I just received this email from Charlie Brown,
Consumers for Dental Choice, as a follow up
to last week's story about Professor Servando
Thank you, Servando!
After a month-long lock-in at a Spanish hospital and a bold
hunger strike, Professor Servando Pérez has won the right
to detoxification treatment for his dental mercury poisoning.
As president of the Spanish amalgam-poisoned patient
association Mercuriados, and First Vice President of the
World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, Servando is
a well-respected leader of the mercury-free dentistry
His Spanish court case established that Spain’s public health
care system is required to pay for the chelation of amalgam-
poisoned patients. When the hospital attempted to subvert
the court’s decision, Servando refused to leave the hospital
until he received treatment. Harassed and pressured by
hospital staff, he declared a hunger strike last week to
protest this egregious denial of treatment. People from
around the world contacted the hospital administrators and
the Spanish government, voicing their support for the Gandhi
of the mercury-free dentistry movement.
Finally, the hospital relented late last week. Servando was
referred to a toxicologist for treatment – a step hospital
administrators should have taken over a month ago.
While there remain concerns over the quality of treatment
he will receive, this achievement is nonetheless a
momentous leap forward in the battle to help amalgam victims.
Clara Valverde, President of the Spanish environmental illness
association Liga SFC, issued the following statement on behalf
of Servando: “We want to thank all the scientists, doctors,
associations and individuals who, all over the world, during
Servando’s lock-in and hunger strike, have contacted the
Spanish and the Galician [provincial] authorities to protest
for Servando's situation and who have shown support for
our fight. We hope to continue to count on your support.”
Thank you to everyone who spoke out in support of Servando.
And thank you, Servando, for all the work you do for this
Charles G. Brown
President, World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry
National Counsel, Consumers for Dental Choice
3 August 2010
Charlie greets Servando at the first session of the world
mercury treaty negotiations in Stockholm.