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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.[1]

Article 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.[2] 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.

Associated Conditions

Article Mercury Exposed: The Physiological Effect of Mercury, Vital Link; 2010 Spring


  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • emotional disturbances
  • neuropathy
  • altered libido
  • spontaneous abortions and birth defects
  • excessive salivation
  • tremors


  • Dental:
Article 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.
  • Industry:
  • thermometers
  • light bulbs
  • batteries
  • fireworks
  • asphalt
  • photography
  • electrical equipment
  • textiles
  • interior paint before 1990
  • waste incineration
  • paper industry
  • Pharmaceutical:

The pharmaceutical form of mercury is often ethyl and phenyl mercury

  • vaccines (in the form of thimersol)
  • antiseptic creams
  • ophthalmological solutions
  • laxatives
  • hemorrhoidal preparations
  • skin lightening creams.
  • Supplements
  • Chinese patents and Ayurvedic medications may contain mercury


  1. Sloane J Mercury: element of the ancients. Center for Environmental Health Sciences at Dartmouth website. [1]. In Dempster John (Spring 2010) Mercury: A Case Review Vital Link;17(1):pp21-25.
  2. Ward Tawnya (2010) Mercury Exposed: The Physiological Effect of Mercury Vital Link;17(10):pp31-47.