We have news from Washington: Joshua Sharfstein, the FDA Principal
Deputy Commissioner who approved the abysmal amalgam rule after
Commissioner Margaret Hamburg claimed to be recused, has resigned.
Sharfstein’s exit allows new FDA leadership to take a fresh look at
amalgam, and we will continue to hold their feet to the fire. As Charlie
explained in his last email to you, the scientific panelists at the FDA
hearings told the agency to stop amalgam use in children, pregnant
women, and hypersensitive adults – and to put on consumer labeling
so everyone will know of amalgam’s toxicity!
We need to trumpet this good news from the scientists at the second
round of United Nations mercury treaty negotiations to be held in
Chiba, Japan two weeks from now. But Consumers for Dental Choice
still needs to raise $5600 to cover the expense of our international work
for this second negotiating session.
As you’ll recall, last year Consumers for Dental Choice organized the
World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry; Charlie Brown was elected
president of this new coalition. Then, we led a delegation of dental
consumers and mercury-free dentists from all over the world at the
first session to negotiate a world mercury treaty, held in Stockholm
last June. Building a team of leaders from five continents, Charlie’s
hard-nosed approach is paying off – for us and for the children of this
Already, Consumers for Dental Choice has achieved a historic
milestone on the world stage. The first draft of the international treaty
on mercury includes five products on the “phase out list”; amalgam is
one of them!
At the treaty negotiations, the tough work lies ahead. We must withstand
furious lobbying by the World Dental Federation (best described as an
“American Dental Association on steroids”) to keep amalgam on the treaty’s
“phase out list.” We must fight for specific steps the world can take to reduce,
then phase out, amalgam. FDA’s scientific panel has suggested a good start:
stop using amalgam in vulnerable populations such as children and pregnant
Folks, we ask for your help. Charlie Brown is now the world leader of our
movement, and it is essential he takes his seat at the table. Help our team get
to the second round of treaty negotiations now! Any amount you could
contribute would go a long way!
Please click here to donate via credit card* or mail checks to Consumers
for Dental Choice, 316 F St. NE, Suite 210, Washington DC 20002.
Thank you for your support as we enter the world stage!
Sue Ann Taylor
President, Consumers for Dental Choice
President, ZEEL-TV, Atlanta
6 January 2011