Doctor's Note

This is the second of my three-part video series on the latest on the risks of mercury in fish. For part one, see Hair Testing for Mercury Before Considering Pregnancy, and for part three, see Which Brand of Tuna Has the Most Mercury? I have a bunch of other videos on mercury, including fish contamination and its consequences. For example, see The Effect of Canned Tuna on Future Wages. And check out my other videos on undue industry influence on our food supply. One can also be exposed to lead though meat (Cannibalistic Feed Biomagnification), and dietary supplements (Some Ayurvedic Medicine Worse Than Lead Paint Exposure), and even protein powders too (Heavy Metals in Protein Powder Supplements). 

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Mercury Testing Recommended Before PregnancyLead Poisoning Risk From VenisonProtecting Our Babies From Pollutants; and Schoolchildren Should Drink More Water.

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    This is the second of a three-part series on the latest on the risks of mercury in fish. See yesterday’s video-of-the-day Hair Testing for Mercury Before Consider Pregnancy for part one. There are a bunch of other videos on mercury contamination of fish and the consequences, for example The Effect of Canned Tuna on Future Wages. There are also 27 other videos addressing undue corporate influence on our food supply. One can also be exposed to lead though meat (Cannibalistic Feed Biomagnification) and dietary supplements (Some Ayurvedic Medicine Worse Than Lead Paint Exposure). Protein powders too–I have a video coming up on that in a week or two–stay tuned! In the meanwhile, check out any of the hundreds of videos on more than a thousand topics.

    • HemoDynamic, M.D.

      No surprise with regards to the FDA-it’s status quo for them (Unfortunate for us).
      And ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) still recommends, “you can safetly eat up to 12 ounces (about 2 meals) of these fish per week while you are pregnant.”  The fish are Salmon, Pollock, shrimp, canned light tuna (have you ever smelled the light tuna?).
      But they also say if you are vegetarian you better make sure you have enough protein in your diet.  Sounds like they should stick to delivering babies and leave the nutrition to the experts.  Hmmm, maybe

      Now we know about Mercury but what about Cesium:
      Just read this story today.

    • We the People

      My doctor thinks I have mercury poisoning from silver filling removals and he doesn’t know where to send me for testing, where does one go to be tested?

  • HemoDynamic, M.D.

    I was watching this video and out of the corner of my eye I saw a link for Bragg’s liquid Aminos.  I clicked on it and it took me to a blank page, and then I searched for it and it showed Nothing Found.
    So is it a Bad link or Future Vid? 
    I use this stuff for stir-fry.  Now I’m concerned that it’s got heavy metals in it or something worse.  Inquiring minds want to know :-()

    • Michael Greger M.D.

       Thanks for noting the broken link! I so appreciate all your help making this website as useful as possible and you’ve done it again! I think it was the trademark signal that was screwing up the tag. Regardless, it’s now fixed:

      • HemoDynamic, M.D.

        No problem!  We’re all in this together to get the word out.
        About the Braggs, however, your video states that Braggs has MSG.  My bottle in my office that I am looking at right now says only soybeans and their website only indicates soybeans as an ingredient.  Are they on the up and up?  Or is the Braggs Liquid Aminos you are referring to an older brand.

        • HemoDynamic, M.D.

          I think I get it, you mean Naturally occuring Glutamate, not added MSG.

      • HemoDynamic, M.D.

        I’m not Braggin’ but here’s a Pic of my office bottle of Liquid Amino’s

  • Harel

    So many mercury worries for fillings isn’t to be dismissed so easily either.

    And, sorry OT but this:

    “African monkey meat that could be behind the next HIV

    Deep in Cameroon’s rainforests, poachers are killing primates for
    food. Evan Williams reports from Yokadouma on a practice that could
    create a pandemic”

  • Dan

    Now I am a very big fan of yours Dr Greger, you being beacon on credibility, but the graph you show us here has a logarithmic scale on the x axis regarding mercury levels. which implies a linear amount of damage caused by mercury levels…whereas in fact mercury levels do exponentially more damage rather, than linearly. It may be the original graph..but I feel it is misleading to the lay person.

  • alphaa10

    This study is one more wake-up call about fish pollution– and the situation is not becoming better. Yet, given that ingestion of methyl mercury is commonplace in the American “mainstream” diet, what remedial measures are available to reduce mercury already sequestered in the body?

    Of course, a full course of IV-based chelation treatments with disodium EDTA is not without some risk– 30 deaths since the 1970s. But for most of us, multiple IV-drip sessions are not a practical option.

    Chelation through diet is one hopeful course, using herbs like cilantro, but does that yield sufficient results to halt the progressive damage?