Boyd Haley, PhD. peers out at an overlook in Kentucky, contemplating the future of a country full of people exposed to toxic mercury dental fillings.
MATTHEW YOUNG, DDS.
Matt Young, DDS. wears full body Haz-Mat protection in order to adhere to Occupational Safety (OSHA) regulations requiring him to protect himself and staff while working with mercury. The levels of mercury vapor released during the removal of an amalgam filling vastly exceed all established safety limits and those at which people are evacuated from buildings.
INTERNATIONAL MERCURY TREATY
Signing of the International Minamata Convention on Mercury by The United Nations Environment Program’s Executive Director, Achim Steiner. Language in this International treaty indicates that mercury amalgam fillings are to be “phased down”. The United States was the first country to sign and ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
Randall was a stay at home dad in the Kansas City area until his father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease came to live with him. Seeing the effects of the disease first hand prompted Randall to look into the potential causes of Alzheimer’s disease. What he found put him on a path to create a documentary about the devastating effects of mercury dental fillings on patients, dental staff and the global environment.
DENTAL MERCURY & THE ENVIRONMENT
According to the USGS, Dentists are the largest users of elemental mercury in the United States.
According to the manufacturers of dental amalgam, amalgam fillings are made up of 50% elemental mercury (up to 900 milligrams in some instances)
When all point sources are added together, dental mercury contributes up to 340 tons of mercury into the global environment each year.