Environmental factors can play an important role in the development of autoimmune thyroiditis (AT) and other autoimmune diseases. This article reviews the role of heavy metals and infectious agents in AT. Memory T lymphocytes can be used as biomarkers of susceptibility to mercury and other inflammation triggers in individual patients. If metal allergy is found, the patient should avoid all exposure to the allergenic substance. Mercury-allergic patients may benefit from replacement of dental amalgam.
Charlie Brown of Consumers for Dental Choice discusses the conflicts of interests and stock scandal of FDA commissioner, Margaret Hamburg who was on the board of Henry Schein, one of the largest distributors of dental amalgam filling materials in the United States.
This article presents excerpts from a letter Boyd Haley PhD wrote to congressman Dan Burton as a rebuttal to a May 11th, 2001 letter by Robert M. Anderton, D.D.S., and President of the American Dental Association (ADA), challenging Boyd's statements to the Committee on Government Reform. Additionally, Boyd gives a complete dissection of the many flaws, including misleading data manipulation in the Saxe Alzheimer's study.