Bringing Mercury-Free Dentistry To All In America

by | Oct 8, 2023 | Study Club/Webinars

Mercury by Charlie Brown JD

1) Provide status report of national 7 world campaign for Hg-free dentistry.
2) Provide the plan re how we can win at the Minamata Convention & in Washington.
3) Explain lessons for challenging the dentistry & medical status quo.


Charles G. Brown, an attorney, is executive director of Consumers for Dental Choice, the advocacy arm of the mercury-free dentistry movement, and president of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, a global coalition created in 2010 of dentists, environmentalists, and patients working together to phase out the use of mercury in the dental industry.

Charlie is a graduate of Denison University, Phi Beta Kappa, and Yale Law School. He was twice elected Attorney General of West Virginia. He is the author of two books, one on crime victims rights and one a civil war history of an Ohio regiment.

Representing dentists in legal actions in a dozen states, Attorney Brown shredded the gag rule which prevented dentists from advocating, advising, and advertising mercury-free dentistry. He led initiatives for consumer facts sheets, notably in California. He sued and beat the US Food and Drug Administration in court, leading first to classification, then ultimately to the FDA Amalgam Safety Communication.

Internationally, he led the consumer stakeholder delegations on the dental amalgam issue at the negotiations for the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Broadening the coalition and initiating campaigns for mercury-free dentistry in more than 60 countries, the World Alliance and its NGO (nonprofit group) partners work with governments, dental schools, dental associations, manufacturers, hospitals, local NGOs, and other stakeholders to move toward effective implementation of the Convention in every region. Succeeding in 2022 with the Children’s Amendment to the Minamata Convention, he prepares for the upcoming Conference of the Parties, 30 October to 4 November 2023, that will debate an amendment calling for amalgam’s phaseout on a timetable.



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