Mercury Sources

Foods: Shellfish, tap and well water, sea food such as whale, shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, and dolphin, Freshwater fish such as black bass, walleye, trout and pike



Other Sources: Amalgams (silver colored fillings in teeth), skin lightening creams, fabric softeners, adhesives, floor waxes/polishes, cosmetics, tattoos, hair dyes, vaccines, barometers, fungicides, insecticides, laxatives, paints, pesticides, thermometers, thermostats, vehicle emissions, and improper disposal of fluorescent lamps. Coal factories/plants (emit approximately half of atmospheric mercury), volcanoes (emit the other half of atmospheric mercury), coal combustion, pig iron, steel and cement as well as waste disposal, human crematoria, and biomass burning. Mercury and its compounds are commonly used in chemical laboratories, hospitals, and facilities involved in the production of items such as fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, and explosives.

Of 275 hazardous substances at toxic waste sites mercury ranks number 3 for risks to people around those sites.  The world health organization has indicated that Amalgams (silver colored fillings in teeth) account for more mercury exposure than all other sources combined!

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