Why "Hg"? Latin hydrargyrum.
Don't really get that. The hydr- part, sure. But -gyrum?
Haven't studied enough Greek and Latin.
But all that is neither here nor there.
The headlines read
Mercury in High-Fructose Corn Syrup
"The Minneapolis-based nonprofit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), shows detectable levels of mercury in 17 out of 55 tested products rich in high-fructose corn syrup."
Here is the list provided (with the above quotation) at http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20090127/mercury-in-high-fructose-corn-syrup
Check the url. /food-recipes?
Ummm. A little mercury. Some arsenic. Voila.
Haute chem cuisine.
Quaker Oatmeal to Go bars
Jack Daniel's Barbecue Sauce
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce
Nutri-Grain Strawberry Cereal Bars
Manwich Gold Sloppy Joe
Market Pantry Grape Jelly
Smucker's Strawberry Jelly
Pop-Tarts Frosted Blueberry
Hunt's Tomato Ketchup
Wish-Bone Western Sweet & Smooth Dressing
Coca-Cola Classic: no mercury found on a second test
Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt
Minute Maid Berry Punch
Yoo-hoo Chocolate Drink
Nesquik Chocolate Milk
Kemps Fat Free Chocolate Milk
Notice any commonality in the foods listed?
"“Mercury is toxic in all its forms,” said IATP’s David Wallinga, M.D., and a co-author of both studies. “Given how much high fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the FDA to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply.”" http://www.supermarketguru.com/index.cfm/go/sg.viewArticle/articleId/253
Love that quote.
Mercury is toxic. Poison.
What is a safe level of mercury in your body?
Mercury has a very, very long history of use in medicine.
My favorite is its use as an anti-syphilitic. It was replaced by salvarsan (the original medicinal "magic bullet"?) because of its toxicity.
Of course, salvarsan/arsenic wasn't all that kind on a body either.
But hey, when the spirochetes come a knockin' 'cause the house was a rockin'....
[Addition 3/13/09: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/8390]
Mercury is still in use in medicinals.
I particularly enjoyed the hubbub several years ago over mercury in childhood vaccines.
Wasn't supposed to be a problem, right? All the experts said so, right?
But away it went, kinda, to placate parents.
Still in flu vaccine.
I rather expected this report to get more press and create general upset.
Doesn't look like that will happen.
And so, mad milliners, on we go with institutionalized poisoning.
Why is a raven like a writing desk?
Mr. Dodgson's answer: http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/alice9.html
Other notable answers: http://www.lewiscarroll.org/bull.html#QAF
Uncle Cecil's take on the riddle: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1173/why-is-a-raven-like-a-writing-desk