Abstract Title:

Are mercury amalgam fillings safe for children? An evaluation of recent research results.

Abstract Source:

Altern Ther Health Med. 2006 Jul-Aug;12(4):16-7. PMID: 16862738

Abstract Author(s):

Dorena Rode

Article Affiliation:

Dorena Rode


Two recent clinical trials on the safety of amalgam fillings in children found no evidence of harmful effects from mercury-containing dental fillings after following children for 5-7 years. This review suggests the studies' results are limited by (1) sample sizes that were too small to allow detection of genetic variations in mercury toxicity at a rate of 1 in 100 or lower, (2) a lack of control for other sources of mercury, and (3) a population that may have been skewed by excluding children with autism during a time when autism was escalating due, in part, to increased frequency of thimerosal-containing vaccine use.

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