Which religious and healing practices increase the risk for mercury toxicity?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: David A Olson, MD; Chief Editor: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS  more...
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Traditional religious and healing practices are risk factors for mercury exposure. Mercury has been identified as a contaminant in Chinese herbal balls, [25] and it has been used in the Santeria religion, as well as in Tibetan medicine. [26] Indeed, spectrophotometric measurements of mercury vapor concentrations were elevated in New Jersey buildings located near "botanicas" in a primarily Latino community, compared with a control community. [27] Furthermore, of herbal Ayurvedic preparations, 20% were found to contain high levels of mercury. [28]


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