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Letters: Dr. Oz

May 06, 2013

Why is it that people such as "Dr." Oz (I refuse to acknowledge that he deserves the title of Dr.) can go on TV and spout half-truths and questionable studies that inflame the public just to boost their ratings ("'The Doctor Oz Show' Features Sensationalistic Segment on Dental Amalgam," April 15 ADA News)?

Statements such as "50 percent of the mercury contamination comes from silver fillings"; "amalgams are linked to memory loss and mood swings," etc. are not true by any scientific, factual study, but these pseudo-scientists can use them to alarm the unknowing public.

Many well-done studies and the National Institutes of Health have all gone on record as to the safety of amalgam. Shouldn't the ADA and other scientific organizations take the offensive and sue Oz for libel or slander to a profession who, above all, places the interests of patients first?

This is not so different than when Oz attacked the apple industry saying that apple juice was contaminated. He was forced to back down. He attacks and ruins many professions and lives for the almighty dollar. Let's hit him where it hurts in the name of honesty and truth. For once, let the ADA take the offensive.

Robert Gherardi, D.M.D.
Albuquerque, N.M.

Editor's note: "The Dr. Oz Show" rejected the ADA's efforts to have credible scientific experts participate in the program that aired March 28. On the day of the broadcast, the ADA Division of Communications issued a statement emphasizing that the Association strongly objects to the program "and its reliance on sensationalism while ignoring sound science."

The statement included a number of useful links for dentists and members of the dental team, such as public statements from a number of organizations that agree that, based on extensive scientific evidence, dental amalgam is safe and effective for patients; the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs statement on amalgam; and information on all forms of restorative materials at the ADA's website at MouthHealthy.

Read the statement here.