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Medical Health Hazards of Mercury

  1. Jan 5, 2009 #1
    How does the element Mercury actually effect your body for it to be a health hazard?
     
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  3. Jan 5, 2009 #2

    mgb_phys

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    I don't think it's totally understood.
    It seems to bind with certain other metals (eg selenium) that are essential to making certain proteins in your brain. Mercury has been used to 'cure' people who have received large doses of otherwise vital elements.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2009 #3

    chemisttree

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    http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/819872-overview

    It loves sulfur. I used to have a mercury spill kit that contained elemental sulfur.
    It targets sulfur containing enzymes... pretty much all of 'em.
     
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