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Jeremy Piven's struggle with mercury poisoning

Jeremy Piven's struggle with mercury poisoning

Jeremy Piven still struggles with the effects of mercury poisoning.

The 'Entourage' star was contaminated with the toxic metal after eating a lot of sushi prior to 2008 and the serious illness - which can cause death - subsequently forced him to drop out of Broadway show 'Speed-the-Plow'.

But he says he's been undergoing a complicated medical procedure called "chelating" ever since, which involves administering a form of acid to the body, which stops arsenic, lead, uranium, plutonium and other forms of toxic metal poisoning in its tracks.

The 50-year-old star told Cigar Aficianado magazine: "I've been chelating my blood for the past eight years. I haven't been 100 percent since then . . . When that was going on, I was unable to function and it was scary as s**t."

And the hunky 'Mr Selfridge' actor joked that his medical woes are ignored by fans, because his characters in the British series and 'Entourage' cheat on their wives.

He quipped: "But nobody cares because you play a bad guy on TV. Well, if you want to hate me, I can't stop you."

Other extreme side effects of chelating include cancer, neuro-developmental disorder from toxicity, dehydration, low blood calcium and harm to kidneys.