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Feds hire tobacco consultant!

The ADA's pro-Mercury fillings cronies at NIH's dental arm, National
Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, and FDA have been working
overtime to keep Congress and the public in the dark about the health risks
of Mercury fillings.
Write Congress re taxpayer scam - NIH/FDA pick tobacco industry consultant
for report to justify the "safety" of Mercury fillings

The ADA's pro-Mercury fillings cronies at NIH's dental arm, National
Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, and FDA have been working
overtime to keep Congress and the public in the dark about the health risks
of Mercury fillings.

In a hush-hush contract involving a straw person intermediary, no
competitive bidding, and an undisclosed amount of cash, NIH and FDA made a
deal with LSRO, Inc. - a long-time ally of the tobacco companies - to piece
together what is supposed to give the appearance of a report on the Mercury
in dental amalgam.

After handpicking a committee without a single person who had researched
Mercury fillings and bringing on board pro-Mercury hired gun Thomas Clarkson
to serve a double role as both participant and "independent" reviewer, LSRO
is about to issue its report. Surprise - it says Mercury Fillings are safe.

LSRO is engaged in a scam, a quid quo pro for receiving the gift of this
contract from NIH's Norm Braveman and FDA's Susan Runner, both ADA
handmaidens with a history of skewing the facts about the health risks
associated with Mercury fillings. And get this - the payout to LSRO,
provided by the American taxpayers, is confidential. The NIH refuses to
divulge anything to Congress or the public about the secret financial
arrangements. Its tobacco industry consultant is equally tight-lipped.

As soon as possible, please write your Members of Congress - House and
Senate - about this scam on the children and the taxpayers of America. You
can find their names at www.congress.gov, then go to Quick links - House,
and Quick links - Senate. Send the letter via e-mail and a cc to Freya
Koss,  frekoss@aol.com, so we can keep track.

Talking points:

Dear Congressman / Congresswoman / Senator.

** Mercury is toxic, yet most Americans still don't know that their dentist'
s silver-colored fillings are 50% Mercury.
** NIH and FDA are fully aware of more than 3000 peer-reviewed studies,
including comprehensive studies conducted by the governments of Sweden and
Norway, that demonstrate the risks of Mercury fillings. No peer-reviewed
studies show they are safe.
** In light of the red flags raised by the scientific evidence, FDA's
refusal to provide warnings that children and pregnant women are being
exposed to Mercury is unconscionable.
** FDA and NIH picked a tobacco industry consultant in a secret process to
do a sham study.
** The consultant, LSRO, was hired through a straw person contractor, and
NIH refuses to reveal the amount paid.
** LSRO meetings took place behind closed doors.
** LSRO is about to issue a report praising Mercury Fillings, in total
disregard of the evidence.

THUS
We are calling for an investigation of corruption and conflict of interest
inside NIH and FDA for the hush-hush no-bid contract, refusal to inform
Congress or the public about the secret payment to LSRO, and continuing
efforts to cover up the risks of Mercury fillings.
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