Dental mercury on American Indian reservations

patient with amalgam 2The International Indian Treaty Council and Consumers for Dental Choice filed a petition calling on the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (who runs the Indian Health Service) to end the use of amalgam – a dental filling that is 50% mercury – in Indian Health Service Clinics and on Tribal lands.

“Mercury from dental amalgam and other sources has a profound effect upon traditional Native lifestyles, which value fish as an integral part of tribal culture,” says Andrea Carmen, Executive Director, International Indian Treaty Council. Continue reading

Major environmental groups urge U.S. State Department to press FDA on amalgam

Michael Bender of Mercury Policy Project

Sixty environmental groups from the United States and around the world sent a letter urging Secretary of State John Kerry to bring the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into line with the U.S.’s commitment to reduce dental amalgam use.

As the groups explain, the 2009 FDA dental amalgam rule claims “any change away from use of dental amalgam is likely to result in negative public health outcomes.”  This rule not only impedes mercury reduction… it is contrary to the U.S.’s position during negotiations for the Minamata Convention on Mercury: Continue reading