It's not every day that a celebrity has to give up a project because of dangerously high mercury levels, but Jeremy Piven had to leave his role in Speed-the-Plow, currently playing on Broadway, because he was too sick to continue working. The actor's physician, Dr. Carlon Colker, spoke about Jeremy's condition and stated that the mercury levels in his blood were nearly six times the limit and the highest he's ever seen.
According to Dr. Colker, Jeremy's symptoms began with "extreme fatigue and exhaustion" and progressed to "profound neuromuscular weakness, dizziness and nausea."
To learn what caused his high mercury counts and the scary, accompanying symptoms,
Dr. Colker attributes Jeremy's sky-high mercury levels to his diet, namely, the habit of eating sushi twice a day for many years. Fish is a yummy source of lean protein, but we do need to be cautious about how much we're eating because of mercury content. Most of us are probably consuming safe amounts, although women who are pregnant and nursing moms should pay particular attention to the fish they're eating. If you're concerned about how much mercury is in your diet, check out my handy chart that breaks down the mercury in different types of fish.