By Analytical Research Labs
Sources Of Mercury Toxicity
dental amalgam (silver fillings)
tuna fish and swordfish
contaminated drinking water
seeds and vegetables treated with mercurial fungicides
medications - diuretics, Mercurochrome, Merthiolate, Preparation H, contact lens solution
occupational exposure - felt, algicides, floor waxes, adhesives, fabric softeners, manufacture of paper, production of chlorine
children can be born with mercury toxicity that is passed through the placenta from their mothers. Mercury can also be passed to children in breast milk.
Detection Of Mercury Toxicity
Both blood and hair have been used to detect mercury poisoning. In one study, hair levels generally correlated with blood levels. Hair levels are about 300 times higher than blood levels.
Copper toxicity and zinc deficiency are often associated with mercury toxicity.
How Mercury Affects Health
Energy - mercury compounds inhibit the enzyme ATPase, which impairs energy production in all body cells.
Nervous System - degeneration of nerve fibers occurs, particularly the peripheral sensory nerve fibers. In addition to sensory nerve damage, motor conduction speed was reduced in persons with high hair mercury levels.
The most common sensory effects are paresthesia, pain in limbs, and visual and auditory disturbances. Motor disturbances results in changes in gait, weakness, falling, slurred speech, and tremor. Other symptoms are headaches, rashes and emotional disturbances.
Endocrine System - mercury has been shown to concentrate in the thyroid and pituitary glands, interfering with their function. Impairment of adrenal gland activity also occurs.
Symptoms Associated With A Mercury Toxicity
adrenal gland dysfunction
alopecia (hair loss)
ataxia (uncontrolled movement of limbs)
immune system dysfunction
loss of self-control
numbness and tingling in arms and legs
pain in limbs
vision loss - peripheral vision