- Dental fillings
Silver and amalgam fillings, in reality, are 50% mercury. The American Dental Association claims that the mercury in fillings does not enter the body but many studies claim otherwise. Many countries in Europe prohibit the use of amalgam in fillings for children and women who can become pregnant.
Coal that coal plants burn to generate electricity contains mercury, which is why mercury is being released into the environment together with other substances. Many countries in the world, including China, are building more and more coal-burning plants, which is only making the situation worse.
- High fructose corn syrup
High fructose corn syrup today is one of the most popular sugar replacements. One of the steps in process of making high fructose corn syrup is soaking corn is a mercury-containing solution. Several studies show that if high fructose corn syrup is the first or second ingredient on the list, the food is very likely to contain mercury.
Mercury from many sources eventually ends up in water and in fish. In 2001 the Food and Drug Administration issued a public warning that stated that if a pregnant woman consumes a 3-ounce portion of certain fish, it may damage the brain of the fetus.
- Fluorescent light bulbs
Many homes and business are switching to fluorescent light bulbs to use energy more efficiently without realizing that fluorescent light bulbs do contain mercury.
- Lead paint
Most of the paint used in the United States before 1960 contained extremely high levels of lead. Estimates show that up to 6 million homes in the United States still have at least a portion of surfaces covered in paint with a high concentration of lead. Even today some paints still contain lead.
- Water supplies
Some older homes still have plumbing with lead. In this case, lead can end up in the drinking water. Research suggests that up to 16% of households in the United States have water supplies with high concentrations of lead.
- Lead glazing
Millions of tons of lead are used in all kinds of manufacturing and industrial processes annually and end up in such items as pottery glazing or stained glass.
- Aluminum foil and baking powder
Aluminum is toxic for a human body and it serves no useful goal for human health whatsoever. Some of the most popular items with aluminum in American households are aluminum foil and various baking supplies and ingredients such as baking powder.
- Toothpaste and municipal water supplies
Aluminum is the most ample metal in the surface of the earth, which is why it finds its way into water supplies and products such as toothpaste.