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"FDA says mercury amalgams aren't harmful"

Posted Sep 14 2008 5:28pm

(Posted by Patrick Sullivan Jr.)

It appears as though the fix is in over at the FDA, but advocates from across the country are still going to give their best shot for making a change. From,

"The science is over. There is no safe level of exposure," said Charles Brown, a lawyer for one of the groups, Consumers for Dental Choice. "The only thing standing between this and a ban is politics. They are still pretending it is a scientific question, but it isn't."

I know Charles Brown personally. He's done amazing things for this movement against incredible odds. The next two days will be the biggest test!

Please call/email/fax C-SPAN:

URGENT: Help get FDA Hearing on Dental Amalgam on C-SPAN
Posted by: "Marie Flowers"
Mon Sep 4, 2006 1:10 pm (PST)

To Friends who wish to Eliminate Mercury from American Dentistry,

PLEASE help America become free from the scourge of Dental Mercury Toxicity by flooding C-SPAN with requests to reveal this to the public.

C-SPAN has let us know that they will televise next week's FDA Hearing on Dental Mercury, Sept. 6 and 7th, if they receive many requests from the public either by

Fax: 202 737-6226
Email:, addressed to C-SPAN Events Director.
C-SPAN TELEPHONE Main Number: (202) 737-3220

Please read the attached press advisory before calling to familiarize yourself with the message we wish to give, and please send this notice and the attached advisory out on everyone on your list.

Also direct them to for additional information about the hearing.

The topic, date, time, place, name of phone contact and number needs to be on the request to C-SPAN.

TOPIC: Joint Meeting of the Dental Products Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

DATE: September 6, 2006 8 am -5 PM

September 7, 2006 8 am - 5 PM

LOCATION: Holiday Inn
Walker/Whetstone Rm.
Two Montgomery Village Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD

Peter Kelley, Public Relations 202-270-8831
Freya Koss, Consumers for Dental Choice 610-202-7822

This joint committee will review and discuss peer-reviewed scientific literature on dental amalgam devices. Dental amalgam, also called "encapsulated amalgam," consists of dental mercury and amalgam alloys. This joint committee will review and discuss peer-reviewed scientific literature on dental amalgam and its potential mercury
toxicity, specifically as it relates to neurotoxic effects. Certain consumer groups have raised concerns about the effects of using mercury as a component of dental restorative materials; therefore, we are combining the expertise of the Dental Products Panel of the Medical Device Advisory Committee with the neurology expertise of the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee.

For more information, please see the sponsoring organizations' web sites at,, and

Please send this to people on your mailing list.

Thank you for caring and sharing. Many will be giving thier stories about being poisoned before the FDA on Tuesday afternoon.

Marie Flowers of
DAMS Activist in Virginia


Media advisory for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5
Contact: Peter Kelley, 202-270-8831
Advocates to petition for ban to protect pregnant women from mercury tooth fillings, as FDA holds first public hearings in 13 years, Sept. 6-7

Press conference call set for 1 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, Sept. 5

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leading up to the first public hearings in 13 years on the safety of mercury tooth fillings, advocates intend to file a petition with the FDA next Tuesday, Sept. 5, calling for an immediate ban on use of mercury tooth fillings in pregnant women, to protect the development of their unborn babies. The U.S. Food and
Drug Administration, under pressure from medical researchers and consumers, will review the neurotoxic health hazards of mercury from dental tooth fillings at public hearings on Sept. 6 and 7 in Gaithersburg, Md.

A press conference call has been set for 1 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, Sept. 5, to discuss the petition to the FDA. Mercury tooth filling manufacturers have advised dentists in the past against use in pregnant women. Canada, Britain, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and several other countries already have similar bans or warnings on
using mercury tooth fillings in vulnerable groups. A U.S. EPA study says as many as one American baby in eight – up to 600,000 babies a year – is born with an unsafe level of this toxin because of mercury in the mothers' bloodstream.

In light of these facts, members of Consumers for Dental Choice, the Mercury Policy Project, and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), will file their petition on Tuesday, Sept. 5 with legal status under the Food Drug & Cosmetic Act. The FDA has six months to respond. Meanwhile the ban requested will be the centerpiece of testimony to FDA panels next week by eminent medical researchers who believe that mercury fillings pose an unacceptable risk to the pregnant women and their babies.

The researchers will testify as public witnesses, although severely restricted by the FDA to only 3- to 10-minute presentations. The Mercury Policy Project will present new research documenting the neurotoxic effects of mercury on female dental assistants that, in turn, was likely passed on to their offspring during their pregnancies. In addition, researchers representing the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) will be joined by public interest lawyers, policy experts, members of Consumers for Dental Choice, and other citizens who report serious health problems from their mercury fillings. The hearings start at 8 a.m. next Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 6 and 7, at the Holiday Inn in Gaithersburg, Md.

The telephone press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. Eastern will feature these speakers:

-- Charles Brown, general counsel for Consumers for Dental Choice. Earlier this year Brown filed the lawsuit Moms Against Mercury vs. FDA, helping prompt the hearings.

-- Michael Bender, MS, director of Mercury Policy Project, who has recently investigated reports of health effects of mercury on dental nurses, in particular.

-- Dr. Boyd Haley, PhD, professor and former chairman of chemistry, University of Kentucky, on how the mercury in tooth fillings affects the body.

-- Dr. Richard D. Fischer, DDS, FAGD, FIAOMT, a practicing dentist in Virginia and past president of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.

For call-in instructions, accredited journalists only should contact Peter Kelley at 202-270-8831, or For more information, please see the sponsoring organizations' websites at,, and


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