FDA Reverses Decision On Mercury Fillings

July 30, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – The FDA has once again shown it’s inability to regulate in an efficient way by reversing a decision made only weeks ago, that officially confirmed warnings about mercury fillings for children and pregnant women.

Despite a number of lawsuits filed by those who have been badly effected by mercury fillings, the fact that various dentists have been lobbying for the fillings to be banned for years, and the FDA formerly saying that there are significant risks for certain people, they have now apparently called a ‘do-over’ on the regulation.

“While elemental mercury has been associated with adverse health effects at high exposures, the levels released by dental amalgam fillings are not high enough to cause harm in patients,” Reuters quoted the FDA in a new statement.

While the FDA says that there actually are no risks associated with mercury fillings, they have still labeled it a ‘moderate risk’ device as a part of a legal settlement with several groups that have filed lawsuits against the FDA on the matter.

But mercury fillings have already been banned in other countries, such as Canada, and the negative effects have been documented. One has to wonder whether or not to 200 studies, many of which were performed by the FDA themselves, are really enough to discredit the claims, lawsuits, and mass dissent from the dental community.


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One Response to “FDA Reverses Decision On Mercury Fillings”

  1. Steve on July 31st, 2009 3:57 pm

    Just to be clear, according to the FDA… This stuff is hazardous before it’s in your mouth, hazardous when it’s removed, but safe while it’s in there. It’s considered toxic to the dentist handling it and any leftover material is toxic waste, but it causes no ill effects to the patient who has it placed 2 inches from their brain even though they admit it leaks.

    In other words… it’s safe to put it in a person’s head, but if you cut that head off, you can’t put the head in a landfill because it would be hazardous to the environment.

    Makes perfect sense! Way to look out for us FDA!

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