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Disregarding Half of US Dentists and Ignoring the Environment, ADA Shills for Dental Amalgams

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  • In November the American Public Health Association (APHA) issued a preliminary policy statement affirming that dental amalgam is “safe” and its contribution to environmental mercury contamination “minimal.”
  • The American Dental Association (ADA), which helped draft the resolution and lobbied heavily on its behalf, has given it their full support.
  • Increasingly, US dentists are ignoring the ADA. Half of U.S. dentists have abandoned using amalgam, and in 2012 a leading dental school has gone “amalgam-free.”
  • Some believe the ADA is using APHA's resolution as a way to derail the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new policy to "phase down" amalgam — and influence negotiators who are considering incorporating the WHO policy into a global legally binding treaty on mercury when they meet for the final time in Geneva in mid-January.

By Dr. Mercola

As countries around the globe phase out the use of mercury amalgam in dentistry, citing mounting evidence of significant environmental and human health risks, the United States has stayed mum.


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