FDA: Mercury Fillings Safe; Mercury Militia Goes Nuts
Posted by mattusmaximus on July 29, 2009
Good for the FDA! :) After that last blog post it’s nice to see some good news. Of course, this research simply affirms what we (you know, the folks who follow science as applied to medicine) have known all along. But to the “mercury militia” or other purveyors of anti-science-based “medical” nonsense, it will do little to sway them. I can’t wait to see the backlash from the alt-med woosters on this one…
The U.S. government declared Tuesday that silver dental fillings contain too little mercury to harm the millions of Americans who have had cavities filled with them — including young children — and that only people allergic to mercury need to avoid them.
It was something of an about-face for the Food and Drug Administration, which last year settled a lawsuit with anti-mercury activists by posting on its Web site a precaution saying questions remained about whether the small amount of mercury vapor the fillings can release were enough to harm the developing brains of fetuses or the very young.
On Tuesday, the FDA said its final scientific review ended that concern. Still, the agency did slightly strengthen how it regulates the fillings, urging dentists to provide their patients with a government-written statement detailing the mercury controversy and what science shows.
Anti-mercury activists accused the agency of bowing to the dental industry and said they would go back to court to try to force a change.
“FDA broke its contract and broke its word that it would put warnings for children and unborn children,” said Charles Brown of Consumers for Dental Choice. “This contemptuous attitude toward children and the unborn will not go unanswered.”
Whoops, too late. Yup, that’s right folks, the FDA is out to kill children! Aaagghh!!!
Give me a break… reasoning with nutbags like this is like pulling teeth.