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View MoreAssessment of mercury exposure and risks from Dental Amalgams by Mark Richardson

This report has been prepared in response to concerns that exposure to mercury from dental amalgam may adversely impact on health. Recent reviews have concluded that there is no evidence to suggest that dental amalgam, specifically, is injurious to health. However, the data base relating health impacts in humans or animals to amalgam specifically is small and weak. This suggests that indirect evidence relating mercury vapour exposure is a necessary basis for an evaluation of the possible health risks of dental amalgam. In the reports previously mentioned, exposure to mercury arising from amalgam was not adequately quantified, and a level of mercury vapour exposure which is, in all probability, tolerable to the vast majority of persons bearing amalgam fillings, was not defined. This report attempts to address these previous deficiencies.

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View MoreExecutive summary of Richardson Report to Health Canada

View MoreRebuttal of CDA Review by Richardson for ASOMAT

View MoreFaroe Islands Research with Babies and Methyl Mercury

This publication of the widely discussed Faroe Islands study should have dramatic impact on evaluation of mercury exposure to unborn babies. Obviously, the adverse effect is not detectable at birth, and shows a dramatic impact on quality of life for the affected individuals.

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View MoreMercury and Thiols

Once inside the body, where does the mercury go? More importantly, I suppose, would be the question of how mercury moves around in our bodies. It travels by way of biological pathways. In effect, these pathways represent the "road maps" that provide routes for different substances to move along in getting from one point to another.

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View MoreThe Mercury Filling Debate by Kerryn Phelps

Exposure to mercury puts our health at serious risk, so why are we still using it in dental fillings, asks Professor Kerryn Phelps.

The Mad Hatter: Have I gone Mad?
Alice: I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The phrase "mad as a hatter" comes from the past use of mercury in curing felt for hat-making. Hatters exposed to mercury poisoning in their work developed neurological and psychiatric symptoms.

Mercury in any form is poisonous. These days, the occupation most likely to be exposed to mercury is dentistry. Not only are dental workers at risk, but also their clients, past and present. If you are one of the many people with silver-coloured amalgam fillings in your teeth, you could suffer the long-term effects of this potent toxin.

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