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Dental amalgam is a primitive, environmentally polluting product. It is an antiquated remnant from the Civil War era-which is composed of about 50 % mercury, a nicely-identified neurotoxin.
Aside from the wellness risks linked with putting mercury into your teeth, there’s also the situation of environmental pollution brought on by the dental sector. As soon as released into the environment, dental mercury converts to methylmercury and contaminates fish, which are the biggest dietary source of mercury in the US.
Yet despite the proof, the American Dental Association (ADA) still remains a staunch advocate of dental amalgams, refusing to acknowledge any inherent troubles and dangers related with dental mercury.
The ADA was also among the pro-mercury forces looking for to have dental amalgams exempted from the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) worldwide environmental treaty on mercury.
Fortunately, earlier this year the scheme failed. On January 19, 2013, a lot more than 140 nations agreed to the treaty, giving birth to “The Minamata Convention on Mercury,” which includes worldwide phase-down of dental amalgam to reduce environmental mercury pollution. Nonetheless, mercury-containing vaccine preservatives have been excluded from the treaty.
Thankfully an increasing quantity of dentists and health specialists have started to take notice and are turning their backs on this archaic practice. According to a survey, 52 percent of American dentists report they are no longer placing amalgams in their patients’ mouths.
Specialists, even so, are nevertheless far more probably to be employing mercury fillings – 4 out of five nonetheless location amalgams. Final year, the New York University College of Dentistry announced that amalgam will no longer be the default restoration material students are taught to use.
Dr. Oz recently aired a segment about the dangers of dental amalgams, which was speedily denounced and attacked by the ADA and “skeptics” alike. In an ADA rebuttal published by the Sacramento Bee, ADA President Dr. Robert Faiella states:
“As a physician, Dr. Oz missed an opportunity to educate his viewers, and instead focused on conjecture rather than fact.”
And Steven Salzberg, a computer scientist at Johns Hopkins University wrote a scathing critique in Forbes, in which he accuses Dr. Oz of demonstrating “poor understanding of science,” and becoming “ignorant of the truth.”
“Why are not individuals dropping like flies from the fillings in their teeth?” he writes. “With little effort, I determined that, contrary to Dr. Oz’s statements, absolutely nothing new has been discovered lately about silver tooth fillings. I located studies going back to the 1970s that showed what we’ve extended identified for decades – that mercury is released from these fillings. But Oz ignores all these.” [Emphasis mine]