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Published on April 26th, 2009 | by Guest Contributor


Mercury Poisoning – A Growing Health Issue

Can’t think straight anymore? Got headaches, memory loss or mood swings? Are you suddenly losing coordination when it comes to writing? If you are suffering any of these symptoms, then you might be a victim of mercury poisoning.

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People who consume mercury-contaminated fish are typically prone to mercury poisoning. Health problems caused by mercury depend on how much has entered your body, how it entered your body, how long you have been exposed to it, and how your body responds to the mercury.

The good news is that for most adults with recent exposure, symptoms usually go away once they stop eating contaminated fish on a regular basis. However, things are quite different when it comes to pregnant women and young children. For an unborn fetus, exposure to mercury can result in lowered IQ levels on a permanent basis.

It is unusual to find people with a zero-level of mercury these days. A rise in toxic lifestyles due to industrialization has led to an increase in levels of mercury in the environment. People now pick it up from a wide variety of sources beyond fish, including air and food. If you are concerned, it is a good idea to speak with a doctor and limit your intake of high mercury fish such as tuna, swordfish and mackerel.

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