Should Moms Really Be Concerned About Mercury Poisoning?
My e mail in box has been stuffed with messages from several groups advocating healthier lungs and air for our children. According to the CDC one in 10 children have asthma. That is an alarming statistic. In 2007 185 children in the US died from an asthma attack.
When I learned about this I knew how important it is for parents to learn the facts about asthma and what they can do to help. I found one asthma organization very intriguing. When Moms Clean Air Force.org invited me to attend their live webinar along with special guest Jessica Capshaw from Grey’s Anatomy I jumped at the chance. I thought that I might learn something new about asthma and be able to share my knowledge with my readers and who doesn’t like Jessica Capshaw?
When I signed up I noticed that only about five other mom bloggers had also signed up but I figured that it was still early. Shockingly, I was the only blogger that attended.
The webinar was not about asthma like the e mail stated. The women discussed coal power plants and the mercury that they release into the air, which they believe ends up in our lakes, streams and rivers and then in the fish. Ignorant moms then feed the toxic fish to their children.
I have heard this myth several times before and they still haven’t convinced me that tuna is bad for you. Should moms really be concerned about mercury poisoning?
I don’t think so.
Although left wing environmentalists and the mainstream media want you to believe that the amount of mercury in our environment (and in the fish we eat) is dangerously increasing, in reality it isn’t.
Researchers from Duke University and the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum compared 21 specimens of Atlantic Ocean blue hake preserved during the 1880s with 66 similar fish caught in the 1970s. They found that the concentration of mercury hadn’t changed.
In another study, Princeton scientists compared samples of yellowfin tuna from 1971 with samples caught in 1998. They expected to find a mercury increase of between 9 and 26 percent, but they found a small decline instead.
Mercury in fish does not pose a serious health risk to Americans. The tuna fish sandwich you packed in your daughter’s lunch is not poisonous. Scientists have proven that the tiny amounts of mercury found in fish are not hazardous. A recent study conducted in the Seychelles Islands (in the Indian Ocean) for a span of twelve years, found no negative health effects from dietary exposure to mercury through heavy fish consumption. On average, people in the Seychelles Islands eat between 12 and 14 fish meals every week, and the mercury levels measured from the island natives are approximately ten times higher than those measured in the United States. Yet none of the studied Seychelles natives suffered any ill effects from mercury in fish, and they received the significant health benefits of fish consumption.
Fish is healthy for you and in fact everyone should have at least two servings of fish a week in order to maintain a healthy diet. These health benefits outweigh the mercury risks. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can decrease the risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, type-2 diabetes, low birth-weight, post-partum depression, and pre-term delivery. Unfortunately, too many Americans are listening to the mainstream media and are choosing to avoid eating fish.
My point is this; if you are a blogger pay close attention to the e mails you receive and make sure you visit the links before committing your precious time. Also, don’t worry about the mercury level when preparing a fish dinner for your family. Enjoy that delicious meat from the sea. Your heart will thank you later.
Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.
Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at Wellsphere.com and her articles can also be found on ezinearticles.com. She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, manages Mom’s Natural Health and Wellness Shop, and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge.