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FDA Advisory Panel To Review Dental Amalgam

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm215061.htm

The panel will convene December 14-15, 2010.

For many years our own Institute For Health Realities (IHR) was intensely involved in helping to secure funding for research on the safety of dental amalgam, publishing on the topic and arguing before state dental boards and doctor groups against the continued use of amalgam dental fillings. Today, this fight continues through two highly regarded organizations: The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and Consumers For Dental Choice, headed by consumer advocate and former Attorney General for West Virginia, Mr. Charlie Brown.

The IAOMT and Consumers For Dental Choice have pushed long and hard, and with great success, against the really bad idea of placing mercury in the mouths of our people. As a consequence, fewer amalgam fillings are being placed today, but it nevertheless remains the most commonly used restorative material in dentistry. Whoever can afford the better materials routinely get them, but for anyone who is on a budget or who depends upon welfare, amalgam is what they get.

Now, however, with the continued pressure from the wonderful organizations just cited, and with the recent reporting of a link between mercury and the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, there is now adequate hope that some type of agreement can be reached at the new Advisory Panel discussion that can soon take us on the road to forever change for the better.

Charlie Brown says that “if you are tired of the FDA protecting horses and dogs from mercury but claiming that dental mercury is good for the public health, we urge you to comment now”. You can do this by visiting:

http://www.toxicteeth.org/natcamp_fedgovt_fda_comments.cfm

Thanks from all for your support!

Amalgam 2 B Classified by FDA

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Charlie Brown, legal attache for Consumer’s For Dental Choice,has just reported that the FDA has agreed to Classify Dental Amalgam Fillings, effective August of 2009. So what does this mean?  Well, dental amalgam fillings, which contain 50% mercury, had until the FDA’s action been allowed to exist without evidence of safety.  It has flown under the “assumed to be safe” umbrella.  Now, the FDA has come around to the realization that sufficient evidence exists to warrant this new Class II status.  While you may not see a lot in the press for a few more months on this, especially while the American Dental Association is given a little time to think about how to announce the transition, it essentially serves as the death knell for the continued use of mercury fillings among dentists.  Problems that are certain to arise in the coming months will involve the following:  1) The training of dentists on the placement of alternative materials.  2) The need to train dentists on the safest means of removing old fillings.  3) What alternative materials are to be used for indigent patients, especially children.  Certainly, we don’t want mercury, but the cost to the government for placing alternative materials is cetain to rise.  Too, there are many dentists currently placing amalgam fillings who may find it difficult to develop the technical skills required for placing the alternative materials.  AT THE INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH REALITIES, and for followers of Free Radical Therapy, it is recognized that the indiscriminate removal of amalgam without consideration of risky factors identified in the chemistry has the potential of potentiating a person’s current health problem(s).   So, the advice from here is to not gloat over this victory, but rather to put on your head your wisest of the wise thinking caps.  There is no victory if a plan is not put into place to address all of the challenges listed here, and the additional challenges that dentistry is already trying hard to solve.

Dentistry Now Faces a Toxic Lead Problem from China

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

It is really quite ironic that after dealing for 150 + years with the potential health risk from adding mercury to dental fillings, there is now a threat of lead poisoning due to the ever-increasing tendency to outsource our dental laboratory work to China and other countries where our own FDA has little to no control.  To get the full story from the Chicago Tribune go to the following web site:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-dental-lead-webmar05,1,3943982.story. The lead story is just one more example of our ongoing saga of “Poisoning from China”. If your dentist doesn’t know where the materials come from, you had best shop your dental work around. There’s really no end to the creative ways that unscrupulous individuals will employ to exploit the trust and assumptions of well meaning dentists and the American consumer. Someone once said, if you don’t know the formula then your health depends upon you getting to know the philosophy of your dentist and his supplier. In all matters we never outgrow our need to know.

Heparin Deaths Reveal How Chondroitin Sulfate Can Become a Poison

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

As China becomes a more common source of pharmaceuticals, the risk of death and disability rises from contaminated products. In an article that recently appeared in Chemical and Engineering News (March 24, 2008), science writer Jyllian Kemsley informed that the FDA has uncovered the cause of the recent deaths from Heparin (a drug commonly used in hospitals). It was due to an unnatural form of chondroitin sulfate, which like heparin is a a variably sulfated glycosaminoglycan. While chondroitin sulfate used in food supplements is generally derived from a natural source, cartilage, the form used in the deadly heparin was chemically modified with additional sulfate groups. Hypersulfated chondroitin sulfate does not appear in nature, and so it had to have been intentionally synthesized by someone who wanted to do much harm, which happened.

Such occurrences are not new.  Just a year ago pet food from China was busy causing the death of pets, due to the addition of the chemical, melamine. Melamine, a product of plastics, caused the assessment of protein in pet foods to look really high, but in reality it was a toxin that possessed no protein properties.

So, these days we have more problems with the question, what do I do for this or that, than simply following a disease model. We must also make certain that our health and food products undergo reliable testing. To help with this our government is now insisting that the Chinese government allow our own FDA inspectors to become part of the inspection process of what goes into the goods shipped to the rest of the world. Bottom line: FRT is the answer to most every health question. Too, if you don’t know the formula you had best get acquainted with just where your suppliers are getting their products.