Why the Dental Establishment Likes the Global Mercury Treaty

Last month, the Minimata Convention on Mercury – intended to reduce mercury use and emissions around the world – was officially launched. The 140 nations involved now have a year to sign the treaty, which includes provisions for a “phase-down” of dental amalgam. Considering that both the American Dental Association (ADA) and British Dental Association …

“Safe Enough” Poison?

source Not that thinking something is “safe enough” actually makes it so. As the United Nations Environment Programme, among others, has shown, there is no such thing as a safe level of exposure to this most potent of neurotoxins. And growing awareness of that fact may shed light on a couple other interesting numbers from …

Healing as Process

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN As I’ve mentioned before, there are no silver bullets. The best question to begin with is not “Are mercury fillings the problem?” but “What are all the factors that may be contributing to the illness or dysfunction?” This helps us identify all potential sources of homotoxins, whether of dental …

Where Does the Mercury Go?

Despite the talk of pro-mercury dentists, amalgam is far from an ideal filling material. Let this video count the ways (as well as wax rapturous over newfangled composite resin fillings – already decades old by the time the clip was uploaded to YouTube): Oh, yeah – mercury fillings are also toxic. Earlier this year, the …

Mercury Amalgam Horror Show

Be afraid. Be very afraid. (Seriously, this is NOT for the squeamish.)) The “monster cavity” is just the beginning. That filling in it? “Silver” only by color and name. Dental amalgam is actually about 50% mercury. And it’s being removed unsafely. Then there’s all the additional trauma that tooth will be subject to down the …

Not Just the Mercury Fillings or Just the Root Canals or Implants or Cavitations

“The brain taking shortcuts is one of the cornerstones of human intelligence,” says cognitive neuroscientist Itiel Dror. Shortcuts enable the brain to deal with the mismatch between the capacity, the computational power, of the brain, and the need to process some of the information. * * * The fact that we have a smaller brain, …

Strange Faith (or Mercury vs. BPA?, Part 2)

Two years ago, Pediatrics published a study on “Bisphenol A and Related Compounds in Dental Materials,” which confirmed that some sealants and composite (white) fillings release BPA. Here’s what one pediatric dentist and dental professor had to say about it at the time: People shouldn’t be scared by this….The amount of exposure is extremely low. …

Ethics & Mercury Research

Half a dozen years ago, JAMA published a pair of studies widely and consistently touted as “proving” the safety of mercury amalgam fillings – this, despite flaws we (and others) have discussed before and despite the ethical problem inherent in the research design. As Dr. Verigin wrote shortly after it was published, It is my …

Stat!: “Silver” Mercury Amalgam Fillings Are No Bargain

One reason often given to justify the continued use of mercury in dental fillings is that it’s cheaper to place than composite – which is true if you just look at the price tag and ignore external costs. Externality: A cost or benefit not transmitted through prices that is incurred by a party who did …