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Doctor insights on: Blood Mercury Levels

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What number of 6 oz servings of swordfish would a mother have to eat to have high enough blood levels of mercury to cause developmental problems?

What number of 6 oz servings of swordfish would a mother have to eat to have high enough blood levels of mercury to cause developmental problems?

Nobody knows: Nobody has been able to demonstrate an effect of mercury in ordinary fish-eating even in countries where a lot is consumed (the Faroes, the Seychelles, Australia). The EPA advice against all women and children eating any swordfish is political -- and no surprise from an agency that once declared sandbox sand a cause of cancer. I find no realistic basis for fear. ...Read more

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How could i reduce the mercury level in my blood?

How could i reduce the mercury level in my blood?

Chelation: There is a drug called dmsa that you can get from your doctor. It is also known from animal studies that vitamin b1 in large doses removes mercury via the bile. Thus the excreted mercury can be found in the stools. ...Read more

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If an electrician is exposed to high levels of mercury and becomes ill, how do doctors detect it if the blood levels are no longer high?

Difficult: Detecting mercury is most reliable from blood or urine, but fades a few days after last exposure. Hair testing is long-term positive, but is a test not standardized, and is not helpful for inorganic (elemental) mercury if that is the type of exposure implied for this case...it is best for organic mercury from seafood. Read more: http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/mercury/tab/test/ ...Read more

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What happens if someone was exposed to mercury vapors 2 days ago and he wants to check the mercury level in his blood..?

What happens if someone was exposed to mercury vapors 2 days ago and he wants to check the mercury level in his blood..?

Is it needed?: What form of mercury vapor were you exposed to? For how long was the exposure? Do you have any symptoms?. What will you do with the results? A laboratory can do the test if your doctor orders it. ...Read more

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My blood test came back with a mercury level at 16 ng/ml. How concerned should I be with this number?

My blood test came back with a mercury level at 16 ng/ml. How concerned should I be with this number?

Action level is 35: Mercury is a naturally-occurring element and this level won't make you sick or damage you or your unborn child, but you might ask whether you have an occupational exposure, love eating fish (up to 200 ng/ml seems to be tolerated without harm), or live near a coal-burning plant. The published 'actional level' (i.e., think about less fish) is 35 ng/ml. Eager to hear from others. ...Read more

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How can I reduce mercury in my blood?

How can I reduce mercury in my blood?

Is it elevated?: Are your mercury levels elevated? If it is, you need find the source and eliminate it. Mercury laden fish ( go online to see the mercury content of different fish) is a potentially common source. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: mercury, blood?

What is the definition or description of: mercury, blood?

Blood Mercury: Is a measure of mercury content in blood, which is an indicator of exposure to organic mercury, such as eating fish containing methyl mercury, or recent exposure to high levels of mercury vapor. Levels above 5 nanograms per ml. In blood are abnormal (in urine, it is above 20). ...Read more

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How could you counteract mercury that had some how gotten in the blood stream?

How could you counteract mercury that had some how gotten in the blood stream?

Find out why: There are several unethical 'holistic' labs that will diagnose you with elevated mercury in the blood and suggest various non-evidence-based therapies. Beware of these folks. Real mercury toxicity requires a physician to use a chelator. If there's actually elemental mercury in your blood, a police investigation is warranted -- this would be a bizarre homicide attempt. ...Read more

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What is the name&type of blood test I need to confirm or rule out mercury poisoning?

What is the name&type of blood test I need to confirm or rule out mercury poisoning?

Serum mercury level: Serum or blood mercury level. Everyone has a small amount of mercury in her body, because mercury is a naturally occurring substance. Exposure to methylmercury (a form of mercury) most often comes from eating fish that contains methylmercury. Usually, greater amounts of methylmercury are found in larger predatory fish. ...Read more

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I've been told I have depression but it's not, it's mercury toxicity from fillings, why wont drs test harder for it in the blood?

I've been told I have depression but it's not, it's mercury toxicity from fillings, why wont drs test harder for it in the blood?

Mercury intoxication: hi, because you should have more than depression to be diagnosed with Mercury intoxication, Mercury intoxication is a serious disease which affects skin, blood cells, skin and peripheral nerves. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is an elevated mercury level?

What sort of disorder is an elevated mercury level?

Poisoing: Mercury is a toxic metal, especially in organic form. It can cause development problems in the fetus and children and neurologic disorders in adults. ...Read more

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If you get elevated mercury levels, how do you feel?

If you get elevated mercury levels, how do you feel?

Varies: Mercury can be elemental, inorganic, or organic and symptoms change depending on type and if exposure was ingestion or inhalation. Inhaling elemental mercury (old thermometer, fluorescent lights) can cause difficulty breathing, vomiting, bleeding gums. Bloody diarrhea/vomiting, kidney and brain damage can occur from swallowing inorganic mercury (batteries, disinfectants). Organic mercury ... ...Read more

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I had 2.5 oz of cooked ahi tuna. I later read ahi tuna is on the "avoid list" due to its higher Mercury level. Is my baby ok? Can i fix it?

I had 2.5 oz of cooked ahi tuna. I later read ahi tuna is on the "avoid list" due to its higher Mercury level. Is my baby ok? Can i fix it?

Stop worrying: There is no actual evidence that any baby has ever been harmed by mercury in fish apart from two tragic pollution disasters. These recommendations are subscientific and are best guesses to allay public fears. In two overseas studies, kids eating fish like this actually did better than others. Comply from now on and keep being a good mother. ...Read more

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Can there be high levels of mercury in tuna?

Can there be high levels of mercury in tuna?

Yes: High levels of mercury as well as other toxins can be present in tuna and other fish species. We have to depend upon the government inspections to insure that our seafood we purchase and eat is contaminant free, or certainly at an acceptable level per established standards. ...Read more

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Is there a way to keep mercury levels low in someone who eats shark regularly? This would be a precautionary measure. I've read that se binds to hg

Is there a way to keep mercury levels low in someone who eats shark regularly? This would be a precautionary measure. I've read that se binds to hg

Agree w Dr. Baker: There is more to worry about than just mercury. There is a significant health risk in ingesting shark. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. ...Read more

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Could high mercury levels cause histamine and sulfur intolerance?

Could high mercury levels cause histamine and sulfur intolerance?

Need more specifics: What do you mean by "histamine and sulfur intolerance"? Do you know that you have high mercury levels? You evidently have a source of medical care for several conditions. Best to consult your own doc with complex questions. Sorry can't be of more help. ...Read more

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