Ataxia (from Greek ataxiâ, meaning failure to put in order) is a failure of muscle control in their arms and legs, resulting in a lack of balance and coordination or a disturbance of gait. Ataxia often occurs when parts of the nervous system that control movement are damaged. While the term ataxia is primarily used to describe this set of symptoms, it is sometimes also used to refer to a family of disorders, not as a specific diagnosis.

Although some ataxia’s can be hereditary, most disorders that result in ataxia are caused when brain cells (especially thecerebellum) begin to degenerate, or atrophy. Sometimes the spinal cord is also affected.

Is it possible that known neurotoxins like mercury and aluminum can cause ataxia when directly injected into the human body? Examine the evidence that demonstrates this possibility.

 

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