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Cause of Death: Consumption of Basa Fish

Cause of Death: Consumption of Basa Fish

Is it possible that the after-school fish stick snacks you have been feeding your child could possibly be contaminated with deadly metals such as mercury?

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June 24, 2010

Is it possible that the after-school fish stick snacks you have been feeding your child could possibly be contaminated with deadly metals such as mercury?! Unfortunately, the answer is YES. The dangers of consuming too much fish are usually paired with the not-so-rare disease hydrargyria (better known as mercury poisoning) but now it seems that there’s a new danger to this delicious after-school snack and ambient dinner main course.

A popular frozen fish product imported from Vietnam called basa fish just made the “Do Not Consume” list. Basa fish (known in the UK as Vietnamese river cobbler) is a type of catfish that is farmed in pens along the Mekong River. Basa fish is known for its mild taste and flaky white meat and is becoming the preferred type of fish among consumers because of its “cleaner” and almost bland taste compared to other types of farm-raised fish.

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Mercury in Fish

Haven't read the article, but I have a question: Is the area the fish are in near a volcano?

I ask this question because lava/magma contains mercury. Of course I'm against consuming food that harms, but I want people to know two methods how fish end up containing mercury in case they don't know them: One, lava spewing into the ocean and settling onto the ocean floor, and, two, from their diets, when a fish eats a fish smaller than it which ate a fish smaller than it which ate a fish smaller than it until the first fish consumed in this dietary chain lived on the ocean floor. I think the second method arises from the first method.

Although I'm unsure about what I'm about to say too, when a human ingests animal/food containing mercury, this consumption is harmless unless a lot of this food is consumed in a short time or a little or moderate amount of it is consumed frequently for a long time.

I said the above knowing each person is different. Therefore, what I said is vague. Two, I hope DPers reading this comment who've noticed that food issues on the DP favor statist solutions instead of free market solutions find solace knowing they're not alone feeling confused about this favor. I'm with you, other DPers are with you and I hope you comment about this post, the post being the material above the comment section, not my comment (here). If you want to reply to my comment, of course that's fine.

Advocacy: Avoid being scared into statism. If fright creeps into you, press your mind against freedom's sharpening stone. Promote free market solutions even if nature is poisoning you, because if it is poisoning you, freedom will pull you away from the poisoned food and direct you to healthful food.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

source of toxicity according to the article ...

"Basa fish are farmed along the Mekong River—one of the most polluted rivers in the world. Large manufacturers planted along this river frequently dump extremely toxic and dangerous chemicals and industrial waste directly into it. In June of 2001, the US Food and Drug Administration imposed increased and more thorough testing on Southeast Asian farm-raised seafood including the basa fish after repeatedly discovering fish contaminated with heavy metals and banned antibiotics."

Sources of mercury pollution in our environment are quite numerous these days.

What I find interesting is that many health-conscious people I speak with think that only large ocean fish are to be avoided if mercury is a concern. This article demonstrates the folly of that particular belief.