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Posted: 5/23/2013 11:49:01 PM | with 0 comments

In York, Pennsylvania – the headquarters city for the #2 U.S. amalgam manufacturer – a broad-based coalition of community, faith-based, and environmental groups called on Dentsply International to cease making amalgam fillings.



Posted: 4/10/2013 1:32:54 AM | with 0 comments

“In its fight to protect amalgam, the American Dental Association is losing ground – even in its own hometown of Chicago (where it is headquartered).  We are delighted that one of America’s major newspapers, the Chicago Tribune, is covering this important issue in the wake of our ground-breaking progress at the mercury treaty talks.  As the article explains, “momentum is building to phase out dental amalgam”!  Please share the Chicago Tribune article with your patients, family, and friends.  Let them all know that times are changing in dentistry.

“In its fight to protect amalgam, the American Dental Association is losing ground – even in its own hometown of Chicago (where it is headquartered).  We are delighted that one of America’s major newspapers, the Chicago Tribune, is covering this important issue in the wake of our ground-breaking progress at the mercury treaty talks.  As the article explains, “momentum is building to phase out dental amalgam”!  Please share the Chicago Tribune article with your patients, family, and friends.  Let them all know that times are changing in dentistry.



Posted: 4/3/2013 12:57:35 AM | with 0 comments

“We will by the end of the year, we will make an announcement.”

So said Jeff Shuren, Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on September 22, 2011.  He is telling the public what FDA plans to do about dental amalgam.



Posted: 4/2/2013 2:15:11 AM | with 0 comments

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2013 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers for Dental Choice applauds
Dr. Oz for raising public awareness about dental mercury in the groundbreaking episode "Are Your Silver Fillings making You Sick?".  The consumer group, which leads the international campaign for mercury-free dentistry, calls on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to keep the promise it made in September 2011 to make an announcement on amalgam by the end of that year [minute 3:14, et seq., on video].



Posted: 4/27/2012 1:37:10 AM | with 0 comments

A new economics report The Real Costs of Dental Mercury shows that non-mercury dental fillings are more cost-effective than mercury-based amalgam fillings.  Dental mercury pollutes the environment and contaminates fish.  The report confirms that once these environmental costs are taken into account, amalgam is far more expensive than the environmentally-responsible alternatives. And the governments, taxpayers, and community members are left to pay the price for dental mercury pollution.



Posted: 8/23/2011 9:57:05 PM | with 0 comments

Why would a primitive, pre-Civil War polluting product that is 50% mercury and cracks teeth still be going into your mouth?

Dental amalgams, known to many of us by the deceptive term “silver fillings,” are 43 to 54% mercury.  The mercury from amalgam causes far-reaching problems:   



Posted: 8/23/2011 9:53:06 PM | with 0 comments

Dental amalgam, a 50% mercury product, currently accounts for between 240-300 tons of mercury entering the market every year.  In the United States, dental offices are the second largest user of mercury – and this mercury eventually ends up in our environment by one pathway or another.  Dental mercury from amalgam pollutes:



Posted: 8/23/2011 9:42:33 PM | with 0 comments

(Notes to the Writer: (1) We start with dentist Simone (of Northbrook, Ill.) because he was interviewed by Dr Mercola and his interview is featured that day.  But if the story comes before the interview, maybe you should transition it a different way.  (2) This is footnoted, to shorten your research time; you are welcome to include the footnotes back into the text.    ---Charlie Brown, telephone 202.544.6333)



Posted: 8/23/2011 9:36:04 PM | with 0 comments

Political scientists are not surprised.  The evolution from tough regulator to passive regulator to industry captive is a pattern in Washington.  Unless an agency engages in a major system of reinvigoration, the spiral continues.  But FDA seems comfortable being the hand-maiden for industry; it has brought big bucks to the agency and lucrative jobs after time at FDA.



Posted: 12/5/2009 4:45:25 AM | with 0 comments


Posted: 2/20/2009 4:56:26 AM | with 0 comments

NAIROBI , Kenya , Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After years of inaction on the environment, global ministers today agreed to negotiate a treaty to control global mercury pollution. The agreement resulted from a dramatic shift in the U.S. position by the Obama administration, which now supports the creation of a mercury treaty, according to NGOs. The Bush administration had stubbornly opposed any legally binding measures.



Posted: 7/8/2008 3:58:30 AM | with 0 comments

The dental industry, asked to testify Tuesday about pollution from mercury in tooth fillings, found itself under attack from lawmakers who blame mercury for everything from autism in children to skin discoloration.



Posted: 6/30/2008 11:37:31 PM | with 0 comments

World-wide media explosion on our victory at FDA



Posted: 6/12/2008 1:28:34 AM | with 0 comments

Silver dental fillings contain mercury, and the government for the first time is warning that they may pose a safety concern for pregnant women and young children. The Food and Drug Administration posted the precaution on its Web site earlier this month, to settle a lawsuit — making the move a victory for anti-mercury activists.



Posted: 4/27/2006 5:24:06 AM | with 0 comments

“We seek this ban on amalgam because FDA violates its duty to require proof of safety of this mercury product for pregnant women and children,” says Charles G. Brown, National Counsel, Consumers for Dental Choice, ; “In addition, FDA illegally refuses to do an Environmental Impact Statement on this, the largest source of mercury in America’s wastewater.”



Posted: 2/14/2006 5:12:47 AM | with 0 comments

WASHINGTON –Most all Americans – 92 percent – want “informed consent” about potential risks from mercury in dental fillings or alternatives before any treatment begins – not surprising, given that many Americans also believe mercury pollution is a serious problem in the environment, a new poll finds.  "It's very rare that you find 92% of the American public in favor of anything,” said the pollster, John Zogby. “This shows the issue is real, and it really ought to be a wakeup call to dentists and politicians." The poll also finds that 76% of consumers still don't know that mercury is the main ingredient in any “silver” fillings in their mouths. And 77 % of those polled would choose alternatives to mercury fillings, even if they cost more.



Posted: 2/6/2006 5:08:28 AM | with 0 comments

HARTFORD, Feb. 6, 2006 – A New Britain Superior Court judge on Wednesday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. will hear the opening round in a consumer challenge of a ruling allowing dentists an exemption from a ban on mercury products.



Posted: 11/21/2005 4:23:44 AM | with 0 comments

Consumers for Dental Choice, a nonprofit group focused on a transition to mercury-free dentistry, has filed a series of formal and informal petitions calling for FDA to stop hiding the fact that amalgam fillings expose children and pregnant women to toxic mercury. Although deceptively promoted by the American Dental Association as “silver” fillings, amalgams are about 50% mercury by weight and less than 30% silver.



Posted: 10/4/2005 4:02:58 AM | with 0 comments

Washington, D.C., Oct. 4, 2005 – As part of National Mercury Amalgam Awareness Week, Consumers for Dental Choice is sponsoring a Mercury Vapor Testing Day this Friday, October 7, to enhance the public’s awareness of the potential toxicity of amalgam dental fillings, which continually emit mercury vapor and which few people even know contain this toxic substance.



Posted: 10/1/2005 3:46:03 AM | with 0 comments

PA Coalition for Mercury-Free Dentistry Demands Truth About Dental Amalgams and Warns "Silver" Fillings are a Toxic Time Bomb!



Posted: 9/28/2005 3:43:13 AM | with 0 comments

Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, PA Sept. 28, 2005 – The first ever National Mercury Amalgam Awareness Week will take place the week of October 3-10, to enhance the public’s awareness of the issue. In a recent Zogby poll of Connecticut voters conducted for Consumers for Dental Choice, fewer than half of people surveyed could answer affirmatively when asked if amalgam fillings contained mercury.



Posted: 9/26/2005 3:39:40 AM | with 0 comments

Zion, IL - October 3rd – 10th, 2005 has been designated “NATIONAL MERCURY AMALGAM AWARENESS WEEK” in an effort to create awareness of the dangers of mercury toxicity from dental amalgams. The www.NAAW.us website provides information for those unaware that each amalgam fillings contain 50% mercury, about 1/2 gram of a known neurotoxin that poses a significant threat to the environment and to the human brain.



Posted: 7/13/2005 3:36:50 AM | with 0 comments

TRUMBULL, Conn., July 13, 2005 - The State of Connecticut has backed down in its attempt to prevent a Trumbull dentist from speaking about potential health problems that may result from mercury in amalgam tooth fillings.



Posted: 5/26/2005 3:33:50 AM | with 0 comments

HARTFORD, Conn., May 26 -- Mercury from human teeth poisons Connecticut waterways, experts said today, urging the state to recognize that, under current law, dentists are banned from using this deadly neurotoxin. "The purpose of the state's anti-mercury law is clear -- elimination of the discharge of mercury into our environment," said Kathleen Bailey, chair of the Coalition to Enforce Connecticut's Zero Mercury Law. "Here is a perfect opportunity for the state to take the lead in ridding our environment of this toxic metal."



Posted: 5/11/2005 3:30:27 AM | with 0 comments

The Oregon Board of Dentistry has been embarrassed into dismissing a sham “investigation” of dentists who tell their patients amalgam dental fillings contain mercury and may cause health problems



Posted: 5/5/2005 3:14:05 AM | with 0 comments

Consumers for Dental Choice, Washington-based representatives of the national movement to ban dental mercury, today announced it is joining with The Coalition to Enforce Connecticut’s Zero Mercury Law and other consumer advocates, health professionals and legislators to provide evidence supporting a ban on mercury in tooth fillings in Connecticut.



Posted: 4/12/2005 11:58:02 PM | with 0 comments

AUGUSTA – Consumers for Dental Choice today announced the filing of an antitrust petition against the American Dental Association because of a perceived threat that the largest professional association of dentists has made to reduce dental services in Maine if the state bans mercury fillings. The petition was filed today with Barbara AnthonyDirector of the Northeast Region for the Federal Trade Commission in New York, and G. Steven Rowe, Attorney General of Maine, in Augusta.



Posted: 1/22/2005 11:44:03 PM | with 0 comments

Wynnewood, PA (January 22, 2005) - In an effort to give disadvantaged Philadelphia area children the same dental treatment afforded to higher socio-economic groups, three area dentists will be offering their expertise at Mercury-Free Smile Day, held on February 4, at the dental offices of Dr. Hyo Tony Lim in King of Prussia. Through this one-year program, 14 pre-selected 8-12 year-olds living in Norristown will receive free, comprehensive dental care including evaluation, oral health education and treatment with non-mercury dental fillings.



Posted: 12/9/2004 10:38:05 PM | with 0 comments

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2004 -- A consultant for the National Institutes of Health today issued a report on the health risks of mercury amalgam while NIH investigates wrongdoing in the process to award the firm the research contract.



Posted: 4/9/2004 11:33:02 PM | with 0 comments

DANGERS OF "MERCURY" AMALGAM DENTAL FILLINGS
In depth interviews about the poisonous effects of silver colored fillings and why consumers should say NO.



Posted: 2/4/2004 4:10:39 AM | with 0 comments

Despite the freezing rain, Mike Rosenberg, Phila. Green Group, Carol Ward, VP DAMS & Paul Gilbert, DDS (Penn Dental School Graduate), demonstrated at the Penn Dental School Clinic, telling parents to say NO to Mercury fillings. 



Posted: 1/27/2004 4:18:30 AM | with 0 comments

Stung yesterday by a Congressional committee in Los Angeles for stonewalling on the issue of mercury fillings, the Dental Board of California comes under further attack today in San Francisco. African-American and Latino leaders are holding a news conference and calling for “an immediate release to patients of the brochure on so-called silver fillings, so pregnant women and children may be warned about the risks of mercury exposure.”



Posted: 1/23/2004 4:15:21 AM | with 0 comments

Washington, D.C. - As part of an ongoing investigation into the risks of medical and dental exposure to mercury, the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness will hold an oversight hearing entitled, "California's Compliance with Dental Amalgam Disclosure Policies", on Monday, January 26, 2004, in the Town and Gown room on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California at 2:00 p.m.



Posted: 6/8/2003 4:07:59 AM | with 0 comments

Stockholm, Sweden - The Swedish Dental Material Commission released a report last week recommending that dental mercury amalgam be banned. Advocates applauded the Swedish Commission's advice and urged the US government to review the safety of amalgam, especially for pregnant women and children.



Posted: 5/29/2003 4:03:17 AM | with 0 comments

(NRCM Press Release 5/29/03)



Posted: 5/7/2003 3:59:14 AM | with 0 comments

"... Amalgam must be considered to be an unsuitable material for dental restoration."



Posted: 5/7/2003 3:54:49 AM | with 0 comments

"Expert demands amalgam ban." On May 8, the Government Sub-committee on Human Rights and Wellness will hear the testimony of Maths Berlin, Swedish professor emeritus in environmental medicine. The former World Health Organization expert joins leading US scientists whose research unequivocally support Berlin's contention that "The safety margin that scientists thought existed regarding health damage from amalgam does not exist." Representatives Dan Burton (R-IN), and Diane Watson (D-CA) will hold the second congressional hearing on the health hazards of mercury and the need for full patient disclosure in dentistry. Thursday, May 8, 2:00 p.m., room 2154 Rayburn House Building.



Posted: 4/28/2003 3:49:30 AM | with 0 comments

Picketers concerned about mercury in dental fillings will appear at the Arizona Dental Association (ADA) offices on Tuesday (Apr. 29) at 10:00 am. Their theme is to challenge the ADA to "tell the truth about mercury fillings" and to cease blocking a bill giving disclosure that so-called "silver" fillings are mainly mercury, a toxic substance.



Posted: 4/21/2003 3:32:28 AM | with 0 comments

MERCURY-FREE DENTISTS FEAR REPRISAL FOR SPEAKING IN PUBLIC!



Posted: 3/19/2003 3:25:25 AM | with 0 comments

Press Advisory: Protect the Children



Posted: 4/18/2002 5:00:15 AM | with 0 comments

Corcord, NH-- The New Hampshire legislature passed HB 1251, a bill requiring dentists to notify patients about the risks of mercury fillings and what the alternatives are--and to reduce dental mercury pollution. HB 1251 now awaits the signature of the governor, whose chief-of-staff has expressed strong support for the bill during a recent hearing.



Posted: 3/22/2002 4:47:30 AM | with 0 comments

In a bold and exciting move, Governor Gray Davis has picked Dr. Chet Yokoyama to the California Dental Board. Chet, a prominent and reputable mercury-free dentist in L.A., is a member of all three major dental societies who oppose mercury dental fillings: the Int,l Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, the Am. Academy of Biological Dentistry, and the Holistic Dental Assn.

 


Posted: 3/8/2002 4:44:37 AM | with 0 comments

Today the Oregon Dental Board voted unanimously to rescind a rule that has been on their books since 1990. A rule that effectively gagged dentists from discussing freely the potentially harmful effects of mercury exposure eminating from mercury-amalgam dental fillings. The issue was brought to a head by the ACLU protesting to the State Attorney General that the dental board's rule was a clear violation of a dentist's right to free speech under the US and Oregon constitutions. 

 


Posted: 2/21/2002 4:39:57 AM | with 0 comments

(Baltimore, MD, Feb. 21, 2002) A class action lawsuit was filed today in State Court against The American Dental Association and the Maryland State Dental Association for actively misrepresenting and deceiving consumers about the high levels of mercury used in dental fillings. Mercury, a highly toxic substance, is the most widely used substance in dental fillings today. The case charges that the ADA and MSDA misrepresent amalgam dental fillings as "silver," when in fact such fillings contain approximately 50% mercury by weight, thereby posing substantial health risks to certain users. Additionally, the lawsuit charges that the Defendants prevented legally mandated warnings regarding mercury and mercury exposure from amalgam fillings from getting to consumers. The complaint was filed on behalf of plaintiff Lisa Hogan, a Maryland resident who suffered symptoms from mercury dental fillings. After having all her mercury fillings removed, her symptoms subsided. 



Posted: 11/5/2001 4:37:26 AM | with 0 comments

Los Angeles, CA, November 5, 2001 -- Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles) announced today that she is introducing a bill that will warn consumers about the risks of Mercury in dental fillings and phase out the use of Mercury in dentistry over five years.



Posted: 10/17/2001 4:32:32 AM | with 0 comments

Los Angeles -- Anti-Mercury activists are protesting an 11th hour attempt by the lame duck California Dental Board to ram-through an anti-consumer Dental Materials Fact Sheet at a hastily scheduled board meeting taking place this afternoon at the Junipero Serra State Office Building in downtown Los Angeles.



Posted: 9/7/2001 4:29:35 AM | with 0 comments

CHICAGO, IL, Friday, September 7, 2001 ­ Calling on the American Dental Association to stop supporting the use of Mercury in dental fillings, the controversy over dental amalgam literally reached the ADA's front door today. A coalition of scientists, consumer groups, and a national dental society, opposed to dental Mercury use, held a news conference in [the Chicago suburb of] Oak Brook, IL followed by a peaceful picketing demonstration at the ADA's downtown [Chicago] headquarters.



Posted: 8/13/2001 4:27:46 AM | with 0 comments

BEVERLY HILLS, CA, Monday, August 13, 2001 -- Keeping up the pressure on the state Dental Board, anti-Mercury consumer activists held a peaceful demonstration today at the Dental Board secretary's office, asking Dr. Mark Goldenberg, DDS to resign because of his leading role in covering up the dangers of Mercury in dental fillings.



Posted: 8/3/2001 4:16:08 AM | with 0 comments

OAKLAND, CA, Friday, August 3, 2001 -- Anti-Mercury consumer activists and environmental leaders are demanding that the state Dental Board not adopt a draft dental materials Fact Sheet that covers-up the risks of Mercury in dental fillings, and offered its own, patient-oriented, full-disclosure Fact Sheet. The state Department of Consumer Affairs has judged the Board's draft Fact Sheet to be "[legally] deficient in numerous ways."



Posted: 7/18/2001 4:13:24 AM | with 0 comments

Los Angeles, CA, Wednesday, July 18, 2001 -- The state Dental Board, facing the threat of a Temporary Restraining Order, has backed down and agreed not to hold a vote tomorrow to adopt a Fact Sheet that Consumers for Dental Choice considers a cover-up of the dangers of Mercury in Dentistry.



Posted: 7/16/2001 4:10:09 AM | with 0 comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 16, 2001) The Dental Board of Californiaís (DBOC) revised Dental Materials Fact Sheet that encourages dialog between patients and dental care providers, does not break new ground. It continues to support scientific study that the safety of materials used in restorative dentistry are safe for patients, according to the California Dental Association (CDA) leaders.



Posted: 7/16/2001 4:06:36 AM | with 0 comments

Los Angeles, CA, Monday, July 16, 2001 -- Consumers concerned about the health risks of the toxin Mercury in dental fillings have asked the California Superior Court for a Temporary Restraining Order to block the state Dental Board from holding an 11th hour meeting on Wednesday -- on the eve of their extinction -- to adopt a misleading Fact Sheet that would cover-up the dangers of Mercury in dental fillings.



Posted: 6/26/2001 4:03:17 AM | with 0 comments

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Calling the state Dental Board "a decaying and rotting agency," several consumer, environmental, and dental organizations have called for the State Legislature to shut it down.



Posted: 6/13/2001 3:57:37 AM | with 0 comments

The American Dental Association (ADA) said today that the complaint filed in Los Angeles yesterday against the ADA and California Dental Association (CDA) by Kids Against Pollution and others may prey on the fears of people who have serious medical conditions by leading them to believe that costly dental treatment not based on proven scientific evidence is a cure for such conditions.



Posted: 6/13/2001 3:50:52 AM | with 0 comments

Governor Gray Davis' Department of Consumer Affairs, responding to the state Dental Board's cancellation of a meeting at which it was to vote on language warning dental patients of the risks of mercury fillings, has stepped in to hold its own meeting with anti-Mercury activists.



Posted: 6/12/2001 3:37:27 AM | with 0 comments

Los Angeles, California, 06/12/01 -- The American Dental Association and its California affiliate were sued today in California Superior Court for their unlawful practice of deceiving patients about the presence of mercury in the most widely used type of dental fillings. The case charges the ADA and its largest state affiliate with deceiving consumers into thinking amalgam fillings are made of silver, when in fact the major component (about 50%) is mercury (see attached ADA brochure, "Answers to your questions about Silver Fillings"). Only about 25% of a mercury amalgam filling is composed of silver.