Sawbones: Mercury


Wait. Stop. Before you put mercury on that chancre, let Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin explain why that's such a terrible idea. They'll also take you on a delightful tour of all the other upsetting ways we've tried to make use of quicksilver.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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Sawbones: The mercury episode

Dear Dr. McElroy and Justin,
I really enjoy your podcast and wrote a nice review for it on iTunes.
Informative and really funny!
I do want to briefly comment on the "Mercury Episode" though.
As a practising dentist, I feel that in your show you both did a disservice to your listeners in that you seemed to indicate that silver (amalgam) fillings (which do contain mercury) are harmful to dental patients and are an out of date modality of treatment.
Silver fillings are still very much in use in North America and elsewhere and do provide a safe and economical way for people to repair their teeth. In certain situations silver fillings will outperform tooth coloured composite fillings and are the material of choice.
But don't take my word for it: check out what the Mayo Clinic website has to say about (mercury containing) amalgam well as the American Dental Assoiciation and World Health Organization.
Anyhow, I eagerly look forward to new episodes of your show. I hope you plan to cover many, many more topics.
Sincerely, Dr. Jeff Shnall DDS Toronto, Canada