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The Douglass Report October 2009

October 2009 PDF

Rogue government agency tries to poison pregnant women and children

Sounds crazy, I know. But I can’t think of any other reason the FDA could possibly have for making the following statement: “The levels [of mercury] released by dental amalgam fillings are not high enough to cause harm to patients.”

This statement is a direct contradiction of scientific evidence—and is in direct violation of last year’s court ruling on this exact issue.

Last year, the Consumers for Dental Choice took the FDA to court over their claims that mercury amalgams (more commonly known as silver fillings) weren’t dangerous. The court settlement required the FDA to remove from its website claims that mercury fillings were safe and to post this warning instead:

“Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses.”

Now, not only is this warning conspicuously absent from the FDA’s website—the FDA has officially announced that mercury fillings are safe for human health.

FDA officials said they reviewed more than 200 scientific studies in order to come to that conclusion. Well, I don’t know what studies they looked at, but the ones I’ve seen have clearly shown that…

Low-dose exposure to mercury is killing us

Dr. Murray Vimy, a research scientist and former World Health Organization consultant, says mercury fillings are the equivalent of time-release poisoning. And when you take a look at the studies, you’ll see why:

* Research has shown that dental fillings are the greatest source of mercury exposure in humans.

* Mercury accumulates in your major organs and tissues—including your heart and brain.

* A lifetime of exposure to the vapors emitted by these fillings has been linked to serious autoimmune diseases like lupus and MS.

I don’t care how minute the levels of mercury are in those silver fillings. The fact remains that mercury is one of the most toxic elements on the planet. Exposure to this heavy metal can lead to brain, kidney, and lung damage. It can impair your senses and lead to peripheral neuropathy.

Mercury is also known to be extremely toxic to infants and pregnant women and can lead to severe birth defects. In fact, there’s a clear relationship between atmospheric mercury vapors inhaled by expectant mothers and a 17-percent increase in autism rates among their newborns.

Yet the FDA now has the nerve to say that mercury fillings are safer for infants because they have smaller mouths, which means they’re exposed to less mercury. Huh?

That’s your tax dollars at work, folks.

Of course, at the same time the FDA says that the mercury in fillings isn’t “high enough to cause harm to patients,” it also recommends that the product labeling include the following information:

* A warning for dentists to use plenty of ventilation when handling the fillings

* A statement indicating the benefits and risks of amalgam fillings

You see, the FDA knows that if dentists don’t use proper ventilation, they risk contaminating themselves, their patients, and the entire dental office with the vapors emitted from the fillings.

You knew you hated going to the dentist—and now here’s another reason why. These warnings prove that…

The dentist’s office is one of the most toxic places on the planet

Studies have shown that dental workers have above average amounts of mercury in their bodies—and it’s no wonder. According to David C. Kennedy, D.D.S., one out of seven dental offices has levels of mercury vapor that are 100 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum exposure recommendation. That’s just on a day-to-day basis. But if you’re around when an actual drilling is taking place, Kennedy says you’re being exposed to levels that can be 4,000 times the maximum exposure recommendation (which is 30 micrograms per cubic meter per day).

In fact, according to Kennedy, if you have four or more amalgam fillings, your saliva is so full of mercury that…

You can’t legally spit into your toilet

We’re supposed to have the most advanced health system in the world, yet when it comes to matters like mercury amalgams, we’re stuck in the Dark Ages. Aggressive lobbying and powerful interest groups tend to have that effect on a bureaucracy. In this case, the United States could take some lessons from a few of its neighbors.

Thirteen years ago, dentists in Canada stopped putting amalgam fillings in children and pregnant women. For the past 11 years, Britain hasn’t used them in pregnant women. And Norway and Sweden have an outright ban on the substance altogether.

Clearly, the drug companies and vaccine lobbyists have clouded the FDA’s judgment.

The only safe amount of mercury is zero. Period.

Here’s what to do:

If you have a cavity and need to get a filling, talk to your dentist about using a resin-based composite.

If you’re considering having your amalgam fillings removed, be sure to go to a dentist who understands the hazards of using mercury fillings and knows the safest procedures for removing them.

To take the guesswork out of finding the right dentist, you can choose one from the network of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology dentists. They have all been through an accreditation program and know the latest techniques to keep you safe.

To find an IAOMT dentist in your area, visit their website, www.iaomt.org, click on “Find a Dentist,” and enter your ZIP code.

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