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What Sort Of Disorder Is An Elevated Mercury Level
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I don't know much about herbal medicine but don't have good insurance. Are there any plant treatments for elevated mercury levels?
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
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
Fish: Depending on where you live, you can give your child fish to eat every day. ...Read more
Guesswork: There's no questions that in cases of massive contamination, fish consumption has caused brain damage. Otherwise, there isn't a shred of epidemiologic evidence that fish consumption harms children or anyone else despite there being some mercury naturally. Fish is generally good for you. WIthout any real science, the government made a political decision to recommend a limit. I wouldn't worry. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Predatory fish: Avoid eating large predator fish. Marine life often is not able to excrete heavy metals and other toxins they absorb through pollutants. Through the processes of bioaccumulation & biomagnification, methylmercury levels grow higher is large ocean predators. Consider eating fish that are lower on the prey- predator food chain. ...Read more
Usually order ahi tuna (steaks) when out at restaurants (2 times a month) + 1 time of ahi tuna sushi. Can that level of mercury be harmful?
No: No. This will not cause harmful levels of mercury. ...Read more
What kind of compression stockings are advisable for av malformation in calf muscle? Up to what level of mercury pressure?
Used to eat a lot of fish my mercury levels were slightly elevated@10 does the body naturally detoxify mercury. I'm I at any risk.
What lab?: Be very sure you know what lab is doing the assay. There are some disreputable labs in the "heavy metal" screening business that engage in non-evidence-based practices. The whole business of mercury in fish as contentious with much scaremongering -- one study showed kids in poor nations that ate more fish & had slightly more mercury were also smarter as (?) they got more protein. I wouldn't worry. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
L have purchased infi digital BP monitoring system. What is the accuracy level compare to mercury monitoring system?
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
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
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