Originally posted by pexx421
I understand you to be saying that it wont kill you instantly, so its no big deal. Yes, you can bathe in petrol, and you wont die right off.
Similarly, you can jog through fukushima right now, and you likely wont drop dead.
No, you probably would drop dead if you jogged through Fukushima.
If you hold mercury in your hand, you wont drop dead....but the effects on your neurological tissues will likely be extensive, and the effects
upon your children can be catastrophic.
Wrong again, the mercury molecule is too large to be absorbed through the skin. It has to be ingested or inhaled to be dangerous. There are MANY of
us that played with Mercury as kids, and we didn't have any health effects from it. I also grew up in an area with Lead in the water, and Lead
poisoning is almost unheard of. Many of the things you often read about are just the results of large lawsuits, not any real danger. Mercury and
Lead are not all that dangerous, unless you do something stupid like eat it or snort it.
I remember when they said metal miniblinds would attract lead, and then babies could inhale it and get sick. Well, there were a lot more babies
wrapping themselves up in the cords and dying, or falling out of the cribs than the 1 or 2 that might have had a sensitivity to lead and inhaled just
enough to get sick. The "experts" should really prioritize better and stop letting large lawsuits dictate where they focus there efforts.
In no wise would I tell the people around fukushima prefecture, "hey, no one has dropped dead yet from the radiation, so just keep eating the
fish and drinking the tea, and you should be fine with little more than a stomach ache....for now".
Nor would I, because Fukushima has lethal doses of radiation. People are already dying, and the area is already evacuated. No one is dying in the
Gulf, no one is evacuated in the Gulf, the seafood has been tested, and is ongoingly being tested, and sometimes they reject a load of shrimp, but in
general the food is safe. We already have precautionary processes in place. We are lucky this happened in the US, and not Somalia, because we
actually have safety protocols in place.
Comparing the Gulf situation to the Fukushima situation is ridiculous. A pea-sized pill of radiation can kill you, but a cup full of crude oil will
just give you diarreah. They are night and day comparisons.
If you catch a fish with 3 eyes, don't eat it.
If you catch a Shrimp with no eyes, don't eat it. If the fish is fat, healthy, good scales,
etc., then it is fine to eat. You can tell a lot about whether or not something is safe to eat by deciding if it was healthy or not when you caught
Personally, I don't eat processed fish, beef, chicken for that very reason. I grew up around cattle auctions and slaughter houses, and there were
guys buying the "downer" cattle that were very unhealthy, and they were buying them cheaply and selling them to slaughter houses to get into your
favorite Taco Bell or McD's meats! I only eat stuff that looks like it is supposed to look! Especially meats.
I'd rather eat a fresh, healthy fish from the Gulf, than to eat a McD's double cheeseburger any day!
edit on 5-6-2012 by getreadyalready
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