Consumer Groups

Consumers for Dental Choice

The goal of our Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry is to phase out the use of amalgam, a 50% mercury product — worldwide.  The recently concluded draft mercury treaty requires each signing nation to phase down its use of amalgam, and it provides a road map how.  We aim to:

  • Educate consumers about the use of mercury in dentistry so they can make informed decisions
  • Stop dental mercury pollution
  • Protect consumers – especially vulnerable populations such as children and the unborn – from exposure to dental mercury
  • Empower dental workers – dental assistants and hygienists – to protect themselves from mercury in the workplace
  • Promote access to mercury-free alternatives to amalgam

DAMS – Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions

“DAMS” stands for Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1990 and dedicated helping educate people in the US, Canada and elsewhere on the dental/health connection.

Based in Minnesota, we provide information and referrals to those seeking help with mercury amalgam-related illness and related oral-systemic health concerns. In addition to the issues around mercury toxicity and healing from amalgam-related illness, we also educate on other critical dental problems, such as root canals, jawbone osteonecrosis (“cavitations”) and fluoride.

We share this information through our Dental Truth newsletter and the books and DVDs we sell, as well as this website.



Professional Organizations

IAOMT – International Academy of Oral & Medical Toxicology

Biological Dentistry is not a separate specialty of dentistry, but a thought process, an attitude that can apply to all facets of dental practice, and to health care in general: to always seek the safest, least toxic way to accomplish the goals of  modern dentistry, of contemporary healthcare.

“A trusted academy of allied professionals, providing scientific resources to support new levels of integrity and safety in healthcare.”

IAOMT members have been expert witnesses before Congress, FDA, state legislatures, Health Canada, and other government bodies. We support the effort to inform consumers about health risks from amalgam mercury and water fluoridation, and support efforts toward eliminating these risks. We have testified before regulatory agencies about the environmental effects of dental mercury in wastewater, and support regulations to separate mercury from the waste stream of dental offices.


IABDM – International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine

The IABDM is a network of dentists, physicians and allied health professionals committed to caring for the whole person – body, mind, spirit and mouth.

We are dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of biological dentistry. We encourage the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care.


HDA – Holistic Dental Association

Since 1978, the Holistic Dental Association has been providing support and guidance to practitioners of holistic and alternative dentistry, as well as informing the public of the benefits of holistic dentistry for their health and well-being. Our purpose is to provide information and guidance to those persons seeking to participate in their own health care and to help in the continuing education of practitioners who have a desire to expand their knowledge and awareness.


AAAM – American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) is a US federally registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization comprised of over 26,000 members including: physicians, health practitioners, scientists, governmental officials, and members of the general public, representing over 110 nations.

The A4M is dedicated to the advancement of technology to detect, prevent, and treat aging related disease and to promote research into methods to retard and optimize the human aging process. The A4M is also dedicated to educating physicians, scientists, and members of the public on biomedical sciences, breaking technologies, and anti-aging issues.


AAEM – American Academy of Environmental Medicine

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine was founded in 1965, and is an international association of physicians and other professionals interested in the clinical aspects of humans and their environment.

The Academy is interested in expanding the knowledge of interactions between human individuals and their environment, as these may be demonstrated to be reflected in their total health. The AAEM provides research and education in the recognition, treatment and prevention of illnesses induced by exposures to biological and chemical agents encountered in air, food and water.


ACAM – American College for Advancement in Medicine

The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the safe and effective application of integrative medicine. ACAM’s healthcare model focuses on prevention of illness and a strive for total wellness. ACAM is the voice of integrative medicine; our goals are to improve physician skills, knowledge and diagnostic procedures as they relate to integrative medicine; to support integrative medicine research; and to provide education on current standard of care as well as additional approaches to patient care.

ACAM enables members of the public to connect with physicians who take an integrative approach to patient care and empowers individuals with information about integrative medicine treatment options.

Celebrating 40 years of service, ACAM represents nearly 800 physicians in 30 countries. ACAM is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of the integrative medicine industry.


ADA – American Dental Association

Founded in 1859, the not-for-profit American Dental Association is the nation’s largest dental association, representing more than 158,000 dentist members. Since then, the ADA has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients. The ADA is committed to its members and to the improvement of oral health for the public. The ADA’s vision is to be the recognized leader on oral health with its mission to help all members succeed.



Other Organizations (Related Issues)

Safe Water For Small Children – Fluoride Information

The National Academy of Sciences 2006 Review of Fluoride in Drinking Water unanimously determined that the EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) was not protective. Dr. Kathleen Thiessen wrote the majority of the chapter on endocrine dysfunction and recently spoke before the Metropolitan Water District in Los Angeles. Dr. Thiessen traveled over 2500 miles to be allowed 5 minutes to address the results of three years work by the NRC’s expert panel. Kathleen Thiessen Presentation (Flash movie)

Dr. David Kennedy, Fluoride Information Officer and Past President of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and Jeff Green, National Director of Citizens for Safe Drinking Water also spoke during the public comment period as did many citizens who were incensed by the callous disregard the MET has displayed toward our health and safety.

SAFEMINDS – Sensible Action For Ending Mercury-Induced Neurological Disorders

SafeMinds is focused on resolving the autism epidemic. We work to prevent new cases and improve the lives of those who have autism today. To this end, SafeMinds is dedicated to:

  • Identifying effective treatments that will help those affected with autism today;
  • Finding the modifiable causes of the autism epidemic that will lead to prevention and decrease autism prevalence;
  • Discovering how today’s environment interacts with human biology to lead to the current high rates of autism; and
  • Using this scientific knowledge to help parents, self-advocates, practitioners and policy-makers make choices to address the epidemic of severe autism.

We operate across three program areas: scientific research, advocacy, and education and outreach.  Our major initiatives are The Autism Epidemic, Autism Etiology & Prevention, Biological Mechanisms, and Safe Bodies.

AMFD – Australians for Mercury Free Dentistry

AAHF – American Association for Health Freedom

The politically active voice at the federal and state level for Americans to have the right to access integrative medicine and dietary supplements. We protect the right of the consumer to choose and the practitioner to practice. We ensure health freedom by lobbying Congress and crafting legislation; acting as a government watchdog and filing comments on proposed rulings; educating the public, press, and decision-makers on integrative medicine; initiating legal activities (e.g., lawsuits, amicus briefs, petitions), and joining and forming significant coalitions.Our members include healthcare practitioners, consumers, and the industries that serve them.



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