FDA is Sued to Admit Mercury Amalgams are Dangerous to Pregnant Women and Children

FDA is Sued to Admit Mercury Amalgams are Dangerous to Pregnant Women and Children

After ten years of ignoring petitions, congressional hearings and letters; Consumer dental health advocates have finally won a lawsuit against the FDA to publicly admit that Mercury Amalgams are a threat to human health. The FDA warning now points particularly at pregnant women, children as well as those who have immune compromised health. In the

After ten years of ignoring petitions, congressional hearings and letters; Consumer dental health advocates have finally won a lawsuit against the FDA to publicly admit that Mercury Amalgams are a threat to human health.

The FDA warning now points particularly at pregnant women, children as well as those who have immune compromised health.

In the lawsuit, Moms Against Mercury et al. v. Von Eschenbach, Commissioner, et al. The FDA will finish classifying within one year of the close of the public comment period on its amalgam policy, that is, by July 28, 2009.

The FDA also agreed to change its position on amalgams completely. The FDA’s website no longer will claim that science does not exist to support that amalgam’s are safe. It also will change the language that says that other countries have acted against mercury amalgams for environmental reasons or that a 2006 Scientific Panel vote affirmed amalgam’s Safety. The FDA website now states “Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetus.”
http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/consumer/amalgams.html

The FDA has taken a neutral position on amalgams now yet acknowledges that there are serious heatlh concerns with mercury amalgams as it relates to children, unborn children, pregnant woman and those with immuno-sensitive or high mercury body burdens.

“Pregnant women and persons who may have a health condition that makes them more sensitive to mercury exposure, including individuals with existing high levels of mercury bioburden, should not avoid seeking dental care, but should discuss options with their health practitioner.”

Consumers for Dental Choice appealed to the FDA to alter its language regarding the safety of mercury amalgams but was simply ignored by the FDA. After many failed attempts, Charlie Brown, of Consumers for Dental Choice states, “To change FDA policy, we tried petitions, Congressional hearings, state fact sheet laws, Scientific Advisory Committee hearings, and letters galore — to no avail. So in the great American tradition, we sued.”

The case represents 30 years of denial by the FDA and also serves to undo a relationship with the American Dental Association. “The impact of the re-writing of its position on amalgam can hardly be understated. FDA’s website will no longer be cited by the American Dental Association in public hearings.”

More information can be found at Consumers for Dental Choice’s Website:
http://www.toxicteeth.org/

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