What Will FDA Do About Mercury Fillings?

Catherine J. Frompovich

How many times have you gone to the dentist and had dental caries (cavities) repaired with silver (amalgam) fillings? Most folks in the USA experience that procedure and consider it safe. But is it really? That’s why after all these years the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled an advisory panel meeting to be held December 14 and 15, 2010 to discuss the issue: Safety of dental amalgams or silver fillings. http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm215061.htm

Finally, after all these years FDA is getting around to discussing whether amalgam fillings are safe for pregnant women, their fetuses, and children. I’m skeptical that the American Dental Association (founded 1859) will allow FDA to restrict the use of silver fillings. Why? Well, how does a profession wipe a two-hundred-year-old egg off its collective face?

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Silver fillings (amalgams) were first introduced in the early 1800s in France. However, in the late 1970s several European countries started having second thoughts about amalgam fillings and recommended them as unsafe for pregnant women. Over the years more scientific information confirmed the need to eliminate them, which Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have done. By law dentists in those countries no longer can provide silver fillings. Furthermore, dental insurance plans no longer reimburse or pay for amalgam fillings in those countries. Austria and Germany have restrictions on amalgam fillings for pregnant women, children, kidney disease patients, persons with mercury sensitivity, and when mercury will come in contact with other metals in the mouth, e.g., braces and bridgework, since piezoelectric currents in the mouth can be created when mercury and other metals coexist.


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) define mercury as an environmental toxin. So does the World Health Organization (WHO). Are you aware that crematoriums in the U.S. are required to capture mercury gases from cadavers with amalgam fillings upon cremation because of the toxicity? So how can such fillings be placed into humans’ mouths when they are alive and not be considered toxic? That doesn’t make much sense, does it? Toxic at any time is toxic all the time!

According to EPA’s web site http://www.epa.gov/hg/about.htm

Health effects of mercury. Mercury exposure at high levels can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and immune system of people of all ages. … However, it has been demonstrated that high levels of methylmercury in the bloodstream of unborn babies and young children may harm the developing nervous system, making the child less able to think and learn.

Methylmercury [CH3Hg] is the most toxic form. Now can you understand why so many European countries have banned mercury in amalgam fillings? And here in the USA, the dental profession and FDA are acting like some Johnny-come-latelies.

Another form of mercury, ethylmercury [C2H5Hg+], commonly is used in medical formulations like Thimerosal in vaccines, which the pharmaceutical industry claims is a less toxic form of mercury and not bioaccumulative. Toxic is toxic! A normal flu shot usually contains 25 micrograms of ethylmercury as Thimerosal, a neurotoxin.

In August 2005 Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer-reviewed open access journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, published a study, Comparison of Blood and Brain Mercury Levels in Infant Monkeys Exposed to Methylmercury or Vaccines Containing Thimerosal, by researchers at University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, and University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, New York, which reported the following:

the average brain-to-blood concentration ratio was slightly higher for the thimerosal-exposed monkeys. … A higher percentage of the total Hg in the brain was in the form of inorganic Hg for the thimerosal-exposed monkeys (34% vs. 7%).

The researchers concluded:

Knowledge of the toxicokinetics and developmental toxicity of thimerosal is needed to afford a meaningful assessment of the developmental effects of thimerosal-containing vaccines. http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1289/ehp.7712

Getting back to mercury in amalgam fillings, mercury comprises 50 percent of a eutectic mixture with the balance consisting of copper, tin, silver, and zinc in a powder or shavings. A practicing dentist, who switched from amalgam fillings to composites, confirmed this information. But here’s the scary part about amalgam fillings that this dentist noted: After an amalgam/silver filling has been in the mouth for several years and removed, the measurable mercury content is between 24 and 26 percent. When originally placed into the mouth, the mercury content was 50 percent. Where did the 26 to 24 percent of the missing mercury go? Can you guess? By the chewing or mastication action of the teeth, mercury was released into the person’s mouth, blood, and body tissues. Just think about how close the mouth is to a person’s brain. Place your tongue at the roof of your mouth and realize that on the other side is your brain!

It is of utmost importance that professional lobbying and vested interests not sway FDA in December during their assessment of the hazards of mercury in dental fillings. If EPA, OSHA, and NIOSH regulate mercury as a toxin—a neurotoxin and probable carcinogen [EPA has classified methyl mercury as Group C, possible human carcinogen, based on inadequate data in humans and limited evidence of carcinogenicity in animals. http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/mercury.html]—then any form of mercury ought to be considered toxic by the FDA. Metallurgical science should prevail uniformly in all government oversight agencies. FDA can’t “cherry pick” scientific information to perpetuate a professional error.

Catherine J. Frompovich

Catherine J Frompovich is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting. Catherine is an editor and writing consultant who helps authors get into publication. For numerous semesters she taught several writing courses for a suburban Philadelphia school district’s Adult Evening School. Her passion is assisting and guiding authors into print. Catherine’s latest book, A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, will be available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook sometime in July 2012. Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008).

  • Christina England


    I have a mouth full and sadly many have crumbled and a few have beeen swallowed. I have Epilepsy, Asthma, IBS, severe Eczema and allergies to name but a few.

    I did know some of this and it is scary but I have no choice but to live with it. I cannot afford to have them removed and this is very dangerous anyway.

    Thank you for this article


  • Mickie Yezek Roller

    Read my blog. 20 pages.
    and How to Stroke Out with Mercury Fillings (FireHow.com) It’s an amended version. 2 pages.

  • Catherine I love you !!
    I love you because we’re fighting thimerisal in vaccine’s together but I also want people to know about these very dangerous amalgam-fillings. I have been very ill a few years ago due to mercury-poisoning from amalgam and I started my first web-site about the dangers over four years ago. The amount of mercury from the fillings and vaccine’s are incredible high in the human body.

    Mind you, when the dentist removes amalgam-fillings , it is very toxic waste from that moment on.

    Why do dentists still use amalgam? It’s quick, easy and cheap. For example: a filling of composite takes a lot more time, many older dentists have to learn how to do that ( so they have to get back to school). The dentist can do two to three patients with amalgam-fillings or one patient with composite-fillings. That is money.

    I have a lot of Englis information and video’s on my web-site: http://www.hetgevaarvanamalgaam.Come2me.nl

    Don’t forget: not only the flu-vaccine’s contain mercury, many other vaccine’s do too.

    That is a lot of mercury in one human body.

    Dear Christina,

    You have a choice !!!!

    I don’t want to scare you more than you already are, but ….. crumbled fillings release even more mercury-vapor’s.
    I had asthma and eczema among many other things. Not anymore !!

    Five years ago I ended up in a wheelchair. Nobody knew what was wrong with me.
    After having my amalgam-fillings removed I could walk again whitin two month’s.

    Looking back, I’m sure, if I did’nt have my fillings removed than, I would’nt be here today !! And nobody would ever know how I died !!

    It sounds very drastic, but I really believe that.You have my email-adress, Chris, so do Catherine and Jeff. It starts with stella.

  • John Aufderheide

    My wife had her amalgams taken out and ended up with peripheral neuropthy (SP), because the dentist did not provide enough protection from the removal. The medical Dr. she saw after said she would live with that the rest of her life. It acted like shin splints and she could barely walk. Without oral cealation, she would be in a wheelchair. GET YOUR MERCURY AMALGAMS TAKEN OUT! This sounds like big tobacco to me…….it takes a while, but they get what they deserve only after many have suffered and the truth comes out.

  • Hello!
    I have gone through the numbers myself if anyone is interested, you can find them here. http://irishwishesarespecial.blogspot.com/

    When you really look closely at the numbers you can see they really aren’t as scary looking as it first seems. Then make an informed decision.

    The first thing I would personally look at is the amount of mercury found naturally or from waste around your local area. The EPA should be able to provide that information.

  • Zigs

    Sinead go drink it yourself. Idiot.

  • Drink what?

  • Wernerlll

    I am more concerned over the Whole Blood (WB) mercury readings in Humans as a
    result of our environment, marine life we consume, our soil and potable water,
    etc., etc., there is a long list of causes besides the natural occurrence of mercury,
    and of course, we are still fighting coal power plants. Soon the MS and ADD,
    etc. exacerbated by early dementia, and Alzheimer’s may register finally with
    our health infrastructure in order to take action when it will cost huge
    resources to rectify the root causes of Human suffering!