With Mercury Found In Wild Animals, Do We Need To Be Extra Careful? =========================================================================== | I recall one of your late 2006 or 2007 newsletters advising that mercury | ingestion from RAW fish is much less than from cooked fish, the | implication being that it is probably safe to eat RAW meats and fish even | if they are known to have moderate mercury levels. I'm finding data, or | at least allegations, that mercury poisoning is found in wild predators, | presumably as a result of eating (raw) prey that has mercury in its | tissues -- e.g., the following link pointing to mercury toxicity in | Florida panthers who consume more raccoons than deer. | web.archive.org | | Perhaps less mercury is absorbed from eating meats raw, but is enough | still absorbed to cause problems? And if so, should we avoid most fish as | much as possible? I thought your point was that eating it RAW was the | key. But then how do the cougars suffer from eating the raccoons raw? | Wouldn't we suffer similarly from eating mercury-laden fish, and those | exist even in open ocean water, it is said?? | | Sorry, just trying hard to understand- is the distinction how much and | what type of Hg is in the animal we eat, or in whether we eat it raw or | cooked? There are many ways that land and fresh-water animals receive mercury poisoning. It is sprayed as pesticides and fungicides greatly in Florida where raccoons forage. Many mercury-containing poisons are in garbage dumps where raccoons rummage. As I have stated for years, ocean-caught fish are not exposed to the type and concentrations of mercury that land and fresh-water animals are. I suggest that we do NOT avoid wild-caught ocean creatures that are consider high in mercury. My point was that eating ocean wild-caught raw fish was a factor with low mercury absorption. Land and fresh-water animals do not have the same mineral-altering ability that ocean animals have. Also, land and fresh-water animals are exposed to a lot more industrial mercury than ocean animals. Most of our mercury-poisoning is from pharmaceutical and other industrial pollution. Government and industry want to blame fish-eating for our mercury woes but it is mostly a smokescreen to avoid lawsuits that would rightfully blame government and pharmaceuticals for our mercury-poisoning.