What is Mercury and why is it unsafe:
Mercury is a persistent, bio-accumulative toxin that has increased at least three fold in the atmosphere and ocean over the past century, posing a risk to human health, wildlife and the ecological balance. The Food and Drug Administration and 41 states warn consumers to limit or not eat certain fish due to mercury levels and ten states advise pregnant women and children to limit consumption of canned tuna, the most consumed fish in the US. A potent neurotoxin, mercury exposures can affect the brain, kidneys and liver, and cause developmental problems. Data from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that 1-in-12 women of childbearing age have unsafe mercury levels, translating into over 300,000 children born each year in the US at risk of exposure to mercury. Infrared saunas are proven to be one of the most effect devises for eliminating mercury toxicity.
Important Facts About Mercury
On average, an amalgam filling weighs 1 gram and contains ½ gram of mercury.
The typical adult carries ten amalgam fillings containing about 5 grams of mercury.
½ gram of mercury in a ten acre lake would warrant issuance of a fish advisory for the lake.
Running shoes with mercury lights in their heels were banned by the Minnesota Legislature in 1994 because they contained a ½ gram of mercury in them and this was considered dangerous to public health.
The use of mercury amalgams has been banned and are on a scheduled phase-out in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Sweden.
A proposition passed in California in 1994 requires a warning in dental offices using mercury amalgam stating that “the people of the state of California have determined that the use of mercury in dental amalgam causes birth defects and other health problems.” The proposition also requires that permission must be obtained from a patient before placing hazardous material in the mouth. (The new law is being contested by the ADA and California Dental Association, and is tied up in Federal Court).
Legislation is now being proposed in Minnesota for a similar “Informed Consent” legislation for all dental patients. . .