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TestMyHormones.com is proud to offer our patients Mercury and Lead Testing using our MineralCheck Test.  This comprehensive test uses a very small hair sample to test for mercury and lead levels in addition to other toxins and minerals.  Using one simple test you can measure and know your mercury, lead and mineral levels in the privacy of your own home.

Fast Facts: Mercury Poisoning

  • Mercury is the only metal in a liquid state at room temperature.

  • Mercury toxicity can occur in medicinal or occupational (work related) settings.

  • Mercury exists in three forms: elemental mercury, inorganic mercury, and organic mercury all of which can cause mercury poisoning.

  • Higher than normal mercury levels can collect in large fish that are commonly consumed (ex. tuna)

  • Mercury has been linked to childhood conditions such as autism.

  • Mercury exposure can occur in vapor (gas) form.

  • Mercury is found in thimerosol which is a common preservative that was frequently used in some vaccines.

  • Even small amounts of mercury could potentially cause congenital birth defects in children.

Symptoms and Exposure Information of Mercury Toxicity

Elemental Mercury  is present in thermometers, sphygmomanometers, barometers, and some latex paints produced before 1991.  The contaminated clothes of those that work in industries producing these products can be a source of exposure for family members.  Broken fluorescent lights can also increase mercury exposure.  Symptoms of elemental mercury poisoning include:

  • Nervousness, insomnia, learning difficulty, memory problems, inability to concentrate, neuropathy, and tremor

  • Proteinuria (protein in the urine)

  • Allergic dermatitis, gingivitis, stomatitis, excessive salivation

  • Rash of the hands and feet, sweating, irritability, sweating

Inorganic Mercury is found in pesticides, disinfectants, antiseptics, pigments, dry batteries, and preservatives in some medicinal preparations.  Symptoms of inorganic mercury poisoning include:

  • Nervousness, insomnia, learning difficulty, memory problems, inability to concentrate, neuropathy, and tremor

  • Vomiting, abdominal pain, intestinal perforation, proctitis, colitis (inflammation of the colon)

  • Acute Kidney failure

  • Cardiovascular collapse

Organic Mercury is found in food products such as fish containing methyl mercury.  Mercury containing compounds from industry increase levels of mercury in the environment.  Methyl mercury accumulates in soil and water which eventually accumulates in fish which are then consumed by the general population.  These food products include tuna, prawns, cold-smoked meats, shark, shrimp and other popular forms of seafood.  Symptoms of organic mercury poisoning include:

  • Tremor, numbness, dizziness

  • Tunnel vision, blindness

  • Spasticity

  • Mental retardation

  • Birth defects

Mercury Poisoning And Autism?

  • Autism may affect 1 in every 150 children.

  • Thimerosal  (46% mercury) is a common preservative in many vaccines used in children during the first two years of life.

  • Mercury can cause immune, sensory, neurological, motor, and behavioral dysfunctions like those found in autistic patients.

  • Many children may have been exposed to amounts of mercury in vaccines that may have exceeded safety guidelines.

  • Referenced from Environmental Research Article No ER983832

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