Jeremy Piven eating too much sushi leads to mercury poisoning?

December 18, 2008

(ChattahBox) — New details have emerged about the illness that caused Jeremy Piven to withdraw from his hit Broadway show, ‘Speed-the-Plow.’

Dr. Carlon Colker, a doctor who has been treating the SAG award nominee and Emmy award-winner, tells ET that Jeremy is suffering from extreme mercury toxicity. He informs that a test revealed that Jeremy had the highest level of mercury that he has ever seen, which amounts to six times a healthy amount of mercury, in his system. That’s not good at all!

Dr. Colker tells that a major symptom of mercury poisoning is extreme fatigue and Jeremy recently spent three days in the hospital., He was experiencing neuro-muscular dysfunction late last week, which led to extreme difficulty in lifting his arms and legs. Then, this past Sunday, he began feeling dizzy. Now, the doctors have ordered enforced rest.

Colker also seems to strongly imply that fondness for sushi regularly eating sushi twice in one day may be the cause of his current problems. On top of that he notes that Jeremy has also taken certain Chinese herbs, and that, in combination with the frequent sushi consumption, could have led to these elevated mercury levels.

The doctor now sounding more like his spokesperson also says that Jeremy is disappointed that members of the production staff of ‘Speed-the-Plow’ and other members of the entertainment community have not rallied behind him during this health crisis. There were a number of people that thought Piven was just using a medical excuse to get some time off.


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