sâmbătă, 15 decembrie 2012

The truth about fish

The truth about fish


FISH SYNDROME (Excerpt from The Raw Cure: Healing Beyond Medicine)
I'm not an advocate of eating foods that are high on the food chain. Why eat fish, to get nutrients? Why not eat the foods that fish eat? This is where the fish get their nutrients. There is no reason to filter nutrients through the organs of another species prior to obtaining them. We can eat algae supplements or add kelp powder or dulse flakes to our entrees instead, eliminating the dietary cholesterol contained in fish. There are wonderful varieties of seaweed and algae as well that are edible and are great compliments to many dishes. To name a few: kelp, dulse, nori, spirulina, wakame, and AFA blue-green algae are all good food choices that will provide us with a greater abundance of the nutrients we think we are obtaining from fish. The key to optimal health is to eat as low on the food chain as possible – as in edible plant matter, not animals.
The blue whale eats only phytoplankton. It also happens to be the largest mammal on the planet and remains sexually active until old age –or– the end of its life, nearly two-hundred years later. Similar to how the strongest, leanest, and most muscular land mammals such as cows, elephants, gorillas, and horses eat only plants, so do blue whales. They each eat as low on the food chain as possible. We should follow their lead and eat a plant-based diet. Doing so will nourish and strengthen our bodies.
When fish is cooked, any healthy oils that may be contained within are degraded. This means they are equivalent to trans-fats. These bad oils cause inflammation and lead to all sorts of other health issues. Because the oceans are so polluted from our waste, fish contain heavy metals, industrial pollutants, pharmaceutical drugs, and farming chemical residues. These waste products also impact the wildlife that eat fish. Some animals that eat fish, such as bears, do not eat the fish for protein. They eat the fish for the fat. Only a relatively small part of their diet is meat based. As is typical with carnivores, bears can also tolerate high amounts of cholesterol in their diet without getting heart disease.
Many people continue to believe that eating fish provides us with omega-3 fatty acids, which are critical to brain cell function, and boost levels of DHA and EPA. Many people also think that eating fish prevents cognitive decline and staves off dementia. However, we can maintain adequate amounts of these nutrients from the alpha-linoleic acids (ALA) found in raw plant oils. In a ten-year study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2010, researchers found that the omega-3 long-chain fatty acids found in fish oils did not lower dementia risk. Those who ate fish regularly developed dementia at the same rate as those who did not eat fish. Further research has proven that the most important foods for brain function are not fish or fish oils; they are ALA-rich foods, such as raw flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and fruits and vegetables. The ALA found in many plant oils has been shown to have direct anti-arrhythmic properties, meaning they help prevent sudden cardiac death. In the Neuropsychopharmacology Journal, researchers reported that ALA actively promotes neuronal plasticity. This stimulates the growth of new nerve cells, and enhances nerve growth factors that protect against depression. This ALA is not obtained from eating fish. We are nourished with ALA from eating raw plants. To maintain happiness and achieve optimal health, our best option is to avoid all food that once had eyes, was born, had a family, and was once a living creature with a soul.
In 2007, the Institute of Medicine compiled the risks and benefits of eating fish. They stated, “The contaminants in fish that are of most concern today are mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins, and pesticide residues. Very high levels of mercury can damage nerves in adults and disrupt development of the brain and nervous system in a fetus or young child. The effect of the far lower levels of mercury currently found in fish have been linked to subtle changes in nervous system development and a possible increased risk of cardiovascular disease.”
While many people accept the belief that eating fish is a healthy choice for losing weight and maintaining health, consider the chemical pollutants found in fish that disrupt our metabolism and may pave the way for obesity. A February 2009 study published in Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, titled Endocrine Disrupters as Obesogens, suggests that chemical obesogens in the food supply may be contributing to the obesity epidemic. In our body we have preadipocytes (pre-fat cells), which are fibroblasts that can be stimulated to form adipocytes (fat cells). These chemical obesogens were found to stimulate the formation from preadipocyte to adipocyte. Adipocytes – also known as lipocytes or fat cells – are the cells that compose the majority of adipose tissue, and store energy as fat. We are exposed to obesogens by means of our diet, and it was determined that these chemicals are found most abundantly in fish. So, as we continue to eat sea life, we trigger the body to store more energy as fat, and this could cause weight gain.
In addition to fish being a poor food choice, shellfish are also known to contain phycotoxins, which are produced by microalgae. The November 2011 edition of Chemical Research in Toxicology published a study introducing cyclic imines as being a harmful phycotoxin with fast-acting toxicity. These marine biotoxins were shown to be fatal in rodents, and are said to be responsible for the high incidence of shellfish poisoning that occurs worldwide.
As we learn more about the toxins found in fish, and as we educate ourselves further on true nutrition, we begin to realize that eating fish is not necessary for health, or is it essential for a lean frame. We discover that eating seafood is more harmful than it could be beneficial. Once we see it from this perspective, then we can take it up another step and learn how the fishing industry is close to wiping out the entire population of fish in the sea.
In August 2012, the completion of a four year study conducted by an international group of ecologists and economists on 7,800 marine species around the world’s ecosystems concluded that all of the world’s stocks of seafood will collapse by the year 2050. This is due to the present rates of destruction by the fishing industry. Over sixty percent of the fish taken from the sea by this industry are ground up and force-fed to vegetarian livestock in the meat industry so they can be fattened and slaughtered. As Philip Wollen mentions in the St. James Ethics debate, vegetarian cows have now become the largest ocean predators. This is not natural. Access kindnesstrust.com to learn more. Because of factory-farmed pigs now eating fish, the captain of Sea Shepherd now claims pigs are the number one ocean predator.
Each product purchased from the meat industry contributes to the death of marine life. The ocean provides the majority of oxygen on Earth, and if we continue doing what we are doing, all ocean life will soon die. When ocean life dies, life on land will go with it. The solution to this problem is simple: refrain from eating meat and all animal products and the meat industry will collapse. See the book Extinction by John McCabe.
Jesse J. Jacoby ©2012 and beyond



"Many years ago, I was fishing, and ...as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realized, I am killing him - all for the passing pleasure it brings me."

"Something inside me clicked. I realized, as I watched him fight for breath, that his life was as important to him as mine is to me." -- Sir Paul McCartney

"Billions of fish die every year in nets and on hooks. Some are destined for human consumption, many are tortured just for "sport," and others are unintended victims who are maimed or killed simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time."

"When fish are yanked from the water, they begin to suffocate. Their gills often collapse, and their swim bladders can rupture because of the sudden change in pressure. Numerous scientific reports from around the world confirm that fish feel pain. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow studied the pain receptors in fish and found that they were strikingly similar to those of mammals; the researchers concluded that "fish do have the capacity for pain perception and suffering."
Did you know that consumer demand for fish has brought 29% of fish species to utter collapse... We have entered an unprecedented phase of extinction. It's true that occasional fish consumption can provide us with important essential fats, but plant-based omega-3 fat sources, such as ground flaxseeds, chia and hemp seeds, walnuts, and dark green leafy vegetables, can give us the same benefits without the dangers of mercury and other highly toxic contaminants.

The FISH stories

Poem to the AWAKENing

After all the deer and bear, bird and seal will have been hunt, after all the fish in lakes and seas will have been caught, WHO WILL YOU BECOME?

With no more LIFE to take and no more BBQ steak, WHO WOULD YOU BECOME?

After all the ball games will be played and no more $$ to be made, WHO WILL YOU BECOME?

What OTHER things to BE and DO would you be able to pursue?

With no more LIFE in sight to KILL, what other things will be your THRILL?

With no more LIFE in sight to TAKE, what other things you could CREATE?

Fish Have Feelings (dah!!)
"Fish" is another frequently mistranslated word in the Bible. Its reference is often not to the form of swimming life, but to the symbol by which early Christians could identify each other. It was a secret sign, needed in times of persecution, prior to official acceptance of Christianity as a state religion.
The sign of the fish was a mystical symbol and conversational password. Its name deriving from the Greek word for fish, "ichthus" Much later it was represented an acrostic, composed of leading letters of the Greek phrase, "Iesous Christos Theou Uios Soter"-"Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour."

Frequent references to fish are intended as symbolic of The Christ and have nothing to do with the act of eating a dead fish. But the symbol of the fish did not meet with Roman approval. They preferred the sign of the cross, choosing to concentrate more on the death of Christ than on His brilliant life. Perhaps this is one reason only ten percent of His life record appears in the canonical scriptures. Most of His first thirty years has been omitted.  http://www.thenazareneway.com/thou_shalt_not_kill.htm

JESUS and the FISH story


 I get very upset when I read anything claiming animal "foods" are healthy but, It seems to me that fish are the most frequent victims of this these days why is it so popular for people to say things like ohhh its so healthy its the best and only way to get the omegas u need for health ? why is this ridiculous claim going around being advertised so much ? Why are they allowed to ignore and discredit flaxseed, walnuts etc ? (comment posted by a Facebook member)

Truth:  http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-problem-with-organic-salmon/

Fish are often the target because they don't live on land and emotionally humans have truly disconnected from them sadly ... they don't bleed the same way land animals do and they don't have feet/legs ... for those of us who dive and meet these gorgeous creatures face to face in their respective habitats you can see how much they are like us, how they too feel, and live ... it is all about the egotistical human ability to make decisions based on greed and lack of compassion for anything that is not like us.

I agree with you. I think that much of what occurs in the oceans does so because it is perceived to be out of sight and out of the mind of most humans. There has been some fascinating research done in recent years that indicates fishes to be far more self aware than many humans believe. This is a very short video of Dr. Jonathan Balcombe speaking on the individuality of fishes that I found really interesting:


Did you know that scientific research has shown that fish are fully capable of feeling pain and that they have adrenal systems which function similarly to those of mammals, indicating that fish experience sensations that we might describe as panic, fear, or stress…

Why Are Few Spiritual Teachers Vegan?

PLANT or ANIMAL based foods? 

Education, awareness, practice and activism. We are the change we wish to see in our world.
Planetary healing from the ground up

Truth about fish

Fish Oil Supplements No Help to Heart or Brain
Omega-3s on the Spotlight
Much has been said about the positive effects of fish oil on people’s health, more specifically on the prevention of heart-disease because fish oil is loaded with omega-3s fats. However, the therapeutic effectiveness of fish oil–derived fatty acids remains controversial and physicians wonder if indeed it makes sense for patients to consume them. Please visit Omega-3s: Fishing for a Mechanism
Our oceans are dying. Industrial fishing and modern agriculture are pushing fish populations to a dangerous low number. The irony in all this is that cows nowadays are the largest ocean predators due to our insane demand for beef. Fish and other animals are not needed in a healthy diet. In fact, vegetarians and vegans can easily obtain omega-3s by consuming flax seeds, flax oil, canola and hemp oils, and even walnuts. Our circle of compassion should embrace all sentient beings, including fish.
Have a blessed day!
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Lorena Mucke
Christian Vegetarian Association

Please awaken and walk away from cruel tradition & economy.
Fish Oil Does Not Improve Heart Health
Did you know that consumer demand for fish has brought 29% of fish species to utter collapse... We have entered an unprecedented phase of extinction. It's true that occasional fish consumption can provide us with important essential fats, but plant-based omega-3 fat sources, such as ground flaxseeds, chia and hemp seeds, walnuts, and dark green leafy vegetables, can give us the same benefits without the dangers of mercury and other highly toxic contaminants.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk

Lobsters Feel Every Second Of You Boiling Them Alive
we don't need science to "prove" the obvious
Sustainable Seafood? Not Possible
For many people the suffering of animals is not enough to prompt them to change their food choices, the environmental impact of animal agriculture and aquaculture might be what triggers the change. Lindsay Abrams, assistant editor at Salon focusing on the subject of sustainability, explores this subject and reaches to the conclusion that given the tremendous footprint the fishing industry has on the environment and the degree of mislabeling of products, it's just not possible to eat seafood in a sustainable way. Please visit Sustainable Seafood is a Fantasy
Fish suffer, they are not needed in a balanced diet and the fishing industry is creating havoc in the oceans. These are more than enough reasons to stop supporting an industry that does much harm to God’s Creation.
Have a blessed day!
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Lorena Mucke
Christian Vegetarian Association
Fish suffer, they are not needed in a balanced diet and the fishing industry is creating havoc in the oceans. These are more than enough reasons to stop supporting an industry that does much harm to God’s Creation.

Dr Culum Brown-Expert on fish behaviour, intelligence and memory

Dangers of fishoil
3. Statement on Fishing
by Phil Whitehead
As I child, I anticipated our family’s annual trip to a cottage in northern Ontario because of its opportunities for fishing. Bass, perch and – by chance - pike could be caught in the lake that was abundant with fish.
I enjoyed the feel of the fish nibbling at the bait, followed by the tug against the line after the fish had been caught and was being drawn to the surface. But then, at about the age of ten, my attitude began to change. That sensation, formerly enjoyable, began to feel weird. Creepy even.
My change of reaction included the recognition that I was torturing the fish by pulling its entire body mass at the point of a puncture wound caused by a narrow piece of metal that had pierced its skin. When the fish was pulled to the surface, the significant tearing of the skin in the region of the mouth was apparent. I started to become disturbed at the sight.
Only those fish caught of a legally specified minimum length were killed and eaten, while smaller fish were released back into the water. The assumption behind releasing those fish was that the animals would resume their normal lives and grow into fully-grown and healthy fish. However, a fishing session that lasted for any length of time proved this assumption to be incorrect. Many of those small fish that were released eventually floated to the surface, dead from their injuries.
I rationalized my fishing by assuming that a fish felt no pain because it showed no facial expression. However, a fish fighting against the line, and thrashing endlessly after being brought into the boat, belied that rationalization.
The final step in my growing disdain for fishing was the realization that the process started by my psychological torturing of the fish. A worm, other creature or lure was placed before the fish as bait. The hungry fish, seeking to fulfill its need for food, was deceived into biting into the bait on the assumption that its hunger was about to be sated. One terrifying moment later, it found itself in pain as an unknown object and force pulled it upward. It struggled in fright and panic to release itself, usually to no avail. If it did succeed in extricating itself from capture, it carried a grievous wound.
Did I really want to treat animals this way? Was this how I wanted to live and think? Would my interaction with fish not be more enriching if it took the form of looking down into the lake, on a placid morning or evening, and simply watching the fish living within their environment?
Looking back at those childhood days, my initial enjoyment of fishing probably was the result of my acceptance of a common practise in this society.
The popularity of fishing suggests that the recreational killing of fish – more so than of land or avian animals, for some reason - has become engrained into this culture as a commendable means for achieving the necessary release of personal stress. Persons of high standing have conducted numerous photo opportunities of themselves fishing. The act of subjecting a fish to a protracted death process is purported to be an act of relaxation that re-energizes them for public service. It demonstrates their ability to leave behind temporarily the burdens of state.
In a recent example (July, 2013), Russian President Vladimir Putin was photographed holding a 21 kg. (46 lb.) pike in Siberia.
Lech Walesa, when he was leader of the Solidarity labour movement in Poland during the 1980s, allowed himself to be filmed on a fishing trip. He stated that he was getting away from the incessant demands of leading a movement that challenged the Communist regime.
President George H.W. Bush demonstrated fly fishing techniques to a group of school children. President George W. Bush smiled while brandishing collections of dead fish before press corps cameras during fishing outings to bolster his implied claim to having not abandoned the thought forms of ordinary citizens after ascending to an extraordinary office. Vice-President Dick Cheney frequently was photographed fishing with his buddies.
Here in Canada, politicians have staged photo opportunities of themselves fishing to establish their "ordinary guy" credentials: Bob Rae, while a member of parliament, spent an afternoon fishing with a comedian for a segment of a television program; Preston Manning (a politician who, incidentally, attempted overtly to integrate his evangelical faith into his approach to national affairs) published in his memoirs a picture of himself and others standing beside a float plane after the conclusion of a fishing expedition; Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto bragged about fishing with Prime Minister Stephen Harper; and Mayor Hazel McCallion of Mississauga reeled in a salmon from Lake Ontario to attest to her ongoing ability to lead the city at the age of 92.
So associated is fishing with relaxation that the expression "gone fishing" is a euphemism for renouncing the accumulated stresses of life by entering retirement.
I still have not identified what prompted my change in attitude toward fishing. However, at an early age, I rejected the conditioning that society had imposed upon me and that I initially had accepted “hook, line and sinker.”
Thank you for this very sensitive and eye opening essay about fishing. I just wish more people would open up to the suffering of animals ... the world has become a huge killing field and those who are most vulnerable - the animals.
Much Peace,
What these guys truly find relaxing isn't the fishing - it's just being out in nature, on the water, in the fresh air. But admitting to being sensitive to, and appreciative of, such things isn't considered "manly" enough in this "culture" sadly - so some needless brutality is added. What I tell people who cling to this old paradigm is "While in the past, in the West, manhood was measured by how much harm a person could do*, today it is measured by how little."

Gordon Lee Stelter

*Think Alexander the "Great."
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk

This Week’s Video
This is a short animated video showing the devastating effects of the fishing industry and the fish farming industry. Please visit

Farmed Fish Not What It Seems
While the fishing industry devastates the oceans, the fish farming industry shows a dramatic growth. However, most people know very little about farmed fish other than what the industry tells them. So here are some facts to ponder:
- Farmed fish have dubious nutritional value.
- Prey fish are being driven to the brink of extinction to feed farmed fish
- Fish experience pain and stress
- Farmed fish are loaded with disease, and this spreads to wild fish populations
- Fish farms are rife with toxins, which also damage local ecosystems
- Farmed fish are living in their own feces
- Farmed fish are always trying to escape their unpleasant conditions, and who can blame them?
- Fish farming cranks up the pressure on already-depleted populations of wild fish around the
- When the heavy environmental damage they cause is taken into account, fish farming operations often are found to generate more costs than revenues
Fish are sentient beings who are also creations of our loving God. Fish also share our same essence of life and contribute to the complexity, beauty and balance of Nature. The fishing industry is very devastating to the ocean flora and fauna, and now the fish farming industry is adding more pressure and more negative effects to the already unstable marine and fresh water ecosystems as well as affecting our health adversely.

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