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Mercury- Neurotoxin from the fish

"Mercury is an industrial toxin and the most neurotoxic substance known. Plankton will absorbe it from seawater and initiate bioaccumulation in the food chain."

We are being taught to think of fish as a healthy form of meat or at least a form that is a healthier and better choice. The reason is that the fish has all of that healthy omega 3 fatty acids that we need for our brain. We need to get omega 3 fatty acids from food to prevent age-related cognitive decline. There are no omega 3 inland animals if there are not deliberately fed with flaxseed like in the case with omega 3 eggs. Omega 3 eggs are like conventional eggs except that chicken feed is supplemented with an omega-3 source like flax seeds. Fish get them from algae that actually produce them and then when fish eat algae it will get passed around through the food chain. Also, fish tends to have fewer calories than other meat sources but that might not always be the case.

So far so good right. The problem is that there is more than just the omega 3 fats in fish that comes from seawater. Everything that is in the water no matter how minute the concentration the algae will filter out and concentrate tens and hundreds of times more. One thing that will be present in seawater that is not present in freshwater and that plankton will pick up, and also algae, and that will then bioaccumulate in the food chainis one of the most neurotoxic substances known to mankind. Mercury.

We are being taught to think of poisons in a dose-dependent manner because that how modern medicine works. Something is poison, but it has a low concentration so it is ok. Some side effects and so on. “The dose makes the poison” (Latin: “sola dosis facit venenum”). It is an adage intended to indicate a fundamental principle of toxicology. It is credited to Paracelsus, the alchemist, and father of modern medicine. Now, this is correct for some chemicals but not for all of them. Some toxins do damage, and I will argue most of them do damage in any exposure. This means that if we ingest even one molecule of a substance, it would cause damage. That damage would not be enough to kill us, but the damage will happen.

An excellent example of this is mercury. It is so toxic for our brain that it kills brain cells upon contact. Neurologic damage is most severe in utero. Mercury upon contact with neurons causes neuronal atrophy. When it enters the brain no matter what concentration, even one atom of it, it will do severe damage. If exposure is significant, it will cause severe neuronal atrophy with no chance for recovery. Long-term studies have demonstrated that even minuscule prenatal exposure at very low concentrations can cause a detectable loss in the areas of memory, language, and motor function. Children are so sensitive to it, so if affected, they may have hearing loss, visual loss, seizure disorders, developmental delay, and long-term stigmata including motor impairment. For a pregnant woman, it is forbidden to eat tuna in any amount. Also, your brain and body can be exposed to toxic mercury through a number of other ways as well, from getting a flu shot to having a dental filling. To be reasonable here, one can of tuna has more mercury in it than 100 vaccines. Studies have found that people with amalgam dental fillings can have mercury vapor concentrations ten times higher than those in people without them.

Fish consumption provides nutrients but also provides methyl-mercury. All marine fish, not just tuna, contain methylmercury (MeHg), some more some less. Because the toxic effect of mercury is most destructive during brain development, prenatal exposure is of the most significant concern. Mercury is a cardiac toxin as well, not just the brain one. I will give an example here to put things into perspective.

In this study (1) they analyzed connections of children’s susceptibility to mercury both from pregnancy exposure from mother and from fish consumption. Thimerosal from vaccines was looked into as well and dental amalgam impacts on child neurodevelopment. Vaccines in the past used something called thimerosal, which is a preservative containing mercury. To put this into perspective.

Eating a single serving of tuna had the same mercury level as 100 (one hundred) thimerosal vaccines.

Summary of the study was:

“Exposure to mercury may harm child development. Interventions intended to reduce exposure to low levels of mercury in early life must, however, be carefully evaluated in consideration of the potential attendant harm from resultant behavior changes, such as reduced docosahexaenoic acid exposure from lower seafood intake, reduced uptake of childhood vaccinations, and suboptimal dental care.”

thimerosal
Notice a skull and bones sign for toxicity.

Thimerosal has been taken out from most of the vaccines young children get in 2001, with the exception of the flu vaccine, which still contains small amounts. However, how about something one hundred times worse. One single serving of canned tuna. How many servings have we eaten in our lifetime? How about all the other fish? It is not just tuna, all fish has mercury some more some less and it is not just mercury. I use mercury here only as an example. There is a whole list of other heavy metals like mercury that will remain in our ocean for eternity and will never biodegrade because they are elemental particles. Also, there are a thousand of other non-organic resistant pollutants that also didn’t degrade and bioaccumulate and microplastic, and the list goes on. The reason this toxin is highly concentrated and highly toxic in such levels in tuna is that the tuna is a predatory fish at the top of the food chain. On the bottom of a food chain is plankton and algae that filter the seawater and then the concentration will get ten to a hundred times than in the water but that will still be low. Then these substances start to accumulate as we move up the food chain. As the bigger fish eat the smaller fish it eats all of its toxins as well. When we arrive at the top of the food chain the situation is as it is. The only solution is to go low on a food chain.

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Do not eat meat from the oceans, and especially do not eat predatory fish like tuna. Even molecularly distilled DHA supplements are proven to be polluted with heavy metals and toxins. Even krill oil that people have begun to substitute instead of fish oil to avoid pollution was proved to be polluted. Krill has very short lives and krill oil was still highly polluted. If you want omega 3’s then just eat flax. Flax has lignans that have a wide range of health benefits including breast cancer prevention and minerals and fiber and is one of the healthiest food items you can get. If you want a supplement as a vegan you can still get algae-based DHA oil. Never and I will repeat this never eat anything from sea ever if you are pregnant or if you are a child if it is from oceanic animal kingdom ever period, vegan or not. If you eat tuna and expecting a baby you just lowered your baby IQ by a measurable amount or worse.

There was a big public concern and mistrust in vaccines and the possibility of links with autism and other diseases. However, there was no public outcry about fish consumption. One single serving is worse than all of the vaccines your child will receive in your life if we look at mercury levels only that is. What about cadmium? What about PCBs, PBDEs, dioxins, and chlorinated pesticides? Because mercury is a neurotoxin, it was thought it was the underlying cause of the connection between autism and vaccination. Today more children get autism even without mercury in vaccines and the estimate is that this number will grow. This is a big subject to analyze, and I will say that most of the vaccines can be dangerous just by themselves and can cause harm but they do save a lot of lives and in the end, it remains the question of trust in the companies that supply those vaccines.

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Passages selected from a book: “Go Vegan? Review of Science: Part 1” [Milos Pokimica]

  1. Fish consumption, methylmercury, and child neurodevelopment. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2008 Apr;20(2):178-83

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Are humans herbivores, carnivores or omnivores? It’s very important for a given animal to eat what they are physiologically and anatomically designed to eat, to improve the chances of survival and health. So, what are humans designed to eat?

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Dr. Williams C. Roberts from the National Institutes of Health and Baylor University — who is the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Cardiology and one of the most prominent cardiologists in the world with over 1,500 publications in peer reviewed medical journals — summarized our answer very nicely. He wrote:

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Are humans herbivores, carnivores or omnivores? It’s very important for a given animal to eat what they are physiologically and anatomically designed to eat, to improve the chances of survival and health. So, what are humans designed to eat?

When looking at a species to determine what they are in terms of carnivore, omnivore or herbivore, we can look at their behavior or we can look at their biology. From a behavioral standpoint, humans behave as omnivores because we observe many humans in their behavior eating a wide variety of both animal and plant-based foods. Biologically, however, from a physiologic and anatomic standpoint, it’s a different story.

Dr. Williams C. Roberts from the National Institutes of Health and Baylor University — who is the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Cardiology and one of the most prominent cardiologists in the world with over 1,500 publications in peer reviewed medical journals — summarized our answer very nicely. He wrote:

“Although most of us conduct our lives as omnivores, in that we eat flesh as well as vegetables and fruits, human beings have characteristics of herbivores, not carnivores. The appendages of carnivores are claws; those of herbivores are hands or hooves. The teeth of carnivores are sharp; those of herbivores are mainly flat (for grinding). The intestinal tract of carnivores is short (3 times body length); that of herbivores, long (12 times body length). Body cooling of carnivores is done by panting; herbivores, by sweating. Carnivores drink fluids by lapping; herbivores, by sipping. Carnivores produce their own vitamin C, whereas herbivores obtain it from their diet. Thus, humans have characteristics of herbivores, not carnivores.”

That’s right. Humans have characteristics of herbivores, not carnivores or omnivores — because omnivores, like bears and raccoons, actually retain most of the carnivorous characteristics, so that they are still able to digest and hunt their prey, and do so effectively.

[Remainder of transcript, along with sources and credits, available here: http://meatyourfuture.com/2015/09/herbivores-carnivores]

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How much is a human life worth? An innovative cancer therapy promises to save lives. But it is extremely expensive. Will the insurance companies pay for it? What is the manufacturer's return on investment? And do lobbyists drive up prices?

In 2018, the Kymriah gene therapy was approved in Europe. Immune cells are taken from the patient, genetically reprogrammed into cancer killer cells and returned to the patient as an infusion. The results of the Kymriah study only cover a period of 18 months. In 40 percent of patients, lymph gland cancer does not return during this time. It is not clear whether Kymriah has a long-term effect. The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis offers the new therapy - it costs 370,000 Swiss francs per patient. Health insurance companies are not usually prepared to pay that much and are complaining about a lack of transparency. 

But the killer cells were not invented in the Novartis laboratories, but at a US university. When Professor Carl June started his research almost 30 years ago, no pharmaceutical company was interested. It was only thanks to funding from tax money and donations that he was able to develop Kymriah at all. After a story went around the world about a girl with leukemia whose cancer disappeared thanks to Kymriah, the pharmaceutical company contacted Novartis and secured exclusive marketing rights. To launch Kymriah on the market, Novartis funded the necessary clinical trials. It's not an isolated incident: Over 60% of newly approved medicines in the US are developed by small biotech companies or universities. Pharmaceutical companies today frequently act as capital providers, cooperating with universities or buying up biotech companies. 

A paradigm shift has taken place in the pharmaceutical industry: Whereas high drug prices used to be justified by research costs, the industry is now using the value of gained lifetime to argue its case. 

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How much is a human life worth? An innovative cancer therapy promises to save lives. But it is extremely expensive. Will the insurance companies pay for it? What is the manufacturer's return on investment? And do lobbyists drive up prices?

In 2018, the Kymriah gene therapy was approved in Europe. Immune cells are taken from the patient, genetically reprogrammed into cancer killer cells and returned to the patient as an infusion. The results of the Kymriah study only cover a period of 18 months. In 40 percent of patients, lymph gland cancer does not return during this time. It is not clear whether Kymriah has a long-term effect. The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis offers the new therapy - it costs 370,000 Swiss francs per patient. Health insurance companies are not usually prepared to pay that much and are complaining about a lack of transparency.

But the killer cells were not invented in the Novartis laboratories, but at a US university. When Professor Carl June started his research almost 30 years ago, no pharmaceutical company was interested. It was only thanks to funding from tax money and donations that he was able to develop Kymriah at all. After a story went around the world about a girl with leukemia whose cancer disappeared thanks to Kymriah, the pharmaceutical company contacted Novartis and secured exclusive marketing rights. To launch Kymriah on the market, Novartis funded the necessary clinical trials. It's not an isolated incident: Over 60% of newly approved medicines in the US are developed by small biotech companies or universities. Pharmaceutical companies today frequently act as capital providers, cooperating with universities or buying up biotech companies.

A paradigm shift has taken place in the pharmaceutical industry: Whereas high drug prices used to be justified by research costs, the industry is now using the value of gained lifetime to argue its case.

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