January 2007
Volume 1, Issue 1

What are Environmental Toxins?

Catskills contaminated with mercury

EPA To Ease Up Requirements For Toxic Emission Reporting

Health Focus: Enjoying Safe Seafood

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Featured Article
What are Environmental Toxins?
By Rik J. Deitsch

We are surrounded by environmental toxins. Substances that may cause distress or disease to our bodies can be found in everything that we eat, in everything that we drink and even in the air we breathe. Some of these compounds are a by-product of an industrialized world. Heavy metals like lead and cadmium are released from factories or are produced as waste substances in the industry. We are also exposed to many naturally-occurring toxic substances.

For example, volcanic eruptions release much of the free mercury that can be found in the environment. Our bodies have a variety of mechanisms for dealing with this toxicity, but the current total load exceeds the body's ability to adapt. When our bodies fail to break down or remove these toxins, the only other way to deal with them is through sequestration. (Continue to Full Article...)

Toxins In the News
Catskills contaminated with mercury
New research has identified as many as 14 biological mercury "hotspots" in northeastern North America and suggests that contamination in wildlife is linked to pollution from coal-fired industry. (View Full Article)
EPA To Ease Up Requirements For Toxic Emission Reporting
A recent rule change by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will cut paperwork for some companies but also will limit information available to the public about the toxic chemicals those companies release in their neighborhoods. (View Full Article)
Health Focus: Enjoying Safe Seafood

Many of us enjoy eating seafood every week, but did you know that some seafood can contain toxins that are harmful to your body? Certain types of seafood contain high levels of methylmercury or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These toxins can be very harmful to the body and it can take one year to rid the body of mercury and six years for PCBs.

We've compiled a list of seafood below that is safe to eat and a list that you should avoid or limit your intake to a maximium of once per week.

Safe to Eat Daily: Limit to Once-Per-Week:
  • Farmed and wild salmon
  • Oysters
  • Shrimp
  • Farm-raised channel catfish
  • Farm-raised rainbow trout
  • Flounder
  • Perch
  • Tialpia
  • Clams
  • Scallops
  • Red swamp crayfish
  • Tuna steaks
  • Red snapper
  • Orange roughy
  • Pollack
  • Halibut
  • Northern lobster
  • Marlin
  • Saltwater bass
  • Wild trout
  • Bluefish
  • Grouper
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