Can we please have basket studies on medical devices and vaccines as well as pharmaceuticals, and more options of single dose vaccines that have lower levels of adjuvants and preservatives? I got all my childhood vaccines, and am glad that I did.
But after losing my robust health of 3+ decades to 2+ decades of chronic disease and a year of escalating very serious health problems, I learned I had been slowly poisoned by bioaccumulation of mercury from a large number of amalgam fillings in and out over the years, and the synergistic impacts of other heavy metals, mold toxicity from a heavy exposure visiting relatives in an improperly remediated flooded condo, and persistent Lyme that did fully not respond to generic antibiotic treatment.
I probably would have been fine if my methylation system and detoxification system were strong. I have since learned I have several common genetic glitches, that make it harder for me to clear heavy metals, toxins and molds, and an immune glitch.
While I have largely recovered through excellent conventional and complementary medical care and finding excellent biologic dentists to remove remaining exposed amalgam with special equipment and controls to promote the patient and staff from mercury exposure, there are lingering neurological effects, and too much of this care is not covered. Additionally, I developed a large number of environmental and food sensitivities, as mercury poisoning evidently ruined my gut lining.
If my doctor put in a stent that was killing me, my health plan would replace it. I need to finish amalgam reassignment surgery and address mixed metals that is hidden under crowns which have only recently been acknowledged as a health risk. But Delta Dental will not cover it, because there is no medical necessity in dental plans, and for exposed amalgams that needed to be replaced, they would only pay the percentage of the cost of amalgam, even though it harmed me, and denied all my appeals.
I was unable to fully access my dental benefit balance for medically necessary work given their rules, and the limit of covering work on a tooth only once every five years. Imagine if your health plan only covered part of fixing a medical device that harmed you, or you had to wait five years to have it removed. Imagine that the dental materials they install and implant in you were not part of your medical records reviewed by your physician, and you the patient had no written information on what has been installed and its potential risks and side effects, and that you did not have the basic right of informed written consent for a medical procedure in your mouth. Imagine that the FDA Form 3500 Adverse Event Report you filed is not in MAUDE, along with many others who have met. That is what we face in the United States.
Regarding vaccines, I make sure to get a single batch flu shot to minimize further heavy metals exposure. I will not be able to get the Shingles vaccine as I now react to neomycin.
I have learned enough to recommend that everyone get MTHFR & ApoE gene status checked, and heavy metals levels checked, immediately at birth or at next physical, to help guide choices re priority and timing of vaccines. Is there any reason those who need it cannot get single dose, lower adjuvant versions of all vaccines?
So please, do basket studies on devices and vaccines, give us patient labels on all installed devices, fix the problems at the FDA, reopen the classification of dental amalgam in response to the series of lawsuits and petitions, hold another round of regional public hearings, listen to your expert Dental Products Panel who found higher risks for dental amalgam, and get it right this time to protect patients, staff, dentists, the environment and future generations from unnecessary harm from mercury.
Please heed the call that organizations made in early 2014 to conduct a Surgeon General Report on Dental Amalgam and Mercury Health Risks. Five advanced nations ban it entirely, and a growing number require full patient disclosure and a written consent waiver to be signed before it can be used. Several emerging countries are moving aggressively to end its use. The US lags in this basic public health measure.
This will lower health care and long term care costs dramatically. As an economist, I would be happy to perform a burden of disease study to prove it. The genetic glitches and the harm from dental amalgam are not rare, but rarely reported. Read the four retractions of amalgam safety in the Children's Amalgam Trial by eminent toxicologist James S Woods et al in PubMed since 2011, when basket studies showed immediate neurobehavioral deficits and evidence of kidney damage in boys with four gene types; more may be found. For others, the damage can take longer, as mercury bioaccumulates in those who do not excrete it, and as our hormone and immune levels fall.
I am finalizing an Issue Paper that I will send you on this topic. Thank you.
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