Earlier today, my beloved (but aging) dog Bella had a seizure, lasting a couple of minutes -- followed by an hour of disorientation and compulsive walking around the room. I suspect that a seizure caused the previous episode of disorientation, on the 27th. Today's crisis passed fairly quickly. Right now, she seems fine: Barking, eating, wagging tail, licking noses.
(Did my dog have an epileptic seizure on the Ides of March? How Caesarian.)
I've done some research into possible causes. The most frightening possibility, of course, is a brain tumor. But one other possibility keeps coming up in my research: Mercury poisoning due to the tuna that was in her diet.
A few readers offered that suggestion at the time of Bella's first episode. I'll never forgive myself for choosing the wrong diet. Tuna seemed like a good idea because Bella loved
the stuff, and because one frequently hears that fish oil helps keep cancer away.(Right now, she eats only chicken.)
My hound's travails point to a much larger problem. I had not realized until recent times just how systemic and widespread the problem of Mercury poisoning is. The fish we eat is loaded
with heavy metal toxins -- and it can easily affect children, and even adults.
I honestly had no idea that this kind of thing
is going on. It is recommended that adults eat only three
cans of albacore in a month! Shouldn't this information be on the packaging?
Fortunately, light tuna is safer than the pricier white tuna.
Where does mercury come from?
Air pollution. Specifically, it rains down on rivers, lakes and oceans after being emitted from power plants and other industrial sources that burn fossil fuels.
How to stop mercury pollution?
We have been pressing for full implementation of new EPA rules, known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, to help protect everyone from these toxic chemicals. Families and clean air advocates helped us secure the standards, but industry opponents are fighting these rules in the court system.
My poor Bella. Poor everyone!