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Mercury & Anxiety
Mercury is everywhere and present in all our systems. We inhale mercury vapors from pesticides, fungicides, petroleum products and fluorescent lights, which some believe cause food allergies, and absorb it from mercury-based skin creams, laxatives, douches, and from vaccines preserved with Thimerosal. We drink mercury contaminated water and eat mercury-tainted food, especially tuna, as it is touted as a source of high quality protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
How much mercury can the human body tolerate? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no known safe level. Mercury affects every cell in the body -- the medical literature lists over 200 symptoms of mercury poisoning – and causes or contributes to a multitude of illnesses.
The environmental protection agency lists the following symptoms of mercury poisoning.
- Impairment of the peripheral vision
- Disturbances in sensations ("pins and needles" feelings, numbness) usually in the hands, feet, and sometimes around the mouth
- Lack of coordination of movements, such as writing
- Impairment of speech, hearing, walking
- Muscle weakness
- Skin rashes
- Mood swing
- Memory loss
- Mental disturbance
As the brain is one of the first organs affected, initial signs of mercury poisoning are psychiatric.
- Heightened anxiety
- Mood swings
- Xenophobia (an abnormal fear of strangers)
- Severe irritability
- Fits of Anger
- Poor concentration
- Personality changes
Many of the medical conditions related to mercury poisoning are common anxiety mimickers. These include autoimmune diseases, like thyroiditis and fibromyalgia, as leaked mercury confuses the immune system into attacking the body’s own tissues, and food intolerance, as the immune system sets up antibodies against certain foods. Many with mercury poisoning also have yeast overgrowth.
Information taken from Anxiety: Hidden Causes