Friday, February 27, 2015

Where do we see the toxins?

The toxins are everywhere without people noticing. We go through our everyday life not quite understanding that the toxins are all around us because we're so consumed by it, we don't even take time to notice it. We also don't try to find ways to eliminate the toxins because they're everywhere. Mercury toxins are a natural element that are passed through the air, soil, and water. They can obviously vary in the location that an individual may be in. In regards to water, this points to large masses of water. It's passed through water because of the fish that live there. The fish pass it along until it comes to land, which then it reaches individuals. The toxins are mainly in the fish or other animals that consume fish.

Too much consumption of these toxins can result in harm to the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, and the immune system as a whole. It can also effect young children or babies in their bloodstream which will effect their nervous system negatively. The toxins can be found in many places. It's been seen to be most common in those who consume a large amount of fish.


What NOT to Do In Case of a Mercury Spill

As previously stated, many products in our home may contain mercury. Of course we should always handle these with care and caution at all times. However, accidents happen and you may find yourself in a situation where you have, for example, broken a mercury filled thermometer or light bulb.

According to the EPA, here is what you should NOT do:

  • Never use a vacuum cleaner to clean up mercury. The vacuum will put mercury into the air and increase exposure.
  • Never use a broom to clean up mercury. It will break the mercury into smaller droplets and spread them.
  • Never pour mercury down a drain. It may lodge in the plumbing and cause future problems during plumbing repairs. If discharged, it can cause pollution of the septic tank or sewage treatment plant.
  • Never wash clothing or other items that have come in direct contact with mercury in a washing machine, because mercury may contaminate the machine and/or pollute sewage. Clothing that has come into direct contact with mercury should be discarded. By "direct contact," we mean that mercury was (or has been) spilled directly on the clothing, for example, if you break a mercury thermometer and some of elemental mercury beads came in contact with your clothing.
  • Never walk around if your shoes might be contaminated with mercury. Contaminated clothing can also spread mercury around.

Depending on the size and/or amount of the spill, you will want to take different actions when cleaning it up. It is very important to take the right actions when doing so, as this is not stuff to play around with. For a full list and instructions of how to clean different types of mercury spills visit the EPA's website at:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Where Else Can Mercury Be Found?

Where Else Can Mercury Be Found?

Sometimes we don’t consider that the element Mercury surrounds us at close proximity in common products. Not only does it linger in polluted air or is found in fish, but it is also found in items that are used daily inside homes, schools and offices. If not handled or disposed carefully, mercury can contaminate other items or surroundings. Since it is difficult for consumers of fish to escape from mercury, we sure can escape it this way.

Knowing where mercury is found other than in fish can help increase our awareness and decrease exposure to the element (by inhalation or ingestion) as much as possible. Although a selection of mercury-made products still exist, there are now more ways and alternatives to prevent risks of exposure to these items.

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Mercury is found in common products such as:
  •         Thermometers*
  •         Thermostats*
  •          Household Lamps*
  •          Batteries*
  •          Paints*
  •          Athletic Shoes*
  •          Disinfectants*
  •          Barometers*
  •          Clothing Irons*
  •          Pesticides*
  •          Antiseptics*
  •          Blood Pressure Gauges*
  •          Microwave Ovens*

    *indicates that there are available mercury-free or other alternatives

Be sure to check product labels for mercury (methyl mercury) and do research to find out if there are available products that have alternatives and/or are mercury-free.


Diagnosis Mercury Book Part One Of Two

This is the first blog of two that discuss the book “Diagnosis Mercury” by Jane Hightower.  The author is a doctor.  She begins the book discussing clients that are sick because of mercury sickness from eating too much high mercury fish.  She at first did not know what her clients were suffering from and is one of the only doctors noticing people suffering from mercury sickness.  She starts to discuss this sickness with others.  She starts to spread information about mercury sickness.  She speaks in front of other doctors and they show interest.

She discusses the history of mercury being used as a medicine.  One type of medicine containing mercury discussed is calomel.  She also writes about history of mercury used as a way to make money.  She gets invited to speak about mercury sickness at a conference discussing mercury sickness.  She gets her speech mentioned in the newspaper.  At the conference she is surprised to see so many people studying mercury in fish.  She speaks with many of the people studying and starts to make more progress. 

She begins to take steps to get tuna labeled as having mercury.  She finds opposition from the tuna industry.  She works with medical societies. She begins to make more progress in increasing the amount of people that know about mercury in fish.  This is some of what the first half of the book discusses and is a good read for anyone looking to learn more about mercury sickness from fish.  The second part of this book will be written about soon.