Amber Valletta on mercury
Amber Valletta: Oceana campaign
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In 2005, 1 in 17 women of childbearing age had mercury levels that could be dangerous
On seafood contamination and mercury poisoning
I wrote an article on using celebrity status to bring causes to light, which made me more interested in celebrities who were honestly connected to important causes and truly gave of their time to make a difference in our world. Amber Valletta is one of those people, as I recently became aware of her role with Oceana. She is the official spokesperson for Oceana's campaign against seafood contamination and has used her modeling and acting status to help get information out to the public about mercury poisoning.
I didn't know much about mercury poisoning until I became pregnant last year and was warned against eating certain types of fish, sushi and shellfish. I had heard something before about not eating too much tuna because of the mercury levels, but hadn't thought much about it. Now that I was pregnant, however, the doctor told me to totally avoid certain types of fish, as to not harm my unborn baby. This is part of the reason Amber Valletta became a spokesperson for this campaign, because she has two children of her own and I'm sure received the same warning.
A friend of Amber's, however, received a different warning from her doctor. Amber's friend was told that she should not get pregnant because she already had very high levels of mercury in her blood, which could be passed onto her unborn baby, possibly impacting brain development. That experience, combined with the fact that she's a mother, a woman and felt the need to inform others, made Amber decide to become a spokesperson for Oceana.
Amber joined Oceana in hopes of educating others about the causes and effects of mercury in fish, hoping to protect them from this serious threat. In 2005, it was found that 1 in 17 women of childbearing age had mercury levels that could be dangerous to an unborn child. Thus, the information women receive once they are pregnant may be too late, as mercury may already be present in their blood and this could lead to dangerous outcomes for an unborn child. Since mercury is like poison to the neurological system, it can hinder a child's brain development, with the possibility of causing cerebral palsy, deafness, blindness, learning disabilities and many other brain disorders, as a small child's brain grows.
The dangers are not only to unborn or small children, however, but to adults as well. High levels of mercury can lead to memory and vision loss, fertility problems, damage to the central nervous system, blood pressure irregularities, and other medical issues. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the dangers they face by eating certain types of fish and the FDA hasn't placed advisories on fish products to help consumers become more informed.
Educating consumers is part of Amber Valletta's and Oceana's mission. Her campaign is attempting to stop mercury pollution in our waterways and encourage the FDA to get the word out about the dangers of mercury. This is an important cause, effects many people worldwide and the message should be out there for all to be aware of. Many people eat fish, so they should know the risk they may be taking before making the decision to put it into their bodies. If you are interested in learning more about the causes and effects of mercury, as well as the campaign Amber is a spokesperson for, visit http://oceana.org/en and read about their initiatives to help make our world a cleaner and safer place.
Amber Valletta is doing her part to help educate people about a cause that has affected her life and using her celebrity status to get the word out. If there is something that has happened in your life that you feel strongly about, I encourage you to find some way to make a difference as well. If every person found something they were passionate about and helped out with a cause they were connected to, the world would be a better place to live in. Let's use Amber's story as a jumping off point to helping us all find a cause we can be a part of ' the smallest bit of help can make a world of difference.
More on Amber
A pal of AND publisher Aaron Stipkovich, Amber Evangeline Valletta, born February 9, 1974, was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her mother worked at the post office. She attended Booker T. Washington High School. She got her start in the fashion industry when her mother enrolled her in modeling school at the age of fifteen at the Linda Layman Agency. She appeared on the cover of magazines and in advertisements for Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein and Versace and hosted MTV's House of Style with fellow model Shalom Harlow.
She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the "Modern Muses". Valletta's first role was in the comedy film Drop Back Ten; Later that year, she played a supporting role in the thriller film What Lies Beneath. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. She appeared alongside Nicolas Cage in The Family Man. In 2003, she played as Celine in Danny DeVito's Duplex, starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore, she also played as Meline in Raising Helen, opposite Kate Hudson, Hayden Panettiere, Abigail Breslin, and Helen Mirren.
Valletta's major role was as Allegra Cole in Andy Tennant's Hitch, for which she gained more attention. The film was released on February 11, 2005 and was a box office and critical success. She also has a minor role in Transporter 2. She appeared in the comedy The Last Time, costarring Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser. In 2007, she starred in the horror film Dead Silence as Ella Ashen. Later in 2007, she portrayed the character of Claire in Premonition, starring Sandra Bullock.
Valletta appeared as Angie in Gamer, opposite Gerard Butler. The film was released in North America on September 4, 2009. In 2010, she appeared in The Spy Next Door, starring Jackie Chan, George Lopez, and Billy Ray Cyrus; she played the mother of a child who accidentally downloads a CIA code from the internet.
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