Mercury is a poison regardless of ingestion.
Mercury vapor is observed into the body by 80%.
We are breating air and eating fish with high levels of mercury.
Guess how many tons of mercury is released into the air by coal plants each year? My guess would be around 100 tons +.
You ask me about the increase in autism and other mental disorders and i would make a big connection here.
Here is the info from the government itself - at least they are not denying it.
Common behavioral symptoms of mercury toxicity include depression, irritability, exaggerated response to stimuli, excessive shyness, insomnia, and
emotional instability (4). In occupational exposure studies, workers with urine mercury concentrations greater than 56 ug/L exhibited neurotoxic
effects such as decreased performance on verbal concept formation and memory tests (5). Neurobehavioral tests and other standardized test batteries
have been used to assess persons exposed to mercury and other neurotoxic agents in environmental and occupational settings (6-10).
Mercury poisoning is the ill effects on humans nervous system and other bodily systems due to the over-exposure of mercury. Mercury is a neurotoxin,
meaning it affects the nervous system. The "mad hatters" of the 19th century suffered from mercury poisoning which caused personality changes,
nervousness, trembling, and even dementia. The hatters were exposed to mercury in the felting process, where mercury was rubbed onto cloth to preserve
Today, people are more aware of the dangers of mercury and many of its uses have been discontinued. However, mercury exposure is still an occupational
hazard for people in many industries and mercury is present in the environment around us. There is also the risk of exposure due to a thermometer
breaking or mercury leaking out of a thermostat or any number of mercury-containing devices. If mercury vapor is inhaled, as much as 80 percent may
enter the bloodstream
estimated daily avarage mercury intakes.
[edit on 8-8-2004 by psilocin]