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EVIDENCE OF HARM
A documentary exposing the devastating effects of dental mercury on patients, dental staff and the global environment.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Do No Harm, LLC, the production company behind Evidence of Harm, has announced that its independent film will have a week long theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles at the following venues.
October 14th - 20th
IFC Center Theater
323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street
New York, NY 10014
October 23rd - 29th
Laemmle Theater, Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Evidence of Harm follows the lives of three health advocates as they struggle to inform the federal government and public that vast amounts of mercury vapor and particulate matter are being released during the removal of “silver” amalgam dental fillings. When the fillings containing 50% mercury are heated by the friction of a dentist’s drill, toxic mercury vapors are released that are invisible, colorless and odorless.
“Exposure to these toxic vapors is a grave concern as published research shows they contribute to a host of adverse health symptoms,” said biochemist Boyd Haley, PhD.
Haley went on to explain, “We have visually demonstrated the mercury vapors generated during routine dental procedures and this shocking footage reveals the peak levels of mercury released during an amalgam removal are vastly higher than limits at which people are evacuated from buildings due to a thermometer breaking."
“I've never seen levels of mercury this high,” says Alex Hummel, a professional with Mercury Instruments USA, who measured the levels of the toxic vapor during the demonstration.
While the manufacturers of amalgam have never proven the safety of their product, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows the product to be sold, and promotes it as safe. Since dental professionals are not taught about the toxicity of mercury amalgam nor of the hazardous vapors it emits, they are unaware of occupational safety regulations mandating that employees be informed about and protected from toxic exposures.
Government reviews of mercury have found its toxic effects are broad, variable, idiosyncratic, and often delayed. Neurological problems, cardiovascular disease, kidney dysfunction, and many other disorders have been linked to mercury.
The team behind the documentary invites the general public to attend the showings of Evidence of Harm in New York and Los Angeles.
This groundbreaking documentary was created by Randall Moore, to raise awareness about the devastating effects of toxic mercury amalgam dental fillings on patients, dental staff and the global environment.
The Michael Russel Group
Dr. Lisa Matriste discusses the Minamata Convention on Mercury
The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. It was agreed at the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee in Geneva, Switzerland at 7 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, 19 January 2013.
The Convention draws attention to a global and ubiquitous metal that, while naturally occurring, has broad uses in everyday objects and is released to the atmosphere, soil and water from a variety of sources. Controlling the anthropogenic releases of mercury throughout its lifecycle has been a key factor in shaping the obligations under the convention.
Part II: Products subject to Article 4, paragraph 3
Dental amalgam Measures to be taken by a Party to phase down the use of dental amalgam shall
take into account the Party’s domestic circumstances and relevant international
guidance and shall include two or more of the measures from the following list:
(i) Setting national objectives aiming at dental caries prevention and health promotion, thereby minimizing the need for dental restoration;
(ii) Setting national objectives aiming at minimizing its use;
(iii) Promoting the use of cost-effective and clinically effective mercury-free alternatives for dental restoration;
(iv) Promoting research and development of quality mercury-free materials for dental restoration;
(v) Encouraging representative professional organizations and dental schools to educate and train dental professionals and students on the use of mercury-free dental restoration alternatives and on promoting best management practices;
(vi) Discouraging insurance policies and programs that favor dental amalgam use over mercury-free dental restoration;
(vii) Encouraging insurance policies and programs that favor the use of quality alternatives to dental amalgam for dental restoration;
(viii) Restricting the use of dental amalgam to its encapsulated form;
(ix) Promoting the use of best environmental practices in dental facilities to reduce releases of mercury and mercury compounds to water and land.