(NaturalHealth365) According to the World Health Organization, mercury exposure is highly toxic to human health and poses a specific threat to the development of children in early life and while they are in utero. Mercury occurs naturally and exists in various forms which are elemental, organic and inorganic.
Elemental (metallic) mercury is very toxic to the nervous system. Most exposure comes from broken thermometers, compact fluorescent light bulbs, science labs, broken instruments, polyurethane flooring and medical and mechanical equipment. If your child is exposed to this type of mercury, medical care should quickly be sought.
Inorganic (mercuric chloride) mercury includes batteries, skin bleaching creams, disinfectants and pesticides. In 1990, the EPA banned the use of inorganic mercury in interior paints and in 1991 it was banned in exterior paints as well.
Inorganic mercury primarily impacts the GI tract and kidneys. Inorganic mercury does not cross the blood-brain barrier so little neurological damage typically occurs unless there is prolonged exposure.
Organic (methyl and ethylmercury) is also considered to be toxic to the nervous system and children are very vulnerable to this type of mercury exposure. Children are exceptionally vulnerable to this type of mercury and neurological symptoms include mental retardation, seizures, vision and hearing loss, delayed development, language disorders and memory loss. Ethylmercury is considered to be less toxic.
The most common way methylmercury makes it into our bodies is due to coal burning power plants. According to the EPA, coal-burning power plants are the largest human caused source of mercury emissions to the air in the United States. These plants release mercury into the air and once consumed by aquatic life, it is turned into methylmecury making certain types of fish dangerous for pregnant women and children to consume.
Ethylmercury (or Thimerosal) is used as a vaccine preservative and contains 49.6% ethylmercury. According to the FDA, the DTaP and Flu vaccines manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur contains a trace amount of mercury. Flu vaccines manufactured by Novartis CSL Limited also contain mercury. Some single dose vaccines still contain thimerosal. To view the list, please visit the FDA’s website.
According to the WHO, ethylmercury does not accumulate and is actively excreted via the gut, so they believe the health risk exposure from this source is low and recommends sticking to the current vaccine schedule. However, the WHO continues to review the evidence for pre-term and malnourished infants.
Some researchers aren’t as sure about the safety of ethylmercury. An article published in Neuro Toxicology discusses the relationship between glutathione and ROS (reactive oxygen species). The researchers state that mercury and other heavy metals are well known to increase oxidative stress and deplete intracellular glutathione while increasing the concentration of thimerosal.
Dr. Alfred Bogomir Kobal, a Slovenian doctor, states children with specific metabolic disorders caused by amino acids that reduce glutathione content in cells and immunological disorders are more impacted by the ethylmercury in thimerosal. He believes the thimerosal in vaccines may be a significant factor in the pathogenesis of autism.
Don’t underestimate the dangers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
Several years ago, studies were done on products containing HFCS and it was discovered that a number of them tested for mercury. The researchers stated they tested for total mercury and did not test for which exact type of mercury it was. This is something to be aware of as HFCS is rampant in many food items.
The HFCS industry states this is not true and that no plant in North America uses mercury technology, but the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy stated they found four plants in the US – Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio and West Virginia that still use “mercury-cell” technology that can lead to contamination.
Stay informed, know the source of your food and remain healthy.About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com. You can follow Sima on Facebook at ‘Cease Therapy California’ and through her weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com
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