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Mercury Pollution and Prenatal Exposure

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  • Up to 2 million children in the European Union (EU) are born with methylmercury exposures that exceed the EU’s safe limit.
  • Of them, 200,000 have levels above the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended maximum for mercury exposures.
  • Exposure to mercury while the brain is still developing has been linked to lower IQ, and therefore a lower lifetime learning potential; if the effects of mercury on developing brains were converted into IQ points, controlling mercury pollution would save 700,000 IQ points per year in the European Union alone.
  • The use of mercury in dentistry is one of the primary causes of widespread mercury pollution around the globe, along with personal health risks from mercury vapor release.
  • While I do recommend that healthy people have their mercury fillings removed by a qualified biological dentist, this should NOT be done during pregnancy or while breastfeeding due to the potential for mercury vapors to be released if done improperly.

By Dr. Mercola

Every year, up to 2 million children in the European Union (EU) are born with methylmercury exposures that exceed the EU’s safe limit. Of them, 200,000 have levels above the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended maximum for mercury exposures, which means they’re born with hazardous levels of mercury in their tiny bodies.


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