Q: Do you think that having mercury fillings in our teeth is detrimental to your health?
A: For the adult person, the limited amount of mercury in a single mercury filling is unlikely to cause harm; however, the FDA does suggest that the levels of mercury found in amalgam fillings may be significant enough to pose harm to the developing nervous systems of children and fetuses.
Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.
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