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The Food and Drug Administration until recently has maintained the safety of amalgams and refused to classify them. Now, due to a settlement resulting from a lawsuit, they have changed their wording on their website when it comes to ‘mercury’ or amalgam fillings. According to Charlie Brown, the lawyer who sued the FDA, the agency had to retract its claims of amalgam’s safety from its website. To quote from the FDA’s website, “Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses. When amalgam fillings are placed in teeth or removed from teeth, they release mercury vapor. Mercury vapor is also released during chewing.”

According to an article on Dr. Mercola’s website, “A single dental amalgam filling releases as much as 15 micrograms of mercury per day. The average individual has eight amalgam fillings and could absorb up to 120 micrograms of mercury per day. In contrast, eating mercury-tainted seafood will expose you to about 2.3 micrograms per day — and that is enough for scientists to call for a world-wide warning.”

Dr. Mercola goes on to say, “Mercury vapor from the amalgams passes readily through cell membranes, across the blood brain barrier, and into the central nervous system, where it causes psychological, neurological, and immunological problems. Mercury can persist in your body for years unless it is actively removed.”

Norway and Denmark banned mercury from fillings earlier this year while Finland and Japan have severe restrictions. The use of mercury amalgams has been banned and is on a scheduled phase-out in Germany, Austria, and Denmark. In Sweden, the use of amalgam has been reduced by 90 per cent since 1997, as its use is severely restricted and a total ban exists when it comes to children and youth. Also, the Canadian government has instructed its dentists not to place amalgams in the teeth of pregnant women and children.