Evidence of Harm
A Randall Moore Film
The three main sources of mercury from human activity are power plants, mining and dentistry. Industry has recognized the fact that mercury is a problem in power plants and mining and has taken steps to protect public health. Some dentists also understand the dangers, but many others are slow to get it, perhaps because they are exposed to so much of it. Mercury in dentistry is the subject in this video. Many dentists now no longer use mercury-containing amalgams but still must remove amalgams to replace with composites. Tests have shown that even those dentists with their extensive safety protocols have much higher levels of exposure compared to the general public.
This video follows the stories of three people involved in mercury amalgam toxicity. Stacy Case and Karen Burns were victims suffering illness from mercury exposure, and Boyd Haley, retired professor of chemistry at the University of Kentucky, has been researching mercury exposure for many years.
Stacy Case is a reporter and young mother in Tennessee who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after having four amalgams replaced. Karen Burns worked in a dental office for many years until her symptoms were too severe to continue working full time in that high-mercury environment. Both women experienced great improvement after heavy metal detoxification. Stacy in particular felt much better one week after starting detox therapy.
Professor Haley did research for many years and never had trouble getting funding for that research until he started trying to get money for researching mercury in amalgams. The money immediately stopped. If you look him up on the internet you can find a lot of nasty things being said about him. He must be on to something. Like they say, the flak is worst when you are over the target.
According to Haley, the science is very clear. After many years of studying things like the damage to neurons seen in Alzheimer’s patients, only one thing causes that kind of damage. That one thing is mercury. As he said, the science is not the problem. Even the United Nations has tried to mandate that mercury be removed from amalgams by 2013. The politics are the problem.
In the film, the FDA is scrutinized; their action on mercury in vaccines is suspicious, to say the least. Their ruling that amalgam is safe contained at least twenty-seven errors. Margaret Hamburg, a former commissioner of the FDA, had and has significant financial ties with the company Henry Schein, one of the biggest makers of amalgam. After the release of FDA’s questionable ruling Henry Schein was very grateful for Hamburg’s help in preserving a major part of their business. The FDA did come up with some restrictions on the use of amalgam. They did this very quietly—so quietly that almost no one knows about them. One of those restrictions states that amalgam should not be used with anyone who is allergic to mercury. I think that would include about 7.293 billion people on this planet. I don’t know about any other planet even though some people seem to think I’m from another … Anyway, if you are not one of the 7.293 billion people allergic to mercury then amalgams may be just the thing for you. The thumb is UP.