Posted: 05 January 2008
FDA's Irresponsible Document on eating fish with mercury: Follow what Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, says following Washington Post article rather than FDA, Federal Depopulation Association.
Consider how many people are still using the addictive excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug, aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal/E951/Canderel, etc.). It's a chelating agent. http://www.rense.com/general/asp.htm Further its so poisonous its a chemical hypersensitization agent triggering polychemical sensitivity syndrome. Aspartame interacts with virtually all drugs, vaccines and toxins. Mercury is another toxin that needs to be banned and is in vaccines given to children. The FDA (Agency for Faster Dying Americans) is only loyal to industry and has betrayed the public trust. Here again they are protecting industry and they care less about the mercury in fish. So listen to someone on your side, Dr. Russell Blaylock, who is interested in your health. He will be discussing this in detail in the Blaylock Wellness Report and you can subscribe on http://www.russellblaylockmd.com Read on for the Washington Post article and Dr. Blaylock's factual information. Especially pregnant women be warned. - Betty
FDA Draft Report Urges Consumption Of Fish, Despite Mercury Contamination:
By Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 12, 2008; A07
The Food and Drug Administration is urging the government to amend its advisory that women and children should limit how much fish they eat, saying that the benefits of seafood outweigh the health risks and that most people should eat more fish, even if it contains mercury.
If approved by the White House, the FDA's position would reverse the government's current policy that certain groups -- women of childbearing years, pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants and children -- can be harmed by the mercury in fish and should limit their consumption.
The FDA's recommendations have alarmed scientists at the The FDA sent its draft report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, to the White House Office of Management and Budget as part of the FDA's effort to update the existing health advisory. The report argued that nutrients in fish, including omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and other minerals could boost a child's IQ by three points.
The greatest benefits, the FDA report said, would come from eating more than 12 ounces of fish a week, which is the current limit advised for pregnant women, women of childbearing age, nursing mothers and young children.
FDA spokesman Michael Herndon declined to discuss the draft report. "As a science-based regulatory agency we periodically and routinely review and analyze scientific evidence about health effects of FDA-regulated products," he wrote in an e-mail. "We do not comment on draft reports that are undergoing internal review."
Benjamin H. Grumbles, the EPA's assistant administrator for water, said, "EPA is working closely with other agencies in the scientific review of this report to better understand the risks and benefits of fish consumption."
The FDA and the EPA both play a role in protecting the public from mercury contamination. The EPA investigates and regulates mercury and other contaminants in recreationally caught fish, while the FDA regulates mercury in seafood sold in markets and restaurants. States rely on the federal agencies in issuing their own advisories.
In 2004, the two agencies issued their first joint advisory, suggesting that women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants and children stop eating four species of fish considered especially high in mercury: swordfish, shark, tilefish and king mackerel. At the same time, the government advised limiting consumption of other mercury-contaminated fish.
Mercury can damage the neurological development of fetuses and infants. Recent studies have suggested that mercury may also pose a health risk for adults, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
The two agencies are supposed to work together to regularly review the advisory, but EPA sources said the FDA went ahead with its own proposal earlier this year, not consulting the EPA until the document was nearly finished.
The Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization, wrote yesterday to EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson and urged him to fight the FDA's recommendations.
"This is an astonishing, irresponsible document," said Richard Wiles, the environmental group's executive director. "It's a commentary on how low FDA has sunk as an agency. It was once a fierce protector of America's health, and now it's nothing more than a patsy for polluters."
Kathryn Mahaffey, who was the EPA's top mercury scientist until she left the agency in August to become a lecturer at George Washington University School of Public Health, said the FDA used an "oversimplified approach" that could increase the public's exposure to mercury.
But Gavin Gibbons, a spokesman for the National Fisheries Institute, applauded the FDA's efforts. "This is a science-based approach," he said. "And you start to see a picture emerge that shows the clear benefits of eating seafood outweigh the risks of a trace amount of mercury in fish."
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5 Fish are Deadly - 3 will help your Heart
Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD
Blaylock Tip of the Week
Health authorities are encouraging us to eat more fish. There is good reason. Higher intakes of omega-3 oils, the healthy oil found in seafood, have been associated with dramatic reductions in cardiac deaths, ischemic strokes, cancers, arthritic pain and disability, as well as acting as a powerful protectant for the brain.
But many fish are also high in mercury, which is one of the most poisonous metals in existence, as well PCBs, dioxins, pesticides and herbicides.
So, is it really safe to eat more fish, and if so, which fish are safe? This, in essence, is the dilemma for the general public and a significant number of scientists as well.
The EPA (which regulates fish from sports fishing) and the FDA (which regulates commercial seafood) have set limits for "safe" mercury levels in seafood, but they do not share their concerns about contaminants with the general public through the media or public alerts.
The reason is they are treading a thin line of trying to protect the public, while, at the same time, not wanting to destroy the seafood industry. Likewise, they cannot even agree on a "safe" level of mercury, with FDA levels being much lower than EPA levels.
Independent studies have shown that the type of mercury found in seafood, called methylmercury (or organic mercury), is highly toxic to a number of organs and tissues, especially to the developing brain of fetuses and newborns.
The elderly are also at high risk because age has weakened their cells, especially brain cells. Recent alerts have been issued by the regulatory agencies, as well as physician groups, suggesting that pregnant women should avoid eating fish known to have high mercury levels.
Some seafood is naturally low in mercury and is safer to eat. When buying seafood, choose:
Wild Alaskan salmon
Some seafood is high in mercury and PCBs:
Chilean sea bass
Atlantic salmon (farmed)
The EPA and FDA list four fish that should never be eaten:
Despite this warning, most seafood restaurants serve one or more of these toxic fish - and most grocery stores and supermarkets sell them - and never even warn pregnant women of the danger. Remember - mercury accumulates in the body and studies have shown that mercury accumulates in the fetus in higher concentrations than in the mother.
Here's a great cooking tip: Cook your seafood with garlic. Garlic has been shown to bind and reduce levels of mercury in the body, making it less toxic. For more detailed information on the dangers of eating contaminated fish, read my full report, "Eating Fish: What You Need to Know."
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Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon is the author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills and other books. He is the author of the Blaylock Wellness Report which you can subscribe to on http://www.russellblaylockmd.com He also has a DVD on "Nutrition and Behavior" and a CD on "The Truth About Aspartame" on http://www.atavistik.com
Remember that aspartame is a chelating agent!
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
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