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An Introduction to the Mercury Amalgam Controversy
by Jeff Clark

(mercury amalam chunk recovered
after service in a human mouth)
Mercury amalgam dental fillings are typically 50% mercury and a varying mix of silver, copper, tin and zinc. Metallurgically these metals form a solid solution of room temperature metal alloy phases and metallic mercury. Metallic mercury vapor constantly expresses out of this solution and into the tooth, jaw, body, breath, blood and brain of the person bearing them. Chewing, eating and drinking hot foods and beverages increases the rate at which mercury vapor leaves the mercury-amalgam mixture and enters the mouth, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, bloodstream, brain and tissues of the person who's teeth are implanted with mercury amalgam dental fillings. Ionic mercury is released from the mercury-alloy phases of silver, copper, zinc and tin as shiny mercury-amalgam dental fillings corrode and blacken in the mouth -- causing mercury ions to continually travel through the teeth, jaw, blood and gastrointestinal tract of the people who have mercury amalgam dental fillings implanted in their teeth. Mercury is well known to be poisonous as both metallic vapor and as mercuric ions.

The mercury-amalgam controversy is centered on the question of the long term safety of mercury-amalgam dental fillings implanted in the mouth's of dental consumers due to the mercury they are constantly releasing.

Dentists continue to use mercury-amalgam to putty tooth holes because it is easy to work physically and is a very inexpensive material for them to purchase. Over time most dentists have come to rely upon placing mercury-amalgam dental fillings as the mainstay of their economic enterprise. Insurance companies use the mercury-amalgam dental filling as the standard dental restoration for basing their reimbursement schedule -- all other types of dental restorations cost more and often receive only enough reimbursement to cover the cost of a mercury-amalgam dental filling -- leaving the consumer to accept mercury-amalgam or make up the difference with additional money from outside of their dental coverage.

Mercury-amalgam has never been scientifically proven to be safe for human implantation, and is "grandfathered" into use by a 150+ year history starting before the US Civil War -- a time when mercury pills were also being given to treat syphillis. The dental associatons have twisted this hereditary status into insisting the burden of proof for mercury-amalgam safety be placed on those who question the wisdom of installing slow-release mercury implants into people's teeth.

We take great exception to the state dental board gag rules posing as "ethics rules" which disallow a dentist from having an open and frank discussion about the mercury toxicity concerns that go along with mercury-amalgam dental fillings. These rules prohibit the dentist from even the simple action of proactively informing dental consumers about the mercury content of mercury-amalgam dental fillings. This is a clear violation of the dentist's right to free speech under the first amendment of the constitution of the United States of America and the state constitutions.

Further, the American Dental Association has committed and is committing fraud by not readily disclosing to consumers the mercury content of mercury-amalgam fillings and by insisting dentists instead hide the fact by calling them "silver".

People who question the wisdom and safety of installing slow-release mercury implants into the mouths of unsuspecting dental consumers are often derided by the dental associations as "anti-amalgamists". We are indeed against the deceitful use of mercury on unsuspecting dental consumers by dentists we the dental consumer public has been taught to trust. We are however a very positive group working for the common good, we are for the following:

- Truth in representation. A dental filling that has more mercury than any other ingredient is a MERCURY filling, not a "silver" filling. Each and every consumer needs to be told this basic fact each and every time they are sitting in the dental chair and the dentist is contemplating installing such a dental filling.

- Freedom of choice. A dentist who cannot in good conscience place a well known toxin into people's mouths has the right to not do so and instead use the many alternative dental materials that do not contain mercury. Dental consumers have the right to demand and receive dental insurance coverage with the same out of pocket cost for fillings that do not contain poisonous mercury.

- Free speech. A dentist has the right to explain how he/she understands dental issues to relate to general health whether it is an abscessed tooth or mercury leaching from dental fillings.

- A healthy future for our families and our citizenry. Chronic diseases are rampant and increasing among us, including: chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, irritable bowel syndrome, lupus, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig's disease, heart disease, hypertension, depression, asthma, migraine headaches and more. By now there are many credible accounts stretching all the way back to the times of first use of mercury amalgam as dental fillings where people have "miraculously" recovered from persistent disease conditions primarily by the safe removal of mercury-amalgam dental fillings from their teeth and mouths.

People have a right to know, and to say NO to mercury-amalgam dental fillings.

Join us in the fight for a mercury free future for our children, families, friends and nation.