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007 04-05-2004 06:07 PM

Mercury poisoning
 
Joel Bouchard says that he's been diagnosed with mercury poisoning, and that might explain his post-concussion-like symptoms. Apparently he may have gotten it from a fish-based diet.

It makes you think about the quality of the fish here on the east coast... (perhaps everywhere)

Ranger Blue 04-05-2004 07:17 PM

I read that this morning. Makes me glad I'm a steak and potato person. But seriously, would you eat a fish that came out of the waters in New York City? :dunno:

mwshapi 04-05-2004 08:08 PM

it doesn't matter where you get it, it most likely has mercury in it. You are not supposed to eat more than 3 cans of tuna a week because of the mercury.

Firefly 04-05-2004 08:28 PM

you mean he isnt having these symptoms because he got his block knocked off twice in a fairly short period of time? :dunno:

NYR2 04-05-2004 08:55 PM

I feel so bad for him, such bad luck this year. I really like Bouchard.

WhalerBoy 04-06-2004 12:47 AM

anyone have any more info on this? I am very intertested to learn what his symptoms were and how he was diagnosed. Any links? thanks!

Jacob 04-06-2004 12:51 AM

The Mad Hatter had mercury poisoning.

Bird Law 04-06-2004 01:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Jacobv2
The Mad Hatter had mercury poisoning.

All hatters did since they coated the inside of the brims with mercury.

Brooklyn Ranger 04-06-2004 01:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WhalerBoy
anyone have any more info on this? I am very intertested to learn what his symptoms were and how he was diagnosed. Any links? thanks!

Here you go:

http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsro...ernoteweb.html

"Scary explanation: Defenseman Joel Bouchard, whose diet consisted mainly of fish, fruit and vegetables, said he's been suffering from mercury poisoning since December. The symptoms include vision problems, headaches, confusion, memory loss and tingling in the hands, and were originally thought to be the result of a concussion. Bouchard said the mercury poisoning — his level is nearly three times the normal mercury level —intensified the concussion symptoms. Bouchard, who previously in his career suffered from meningitis and a non-cancerous tumor in his neck, will spend about a month in a California clinic."

If you're interested in more general information about mercury poisoning there's been a lot written recently (in the States at least) because the Bush adminstration is trying to loosen the rules about the levels of mercury coal burning power plants produce.

Brooklyn Ranger 04-06-2004 02:08 AM

Talk about a timely thread....

There's an Op-Ed piece in today's (Tuesday) NYT by Paul Krugman
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/06/op...06KRUG.html?hp

An article from April 2nd
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/02/politics/02EMIT.html

And a long article from Sunday's NYTimes magazine
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/04/magazine/04BUSH.html

Melrose_Jr. 04-06-2004 08:18 AM

The type of airborne pollutants discussed in those articles don't have anything to do with mercury levels in fish. My girlfriend is a vegetarian and is pretty well educated on which fish have inherently high levels of mercury and which don't. As mwshapi said, Tuna is one of the highest. You have to be VERY careful about the amount of tuna you consume. On the other hand, Talapia or Chilean Sea Bass contain almost no mercury. The type of fish you consume most often determines your risk level.

Bluenote13 04-06-2004 09:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reveille
All hatters did since they coated the inside of the brims with mercury.


:lol

Bluenote13 04-06-2004 09:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Melrose_Jr.
The type of airborne pollutants discussed in those articles don't have anything to do with mercury levels in fish. My girlfriend is a vegetarian and is pretty well educated on which fish have inherently high levels of mercury and which don't. As mwshapi said, Tuna is one of the highest. You have to be VERY careful about the amount of tuna you consume. On the other hand, Talapia or Chilean Sea Bass contain almost no mercury. The type of fish you consume most often determines your risk level.


Exactly. Actually, it's easy to determine. The more predatory a fish is, the higher the mercury levels are in that fish. Or so they say :D

Brooklyn Ranger 04-06-2004 10:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Melrose_Jr.
The type of airborne pollutants discussed in those articles don't have anything to do with mercury levels in fish. My girlfriend is a vegetarian and is pretty well educated on which fish have inherently high levels of mercury and which don't. As mwshapi said, Tuna is one of the highest. You have to be VERY careful about the amount of tuna you consume. On the other hand, Talapia or Chilean Sea Bass contain almost no mercury. The type of fish you consume most often determines your risk level.

How did the mercury get into the food chain in the first place? Most of it comes from industrial waste that people dump into the ocean and coal burning power plants. The other problem is once mercury is in water it doesn't disolve and it does get moved around by currents--spreading the damage around.

Skroob* 04-07-2004 12:08 AM

hmmm... i eat at tuna salad at least twice a week on average. Then, on occasion, i will throw in a 3rd fish meal in a week, most often flounder.


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