Juliet gets her teeth into cam­paign

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Janie Smith

An Auck­land woman who be­lieves she was poi­soned by her mer­cury fill­ings is tak­ing her anti-amal­gam cam­paign to the gov­ern­ment.

Juliet Pratt has gath­ered 1300 sig­na­tures on a pe­ti­tion to have the toxic sub­stance banned in den­tal fill­ings.

She will present it to Green Party MP Sue Ked­g­ley at a press con­fer­ence in Grey Lynn on Mon­day.

The city-based fi­nan­cial ad­viser wants an im­me­di­ate ban on mer­cury amal­gam fill­ings in chil­dren and preg­nant women, with the fill­ings com­pletely phased out by 2013.

Her determination comes af­ter suf­fer­ing nine years of chronic fa­tigue and other health prob­lems, which she says were caused by her 40 mer­cury fill­ing sur­faces.

Since hav­ing had them re­moved and go­ing through an ex­ten­sive detox­i­fi­ca­tion process, she says her health has im­proved but she still suf­fers the ef­fects.

She’s also had a strong re­sponse from other suf­fer­ers since talk­ing pub­licly about her story.

“I said to my­self, ‘This is the turn­ing point. I can’t walk away from it’. It re­ally started my cam­paign in a big way.”

In Novem­ber she re­cruited a team in­clud­ing marathon run­ner Ali­son Roe and Green MP Me­tiria Turei to com­plete the Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge in spe­cially printed shirts to raise aware­ness of the cam­paign.

The other four mem­bers cy­cled 40km each, while Ms Pratt cy­cled the whole 160km, beat­ing her team by five min­utes.

She says the shirts are a great con­ver­sa­tion starter and have helped raise aware­ness of the is­sue.

Ms Pratt has also been in­vited to speak about her ex­pe­ri­ences at an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence in Canada in April and is de­ter­mined to see the gov­ern­ment here take action.

“The gov­ern­ment has to do some­thing now, be­cause there could be­come an epi­demic of baby boomers who are go­ing to suf­fer the health ef­fects from their mer­cury amal­gam fill­ings.”

The New Zealand Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion main­tains the fill­ings are safe and do not pose a threat to health.

In a state­ment on its con­sumer web­site, it says there is no sci­en­tifi ev­i­dence that pa­tients would de­velop dis­eases from hav­ing the fill­ings.

How­ever, it does ad­vise den­tists to avoid do­ing elec­tive den­tal pro­ce­dures on preg­nant women where “clin­i­cally rea­son­able”, in­clud­ing the place­ment or re­moval of any fill­ings.

Ms Ked­g­ley will send the pe­ti­tion on to the se­lect com­mit­tees, which will de­cide whether to con­sider it.

“I think we have to look at the wis­dom of putting amal­gam fill­ings, which are 50 per­cent mer­cury, into peo­ple’s mouths when there are al­ter­na­tives,” she says.

For more in­for­ma­tion on mer­cury tox­i­c­ity, go to www.mercu ryfreenow.com, www. hugnet.com or con­tact Ms Pratt at www.juli et­pratt.co.nz.

Mer­cury mis­sion: Juliet Pratt com­pleted the Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge to raise aware­ness of her anti-amal­gam cam­paign.

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