Mercury Poisoning

by Jhet Bhlak on July 17, 2009


Everyone wants to eat healthy if they can, right? And what could be healthier than fish! There is alot of protien and omega-3 in fish so it has to be good for you. What could possibly go wrong? Well you’re about to find out

There is this girl I know. I’ll call her Jane. Well despite being skinny, Jane decided she wanted to lose a few pounds. So she went on a diet. Specifically she chose to try the zone diet. She’s been eating meals based off of it for about a year now. I don’t know if she strictly stuck to the whole diet for the year but I do know that she kept eating meals based on the diet. One thing she ate alot of was albacore tuna. She was having it at least once a day, every day.

Then she started noticing that her hair was getting thinner. So she did what any normal person would do…searched the internet! She ran across a website that told her one of the symptoms of mercury poisoning was hair loss. Other symptoms can include:

  • General nausea with no explained cause
  • Debilitating fatique & exhaustion
  • A metallic taste in the mouth
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mental fuzziness
  • Fainting spells
  • Unexplained headaches
  • Tingling in the hand & feet
  • Neurological problems such as numbness, muscle weakness
  • Altered vision and/or hearing.

From there she searched around for the source of her mercury problem. It was the tuna. You’re only supposed to have a maximum of 4 oz of albacore tuna per week. She was having at least 20 oz. There is a very nice calculator she found that tells you how much mercury specific types of fish have.

So now what? First she stopped eatiing tuna immediatly. Then she read somewhere that she should see a dermatologist about the issue of the hair loss to see what they could do. The dermatologist basically told her to stop eating the tuna and gave her some cream for her scalp. He told her that she could get a test done to verify that it was mercury poisoning but he couldn’t do it. She searched around but she couldn’t find anyone who could do the test.

So far that is where she was at..

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Jhet Bhlak July 21, 2009 at 11:07 am

Well the high court allows for lawsuits based on the mercury content in albacore tuna:


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