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Delegates Pay Tribute to Hundreds Killed by Mercury Dumping

Mercury Toxicity

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  • A legally binding international treaty to control the use of toxic mercury has been signed into action
  • The treaty is being hailed as marking the beginning of the end for dental amalgam around the world, as it mandates that each nation phase down amalgam use
  • Each country must do at least two phase down steps, such as promoting the use of mercury-free alternatives to amalgam, changing dental insurance to favor mercury-free fillings, and re-training dentists
  • The treaty was signed in Minamata, Japan, a city where hundreds of residents have died, and thousands have become ill, due to excessive mercury poisoning
  • The treaty also requires the phasing out of many other mercury-containing products, including thermometers, by 2020

By Dr. Mercola

October 2013 has been a momentous month in the fight against dental mercury fillings, or amalgam. On October 10, a legally binding international treaty to control the use of this toxic metal was signed into action – and thanks largely to the work of The Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry, the project organized and led by Charlie Brown of Consumers for Dental Choice, the treaty gives special attention to amalgam.


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