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Public Health Group Adopts Contradictory Positions on Mercury

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  • The American Public Health Association (APHA) recently pulled an about-face on their long held recognition of dental amalgam as a source of mercury pollution and environmental harm. A preliminary vote endorses the continued use of dental amalgam and, contrary to numerous studies, claims that amalgam’s contribution to environmental mercury contamination is “minimal”
  • The chief sponsor and endorser of the APHA resolution is the American Dental Association (ADA), a former patent-holder and primary defender of amalgam. The ADA helped draft the current resolution, which could be used to derail worldwide efforts to curtail use of dental amalgam to protect against devastating ecological damage caused by mercury pollution
  • Dental amalgam is a primitive, polluting product—an antiquated remnant from the Civil War era—which is composed of about 50 percent mercury, a well-known toxin capable of wreaking significant damage to ecology, wildlife, and human health
  • Dentists are the number one purchaser of mercury in the US and the number one polluter of mercury into municipal waste water

By Dr. Mercola

A preliminary vote endorsing the continued use of dental amalgam has put the spotlight on the American Public Health Association (APHA), since it has long recognized the harm to the environment and public health of mercury releases.


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