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Fifty Years: An M.D.’s Insights on Childhood Epidemics

Michael Godfrey M.D., B.S. Tauranga, New Zealand - I am a semi-retired 82-year-old MD having graduated at London University, England in 1963. After 7 years working in British hospitals, I took up a family medical practice in New Zealand where I met many new patients for the first time. I first began to observe a difference between the elderly and their then middle-aged children. The elderly had far fewer chronic illnesses until arthritis and cardio-vascular problems developed in their later years. Contrasting this, the next generation tended to develop chronic illnesses in their 40s. Notably, many of those elderly had had full dentures from early adulthood due to the poverty and poor nutrition in the 1920-30 decades. However, their children were exposed to the State-funded school dentistry in the 50-70 decades with extensive dental amalgam fillings. A 1968 Health Department survey indeed confirmed that at that time 21-year-olds had an average of 16 fillings with 15-year-old teenagers having 13. Remarkably, this dropped to an average of 8 within a year following a directive to dental nurses in 1976 to essentially only drill teeth showing actual decay. Over the following 20 years, I correctly confirmed underlying chronic mercury toxicity in over 800 patients. This was subsequently confirmed by an independent randomized investigation published in 1999. I co-authored a dental mercury association with senile dementia (J. Alz. Dis. 2003).  Read more.....



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