Hair Testing for Mercury

Hair Testing for Mercury
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Due to the state of the world’s oceans, human biomarkers for fish consumption now include dioxins, PCBs, and mercury.

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Now this was last year; 2009. This year, scientists may have come up with even better biomarkers for fish consumption. Dioxins, PCBs, and mercury. The most important fish consumption biomarkers were dioxins and PCBs—for men, and mercury—among women.

A tighter correlation than even omega-3 levels. You can tell how much fish people eat by the amount of arsenic and toxic waste circulating in their bloodstream.

In fact, you can even take a hair off of someone’s hairbrush and tell how much fish that person has been eating by the mercury content in their hair. This was a study done on children’s hair clippings. Your whole body gets contaminated with the stuff.

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Image thanks to Rubin Starset via Flickr.

Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

Now this was last year; 2009. This year, scientists may have come up with even better biomarkers for fish consumption. Dioxins, PCBs, and mercury. The most important fish consumption biomarkers were dioxins and PCBs—for men, and mercury—among women.

A tighter correlation than even omega-3 levels. You can tell how much fish people eat by the amount of arsenic and toxic waste circulating in their bloodstream.

In fact, you can even take a hair off of someone’s hairbrush and tell how much fish that person has been eating by the mercury content in their hair. This was a study done on children’s hair clippings. Your whole body gets contaminated with the stuff.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image thanks to Rubin Starset via Flickr.

Doctor's Note

For more on the subject of mercury contamination, check out:
Hair Testing for Mercury Before Considering Pregnancy
Nerves of Mercury
Mercury vs. Omega-3s for Brain Development

And be sure to see my prequel video: Fish Intake Biomarker

For more context, see my associated blog post: EPA dioxin limit has National Chicken Council worried products could be declared “unfit for consumption”.

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  1. Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And be sure to see the prequel video on biomarkers for fish intake. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

    And check out my associated blog post EPA dioxin limit has National Chicken Council worried products could be declared “unfit for consumption”.

  2. Dear Doc,
    How do we rid our bodies of mercury, lead and other toxins that most of us born in the mid 40’s have accumulated ? Does clinoptilolite i.e. zeolite work to gather toxins in our blood and eliminate it through sweat, urine or feces?

  3. I wonder if ALL fish are bad? I shop at Whole Foods and they sell a smoked salmon that has “no antibodies and no hormones”, It doesn’t say it has no mercury, but are there regulations about stating what toxins are in the fish you buy? Do suppose Whole Foods sells such a mercury ladden fish when they had out the little broshure that tells which fis have the most mercury and to avoid?

  4. I know this isn’t related to this particular issue but I wasn’t sure where else to post my question. Wondering if there have been any studies on the risks of long term hair dye use?

  5. Hello Melissa,

    I am a volunteer moderator who helps Dr. Greger answer questions on the site. I’m also a hair dye user, so your question was most interesting to me. I found this excellent write up on the Cancer.org website regarding scientific studies that have been done regarding cancer risk and hair dye. I think you’ll find it interesting.

    Thank you so much for your question, and for being a NutritionFacts reader and poster!

    Lisa Schmidt

  6. Hello !

    Very interesting video.

    Where can we test our hair for mercury ?
    Is there a kit or something ?
    Or, a doctor can order such a test ?

    1. Hi Christine, Thanks so much for the information, that is a very good point to consider. The video was very interesting. I appreciate your help!Rae

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