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Number 80 on the "periodic table" of elements
Mercury has no known essential functions to the body. Mercury probably affects the protein structure that in turn may interfere with
functions relating to protein production. Mercury has a strong affinity for sulfhydryl, amine, phosphoryl, and carboxyl groups. It
affects a wide range of enzyme systems which can cause injury to cell membranes. However, none of mercury's specific body interactions are
clearly defined, though the main problems seem to result from its attack on the nervous system. Mercury may also interfere with some
functions of selenium, and can be an immunosuppressant.
Mercury Toxicity Symptoms
There are many processes and symptoms of mercury toxicity. Poisoning can come from four categories of mercury:
- metallic or elemental mercury - this is relatively mild. Inorganic mercury, such as mercury chlorides primarily affect the kidneys.
Organo-mercurials, such as mercury salts in diuretics or fungicides convert to inorganic mercury and short chain alkyl mercury compounds,
of which methyl mercury is the most toxic, more so than ethyl or diethyl mercury.
- Acute symptoms are caused mainly by mercuric chloride or methyl mercury exposure. Chronic, lower level exposure may lead to specific
acute symptoms or to subtle renal and nervous system problems. Inhaled mercury has a different effect from ingested mercury, for which most
symptoms are related to the gastrointestinal tract and the nervous system. Inhaling high levels of metallic mercury (in an industrial
setting or a dentist's office) can cause acute symptoms, such as fever, chills, coughing, and chest pain. With low, long-term exposure,
more subtle symptoms such as fatigue, headache, insomnia, nervousness, impaired judgment and coordination, emotional liability, and loss
of sex drive, may be experienced. Ingested mercury may cause stomatitis and gastrointestinal inflammation, with nausea, vomiting, abdominal
pain, and bloody diarrhea, progressing to neurological problems. These symptoms, which are often confused with psychogenic causes, are
referred to as "micromercurialism."
- Mild or early symptoms of mercury intoxication include fatigue, insomnia, irritability, anorexia, loss of sex drive, headache, and
forgetfulness or poor memory. This may lead to other nervous system symptoms, such as dizziness, tremors, incoordination, and depression.
It then progress to numbness and tingling, most commonly of the hands, feet, or lips; and to further weakness, worse memory and coordination,
reduced hearing and speech, paralysis, and psychosis. Mercury toxicity may be a factor in multiple sclerosis. Other problems of severe mercury
intoxication are kidney and brain damage, as well as birth defects in pregnant women. The subtle and nervous system symptoms from low-level
chronic exposure may be more common than we realize.
Check out the mercury in your body with our easy to use, home-based, HMT Mercury Test kit
Sample of a HMT Mercury Test kit with color strip for results analysis
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