Let The FDA Know How Your Feel About Mercury!
Back in June of this year, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made an historic decision regarding the classification of Mercury Amalgam fillings when it effectively put on hold its rule declaring mercury-containing dental fillings to be safe for the entire population. In response to several “petitions to reconsider,” including one filed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), the FDA agreed to grant said petitions and reconsider the classification.
A spokesman for the FDA, noting that it is exceedingly rare for such petitions to be granted, made it clear why the FDA is taking this action: “You confronted us based on the science,” he said, particularly on issues of risk assessment for mercury exposure from dental amalgam. The meaning? Evidence that was not originally taken into consideration has swayed the FDA enough to believe that a reconsideration is in order. Now, we need to take the next step.
Now We Need Your Help!
The FDA is holding hearings to review the safety of dental amalgam on December 14-15, 2010. Currently, the FDA rule on dental amalgam acknowledges that “The developing neurological systems in fetuses and young children may be more sensitive to the neurotoxic effects of mercury vapor,” but inexplicably still says that it is safe to expose even these vulnerable populations to mercury – a know neurotoxin and reproductive toxin.
The FDA is now accepting comments from the public in preparation for the hearings, but the December 3 deadline is fast approaching. With the American Dental Association telling the FDA that amalgam is both safe and necessary, it is more important than ever that every concerned citizen speak up now, while we have the chance.
Please, help us overturn the decision by the FDA and properly classify mercury-amalgam fillings. Your opinion and comments WILL be heard by the FDA!
Here’s how you can make a difference:
- Post a comment on this blog post and we will submit your comments to the FDA before the December 3rd deadline.
- Or, BETTER, tell the FDA directly by going to http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#submitComment?R=0900006480b04c4f to submit a written comment.
What should you say? Explain how you were injured by amalgam, the dangers of mercury in the workplace, how you do not want your children exposed to mercury, how you did not know that your “silver fillings” contained mercury, and how you benefited from mercury-free dentistry… anything that you feel about mercury in fillings and in dentistry based on your knowledge and/or personal experiences.
This is an historic hour… one in which we can help rewrite our future. Don’t let it pass you by….