Mercury Poisoning? Tell Us Your Story!
The stories keep coming in:
Recently in the news more and more
people are coming out
about instances of mercury poisoning, generally from a diet high
in fish. The seriousness of their symptoms varies, but their
stories are similar.
In early 2005, Oceana will kick off an
to protect children, adults and marine life from mercury
poisoning. Our two-pronged approach includes public education
and mercury contamination reduction. But we need your
If you or someone you know has
experienced poisoning from
mercury, we want to hear your story. Please follow this link
and e-mail us your story:
Be sure to include contact information
address and phone number) in case we need to contact you for
And check back: starting later this
month, your story may be
posted on the Oceana Web
Thanks for helping us protect
Americans from this dangerous
contaminant. If you have questions or feedback, send them to me
Campaign Projects Manager
a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Ms. Dawn Winalski
is the sample letter:
Subject: My story about mercury
Dear [decision maker name
automatically inserted here],
Have you experienced poisoning or
sickness because of mercury? Tell us about it! Please tell us what
symptoms you noticed, how you determined it was due to mercury, how
much fish you eat, including tuna or sushi, and what role your doctor
played, if any.
This space provides room for editing.
here to take action on this issue
Visit the Web
address below to tell your friends about this.
Adults who consume high levels of
mercury can also experience a variety of toxic effects, mostly related
to the nervous system and the brain, which control sensory and motor
activities. Behavior, memory, and learning processes are affected by
mercury contamination. Also, new studies show that the cardiovascular
and reproductive systems can be damaged as well.
In other words, a large number of
people in our society are ingesting dangerous amounts of a toxic
substance every day. And few have any idea they are doing so.
Though public recognition of this health hazard has been slow to
develop, there are several clear instances of mercury poisoning that
have been widely publicized. For example:
- Dr. Jane Hightower, a medical
doctor in San Francisco, noticed that many of her patients were
experiencing symptoms related to mercury exposure, including
depression, loss of scalp hair, metallic taste, headaches, arthritic
pain, irritability, tremors, and numbness and tingling in the hands and
feet. In some cases, the symptoms were so severe that the patients were
having trouble earning a living or doing well in school. After several
tests and dietary studies, the symptoms were linked to diets high in
Based on our research and the
number of stories we have been hearing, it's quite possible many of you
have experienced mercury poisoning or have been diagnosed with it. Your
stories will help our campaign!
March 20, 2005