Mercury enters the body from pesticides and fungicides, fish, industrial processes and dental fillings. Men exposed to mercury vapour report loss of libido and impotence, and organic mercury exposure has been linked to a whole range of psychological and physical disorders. The Japanese disaster in Minimata in the 1950s resulted in a number of children being born with disabilities after their mothers ate fish polluted with mercury from a local factory.
The danger from mercury fillings is very small, but it would be wise to avoid dental work involving fitting or removing mercury fillings during pregnancy.
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