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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Is There Mercury In My Water?

Happy Thursday Blogger Friends!

All of us here at Florida Herb House work hard to give you peace of mind with our large selection of "Do It Yourself" home health tests. If you are concerned with mercury in your water supply please buy a mercury test kit. They are simply to use and give fast accurate results as to any mercury poisining your water supply. If you can not find one we do have these in stock always. You can click below to order online at our herb store.

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What is mercury? Mercury is a naturally occurring metal which has several forms. The metallic mercury is a shiny, silver-white, odorless liquid. If heated, it is a colorless, odorless gas.

What happens to mercury when it enters the environment?
•Inorganic mercury (metallic mercury and inorganic mercury compounds) enters the air from mining ore deposits, burning coal and waste, and from manufacturing plants.
•It enters the water or soil from natural deposits, disposal of wastes, and volcanic activity.
•Methylmercury may be formed in water and soil by small organisms called bacteria.
•Methylmercury builds up in the tissues of fish. Larger and older fish tend to have the highest levels of mercury.

How does mercury affect children?
Very young children are more sensitive to mercury than adults. Mercury in the mother's body passes to the fetus and may accumulate there. It can also can pass to a nursing infant through breast milk. However, the benefits of breast feeding may be greater than the possible adverse effects of mercury in breast milk. Mercury's harmful effects that may be passed from the mother to the fetus include brain damage, mental retardation, incoordination, blindness, seizures, and inability to speak. Children poisoned by mercury may develop problems of their nervous and digestive systems, and kidney damage.

Inorganic mercury is found in batteries and is used in the chemical industry and it is produced from elemental mercury through the process of oxidation. Inorganic mercury is the most common form that is present in drinking water. Kidney damage may result from exposure to inorganic mercury through other sources. Organic mercury (primarily methyl mercury) is produced by specific bacterial organisms in surface waters that convert inorganic mercury into organic mercury, which is the form of mercury that poses a significant threat to human health. Methyl mercury is ingested typically by fish and bioaccumulates both in the tissues of fish and the humans that eat these fish. Large predatory fish can contain as much as 100,000 times more methyl mercury than the surrounding water medium. This form is rarely present in drinking water but is a very common contaminant in the tissues of fish and causes damage to the nervous system as well as teratogenesis. Both inorganic and organic mercury are considered to have a more detrimental effect on children due to the fact that both forms are more easily absorbed into their system.

In 1974, the EPA established the Safe Drinking Water Act that set specific guidelines on contaminants that are commonly found in drinking water. However, it was not until 1992 that mercury, in particular, became regulated. Both the Maximum Contaminant Level Goal and the Maximum Contaminant Level were set at 2 parts per billion because current technology allows public water suppliers to detect and remove mercury levels that low.


Stephen A. Sharp
Florida Herb House