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Mercury is ranked third by the US Government Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the most toxic elements or substances on the planet.
Of course, we all know Mercury is in vaccines and crosses the blood-brain barrier because it is injected, not eaten. It causes much more damage when it crosses the blood-brain barrier. In 2018/19, Mercury was in 20% of all flu shots. Keep reading to see what type of damage Mercury can do.
Mercury-contaminated seafood is something to be aware of also. The primary exposure to methylmercury (MeHg) is mostly through vaccination, eating seafood, fish, and wildlife. Other chemicals containing mercury are still used as antibacterials. These products include mercurochrome (contains a small amount of mercury, 2%) and phenylmercuric nitrate, which are used in small amounts as preservatives in some prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Mercuric sulfide and mercuric oxide may be used to color paints, and mercuric sulfide is one of the red coloring agents used in tattoo dyes.
Sources of organic mercury include:
- Exposure to fossil fuel emissions
- Incineration of medical waste
- Dental amalgam
- Skin Creams
- Germicidal soap
- Teething powders (now banned)
- Analgesics – (pain killers)
- Diaper treatments
- Incandescent lights
- Some blood pressure devices.
- Tattooing dyes
Mercury toxicity is associated with nervous system damage and impaired neurological development in infants and children. Mercury has profound cellular, cardiovascular, hematological, pulmonary, renal, immunological, neurological, endocrine, reproductive, and embryonic toxicological effects.
The U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – Public Health Service Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry document states, “Exposure may also occur from skin lightening creams and some topical antiseptic or disinfectant agents (mercurochrome and thimerosal, found in vaccines).
How to avoid it?
Avoid vaccines containing mercury. Read the packet insert. Avoid all seafood. Is a little bit of the 3rd most toxic poison okay in your life? We don’t think so. Don’t eat tuna fish. Many suggest limiting your amount of mercury exposure. We say they are not giving you good advice. Avoid as much mercury as possible since you are already getting too much unavoidable mercury exposure.
How to know your Mercury Levels?
If you suspect mercury toxicity, blood, urine, and hair test are available, but they do not determine which form of mercury you have been exposed to.
95% of the MeHg is absorbed through the intestinal tract. It then enters the red blood cells, and it is believed to become tightly bound in the brain and spinal cord.
Urinary excretion of MeHg is trivial. MeHg is mostly eliminated from the body in an inorganic form through the biliary system. It is excreted at the rate of 1% of the body burden per day.
The nervous system is the main repository for mercury exposure. It has the potential to cause symptoms in some different organ systems.
Some characteristics’ methylmercury toxic signs and symptoms are associated with the following mnemonic: DEADLY METHYLMERCURIALS
Mercury poisoning can result in death, dysarthria, blindness, neurological effects, loos of hearing, mental retardation, dysarthria, developmental defects, and abnormal muscle tone
There are a plethora of studies evaluation the neurophysiological and neuropsychological effects associated with mercury levels in blood, urine, and hair.
Mercury Exposure During Pregnancy
Mercury is associated with reproductive issues, which can present as spontaneous abortions, stillbirth, miscarriage, and low birth weights . Mercury exposure during pregnancy has been linked to craniofacial malformations, neural tube defects, delayed growth, and more. neural tube defects, craniofacial malformations, delayed growth, and others .
Mercury Exposure and Birth Defects
A study of 64 children exposed in utero to mercury and showing mercury associated damage included the following signs and symptoms: mental retardation (100%), primitive reflexes (100%), strabismus (77%), cerebellar ataxia (100%), dysarthria (100%), chorea and athetosis (95%), deformed limbs (100%), hypersalivation (95%), epileptic attacks (82%), and growth disorders (100%) .
Mercury accumulation in the heart
Mercury accumulation in the heart is thought to contribute to cardiomyopathy. There is also good evidence linking mercury with anemia including hemolytic anemia and aplastic anemia.
Mercury ingestion has also been associated with the destruction of intestinal flora which can increase the amount of undigested food products in the bloodstream causing immune mediated reactions and reduced resistance to pathogenic infection .
Mercury can cause kidney damage and evidence suggests a linkage between mercury exposure and acute tubular necrosis, glomerulonephritis, chronic renal disease, renal cancer and nephrotic syndrome
It has been known for many years that mercury impairs immune system function. Mercury-sensitive individuals are more likely to have allergies, asthma, and autoimmune-like symptoms, especially rheumatoid-like ones. Mercury can produce an immune response in the central nervous system, induce alterations in immune cell production and function, and modulate the production of interferon gamma and interleukin-2 . With impairment comes a chronically susceptible to infections, if not chronic sickness.
Mercury body burden has also been associated with or implicated in a number of immune or autoimmune conditions including allergic disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, arthritis, autoimmune thyroiditis, autism/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, eczema, epilepsy, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, scleroderma, and systemic lupus erythematosus [45,46,47,48,49,50,51].
Effects of mercury poisoning effects in the central nervous system
Effects of mercury poisoning effects in the central nervous system include depression, paranoia, extreme irritability, hallucinations, an inability to concentrate, memory loss, tremors of the hands, head, lips, tongue, jaw and eyelids, weight loss, perpetually low body temperature, drowsiness, headaches, insomnia, and fatigue. Along with nervous system effects, mercury has also shown to have various effects on other special sensory systems including blindness, retinopathy, optic neuropathy, hearing loss, a reduced sense of smell, and abnormal touch sensation . Autism is a syndrome characterized by impairments in social relatedness, language and communication, a need for routine and sameness, abnormal movements, and sensory dysfunction . Mercury can cause immune, sensory, neurological, motor, and behavioral dysfunctions similar to traits defining or associated with autism  leading some to suggest that many cases of autism may be a form of mercury poisoning .
Hormones affected by Mercury
Hormones that appear to be the most affected by mercury are insulin, estrogen, testosterone, and adrenaline. Studies in Hong Kong demonstrated that increased mercury levels were associated with infertility in both men and women . In males, mercury can have adverse effects on spermatogenesis , epididymal sperm count, and testicular weight. Evidence also exists linking mercury with erectile dysfunction .
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