Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In the Clinical Review of the health effects of fish intake and contaminants by Drs Mozaffarian and Rimm,1 mercury contamination was evaluated as a potential risk factor for cardiovascular disease, in their Figure 5 and the accompanying text. However, both the figure and the conclusions seem to be misleading because the meta-analysis includes studies that are not relevant to the issue examined. Dentists and participants mainly exposed to inorganic mercury from amalgam should have been excluded.
Tuomainen T, Voutilainen S, Skerfving S, Salonen JT. Risks and Benefits of Fish Intake. JAMA. 2007;297(6):585-586. doi:10.1001/jama.297.6.585-b