Hidden River Health Challenge - A Social Innovation Enterprise Promoting Health

Act to Shine a Bright, Penetrating Light on the Hidden River of Toxic Mercury Running Through Us. The Ocean River Institute is dedicated to helping people and groups make a difference where they live and work through environmental stewardship and science. ORI is pleased to partner with Hidden River to rid mercury from our bodies, ourselves, our environment, our futures.

Hidden River Health Challenge

Coming soon! Petitions to President Obama, and to the Surgeon General of the United States, to prepare a Report on Dental Amalgam and Health Risks.

Join us! Hidden River Health Challenge learns about mercury & toxins, and about our own health information to get & stay healthier. Help ourselves and others, too.


Hidden River works with people of all ages, stages and walks of life to catalyze & create a new vision for an integrated medical, dental, mental health, insurance, and whole health care system that puts people and human ecology first. Patients first. Health first. Loved ones first. Families first. 


Hidden River Health Challenge helps improve our health by promoting safer mercury free dentistry and medicine, access to our own health information, and supportive policies. We seek to reboot health, medical, dental and regulatory systems through education, risk assessment and making the business case, incentives to move people and markets, and sharing new information and learning to help us all get and stay healthier, and enjoy life!


We invite you to advocate for action to rid mercury amalgam dental poisoning from our bodies, our brains, our children, our families, ourselves, and our environments.

  • Help us reach children and young people through teachers and youth leaders, families through family members and neighbors, friends through book groups, churches and civic organizations.

    • Help us engage people from all ages and walks of life to prove that mercury amalgam in dentistry is a factor in about 20 percent of chronic diseases and at least 20 percent of health care and long term care costs in the U.S.

    • Help us reach decision-makers and politicians through their constituents to ensure the FDA is forced to act on the recommendations of its own scientific advisory panels to restrict its use.

    • Help us reach health and dental plans through employers, employees, and unions looking to improve health and lower costs by requiring coverage for mercury-free and safe removal options.

    • Let us join other nations in ceasing its use and promoting safer alternatives to restore our physical, mental and financial health.

The petition is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hiddenriver. Tweet me at @LauraHRussell, and I will send you a message to retweet. I invite you to join the Ocean River EAlert list, that will also include updates on Hidden River, click here: http://bit.ly/19llUUd

Please sign the petition, and share this with your family, friends and co-workers.  The health you save may be your own, or that of a spouse, child, parent, friend, neighbor, or co-worker.  Together we can put an end to dental mercury poisoning in the U.S., and catch up with other advanced, emerging and developing nations that have banned or restricted its use with health warnings and specific prior informed consent for its use.

Laura Henze Russell, Principal, Hidden River Health Challenge

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Learn about our work to rid mercury amalgam and how amalgam damages our bodies, our minds, and poisons our next generation on Laura's Information Page.

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Laura Henze Russell





Laura's Blogs, Op-eds & Media:

"Sound an Alarm on Dental Amalgam"

"From Silent Spring to Hidden River"

"The Poison in Our Teeth"

"Some Science You Should Know"

"Alzheimer's and Fillings in Teeth"


Resources for Discussion:

20+ Questions on Amalgam

Save Health Care Costs Flyer



Sharon Town Meeting Article 2014

Sharon Town Meeting Presentation

Poisoned Mom Asks Town for Action




Hidden River Information


Videos on SafeAMER Campaign:

Laura at Sharon Board of Selectmen

"Sharon Resident Raising Awareness of Dental Amalgam Issues"



FDA Amalgam Guidance Document

IAOMT Questions for your Dentist

IAOMT Fact Sheet

Book List: Recommended Reading


Government Documents: FDA etc.

ATSDR Toxicological Profile (676 pp)

FDA Scientific Advisory Panel 2006

FDA Scientific Advisory Panel 2010

Summary Minutes

Transcript #1 and #2 (611 pp)


Research and Journal Articles:

Duplinsky, Health Status of Dentists

Woods, Modification Neurobehavioral Effects of Mercury in Children (2012)

Mutter, Deth, Mercury in Alzheimers


Medical, Science, Regulation, Law:

Kris Homme, New Evidence Counters Old Notion that Amalgam is Safe

Robert Cartland, FDA Amagam Debate

Kaitlin McGrath, A Toxic Mouthful: The Misalignment of Dental Regulations

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