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  • Support 1161 for Dental Choice

    Maine children and adults deserve mercury-free fillings. Email your Maine Senator and Representative and ask them to vote FOR LD 1161 which requires consent of the patient or the guardian if mercury fillings are being recommended. Everyone deserves to know their dental filling choices and the concerns around mercury fillings. Act now, the vote comes soon.  

  • Are legislators representing you?

    We can’t put mercury in thermometers, but dentists can still put mercury in our mouths and into the environment. Sadly, too many people are not even being told that amalgam is 50% mercury, let alone given the choice of dental fillings.

    Maine bill LD 1161 as amended will require that the minority of dentists using amalgam in Maine will need to get written consent of the patient before using mercury dental fillings. This would prove that the patient has been counseled on their dental filling choices and that they agree to the mercury fillings.

    We believe it is a small inconvenience to add this consent form and ensures that dentists are sharing the information on filling options and consent if amalgam is used.

    The Health & Human Services Committee voted 9-4 against the common sense amendment for dental choice. Tell legislators on the committee how you feel about their vote - and take a minute to personalize your email so it has the most impact. (Note, the next step is a full vote of the Maine Senate and House, and we will continue fighting for consumer choice.)

  • SalsaStaff 282111: Demo of recipient group

    Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin, and it harms children’s brains as well as Maine’s environment. Sadly, we are still using mercury in dental fillings called amalgam (those fillings misleadingly called “silver fillings” are actually 50% mercury).

    Dental amalgam accounts for up to half of the mercury use in the US. Amalgam  pollutes our air, water and soil through an estimated 28 metric tons of dental mercury released from cremation, incineration, sewage, and landfills, according to the US Geological Society. This mercury is also getting into the fish we eat, a second poisoning for people.

    That is why we are supporting LD 1161, a bill that simply states no state funds will be used for amalgam fillings, which has two major benefits: reducing a major source of mercury and ensuring people are getting modern dentistry.

    The Health and Human Services Committee will vote on the bill on Wednesday April 24, 2019. We need as many emails into the committee as possible before Wednesday morning!

  • Say no to mercury in dental fillings

    Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin, and it harms children’s brains as well as Maine’s environment. Sadly, we are still using mercury in dental fillings called amalgam (those fillings misleadingly called “silver fillings” are actually 50% mercury).

    Dental amalgam accounts for up to half of the mercury use in the US. Amalgam  pollutes our air, water and soil through an estimated 28 metric tons of dental mercury released from cremation, incineration, sewage, and landfills, according to the US Geological Society. This mercury is also getting into the fish we eat, a second poisoning for people.

    That is why we are supporting LD 1161, a bill that simply states no state funds will be used for amalgam fillings, which has two major benefits: reducing a major source of mercury and ensuring people are getting modern dentistry.

    The Health and Human Services Committee will vote on the bill on Wednesday April 24, 2019. We need as many emails into the committee as possible before Wednesday morning!

  • Klean Up Kraft

    Many foods contain harmful chemicals known as phthalates (THAL-eights) that are linked to learning and attention issues and have no place in our food. Manufacturers don’t deliberately add them, but they may leach into the food from plastic equipment like tubbing and conveyor belts, as well as from packaging.

    As a market leader, Kraft has the power to drive industry-wide change by finding and eliminating any and all sources of phthalates that end up in any of its food products. They’ve already reduced artificial food coloring – they can do it with phthalates too.

  • Retailers: Time to get toxic chemicals out of products!

    The third annual Who’s Minding the Store? report card ranks 40 top retailers on their actions on toxic chemicals. Almost half of the retailers that were evaluated earned Fs.

    Now more than ever, we need companies to step up and safeguard our health. Scientists agree that exposure to toxic chemicals from consumer products can contribute to learning and developmental disabilities, cancers and infertility.

    Take action below - with one click, you can send a message to the CEOs of all the retailers that earned Fs.

  • Children's Brains Need Clean Air: Tell EPA No Rollbacks

    In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to roll back vehicle emission standards intended to decrease air pollution and greenhouse gases. The clean car standards have been in place since 2012 and are working to protect public health. 

    The EPA's much weaker "SAFE Vehicle" standards will result in worsening air pollution. While we typically connect smog and ozone to asthma and lung disease, studies show that air pollution harms children's developing brains, putting them at higher risk for learning and behavior challenges.

    We have until October 23rd to tell EPA to uphold strong clean car standards and protect children's health! Please join the Learning Disabilities Association of Texas, the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) and Moms Clean Air Force of Texas in signing this petition, than share with family and friends. Thank you!

  • We Want Toxic-Free Car Seats

    We rely on car seats to keep children safe. A child may spend hours every week in a car seat. Alarmingly, 87% of car seats recently tested by the Ecology Center's Healthy Stuff program contained halogenated flame retardants, including models produced by Baby Trend, Cosco, Evenflo, Graco, and Safety 1st.

    These flame retardant chemicals are linked to learning disabilities, lower IQ, reproductive harm, and obesity. Effects on fetal and child development and on the immune system are particularly concerning. We know that flame retardant chemicals don't stay bound to the fabric or foam and thus can be inhaled or ingested by children, or even absorbed through the skin. These chemicals build up in the body and in our environment.

    We believe every child should have a safe car seat free of toxic chemicals. Thankfully, some companies have already made design changes and material choices that reduce or even eliminate chemical flame retardants from their car seats without any loss in fire safety or crash safety.

    Please join us in urging Baby Trend, Cosco, Evenflo, Graco, and Safety 1st to follow the lead of companies already making safer car seats by signing the petition below.Save

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