health is dismissing concerns from a fledgling Ottawa group that the presence of fluoride in the city’s water supply is harmful. A new group called Fluoridation Free […]

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You Put What In My Mouth?

You Put What In My Mouth? A documentary by Randall Moore This film follows the lives of 4 people (including our own Matt Young and Boyd Haley) as they struggle to inform the federal government, public and dentists of the extremely large amounts of mercury vapor and mercury contaminated particulate matter generated during the making, […]

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Fish eaters run lower risk of heart attack

Fish eaters run lower risk of heart attack – despite some mercury content from Insciences Organization 2012-09-24 — Eat fish, but avoid fish with the most pollutants. This is the conclusion drawn by a group of researchers at Umeå University in Sweden after having weighed the risks of mercury content against the advantages of healthful […]

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BPA linked to obesity in white children

Abstract: White children exposed to high levels of bisphenol A are five times more likely to be obese than children with low levels, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The research is the first to link the chemical to obesity in children; previous studies reported links in […]

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Study Links BPA with coronary artery stenosis

Adding to the catalog of ills associated with BPA exposure: Urinary Bisphenol A Concentration and Angiography-Defined Coronary Artery Stenosis Citation: Melzer D, Gates P, Osborn NJ, Henley WE, Cipelli R, et al. (2012) Urinary Bisphenol A Concentration and Angiography-Defined Coronary Artery Stenosis. PLoS ONE 7(8): e43378. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043378 Abstract: Background Bisphenol A is widely used in […]

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Portland, Oregon debates fluoridation of its water

from the New York Times, Sept 8, 2012 Doubts as Portland Weighs Fluoride and Its Civic Values PORTLAND, Ore. — Who bears responsibility for an impoverished child with a mouth full of rotting teeth? Parents? Soda companies? The ingrained inequities of capitalism? Pick your villain, or champion. They are all on display here as the […]

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Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Harms Brain Development

Developmental Fluoride Neurotoxicity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Anna L. Choi, Guifan Sun, Ying Zhang, Philippe Grandjean from: Environmental Health Perspectives full text pdf:   Choi developmental neurotox   Abstract Background: Although fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in animal models and acute fluoride poisoning causes neurotoxicity in adults, very little is known of its effects on children’s […]

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New Study of Urinary Mercury Continues the Refutation of CAT Conclusions

Completing a trifecta of refutation for the CAT studies, joining previous papers showing dose dependent effects of amalgam mercury on porphyrin metabolism and neurobehavioral performance, a new paper by David Geier et. al. shows exposure to mercury from amalgam is directly correlated with urinary mercury in children. Hum Exp Toxicol. 2012 Jan;31(1):11-7. Epub 2011 Jul […]

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Mercury Emissions From California Crematory Halts Project

from the Santa Cruz Sentinel: 08/02/2012 by Shanna McCord SANTA CRUZ – Cavity fillings essentially have stopped a proposed 40-unit apartment complex on Ocean Street Extension from moving forward. The developer, longtime Santa Cruz resident Craig Rowell, said a health risk study shows emissions from cremations involving mercury tooth fillings could be a potential hazard […]

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European Commission Study Recommends Ban of Dental Amalgam

from Dental Tribune International   July 31, 2012 BRUSSELS, Belgium: A new study, conducted on behalf of the European Commission, recommends phasing out dental amalgam use over the next few years owing to mercury’s negative impact on the environment. According to the recently published study results, the ban should be combined with improved enforcement of […]

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NYU Dental School Goes “Amalgam Free”

While still denying that mercury amalgam is bad for the health of patients, doctors and staff, NYU Dental School cites environmental reasons. Good comments, too. From “Mouthing Off,” the blog of the American Student Dental Association NYU Goes “Amalgam Free” by MichaelCapp  |  on July 20th, 2012  |  6 comments Citing environmental concerns, the New […]

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Two New Mexico Cities End Fluoridation

from FLUORIDE ACTION NETWORK Two and a half months after the city council in Albuquerque, New Mexico ended the artificial fluoridation of their drinking water for approximately 500,000 residents, the city council in neighboring Santa Fe followed suit.  Just last week, councilors voted 6-1 to end fluoridation for the city’s nearly 70,000 residents.  The city […]

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Composite Fillings May Cause Behavioral Problems: Study

Composites associated with behavioral deficits in children, but then again, maybe not! In the last few weeks, authors involved with the New England CAT study have published two articles concerning the effects of composite filling materials on neurobehavioral factors that were measured during the course of that research. The first, published on July 16, concluded […]

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Pennsylvania Coalition for Mercury Free Dentistry Keeps the Pressure On

The PENNSYLVANIA COALITION FOR MERCURY-FREE DENTISTRY protested the use of mercury fillings at the  “NATION OF SMILES, ONE SMILE AT A TIME” free dental clinic, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Dental School and the Academy of General Dentistry, Philadelphia, PA – June 23, 2012. Coalition chairwoman Freya Koss called AGD’s Chicago office to inquire […]

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"Chemical intolerance" a common complaint: study

With obvious implications for biocompatibility of dental materials… “Chemical intolerance” a common complaint: study from Reuters: By Amy Norton NEW YORK | Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:34pm EDT (Reuters Health) – A sizable percentage of low-income patients in primary care may be particularly sensitive to chemicals in household cleaners, perfumes and other everyday products, a […]

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New Hampshire Enacts Fluoride Warning For Infants

from the Fluoride Action Network: On August 4th, 2012, the state of New Hampshire will become the first state to require fluoridating communities to warn their citizens about the fluorosis risk the additive poses to infants.  This past week, Governor John Lynch signed HB1416, “an act relative to a required fluoride statement.”  The law will […]

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FDA Again Considers Banning BPA In Infant Formula Containers

  from The Washington Post, June 12, 2012 FDA considers banning BPA in infant formula containers in response to lawmaker’s stratagem By Dina ElBaghdady An unusual tactic embraced by one House lawmaker to keep bisphenol A out of food packaging met with limited success this month after federal regulators agreed to initiate a ban of […]

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Phoenix City Council To Consider Removing Fluoride

  No More Fluoride In Phoenix Water? from AZfamily.com, June 11, 2012 by Catherine Holland   PHOENIX — After more than 20 years of adding fluoride to its tap water, the city of Phoenix is considering putting an end to the practice. The issue is on the agenda for Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Supporters of […]

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BPA Precursor Induces Stem Cells To Become Fat Cells

from fastcoexist.com: A chemical that can be found almost everywhere causes stem cells to become fat cells. It won’t make you fat on your own, but it makes your crappy diet a lot worse for you. How can you avoid it? by Ariel Schwartz Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed […]

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Lead Poisoning Threshold Lowered By CDC

Why, we ask, is there no similar action on mercury? From the Huffington Post, May 20, 2012   by Lynne Peeples, lynne.peeples@huffingtonpost.com The number of children considered at risk of lead poisoning jumped by more than five-fold on Wednesday, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lowered its threshold for the diagnosis. Children’s […]

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Videos Document Mercury Pollution in Small Scale Gold Mining

You Tube videos by the Blacksmith Institute. Founded in 1999, Blacksmith Institute is an international non-for-profit organization dedicated to eliminating life-threatening pollution in the developing world. Many of the countries involved in this type of mining ban the import of industrial mercury, but they can import all the “dental mercury” they can get. Mercury: the […]

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State Department Considers Global Impact of Toxic Dental Mercury

  State Department Considers Global Impact of Toxic Dental Mercury on Health and the Environment CHAMPION’S GATE, Fla., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This Friday, May 4, affiliates of the International Academy for Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) will encourage the U.S. government to join worldwide efforts against mercury/silver fillings, the predominant source of human exposure […]

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Dental X-Rays Increase Risk of Meningioma

  by Dental Tribune International Apr 16, 2012 | USA NEW HAVEN, Conn., USA: In the largest case-control study to date, researchers have investigated the correlation between benign brain tumors and dental X-rays. They surveyed almost 1,500 individuals regarding the dental radiation procedures they had undergone in their lives and discovered that more frequent screening […]

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It's Not Only Mercury: Lead Poisoning In Small Scale Gold Miners

from Living On Earth, www.LOE.org: For the past two years a medical disaster of historic proportions has been unfolding in remote villages in northern Nigeria. The soaring world price of gold sent villagers prospecting for flakes of the rare metal, but what the local miners also found was rock laced with lead. So far thousands […]

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FDA Will Not Ban BPA

from CNN: From Val Willingham, CNN updated 6:04 PM EDT, Fri March 30, 2012 White Oak, Maryland (CNN) — The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it will deny the National Resources Defense Council’s petition asking it to prohibit the use of bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, in products manufactured in the United States. […]

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Feds To Decide On Banning BPA From Food And Other Products

  from NPR.org.   No mention in this report about low level exposures disrupting endocrine signaling at critical times of embryonic development: How Much BPA Exposure Is Dangerous? by Jon Hamilton March 30, 2012 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has until today to decide whether to ban the plastic additive BPA from food packaging. The […]

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Environmental Groups Highlight Financial Benefits of Phasing Out Dental Mercury

News from Europe, from the Zero Mercury Working Group: Environmental Groups Highlight Financial Benefits of Phasing Out Dental Mercury March 30, 2012 Previous estimates by the dental industry have indicated that the basic cost to the patient of an amalgam filling in the US is $144, compared to $185 for a composite filling. However, a […]

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BPA Related Insulin Mechanisms Documented Causing Obesity

from The Daily.com: Packaging On The Pounds Research says chemical in plastics and cans may contribute to obesity By David Knowles Monday, March 26, 2012 A controversial chemical used to harden plastics is contributing to the global obesity epidemic, according to new research by a biologist. The claims by leading BPA critic Frederick vom Saal […]

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Acrylates Identified As Allergen For Dentists, Technicians

from the Dental Tribune: Dentists’ Irritant Named Allergen of the Year Mar 22, 2012 | USA by Daniel Zimmermann, DTI SAN DIEGO, Calif., USA: A chemical compound associated with allergies in dental professionals has been announced Allergen of the Year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society in San Diego. The organization chose acrylate, a polymer […]

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Mercury Found in Lotions and Cosmetics, Says FDA

Mercury found in lotions and cosmetics, says FDA; products  are often sold in ethnic neighborhoods and online from the New York Daily News, still no mention of mercury in amalgam fillings… By Lindsay Goldwert / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Women are being warned to stay away from beauty products that contain […]

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FDA Ignores Its Own Scientists: Dr. Mercola

From mercola.com, 3/6/2012 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has 50 committees and panels that it depends on to obtain independent expert advice on scientific, technical and policy matters. However, the FDA is NOT legally required to follow its committee’s recommendations, and, unfortunately, the FDA has a long history of ignoring its panelists’ advice […]

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Shark Fin Soup and Mercury: Synergistic Toxins?

From the New York Times March 6, 2012, 11:21 am Shark Fins Are Loaded With a Neurotoxin, Study Finds By DOUGLAS M. MAIN Shark fins contain high levels of a potent neurotoxin that scientists have linked to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, according to a recent study published in the journal Marine Drugs. The […]

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HHS Blocking FDA's Decision on Amalgam Petitions

from FDA News Alert: HHS Did Block CDRH Decision on Amalgam: Center Staffer 2/23/2012 As suspected in the face of FDA’s refusal to comment, HHS did indeed block CDRH’s still-undisclosed decision in December on the safety of mercury-based dental amalgams, according to an email exchange between Tulsa, OK attorney James Love and CDRH Dental Products […]

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Windsor, Ontario, To Have Caries Surveyed In Search of Answers on Fluoridation

from the Windsor Star, Researchers Explore Fluoride Debate By Doug Schmidt, The Windsor Star February 18, 2012 Epidemiological researchers with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit have descended on Kingsville and Leamington to stare into the mouths of locals and figure out whether their teeth are fouler than those found in Windsor. The study, started last […]

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What's The Holdup At FDA? FDA Webview Wants To Know!

Plan B Redux? CDRH Stonewalls on 10,000-fold Amalgam Risk 02/13/2012 Republished with permission from Dickinson’s FDA Webview, copyright Ferdic Inc.

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Fluoride in Food: Dr. Mercola Interviews Jeff Green

Jeff Green is a familiar figure to those of us who have attended IAOMT meetings… This Food Blasts Your Body With Up to 180 Times the Fluoride in Drinking Water from Mercola.com: Jeff Green has been an activist in the movement to eliminate a toxic fluoride from your water supply for the past 15 years. […]

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High Levels of Mercury Found in Minnesota Babies

from the Minnesota Star-Tribune: High Levels of Mercury Found in North Shore Babies Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune Updated: February 2, 2012 – 11:04 PM One in 10 babies along Minnesota’s North Shore are born with unhealthy levels of mercury in their bodies, according to a new report on contamination around Lake Superior, […]

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Developmental Endocrinologists Bring BPA Fight To Public

Although BPA and other chemicals are used in dental composite resin formulas, IAOMT sponsored research has found no evidence they promote estrogenic activity under physiological conditions. We continue to be interested in this critical issue, and Dr. vom Saal has lectured at IAOMT meetings in the past: MU’s Frederick vom Saal wants FDA to ban […]

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Mercury's Environmental Impact Harms Songbirds and Bats

Mercury’s Harmful Reach Has Grown, Study Says from the New York Times By ANTHONY DePALMA Published: January 23, 2012 The strict new federal standards limiting pollution from power plants are meant to safeguard human health. But they should have an important side benefit, according to a study being released on Tuesday: protecting a broad array […]

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Mercury Affects Essential Stress Hormones In Children

from Environmental Health News: Eating mercury-tainted fish affects essential stress hormones in children. Jan 19, 2012   Gump, BB, JA MacKenzie, AK Dumas, CD Palmer, PJ Parsons, ZM Segu, YS Mechref and KG Bendinskas. Fish consumption, low-level mercury, lipids and inflammatory markers in children. Environmental Research http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2011.10.002. Synopsis by Aimin Chen   Eating fish can […]

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Two Bills in New Hampshire would Eliminate Water Fluoridation

from the Fluoride Action Network January 12, 2012 We are starting 2012 with a major opportunity in the state of New Hampshire.  This legislative session there are two separate bills in the State Legislature prohibiting the addition of fluoride to drinking water within the state. The first bill, HB1529, relative to the introduction of fluoride […]

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Power Plant Rules: Protecting Babies From Neurotoxins

By William Hudson, CNN updated 9:43 AM EST, Thu December 29, 2011 Read the full article (CNN) — The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized a rule that for the first time requires U.S. coal and oil-fired power plant operators to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. EPA rules in place under the […]

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Illinois coal plants ahead of EPA mercury rule

from the Muscatine Journal December 16, 2011 Most Illinois utilities won’t miss a beat when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires coal-fired power plants to control mercury emissions for the first time _ a decision environmental and health advocates say will reduce developmental problems in children but some industry groups complain is too restrictive. In […]

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Evangelicals, Catholics Back Mercury Limits

from Living On Earth December 16, 2011 Mercury from power plants can be harmful to developing fetuses. In an unusual alliance that has the potential to shift pollution politics, Catholics and evangelical Christians opposed to abortion are joining forces with child health advocates to lobby for stricter limits on mercury pollution. Living on Earth’s Ingrid […]

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EPA finalizes tough new rules on emissions by power plants

from the Washington Post By Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, Published: December 16 The Obama administration finished crafting tough new rules Friday curbing mercury and other poisons emitted by coal-fired utilities, according to several people briefed on the decision, culminating more than two decades of work to clean up the nation’s dirtiest power plants. As […]

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Christian environmental group says the EPA's new rules on mercury pollution is a pro-life issue

from mLive.com: Published: Saturday, December 03, 2011, 8:00 AM     Updated: Saturday, December 03, 2011, 7:34 PM By Jim Harger | The Grand Rapids Press The federal government’s strict new rules on mercury emissions are a pro-life issue that Christians should embrace to protect unborn children, according to a group of Christian environmentalists. The Evangelical […]

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Watsonville Fluoride Battle 10 Years After Approval

from the Santa Cruz, CA, Sentinel: Watsonville fluoride battle ten years after approval: backers fight back as support wanes By DONNA JONES and MARISSA FESSENDEN Posted: 11/26/2011 03:34:29 PM PST WATSONVILLE – Chew on this. Taking a bite out of an epidemic of tooth decay among Watsonville’s children by fluoridating the water seemed like a no-brainer […]

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State Department Endorses Phase-Down of Amalgam, Keeps It On UNEP List

On Monday, October 24, 2011, the US Department of State held a meeting of stakeholders to help define its position on the next phase of negotiations for an international treaty to control trade in mercury and its products. REPORT FROM DOS MERCURY STAKEHOLDER MEETING 10/24/11 Presented by Freya Koss, IAOMT publicist On Monday, October 24, […]

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Yukon River Deposits High Mercury Levels In Arctic

Yukon Delivers A Plug Of Mercury In Response To A Changing Climate from The Daily Climate, Oct. 25, 2011 Thawing permafrost and industrial pollution are fingered as culprits. By Douglas Fischer Daily Climate editor The Yukon River is delivering upwards of five tons of mercury a year to the Arctic environment, likely in response to […]

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Looking to Save Money, More Places Decide to Stop Fluoridating the Water

from the New York Times, October 13, 2011: MIAMI – A growing number of communities are choosing to stop adding fluoride to their water systems, even though the federal government and federal health officials maintain their full support for a measure they say provides a 25 percent reduction in tooth decay nationwide. Last week, Pinellas […]

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Hispanic Organization Votes to Oppose Water Fluoridation

from www.SpotsOnMyTeeth.com For immediate release: September 14, 2011 NEWS RELEASE League of United Latin American Citizens Condemns Fluoridation as a Civil Rights Violation Ellijay, GA – In an action with far-reaching national ramifications, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States, has adopted a resolution […]

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Philadelphia Mandates Amalgam Fact Sheet

We won a real, real big one yesterday. After a four-year battle, the City Council of Philadelphia passed a law mandating that dentists give every patient a fact sheet that discloses that amalgam is mainly mercury and that mercury exposure poses health risks. Sponsored by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown, the Councilpersons voted 17 to zero in […]

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What Happened at the Nov '07 Congressional Hearing

Our man in Washington reports on the successes and frustrations that occurred at the recent hearing before the Domestic Policy Subcommittee, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, titled “Environmental Risks Of and Regulatory Response To Mercury Dental Fillings” Attachments: Report on the 11-14-07 Congressional Hearing  

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UN Calls for Mercury Free Future

UNEP urges global action to curb mercury use UN, 11/17/2007 – The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) agency Monday called on governments to intensify efforts to produce an international agreement to curb the use of poisonous heavy metal mercury.  (See press release.) UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, made the call in Bangkok, Thailand, as governments […]

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Mainstream "Dental Tribune" Covers Congressional Hearing

 Dental Tribune, published in twenty languages, intends to be an independent voice in the world dental marketplace.  They are interested in points of view that don’t necessarily parrot the ADA line. Mercury opponents testified before US Congress Dental Tribune 14.11.2007 http://www.uptodayte.com/site/en/news/article.php?World_Session=1a96fc5c0b691fb70f465aca3b76752e&sid=2944 Author: John Hoffman/Daniel Zimmerman The fight over whether mercury should be banned from dental restorations […]

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Congress To Hear FDA's Failure To Classify Amalgam

Congressional hearing notice published: Environmental Risks Of And Regulatory Response To Mercury Dental Fillings Wednesday, November 14, 2007 2 p.m. 2154 Rayburn Washington, D.C. 20515 This hearing will examine the environmental risks of mercury in dental fillings (known as dental mercury amalgam) and the government’s regulatory response to it. Dental offices are the third-largest user […]

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Fluoridation Spikes Lead Levels In Water

This report comes from the Fluoride Action Network: Lead nail in fluoridation coffin? There have been so many developments which, in a rational world that paid attention to honest science, should have ended fluoridation – here is one more. A paper has been published by Maas, Patch, Christian and Coplan in the journal Neurotoxicology which […]

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Bank of America to Dentsply: Get Out of Amalgam!

Wall Street turns thumbs down to mercury fillings. A stunning report by Bank of America Securities advises that dental products company Dentsply, the #2 manufacturer of mercury fillings, realign its operations to sell only the resin and other filling materials. The report came after the latest ADA meeting in San Francisco, where the buzz throughout […]

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Critique of NEJM Article Exonerating Thimerosal

This release comes from A-CHAMP, via Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD.  A-CHAMP is a national, non-partisan political action organization formed by parents in support of children with neurodevelopmental and communication disorders. Below is a learned analysis of today’s NEJM article that is being presented as a vindication of thimerasol when the data do NOT support the […]

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Eat Your Guacamole To Prevent Cancer

September 5, 2007 *Avocados fight oral cancer* A report published online on May 17, 2007 in advance of publication in the journal Seminars in Cancer Biology <http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/1044579X> described the finding of Steven M. D’Ambrosio and his associates at Ohio State University that phytochemicals extracted from the popular Haas avocado were able to destroy oral cancer […]

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Illinois Law Mandates Mercury-Free Vaccines

Mercury-free vaccines for tots Chicago News-Sun staff report,  September 7, 2007 Legislation that will direct the limited supply of mercury-free influenza vaccine to children up to the age of 3 has been signed into law by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Senate Bill 133, introduced by State Sen. Susan Garrett, D-Lake Forest, requires the Department of Public […]

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LA Safe Water Group Serves Notice on Water Officials

The Metropolitan Water District of Los Angeles, serving 18 million consumers, has decided to fluoridate its water supply.  In an ongoing effort to block implementation of that decision, Citizens for Safe Drinking Water has a new tactic: serving the individuals involved with water management a personal notice that they are responsible for the consequences: News […]

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Blacks Disproportionately Harmed By Fluoridated Water

The Lillie Center, Inc. P.O. Box 839 Ellijay GA 30540 Ph: 706.669.0786   //  Fax: 706.635.8170 Email: stockin2@yahoo.com <mailto:stockin2@yahoo.com>  or dan@thelilliecenter.com NEWS RELEASE —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      contact: 706-669-0786 Blacks Disproportionately Harmed by Fluorides and Fluoridated Water October 2, 2007 — Fluoride, the controversial chemical added to city water supplies to help prevent cavities, now has […]

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New AHA Guidelines Reduce Antibiotic Prophylaxis

In a radical departure from past practice, the American Heart Association has changed the entire emphasis of their recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis for infective endocarditis (IE).  The committee that wrote the April, 2007 report, recognizing that bacteremias due to everyday events such as chewing, tooth grinding, or brushing and flossing are thousands of times more […]

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Norwegian Health Standards Limit Amalgam Use

The Directorate for Health and Social Affairs, an agency of the Norwegian government, has recently released this English translation of their guidelines for dental matierials. A National Clinical Guideline for the Use of Dental Filling Materials in Norway became the standard practice July 1st 2003. Information for dental health care personnel. A summary of the […]

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Natural-Source Vitamins To Be Treated as Food in Europe

Chalk One Up For the Good Guys! (An Amazing Victory!) American Association for Health Freedom (AAHF) is pleased to announce that a critical decision was made by the European Commission and all because of our international affiliate, Alliance for Natural Health (ANH). In a stunning move, ANH received a letter from the European Commission (EC) […]

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600 Professionals Sign Petition to Halt Fluoridation

”End Fluoridation,” Say 600 Physicians, Dentists, Scientists, and Environmentalists Press Release: New York – August 9, 2007 – In a statement released today, over 600 professionals are urging Congress to stop water fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted. They cite new scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has […]

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Hg Release from Amalgams Actually Measured!

Summary: Mercury emissions from single-spill samples of three popular precapsulated amalgams, Tytin, Dispersalloy, and Valiant, were measured in water at room temperature, 23o C. Daily emission was 4.5 to 21 micrograms per day, much higher than previously “estimated” values offered by ADA spokespeople in the past. It is now obvious why pro-amalgamists never actually measured […]

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ADA Warns Members to Expect Changes

Paragraph from ADA Update, July 1, 2007 “The FDA has been contemplating regulatory action for several years to reclassify dental amalgam as either a class 2 or 3 material. (Components of encapsulated amalgam currently are classified separately.) The ADA has supported classifying dental amalgam as a Class 2 device in the past. We expect the […]

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IAOMT Meets With FDA

IAOMT Scientific Advisors met with FDA officials on June 22, to discuss the position paper delivered to FDA earlier in the month.  IAOMT was represented by Dr. Boyd Haley, chairman of the SAB, Dr. Rich Fischer, and Dr. Michael Fleming.  SAB members Dr. Louis Chang joined by phone, and Dr. Vas Aposhian sent a written […]

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IAOMT Science Board Puts FDA On Notice

The IAOMT Scientific Advisory Board is a group of foremost world experts on metals toxicology, who have no vested interest in dentistry or dental products.  They have formulated this Position Statement on the use of mercury amalgam in dentistry, which was transmitted to Randall Lutter, PhD,  FDA Deputy Commissioner and Sheldon Bradshaw, Esq, FDA Chief […]

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Fluoride Failing to Reduce Caries in Low Income Kids

More news from Paul Connett and the Fluoride Action Network: As our readers well know, the number one argument used by promoters of fluoridation is that we need to fluoridate the water to help poor and minority kids. However, over the last few years  newspaper reports from several major cities (Boston, Pittsburg, NYC, Cincinnati, etc) indicate […]

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Mercury and Heart Disease: New Biochemical Mechanism

The IAOMT has maintained documentation on the link between mercury exposure and heart disease for many years. This article is one of the few that demonstrate a concrete biochemical mechanism for the otherwise well documented association. The abstract appears after the following press release: Mercury’s Link to Heart Disease Begins in Blood Vessel Walls Heavy […]

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New Health Freedom Bill in Congress

Health freedom advocate Rima Laibow, MD, of the Natural Solutions Foundation, brings us up to date on a bill in Congress that would advance the cause of access to health information on natural food and supplements: Ron Paul’s Given Us a Great Bill to Get Behind! Action Step: Click here (http://tinyurl.com/3xwmjm) (http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/healthfreedomusa/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=11754) to tell your Congressperson […]

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Fear and Loathing at the FDA as the Amalgam War Heats Up

Consumers for Dental Choice chief counsel, Charlie Brown, has been keeping the heat on the FDA since they admitted in court, in the Moms Against Mercury v. FDA case, that they “do not know” if amalgam is safe or not. (See the News items of 4/30/06, 10/31/06, and 4/15/07 for background information.)  Plans to refile the case […]

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Norwegian Dental Workers File Damage Claims

Several hundred dental assistants are expected to seek state compensation for poor health that’s believed to be a result of years of working with mercury-infested amalgam, according to attorney Anne-Gry Rønning-Aaby who reviews cases with Herman Albert and Vibeke Bråten of the union Fagforbundet. State officials, they claim, were aware of the potential for mercury poisoning, […]

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Watson-Burton Bill Introduced Again

The Watson-Burton Bill, that had been introduced in two previous congresses, has been changed substantially to include the environmental reasons to ban amalgam along with the health reasons.  Here is the Bill in its entirety: Mercury in Dental Fillings Disclosure and Prohibition Act HR 2101 IH 110th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 2101 To prohibit […]

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New Survey Shows Majority of Dentists Are Hg-Free

But, are they mercury safe??? As reported by www.thewealthydentist.com Dentists Split Over Amalgam Fillings: The Wealthy Dentist Survey Results Half of dentists are still placing amalgam fillings, while the other half no longer do, according to a survey conducted by The Wealthy Dentist. Many dentists expressed concerns over the possible toxic consequences of mercury amalgam […]

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Health Freedom Public Comment Deadline Approaches

Health freedom activists Rima Laibow, MD, of the Natural Solutions Foundation, and Brenna Hill of the American Association for Health Freedom, whose activities have been endorsed by IAOMT, advise us of efforts within the FDA to limit the availability of dietary supplements and alternative health care methods. Here is a brief note from NSF, followed […]

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Court Declines to Rule on Moms vs. FDA

Court declines to rule on merits in Moms Against Mercury v. FDA — but suggests road map to victory The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that it lacks jurisdiction (the statutory authority to rule) in Moms Against Mercury, et al. v. FDA, adding the decision is not a ruling on the merits of our cause […]

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19th Article Published Linking Fluoride to Lowered IQ

More news from our friends at Fluoride Action Network: FAN Bulletin 787: Today, I received one abstract and one full paper which between them deliver two more huge hammer blows to the “official” mantra that fluoridation is “safe and effective.” The abstract (see below), is from yet another paper which shows that fluoride can lower […]

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Charlie Brown Argues Amalgam in Federal Court

Report of Oral Argument before U S Court of Appeals Moms Against Mercury, et al. v. FDA, March 27, 2007 In our case to ban mercury fillings based on FDA’s refusal to classify this device, FDA’s lawyer and I presented before three Judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington on March 27.  Two […]

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Dental Economics Publishes Article on Informed Consent

IAOMT Board member, Dr. Michael Fleming, wrote this article, which was published in the February 2007 edition of Dental Economics: Silver-mercury amalgam disclosure and informed consent by Michael D. Fleming, DDS There is likely not one reader of this publication who is unaware of the ongoing controversy surrounding the use of dental amalgam. The dental […]

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Vermont Informed Consent Bill Passes Hurdle

Bill Requiring Informed Consent Before Dentists Use Mercury Amalgam May Be First in Nation Posted on : 2007-03-01 | Author : Mercury Policy Project News Category : Press Release MONTPELIER, Vt., March 1  — Advocates applauded the work of the House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee which passed out two important bills today that […]

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Report Your Mercury Amalgam Illnesses to FDA!

Report your mercury amalgams illnesses to the FDA! The FDA claims that only 50 adverse health reports from amalgam fillings have been filed. Where do they get that number? More than 3,000 submissions have been filed with the FDA Docket. If you haven’t submitted a report to FDA MedWatch, you don’t count! Be counted! Submit […]

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Controls On Mercury Pollution Cause British Funeral Costs To Rise

From the London Daily Mail: By TOM KELLY Last updated at 22:00pm on 8th January 2007 Just one gram of mercury in a lake can cause toxicity, while many Britons have two to four grams in fillings inside their mouths Cremation costs are set to rise by up to £100 – because the teeth of […]

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Experts Ask EU for Total Ban on Mercury

Associated Press Experts Ask EU for Total Ban on Mercury By CONSTANT BRAND 01.10.07, 3:13 PM ET Health and environmental experts called on the European Union on Wednesday to push for a global ban on the use of mercury, warning the highly toxic chemical continues to pose severe health risks.In a report, a pan-European group […]

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Public Submissions to FDA Docket Viewable on Website

Re: FDA Docket postings – Jenny Butler, administrator of the dockets division indicates that of the 3,000+ public submissions to the docket, as of today 2,465 have been posted to the FDA website. Of these, 200+ actual text submissions have been posted and can be read at FDA Docket Website. The balance will be posted in full, however it […]

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Top Ten Fluoride Science Stories of 2006

FLUORIDE ACTION NETWORK http://www.FluorideAction.net FAN Bulletin 755: Top 10 scientific developments of ‘06 Jan 23, 2007 As you read over the summary of scientific events (both published research articles and important reviews) that have occurred over the last 12 months, it is hard to believe that any health agency or professional association would continue to […]

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Corruption Revealed Among Defenders of Fluoridation

A paper provided by the Fluoride Action Network documents that some of the most influential epidemiologists of the twentieth century, defenders of water fluoridation, were extensively compromised by industry money.  The original UK watchdog group article is available at this link. The Doll-Hoover-Douglass connections. By Chris Neurath, Senior Science Researcher for FAN A UK group […]

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Over 3000 Submissions to the FDA Docket

The public and the professions did indeed flood the FDA Docket on “safety” of amalgam fillings. For Immediate Release Wednesday, November 15, 2006 Contacts: Freya Koss, (610) 649-2606 | Peter Kelley, (202) 270-8831 Over 3,000 flood FDA with reports of illness from mercury dental fillings, but agency still claims secret pandemic is “rare” Consumers charge […]

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AAEM Resolutions Support IAOMT Positions

At its October, 2006 meeting, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, a group closely allied to IAOMT in its goals and ideals, passed resolutions on amalgam, fluoride, and mercury in vaccines that specifically mention support for IAOMT positions. AAEM Resolution on Mercury Amalgam Whereas the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) has been […]

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Consumers for Dental Choice Wins Round One

Round One to Us in Case Against FDA to Ban Mercury Fillings Our case of Moms Against Mercury v. FDA heads to a ruling on the merits. The United States Court of Appeals has rejected a motion by Food and Drug Administration lawyers to toss out our case on procedural or technical grounds. The case […]

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Rep. Watson Sees Beginning of the End for Amalgam

Our great friend in Congress, Representative Diane Watson (D-CA), sees the recent FDA hearing as evidence that the movement to end mercury in dentistry is gaining momentum. To read Representative Watson’s blog and the responses, and to add you own response, go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-diane-watson/the-beginning-of-the-end-_b_32394.html The Beginning of the End of Mercury in Dentistry By US […]

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FDA Approves Fluoride Claim for Bottled Water

Despite never having approved fluoride as a medicinal additive to water, the FDA now permits bottled water manufacturers to make an anti-caries health claim for bottled water that contains fluoride. This article is excerpted from the Fluoride Action Network Bulletin 690. See www.fluoridealert.org for more information. To the abject failure of the FDA to regulate […]

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Let's Flood the Docket!

Acting FDA Commissioner von Eschenbach has replied to the IAOMT’s request to reconvene the Joint Panels on amalgam neurotoxicity by asking for additional comments and information.  Here is his letter, and the links you need to add your information to the FDA Comment Docket. In response to the groundbreaking vote by the U.S. Food and […]

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FDA Releases Summary of Joint Panel Meeting

The joint dental/neurology panel has released this one page summary of its meeting, explaining the areas in which it found the FDA position “unreasonable” and suggesting further action. A link to the full transcript is included. Joint Meeting of the Dental Products Panel (CDRH) and the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee (CDER) […]

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FDA Panel Rejects Dental Mercury

9/7/06 – A joint dental/neurology scientific advisory panel voted 13-7 today to reject the FDA staff “white paper” proclaiming the safety of mercury from dental amalgam.  The panel stated that the much – redacted research summary was insufficient to reach that conclusion, and expressed concern about mercury exposure.  See news story:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/search/trb/sns-ap-dental-mercury,0,4966051.story

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FDA Staff Stands By Amalgam

On the eve of the first review of the regulatory status of mercury amalgam in thirteen years, the FDA staff stands by its long standing denial that mercury vapor from amalgam is harmful.  See http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060902/ap_on_he_me/dental_mercury

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Massachusetts Passes Mercury Law

Governor Mitt Romney signed into law a bill that calls for the phasing out of products that use mercury for which mercury-free alternatives are available, but does not address amalgam specifically. Massachusetts passes measure to curtail mercury pollution By Associated Press | July 29, 2006 Massachusetts has joined other New England states in enacting laws […]

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EPA Approves Fluoride Pesticide

Urgent – comments must be sent to the EPA Commissioner by August 4, to try to head off approval of a new fluoride fumigant for stored foods that will appreciably increase fluoride exposure in the food chain. The following is a press release from Fluoride Action Network and allied groups, concerning a recent EPA ruling […]

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IAOMT Member Named to FDA Panel

IAOMT member Michael Fleming, DDS, of North Carolina, has been named the consumer representative on the Advisory Panel for Dental Materials and Devices of the FDA. July 12, 2006 Good News! One of our members, Dr. Michael Fleming, DDS from North Carolina, has been appointed as the Consumer Representative for the Dental Products Panel of […]

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American Association for Health Freedom Supports CDC Suit

The AAHF lends support to Consumers for Dental Choice and Mothers Against Mercury in their lawsuit against the FDA with its automated system of writing Congress. Click here for a link to get your message to your representatives. Press release from American Association for Health Freedom: Congressional Investigation of FDA Dear Health Freedom Advocate, The […]

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Consumers for Dental Choice Sues FDA

Backed by several other consumers health organizations, the Consumers for Dental Choice has filed suit against the FDA to ban amalgam, and asks for our support. Press release from Consumers for Dental Choice, 6/13/2006: We ask federal court for injunction to ban mercury fillings We took a giant leap in our case against FDA for […]

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Dr. Haley Responds to Children's Amalgam Study

Dr. Haley parses the key scientific flaws in the two recently published studies of neurological effects of amalgam mercury exposure in children. Response to the NIDCR Funded Children’s Amalgam Testing publications in the JAMA 2006.* By Boyd Haley, Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky Introduction: It is of considerable importance that those […]

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Editorial Advises Caution Drawing Conclusions From JAMA Article

Herbert Needleman, MD, who was responsible for discovering the subtle effects of lead on children over the past thirty years, urges caution in drawing conclusions from the Children’s Amalgam Study. See Needleman editorial letters See https://www.iaomt.wpengine.com/news/files/files203/Needleman%20editorial.pdf

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Ethical Complaint – IAOMT President's Letter and Supporting Documents

The letter that IAOMT President Terry Messerman, DDS, wrote to the institutions responsible for the Children’s Amalgam Study, and the Fact Sheet with references that supports our position. https://www.iaomt.wpengine.com/news/files/newsfiles205/CAS%20Complaint%20Letter.pdf

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IAOMT Files Ethics Complaint Over Children's Amalgam Study

The IAOMT, along with consumers for Dental Choice, has filed a formal complaint with Harvard University, the University of Maine,the University of Washington, and other sponsors of what it terms an “outrageous” human experiment on orphaned and indigent children.  Read the press release here; the full legal brief is at www.toxicteeth.org/Critique-CACF.pdf. https://www.iaomt.wpengine.com/news/files/newsfiles204/Ethics%20Complaint%20Press%20Release.pdf

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Fluoride – Bone Cancer Link Detected

Harvard researchers have documented an increased risk of osteosarcoma among boys exposed to fluoridated water. Age-specific Fluoride Exposure in Drinking Water and Osteosarcoma (United States) Elise B. Bassin , David Wypij, Roger B. Davis and Murray A. Mittleman Cancer Causes and Control, 17 (4): 421-428, 2006 Abstract Objective: We explored age-specific and gender-specific effects of […]

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Breakthrough at FDA!

After years of stonewalling by the FDA, two associate commissioners have scheduled hearings in September to hear evidence about “potential neurotoxicity” of mercury from amalgam. Breakthrough at FDA – hearings to be held on mercury toxicity from amalgam!! In a dramatic break from its policy of protecting pro-mercury dentistry, FDA has announced it will hold […]

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NRC Calls EPA Fluoride Standard "Unprotective"

The National Research Council released a report criticizing the EPA’s 4ppm standard for fluoride in drinking water, but did not examine artificial fluoridation. https://www.iaomt.wpengine.com/news/files/newsfiles208/NRC%20fluoride%20report.pdf

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Codex Alimentarius Continues to Alarm Health Freedom Activists

As the World Trade Organization moves inexorably toward instituting the industry-friendly Codex, health freedom advocates warn of dire consequences for availability of nutritional supplements. Here is an update on the Codex Alimentarius, from Brenna Hill, executive director of the Health Freedom Foundation: From: AAHF Headquarters [mailto:healthfreedom2000@yahoo.com] Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:57 AM To: Kym […]

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Connecticut Requires Amalgam Fact Sheet

Connecticut has become the third state in the USA to require dentists to advise their patients of the mercury exposure from amalgam, reports Charlie Brown of Consumers for Dental Choice. Connecticut is 3rd state to mandate mercury fillings fact sheet – we urge DDSs everywhere to display it. The Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection now […]

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Quackbusters Wrong Again on Amalgam

A widely read “quackbuster” blog claims that the “Smoking Tooth” video shows water vapor instead of mercury coming off the amalgam filling.  Drs. Vimy, Haley, Eichman, and Kennedy explain why that’s all wet! https://www.iaomt.wpengine.com/news/files/newsfiles211/Quackbuster%20analysis%20fails.pdf

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Genetic Basis Discovered for Low Level Mercury Sensitivity

It has always appeared that some people are more sensitive than others to the effects of mercury exposure from amalgam. Two new papers by Drs. Echeverria and Woods describe a genetic basis for individual variation in susceptibility to “sub-clinical” neurological effects. Attachment to file is broken https://www.iaomt.wpengine.com/news/files/newsfiles212/Echeverria%20Abstracts.pdf

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