UPDATE: Jeremy Piven’s Mercury Poisoning Cured- Eating Fish Again

As we reported earlier, actor Jeremy Piven had to leave the Broadway show “Speed the Plow” in December because of mercury poisoning. We’d like to now report that after an 11 month hiatus from eating fish, that Piven reports that he is cured, and has started to each a small amount of fish. The Chicago Sun Times reported that the Entourage star was seen dining on whitefish at Gibsons restaurant. It should be noted that whitefish is a fish felt to be lower in mercury.

For those interested in the mercury content of fish, here is a list from the Natural Resources Defense Council:

LEAST MERCURY
No limits:
Anchovies – Butterfish – Catfish – Clam – Crab (Domestic) – Crawfish/Crayfish – Croaker (Atlantic) – Flounder – Haddock (Atlantic) – Hake – Herring – Mackerel (N. Atlantic, Chub) – Mullet – Oyster – Perch (Ocean) – Plaice – Pollock – Salmon (Canned) – Salmon (Fresh) – Sardine – Scallop – Shad (American) – Shrimp – Sole (Pacific) – Squid (Calamari) – Tilapia – Trout (Freshwater) – Whitefish – Whiting

MODERATE MERCURY
Eat six servings or less per month:
Bass (Striped, Black) – Carp – Cod (Alaskan) – Croaker (White Pacific) – Halibut (Atlantic) – Halibut (Pacific) – Jacksmelt – Lobster – Mahi Mahi – Monkfish – Perch (Freshwater) – Sablefish – Skate – Snapper – Tuna (Canned chunk light) – Tuna (Skipjack) – Weakfish (Sea Trout)

HIGH MERCURY
Eat three servings or less per month:
Bluefish – Grouper – Mackerel (Spanish, Gulf) – Sea Bass (Chilean) – Tuna (Canned Albacore) – Tuna (Yellowfin)

HIGHEST MERCURY
Avoid eating:
Mackerel (King) – Marlin – Orange Roughy – Shark – Swordfish – Tilefish – Tuna

Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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