Test Your Mercury Levels with the UNC Hair Testing Kit
We are providing this link in the spirit of encouraging each of us to do what we can to protect our own, our family‘s and our community‘s health given the current state of the environment, and also in the spirit of learning more about the current state of the environment.
"There is a $25 fee associated with this sampling project. Everyone is eligible" Once you order it, you will receive the kit in one to two weeks. Click here to go to the Waterkeeper Alliance web site and order the kit.
Why would I want to know my mercury level?
"Mercury is highly toxic heavy metal that contaminates a third of our nation’s lakes, a quarter of our rivers, and many of the fish that we eat. Mercury ends up in the tissues of commonly eaten fish like tuna and bass and threatens the health of millions of people across the United States. Humans, at the top of the food chain, can consume enough mercury to put them at risk of neurological, circulatory and immune system disorders. EPA and the Centers for Disease Control estimate that 630,000 children are born every year with unsafe levels of mercury in their blood."
"The specific purpose of this study is to determine whether mercury exposure levels in the United States are exceeding standards set to protect public health. "
The study organizers "are encouraging you to participate because we have reason to believe that current and proposed governmental regulations for mercury are not adequate to protect the public health. You have an opportunity to ascertain for yourself whether you have an abnormal level of mercury in your system. Should you find that you do have these high levels, you can take corrective action to protect your health. "