We are seeing a serious rise in the environment of neuro-toxic
chemicals and heavy metals. The resultant accumulation of heavy metals
in the human body poses significant health risks. Chronic mercury
exposure from occupational, environmental, dental amalgam, and
contaminated food exposure is a significant threat to public health. A
single dental amalgam filling with a surface area of only 0.4 cm2 is
estimated to release as much as 15 micrograms of mercury per day
primarily through mechanical wear and evaporation. The average
individual has eight amalgam fillings and could absorb up to 120
micrograms of mercury per day from their amalgams. These levels are
consistent with reports of 60 micrograms of mercury per day collected
in human faeces. By way of contrast, estimates of the daily absorption
of all forms of mercury from fish and seafood is 2.3 micrograms and
from all other foods, air and water is 0.3 micrograms per day.
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