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Mercury in Seafood: How Much Is Too Much?

Health & Wellness  (tags: Mercury and fish )

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Toxicologists have a saying: "The dose makes the poison." In other words, there is no such thing as "toxic" or "non-toxic"--it always depends on how much of a substance you consume.

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Ben O (248)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 6:35 am
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends consuming a daily maximum of 0.1 micrograms of mercury for each kilogram of your body weight. That would limit a 176-pound adult (the national average) to 8 micrograms of mercury each day..."
That is 8 micrograms too much - period!

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 12:36 am

Darren W (218)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 3:33 am
Balance is the word.

Frances Darcy (213)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 4:16 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 4:45 am
We're simply suffering from our polluting the environment

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 1:45 pm
Noted. Thanks, Michael. I quit eating fish after the Gulf Gusher & Fukushima. I never ate much prior to that, but did enjoy it occasionally.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 3:14 pm
Thanks for sharing Michael.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 10:41 pm
Noted. While there are many things on Care2 that alarmists hysterically pronounce our doom over, this isn't one of them. Mercury is a highly toxic substance and we need to fund research into developing better methods of keeping it out of the environment...and if possible, finding some way to remove it from the environment.

Hartson Doak (39)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 10:56 pm
Mercury? What about the radioactive waste from Fukushima.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 10:59 pm
Fukushima is what it has always been: an increasingly localized event that won't even have any meaningful impact on the rest of Japan, much less anywhere else. Mercury, by contrast, is showing up even in blood samples of even the most isolated species of wildlife all over this planet.

Ruth C (140)
Thursday August 21, 2014, 5:04 am
Don't eat them!

Leia P. (7)
Thursday August 21, 2014, 11:17 am
why I don't eat seafood

Panchali Yapa (26)
Thursday August 21, 2014, 11:25 am
Thank you

Past Member (0)
Friday August 22, 2014, 12:49 pm

Melania Padilla (169)
Monday July 6, 2015, 10:54 am
Wonderful article.
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