English: Compact fluorescent light bulb (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Yesterday, I was reminiscing about my childhood and how simple life was in those days. When you got a cut, all you needed was a band-aid, a bit of iodine and mercury, and you were back running and playing in the green pastures. Then, I started thinking about mercury and all the controversy surrounding this element. To give you a bit of an introduction to the element, I will cut and paste some information from Wikipedia:
- Mercury is a chemical element with the symbol Hg and atomic number 80. It is commonly known as quicksilver and its scientific name is hydrargyrum ( < Greek “hydr-” water and “argyros” silver).
Mercury has been used by ancient cultures in medicinal and religious applications, as well as in alchemy. Mercury is used in many instruments and devices and in scientific research applications. It was used or still is used in dentistry as amalgam for dental restoration. It is used in electrical, electronic, and manufacturing applications and according to Wikipedia,
“It is used in lighting: electricity passed through mercury vapor in a fluorescent lamp produces short-wave ultraviolet light which then causes the phosphor in the tube to fluoresce, making visible light” “Mercury is a heavy, silvery-white metal. As compared to other metals, it is a poor conductor of heat, but a fair conductor of electricity.“
Mercury does not react with most acids. It is an extremely rare element in the earth’s crust and it does not blend geochemically with elements found there. According to Wikipedia,
“is a part of popular secondary reference electrode (called the calomel electrode) in electrochemistry as an alternative to the standard hydrogen electrode. The calomel electrode is used to work out the electrode potential of half cells. Last, but not least, the triple point of mercury, −38.8344 °C, is a fixed point used as a temperature standard for the International Temperature Scale.”
In everyday applications it is used in cosmetics, fluorescent lamps, mercury vapor lamps, neon signs and of course, in human vaccines. There is controversy about effects in children, autism, and although it has been a bit reduced, it is still found in significant amounts in the influenza vaccine, which pretty much everyone gets yearly. And of course, we all know of high content of mercury found in fish, especially in tuna – the poor man’s food (most of the population).
“The European Union directive calling for compact fluorescent bulbs to be made mandatory by 2012 has encouraged China to re-open deadly cinnabar mines to obtain the mercury required for CFL bulb manufacture” (Wikipedia).
Mercury is also used for ion engines in electric propulsion, and “Owing to its acoustic properties, mercury was used as the propagation medium in delay line memory devices used in early digital computers of the mid-20th century.” In addition, “liquid mercury was used as a coolant for some nuclear reactors.” (Wikipedia)
So, it looks like in its various applications and compounds, through history, Mercury is a wonderful and toxic element and by now (if you are still reading), you may be asking where am I going with all this. Well, I can tell you this – by now, with all the mercury in my body, from amalgam, bandaids, fish, vaccines … and the rest, I must be a walking vase of mercury (and so do many of you, especially children). In a planet that is looking for alternative ways of energy, is concerned about the electromagnetic field, and temperature/climate warming, where part of the population believes in an “ascension” in different religions (no disrespect meant here), we might as well be the solution to all those problems, that is, as walking breathing living vases full of mercury. We will conduct electricity, cool the planet, help maintain the electromagnetic field in case there is a problem with the earth’s crust or core, and of course, facilitate the ascension as a propagation medium, owing to its acoustic properties. Best of all, is that since mercury is a poor conductor of heat, we will not overheat. All that is left to say is,
“BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY.”