Maine Mandates Mercury Amalgam Disclosure by Dentists




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Maine mandates mercury amalgam disclosure by dentists 8.23.1 rmforall

Subject: Maine's Message on Mercury
   Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 11:51:11 -0400
   From: "Dental Truth" <>
Press Release

Maine Passes Legislation Guaranteeing Accurate Patient Information on Mercury Amalgam Filling Toxicity
Augusta, Maine August 23, 2001

Maine Governor Angus King today signed the most advanced bill in the United States requiring dentists to inform their patients that amalgam dental fillings contain a large percentage of the toxic element mercury, which can be harmful to the wearer's health.

In his preliminary remarks before signing the bill, Gov. King noted that Maine has probably taken more action to get mercury out of the air and water than any other state in the union. "And yet we all carry it around in our mouths," he remarked.

Senate President Michael Michaud spearheaded the bill and Representatives Joanne Twoomey and Steven Stanley, all of whom were present, spoke at the signing. Consumer advocates Pam Anderson and Dr. Tom Anderson, a mercury-free dentist from Houlton, ME, who led grassroots support for the bill, participated in the ceremony as well.

Senate President Michaud cited the courage of the many individuals who testified on behalf of the bill, especially the dentists who came forward to endorse it despite the opposition of the American Dental Association. "We hope that the U.S. will take Maine's lead and move forward with legislation at the national level," he said.

The bill mandates that every dentist's office will feature a poster and a brochure informing patients about the presence of mercury in amalgam fillings and about its negative health effects.

Scientific research has shown that dental amalgam is the chief source of mercury in the human body. For that reason Rep. Twoomey described the bill as a major step forward for women of childbearing age and for children, who receive their first exposure to mercury in the womb and from their mother's breast milk. Mercury has been implicated in neurological disorders of children such as autism and ADD/ADHD, and in fertility problems in women.

"We are delighted that this bill has been signed," said Rep. Stanley. It is a major step forward to protect the health of Maine citizens."

Pam Anderson added that the group hopes Maine's next step would be to ban the use of dental amalgam in all women of childbearing age and in children.

Other participants in the press conference were Kathleen McGee, Director of the Maine Toxic Action Coalition; Maine DAMS (Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome) Coordinator Marjorie Monteleone, and New Hampshire DAMS Coordinator Rosie Cronen; representatives from the Maine People's Alliance, the Maine Citizens for Affordable Health Care, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection; Dr. Gerald Vermette, mercury-free dentist; Rosemary Fecteau, Ph.D., whose husband died of mercury toxicity from his dental fillings; Charles Brown, attorney for the national organization Consumers for Dental Choice; and New York City DAMS Coordinator Dr. Lydia Bronte, author of a widely respected book, THE MERCURY IN YOUR MOUTH: The Truth About "Silver" Dental Fillings.

"The public is being deceived by the terminology used for these fillings," said Charles Brown in his remarks. "The ADA calls them "silver" fillings, but they are really MERCURY fillings. If people knew the principal ingredient is mercury they would not want these fillings in their teeth."

Gov. King compared the current use of mercury in dental fillings with the 1950's use in shoe stores of powerful x-ray machines called fluoroscopes, which exposed hundreds of thousands of adults and children to high doses of toxic x-rays. "Every child who went into the shoe store to buy new shoes would put his feet into the fluoroscope so the bones could be seen," King recalled. "People who worked in the store were exposed to the radiation all day; children played games around the machine. Now we realize it was a terrible thing to do, but then it seemed perfectly normal. Some day we will wonder how we could ever have put such a toxic substance into the human mouth."

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A Guest Editorial by Leo Cashman, DAMS (Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome) -

Wednesday February 02, 2005

Congressman Dan Burton's Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness will hold another hearing on dental mercury on Monday, January 26th, 2004, at 2 pm. This will be the fourth Congressional hearing on dental mercury and the first to be held outside of Washington, DC. The location this time will be in Los Angeles whose representatives in congress include Rep. Diane Watson, chief author of the bill HR 1680 which would ban dental mercury. Please publicize this hearing especially to all activists in or near Los Angeles who may be able to attend the hearing. Members of the California Dental Board have been asked to appear before the committee.

The hearing begins at 2:00 pm pacific time, January 26th, at the University of Southern California, in the Town and Gown Room. 665 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Parking available at Jefferson Blvd and Figueroa Street Parking Lot "T." For further details -

We also have word that the California Dental Board will be meeting at a hotel in Sacramento, CA, on Thursday and Friday, Jan 29th and Jan 30th. Activists are encouraged to attend that, too. We'll pass on more details as we get them.

Leo Cashman, DAMS (Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome) -



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