Kathleen Bernardi, Why I Write My Blog – Part 3
Consider these facts:
- Mercury is the most poisonous, non-radioactive, naturally occurring substance on our planet
- There is no safe or harmless level of mercury. Just one atom of mercury is harmful to our bodies
- Mercury fillings continuously release poisonous mercury vapor.
- Mercury fillings are the single greatest source of mercury exposure
- The first exposure to mercury from amalgam fillings can occur at the moment of conception
- Mercury can pass through the placenta to the fetus and through breast milk to nursing babies
There has been much controversy over the years as to the safety of mercury fillings and most dental professionals have assumed their position on their safety based on the American Dental Association’s position which I will discuss shortly.
The good news is; many dentists no longer place mercury fillings relying instead on a number of “white-filling” alternatives because they are a better choice aesthetically and functionally nowadays. What is of concern however is how mercury fillings that people still have in their mouth react to their surrounding environment and if they need to be replaced the protocol for their removal.
Most people would agree that a material that has these kinds of side effects should at the very least be studied and monitored especially when so many people are walking around with an abundance of it in their mouths.
So, just what is the American Dental Association’s stand on mercury in the mouth? Following is an excerpt taken directly from their website:
Used by dentists for more than a century, dental amalgam is the most thoroughly researched and tested restorative material among all those in use. It is durable, easy to use, highly resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive in comparison to other materials. For those reasons, it remains a valued treatment option for dentists and their patients.
Dental amalgam is a stable alloy made by combining elemental mercury, silver, tin, copper and possibly other metallic elements. Although dental amalgam continues to be a safe, commonly used restorative material, some concern has been raised because of its mercury content. However, the mercury in amalgam combines with other metals to render it stable and safe for use in filling teeth.
While questions have arisen about the safety of dental amalgam relating to its mercury content, the major U.S. and international scientific and health bodies, including the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization, among others have been satisfied that dental amalgam is a safe, reliable and effective restorative material.
Next week I would like to discuss an entirely opposite view of mercury amalgam supported by many experts in the world that is based on sound scientific theory.
Remember please, that a blog is a somewhat different format for information dissemination and should anyone wish to discuss where this information and any studies relating to this information may be found, I would be more than happy to oblige.
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