Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tuna: The Triple Whammy

Look, Ma, I caught a big one!

More playing with the food storage. So, yes, tuna can contain mercury, MSG, and BPA. I'm not going to say don't eat it. Its got omega 3 fatty acids, protein, I don't even know the cost-benefit analysis of eating a can of tuna, but there are ways to reduce risks:

1. Look for tuna with just water, salt, no broth. Broths often contain MSG.

2. Buy fresh and avoid canned to hurdle BPA leached from can linings. I'd like to can my own meat if I can find the right size jars.

3. Mercury: sadly, 95% of all tuna on earth now contain mercury. What to Expect When you're Expecting (2008) states pregnant women should limit tuna and freshwater fish caught by recreational fishers to 6 ounces per week. For everyone, fish with lower mercury content are "salmon (wild caught is best), sole, flounder, haddock, tilapia, halibut, ocean perch, pollack, cod, and trout, as well as other smaller ocean fish (anchovies, sardines, and herring are not only safe, but also loaded with omega 3)." Alex Jones states he read that much of the mercury we eat passes through us with our food, but the dangerous mercury to avoid is in our vaccinations.

The Seattle Times quoted a producer on the BPA-ban in sippy cups and formulas in WA: "It's 'being put in the mind of consumers that it [canned food] is a dangerous product,' said Randy Ray, a lobbyist for the Pacific Seafood Processors Association. 'And try making a can of salmon to sell in 50 states and have 50 states tell you [you] have to do it differently.'"

I would say to him, we're all the same species and what is harmful to humans in Washington state is going to have the same affect on humans in Mississippi, so there are no 50 different standards; what endangers Washingtonians also endangers Mississippians, too.


Word on the street, a few ways to get mercury into your system:

1. "Breathing in while passing a coal plant," will give you "the same amount of mercury found in your local flu shot."

2. Select vaccinations.

3. Eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, or tuna steaks.

4. Mercury fillings.

Whoa, whoa, back up. This video reveals a way longer list than I knew:

Watch Video Clip "Mercury- How to get this lethal poison out of your system"

Do NOT vaccuum up mercury, as it will distribute it into the air.

Do not have your mercury fillings removed by just anyone. Once the drilling starts, it goes into the air and can poison those present. The dentist must know what they're doing and have a special vaccuum for the vapors.

Pregnant women should not be getting the normal flu shot, even though they'll offer it; get thimerosol free.

Chelation is a process of putting proteins in the body which gather the mercury in order to get it out of the system. Also special foods and supplements.

What are the affects of Mercury on the body? (Lots of neurological, depression, weight gain, etc.) How to clean up? What to eat, what to avoid? Watch the continuation of the above video.

Read more:

Most flu shots contain mercury, but few know it

First person: The quest for a flu vaccine without mercury

Mom's Against Mercury

Thimerosol, organic mercury, swine flu, and you

Does the Swine Flu Vaccine contain Mercury?

Flu Vaccine: Contains Mercury, Take Caution if Younger or Lightweight

Your Child’s Flu Vaccine May Contain Mercury

The Mercury Story

Mercury Poisoning and Heavy Metal Toxicity

Learn more about Mercury and other heavy metal toxicities by clicking on my toxin label.

1 comment:

  1. Hi – Quite a few people are confused about this, and as a dietitian with the National Fisheries Institute, I’d love to clear the water. Here’s the official seafood advice from the Food and Drug Administration and Institute of Medicine:

    -For the general population: Eat a variety of fish twice a week, and there are no fish to limit or avoid because of mercury.

    -For women who are or may become pregnant, nursing moms, and young kids: The nutrients in fish are especially important for you, so eat a variety of fish twice a week. Half (6 ounces) of the fish you eat every week can be white albacore tuna. There are four fish to avoid that you probably aren’t eating anyway: shark, tilefish, king mackerel, and swordfish.

    The more we learn about the good things eating fish does for your body, the more doctors and dietitians are focusing on the health risks of not eating enough fish. One of the most important studies to date on this issue found "Avoidance of modest fish consumption due to confusion regarding risks and benefits could result in thousands of excess CHD [heart disease] deaths annually and suboptimal neurodevelopment in children."

    When it comes to BPA, there is no recommendation to avoid canned foods. Benefits from a stable source of good nutrition outweigh any potential risk from BPA. The FDA recommends the following:
    -Discard worn or scratched plastic baby bottles, cups, or food containers.
    -Do not put very hot liquid into products that contain BPA.
    -Check labels on bottles and food containers to ensure they are microwave and dishwasher safe before using them in that capacity.

    For a look at what plenty of seafood looks like in the real-life diet of a registered dietitian (me!) visit my BlogAboutSeafood.

    Jennifer McGuire, MS, RD
    National Fisheries Institute