An article in The Globe and Mail says it’s the same reason people are resistant to using a metal-making process that uses high temperatures.
According to the article, the use of high temperatures in metal processing is seen as “a form of toxic mercury poisoning” by some Canadians.
The article quotes one of the researchers at the University of Alberta’s Institute of Materials Technology, who explains that the mercury used in metal-processing processes is more toxic than mercury found in other parts of the world.
“When you have mercury in a form that’s not as stable, that’s a major risk to people,” said Dr. Michael J. Lebrecht.
“And that’s because there’s less room for mercury to be released into the environment,” he said.
Lebrecht has been working to understand why people are more resistant to mercury in metalworking.
“We know that there are certain chemicals that people tend to be resistant to,” he explained.
“They might think they can’t get mercury into their body, or they might think mercury won’t come out, but they’re not going to be able to take the dose.”
In some cases, people who don’t like mercury may not even be aware that mercury is present in their body.
Dr. LeBrecht says the fact that mercury in the air is much lower than that in the soil is one reason why people might be resistant.
“What we’ve learned is that if you don’t have enough of it, you can’t use it, and if you use it too much, it can be harmful,” he told The Globe.
Levellers have even gone so far as to suggest that people who have mercury poisoning should be given an alternative treatment to prevent it from harming them.
“The idea that mercury should be used as a treatment for mercury poisoning is a very bad idea,” he says.
“If you take mercury poisoning seriously, and people have to have the mercury taken out of their body by a doctor, I think that’s an important lesson for everyone.”
Lebrech says that mercury poisoning doesn’t necessarily mean you should stop using a particular metal-working process.
“It’s an indication that there might be other things you could be doing that are harmful,” said Lebrech.
“For example, if you’ve got mercury poisoning, you might be more inclined to use copper in your furnace or use copper alloys.
You might be less inclined to try to get rid of mercury in water.
It’s not a sign that you should quit doing something.
You could always try something else.”
The article also talks about a recent study that shows that people have a tendency to become more resistant when they’re exposed to more mercury.
“There is a tendency in the environment to accumulate and accumulate and accumulate,” Lebreth said.
“So there is a bit of a tendency for people to become resistant to certain things.”
LeBrecht cautions against taking this to mean that people are always going to get more resistant.
Levescent metals can be extremely hazardous.
“I think it’s important that people realize that metal processing isn’t always the best option to use if you’re using mercury,” he noted.
“Metal processing is very toxic, and it can have some harmful side effects.”
Leveller, metalworking and mercury are a common topic for news articles in the U.S.
A few weeks ago, the American Chemical Society published an article in the journal Nature about a study that found mercury in an air sample collected from people who worked in metal and wood processing plants.
The study’s lead author, Elizabeth L. Wahl, was surprised by the finding.
“That’s not good news,” she said.
Wahl believes that the study was flawed.
“You can’t just look at an air sampling,” she explained.
“You need to have something that can measure the concentration of mercury and look at the composition of the mercury.”
Wahl said that the findings of the study are not unique to the U of A and should be considered by anyone who is considering the use or disposal of mercury.
As a precaution, Wahl says it is important to keep mercury out of the environment.
“Anybody who is thinking about using mercury or any metals should get an accurate measurement of the concentration in their air,” she told The Atlantic.
“Make sure you take it with caution.
The air can have mercury that is very dangerous.”