According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, eating 8-12 ounces of low mercury fish per week is safe for pregnant women.
The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) say up 12 ounces per week is safe.
Remember that toxic amounts of mercury is considered anything over 200ppb, and the amount of mercury in a “thimerosal-free” flu vaccine is 300 to 600 ppb – the vaccine most commonly used contains 50,000 ppb.
What information has been gathered is mainly based on trial and error.Some doctors urge their pregnant patients to completely steer clear of fish altogether because of the mercury content, while others advise pregnant women to eat “low mercury fish” once or twice a week.They receive the vaccine falsely claiming to be “thimerosal-free.” It really should be called, “thimerosal decreased, but still overly toxic.” From the above statement, we have people running around thinking it’s safe to not only eat 25 mcg of mercury, but also to inject 25 mcg of thimerosal into their body (thimerosal is 50% mercury).There have never been any real studies done on pregnant women and the effects of eating fish-contained mercury.All of the other low mercury fish are lower than that.
The fish containing the highest amount of mercury, tilefish, has 1,450 ppb mercury — very understandable that pregnant women and children are urged to not eat high mercury fish.According to the FDA: shrimp, crab, salmon, pollock, catfish, cod, tuna, and, tilapia are considered low mercury fish.Tuna contains the highest amount of mercury in the low mercury fish category.If you click on the first link, you can scroll down to the section that explains a little more about thimerosal and mercury in vaccines. According to the CDC, vaccines labeled “thimerosal-free” often have a little asterisk next to those words which lead you to something like: “This vaccine has ‘trace’ amounts of thimerosal, which the FDA says is equivalent to thimerosal-free products.” If we look closer into “thimerosal-free” vaccines, we will actually find that there is still a toxic amount of mercury contained in them. One contains 25 mcg of mercury (in the form of thimerosal with is 50% mercury.There is 50mcg of thimerosal in this flu shot) and is often given as the “regular” flu shot to those with no special circumstances.Consuming 25mcg of mercury in fish would almost double the amount the FDA considers safe for pregnant women.