Maternal Mercury Levels

Maternal Mercury Levels
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The resulting loss of child intelligence linked to maternal fish consumption is estimated to cost billions in lost productivity.

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In a study of the links between fish consumption and infertility, levels of mercury were measured in vegans, for the first time ever. They took hair samples from fish-eaters and vegans, and this is what they found: ten times more mercury contamination in the bodies of those who eat fish.

In fact, if you take meat-eaters and put them on a vegetarian diet, within just three months, the level of mercury in their bodies drops significantly—as well as other toxic heavy metal levels, such as cadmium and lead. The one graph going up is magnesium; that’s a good thing, actually.

Whereas the more fish meals we eat per month, the higher our mercury levels climb. Just one or more fish meals a week, and one in four women exceed the EPA mercury safety limits.

What’s the big deal about mercury? Hundreds of thousands of American babies poisoned by their mothers’ fish consumption every single year. So much mercury coming from their mothers—measured straight from the umbilical cord blood—that they’re born with brain damage.

The resulting loss of intelligence that will plague these kids for the rest of their lives—because their moms ate fish—is estimated to cost our nation billions of dollars in lost productivity. We’d be billions of dollars more productive, had these hundreds of thousands of kids been born smarter, if their moms had been smarter, and not ate fish during pregnancy. Of course, you can’t blame the mothers if they simply didn’t know how much they were damaging the brains of their children with every bite.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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In a study of the links between fish consumption and infertility, levels of mercury were measured in vegans, for the first time ever. They took hair samples from fish-eaters and vegans, and this is what they found: ten times more mercury contamination in the bodies of those who eat fish.

In fact, if you take meat-eaters and put them on a vegetarian diet, within just three months, the level of mercury in their bodies drops significantly—as well as other toxic heavy metal levels, such as cadmium and lead. The one graph going up is magnesium; that’s a good thing, actually.

Whereas the more fish meals we eat per month, the higher our mercury levels climb. Just one or more fish meals a week, and one in four women exceed the EPA mercury safety limits.

What’s the big deal about mercury? Hundreds of thousands of American babies poisoned by their mothers’ fish consumption every single year. So much mercury coming from their mothers—measured straight from the umbilical cord blood—that they’re born with brain damage.

The resulting loss of intelligence that will plague these kids for the rest of their lives—because their moms ate fish—is estimated to cost our nation billions of dollars in lost productivity. We’d be billions of dollars more productive, had these hundreds of thousands of kids been born smarter, if their moms had been smarter, and not ate fish during pregnancy. Of course, you can’t blame the mothers if they simply didn’t know how much they were damaging the brains of their children with every bite.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Images thanks to bframe and Montse PB via Flickr.

Doctor's Note

For more videos on the health risks associated with mercury, check out:
Mercury vs. Omega-3s for Brain Development
Hair Testing for Mercury Before Considering Pregnancy
Nerves of Mercury
How Long to Detox From Fish Before Pregnancy?
Fish Intake Associated With Brain Shrinkage
Pollutants in Salmon and Our Own Fat

And check out my other videos on fish and mercury

For further context, see my associated blog post: Head Shrinking from Grilling Meat.

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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 check out the other videos on fish and mercury. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  2. I love your website but have to disagree with you about fish. There are other studies that show fish in pregnancy raises the IQ level of children. I ate fish throughout my pregnancies and fed my 3 sons a lot of fish. One has a PhD in Molecular Biology, one is a medical doctor and the other is doing his PhD. Nothing wrong with their brains!

  3. I thought I was eating healthy for years, eating only chicken and fish for meat. When I got pregnant I did what I was told to do and did not drink alcohol or caffeine, didn’t take any kind of medication, didn’t eat soft cheeses or raw fish, so no sushi and limited my cooked fish intake to 1-2 times per week. My son was born with an Intellectual Disability (ID), his cognitive ability is in the 1%. MRI’s and EEG’s show no gray matter, he did not have any brain trauma or infection. They believe his ID happened during early fetal development. Could eating mercury laden fish be the cause of his ID? Maybe, maybe not, we probably will never know but the maybe is something I have to live with for the rest of my life. I am now a plant based vegan so I can live as long as possible to care for my son who needs me to be alive as long as possible. Perhaps I can prevent one more child from being born with an ID by posting this. Think before you eat!

  4. @annabella. Our oceans are much more polluted now that they used to be. Just because your children turned out okay 30+ years ago doesn’t mean they would today.

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