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In the works: California Dentists to Post Mercury Warning

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Chances are if we peered into the mouths of most Canadians, we'd find those telltale silver fillings, which are actually about 50 per cent mercury

Chances are if we peered into the mouths of most Canadians, we'd find those telltale silver fillings, which are actually about 50 per cent mercury. If we moved to California, we'd probably also see this warning in our dentist's office, which states, among other things: Dental amalgams, used in many dental fillings, causes exposure to mercury, a chemical known to the state of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

"This is the first admission by organized dentistry that amalgams pose a potential health risk," said attorney Shawn Khorrami, who took the case as far as California Superior court on behalf of As You Sow, an American non-profit foundation dedicated to acting in the public's interest. "The only problem is that it's about 100 years too late."

Unfortunately, it could be some time before something similar occurs in Canada. If you're concerned about dental amalgams, wholistic dentists specialize in toxin-free dentistry and proper amalgam removal. Do your research. A few sites to get you started: talkinternational.com, hans.org, holisticdental.org, iaomt.org and toxicteeth.org.

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