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     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.
| 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.