According to a recent news
report, in 2011 the FDA proposed a warning to dentists to avoid using mercury
fillings in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and people with mercury
allergies, kidney diseases, and neurological problems. It also contained a more
general alert to dentists, asking them to consider alternatives to mercury
fillings on all patients.
this proposal was rejected by senior officials at the Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) after a so-called cost-benefit analysis was performed; the
proposal was then hushed up. According to HHS, out-of-pocket costs to patients
would triple if alternative fillings replaced mercury, and an Obama Administration
official said the increased cost would disproportionately affect low-income
Americans. This was especially hypocritical since this puts some of our most
disadvantaged populations—in the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid
programs, in the military, in prisons, and on Indian reservations—in grave
Tell HHS how disappointed you are
to learn that this warning from the FDA was rejected and then kept secret.
Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin and should be removed from all fillings to
protect the health and safety of all Americans.
personalize and add your own comments if you have time!
Please Make Public the FDA's Warning about Dental Mercury
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]