Mercury toxicity……

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Mercury pollution is extremely high around the world, with coal-burning power  plants and nonferrous metal production being the main sources of toxic emission,  accounting for 72 percent of total environmental discharge. The United Nations  estimates that nearly 2000 tons of mercury was emitted into the globe’s  atmosphere in 2010 alone.

Mercury is a pervasive toxin lurking in many modern products

Mercury can  be found lurking in many vaccinations, which are injected right into people’s  blood. Mercury is poured into teeth via dental amalagams. Tons of amalagam waste  is excreted into the environment each year. Mercury was once the key metal in  thermometers. It’s harbored in sphygmomanometers, or blood pressure monitoring  devices. It’s used as an antiseptic in pharmaceuticals, as a reagent in  laboratories, and is in some paints. Mercury exists in batteries and in the new  fluorescent light bulbs. The metal is pervasive; it gets into the rivers and the  soil, eventually flowing into the ocean, where it accumulates in the aquatic  food chain. It continues to circulate, over and over, showing little signs of  decomposing.

Mercury toxicity leads to nervous system paralysis

The deadly effects of  mercury poisoning are often overlooked. One disease, rarely heard of, was coined  back in 1956 and is called Minamata disease. The definition of the disease  describes the ill effects of mercury poisoning: numbness in the hands and feet,  muscle weaknesses, narrowing of vision, speech and hearing damage, insanity,  paralysis and death.
The cause of Minamata disease was discovered when  residents of Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, began eating contaminated fish from  Minamata Bay and the Shiranui Sea. The source of the contamination was high  levels of methyl mercury,  which was being released from industrial waste water from a chemical factory  owned by the Chisso Corporation. For 36 consecutive years, the symptoms arose in  the populace, bringing death to many. 2,265 victims were eventually identified,  including 1,784 who had passed away. The Chisso Corporation ended up paying $86  million in compensation for their company’s mercury poisoning of the water and  fish.

The world is awakening to mercury’s toxic effects on the human body

The  Minamata Convention was adopted in Kumanoto. Now, awareness of mercury pollution  is growing. Many people are now calling for an end to mercury vaccines and  mercury dental fillings. Alternatives to mercury thermometers and  sphygmomanometers are coming about. People have become aware of rising mercury  levels in fish, especially tuna.
Finally, many people are learning about  some very powerful natural substances that detoxify the human body from metals  like mercury. One of those powerhouse natural substances is curcumin, found in  turmeric root.

New study shows how curcumin protects against mercury damage

A new study  from the Indian Institute of Toxicology examines the detoxifying powers  of curcumin and its prophylactic and therapeutic role on rats exposed to  mercury. The test subjected the rats to single intraperitoneal injections of  mercuric chloride. The mercury induced serum biochemical changes in the rats,  damaging their liver and kidneys in the process. The mercury subjected the rats  to severe oxidative stress, including wracked lipid peroxidation, abnormal  glutathione levels and destructive catalase activities in the liver, kidney and  brain.
When the researchers administered daily oral curcumin  treatments of 80 mg for three days, significant changes occurred. The mercury  induced serum biochemical changes were reversed, as the liver and kidneys began  showing signs of repair!
When the mercury was initially administered, it  induced metallothionein mRNA expressions in the liver and kidney, but when  curcumin was used as a pre-treatment, the expression levels of the RNA  decreased, concluding that curcumin is a positive preventative medicine  protecting the liver and kidneys from RNA damage.
Furthermore, when  curcumin was administered for three days, the concentrations of mercury inside  the rat’s tissues were reduced and eliminated from their bodies, showing a  detoxifying effect. The authors conclude that routine dietary intake of curcumin  serves as an effective antioxidant with strong protective powers in the fight  against mercury toxicity.
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