Inorganic Mercury Accumulates in the Blood

Inorganic mercury has been found in the blood of 1/3 of women, according to a new analysis of government data for more than 6,000 American women. Older women have higher levels indicating that mercury accumulates in the blood over time. Great, just great.

Dan Laks, a neuroscience researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles stated: “My study found compelling evidence that inorganic mercury deposition within the human body is a cumulative process, increasing with age and overall in the population over time.” He also said, “”My findings also suggest a rise in risks for disease associated with mercury over time.”

And not surprisingly during the Bush administration concentrations of mercury in whatever we ingest rose rapidly. Laks reported, “The overall population average of blood inorganic mercury concentration also increased significantly from 1999-2006.” Between 2005 and 2006 30% of women had mercury in their blood compared to 2% in a study done from 1999 to 2000. There’s nothing like a good dose of deregulation in industry to get a positive rise in pollution is there?

The article on ENS website mentions chronic diseases associated with mercury to include autism.

Read the whole article: http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/sep2009/2009-09-01-092.asp.

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