|Danish Studies find that Eating Pilot Whale Meat Increases Risk of Parkinson’s and Heart disease
Eating Pilot whale meat is suspected as a prime reason why the people of the Faroe Islands have twice as much risk of getting Parkinson’s as European Danes. The Faroe Islands, an autonomous province of Denmark, are an island group consisting of eighteen islands off the coast of Northern Europe. Pilot Whale meat is a traditional food of the Faroese. The chief medical officers of the Faroe Islands have recommended that pilot whales no longer be considered fit for human consumption, because they are toxic. New research undertaken by the Environmental Medicine section of Syddansk University in Denmark shows that environmental toxins such as methyl mercury and PCB make eating pilot whale meat risky. Pal Weihe , head of Arbejdsmedicin and Folkesunhedmedicin section in the Faroese hospital stated that an increased intake of whale meat and blubber in adults is clearly linked with an increased occurrence of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common nervous system diseases and one of the oldest. About 1 in 1000 Danes suffer from the disease.
Eating mercury-contaminated seafood increases the risk of heart disease
Another study that examined Faroese whalers found that eating mercury contaminated seafood increases the risk of heart disease.
|The results support previous findings with other human populations that show higher exposures to methylmercury can promote heart disease.
This unique study looked at a group of 42 Faroese whaling men aged 30-70 years old. 63% of the men ate "3 or more whale meals per month." The men's diets were linked with actual measures of mercury exposure estimated from hair, blood and toenail clipping samples. The researchers found a clearly significant correlation of increased blood pressure and arterial thickness with higher mercury levels found in their bodies.