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Re: Mercury poisoning and depression ?

Posted by Cam W. on May 24, 2002, at 23:36:44

In reply to Re: Mercury poisoning and depression ? janejj, posted by BarbaraCat on May 24, 2002, at 1:11:47

> I've sure heard alot about mercury amalgam fillings contributing to depression.

FWIW, I've done a little searching on this topic in the past and here is some of what I have found. Forgive me for the "cut and paste" look and feel of the following (because that's what I did and I am too lazy to make it look original, again ;^)

Check out Quackwatch ( http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/mercury.html ) for the
scientific debate on mercury in amalgams. Also check the referenced links (esp. 18 and 22). Reference number 22 talks about Hal Huggins (who is a leading proponent of mercury amalgams causing illness) having his dentistry licence revoked for scamming his patients
( http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/huggins.html ). Here is how he claims to find to how toxic products used in dentistry are:
( http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Tests/serum.html ).
BTW, dentists are not trained to treat mental health problems.

Also, the American Dental Association ( http://www.ada.org/public/faq/fillings.html#safe ) says amalgams are safe and have news releases ( http://www.ada.org/public/media/newsrel/0106/nr-01.html )
stating this, as well as a policy statement ( http://www.ada.org/prof/prac/issues/statements/amalgam.html) on mercury amalgams their website, which was last updated Nov.29/01.

Also, the California Dental Association ( http://www.cda.org/public/factsheet_amalgam.htm ) has published a dental amalgam fact sheet in June of
2001, which echos the claims of the ADA, as well as World Health Organization.

The American government has also a position on Dental amalgams published by the Department of Health and Human Services - Public Health Service ( http://web.health.gov/environment/amalgam1/ct.htm ).
Although this paper was published in 1993, it post-dates many of the studies claiming harm from mercury amalgams. This report was updated in 1997 by the USPHS
( http://web.health.gov/environment/amalgam2/contents.html ) and notes that the number of claims of adverse effects from mercury amalgams had "precipitously declined" from the time of 1993 report (only 8 more cases were reported to officials in those 4 years). Hmmm.....

- Cam


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