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Environmental Mercury Tied to Increasing Songbird Losses

Mercury Toxicity

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  • In addition to seafood, mercury is now found at alarming levels in many other species, including shorebirds, songbirds, bats, and insects
  • Mercury-exposed birds have reduced reproductive success even at the lowest dose of mercury exposure -- the equivalent of less than the amount found in a can of tuna)
  • Some birds tested had mercury levels so high that 20 percent of their offspring would not survive, while more than half of bats tested had enough mercury to cause behavioral changes
  • Dentist offices are the largest source of mercury in wastewater entering publicly owned treatment works, due to their use of mercury for amalgam fillings
  • About 50 percent of the mercury entering municipal wastewater treatment plants can be traced back to dental amalgam waste, making the need to phase out amalgam fillings all the more urgent

By Dr. Mercola

By now you're probably well aware that environmental mercury has contaminated so much seafood that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains an ongoing "do not eat" list for at-risk populations.


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