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This video, about mercury exposure from amalgam fillings, is all too convincing. Ugh.
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5 Responses to “Ask Your Dentist Some Pointed Questions”
Thanks, Chip, that’s helpful. As for the Quackwatch article, it’s by Stephen Barrett. My mom told me he criticized a website named Planetree that helps average people get medical research information. I suppose he felt they couldn’t be trusted with it; the details of his criticism are no longer on Quackwatch. Given that attitude, I don’t take him seriously.
I’d guess the criticism of the video is right. But I also think the video probably makes a correct point: mercury probably does leak from your mercury amalgam fillings into your body.
I e-mailed IAOMT to ask them about this question of mercury vapors rising vs. falling. I have quite a few amalgam fillings in my mouth, so I want to get to the bottom of this. I’ll post another comment if and when I get a response from them.
As for Stephen Barrett, he tends to go after the easy targets. I’d have more respect for him if he exposed the pseudoscience behind more-conventional treatments that have no basis in science.