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High Mercury Levels Found in Perch, Crappie

Posted April 7, 2008

— State health officials issued warnings Monday about elevated levels of mercury found in two types of freshwater fish in southeastern North Carolina.

Yellow perch caught south and east of Interstate 85 and black crappie caught south and east of Interstate 95 have been found to contain high amounts of the toxic chemical.

Pregnant women and children should avoid eating the two fish altogether and others should limit their consumption to no more than once a week, officials said.

Mercury affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, especially in unborn babies and young children. Prenatal mercury exposure can affect the way children think, learn and solve problems later in life. Adverse health effects can also occur in adults at much higher doses.


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  • purplerado Apr 7, 2008

    Actually low levels of mercury cause many problems- mainstream medicine is ignorant about it - they think if it's not in the bloodstream it's not there. What the body cannot excrete is stored in the tissues, central nervous system and brain. Some conditions linked to mercury are Addison's disease, Gastritis, Allergies, Alzheimer's disease, Hypothyroidism, ALS, Infertility, Insomnia, Anorexia nervosa, Irritable bowel syndrome, Anxiety, Juvenile arthritis, Asthma, Learning disabilities, ADHD, Lupus erythromatosus, Autoimmune disease, Manic depression, Bipolar disorder, Multiple chemical sensitivities, Borderline personality disorder, Multiple sclerosis, Bulimia, Myasthenia gravis, Candidiasis, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Chronic fatigue, Panic attacks, Colitis, Parkinson's disease, Crohn's disease, Pervasive developmental disorder, Depression, Psychosis, Endocrine disorders, Rheumatoid arthritis, Environmental illness, Schizophrenia, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, & Food allergies.

  • smitty Apr 7, 2008

    Mercury gets into the water from air pollution from coal-fired power plants. Think about that next time Progress Energy asks to build a nuke plant.

  • blackdog Apr 7, 2008

    ...I wonder what happenrd to all that dirt from the Ward Transformer dumping...?...