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Recently, mercury poisoning entered the news again, in an incident that has been occurring in Peru. Many of the indigenous people living in Peru, particularly the children, have been discovered to have high levels of mercury in their systems. It has been determined that the reason for this is due to illegal gold mining being done in the Amazon.
The way that this is happening is due to the fact that gold miners use mercury to extract gold from river silt. Due to this process, they wind up dumping more than 30 tons of mercury in rivers and lakes in the Amazon region every year. Native Peruvians who fish in these rivers find themselves much more likely to suffer from mercury poisoning symptoms.
The side effects of mercury poisoning are widespread and are not limited to one aspect of the body. There are so many potential detrimental effects from mercury poisoning that it is often overlooked by doctors since there are too many potential symptoms to pull from. Frequently, there are issues with the central nervous system, leading to perceived erratic personality changes.
Other effects of mercury poisoning can be gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, immunologic, or more externally obvious such as the loss of hair or loosening of teeth. Some people become more sensitive to certain foods while others have drooping eyelids and constant vertigo. If sudden strange symptoms are occurring for you or someone you know, consider mercury poisoning as the source.
My wife went through a bout of mercury poisoning about a year ago. She became very ill and didn’t know what could possibly be the problem; the doctors even missed the diagnosis at first until her hair started to come out in clumps. From there onward, they figured out that it was mercury poisoning and were able to treat her in time so she would be alright.
So when I started showing signs of mercury poisoning symptoms myself, I knew immediately what I needed to get checked out for. I went to the doctor and it turned out I’d also gotten mercury poisoning. My wife and I eat a lot of seafood, so the doctors have said that it is likely that our source of seafood has a high mercury content.
Many workers in the past have been exposed to harmful chemicals and heavy metals inadvertently through their careers. In recent decades, there have been efforts made to prevent these dangerous working conditions by using alternative chemicals that are nontoxic and less harmful to humans and the environment. Still, the residual effects of previous chemicals remain.
One of the most common incidents is through those exposed to heavy amounts of lead through lead paint. Another common exposure that usually required a heavy metal detox of some kind was exposure to hexavalent chromium, which is recognized as a carcinogen. In the European Union, it has been prohibited from usage in electronic equipment.
Chemistry students who find themselves handling potentially dangerous chemicals and compounds should always make certain to properly protect themselves in order to avoid injury or death. There are many toxic chemicals that are used frequently by chemistry students that can potentially lead to serious disease if handled without the utmost care.
One example of this is through heavy metal poisoning, which is caused by overexposure to certain heavy metals. One very common type of this is mercury poisoning, which can result in a number of subsequent disorders and can ultimately lead to death, depending on the severity of the poisoning. When handling mercury, one should always take precautions.
If you’re pregnant, you should be very careful when it comes to eating fish. Because fish is the food that is most commonly afflicted with trace amounts of mercury (or sometimes more substantial amounts), eating too much fish can be very dangerous for your child. There are a lot of problems that can occur from too much mercury and birth defects are among those things.
The birth defects mercury poisoning can cause should be enough to make sure that you think twice before potential exposure to mercury when pregnant. However, there can be additional effects that mercury poisoning can have on your own body that should even further steer you away. Just to be safe, it’s good to avoid fish or anything else that could potentially have mercury when pregnant.
Something that is not well-known is that canned tuna can potentially be a source of mercury, which can lead eventually to mercury poisoning. However, this can be avoided if one pays attention to the type of tuna that they eat. Certain types of tuna are more likely to be contaminated by mercury than other types of tuna, making them safer to consume.
Too much tuna can lead to many of the unfortunate side effects of mercury poisoning, especially certain kinds of tuna. Blackfin, bluefin, and bigeye tuna are the most likely to contain high amounts of mercury. The safest kinds of tuna are generally light tuna, yellowfin, and albacore. You should always check what kind of tuna you’re eating.
There are a number of fish that are used in sushi that have been sometimes known to contain high levels of mercury, such as bluefin tuna, mackerel, swordfish, sea bass, and yellowtail. While other fish can also contain mercury depending on the water they come from, these are among the fish that often can be the worst carriers of mercury.
While small amounts of mercury likely won’t cause any problems, eating sushi five or six times a week might lead to you showing signs of mercury poisoning symptoms. This is not a hypothetical situation, as there have absolutely been cases of those who eat a large amount of sushi in a week getting mercury poisoning, including actor Jeremy Piven.
The cause of mercury poisoning is known to be the ingestion, inhalation, or general skin contact with any form of mercury. This is known to happen when there are accidental industrial releases into the environment of mercury. This is something that has happened before and it has resulted in many fatalities, making it a very serious potential problem.
One well-known case of mass mercury poisoning was in the contamination of Minamata Bay in Japan. Between 1955 to 1960, there were over 2,200 people diagnosed and over 1,700 deaths occurring that were eventually attributed to mercury poisoning. This is evidence that mercury poisoning is extremely dangerous and needs to be treated as soon as possible.
Before I landed on my major in college, I bounced around in different classes, trying to figure out what really appealed to me; I wanted to determine exactly what I wanted to do for my degree. One of the fields I checked out was health-related; though I didn’t land on a health-related major, I certainly learned a lot of interesting things that I didn’t know before.
I learned about the different aspects of the brain and how they can be affected by certain chemicals. I also learned how heavy metals affect the body and, more particularly, what the effects of mercury poisoning and other heavy metals are on the human body. Though I haven’t had to know this thus far, I think having knowledge like this could eventually be quite useful.