Reports about the possible serious negative health consequences from the environmental poison, mercury, have alarmed people here in Syracuse. Information about mercury poisoning and how to best avoid it is therefore appreciated here. An article by Cara McDonald in Natural Solutions, http://www.naturalsolutionsmag.com, titled “Mercury on the Rise” encourages you to protect yourself from this dangerous environmental poison.
Mercury is a naturally occurring element which is found in vapors emitted by volcanoes, incinerators, factories, and coal-burning plants. From there mercury enters our water and food supply. And during last century, it’s been used as a preservative, such as Thimerosal, found in some vaccines, and as an antifungal in paint and pesticides. What makes mercury of particular concern is that it’s a neurotoxin. When mercury enters the body, it attacks the brain and nervous system, targeting and killing certain neurons, which can result in headaches, blurred vision, fatigue, forgetfulness, depression, and changes in personality, such as irritability and sudden shyness.
A recent study conducted in Spain has confirmed the link between consuming large amounts of mercury-infected fish to memory and language problems in kids. And in adults, long-term mercury exposure impairs immunity, and kills beneficial bacteria, leading to yeast overgrowth and digestive problems. Mercury also displaces essential minerals in your body, which can cause everything from anemia to irregular heartbeat. Mercury has also been linked to lowered progesterone levels, which can result in miscarriage and infertility. Also, of great concern is that mercury toxicity is cumulative.
The most common sources of mercury exposure are fish and dental amalgam, or “silver” fillings, which contain between 40 percent and 50 percent mercury. The biggest predatory fish, like sharks and tuna, have the highest mercury levels. The maximum daily intake of mercury has been set at 0.1 mcg/kg of body weight by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That’s about equal to eating one can of white albacore tuna every 10 days. And a study of autopsies done by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has shown that people with amalgam fillings had higher levels of mercury in their brains and kidneys. Therefore if you eat fish often you should switch to low-mercury sources, such as wild salmon, domestic crab, anchovies, and tilapia. And you should restrict your intake of large predators like albacore tuna and mackerel to three times or less per month. And an International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists has been created.
Severe mercury poisoning may require pharmaceutical chelation therapy which is the administering of a man-made amino acid called ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA), which binds, or chelates, to the heavy metal so it can be excreted through urine. However, EDTA can cause kidney failure, bone marrow depression, cardiac arrhythmias, respiratory arrest, and shock. So, add natural chelators to your diet. Cilantro is reported to bind heavy metals, and the sea vegetable chlorella moves the resulting substance out of the
body, Brenda Watson, CNC, author of The Detox Strategy, has reported.
Here in Syracuse you should therefore be on alert for potential sources of mercury poisoning. You should support clean air and water initiatives, be careful about what type of fish you eat. and choose a dentist who practices mercury free dentistry.
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