column devoted to informative integrative health resources on the
I'll begin this column by sharing a terrific
campaign sponsored by an advocacy organization called Oceana. They
are working to get signs posted at
grocery store seafood counters based on the Food and Drug Administration's
(FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) mercury advisory,
an important public health measure. After sharing key links from ocean.org,
I'll broaden the topic to cover a few other mercury sources and solutions.
Fair_Warning_Report_final.pdf 117KB .pdf (One
long link on two lines.)
This is a brief paper which launched Oceana's campaign. The paper
is subtitled, "Why Grocery Stores Should Tell Parents About Mercury
Grocery Store Guide
Oceana has compiled a list of companies posting advisory signs, known
as the "Green List." Wild Oats, Safeway, Whole Foods, Trader
Joe's, and Albertsons voluntarily posted the FDA advice as a
service to their customers.
Green List Map
This is a helpful mapping application to help you quickly find the
stores in your area that post the advisory signs. It also documents
Oceana's interaction with the grocers. The grocery store nearest
me (Giant) unfortunately yields this result: "Oceana sent a letter
to Anders C. Moberg, President and CEO of Ahold USA, in January 2006
asking that the company post signs and has yet to receive a response." The
website further invites me to sign up to speak with the store manager.
I went ahead and signed up, and look forward to reporting results on
my advocacy with Giant and their parent company, Ahold Group, in a
future column. Oceana has made it easy to do this work; I invite you
to participate and let me know of your results, as well.
Vital Signs: The Status of Mercury Warning Signs in US Grocery Stores
Myths and Facts About Posting Mercury Signs
Campaign for Mercury Signs in Stores
Wild Oats, the first company to post this advice, has found that posting
signs has resulted in increased seafood sales and better customer relations.
Mercury, Seafood, and You
A seven-minute video featuring people who found that mercury in seafood
had a major impact on their lives.
Stop Seafood Contamination
You can find all the content above and more at this URL.
2004 FDA/EPA Consumer Advisory:
What You Need to Know About Mercury
in Fish and Shellfish
The government policy is not as quite protective as it should be, but
this consumer advisory is a start.
Oceana Chlorine Campaign
Oceana also has initiated a campaign with chlorine plants in the United
States and Europe.
Health Care Without Harm
This important site for health professionals contains tools for making
United Nations Environmental
Programme (UNEP) – Mercury, Lead,
The United Nations Environmental Programme conducted a global mercury
assessment and developed guidance materials and toolkits to help countries
mitigate their mercury problems.
Environmental Protection Agency on Mercury and Lead
The US EPA also has rich content addressing local, national, and international
approaches to heavy metals.
Mercury Fillings Are Outdated
one long link on two lines.)
The Acting Health Commissioner in Vermont thinks that mercury amalgam
is sometimes "the best clinical choice." The Barre Montpelier
Times Argus published Lisa Carlson's pointed response in a February
12, 2007 letter to the editor.
Autism-Mercury Email List
Most of the members of this group are parents of children with autism,
Asperger syndrome, ADD, etc. The group moderator writes: "There
are many labels: you are welcome regardless of particular label(s)."
Mercury Detox: Information, Tools, and Resources
Resources from a member of the Autism-Mercury list mentioned above
Heavy Metal Detoxification / Avoidance
Mercury Toxicity / Amalgam Illness
Comprehensive resource from the Digital Naturopath
Mercury Policy Project
Essential reading for advocates
IAOMT Protocol for the Safe Removal of Mercury
IAOMT is the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
More Terrific Resources on Mercury in Dentistry
American Council on Science and Health
Sometimes it's helpful to know what "the other side" thinks.
I see this industry-funded group as a big barrier to sensible health
and environmental policy. But now you know my bias; get the word from
the horse's mouth here.
Heavy Metal Harm
This is a terrific story in E Magazine on various initiatives to prevent
exposure to mercury.
How Mercury Causes Brain Neuron Degeneration
No discussion of mercury is complete without a reminder to watch this
five-minute video produced by University of Calgary medical faculty.
Selected Search Terms
• safe protocol
• EWG body burden
ALA DMPS DMSA mercury
• biological dentists
• municipal waste incinerators heavy metal
Heavy metal in the teeth
Heavy metals in the rain
In the fetuses and babies
In the neurons in our brain
Mercury, zinc, copper, lead,
Aluminum, and why?
It's tragedy by policy!
The time for change is nigh.
All sites last accessed on 3/10/2007.
Roswell is a web developer and environmental health advocate.
3443 Guilford Terrace, Baltimore, MD 21218 USA