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FDA reconsidering safety of mercury fillings, but panel may be rigged from the start
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) Mercury fillings are one of the greatest scams in the history of dentistry. They're intentionally and misleadingly named "silver fillings" so that people don't realize they're made of mercury, and when installed in teeth, they release mercury vapor every time a person chews on them (see video link below). Mercury vapor is then inhaled and absorbed into the body where it can cause neurological disorders, headaches, fatigue, sickness and may even be related to autism in children.
Mercury fillings are also just bad dentistry. They're an ancient technology used as far back as the U.S. Civil War. The metals in mercury fillings expand and contract with changes in temperature, causing micro-fractures in the teeth. They're not even bonded to teeth -- dentists simply cram the toxic mercury metal alloy into a cavity and hope it stays in place. It's cheap, it's crude, and it's ugly. But it has also been the mainstay of western dentistry for literally hundreds of years.
Quacks, skeptics and poison pushers all insist mercury is somehow safe
All the usual suspects insist mercury fillings are completely safe: TIME Magazine, the quack-busting critics who are quacks themselves, the ever-corrupt American Medical Association, FDA bureaucrats and of course the top officials of the dental industry. They acknowledge that mercury is a highly-toxic heavy metal that causes neurological damage, but they insist it's safe to put this metal in your mouth because somehow these metal fillings are impervious and won't release mercury into your body.
These are all the same people and groups who, by the way, insist that chemotherapy is safe, too. Radiation therapy is safe. Fluoride in water is safe. The mercury in vaccines is safe. BPA is safe. Pesticides are safe. GMOs are safe. Gosh, there's hardly a poison on the planet that has been declared safe by these nitwits. And they insist that mercury fillings are safe, too, because they insist it doesn't release mercury vapor.
They're claiming, in other words, that mercury fillings are actually made with adamantium. That's the fictional metal found in X-Men comic books. Wolverine's claws are made out of adamantium, too. It's the only metal in the world that's completely impervious to disintegration or damage, as any teenage boy will gleefully tell you.
And that would all be great if we lived in the world of comic books. Sadly for all those dental patients who have been harmed by mercury fillings, in the real world mercury fillings crack, fracture and come loose. And even when they stay in place, they still off-gas toxic mercury vapor.
See the video evidence yourself
You can watch a fascinating video of a mercury filling off-gassing vapor in real time on NaturalNews.TV:
This video was created by the IAOMT, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (www.IAOMT.org). It shows massive amounts of mercury vapor off-gassing from an extracted tooth. This level is far above any "safe" level set by the FDA or the EPA.
People suffer under the toxic effects of mercury amalgam fillings
And that explains why people at Tuesday's FDA hearing told the agency that mercury fillings destroyed the quality of their lives. One man suffered from fatigue and chronic sinus infections for 46 years before finally having the mercury removed. "I wouldn't have believed it would have caused a difference," he said. "It's absolutely amazing."
Another person testified, "I was vomiting every day for months." A parent added this startling bit of testimony: "My child now has 59 seizures a day…" (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010...)
No one denies mercury is extremely toxic
Mercury is, of course, a toxic heavy metal. As Wikipedia reports:
Case control studies have shown effects [from mercury exposure] such as tremors, impaired cognitive skills, and sleep disturbance in workers with chronic exposure to mercury vapor even at low concentrations in the range 0.7–42 ug/m3. A study has shown that acute exposure (4 – 8 hours) to calculated elemental mercury levels of 1.1 to 44 mg/m3 resulted in chest pain, dyspnea, cough, hemoptysis, impairment of pulmonary function, and evidence of interstitial pneumonitis. Acute exposure to mercury vapor has been shown to result in profound central nervous system effects, including psychotic reactions characterized by delirium, hallucinations, and suicidal tendency. Occupational exposure has resulted in broad-ranging functional disturbance, including erethism, irritability, excitability, excessive shyness, and insomnia. With continuing exposure, a fine tremor develops and may escalate to violent muscular spasms. Tremor initially involves the hands and later spreads to the eyelids, lips, and tongue. Long-term, low-level exposure has been associated with more subtle symptoms of erethism, including fatigue, irritability, loss of memory, vivid dreams, and depression.
But somehow, magically, when mercury is installed in your mouth as a mercury filling, all the dentists, doctors and FDA bureaucrats essentially insist that mercury is transmuted into a completely safe substance that poses no risk of harm to you or your children.
It's a ridiculous position, of course. It's almost as if the defenders of mercury were suffering from mercury poisoning themselves. One of the first side effects of mercury poisoning, after all, is insanity. And insanity means you're dissociated from reality, living in your own world of self-deception and often operating in a way that may harm yourself or others. That's a perfect description of the mercury filling defenders, who are the same "skeptics" who defend useless seasonal flu vaccines, chemotherapy, aspartame, MSG, and dangerous pharmaceuticals. Heck, there's not a deadly chemical on the planet these people don't want to see human beings consume, it seems.
But this argument over mercury fillings defies common sense. There is no reputable scientist who would insist that mercury is safe when it's outside your mouth. We've all been warned about the mercury in fluorescent lights (you have to dispose of them through special hazardous waste operations) and thermometers. We're all warned not to touch mercury because it might get absorbed into our skin. The EPA reveals that just a few grams of mercury can turn an entire lake into a toxic waste site, making the fish unsafe to eat.
The FDA used to even warn people not to eat fish because of all the mercury found in certain types of fish, but they yanked that recommendation when it became obvious that such logic would eventually have to extend to mercury fillings, too. And the FDA has long sought to protect mercury fillings, despite the scientific evidence that they are harming people.
And yet, despite all these warnings about how toxic mercury really is OUTSIDE your body, it's astonishing what happens once the mercury is installed INSIDE your body. Suddenly all the experts reverse their positions. Mercury is now magically safe! The fact that mercury has entered your mouth and now sits in your teeth is apparently a magical act that defies physics and chemistry. Suddenly, all the toxicity of mercury disappears, they claim, and it's perfectly safe to chew on.
But they're ignoring all the scientific evidence that mercury fillings cause neurological problems and may even promote Alzheimer's. There's a great page explaining all this on HolisticMed.com (http://www.holisticmed.com/dental/a...), which offers the following information:
1) Mercury Causes Damage to the Brains of Children
In February, 1998, a group of the world's top mercury researchers announced that mercury from amalgam fillings can permanently damage the brain, kidneys, and immune system of children.
2) Mercury Amalgam Fillings are Linked to Neurological Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems
The first large-scale epidemiological study of mercury and adverse reactions was recently completed and showed that of the symptoms looked at, there was a link seen to gastrointestinal problems, sleep disturbances, concentration problems, memory disturbances, lack of initiative, restlessness, bleeding gums and other mouth disorders.
3) Mercury / Alzheimer's Disease Connection Found
A study related to mercury and Alzheimer's Disease was recently completed by a team of scientists led by well-respected researcher Dr. Boyd Haley. They exposed rats to levels of mercury vapor diluted to account for size differences between humans and rats. The rats developed tissue damage "indistinguishable" from that of Alzheimer's Disease. Repeating the experiment showed the same results. Dr. Haley is quoted as saying "I'm getting the rest of my fillings taken out right now, and I've asked my wife to have hers replaced too." Also see: http://www.holistic-dentistry.com/a...
4) Amalgam Fillings Release Highly Toxic Elemental Mercury
Mercury is one of the most toxic substances known. The mercury release from fillings is absorbed primarily as highly toxic elemental mercury vapor.
5) Mercury Build Up in Brain, Organs and Breast Milk of Fetuses of Mothers With Amalgam Fillings
Mercury from fillings in pregnant women has been shown to cause mercury accumulation in brain, kidneys and liver of human fetuses (all of the areas tested). Studies have shown that mercury can be passed to infants from breast milk.
… read more at http://www.holisticmed.com/dental/a...
Battle over mercury fillings mirrors tactics of Big Tobacco
Today, the evil proponents of toxic mercury fillings are relying on many of the very same deception tactics once used by Big Tobacco in its decades-long cover-up of the dangers of smoking.
According to documents on the IAOMT website, the FDA may have already made up its mind about mercury fillings (they're safe, didn't ya know?) and is holding these hearings merely as a bit of public theater in order to create an illusion that they're actually concerned about the issue. Efforts have been made to minimize the testimony time of mercury filling opponents, and documents that opposed mercury fillings have been stripped off the FDA's website (http://iaomt.org/news/archive.asp?i...).
It's business as usual at the FDA, where the agency has been pushing toxic chemicals and deadly drugs onto the public for as long as anyone can remember. The science gets thrown out the window in all this because mercury fillings are a profit issue, and the FDA is very, very good at protecting the profits of large, powerful corporations and industries whose very existence depends on the continuation of the "great lies" of western medicine.
One of those great lies, of course, is the ridiculous idea that mercury is perfectly safe to place in the mouths of children, pregnant women and everyone else. In time, this lie will ultimately be exposed, and historians will refer to our present time as the "mercury age" of dentistry, where virtually the entire population was poisoned by dentists who were just too ignorant to know what they were doing.
But the truth of the matter is far different: They DO know mercury fillings are toxic. The scientific evidence is irrefutable. Modern dentists aren't ignorant on this issue -- they've just sold out the safety of their patients in order to make more money installing cheap, toxic and highly-profitable mercury fillings that they know are poisonous.
After all, in the world of modern medicine (and dentistry), safety never gets in the way of making a buck.
Where to learn more about the dangers of mercury fillings
Consumers for Dental Choice
International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology