- The recent study indicating a link between amalgam fillings
and kidney toxicity  is corroborated by previous research. Another recently
published study found that "Dentists had, on average, urinary mercury
concentrations over four times that of control subjects... [and] were significantly
more likely than control subjects to have had disorders of the kidney and
memory disturbance."  Could there be a pattern?
- In 1991, University of Calgary researchers placed amalgam
fillings in sheep and then found evidence of kidney damage. Their study,
published in the American Journal of Physiology, was entitled: "Mercury
from dental 'silver' tooth fillings impairs sheep kidney function."
 Looks like a pattern.
- In response to that study, researchers from a university
dental department published a study entitled: "No evidence of renal
toxicity from amalgam fillings."  I consistently observe that research
suggesting amalgam toxicity is usually countered by follow-up research
from some dental department. This follow-up study examined only 10 subjects
without any controls. Kidney function was examined only within a very narrow
time frame, before and then two months after amalgam removal. No difference
in kidney function was found over that time. But mercury can take many
months to be cleared from the body and the kidney measures could have remained
constant over that time due to persistent kidney impairment. Why did they
choose such a narrow range of observation in so few patients? Why didn't
they measure kidney function 6, 12, and 24 months after amalgam removal
to get a better picture? Why didn't they compare their small group of subjects
- In contrast to that very small and narrowly selective
study, the resent study published in the Journal of Nephrology looked at
101 subjects, including controls -- a ten-times-larger study that compared
those with amalgams to those without amalgams.  This new human study
corroborates the forgotten sheep study from 1991. I'm sure it's just a
matter of time until a follow-up study from some dental department comes
along to assure us that there is no evidence that mercury amalgams pose
a danger to kidneys.
-  Mortada WL, et al. (2002). Mercury in dental restoration:
is there a risk of nephrotoxicity? Journal of Nephrology, Mar-Apr;15(2):171-6.
-  Ritchie KA, et al. (2002). Health and neuropsychological
functioning of dentists exposed to mercury. Occup Environ Med. May;59(5):287-93.
-  Boyd ND, et al. (1991). Mercury from dental "silver"
tooth fillings impairs sheep kidney function. Am J Physiol. Oct;261(4 Pt
2):R1010-4. Truncated Abstract: LINK
-  Sandborgh-Englund G, et al. (1996). No evidence of
renal toxicity from amalgam fillings. Am J Physiol. Oct;271(4 Pt 2):R941-5.
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