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GERMANY BANS ONE FORM OF SILVER/MERCURY DENTAL FILLINGS

 GERMANY BANS ONE FORM OF SILVER/MERCURY DENTAL FILLINGS
 ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The German Ministry of Health, on Feb. 1, 1992, declared a ban on one form of silver/mercury dental fillings. This action, to be effective March 1, 1992, has been taken on medical grounds because of adverse health effects in patients exposed to mercury released from the amalgam fillings.
 Confirmation of this dramatic action was reported at the winter meeting of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), held in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 1 and 2, 1992, by the president of the German chapter of the IAOMT.
 The IAOMT program covered the recently published research findings of medical scientists demonstrating the harmful effects of mercury exposure from the dental fillings. These findings include damage to the kidneys, placental passage of mercury to unborn babies, and increased resistance to various antibiotics, which has become a very serious medical treatment problem. Additional research information was presented demonstrating a probable relationship of mercury exposure to Alzheimer's disease and to cardiovascular disease.
 An overview was also presented of the forthcoming annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology to be held in Seattle Feb. 23-27, 1992. At this meeting, world class toxicologists and scientists will present additional medical research on the subject of mercury exposure and its harmful effects. Research findings will be presented showing that pre-natal exposure to mercury vapor can cause learning deficits and behavioral problems. These effects are similar to those causing great medical concern about lead levels in children. The results of another study that will be presented show reduced fertility in dental assistants who are occupationally exposed to mercury vapor from amalgam. This study corroborates a recently published study indicating harmful effects of mercury on male fertility.
 The German announcement together with the scientific data presented from prestigious medical sources contradicts the pervasive public pronouncements by the American Dental Association, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Dental Research that silver/mercury dental fillings are harmless to patients. Further statements claiming that amalgam dental fillings are safe are contrary to the scientific evidence, and clearly not in the best interest of the public health.
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 /CONTACT: Dr. Michael F. Ziff, executive director of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, 407-293-0136/ CO: International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology ST: Florida IN: HEA SU:


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