Friday, September 16, 2005

Fish: To Eat or Not To Eat

We have long known that mercury levels tend to be higher in fish that reside in ocean and gulf waters. This article, which you can access by clicking on the title above, was specifically sampling store bought swordfish. The question is what do we do about this situation.

We know that fish oils are good for children with learning disabilities and behavioral/mood disorders. We also know that high concentrations of mercury are not good for these very same kids. So What do we do?

In my office I recommend that once every couple of years you have a hair analysis done (this should be done more frequently for those with health related issues). For children and adults, this is helpful for giving the levels of elemental toxins and helpful elements contained in the hair. For a little less than a hundred dollars you can see what is happening with heavy metal levels in your body. Hair levels of toxic elements that are high can indicate toxic levels in the bodies system as a whole.

I use Great Smokies Lab. I think they are the best diagnostic lab in the country. Weigh the risk, eat in balance and where you can, eat organic wild fishes from freshwater.