Diagnosis: Mercury: Money, Politics, and Poison
One morning in 2000, Dr. Jane Hightower walked into her exam room to find a patient with disturbing symptoms she couldn’t explain. The woman was nauseated, tired, and had difficulty concentrating, but a litany of tests revealed no apparent cause. She was not alone. Dr. Hightower saw numerous patients with similar, inexplicable ailments, and eventually learned that there were many more around the nation and the world. They had little in common—except a healthy appetite for certain fish. Dr. Hightower’s quest for answers led her to mercury, a poison that has been plaguing victims for centuries and is now showing up in seafood. But this “explanation” opened a Pandora’s Box of thornier questions. Why did some fish from supermarkets and restaurants contain such high levels of a powerful poison? Why did the FDA base its recommendations for “safe” mercury consumption on data supplied by Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist extremists? And why wasn’t the government warning its citizens? In Diagnosis: Mercury, Dr. Hightower retraces her investigation into the modern prevalence of mercury poisoning, revealing how political calculations, dubious studies, and industry lobbyists endanger our health. While mercury is a naturally occurring element, she learns there’s much that is unnatural about this poison’s prevalence in our seafood. Mercury is pumped into the air by coal-fired power plants and settles in our rivers and oceans, and has been dumped into our waterways by industry. It accumulates in the fish we eat, and ultimately in our own bodies. Yet government agencies and lawmakers have been slow to regulate pollution or even alert consumers. Why? The trail of evidence leads to Canada, Japan, Iraq, and various U.S. institutions, and as Dr. Hightower puts the pieces together, she discovers questionable connections between ostensibly objective researchers and industries that fear regulation and bad press. Her tenacious inquiry sheds light on a system in which, too often, money trumps good science and responsible government. Exposing a threat that few recognize but that touches many, Diagnosis: Mercury should be required reading for everyone who cares about their health.
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Anyone who eats a lot of fish should definitely read this book. The dangers of mercury poisoning are real and the fishing industry is not anxious to let consumers know. Avoid albacore tuna, and "chunk white" tuna like the plague - these are the expensive brands of tuna, by the way. The smaller tuna in the "chunk light" tuna cans is less dangerous. Also don't eat swordfish and shark and if you want to know why, read this book! It is not sensationalized and gives far more detail than the lay person likely wants to know, but the main message is extremely important and is not getting out. The author is a doctor who first got interested when she had patients with vague symptoms and a random blood test that she hadn't even ordered showed high levels of mercury. When she questioned the patient, it became clear that she ate a lot of fish, believing it to be the healthy choice. An excellent book!
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For those of us who do mercury and water (and social) research, this book is invaluable. Her bibliography would is core was core to our research. As a medical doctor her methods are scientific and her ...
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Chapter 1 The Discovery
Chapter 2 Finding My Way
Chapter 3 The Media Meets the Victims
Chapter 4 Spreading the News
Chapter 5 A Spoonful of Mercury
Chapter 6 Making Money with a Menace
Chapter 7 The Summit
Chapter 8 Feeling the Heat in Mercury Politics
Chapter 13 Fishing with the Industry for Evidencein Iraq
Chapter 14 From American Samoa to Peru
Chapter 15 The Political Realm of Seychelles versusFaroes
Chapter 16 The Mercury Study Report
Chapter 17 Strategic Errors and Redundant Tactics
Chapter 18 The Canning of Proposition 65 MercuryWarnings
Chapter 19 Diagnosis Mercury