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Selenium arsenic balance &c (Was: Re: amalgam-mercury poisening)

Brian Sandle bsandle at southern.co.nz
Tue Apr 21 08:22:38 EST 1998

Dagfinn Reiersol <reiersol at online.no> wrote:
: Brian Sandle <bsandle at southern.co.nz> wrote:

:>He appeared to be saying that because mercury is more dense then there
:>will be more toxin in the volume of a filling of amalgam than of

: Yes, there will be more by weight, which is the relevant because
: toxicity data are always given in weight measures.

What do you include `by' for? `Of' would have been better, but nothing at 
all is best.

Some difficulty with English is to be expected, but your expression is 
giving what you say a sort of technical sound, but it is not correct.

You could have said `more toxin because of more weight,'

`by' in English could mean `per' or `divided by' - a rate.

You would not be speaking of the rate of toxin per weight at that point 
of reply to what I said.

 Your talk of moles
: is a red herring.

I wanted to get people back to thinking of the process, not just 
accepting what you said with your poetic swing of their feelings.

: So there is more toxic substance and it's hundreds of times more
: toxic.

So now I am putting this on the toxicology newsgroup for comment.

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