Surgeon General Warning: Reading this press release may be beneficial to your health
It’s not for naught that there’s a proposed resolution in a plank in the forthcoming United Nations treaty on mercury, a date certain to determine the end of dental mercury amalgam. European nation have largely banned malicious mercury. But in the
Mercury is a virulent neurotoxin and a reproductive toxin. It is already so omnipresent in our environment that
Major environmental pollutant: Amalgam is the #2 source of annual mercury sales in the
Workplace hazard for young female dental workers. Proposition 65 mandates signs in dental offices that, as a matter of law, must read: “Dental Amalgam, used in many dental fillings, causes exposure to mercury, a chemical known to the state of
Social injustice: The wealthy have escaped to alternatives;
Market deception: Over three-fourths of consumers, says a Zogby poll, would choose a non-mercury fillings – if they knew. The marketing term “silver fillings” misleads them.
A risk for children: The Dental Board of
Taxpayer rip-off: When externalized costs – environmental clean-up, health care bills – are included, amalgam is the highest priced filling material (not the lowest). Amalgam manufacturers hand the bill to
Never used in modern dentistry: Modern dentists have transitioned completely out of this historical anachronism. It’s time for the other half to do the same.
Mercury treaty negotiations: Under UN auspices, the nations are determining what to include in a treaty devoted solely to mercury. To his credit, President Obama reversed Bush and directed the
President Obama’s splendid record on mercury -
As a Senator
· He authored the law that bans the export of elemental mercury
o Think about that. The most capitalist society in history, which exports all manner of weapons, toxins, cigarettes, whatever --- writes a law saying companies may not export mercury.
o It’s part of the world strategy: make each country dispose of its own mercury rather than paying off a third world country to dump it in; it makes us address our mercury problem.
· He convinced the Dept of Energy to bury, not sell, excess mercury. Part of the strategy to zero out mercury on this planet is to reduce its availability, raising its price
As a President
· Put in motion this mercury treaty. Talks had ground to zero, because Bush was against the treaty, as was
· I was told about the centrality of the Obama role by both a UN official and a British diplomat.
Charles G. Brown, National Counsel
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