Mercury is a neurotoxin. It affects the brain. It disrupts nerve impulses. But for years most dentists have been using this metal to fill cavities in teeth. The common knowledge is to NOT use it in teeth. But the American Dental Association and other groups like the FDA have still refused to ban it.
Your Donations are Matched Dollar for Dollar During Mercury-Free Dentistry Week
This week, we celebrate the fourth annual Mercury-Free Dentistry Week. The international mercury treaty known as the Minamata Convention on Mercury addresses mercury pollution from a wide variety of sources, but it's a game-changer for dental amalgam in particular.
Each nation that signs this comprehensive treaty against mercury pollutionnow numbering 100, including the United Statescommits itself to scaling down dental mercury without delay.
The Human Cost of Living with Mercury Pollution
Earlier this summer, journalist Chu Han wrote about his visit to Wanshan, Chinaan area that once held the largest mercury reserve in Asia. The mine was closed in 2001 after 600 years of mercury mining, but the human and environmental effects still reverberate.
There, in the “mercury capital” of China, former miners still suffer from high rates of mercury poisoning, along with other societal ills rooted in poor health and environmental toxicity. As …
There’s also a demographic concern when it comes to information distribution. Charlie has found that people who make 50,000 dollars a year or less (according to the commissioned Zogby poll) are three times less likely to learn about the mercury issue from their dentists than people who make over 50,000 dollars a year. The same trend is found among racial lines, with African-Americans and other minorities being less likely to get the truth from their dentists. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has called on the Indian Health Service (HIS) to stop using amalgam on Indian reservations.
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