Got embarrassingly misguided advice and rhetoric?

By

Gavin Gibbons

Published on
October 14, 2010

The kids over at GotMercury? have taken their thoroughly middle school science fair-like “research” and crafted some new suggestions for consumers. Are you ready for them?

Don’t eat swordfish or tuna.

And who’s making this proclamation? Not a doctor or a dietitian but a “Campaign Coordinator” for the Turtle Island Restoration Network. Ahhhhh, yes. Sea Turtle campaigners – always an accurate and trusted source for diet and health advice.

While gold standard, peer reviewed, independent science is saying Americans eat too little seafood and should be encouraged to eat more for better brain development in babies and heart health in adults, extremists at GotMercury? are insisting consumers eat less. While the final report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee,  made up of the country’s top nutrition experts, is saying eating fish can save lives – “consumption of two servings of seafood per week… is associated with reduced cardiac mortality from [coronary heart disease] or sudden death in persons with and without [cardiovascular disease]”— GotMercury? has a campaign coordinator telling consumers to eat less fish.  If this isn’t evidence of just how outside the mainstream GotMercury? is then no such evidence exists.

Oh and did you know that the fourth of four “simple steps” you can take to “protect yourself and your family” is “donate to GotMercury.org? Yes, that’s right. Protect your family’s health by giving money to an organization committed to mobilizing “people in local communities around the world to protect marine wildlife and the oceans and inland watersheds that sustain them.”

I feel healthier already.

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