https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/12 ... kin-cream/A 47-year-old woman in Sacramento, California, has been left severely impaired—unable to talk or care for herself and requiring a feeding tube—after using tainted face cream that contained highly toxic methylmercury.
The health department, meanwhile, tracked the source of the poison to a skin-lightening cream she obtained from Mexico. The woman’s family told health investigators she had used such face creams twice a day, every day for the past seven years.
Further testing determined that she had 2,620 micrograms of mercury per liter of blood. According to the New York State Department of Health, usual amounts of mercury in blood—typically from dietary sources—are up to about 5 micrograms/liter.
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