Mercury

Did you know that most of the fish we eat contains mercury? Why? Thousands of tons of mercury are released into the air each year through pollution and waste. Eventually, it accumulates in steams, oceans, water and soil. It also accumulates in the food chain, so each fish absorbs the mercury in other fish and organisms it eats. The bigger the fish, the more mercury it absorbs. Shark, swordfish, tilefish, mackerel, sea bass, marlin, halibut, oysters, salmon, and tuna contain the highest levels of methylmercury.

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Methylmercury toxicity can result in paresthesia, depression, & blurred vision. In fetuses and developing infants it can also have negative effects on attention span, language, visual-spatial skills, memory and coordination. It is estimated that nearly 60,000 children each year are born at risk for neurological problems due to methylmercury exposure in the womb.”

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued health advisories about consuming fish due to mercury contamination. The “Got mercury? Calculator” at www.gotmercury.org can help you decide how much and what type of seafood is safe for you and your family. Just enter your weight, the seafood type and quantity, and hit the calculator button. The online calculator will tell you whether your consumption exceeds the EPA’s safe limit for mercury.

What about those mercury fillings in your mouth? Mercury amalgam dental fillings contain approximately 50% mercury. Initially, the American Dental Association (ADA) denied that mercury from these fillings leaked vapor, which is then absorbed into our bodies. But, in recent years, facing numerous studies to the contrary, the ADA has conceded that mercury fillings do leak mercury vapor, which is extremely toxic.

Did you know that the metallic mercury used by dentists to manufacture dental amalgam is shipped as a hazardous material to the dental office? Did you know that when mercury fillings are removed, they are treated as hazardous waste and are required to be disposed of in accordance with federal OSHA regulations? Many people chose to get their amalgams removed, I recommend that you do the same. Like mercury, other heavy metals (like arsenic, lead, aluminum, and cadmium) which are prevalent in many areas of our environment, can accumulate in soft tissues of the body and can cause a multitude of degenerative diseases, including cancer. These heavy metals are found in our drinking water, in fish, vaccinations, pesticides, antiperspirants, building materials, and dental amalgams, just to name a few sources.

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