Those interested in Mercury connection.. See what GOVT is doing about it..

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  1. dojomo

    dojomo New Member

    All of our symptoms can be attributed to over exposure of mercury. The recent headlines over the past few years, indicates either the current acceptable exposure level is TOO high or there isn't enough compliance and we are over exposed......At any rate there is a big MOVEMENT over the last couple of years to limit our exposure....does anyone else wonder WHY too?


    Neurotoxic effect of exposure to low doses of mercury.

    If you don't like reading studies...scroll down to the recent headlines

    Lucchini R, Cortesi I, Facco P, Benedetti L, Camerino D, Carta P, Urbano ML, Zaccheo A, Alessio L.
    Cattedra di Medicina del Lavoro, Universita di Brescia, P.le Spedali Civili 1, 25125 Brescia.

    OBJECTIVES: To assess early effects on the Central Nervous System due to
    occupational exposure to low levels of inorganic mercury (Hg) in a multicenter nationwide cross-sectional study, including workers from chloro-alkali plants, chemical industry, thermometer and fluorescent lamp manufacturing. The contribution of non-occupational exposure to inorganic Hg from dental amalgams and to organic Hg from fish consumption was also considered.

    METHODS: Neuropsychological and neuroendocrine functions were examined
    in a population of 122 workers occupationally exposed to Hg, and 196 control subjects, not occupationally exposed to Hg. Neuropsychological functions were assessed with neurobehavioral testing including vigilance, motor and cognitive function, tremor measurements, and with symptoms concerning neuropsychological and mood assessment. Neuroendocrine functions were examined with the measurement of prolactin secretion. The target population was also characterized by the surface of dental amalgams and sea fish consumption.

    CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, this study supports the finding of early alterations of motor function and neuroendocrine secretion at very low exposure levels of inorganic Hg, below the current ACGIH BEI and below the most recent exposure levels reported in the literature.
    ************************


    Mercury exposure and early effects: an overview.

    Kazantzis G. Environmental Geochemistry Research Group, Department of Environmental Science and Technology, Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BP, UK.

    OBJECTIVES: This paper was given as a keynote address at the conference on The Assessment of the Effects Due to Low Doses of Inorganic Mercury following Environmental and Occupational Exposures: Human and in vitro Studies on the Specific Mechanisms of Toxicity in Gargnano, Italy, in September
    2001.

    METHODS: The most relevant literature over the past 40 years has been
    reviewed, and in particular, the proceedings of the World Health Organisation conferences on the health effects of inorganic and organic mercury exposure have been considered.
        
    CONCLUSIONS: As mercury can give rise to allergic and immunotoxic
    reactions which may be genetically regulated, in the absence of adequate dose-response studies for immunologically sensitive individuals, it has not been possible to set a level for mercury in blood or urine below which mercury related symptoms will not occur.


    NEWS ARTICLES::::::::::


    10/12/01
    Status of State and Federal Mercury Legislation in the United States In growing recognition of the problem of mercury contamination and exposure, there were approximately 50 mercury-related bills introduced in states between August 2000 and October 2000, with at least 10 bills passing into law in six states. Mercury legislation has also been introduced in the U.S. Congress and some of these bills are discussed with this update

    11/5/01
    United States Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-Calif) held a news conference today in Los Angeles, California to announce new legislation (see the press release) with the following goals:1) no mercury amalgam for children under 18, or for pregnant women, or for nursing mothers - effective July 1, 2002; 2) "disclosure before exposure" health warning for all - effective July 1, 2002; and 3) a phase out of all amalgam use, for anyone in the USA, in five years.

    3/2/01
    MPP Press Release: CDC Report Finds More U.S. Children and Pregnant Women at Risk From Mercury Exposure Than Ever Before. "These new findings amount to an estimated 375,000 babies being born each year at-risk of neurological problems due to exposure to mercury in the womb," said Michael Bender, Executive Director of the

    Mercury Policy Project.
    On December 14, 2000, the EPA announced its intent to strictly regulate mercury air emissions from utility sources. By December 15, 2004, the EPA hopes to issues its final regulations and cut back the significant amount of mercury in utility emissions, especially from coal-fired power plants. According to the EPA, coal-fired electric utilities are the largest source of human-caused mercury air emissions in the U.S., producing 34% of mercury emissions. Municipal waste combustors and medical waste incinerators are a distant second and third, producing 19% and 10% of the human-caused mercury air emissions. In 1998, TVA was the fifth largest utility mercury emitter in the entire country, releasing a system-wide total of 4,109 pounds.


    Recently obtained information from the Food and Drug Administration reveals a seafood mercury monitoring program severely lacking in thoroughness, depth and degree. The report says that although FDA is charged with protecting the public from mercury-contaminated seafood, by its only admission, FDA no longer conducts a monitoring program for tuna (canned, steaks, and sushi), shark or swordfish. Now, four states--Vermont, Minnesota, Michigan and New Jersey--have issued warnings to pregnant women and nursing mothers to stop consumption of certain ocean fish and limit consumption of canned tuna to one meal per week


    In July 1999 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the Public Health Service (PHS) issued a joint statement recommending removal of thimerosal from vaccines as soon as possible.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2002
    ECKERD JOINS NATIONAL MOVEMENT TO PHASE OUT DANGEROUS MERCURY FEVER THERMOMETERS
    Health advocates urge Kroger, Medicine Shoppe, Publix and Fred's to follow suit
    January 23, Clearwater, Florida - Responding to a shareholder request, Eckerd announced it will stop selling mercury fever thermometers in its 2,640 stores by March 31. Eckerd was the last of the top five largest pharmacy chains in the United States to agree to phase out the dangerous product, joining CVS,
    Rite-Aid, Walgreen and Wal-Mart

    Jan 7, 1998
    LOW-LEVEL MERCURY POLLUTION MAY pose a greater threat of developmental neurotoxicity than FDA and other federal agencies have estimated, according to a long-awaited EPA report to Congress released last week. Environmental groups are pushing EPA to follow up the study by mandating tighter pollution controls on major mercury sources, but chlorine producers that use mercury cell technology hope EPA will accept voluntary cuts in lieu of new regulation.

    6/27/02
    The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Senator James Jeffords (I-VT), unanimously passed S.351, a bill that would phase out sales of mercury thermometers (also see summary), except by prescription, within 180 days after enactment and improve management of surplus mercury. The bill authorizes $20 million in funds for a grant program to states and other appropriate parties for collection of mercury thermometers and a thermometer exchange program

    06-25-1998
    WASTES AND HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES - MEDWASTE: HOSPITALS VOW TO CURB WASTE, END MERCURY USE
                US hospitals yesterday vowed to stop using mercury and cut their medical waste in half as part of an agreement with the US EPA aimed at reducing toxic air pollution.             In the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the agency and the American Hospital Assn., the hospitals agreed to remove mercury from their waste by 2005 and cut all types of medwaste in half by 2010. Although the MOU is not binding, agency and industry officials "say the hospitals are committed to the waste   reductions."
                The move comes amid criticism of the industry by environmental groups for not moving more aggressively to stop using
    mercury-laden products and for producing too much waste, the incineration of which emits toxic chemicals such as dioxin and mercury[This Message was Edited on 12/11/2002]
    [This Message was Edited on 12/11/2002]
  2. dojomo

    dojomo New Member

    All of our symptoms can be attributed to over exposure of mercury. The recent headlines over the past few years, indicates either the current acceptable exposure level is TOO high or there isn't enough compliance and we are over exposed......At any rate there is a big MOVEMENT over the last couple of years to limit our exposure....does anyone else wonder WHY too?


    Neurotoxic effect of exposure to low doses of mercury.

    If you don't like reading studies...scroll down to the recent headlines

    Lucchini R, Cortesi I, Facco P, Benedetti L, Camerino D, Carta P, Urbano ML, Zaccheo A, Alessio L.
    Cattedra di Medicina del Lavoro, Universita di Brescia, P.le Spedali Civili 1, 25125 Brescia.

    OBJECTIVES: To assess early effects on the Central Nervous System due to
    occupational exposure to low levels of inorganic mercury (Hg) in a multicenter nationwide cross-sectional study, including workers from chloro-alkali plants, chemical industry, thermometer and fluorescent lamp manufacturing. The contribution of non-occupational exposure to inorganic Hg from dental amalgams and to organic Hg from fish consumption was also considered.

    METHODS: Neuropsychological and neuroendocrine functions were examined
    in a population of 122 workers occupationally exposed to Hg, and 196 control subjects, not occupationally exposed to Hg. Neuropsychological functions were assessed with neurobehavioral testing including vigilance, motor and cognitive function, tremor measurements, and with symptoms concerning neuropsychological and mood assessment. Neuroendocrine functions were examined with the measurement of prolactin secretion. The target population was also characterized by the surface of dental amalgams and sea fish consumption.

    CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, this study supports the finding of early alterations of motor function and neuroendocrine secretion at very low exposure levels of inorganic Hg, below the current ACGIH BEI and below the most recent exposure levels reported in the literature.
    ************************


    Mercury exposure and early effects: an overview.

    Kazantzis G. Environmental Geochemistry Research Group, Department of Environmental Science and Technology, Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BP, UK.

    OBJECTIVES: This paper was given as a keynote address at the conference on The Assessment of the Effects Due to Low Doses of Inorganic Mercury following Environmental and Occupational Exposures: Human and in vitro Studies on the Specific Mechanisms of Toxicity in Gargnano, Italy, in September
    2001.

    METHODS: The most relevant literature over the past 40 years has been
    reviewed, and in particular, the proceedings of the World Health Organisation conferences on the health effects of inorganic and organic mercury exposure have been considered.
        
    CONCLUSIONS: As mercury can give rise to allergic and immunotoxic
    reactions which may be genetically regulated, in the absence of adequate dose-response studies for immunologically sensitive individuals, it has not been possible to set a level for mercury in blood or urine below which mercury related symptoms will not occur.


    NEWS ARTICLES::::::::::


    10/12/01
    Status of State and Federal Mercury Legislation in the United States In growing recognition of the problem of mercury contamination and exposure, there were approximately 50 mercury-related bills introduced in states between August 2000 and October 2000, with at least 10 bills passing into law in six states. Mercury legislation has also been introduced in the U.S. Congress and some of these bills are discussed with this update

    11/5/01
    United States Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-Calif) held a news conference today in Los Angeles, California to announce new legislation (see the press release) with the following goals:1) no mercury amalgam for children under 18, or for pregnant women, or for nursing mothers - effective July 1, 2002; 2) "disclosure before exposure" health warning for all - effective July 1, 2002; and 3) a phase out of all amalgam use, for anyone in the USA, in five years.

    3/2/01
    MPP Press Release: CDC Report Finds More U.S. Children and Pregnant Women at Risk From Mercury Exposure Than Ever Before. "These new findings amount to an estimated 375,000 babies being born each year at-risk of neurological problems due to exposure to mercury in the womb," said Michael Bender, Executive Director of the

    Mercury Policy Project.
    On December 14, 2000, the EPA announced its intent to strictly regulate mercury air emissions from utility sources. By December 15, 2004, the EPA hopes to issues its final regulations and cut back the significant amount of mercury in utility emissions, especially from coal-fired power plants. According to the EPA, coal-fired electric utilities are the largest source of human-caused mercury air emissions in the U.S., producing 34% of mercury emissions. Municipal waste combustors and medical waste incinerators are a distant second and third, producing 19% and 10% of the human-caused mercury air emissions. In 1998, TVA was the fifth largest utility mercury emitter in the entire country, releasing a system-wide total of 4,109 pounds.


    Recently obtained information from the Food and Drug Administration reveals a seafood mercury monitoring program severely lacking in thoroughness, depth and degree. The report says that although FDA is charged with protecting the public from mercury-contaminated seafood, by its only admission, FDA no longer conducts a monitoring program for tuna (canned, steaks, and sushi), shark or swordfish. Now, four states--Vermont, Minnesota, Michigan and New Jersey--have issued warnings to pregnant women and nursing mothers to stop consumption of certain ocean fish and limit consumption of canned tuna to one meal per week


    In July 1999 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the Public Health Service (PHS) issued a joint statement recommending removal of thimerosal from vaccines as soon as possible.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2002
    ECKERD JOINS NATIONAL MOVEMENT TO PHASE OUT DANGEROUS MERCURY FEVER THERMOMETERS
    Health advocates urge Kroger, Medicine Shoppe, Publix and Fred's to follow suit
    January 23, Clearwater, Florida - Responding to a shareholder request, Eckerd announced it will stop selling mercury fever thermometers in its 2,640 stores by March 31. Eckerd was the last of the top five largest pharmacy chains in the United States to agree to phase out the dangerous product, joining CVS,
    Rite-Aid, Walgreen and Wal-Mart

    Jan 7, 1998
    LOW-LEVEL MERCURY POLLUTION MAY pose a greater threat of developmental neurotoxicity than FDA and other federal agencies have estimated, according to a long-awaited EPA report to Congress released last week. Environmental groups are pushing EPA to follow up the study by mandating tighter pollution controls on major mercury sources, but chlorine producers that use mercury cell technology hope EPA will accept voluntary cuts in lieu of new regulation.

    6/27/02
    The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Senator James Jeffords (I-VT), unanimously passed S.351, a bill that would phase out sales of mercury thermometers (also see summary), except by prescription, within 180 days after enactment and improve management of surplus mercury. The bill authorizes $20 million in funds for a grant program to states and other appropriate parties for collection of mercury thermometers and a thermometer exchange program

    06-25-1998
    WASTES AND HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES - MEDWASTE: HOSPITALS VOW TO CURB WASTE, END MERCURY USE
                US hospitals yesterday vowed to stop using mercury and cut their medical waste in half as part of an agreement with the US EPA aimed at reducing toxic air pollution.             In the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the agency and the American Hospital Assn., the hospitals agreed to remove mercury from their waste by 2005 and cut all types of medwaste in half by 2010. Although the MOU is not binding, agency and industry officials "say the hospitals are committed to the waste   reductions."
                The move comes amid criticism of the industry by environmental groups for not moving more aggressively to stop using
    mercury-laden products and for producing too much waste, the incineration of which emits toxic chemicals such as dioxin and mercury[This Message was Edited on 12/11/2002]
    [This Message was Edited on 12/11/2002]
  3. lilwren

    lilwren New Member

    ... with us. It is so helpful to those of us dealing with mercury toxicity and all the questions surrounding it. I truly appreciate the energy you spent researching that info and posting it. Thanks again.

    Love,
    Sharon L
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Not that there is anything wrong with that. I agree that there needs to be new and extensive primary research on the effects of low levels of mercury on humans. Problem is that mercury accumulates in the body and it may be impossible in our polluted environment to find individuals who suffer from only very low levels.

    BTW, as I've mentioned here before, the levels of mercury in the Gulf are so high that our local governments have warned us not to eat local fish we catch. The commercial fishermen are still out there catching and selling their fish. I do not believe Gulf Water fish are safe to eat.

    Love, Mikie
  5. beckster

    beckster New Member

    Have been following some of the mercury literature. Also some of the vaccine (and contaminants) literature. thanks again.