Last week, actor Jeremy Piven bowed out of a Broadway production of David Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow,” citing exhaustion due to an elevated mercury count.
How did his mercury count get so high? From eating sushi and taking Chinese herbs, according to his doctor, Carlon Colker. Never mind the herbs for now. How much sushi would you have to eat in order to endanger your health?
Media contacts from the FDA and EPA haven’t returned calls, but I did speak with several people at those organizations off the record. Could this happen? Yes, they said, but it would not be due to binge sushi eating. Rather, mercury builds up in a person’s system over time. Through, say, the eating of sushi twice a day, as Piven apparently was in the habit of doing. (Hollywood!)
Get better babe. We can’t wait to see the new season of Entourage.