For years I've read news stories about dental mercury amalgam fillings that failed to ask vital follow up questions for one to form a better understanding of the true risks involved with exposure to mercury fillings. Rarely was a toxicologist, neurologist or bio-chemist interviewed. Instead, the stories would always give dentists such prominence when promoting the safety of a substance of which they knew nothing about, all while never acknowleding the much lower levels of mercury at which our government has removed other products from the market. So now I'm doing what I can to help raise awareness of the many dangerous aspects of dental mercury fillings.
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The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH is an agency established to help assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by providing research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health.
A hold over deal from the Bush administration is allowing tons of dental mercury pollution into the environment each year that could otherwise be prevented. The December 2008 agreement between the Bush Administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) stands in stark contrast to pollution reduction initiatives now underway for most other mercury sources both at home and abroad.
This article was created in order to address the natural skepticism of the link between mercury and Alzheimer's disease. Why would there be skepticism ? People are warying of "answers" and "cures" until supplied to them by government or the major organizations dealing with whatever issue is at hand.
This article presents a series of questions any reasonable person would ask when first hearing the hypothesis of a causal relationship between mercury and Alzheimer's disease. The outcome of these questions should determine whether recommendation of precautionary actions are warranted, as assessed by a reasonable open minded individual.
Chris Shade PhD discusses how one is exposed to dental mercury and what it can do once inside the body.
The pituitary is a main target for inorganic mercury (I-Hg) deposition and accumulation within the brain. There is a significant, inverse relationship between chronic mercury exposure and levels of luteinizing hormone (LH). LH is the only hormone with a rare and well characterized, high affinity binding site for mercury. It is likely that LH is an early and significant target of chronic mercury exposure and a causal mechanism for chronic mercury exposure and associated disease.
You have the right to a safe workplace. OSHA requires employers to provide a workplace that is free of serious recognized hazards and in compliance with OSHA Standards. David Kennedy shares stories of occupational exposure to mercury in the dental workplace.
Oral lichenoid lesions are often idiopathic (arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause) and is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes bilateral white striations, papules, or plaques on the buccal mucosa, tongue, and gingivae. Lichen planus is a disorder of unknown aetiology. Three decades worth of studies overwhelmingly show that lichenoid lesions healed in patients who removed their mercury fillings.
Mercury has been shown to affect the auditory system at a wide range of levels, from the cochlea to the cortex. In this study, we compared the number and surface area of different types of dental fillings with auditory thresholds. Having more amalgam fillings was associated with a deterioration of high-frequency auditory acuity (8 kHz and above). These results suggest a detrimental, dose-dependent effect of amalgams on hearing. There is also a likely duration-dependent effect.
From a 1984 study by Rowland et al. Antibiotics and Milk play a role in the efficency of Hg Excretion. In this study rats were given high doses of oral antibiotics the half-life for excretion of mercury increased from 10 days to >100 days. If the rats were also on a milk diet the excretion half-life increased to over 300 days. These results are consistent with the theory that demethylation of methylmercury by intestinal microflora is a major factor determining the excretion rate of mercury.
Installing dental amalgams into monkeys resulted in a sharp increase in the proportion of their GI tract (oral and fecal) bacteria able to produce volatile Hg(0). >80% of these mercury transforming bacteria were also resistant to several antibiotics because selection for the mercury transformation genes results in co-selection for whatever antibiotic resistances happen to be on the same plasmid; they are genetically linked.
There is a widespread lack of knowledge from the medical profession about the main excretatory pathway of inorganic mercury. The following is a compilation of studies indicating inorganic mercury, as from dental mercury fillings, is mainly execreted in the feces
In a July 11th broadcast of BBC Panorama, Tom Mangold interviews Siw Persson, a member of the Swedish parliament. Tom learns that Sweden did NOT get rid of mercury fillings solely for environmental reasons as many pro-mercury filling advocates claim.
Oct. 11, 2011 The World Health Organization today released its 2009 meeting report on the "Future Use of Materials for Dental Restorations" in preparation for the third of five Intergovernmental Committee deliberations. The WHO report suggests, over time, the global "phase down" of amalgam.
In 2002, the ADA released an assessment entitled "Evaluation of Mercury in Dental Facility Wastewater." The report argued that dental offices were not a significant source of mercury contamination. The Association of Municipal Sewage Authorities released a critique of the ADA report, taking serious issue with most of its findings.
Over the last several decades a wide variety of studies have linked mercury exposure to various visual impairments, most notably color vision loss. Unfortunately the majority of these studies have been done overseas and mercury toxicity is not tested for when being evaluated for color vision loss.
Women's odds of giving birth to an infant with isolated cleft palate were increased about fourfold if they had mercury fillings placed in the first or second month of pregnancy and 17-fold if they had mercury fillings placed in multiple months during the first trimester. A cleft palate is a birth defect that has a slit in the roof of the mouth because it failed to close during the 1st trimester.
Mercuryexposure.info was created and is maintained by consumers injured from exposure to mercury vapor and particles released by their dental amalgam fillings during placement, polishing, removal and day to day use. We are dedicated to providing accurate, up to date information on the many facets of dental mercury amalgam fillings.