Angry About Mercury? Do Something About It
Send this form letter to your local government official:
Letters to the Senate HELP Committee
and the Senate Finance Committee Members
(Insert Current Date)
(Address the original to your US Senator who serves on the committee. See attached list)
Subject: questions for confirmation hearings for HHS Secretary and FDA Commissioner
Dear Senator _____________:
I am your constituent from (insert name of your city) – (Put this in a separate opening paragraph for emphasis. It is important that the Senator know that you are a voter in his or her state).
I have practiced dentistry for ____ years, (or other information that applies to you). I also am a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), the world’s leading organization that promotes scientific biocompatibility in the dental practice with information from the latest interdisciplinary research. Based on overwhelming scientific evidence that mercury harms the environment, wildlife, and humans, I no longer use the mercury-based dental filling material called amalgam in my practice.
Last year Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced S906, the Mercury Market Minimization Act of 2007, which Congress passed with bi-partisan support. It now is Public Law 110-414. The Findings of Fact that Congress approved in S109 included:
- Mercury and Mercury compounds are highly toxic to humans, ecosystems, and wildlife;
- as many as 10 percent of women in the Untied States of childbearing age have mercury in the blood at a level that could put a baby at risk; and
- as many as 630,000 children born annually in the United States are at risk of neurological problems related to mercury.
Many credible scientists report that the largest source of mercury in the human body is not from the atmosphere, drinking water, or diet as previously thought, but from the amalgam fillings in their teeth.
Sadly, the FDA consistently has failed to act responsibly to protect those 630,000 babies that are born each year from the risk of the life-long disabilities that mercury poisoning can cause. The FDA has based their inaction on junk science or, at times, on no science at all. This is further proof that the FDA is a broken agency, as detailed in their own Subcommittee on Science and Technology’s report titled, “FDA Science and Mission at Risk.” In addition, the FDA is mandated, by the settlement of a recent lawsuit, to classify mercury dental fillings by July 28 of this year. It is therefore urgent that the nominees for Health and Human Services Secretary, and Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration be made aware of the problems with dental mercury. I urge that the following questions be asked during the confirmation hearings for those offices.
(Either insert your own question(s) or pick one or more questions from the Suggested List of Questions)
For more information prior to the hearing, please see the IAOMT website at www.IAOMT.org, or call our Washington, DC area representative John Rowe at (301)922-4892 for a personal briefing.
Thank you very much for your interest. I anxiously await the results of the hearing.
(Name and Title)
(Address a copy to the Washington-based staff member who works on health issues. If a specific name is not on the list, address it to the Legislative Assistant for Health)
(Address another copy to the in-state District Office that services your area. See list)