Both blood and hair have been used to detect mercury
poisoning. In one study, hair levels generally correlated with blood levels.
Hair levels are about 300 times higher than blood levels.
Copper toxicity and zinc deficiency are often associated with mercury toxicity.
|Energy -||mercury compounds inhibit the enzyme ATPase, which impairs energy production in all body cells.|
|Nervous System -||degeneration of nerve fibers occurs,
particularly the peripheral sensory nerve fibers. In addition to
sensory nerve damage, motor conduction speed was reduced in
persons with high hair mercury levels.
The most common sensory effects are paresthesia, pain in limbs, and visual and auditory disturbances. Motor disturbances results in changes in gait, weakness, falling, slurred speech, and tremor. Other symptoms are headaches, rashes and emotional disturbances.
|Endocrine System -||mercury has been shown to concentrate in the thyroid and pituitary glands, interfering with their function. Impairment of adrenal gland activity also occurs.|
adrenal gland dysfunction
alopecia (hair loss)
ataxia (uncontrolled movement of limbs)
immune system dysfunction
loss of self-control
numbness and tingling in arms and legs
pain in limbs
vision loss - peripheral vision