Your shyness, anxiety and depression may have more to do with where you live and what you eat than who your parents were and how they treated you. Mary Hammonds book, Mercury and Social Anxiety, examines the ways in which your emotional well beingMoreYour shyness, anxiety and depression may have more to do with where you live and what you eat than who your parents were and how they treated you.
Mary Hammonds book, Mercury and Social Anxiety, examines the ways in which your emotional well being may have been influenced by increasing levels of the industrial pollutant, mercury.100 years ago, when Josephine Bates of the National Civic Federation read her report on chronic mercury exposure in industry at the Second National Conference on Industrial Diseases, she was the first American to memorialize the subjective emotional complaints of workers affected by mercury poisoning.
The workers suffered emotional disturbances including depression, crippling anxiety in the presence of strangers, and outbursts of anger. The only change made as a result of Mrs. Bates’ work was to enact regulations designed to protect the factory managers against unwanted acts of future investigation.Soon afterwards reports began to appear of acrodynia, a terrible disease which affected young children all over the world for at least 50 years.
The first sign of the disease was a deep emotional disturbance, said to be akin to a suicidal melancholy in an adult. Early on, some researchers suggested that mercury in teething and soothing powders was the causative agent, but most doctors disagreed.
It was not until 10 years after the industry removed mercury from child care products, and acrodynia virtually disappeared from the world, that the assertion that mercury was the causative agent became undeniable in retrospect. But it was a very quiet acknowledgement. If you ask an older person about mercury in teething powder, it is unlikely that they will recall anything about it at all.Much more attention was given to the mass food chain poisonings due to consumption of highly contaminated fish in Minamata and Niigata, Japan, and Grassy Narrows, Canada, and of mercury tainted seed grain in rural Iraq, a series of tragedies which has led to 40 years of furious debate over the lowest amount of mercury which can be ingested before it will cause an observable adverse physical effect.
But what of the proven unobservable emotional effects? The book Mercury and Social Anxiety makes the shocking point that your shyness, anxiety and depression may be due to chronic exposure to the ever increasing industrial pollutant mercury.Click inside to learn more.