Mercury has no value to the human body and is best thought of as poison. The effects of mercury exposure vary from general sickness to death.
The effects of mercury exposure vary depending on the form and level of exposure. Acute exposure to mercury vapor can produce serious effects on the nervous system including psychotic reactions, hallucinations, suicidal tendencies and delirium. Continued exposure can produce violent muscular spasms and even death. When it enters the body, it is stored in the kidneys, blood, spleen, brain, liver, bones and fatty tissues.
It’s bad stuff for everyone and this is doubly true for pregnant or nursing women. Breast milk can become contaminated and. In utero exposure to mercury has been attributed to an increase in neural tube defects.