Majority DDSs (52%) now mercury-free - Tipping point at hand!

By Charles G. Brown, National Counsel, Consumers For Dental Choice

Monday, May 21st, 2007

The tipping point against mercury fillings, my friends, has arrived.  A dentist magazine surveyed its dentist readers, and finds that 52% of American dentists now are mercury-free www.toxicteeth.org/Mercury%20survey.pdf   Wow.  

This new dentist majority brings colossal ramifications upon America ís protectors of mercury fillings -- the American Dental Association and the Food and Drug Administration.  

I wrote the head of the ADA to inform him that the ADA has missed the boat by not exiting the mercury fillings business last year.  (I even went to Chicago in December to hand them a graceful exit plan.)  Choosing instead to stay mired in  the 19th century, ADA ís pro-mercury members are likely to be picked off via lawsuits, one-by-ones.  The ADA , I advised Dr. Bramson, will morph into a numerical shadow of itself, as its members wake up to the fact that this rallying around mercury has been a sham; www.toxicteeth.org/52%25%20mercury-free,%20Dr.Bramson.pdf  With this new evidence, if the ADA refuses to warn its dwindling band of pro-mercury dentists to abandon mercury, the ADA likewise will be sitting in the litigation dock.  

Our legal team -- Bob Reeves, Sandy Duffy, Kele Onyejekwe and I Ė was on the brink of filing the re-match lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, (Moms Against Mercury v. FDA II).  But FDA lawyers agreed at the 11th hour to a meeting.  On May 10, they assembled a number of top officials, and I brought the nationís #1 food and drug lawyer on the consumerís side, Jim Turner.  We had what diplomats describe as a ďfrankĒ session.  By letter afterwards, I asked FDA to meet with IAOMT ís Science Advisory Board (see our web site, www.toxicteeth.org,  third item); IAOMT ís liaison, Dr. Rich Fischer, is following through.

As the summer opens, we begin a short intense period where FDA will decide whether to abandon its policy protecting mercury fillings and comply with the law, adhere to the science, and apply plain common sense (the precautionary principle of health care) Ė or continue its position that the health of children and pregnant women rank below professional courtesy to the dental establishment.  My fellow lawyers join me in assuring you our powder is dry.  

The press corps that cover FDA are closely following our battle; see   www.toxicteeth.org/natCamp_BNA-FDAMAM.cfm  and www.toxicteeth.org/FDA%20Week%204.20.07.pdf  

For your community (regardless of whether it has reached the magic 51% threshold), this development is huge.  Regardless of whether you are a health professional or a consumer, please call in to talk shows; write a letter to the editor; write a letter to your state and federal lawmakers and your state dental board, with a message like this: 

A majority of dentists are now mercury-free!  Why are the old-fashioned dentists sticking with this primitive 19th-century device in the 21st century?  Itís time to stop using mercury in dentistry.   

Charlie Brown, 5/16/07  

Charles G. Brown, National Counsel,          

Consumers for Dental Choice                                           

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