-- About two thirds of the mercury in our environment is derived from
-- Mercury is highly toxic, biomagnifies in the aquatic food web and
places humans at risk if they consume high levels of fish that are high
on the food chain.
-- In many populations there is evidence that current levels of exposure
are sufficient to affect several physiological systems and as a result
current mercury exposure levels constitute an important public health
-- Methylmercury affects nervous system development and there is
sufficient evidence to warrant the prudent selection of fish in the
diet, specifically for pregnant women and children.
-- Long-lasting effects of fetal methylmercury exposure have been
documented in children throughout the world.
Rather than following the selective science approach, and chasing down one or two studies that support a particular viewpoint, we recommend anyone who is truly interested should benefit from the full weight of the evidence by reading the scientific consensus in the Conference Declaration which is available here:
Henry A. Anderson, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Wisconsin Division of Public Health
H.Vasken Aposhian, PhD
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Professor of Pharmacology
The University of Arizona
John Bolton, MD, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Birger Heinzow, MD
State Social Services Agency
Dept. for Healthcare -- Environmental Health
David R. Brown Sc.D.
|SOURCE Mercury Policy Project|
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