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Mercury is one of the most common heavy metals in nature. Mercury's effects on human health have been known for centuries, especially amongst the ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Hindus.
Mercury: A Case Review, Vital Link; 2010 Spring|
Mercury, with respect to human health, is either in the form of organic mercury (methyl, ethyl & phenyl mercury) or inorganic mercury. Mercury has been used for over 150 years.
- Until the 1970s, methyl and ethyl mercury were used in agriculture as an antifungal for seed grain.
- Phenylmercuric acetate was used as a preservative in latex paint until the late 20th century.
Mercury Exposed: The Physiological Effect of Mercury, Vital Link; 2010 Spring|
- emotional disturbances
- altered libido
- spontaneous abortions and birth defects
- excessive salivation
Mercury Amalgam: Tooth Saviour or Toxic Reservoir?, Vital Link; 2010 Spring|
- “silver” amalgams contain 50% inorganic mercury, 35% silver, 6% copper, and 9% tin, along with trace amounts of zinc.
- light bulbs
- electrical equipment
- interior paint before 1990
- waste incineration
- paper industry
The pharmaceutical form of mercury is often ethyl and phenyl mercury
- vaccines (in the form of thimersol)
- antiseptic creams
- ophthalmological solutions
- hemorrhoidal preparations
- skin lightening creams.
- Chinese patents and Ayurvedic medications may contain mercury
- ↑ Sloane J Mercury: element of the ancients. Center for Environmental Health Sciences at Dartmouth website. . In Dempster John (Spring 2010) Mercury: A Case Review Vital Link;17(1):pp21-25.
- ↑ Ward Tawnya (2010) Mercury Exposed: The Physiological Effect of Mercury Vital Link;17(10):pp31-47.