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October 15, 2007



Scary stuff. Is there a commercially available for personal use mercury tester? :) I don't want to give up eating tuna or sushi but I don't want to get mercury poisoning too.

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As his love of white glasses came from the fact that Elsie was wearing them during our visit to Missouri. I think it's cute. Funny, but cute. So Els, I think I have your number one fan right here!


Did you happen to see RFK Jr when he came to Albuquerque a few years ago? You may have been in France, now that I think about it...

Anyway, he mentioned having his hair tested for environmental contaminants, just out of curiosity. He found he had elevated levels of mercury, and when he asked what that meant, he was told it could interfere with a fetus's development in terms of IQ. Bad enough, but he didn't plan on carrying any fetuses to term. He asked what it meant to a male, and was told his low levels of mercury would be responsible for foggy memory, like forgetting where you put your glasses, that sort of thing. I wonder how many people have mercury poisoning and don't even know it?

Incidentally, I immediately sensed a political message in this, for white, middle class suburban moms, who fight to get their kids into gifted classes: mercury poisoning could be responsible for a few points lower score on your kid's IQ test that determines their placement! So they should vote for the enviro candidate. (Miles, at that time.)

Kelly Mahoney

That's startling. I eat all that stuff.


Here's another mercury riff from oceana.org--http://www.oceana.org/north-america/what-we-do/stop-seafood-contamination/chlorine-plant-campaign/erco-switches/


Excellent recommendations. People should be aware of both the risks and benefits of seafood. The decision of what fish to eat can be a challenge and often contradictory. At the very least, people should know that FDA and EPA have issued advisories about mercury contamination in commonly-sold fish. The problem is, this information is hard to find and is not usually available where it is most necessary: your supermarket.

Oceana, a conservation group, is trying to get major grocery companies to post this government advice at their seafood counters. Thanks, in part to their work, Whole Foods, Safeway stores, and Wild Oats voluntarily agreed to post the FDA’s recommendations and they have had positive responses from customers and no loss in seafood sales. But other companies like Wal-Mart, Costco, and Giant have refused to do so. Oceana has a list of which companies care about their customers’ health enough to post this advice, as well as a list of companies that don’t. You can get the Green List and Red List at their website:


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