Have you heard about all those people who've had their mercury fillings removed? Have you ever thought of doing the same? Can't decide?
Well, you'll be glad that the latest news will help you decide. I'm sure you've seen it splashed all over the newspapers. It wasn't in your paper? That's funny, it wasn't in mine either. Here's a summary:
The first large scale randomised control trials on the safety of mercury fillings were published just two weeks ago. They studied more than 1,000 children, some were given mercury fillings and some mercury-free fillings. Then they measured kidney function and various neurodevelopmental outcomes such as memory, coordination, nerve conduction, IQ, and so on, over several years. There were no significant differences between the two groups.
Not good news for dentists, I'm afraid. A lady I saw this afternoon told me that she's just seen a private dentist. On her first visit he offered to remove all her mercury fillings and relace them with 'safe' ones. That's strange, she thought, he didn't offer to do that when he was my NHS dentist. So she sacked him.
This is such important news that I'm surprised it wasn't in the newspapers. But then good news is no news, as the saying almost goes.