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Sushi Mercury Levels Wayyyyyyy High

I guess it's just as well that I stopped eating sushi. Recent laboratory tests in New York found so much mercury in tuna sushi that two or three pieces a week at some restaurants could be a health hazard. Eight out of the 44 pieces of sushi purchased by the New York Times for testing had mercury levels so high that the FDA could take legal action to remove the fish from the market.

Although all the samples were obtained in New York City, experts believe similar results would also be observed elsewhere.

While the FDA and EPA have warned children and pregnant women against consumption of canned tuna, fresh tuna was not included in the advisory. However, the tuna sushi in The New York Times sample contained far more mercury than is typically found in canned tuna.

The scientists who performed the analysis said they were "frankly surprised" by the results, and that they had run the tests several times to make sure there was no mistake.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/2/14/hazardous-levels-of-mercury-in-sushi.aspx

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xplorher
Feb. 16th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
wow, that's not cool. do you know about other fish?
i wonder, i don't know, if tuna is a bottom feeder?
i don't think they are..
i would imagine something like an eel would be in direct contact/consumption with mercury, being that they tunnel into the ocean floor for cover.
yikes. glad i haven't eaten alot of sushi in my life.
always LOVE it, but don't get to it often.
liveonearth
Feb. 16th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
more than you wanted to know about fish safety
What makes a fish have high mercury is being very carnivorous and large, because the mercury concentrates in each fish. So if the fish you eat is like a tuna---very big and eats whole schools of medium sized fish which eat schools of little fish etc.... well you get the idea. Also there's more mercury in our atmosphere and waters closer to the equator, and less closer to the poles, so northern herbivorous fish are best. Not that I know of any of those. And wild is better than farmed, because the farmed ones are pumped full of shit just like farmed cows and chickens. The mercury levels in ALL fish are continuing to rise because we're burning more and more coal, that's what does it.

My favorite online doc recommends that we stop eating fish entirely and take fish oil supplements for the essential oils that we are missing. He says to get fish oil that has been tested and proven to be free of mercury. If our FDA has come out to say pregnant women shouldn't eat tuna, then you know it must be bad.

FYI: I tested high for mercury and arsenic, myself. Hair test. Not sure where the arsenic was coming from. Maybe L was poisoning me? Heh. Just jokin'.
xplorher
Feb. 16th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
Re: more than you wanted to know about fish safety
ahhh gotcha..re: the food chain..
i thought mercury was a naturally occuring metal in the earth, and if it's exposed..then it does damage. i was imagining it to be at the bottom of the ocean in the earth..
i wonder how burning coal affects mercury levels?
ooo i remember you saying tests showed arsenic in you..and i'm pretty sure that is something allowed in drinking water, at low levels..
eeek
L was poisoning you, just with her negative vibes!

liveonearth
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
Re: more than you wanted to know about fish safety
Coal has mercury and sulfur in it, and the particulates that go into the air form sulfuric acid rain that can carry more metals because it is acid. So it comes to us by way of air pollution to poison rain to poison waters to poison fish....

Arsenic is a common pollutant in well water but not in the Flagstaff area. The spring with the fountain down on Oak Creek is high in arsenic. You can also get arsenic in you from breathing auto smog and from eating commercial chicken. The feed that corporate chicken producers feed their chickens contains arsenic. Except Tyson, their chicken is arsenic free.

Anyway.
xplorher
Feb. 17th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
aquifer
what i've been told is mt. dell water comes from the same aquifer that pumps out at the creek..and the levels are monitored.
ah ok, coal already has arsenic in it..makes sense now..thx..and I did not know Tyson was the better of all the evils.. good info. thank you darlin!
I saw Willie Nelson play last night. I am strangely single now..wayyyy extra super single..and it doesn't feel that great. Not that bad, but I do love love.
It's your Bday at the end of the week! My calandar tells me so! Doing anything fun?
liveonearth
Feb. 17th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: aquifer
I've been told different---that the origins of those two waters are different aquifers. Arsenic accumulates in people too, so I could have got my poisoning long before I came to AZ.

I think I know that strangely super single feeling and it was uneasy for me too.....though after a while it started being wings instead of shackles. I missed the lovin' too, but the freedom was beautiful.

No big plans for the BD but it is a Friday and I am not working that night, so I betcha my sweetie will go OUT with me.
marijkab
Feb. 20th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
I'm very sad to hear about this- but at least it came at a good time. I'm as far from sushi as I could possibly be, and even though there are a few sushi places in Amarillo, I'd never eat at them- sushi in TX?!? it just SOUNDS wrong. :)
As far as poisoning by chemicals- 10 miles away there are 2 huge, black, nasty plants or mills or something that make something that smells terrible when the wind is right. One of my first goals is to find out what it is that they are pumping out into my air.
liveonearth
Feb. 20th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yuck. What kind of smell is it?
marijkab
Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Like a sulfur smell- faint, but there.
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