Thyroid UK

Please vote now to ban dental amalgam

I have received this email from my wonderful holistic dentists who have been fighting for years to get mercury banned. Who knows if it's contributed to our thyroid problems, (or the rise in autism, etc etc) but it's certainly not done us any good. Please vote today, it's very quick and easy, just follow all the instructions below. Could Thyroid UK respond as an organisation, as well as lots of us individually? It's not clear if the deadline is today or Sunday. And not clear either why we've not heard about this before!


We are sending you this email as a real opportunity has arisen to finally stop the use of Mercury Amalgam Fillings in dentistry within the EU.

We have been involved since the beginning in the negotiations of the Minimata Treaty by the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, promoting a worldwide ban on mercury in all its uses. Dental Amalgam has been specifically included in this treaty to be phased down.

The EU has asked its citizens to vote on whether they want a phase down or a phase out of dental amalgam.

Phase down means that individual countries can decide to phase down the use of amalgam over any time period they choose. This could be anything up to 50 years from now.

Phase out means a strict timetable is set in place to end the use of amalgam, which is likely to be between 2 and 5 years.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to put pressure on the EU to ban this dangerous material and stop the damage mercury can cause to future generations and to the environment.

Please send this message to all your contacts so that we can stop mercury damaging future generations and the environment.

The deadline for the voting is 16th November so please act speedily in distributing this message to your contacts.

How to vote to phase out amalgam in the E.U.

1-Go to At the top where it says “Pages”, click “P4. Questionnaire”.

2-Fill in your name, email, country, and responding as an individual or otherwise.

3-Go directly to Question 6. (Skip 1 to 5.) Choose one box, either phase down or phase out. We hope you choose phase OUT!:

... phased down in line with the relevant Minamata provisions


... subject to a phase out (maybe with certain justified exemptions)

4- Next question is “why.” You may skip that (or you may answer). Dentists should say they are dentists, and that they don’t use amalgam.

5. Scroll down to bottom; see “Type the text”. Type in the numbers shown in the photograph. (Yes, it is a security measure to make sure you are a real human being.)

6. Click the blue button that says “Submit” to cast your vote for phasing out amalgam use!

Thank you,

Graeme & Lilian Munro-Hall BDS

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Please everyone, sign this petition. It's important. Just follow the great instructions above. Really easy.


Minamata disease occurs from the ingestion of organic mercury. Dental amalgam is elemental mercury.

It's not 'healthy' to consume elemental mercury, but it does not cause Minamata disease.

Recently I had two amalgams removed and replaced with composite resin fillings. One thing I think people need to take into consideration is cost. It is more than twice as expensive and it takes more than twice as long to get composite resin fillings done. Some people can't afford them. This was highlighted in a video done by a holistic dentist in England. She still puts in amalgams for those people who cannot afford to have tooth coloured fillings put in.

Over here the dentists must have an amalgam separator installed so amalgam does not go into the sewer. I asked. When she removed the fillings I'd had since 1980, she made sure all the amalgam 'dust' or whatever went up the suction.

I've got a total of 6 fillings that need to be replaced. Since I have no insurance, it's going to cost over $1200 Cdn. I need to budget for it so can't get them all done except on a bimonthly basis. Denying poor people the cheaper option is elitist. Should they just get their teeth extracted instead so they can really experience the stigma of being poor?


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