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What Sled Dogs Tell Us About Mercury | Care2 Healthy Living

What Sled Dogs Tell Us About Mercury | Care2 Healthy Living

By Denise Maher from Alternahealthgirl , Moms Clean Air Force guest blogger What will happen if our bodies are continually exposed to mercury? To answer that question, scientists in Alaska studied Siberian Husky sled dogs, who, like the region’s indigenous people, eat a famously healthy diet of antioxidant-and omega-3 rich-foods such as moose, black bear, salmon and pike. By comparing samples of the sled dogs’ blood and hair to samples from kennel huskies that ate processed food, the researchers observed that the mercury levels in the sled dogs’ systems of were high—and high enough to interfere with antioxidant status. After two months, the mercury contamination messed with antioxidant status enough to pose a health risk to the animals—and probably the people who are exposed to the same environmental hazards. Most of the mercury in the dogs’ environment comes from coal-gen...

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