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Issue #4, July 2016

Fighting for a Mercury-Free Future

nobody needs mercuryWhen a country signs a treaty, you’d think there would be some follow-through on the responsibilities it’s agreed to. Or so it would go if we lived in Logic Land.

In reality, it’s been about three years now since the US signed and ratified the global mercury treaty known as the Minamata Convention. In fact, it was the first of 128 countries to do so. Among its provisions is a required “phase-down” of mercury’s use in dentistry, where it’s the main component of so-called “silver” amalgam fillings.

But talk is talk. Words are words. As for action?

So it remains the work of organizations and activists to move the government to do the right thing.

Most recently, Consumers for Dental Choice petitioned the FDA to require patient labeling of dental amalgam. According to the petition – and you can read the full text here – simply doing this would be an important step toward bringing the US into compliance with the Minamata Convention.

FDA concedes that giving patients labeling with “direct information that would include the presence of mercury in amalgam” would result in “an expected reduction in mercury exposure” 9 (i.e., a phase down in amalgam use). Yet FDA refuses to take this effective amalgam phase-down measure.

This petition comes on the heels of an earlier action by dozens of nonprofit organizations, urging the US State Department to make the FDA act on amalgam to bring the US into compliance with the treaty.

There’s been no word yet on either request. However, if you want to make your voice heard and your views known, there’s still an active petition to Secretary of State Kerry to act on this issue so crucial to individual, public, and environmental health. Take a moment to sign and share it. Or even better, contact the Secretary’s office – and your own elected representatives – directly.

When you think about it, it’s really strange that mercury continues to be used so much in dentistry. As the authors of the IAOMT’s latest position statement on amalgam put it,

Many other mercurial medical devices and mercury-containing substances have been removed from use, including mercurial wound disinfectants, mercurial diuretics, mercury thermometers, and mercurial veterinary substances. In this era when the public is advised to be concerned about mercury exposure through fish consumption, dental mercury amalgam fillings should also be eliminated, especially because they are the predominant source of non-industrial mercury exposure in the general population.

All we can say to that is, “Amen!”

To help even more in the fight for a mercury-free future, connect with Consumers for Dental Choice and the Mercury Policy Project.

A Lack of Fluoride Isn’t the Problem

Unfortunately, mercury isn’t the only neurotoxin in town…er, dentistry. But unlike with mercury, there’s no big treaty requiring an end to the use of fluoride.

fluoride supplementsBut there are FDA petitions on this issue, too. Most recently, the IAOMT and Fluoride Action Network have urged FDA to get fluoride supplements off the market. It’s not just that they not effective. Nor is it just that fluoride is harmful.

On January 13, 2016, the FDA issued a Warning Letter to a pharmaceutical company (Kirkman Industries, Inc.), ordering the company to "discontinue marketing all of the unapproved prescription drugs manufactured at [the] facility immediately.” The unapproved prescription drugs that FDA identified were fluoride "supplements."

Fluoride supplements are sodium fluoride containing drops, tablets, and lozenges that are sold for the purpose of preventing tooth decay. FDA's Warning Letter makes clear that marketing fluoride supplements as cavity preventatives violates federal law because the FDA has never approved fluoride supplements as safe and effective for this purpose.

The FDA’s Warning Letter is a commendable step in the right direction, but FDA should not limit its enforcement action against fluoride supplements to Kirkman, as there are other, larger companies that are currently making and selling the very same fluoride supplements, and these drugs are being sold throughout the country by the nation’s four largest pharmacies: Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and Walmart. Each and every one of the issues that FDA identified with Kirkman’s fluoride supplements applies with equal force to the fluoride supplements being manufactured and sold by these companies.

The unlawful actions of fluoride supplement manufacturers and sellers are unnecessarily placing millions of children in harm’s way.

Let the FDA know you agree with this plea to keep fluoride supplements off store shelves. Sign and share the petition over at Change.org.

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Green City Dental in Seattle Magazine!

We were delighted and honored to be one of the practices featured in Seattle Magazine’s June feature on holistic dentistry.

“Dentists who practice in this way,” says the article, “take an all-encompassing approach to keeping your choppers in top shape. Think of a holistic dentist as a naturopathic doctor for your mouth.”

That’s a great way to put it!

We also appreciate the article’s emphasizing the eco-friendly aspect of what we do. The health of our planet is just as important to us as the health of our patients!

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Dr. Tina EnerJoy

Introducing Dr. Tina EnerJoy

If you’ve been in our Edmonds office on some recent Tuesday, you may have seen a new presence there.

With a PhD in neuroscience, Dr. Tina is a Holistic Healer for a Happy and Healthy Brain. She helps people release subconscious barriers that get in the way of their health, wealth and happiness. The main technique she uses is the Body Code, which you can learn more about here.

Though Dr. Tina’s work is independent from our dental practice, a number of our patients have found that working with her has provided important support for their healing. She can help you identify – and deal with – underlying causes of symptoms, as well as common dental issues such as dental anxiety and nutritional imbalances in the body.

To learn more about the kind of work she does, listen to her Master Class Podcast with Frances Arnold of Namaste Nutritionist.

Learn more about Dr. Tina and her story.

Want to know what is getting in the way of your health, wealth or happiness? Call 1855 ENERJOY to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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