May 28, 2006

MERCURY FALLING:

Good news you didn't read on mercury fillings (Ben Goldacre, May 6, 2006, The Guardian)

And now here's the news they didn't tell you. You might remember the scare stories about mercury fillings from the past two decades: they come around every few years, usually accompanied by a personal anecdote, where fatigue, dizziness and headaches are all vanquished with the removal of the fillings by one visionary dentist. Traditionally these stories conclude with a suggestion that the dental establishment may well be covering up the truth about mercury, and a demand for more research into its safety.

Well, the first large scale randomised control trials on the safety of mercury fillings were published just two weeks ago, and I've been waiting to see these hotly awaited results pop up in the newspapers, but nothing doing so far. They studied more than 1,000 children, some were given mercury fillings and some mercury-free fillings. Then they measured kidney function and various neurodevelopmental outcomes such as memory, coordination, nerve conduction, IQ, and so on, over several years. There were no significant differences between the two groups.


Not that actual scientific evidence will persuade such hysterics.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 28, 2006 10:11 AM
Comments

But what about the fluoride man the fluoride.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 28, 2006 10:22 AM

See previous post for my comments on "studies."

I know several people who spent upwards of $40,000 to have all metal removed from their mouths and am waiting for the study to come out showing that removing the metal caused all the symptoms listed above.

Posted by: erp at May 28, 2006 12:17 PM

Antecdot ^= data, but interesting

My son got some non-mercury fillings when he was small (~4) and promptly developed what we felt was an allergic reaction (constant sore throat and inflammation). Switched them for the standard amalgam fillings and he was fine, except for having to go through the procedure twice… ouch

Posted by: Chris B at May 28, 2006 4:13 PM
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