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Old 07-21-2009, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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When I was an adolescent (I'm 53 now)... a friend had a little brown jug that had mercury in it. It was liquid metal, and we would pour it out and watch it separate, we'd pick it up and try to hold it... how stupid! We did this every once in a while.. would that cause any health problems many years down the line?
Lots of kids used to do this.

You are probably fine.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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It's not a 100% guarantee you will have problems, usually it impacts you more when you are young. I would keep an eye on it but it's unlikely to be affecting you.

I was always amazed by what may parents did when they were kids in the 50's, things dangerous and crazy now would be neat things. With the fear today I am surprised they survived!
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:39 PM
 
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I played with mercury from a broken thermometer when I was younger (12 yrs old, 13 tops), basically just rolling it around in my hands until it disappeared anyway. Now I'm wondering whether it's possible it vaporized, I inhaled and it is somehow related to some issues I've been having pretty much since around the same period (mood swings, irritability, nervousness, excessive shyness). I'm 22 now, very much frustrated with these symptoms and have just been wracking my brain for possible causes when the mercury thing came up. So is it possible the mercury had something to do with it?
There are other symptoms that seem familiar though the ones mentioned above are the most worrying to me.
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:24 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I played with mercury from a broken thermometer when I was younger (12 yrs old, 13 tops), basically just rolling it around in my hands until it disappeared anyway. Now I'm wondering whether it's possible it vaporized, I inhaled and it is somehow related to some issues I've been having pretty much since around the same period (mood swings, irritability, nervousness, excessive shyness). I'm 22 now, very much frustrated with these symptoms and have just been wracking my brain for possible causes when the mercury thing came up. So is it possible the mercury had something to do with it?
There are other symptoms that seem familiar though the ones mentioned above are the most worrying to me.
Get yourself tested.
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I'm 62 and I remember touching mercury, also that xray your feet machine when you got shoes. Don't forget no helmets to ride bikes or skate either. Can't remember seatbelts in our earlier cars.
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:50 PM
 
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Get yourself tested.
Hmm... Don't know which answer would've scared me more; get tested or forget it. I'm a big scaredy-cat anyways so whatever. Thanks for the reply
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Hmm... Don't know which answer would've scared me more; get tested or forget it. I'm a big scaredy-cat anyways so whatever. Thanks for the reply
I do think people can have mercury poisoning and feel you should get tested.
If you have any silver fillings in your mouth, start getting them replaced.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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I'm 62 and I remember touching mercury, also that xray your feet machine when you got shoes. Don't forget no helmets to ride bikes or skate either. Can't remember seatbelts in our earlier cars.
Oh gosh - the x-ray machine at the shoe store! I'd forgotten all about that! And what about those little turtles we all bought at the dime store. Hear they carry salmonella. And then there were the asbestos shingles on the houses.

And not only were there no seatbelts, we'd fight over who got to stand on the "hump" that ran down the middle of the car. The lucky winner stood there and rode the whole way leaning over the back of the front seat.

We rode in the "back back" (what we called it) of the station wagon all the way (800 miles one way) to Florida and back. No seats - we just sat back there on the platform.

How about lawn darts? And Creepy Crawlers? It's amazing that any baby-boomers survived childhood!
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:51 PM
 
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I've seen a post or two regarding mercury contaminated fish. Some with higher levels, some with lower levels. I started wondering exactly how do fish become contaminated by mercury? That prompted me to look for an answer.
How does Mercury Get into Fish?


From the looks of it, it appears most seafood contains various levels of mercury contamination. However, some have been tested that show higher levels than others, such as tuna and swordfish. Testing is usually done by random selection. I'm not certain if that means just the ones tested, or if it actually means all are equally contaminated. Nevertheless, for those concerned about understanding which fish commonly commonly available on the market, here's a list that breaks a good number of them into categories of risk, from the Least Amount of Mercury (safe to eat) to the Highest Amounts of Mercury.
Mercury in Fish - Fish Mercury - Mercury Fish Levels - Mercury Fish


There are some arguments that the amount of mercury present in tuna doesn't make them unsafe to eat. It could also be argued that sardines and wild salmon (both canned or fresh) contain lower levels of mercury said to be safe, but does that make them completely safe?

Why do some fish have higher levels of mercury than others? The main problem isn't so much about elemental mercury, but rather has more to do with methyl mercury which can build up in the system. It appears that some fish are able to dispose of it better than others.
With Mercury Found in Salmon, is Salmon Safe to Eat? - Associated Content
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:12 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Lawn Darts, damn they were fun:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/03/Lawndarts.jpg/295px-Lawndarts.jpg (broken link)


Station Wagon:

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