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Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2004 Sep;207(4):391-7.

Amalgam studies: disregarding basic principles of mercury toxicity.

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Institute for Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital, Freiburg, Germany. jmutter@iuk3.ukl.uni-freiburg.de

Abstract

Dental amalgam, which has been used for over 150 years in dental practice, consists of about 50% metallic mercury. Studies on animal and humans show that mercury is continuously released from dental amalgam and absorbed by several body tissues. It is widely accepted that the main source of mercury vapor is dental amalgam and it contributes substantially to mercury load in human body tissues. There is still a controversy about the consequences of this additional mercury exposure from amalgam to human health. Many studies were performed to evaluate possible adverse effects. In this comment, these studies were analyzed with regard to their methodical quality by considering the newest findings on mercury toxicity and metabolism. In sum, a number of studies are methodically flawed drawing inaccurate conclusions as to the safety of dental amalgam.

PMID:
15471104
DOI:
10.1078/1438-4639-00305
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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