WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A consultant for the National
Institutes of Health today issued a report on the health risks of mercury
amalgam while NIH investigates wrongdoing in the process to award the firm the
"The consultant's report is 'bogus' because it draws inappropriate
conclusions from flawed research," says Charles Brown, counsel for Consumers
for Dental Choice.
Washington-based Consumers for Dental Choice said the report, issued by
LSRO, Inc., Bethesda, MD, under contract to the National Institute of Dental &
Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is "the worst kind of deception on American
families" because it rejects abundant evidence that mercury dental amalgam may
cause serious health problems.
After Consumers for Dental Choice filed a lawsuit in July challenging the
contract, NIH Director Elias Zerhouni began an investigation of the entire
"This federal investigation," Brown continues, "is necessary because NIDCR
handpicked LSRO without a competitive bid, announced the desired result in
advance, and mandated that the research panel be devoid of mercury
"LSRO is the tobacco industry's consultant of choice," Brown added. "We
can no longer tolerate acceptance of so-called research designed to enhance
the position of the organization funding the study. LSRO, has a history of
building panels with conflicted members whose findings favor industry."
"To us, the evidence is clear," Brown said. "No one should accept the
risk of putting a highly toxic metal in their teeth. Exposure to mercury
damages the developing brain; pregnant women and parents should be vigilant to
avoid this source of potentially dangerous mercury that can harm the fetus or
Senator Frank Lautenberg has called for NIH to abolish the "inherent
conflict of interest" of designating organized dentistry -- which endorses
mercury fillings -- to be in charge of the research.
A House Subcommittee, led by Chairman Dan Burton and Ranking Member Diane
Watson, also is investigating this contract.
The results are "the polar opposite of the direction of the science," said
Dr. David Kennedy, former president, International Academy of Oral Medicine
and Toxicology. Professor Boyd Haley, University of Kentucky, said the
consultant's release clearly has false information.
SOURCE Consumers for Dental Choice