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Dentists Dying From Mercury Poisoning?

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  • A cluster of eight dentists and one dental technician from Virginia were diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a chronic and progressive lung disease with no known cure
  • One of the dentists contacted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in April 2016, concerned that a number of dentists were all being treated for the same relatively rare disease
  • The dental workers were 23 times more likely to develop IPF compared to the general population
  • Mercury used for amalgam fillings is a known lung-damaging agent, and dentists are known to be exposed to mercury vapors in dental office air as well as have higher mercury levels than the general population

By Dr. Mercola

Exposure to hazardous substances while on the job is a reality for many occupations, from farmers and construction workers to firefighters — and dentists. In the latter case, the use of toxic substances like mercury for amalgam fillings is not only dangerous for patients but also for those working with the material in the office.


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