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Laura Henze Russell
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Attended University of California, Berkeley
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Biotech jobs booming, moving in Waltham; how to prepare for them, and some big questions for the future.
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Dear Dr. Murthy,

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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Sound an Alarm on Dental Amalgam: House Call for the Surgeon General
Sound an alarm on dental amalgam 2014 January 10 by Rick Holmes A guest post from Laura Russell: By Laura Henze Russell Fifty years after the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking, it is high time for President Obama to ask the U.S. Surgeon General to pr...
Sound an alarm on dental amalgam 2014 January 10 by Rick Holmes A guest post from Laura Russell: By Laura Henze Russell Fifty years after the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking, it is high time for President...
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Call for #SurgeonGeneral Report on Dental Amalgam & Mercury Health Risks. Will Dr. Murthy lead on health? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKka-fnuQuQ
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It's High Time to Fight Lyme. Let's get it right, CDC and FDA. Stop fighting patients, doctors, diagnostic tests and treatments, and unite to fight one of the top scourges of our time. It is missed, misdiagnosed, and mistreated. Help us get healthy and return to our lives, work and families.
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The Poison in Our Teeth - On Massachusetts' Limitations as a Medical Mecca - May 29, 2012
Russell: The poison in our teeth I learned the hard way over the past year that while Boston is a great place if you need a face transplant, if you have a vexing medical condition — even one widely known in past centuries — not so much.   105 By Laura Henze...
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Economics and ethics; health and environment; "big picture" inquiry; analysis and communications.
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  • Precision Research, Writing and Communications
    Principal, 2014 - present
    Research, writing, and communications services on topics that include precision health, marketing, and a range of content areas. Associates experienced in business, economics, health, technical, and health research and writing. Experience in research, reports, blogs, communications, media, social media, events, and public relations. Comprehensive - Compelling - Clear - Effective. Project management and coaching services available on request.
  • Innovara, Inc.
    Writing Consultant, 2014 - present
  • Good Works Consulting
    Founder and Principal, 2001 - present
    Good Works of all kinds in many sectors, roles and content areas. Economics and ethics applied to real life and real health. Also launching Hidden River Health Challenge: A Social Innovation Enterprise, and prospecting affiliates, apps, risk assessment, benefits consulting, cost benefit analysis, and health coaching, engagement, strategies and actualization.
  • First Peoples Worldwide
    Program Development Consultant, 2012 - 2013
  • UMass Boston Gerontology Institute
    Director, Elder Economic Security Project, 2004 - 2008
  • Women's Union
    Director, Work & Family Resource Center, 1996 - 2001
  • GMA Foundations
    Consulting Coordinator & Foundation Staff, 1990 - 1996
  • First Nations Development Institute
    Oweesta Program Director, 1987 - 1990
  • ICA Revolving Loan Fund
    Founding Director, 1981 - 1986
  • Association of Bay Area Governments
    Economic Development Specialist, 1979 - 1980
  • Community Economics, Inc.
    Economist, 1978 - 1979
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Sharon, MA
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Oakdale, NY - Amherst, MA - Berkeley/Oakland, CA - Boston/JP, MA
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Health innovation enterprise, social innovation enterprise, Good Works of all kinds.
Introduction
Interests include economics, ethics, environment, patient advocacy and patient empowerment; functional medicine, genomics, toxicology, health and wellbeing.
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Proven innovator, analyze and present things in new ways, moving markets, policy and practice change.
Education
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Economics, 1976 - 1978
  • Hampshire College
    Economics and Ethics, 1972 - 1976
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