EPA Ruling to Reduce Mercury from Dental Offices That Gets into Our Water Systems and Bodies (too bad they didn’t just ban the use of mercury!)
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) released a proposal to eliminate mercury pollution from dentist offices nationwide. They claim “this proposed rule would cut mercury and toxic metal discharges to public wastewater systems by at least 8.8 tons a year nationwide”. Read the proposal here…
Do you think it makes any sense that we are putting tons of mercury in people’s mouths in the form of “silver” fillings (amalgams)? That mercury gets into your blood stream each time you chew or drink hot liquids. If you are a woman of child bearing age, that mercury is poison to your unborn child or any future children you would carry.
They mention about half the mercury that enters our rivers comes from dental offices and is converted to methyl mercury, a highly toxic form of mercury that builds up in fish, shell fish, and fish-eating animals.
Do you eat fish? Then you are eating very high doses of the highly toxic methyl-mercury. Mercury is a toxin known to affect brain development and is especially dangerous during pregnancy when the baby’s brain is developing.
The EPA is accepting public comments on the proposal for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register, and plans to finalize the rule in September 2015.
For more information, read here…