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What's the Deal With Jeremy Piven's High Mercury Counts?

What's the Deal With Jeremy Piven's High Mercury Counts?

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.


LemonOut LemonOut 8 years
I think it is also important to recognize that the doctor also attributes the high mercury to Piven's using a lot of Chinese herbal supplements. These are not regulated and are well-known as causes of heavy metal (and other) poisoning.
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
totally don believe him
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
Oh wow! This makes me glad that I never ever liked fish, and have maybe only had it a couple times my whole life when I had to. I eat vegetarian sushi though, yum :)
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
Get well, bb!
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
Yikes! I never realised eating too much fish makes you sick. I hope Jeremey gets better. I love him!
NotMeAnymore NotMeAnymore 8 years
What angers me is that his hometown newspaper the Chicago Tribune has been writing incredibly snarky comments, implying that he simply didn't want to continue in this role. If I were Joyce, I'd give them the big brush off the next time they want access to the Piven Theatre. Jerks.
flamingo08 flamingo08 8 years
Can you make a full recovery from that level of poisoning?? Yeah, twice a week and I'm already nervous....
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
yikes! twice a day? I thought I was being naughty eating sushi twice a week!!
ashleylynne ashleylynne 8 years
A close friend of the family died due to mercury from eating too much fish - not many people realize just how much we're eating because we think fish is supposed to be super healthy. I found a neat little calculator that will estimate how much mercury you might be eating:
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