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  • Hey there, welcome to Life Noggin.

  • With summer approaching here in Blocko Land, I find myself constantly checking the thermometer

  • to see how hot it is.

  • Once it hits 25 degrees celcius, you better believe you can find me hanging out at the

  • beach, getting a tan, and playing volleyblock with my friends.

  • Now, even if this thermometer is filled with mercury, if it breaks, it won't be that

  • big of a deal.

  • But what about bigger quantities of mercury?

  • What would inhaling, ingesting, or even absorbing those do to you?

  • What!? These are just questions that i have! Don't look at me like that!

  • High levels of mercury exposure can wreak havoc on your nervous system and your brain.

  • One thing that makes mercury especially dangerous is that it can cross the blood brain barrier

  • and build up in the brain.

  • When mercury enters your system, it causes an increase in the amount of something called

  • reactive oxygen species.

  • These molecules damage DNA and are strongly linked to the onset of conditions like cancer

  • and neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's.

  • When it's consumed, mercury can start to accumulate in the heart as well as the brain.

  • It's believed that when mercury builds up in this area, it can cause cardiomyopathy,

  • when the heart becomes enlarged and the tissue becomes thick and stiff.

  • This means that the heart can't function properly and it slowly begins to decline.

  • Another key system that suffers when you ingest, inhale or otherwise consume mercury?

  • Your kidneys.

  • These organs are vital in filtering blood and removing waste, but they're also a main

  • target for mercury.

  • The presence of this toxin has been linked to renal cancer and chronic renal disease,

  • which leads to a gradual loss of kidney function, digestive problems, and what the Mayo Clinic

  • callsdecreased mental sharpness

  • None of this sounds good!

  • Mercury poisoning has a whole slew of other effects like memory loss,

  • skin rash, insomnia, and loss of peripheral vision.

  • While small amounts of mercury are generally fine, heavy exposure causes all kinds of problems

  • for the body and mind.

  • Interestingly, how you consume mercury and the specific type of mercury actually plays

  • a big part in how severe the effects will be.

  • The three main types of mercury are Elemental, Organic and Inorganic.

  • And they can be consumed in different ways - drank, eaten, inhaled, or absorbed through

  • the skin.

  • The severity of mercury exposure varies widely among these combinations.

  • For example, that silvery liquid form of mercury, Elemental Mercury, is so slippery that it'll

  • just slide through the stomach and intestines if it's swallowed.

  • It seems like the inhalation of mercury vapors is what's most harmful.

  • And mercury vapors are surprisingly prevalent.

  • People typically just think of thermometers and sushi when they think of mercury, but

  • the vaporized form of this element is also released by volcanic activity, mining operations,

  • earthquakes, and the burning of fossil fuels.

  • Poisons like mercury create a wide array of changes in the body depending on what the

  • toxin is.

  • People can suffer from seizures, fall unconscious, or enter an altered mental state.

  • Of course, if you think you or someone else may have been poisoned by something, call

  • 911 right away.

  • Let us know in the comment section below what we should talk about next!

  • we're taking suggestions for future videos!

  • Now that we know a bit more about mercury, I want you to check out this liquid.

  • Why does it move like that? What on earth is going on!?

  • our friends at verge science explain why NASA made this magnetic liquid! Check it out!

  • as always, my name is Blocko, this has been Life Noggin, don't forget to keep on thinking!

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