michaelm (not logged in)
Date: January 29, 2014 07:09AM
Since I originally posted this, I have learned that it makes sense to use gold because it lasts longer, so it saves the cost of having to replace fillings in the long term. I learned that the United States funded dental programs in Brazil (with the support of the Rockefeller foundation).
I have also learned that the percentage of people who lost teeth due to gum disease was (and still is) significantly higher in Brazil than in other countries.http://www.scielo.br/pdf/bor/v22s1/03.pdfhttp://www.scielo.br/pdf/bor/v22s1/04.pdf
So US tax dollars and charitable donations were being used to improve dental health in Brazil. Gold fillings were used to get the best longevity for those dollars. But teeth were falling out because of gum disease. And the Mormon church swoops in and encourages people to give that gold to them to build temples.
Imagine what could have been. A church could have organized a dental care program and encouraged people to donate those fillings from teeth that fell out to help fund improvements in gum care. The overall health of the people could have been the goal. But not the Mormons, no. Give us your fillings to help build the temple. You don't need teeth to pantomime slitting your own throat.http://www.sbpqo.org.br/arquivos/iss%2022%20johnson's.pdf