Lupus and Mercury – Pretty Fishy
Fish is supposed to be good for us but, nowdays, when the fish are biting, they’re biting us. Fish such as tuna, whitefish, herring, anchovies, salmon and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids but they’re also contaminated with mercury, PCBs and other toxins.
Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin which can stimulate extreme lupus symptoms and hyperactive disease progression. Learn more about the link between lupus and mercury in Study Suggests Low-Dose Mercury Accelerates Autoimmune Disease
from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Just one drop of mercury can do enormous harm, with effects lasting decades or longer. California’s Gold Rush
was over 150 years ago but the mercury used in refining gold then is still poisoning our waters today.
Children’s Environmental Health Coalition (CHEC) reports on flame retardant or hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) accumulating in animal tissue on land and underwater. This sea scandal isn’t about to cool down despite More Flame-Proofed Fish
on our tables.
Environmental Working Group and U.S. Public Interest Research Group went fishing and hooked a big one. Government Seafood Consumption Advice Could Expose 1 In 4 Newborns to Elevated Mercury Levels
They’ve added a large school of proven tainted fish to the FDA's shorter, more optimistic list. EWG/PIRG’s data is confirmed in their report, U.S. Mercury Standard Among Worst in World
EWG lists schools of healthier fish and their chart shows how much of any fish may be safe for us. A pregnant woman is their model but their Fish List
is crucial information for anyone with immunity problems, teenagers and children. It lists the good, the bad and the deadly.
Canned tuna’s toxic effects can sneak up on us, stick to our ribs and do us harm. Albacore has nearly three times as much mercury as cheaper tuna. EWG’s chart, How much tuna can you eat safely?
gauges how much of which type of tuna we can safely eat per week. It isn’t based on disease but on body weight, so, although it may not be the perfect lupie guide, it’s a better standard than anything else I’ve found.