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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
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
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