Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings 
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 Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Scientifically Proven Facts

               About Mercury & Dental Amalgam

1. Dental Amalgam contains about 50% Mercury.
2. Mercury has been scientifically demonstrated to be more toxic than
Lead, Cadmium, or
even Arsenic.
3. Mercury leaves dental amalgam continuously throughout the lifetime
of the filing.(7)
4. Mercury vapour is the main way that mercury comes out of
amalgam.(31)
5. Mercury vapour is absorbed at a rate of 80% through the lungs into
the arterial {*filter*}. (31, 55)
6. Mercury is cytotoxic. Ie. It kills cells
7. There is NO harmless level of Mercury Vapour Exposure. (63)
8. Mercury from amalgam binds to -SH (sulphydryl) groups. These exist
in almost every enzymatic
process in the body. Mercury from amalgam will thus have the potential
of disturbing all metabolic
processes. ( 25, 33,60).
9. Mercury from amalgam is transported freely via the
{*filter*}.(19,34,35,)
10. Mercury vapour is absorbed directly into the brain. (34, 55a)
11. Mercury from amalgam will result in a slow build up of mercury in
body tissues. (20,26, 34)
12. Mercury crosses the {*filter*} brain barrier. (34,55a)
13. Mercury is implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease.
(67,68)
14. Mercury from amalgam is stored in the foetus and infant before the
mother. (20,61)
15. Mercury from amalgam is stored in the {*filter*} milk and the foetus
up to 8 times more than the
mother's tissues. (18,19)
16. Mercury (Mercury Vapour / Methylmercury) crosses the placenta.(18,
31)
17. Mercury Crosses into {*filter*} milk.(18,31,61)
18. Mercury will severely reduce reproductive function.(2, 3, 4, 20,
22, 24, 31, 37,38, 39, 40, 41,
49)
19. Mercury rapidly depletes the immune
system.(27,34,35,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,60)
20. Mercury will induce a number of Auto Immune
Diseases.(27,34,35,42,43,44,60)
21. Mercury will cause an increase in number and severity of
allergies.(1,34,60)
22. Mercury from amalgam is stored principally in the kidneys, liver
and brain. (1,20,31)
23. Mercury from amalgam (shown in animal experiments) causes kidney
damage.(59)
24. Mercury from will cause a 50% reduction in Kidney filtration as
shown in a study of sheep after
amalgam placement.(59)
25. Methyl Mercury is more toxic than elemental Mercury.
26. Mercury from amalgam is methylated in the mouth.(51,53,54,)
27. After chewing, Mercury Vapour levels will remain raised for at
least another 90 minutes.
(1,15,16,18,47)
28. Mercury from amalgam will migrate through the tooth.(25,27,30)
29. This rate of migration is increased if a gold crown is placed over
a tooth filled with amalgam.
(27,30)
30. Teeth are living tissue and are a part of our bodies.
31. Teeth have a massive communication via {*filter*}, lymph and nerves
with the rest of the body.(34)
32. Mercury from amalgam is absorbed into the body at a rate of 3 to
17 mcg / day. ( WHO 1991
Criteria 118)
33. Mercury release is increased by; increases in temperature,
friction & increase in electrical
currents.(28,31,56)
34. Mercury from amalgam will enter the body as;
Elemental Mercury, Inorganic Mercury, Vapour, charged Mercury ions.
35. In the Brain, Mercury from amalgam is stored preferentially in the
Pituitary Gland and
Hypothalamus. (20,34)
36. Micro-Mercurialism is principally characterised by Neurological
symptoms.(34)
37. Mercury is transported along the axons of nerve fibres.(33,34,50)
38. Mercury from amalgam may be stored in every other cell in the
body. Each area affected will
produce its own set of symptoms.
39. Mercury binds to haemoglobin in the red {*filter*} cell thus reducing
oxygen carrying
capacity.(1,16,17,21,26,35)
40. Mercury damages {*filter*} vessel reducing {*filter*} supply to the tissues
(micro-angiopathies).(34)
41. Amalgam fillings produce electrical currents which might be
injurious to health. These currents
are measurable in Micro Amps. The Central Nervous System (Brain)
operates in the range of
Nano-Amps this is One Thousand times less than a Micro Amp.(28)
41A. Dissimilar metals in the mouth [eg Gold & Amalgam] will produce
higher electrical
currents.(19,30)
42. Mercury from amalgam (shown in animal experiments) will induce
Antibiotic Resistance and
Mercury resistance in bacteria in the mouth and Gastrointestinal
tract.(58)
43. Brain levels of mercury are in a direct linear proportion to the
number of Surfaces of amalgam
fillings in the mouth.(1,19,25)
43A? The level of Mercury, in brain tissue of foetus's, new born, and
young children, is proportional
to the number of amalgams in the mother's mouth.(61)
44. Mercury will cause single strand breaks in DNA.(41,42)
45. Mercury levels in the body can not be assessed by either {*filter*} or
urine levels. (26)
46. Mercury from amalgam fillings is the single
greatest source of dietary mercury for the general population. (W.H.O.
Criteria 118., 1991).
47. Dental personnel are severely effected by exposure to mercury.
(3,13,49)

References

1 Sandra Denton MD : Proceedings of the First International Conference
on Biocompatibility 1988
2 EPA Mercury Health Effects Update Health Issue Assessment. Final
report 1984 EOA-600/8-
84f. USEPA, Office of Health and Environmental Assessment Washington
DC 20460
3. Gordon - Pregnancy in Female Dentists- a Mercury hazard.
Proceedings of Intl conference on
Mercury Hazards in Dental Practice Sept. 2-4 Glasgow 1981
4 Lee, L.P. and Dixon Effects of Mercury on {*filter*}atogenisis J
Pharmacol Exp Thera 1975:
194(1); 171-181.
5 Anonymous . Mercury in Fish . Bull WHO 64(5) : 634 1986
6 Schulein,T.M.; Reinhardt, J.W. and Chan K.C. Survey of Des Moines
area dental offices for
Mercury vapour. Iowa Dent. J. 70(1):35-36 1984
7 JonesDW, Sutton EJ, and Milner EL Survey of Mercury vapour in dental
offices in Atlantic
Canada.Can. Dent. Assoc. J. 4906:378-395, 1983
8 Ochoa, R. and Miller RW. Report on independant survey taken of
Austin dental offices for
Mercury contamination. Texas Dent. J. 100(1):6-9, 1983
9 Kantor,L. and Woodcock C, Mercury vapour in the dental office- does
carpeting make a
difference? JADA103(9):402-407,1981
10 Skuba, A. Survey for Mercury vapour in Manitoba dental offices J
Can. Dent. Assoc.
50(7):517-522, 1984
11 Chop GF. and Kaufman EG. Mercury vapour related to manipulation of
amalgam and to floor
surfaces.Oper. Dent. 8(1):23-27,1983
12 RoydhouseRH. FergMR . and Knox RP. Mercury in dental offices J Can
Dent Assoc
51(2):156-158, 1985
13 Butler J. Proceedings from the First International Conference of
Biocompatibility. 1988 14
Magnus Nylander, Mercury concentrations in the human brain and kidneys
in relaton to exposure
from dental amalgam fillings. ICBM 1988
15 Svare CW et.al. The effects of dental amalgam on Mercury levels in
expired air. J. Dent.
Res.60(9):1668-1671,1981
16 Ott K et. al. Mercury burden due to amalgam fillings. Dtsch.
Zahnarztl Z 39(9):199-205, 1984
17 Abraham J, Svare C , Frank C,. The effects of dental amalgam
restorations on {*filter*} Mercury
levels. J. Dent. Res. 63(1):71-73,1984
18 VimyMJ. LorscheiderFL. Intra {*filter*}Mercury released from dental
amalgams. J. Dent Res.
64(8):1069-1071.,1985
19 Matts Hanson. Amalgam hazards in your teeth,. Dept of
Zoophysiology., University of Lund,
Sweden.J. Orthomolecular Psychiatry Vo12 No 3 Sept 1983
20 VimyMJ, TakahashiY, LorscheiderFL Maternal -Fetal Distribution of
Mercury Released From
Dental Amalgam Fillings. Dept of Medicine and Medical Physiology ,
faculty of Medicine, Univ of
Calgary, Calgary Alberta Cannada 1990 published in FASEB
21 Goyer RA Toxic effects of metals. Cassarett and Doull's
toxicology--The basic science of

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Tue, 28 Sep 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Hmmm,

What is your purpose for SPAMMING this message to 5 or more newsgroups all
at once?

If all of this is "scientifically proven fact"...

1) Why doesn't the FDA ban it's use?

2) Why does most every dentist still use it -- every day?

3) Why don't dentists and assistants die of Mercury poison diseases in
   their 30's or 40's?

4) Why does the American Dental Association still RECOMMEND it's use?

I'll tell you why... it is NOT scientifically proven fact.  If it WAS, then
it would no longer be in use -- period.  Check you resources for TRUE
"scientific" studies, not merely small groups of "patient reports" or
testimonials.  Sorry, I don't buy your story.

-Don



Quote:

> Scientifically Proven Facts

>                About Mercury & Dental Amalgam

>   << SNIP SPAM POST >>



Thu, 30 Sep 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings

So what's the alternative?

-Jill.

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Fri, 01 Oct 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings

porcelain fillings.
--
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Homepage at:
http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~achung
Mirrored at:
http://www.emory.edu/WHSC/MED/HTN/~achung/



Fri, 01 Oct 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Either composite fillings or inlays.  I heard there may be a non
mercury amalgam coming out soon.

Mick



"
"So what's the alternative?
"
"-Jill.
"
"--
"      Tamlin/Jill    |            I've been kissed by a rose

"     Cubby's girl    |           My power, my pleasure, my pain
-Seal
"



Fri, 01 Oct 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings

 I should point out that reported cases of poisoning of dental personnel by
mercury are quite rare. One occurrred in the 1950's in the United Kingdom
to a dental assistant, who however was in the habit of placing an opened
bottle of mercury on a radiator to warm it during cold weather.



Quote:

> Scientifically Proven Facts

>                About Mercury & Dental Amalgam

> 1. Dental Amalgam contains about 50% Mercury.
> 2. Mercury has been scientifically demonstrated to be more toxic than
> Lead, Cadmium, or
> even Arsenic.
> 3. Mercury leaves dental amalgam continuously throughout the lifetime
> of the filing.(7)
> 4. Mercury vapour is the main way that mercury comes out of
> amalgam.(31)
> 5. Mercury vapour is absorbed at a rate of 80% through the lungs into
> the arterial {*filter*}. (31, 55)
> 6. Mercury is cytotoxic. Ie. It kills cells
> 7. There is NO harmless level of Mercury Vapour Exposure. (63)
> 8. Mercury from amalgam binds to -SH (sulphydryl) groups. These exist
> in almost every enzymatic
> process in the body. Mercury from amalgam will thus have the potential
> of disturbing all metabolic
> processes. ( 25, 33,60).
> 9. Mercury from amalgam is transported freely via the
> {*filter*}.(19,34,35,)
> 10. Mercury vapour is absorbed directly into the brain. (34, 55a)
> 11. Mercury from amalgam will result in a slow build up of mercury in
> body tissues. (20,26, 34)
> 12. Mercury crosses the {*filter*} brain barrier. (34,55a)
> 13. Mercury is implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease.
> (67,68)
> 14. Mercury from amalgam is stored in the foetus and infant before the
> mother. (20,61)
> 15. Mercury from amalgam is stored in the {*filter*} milk and the foetus
> up to 8 times more than the
> mother's tissues. (18,19)
> 16. Mercury (Mercury Vapour / Methylmercury) crosses the placenta.(18,
> 31)
> 17. Mercury Crosses into {*filter*} milk.(18,31,61)
> 18. Mercury will severely reduce reproductive function.(2, 3, 4, 20,
> 22, 24, 31, 37,38, 39, 40, 41,
> 49)
> 19. Mercury rapidly depletes the immune
> system.(27,34,35,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,60)
> 20. Mercury will induce a number of Auto Immune
> Diseases.(27,34,35,42,43,44,60)
> 21. Mercury will cause an increase in number and severity of
> allergies.(1,34,60)
> 22. Mercury from amalgam is stored principally in the kidneys, liver
> and brain. (1,20,31)
> 23. Mercury from amalgam (shown in animal experiments) causes kidney
> damage.(59)
> 24. Mercury from will cause a 50% reduction in Kidney filtration as
> shown in a study of sheep after
> amalgam placement.(59)
> 25. Methyl Mercury is more toxic than elemental Mercury.
> 26. Mercury from amalgam is methylated in the mouth.(51,53,54,)
> 27. After chewing, Mercury Vapour levels will remain raised for at
> least another 90 minutes.
> (1,15,16,18,47)
> 28. Mercury from amalgam will migrate through the tooth.(25,27,30)
> 29. This rate of migration is increased if a gold crown is placed over
> a tooth filled with amalgam.
> (27,30)
> 30. Teeth are living tissue and are a part of our bodies.
> 31. Teeth have a massive communication via {*filter*}, lymph and nerves
> with the rest of the body.(34)
> 32. Mercury from amalgam is absorbed into the body at a rate of 3 to
> 17 mcg / day. ( WHO 1991
> Criteria 118)
> 33. Mercury release is increased by; increases in temperature,
> friction & increase in electrical
> currents.(28,31,56)
> 34. Mercury from amalgam will enter the body as;
> Elemental Mercury, Inorganic Mercury, Vapour, charged Mercury ions.
> 35. In the Brain, Mercury from amalgam is stored preferentially in the
> Pituitary Gland and
> Hypothalamus. (20,34)
> 36. Micro-Mercurialism is principally characterised by Neurological
> symptoms.(34)
> 37. Mercury is transported along the axons of nerve fibres.(33,34,50)
> 38. Mercury from amalgam may be stored in every other cell in the
> body. Each area affected will
> produce its own set of symptoms.
> 39. Mercury binds to haemoglobin in the red {*filter*} cell thus reducing
> oxygen carrying
> capacity.(1,16,17,21,26,35)
> 40. Mercury damages {*filter*} vessel reducing {*filter*} supply to the tissues
> (micro-angiopathies).(34)
> 41. Amalgam fillings produce electrical currents which might be
> injurious to health. These currents
> are measurable in Micro Amps. The Central Nervous System (Brain)
> operates in the range of
> Nano-Amps this is One Thousand times less than a Micro Amp.(28)
> 41A. Dissimilar metals in the mouth [eg Gold & Amalgam] will produce
> higher electrical
> currents.(19,30)
> 42. Mercury from amalgam (shown in animal experiments) will induce
> Antibiotic Resistance and
> Mercury resistance in bacteria in the mouth and Gastrointestinal
> tract.(58)
> 43. Brain levels of mercury are in a direct linear proportion to the
> number of Surfaces of amalgam
> fillings in the mouth.(1,19,25)
> 43A? The level of Mercury, in brain tissue of foetus's, new born, and
> young children, is proportional
> to the number of amalgams in the mother's mouth.(61)
> 44. Mercury will cause single strand breaks in DNA.(41,42)
> 45. Mercury levels in the body can not be assessed by either {*filter*} or
> urine levels. (26)
> 46. Mercury from amalgam fillings is the single
> greatest source of dietary mercury for the general population. (W.H.O.
> Criteria 118., 1991).
> 47. Dental personnel are severely effected by exposure to mercury.
> (3,13,49)

> References

> 1 Sandra Denton MD : Proceedings of the First International Conference
> on Biocompatibility 1988
> 2 EPA Mercury Health Effects Update Health Issue Assessment. Final
> report 1984 EOA-600/8-
> 84f. USEPA, Office of Health and Environmental Assessment Washington
> DC 20460
> 3. Gordon - Pregnancy in Female Dentists- a Mercury hazard.
> Proceedings of Intl conference on
> Mercury Hazards in Dental Practice Sept. 2-4 Glasgow 1981
> 4 Lee, L.P. and Dixon Effects of Mercury on {*filter*}atogenisis J
> Pharmacol Exp Thera 1975:
> 194(1); 171-181.
> 5 Anonymous . Mercury in Fish . Bull WHO 64(5) : 634 1986
> 6 Schulein,T.M.; Reinhardt, J.W. and Chan K.C. Survey of Des Moines
> area dental offices for
> Mercury vapour. Iowa Dent. J. 70(1):35-36 1984
> 7 JonesDW, Sutton EJ, and Milner EL Survey of Mercury vapour in dental
> offices in Atlantic
> Canada.Can. Dent. Assoc. J. 4906:378-395, 1983
> 8 Ochoa, R. and Miller RW. Report on independant survey taken of
> Austin dental offices for
> Mercury contamination. Texas Dent. J. 100(1):6-9, 1983
> 9 Kantor,L. and Woodcock C, Mercury vapour in the dental office- does
> carpeting make a
> difference? JADA103(9):402-407,1981
> 10 Skuba, A. Survey for Mercury vapour in Manitoba dental offices J
> Can. Dent. Assoc.
> 50(7):517-522, 1984
> 11 Chop GF. and Kaufman EG. Mercury vapour related to manipulation of
> amalgam and to floor
> surfaces.Oper. Dent. 8(1):23-27,1983
> 12 RoydhouseRH. FergMR . and Knox RP. Mercury in dental offices J Can
> Dent Assoc
> 51(2):156-158, 1985
> 13 Butler J. Proceedings from the First International Conference of
> Biocompatibility. 1988 14
> Magnus Nylander, Mercury concentrations in the human brain and kidneys
> in relaton to exposure
> from dental amalgam fillings. ICBM 1988
> 15 Svare CW et.al. The effects of dental amalgam on Mercury levels in
> expired air. J. Dent.
> Res.60(9):1668-1671,1981
> 16 Ott K et. al. Mercury burden due to amalgam fillings. Dtsch.
> Zahnarztl Z 39(9):199-205, 1984
> 17 Abraham J, Svare C , Frank C,. The effects of dental amalgam
> restorations on {*filter*} Mercury
> levels. J. Dent. Res. 63(1):71-73,1984
> 18 VimyMJ. LorscheiderFL. Intra {*filter*}Mercury released from dental
> amalgams. J. Dent Res.
> 64(8):1069-1071.,1985
> 19 Matts Hanson. Amalgam hazards in your teeth,. Dept of
> Zoophysiology., University of Lund,
> Sweden.J. Orthomolecular Psychiatry Vo12 No 3 Sept 1983
> 20 VimyMJ, TakahashiY, LorscheiderFL Maternal -Fetal Distribution of
> Mercury Released From
> Dental Amalgam Fillings. Dept of Medicine and Medical Physiology ,
> faculty of Medicine, Univ of
> Calgary, Calgary Alberta Cannada 1990 published in FASEB
> 21 Goyer RA Toxic effects of metals. Cassarett and Doull's
> toxicology--The basic science of

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Sat, 02 Oct 1999 03:00:00 GMT
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Quote:

> Hmmm,

> What is your purpose for SPAMMING this message to 5 or more newsgroups all
> at once?

I'd say that this was cross-posting, not "self-propelled advertising material",
since it was topically germane to each of the groups.

Quote:
> If all of this is "scientifically proven fact"...

> 1) Why doesn't the FDA ban it's use?

Mercury amalgam is banned throughout much of Europe.  The US is always a little
"behind" when it comes to vested economic interest (i.e. the alternatives to
amalgam cost more).

Quote:
> 2) Why does most every dentist still use it -- every day?

My dentist hasn't used amalgam in 10 years.  He didn't want to hassle with the
EPA requirements, nor the risk.

Quote:
> 3) Why don't dentists and assistants die of Mercury poison diseases in
>    their 30's or 40's?

Don't know the stats.

Quote:
> 4) Why does the American Dental Association still RECOMMEND it's use?

Why does the American Heart Association recommend 30% calories from fat and put
out a cookbook with menus for pork when it is known that  the optimal heart
health is achieved with 10% calories from fat?    Maybe these associations are
motivated by other than scientific considerations.

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Sun, 03 Oct 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings

You have them drilled out.  I looked into this issue some years ago when
they were first beginning to become concerned that there might be health
problems associated with mercury fillings.  I even went to scientific
meetings on the subject and personally spoke with international experts on
metal toxicity. I came to the conclusion it is just another one of those
scare things, that in fact no deleterious effects can be ascribed to
mercury amalgam fillings.  No studies have been able to show a health
benefit associated with having them removed either.

Quote:

> How does one remove amalgam fillings from one's teeth? Is it a painful process, like when you got
> them put in. Well, I guess it's not painful, I just have injection needle phobia :)

Judith C. Lovchik, Ph.D., Clinical Director   (410) 328-5937
Virology Laboratory                           (410) 328-0644 fax
University of Maryland Medical System


Mon, 04 Oct 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Yep, it is the same process as when you first got them filled.  Have to
drill out the old filling and put in a new one!  Good luck.



Quote:
> How does one remove amalgam fillings from one's teeth? Is it a painful

process, like when you got
Quote:
> them put in. Well, I guess it's not painful, I just have injection needle
phobia :)



Tue, 05 Oct 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings


Quote:
>You have them drilled out.  I looked into this issue some years ago when
>they were first beginning to become concerned that there might be health
>problems associated with mercury fillings.  I even went to scientific
>meetings on the subject and personally spoke with international experts on
>metal toxicity. I came to the conclusion it is just another one of those
>scare things, that in fact no deleterious effects can be ascribed to
>mercury amalgam fillings.

It seems that either you were too early, or you talked to the wrong
experts. I've just updated my Web page about what the experts are
saying (quoted below). Read it and find out if you disagree.

(http://home.sol.no/reiersol/friberg.htm)

What toxicologists and medical researchers say about amalgam

A 1995 symposium report sums up the scientific controversy over
amalgam in this way:

"The controversy concerning the safety of dental amalgam has
intensified in recent years. While proponents continue to reaffirm its
safety by pointing to the millions of dental cavities that are
annually being filled with amalgam without (apparently) causing any
ill effects, opponents are demanding the immediate ban of dental
amalgam, citing studies which demonstrate that substantial amounts of
mercury from such fillings are released and absorbed, causing mercury
to accumulate in organs and tissues, in pregnant women even in the
fetus.

Although the health consequences of the accumulation of mercury in the
human body are not yet fully understood, mercury is receiving
increasing attention as an immunotoxic element and for this reason it
is suspected to play a role in the development of a variety of chronic
diseases.

Proponents of amalgam consider these claims to be largely unproven.
They also point out that many of the symptoms attributed to chronic
mercury exposure from amalgam fillings are too non-specific to be
relevant, and they further argue that, in the absence of a suitable
low-cost replacement, a ban of amalgam would have serious practical
and fiscal consequences.

However, in veiw of the mounting opposition against the use of
amalgam, dental professionals in many countries are increasingly
revising their previous positions and public officials are preparing
regulations for the restricted use and eventual ban of all
amalgam-based dental materials." [1]

The following quotes are mostly from researchers who have contributed
significantly to current knowledge about the health risks of amalgam.
All of them are skeptical of or negative to amalgam. There are many
sources for the opposite point of view, but the vast majority of them
are from dental organizations or researchers. These have done little
relevant research of their own, perhaps thinking that criticizing the
work of others is sufficient. One pro-amalgam source that is not
dentistry-based is the 1994 report from an expert group appointed by
the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. I find this document
strongly biased in its coverage of the scientific literature.
Unfortunately, you must be able to read Swedish to form an independent
opinion on that, since only the summary has been translated into
English.

Lars Friberg

Lars Friberg is the author of the 1991 WHO report on inorganic mercury
and has contributed to the standard texts on metal toxicology. In the
concluding remarks to the above-mentioned symposium, he says:

"My own conclusion is that already in individuals with bruxism, which
is common in the population, exposure may well be compared with
industrial exposure that has given rise to effects. Furthermore,
despite negative results in epidemiological studies, the statistical
power is not high enough to exclude the occurrence of effects in a few
percent of the population at still lower exposure levels. As amalgam
is used so widely already, an effect in a few percent of the
exposed population would mean that very large population groups could
be affected.

The evidence from experimental and human studies at higher exposure
levels clearly indicates that mercury from the toxicological point of
view is an unsuitable element to use in dentistry. It is my opinion
that it is prudent to conclude that mercury from dental amalgam is not
safe to use for everyone." [2]

Mats Berlin

Mats Berlin is also one of the "old guard" of metal toxicology. His
publications are quoted no less than 5 times in Casarett and Doull's
Toxicology. In a 1992 article, although still supporting the continued
use of amalgam, he adds:

"Such a decision [to continue using amalgam] should not be accompanied
by a smoke screen in the form of a general statement that amalgam is
safe, which is an untruth that only demonstrates deficient knowledge
of fundamental principles of environmental medicine..." [3]

Recent risk assessments

A risk assessment by G. Mark Richardson and Margaret Allan was
recently published in a peer-reviewed risk assessment journal [4]. The
authors calculate a Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) for mercury vapor,
and find that it corresponds to two (2) or (4) fillings using either
of two different exposure calculations. They also compare the two
models to exposure limits from risk assessments by the ATSDR (Agency
for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry a branch of the
US Public Health service) and the USEPA. This works out to (0) mercury
fillings for the USPHS Standard, nine (9) and eleven (11) mercury
fillings for the USEPA Standard. They conclude:

"It is apparent, therefore, that there is uncertainty in what
constitutes a level of Hg vapor exposure that is acceptable,
tolerable, or of minimal risk. Subsequently, there is uncertainty in
the precise number of amalgam-filled teeth that can
be considered acceptable, tolerable, or of minimal risk. However, it
is also apparent that the continued unconditional and unlimited use of
amalgam as a dental restorative material, the placing of up to 25
amalgam fillings in one individual, is not supported by the available
risk information."

Lorscheider, Vimy and Summers

Three medical researchers, Lorscheider, Vimy and Summers, were asked
by the FASEB Journal to review recent findings on amalgam. The FASEB
Journal is one of the world's most prestigious scientific
publications. They conclude:

"The experimental evidence indicates that amalgam Hg has the potential
to induce cell or organ patophysiology. At the very least, the
traditional dental paradigm, that amalgam is a chemically stable tooth
restorative material and that the release of Hg from this material is
insignificant, is without foundation." [5]

 Friberg LT, Schrauzer GN. Preface. In: Friberg LT, Schrauzer GN.
Status Quo and perspectives of amalgam and other dental materials.
International symposium proceedings. G. Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, 1995.

2) Friberg LT. Concluding remarks. In: Friberg LT, Schrauzer GN.
Status Quo and perspectives of amalgam and other dental materials.
International symposium proceedings. G. Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, 1995:
134-136.

3) Richardson GM, Allan M: A Monte Carlo Assessment of Mercury
Exposure and Risks from Dental Amalgam. Human and Ecological Risk
Assessment 1996; 2 (4): 709-761.

4) Berlin M: ?r amalgam i tandfyllningar en h?lsorisk? [Is amalgam in
dental fillings hazardous to health?]. Lakartidningen 1992; 89 (37):
2918-23. [My translation from the Swedish]

5) Lorscheider F, Vimy MJ, Summers AO: Mercury exposure from "silver"
tooth fillings: emerging evidence questions a traditional dental
paradigm. FASEB Journal 1995; 9: 504-8. (Abstract.)

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Tue, 05 Oct 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings

"What is your purpose for SPAMMING this message to 5 or more
newsgroups all
"at once?

Education.
"
"If all of this is "scientifically proven fact"...
"
"1) Why doesn't the FDA ban it's use?

It could happen.  Sweden already did.
"
"2) Why does most every dentist still use it -- every day?

They aren't allowed to discuss alternatives with patients.
"
"3) Why don't dentists and assistants die of Mercury poison diseases
in
"   their 30's or 40's?

They have been dying in their 50's.  So what?
"
"4) Why does the American Dental Association still RECOMMEND it's use?

They own the patent.
"
"I'll tell you why... it is NOT scientifically proven fact.

Are you a scientist involved in this research?

If it WAS, then
"it would no longer be in use -- period.

Why is nicotine still in tobacco?

  Check you resources for TRUE
""scientific" studies, not merely small groups of "patient reports" or
"testimonials.  Sorry, I don't buy your story.
"
I did check them.

It seems you are scared of truth and facts.

Mick



Wed, 06 Oct 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings

I just read that "GALLOY" the non mercury amalgam can fracture the
tooth.

Composites can restore the tooth to 98% of original integrity.

Mick



"Either composite fillings or inlays.  I heard there may be a non
"mercury amalgam coming out soon.
"
"Mick
"
"


"
""
""So what's the alternative?
""
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Wed, 06 Oct 1999 03:00:00 GMT
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->Newsgroups: misc.health.alternative,sci.med,alt.med.fibromyalgia,sci.med.immunology,sci.life-extension
->Subject: Re: Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Hi-
        Please don't reply to this thread because of the many news groups.  In
particular,  alt.med.fibromyalgia  which is connected to a mailing list and we
already have plenty of traffic as it is.  If you wish to  talk  about  mercury
amalgams  specifically  in  relation to fibromyalgia, feel free to post to our
group.  

Mark London



Thu, 07 Oct 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Scientific Facts on Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Quote:

> How does one remove amalgam fillings from one's teeth? Is it a painful process, like when you got
> them put in. Well, I guess it's not painful, I just have injection needle phobia :)

I removed amalgam and replaced with composite due to
some scientific stuff  I read(I am a molecular biologist).
Also, there was a very good BBC program on amalgam which
clearly showed the possible danger.

It was not painful. I really do not know if it was
amalgam but I had very bad feelings for several
years after I had filled a lot of my teeth with
amalgam. Since I removed most of them except
one tooth(due to lack of money), I do not have
such feelings anymore(tiredness, very strange
uncomfortableness which I could not tell
the cause, forgetfullness, and feeling I could
not describe well, etc). I can not really
tell why the difference scientifically but
my hunch is amalgam was causing something in
my body.

Jong

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Fri, 08 Oct 1999 03:00:00 GMT
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Had all mine removed. Has had no effect on health improvement that I
have been able to see. But, then again I am no doctor.

My FMS was dx'd quite awhile after I had them removed, while I was still
looking for an answer for the fatigue, confusion, deep muscle pain,
cramping, chest pain, etc.

Still have many of these symptoms.

Yours,
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