Dr. Wayne Myles Punished for Warning About “The Failing Amalgam” in the Washington Post

gag-rule_copyDr. Wayne Myles from Herndon, Virginia received a letter from the Board of Dentistry dated June 30, 2004. He also was accused of making false, misleading and deceptive advertising claims by publishing an article called “The Failing Amalgam” in a supplement to the Washington Post called “Dentalife.” The following was listed as false, misleading and deceptive, according to the Board of Dentistry:

  • The advertising title, “The Failing amalgam.”
  • Next to plutonium mercury is the second most toxic substance known to mankind.
  • The amount of mercury emitted from a newly placed, single, large silver filling is substantial enough that if the same amount of mercury was added to a 10 acre lake, the government would condemn the lake and not allow its fish to be eaten.
  • Over time, this mercury leaks out of fillings. Within 15 years, there is no trace of mercury remaining in the filling having all been released into your body. Mercury shows up in the liver and kidneys, in mother’s milk, and passes through the placental barrier.
  • ….amalgam scrap removed from patients’ teeth have to be stored in a labeled hazardous waste container requiring special pickup for its disposal..[Editor’s note: He is telling the truth. See ADA literature about amalgam waste.]
  • It would be highly unlikely that amalgams, if just invented, would be approved today.
  • Aware of the expansive nature of mercury, why do many dentists place amalgams containing 55% mercury into a brittle tooth,…in short, this material is prehaps the main culprit in tooth fracture.

He was charged for making a claim of superiority for saying about himself, “Less than .01% of practicing dentists have completed this level of advanced training in the United States.

He was charged with failing to tell the full cost of a discount he was offering on particular dental services. He may have violated advertising laws in not listing the whole cost of a service, but most of his facts about mercury can be backed up, some of it taken directly from ADA dental literature.

In his consent order he agreed to stop distributing The Failing Amalgam” article, to stop talking about his level of training being advanced, and to stop advertising a service without telling its cost before the discount. You can read his consent order. He was fined $1,000 and if he fails to obey this order, can have his license suspended or revoked.

Now once again, who is guilty of fraud? Dr. Myles, or the Dental Board for not allowing people to know that amalgam fillings are one of the leading causes of tooth fractures? It is in the Journal of the American Dental Association. If you do a google search on the ADA’s web site you might find them even talking about tooth fracture from amalgam fillings. By the way, it is easy to find medical journal articles online or go to Pub Med to access medical journals, but it is very hard for the public to read the JADA, the Journal of the American Dental Association. I have to go to a university library that teaches dentistry to read their journals. I can’t read them online. Why aren’t these journals accessible to the public? What do they have to hide?

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