"This thermometer contains mercury," he says, holding up a very small thermometer. "If I were to drop it, we would have to evacuate this entire studio immediately!"
"sparked a firestorm 30 years ago [here the show cuts to a graphic of a fireball exploding] when major news reports brought to light the potential TOXICITY of mercury fillings. ... Now there's mounting new evidence showing mercury is released when you eat, and even when you brush your teeth."
"for the first time ever, I'm going to show you what happens when you brush your teeth with mercury fillings."
"Anything over zero is toxic," Wentz proclaims. "And we're at 61."
"Oh my goodness, 61!" Dr. Oz exclaims.
"That mercury is coming off the fillings, into your mouth, going across the blood-brain barrier, into your brain," says Wentz dramatically.
"The current data are insufficient to support an association between mercury release from dental amalgam and the various complaints that have been attributed to this restoration material. ... Individuals with dental amalgam-attributed complaints had neither elevated HgU nor increased prevalence of hypersensitivity to dental amalgam or mercury when compared with controls. The findings of these studies suggested that individuals with complaints self-attributed to dental amalgam should be screened for underlying dental, physical, and psychiatric conditions."
*Note added on followup: Even swallowing is rarely harmful. From J. Dodes: "Acute toxic exposures to elemental mercury are rare but there have been cases of elemental mercury being accidentally released directly into the bloodstream from broken rectal thermometers and when elemental mercury had been swallowed intentionally in an attempt at suicide. In all these cases there was no long-term effects from the mercury." Dodes, JE. The Amalgam Controversy:an evidence-based analysis. JADA, 132:348-56, 2001.