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Mercury in Australia’s Derwent River Turns Healthy Food Source Into Health Hazard

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  • High concentrations of methylmercury may have toxic effects, such as memory loss, behavioral changes and even death
  • Mercury contamination in the environment often begins as a local issue, but progresses to a global issue
  • A significant amount of manmade mercury is transported into the atmosphere and carried around the world; an estimated 100 tons of mercury are transported to the Arctic

By Dr. Mercola

Mercury, a naturally occurring element, has a reputation for being deadly, especially to the brain. The heavy metal is one of only two elements on the periodic table that's liquid at room temperature. In its liquid form, mercury shimmers with an iridescent light mesmerizing enough to be displayed in the world's most beautiful art museums. But the element is deceptive and is a potent neurotoxin.

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