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New Evidence Highlights Dangers of Mercury Toxicity in Fish
Date:10/8/2008

uidelines, Anderson used the Iraqi study as proof that high levels of mercury exposure are safe for the general public. The company won its case based on the evidence presented in court. But in the course of Dr. Hightower's research she discovered that one of the lead investigators of the Iraqi poisoning disputed the fishing industry's claim of how much mercury is safe to eat. Even as government agencies around the world -- including our own EPA -- have moved away from the "safe" levels based on the Iraq studies, the FDA has failed to adequately warn the public that mercury-laden seafood is a major threat to their health. The concern reaches far beyond women of childbearing age and children.

"Diagnosis: Mercury brings together the strongest evidence to date that the FDA's guidelines for fish consumption are insufficient," said Chuck Savitt, president of Island Press, which published the book. "We simply don't know how widespread low-level mercury toxicity is in the United States, and this book tells us that regular consumers of certain types of fish are in danger."

Hightower's research spans from individual patients in her practice to widespread mercury poisonings in Japan, Canada, and Iraq. Diagnosis: Mercury makes a powerful case for increased study and stronger FDA regulation of this poison in our food supply.


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