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    Victories and Setbacks in the Fight to End Use of Mercury Fillings in Dentistry

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    By Dr. Mercola

    Mercury is a potent heavy metal toxin that can poison your brain, central nervous system and kidneys. Children and fetuses, whose brains are still developing, are most at risk, but anyone can be adversely impacted.

    It’s considered such a potent toxic pollutant that just one drop of mercury in a lake would poison the lake to the extent that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would ban fishing in it.

    Yet, unbelievably, they let you carry around a mouthful of this toxic metal and would have you believe it somehow loses its capacity to do harm once it’s put into your teeth.

    The average person in the US has eight mercury fillings, falsely referred to as “silver” fillings. This misleading label, named “silver” after the color of the material, opposed to the actual ingredients, has been purposely used to keep you in the dark about the composition of the fillings. Clearly, this is no small problem and calls for urgent action.

    Charlie Brown, a former attorney general for West Virginia, is the executive director of the non-profit foundation Consumers for Dental Choice, and one of our esteemed Health Liberty Alliance partners. He also serves as the president of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry.

    He recently held a press conference, calling for one of the largest manufacturers of amalgam fillings, DENTSPLY, to stop making amalgam in the interest of human and environmental health.

    Dental Amalgam is a Major Source of Environmental Mercury Pollution

    DENTSPLY is a major manufacturer and aggressive marketer of mercury fillings. The company is also one of the world’s major mercury polluters.

    “They certainly make good dental equipment,” Charlie says. “They make all the other dental materials. They don’t need to sell amalgam – it’s a tiny part of their profits – but they do so anyway. They are ignoring their duty as a good citizen for the environment.”

    Amalgam contributes an estimated 10 percent of environmental mercury pollution, which means

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