"Excellent presentation last nite, loved your portrayal
of ‘one little step’ - great for visual & audio people & a great memory
hook. Loved the way you used your voice, facial expression and gestures.
In the last segment of your speech you were far more relaxed & stood
mainly in the one place except when you ‘took one little step’ which
I thought was very powerful."
- Robyn Greer
Petition Calling On The Government To Ban mercury
Amalgam Dental Fillings
To The House of Representatives: Recognizing
that the Ministry of Health has a public duty to protect citizens
and to promote their health, we the undersigned do respectfully
request that the House urge the Government to:
IMMEDIATELY BAN mercury amalgam:
In children up to and including 18 years of age, In pregnant
and lactating women, In patients with renal or immune system
impairment, In patients with proven or demonstrable mercury sensitivity/allergy,
In patients with a present or past history of mercury toxicity,
Under gold crowns, When placed above endodontically treated teeth
(root canal teeth).
PHASE OUT amalgam usage in all
other patients over a five year period from January 2008 to
ENSURE all existing dental nurses
and new dental graduates are competent in replacing amalgam
fillings with composite restorations.
ALLOW DENTISTS TO INFORM patients
of the potential mercury toxicity from amalgam, without professional
censure. This will enable full informed consent before amalgams
are placed, over the next five years and be sufficient to discharge
PROVIDE STATE FUNDING for safe
dental amalgam removal and subsequent treatment for a patient
holding a community services card, in whom mercury toxicity has
been diagnosed by a registered medical or naturopathic practitioner.
PROVIDE STATE FUNDING for 50%
of the costs of safe dental amalgam removal and subsequent treatment
when a patient so diagnosed with mercury toxicity does not
have a community services card.
PROVIDE PUBLIC RESEARCH to determine:
The extent of human mercury toxicity in New Zealand, including
the cost of NOT treating patients so diagnosed, The safety,
efficacy and biocompatibility of new composites.