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  • Hair concentrations of mercury have long been assumed to come only from fish consumption, but new research suggests hair mercury concentrations may be the result of diverse sources of exposure, including dental mercury
  • The research team developed new analytical capabilities that allowed them to identify different sources of mercury in hair at concentrations as low as 0.5 parts per million (ppm)
  • The study revealed that one person’s spike in mercury levels could be traced back to unsafe removal of a mercury filling
  • Mercury fillings should only be removed by a qualified biological dentist who is familiar with the processes for safe removal

By Dr. Mercola

Mercury is toxic to human health and the environment. It poses an especially significant risk when exposure occurs in utero or in early life, but even adults may suffer from toxic effects on their nervous, digestive and immune systems, as well as damage to the lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes, depending on exposure.


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