Mercury Science

The role of environmental factors in autoimmune thyroiditis

Environmental factors can play an important role in the development of autoimmune thyroiditis (AT) and other autoimmune diseases. This article reviews the role of heavy metals and infectious agents in AT.  Memory T lymphocytes can be used as biomarkers of susceptibility to mercury and other inflammation triggers in individual patients. If metal allergy is found, the patient should avoid all exposure to the allergenic substance. Mercury-allergic patients may benefit from replacement of dental amalgam.

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Three strikes for Lawrence Tabak of NIDCR

Lawrence Tabak’s agenda to keep the public from learning the health risks of mercury fillings – backed by the special interests that fund his pet projects via the stealth group “Friends of NIDCR” – has reached a level of ethical transgressions that he should be dismissed as Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.