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By Obiora Embry

of the micro‐organisms on the bottom of the food chain that metabolize metallic mercury.  This increase in the concentration of Mercury in aquatic life is why we are cautioned in 41 states (as of 1999) against eating fish caught in public lakes, rivers, and creeks as the health effects include birth defects, central nervous system and kidney disorders, and/or death.  But birds and other mammals that eat fish have not been warned about the hidden danger of eating the fish, which means we humans may inadvertently consume an animal (other than fish) that has an excess amount of Mercury in its body thereby causing someone to suffer from heavy metal poisoning.  (For those interested in learning more about the health hazards associated with Mercury, read a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).)

As a person that was raised to not think in the classical manner, I am fortunate to not have fallen prey to the hype generated by the media to replace Compact Florescent Lights with incandescent light bulbs, however, it’s too late to close "Pandora’s Box" as more than 300 million CFLs were purchased during 2007 in the United States.  Compact Florescent Lights can be broken or cracked during transport (by children and adults), installation, or disposal, releasing Mercury into the atmosphere.  This release poses the biggest health threat to humans because one 5 mg Hg CFL (they contain on average between 2.3–5 mg Hg) increases the Mercury vapor in the air to between 8, 000 and 150, 000 nanograms/cubic meter, which is more than 40 times the safe

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