Heavens to Mercurytroid

Heavens to Mercurytroid
"Mercury pollution from power plants is a national
problem that requires a national response."
 - Tom Allen

"Heavens to Murgatroyd"
 - Snagglepuss


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Today's column contains critical information for
two groups of humans who eat seafood. Group one
includes women who one day plan to have children.
Group two includes men and women who do not
ever plan to give birth to a child. All others
are dismissed and no longer need to pay attention.

In 2009, the United States Department of Interior
tested mercury levels of fish in 291 American
steams which included so-called pristine waterways.
One hundred percent of fish tested contained
mercury, and one out of every four fish tested had
mercury levels in excess of safe levels determined
by the Unites States Environmental Protection Agency.

People are instructed by pseudo-experts (medical
doctors, USDA bureaucrats, and old wives who tell
tales) to eat an occasional portion of seafood,
as fish contains selenium and Omega-3 oil. On the
other hand, the same pretend-experts caution people
on eating too much fish because of the dangerous
presence of mercury in seafood. Contrary advice
from the same uninformed people can be dangerous.

The journal Science of the Total Environment has
published a revealing study in its October 15, 2014
issue regarding "Mercury-nutrient signatures in
seafood and in the blood of avid seafood consumers"
in the New York area. Roxanne Karimi and her team 
of marine scientists at Stony Brook University
collected fish and shellfish specimens taken from
Long Island, New York waters and compared compiled
data from the blood of "avid" seafood consumers
on Long Island based upon their consumption habits.

She and her fellow researchers found that those
who ate top predatory species of seafood (tuna,
bluefish, swordfish, and other large-scaled
members of the ocean topping the food scale) had
the highest levels of mercury (Hg) in their blood.

Dr. Karimi also measured levels of selenium and
Omega 3 in the blood of 285 human laboratory
subjects and found something of interest that
should make headlines. Dr. Karimi's astonishing
conclusion contradicts every medical expert taught
fishy medicine in medical school. She writes:
"These results confirm that consumers of top
predator fish obtain greater potential risk
from mercury exposure, but no greater benefit
from nutrients. Mercury may bioaccumulate in
the human body to a greater extent than
selenium or omega 3 fatty acids."

What other fascinating facts do seafood eaters
learn from Dr. Karimi's publication?

One portion of canned white tuna contains
three times the amount of mercury as does
one portion of canned "light" tuna.

One portion of Swordfish contains nine times
the amount of mercury as does an equal portion
of canned light tuna, while a equal portion of
canned light tuna contains 4 times as much
mercury as an equal portion of fresh clams.

The "safe" level of mercury in human
blood is 5.8 micrograms per liter. 
The September, 2013 issue of Annals of
Occupational and Environmental medicine
included a study in which four children
(ages 12, 10, 9, and 9) were studied by
doctors at a the Department of Medicine of
a Korean university hospital.

The children had symptoms ranging from from
mild to severe neurological disorders. Their
blood mercury ranged well above safe levels;
17.4, 20.6, 15.4, and 16.6. 

Their disorders ranged from mild attention
deficit to hyperactivity disorder, to cognitive
disorder to epilepsy. The children's weekly
consumption of fish was established at 2-3
portions per week. Scientists wrote:

"We suggest that fish consumption may be the
main source of mercury exposure, and that
mercury may have been the cause of the
neuropsychological deficits in these cases."

Note to vegetarians and pretend-vegans who
sometimes give in to temptation and eat
free-swimming non-factory farmed denizens
of the deep:

You jeopardize your health by doing something 
true vegans consider to be floundering behavior.

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"Toxins love to get you while you're young. Lead,
mercury, secondhand smoke and sundry other
environmental nasties do a lot more damage when
tissue is immature, vulnerable and growing than
when it's mature and comparatively fixed."
 - Jeffrey Kluger

Robert Cohen


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