Thursday, March 19, 2009

U.S. Backs Treaty to Reduce Mercury

The Associated Press reported on 2/17/09 that the Obama Administration is backing a treaty to reduce the global threat of Mercury in the environment. This counter acts a refusal to act by the Bush Administration. Susan Keane of the Natural Resources Defense Council applauded the move. Mercury contamination has increased threefold in recent years. Mercury is found in especially high levels in predatory fish, such as tuna. Coal is a common source in the air. Mercury can also leach out from amalgam metal fillings in the teeth. Children and fetuses are particularly susceptible, but high levels can be found with a challenge test in people of all ages. Brain and memory damage is a common complication.

See Associated Press (click here) 2/17/09 and go to the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology (click here) website for detection and treatment information.

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