An Important Note from the Board
The following is an urgent note from Sandra Duffy, president of the board, Consumers for Dental Choice.
Dear fellow consumers,
I am writing to you on behalf of our board to request your help.
In an amazing convergence of circumstances, Consumers for Dental Choice has applied for and been given an international platform and a role in negotiating the world-wide phase-out of mercury amalgam dental fillings.
In June 2010, the nations of the world will gather in Stockholm, Sweden to begin negotiating a treaty that will determine which mercury products will be phased-out and when.
The World Dental Federation (representing the American Dental Association) will be there to lobby hard for a phase-out exception for dental amalgam.
The United Nations has just granted non-government organization (NGO) status to Consumers for Dental Choice, which means that we can participate in the negotiations -- and give dental consumers, amalgam victims, and parents a strong voice fighting for an end to amalgam on the world stage.
We have come so far in this movement! The infamous ADA gag rule is in the dustbins of history. Fact sheet warnings on amalgam exist for millions of dental patients. We exposed the wrongdoing with the amalgam classification at the Food and Drug Administration, and organized the ongoing boycott of amalgam colossus Henry Schein Inc. Now, FDA is forced to reconsider its abysmal amalgam rule in the wake of “unprecedented consumer-level pressure.”
In the words of FDA Webview, “No final rule in FDA's modern history, or perhaps ever, has attracted this kind of organized opposition.”
We have the track record!
And today, we have an opportunity like no other. We can send Charlie Brown, our National Legal Counsel and primary voice in this effort for over 10 years, to Stockholm in June to participate in the first session of the mercury treaty negotiations. Consumers for Dental Choice will lead an international team of organizations against the continued use of mercury amalgam.
With so many of our supporters waging their own health battles with amalgam poisoning, we have been reluctant to request donations from consumers in the past.
However, our recent UN recognition was unanticipated, and Consumers for Dental Choice now needs to raise additional funds for the international travel, the press relations work, and the translation services etc. required to seize this opportunity.
So for the first time in the history of Consumers for Dental Choice, we are turning to you, the consumers in this cause, for financial assistance. We hope that you will help us reach our goal of $10,000.
Or you can mail a check or money order to: Consumers for Dental Choice, 316 F St., N.E., #210, Washington DC, 20002
Remember: Consumers for Dental Choice is a non-profit organization so all donations are tax deductible.
Partner with us in this historic watershed event. With your help, we can stand up to pro-amalgam dentistry and protect dental consumers all around the world! Thank you for your support.
Sandra Duffy, Esquire
Board President, Consumers for Dental Choice
April 13, 2010
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