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Amalgam study: 'A lie'

Holistic dentists are slamming brand new research, which states that amalgam fillings ‘carry no risk’ to children.’ The report found no evidence of harm in the study of more than 1,000 children in the US and Portugal.

The researchers from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, who conducted two studies in Portugal and the US, took a group of children with tooth decay but no existing fillings, and gave them either silver fillings or white composite
resin fillings.

After several years they were tested for changes to memory, co-ordination and nerve conduction. No deterioration was measured, although researchers did find those with sliver fillings had slightly higher levels of mercury in their urine.

Institute director, Dr Lawrence Tabak, said the levels of mercury were so low they were not causing a problem. But he said: ‘It was clear that we needed to determine whether the potential risks of dental amalgam in any way outweigh its benefits, and we needed to make the determination first in children, who may be more sensitive to any adverse effects of mercury.’

But David Harvie-Austin, chairman of the British Society for Mercury Free Dentists, refuted the evidence.

He said: ‘I am not surprised at their findings. Mercury is a cumulative poison, insiduous in its action. I would not expect too many changes in their results over a five-year period. Problems generally do not manifest themselves until much later, unless there is acute hypersensitivity.’

Clever scientists

GDP John Ahearne from Moonfleet Dental Practice in Dorset agreed. He said: ‘The scientists that did this study are clever scientists because they’ve fiddled the truth. The last place you look for mercury is in the urine – most of it comes out in the bowel.

‘They also failed to include any child with neuro-developmental problems, despite the fact that one in six children in the US either have these or are autistic.’

He continued: ‘They know what’s causing autism and mercury is a big element, but they don’t want to say because of politics and money – if you want to hide the truth they’ve done a great job.’
Harvie-Austin continued: ‘If you tell me they are not causing any problems, why is the EU banning the thermometers? There are different tolerance levels, and I do not believe that children should be exposed to the risks.’

However, Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation was optimistic. He said: ‘These studies are the latest to find that there is no link between amalgam fillings and any medical disorder.’

The BDA said: ‘We welcome any further research into the safety of dental amalgam. This work is significant and offers important new evidence about the safety of amalgam fillings in children's teeth.’

 Posted on : Tue 16th - May - 2006

 

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