Avoid These Poisonous Fish.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 23, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new health warning issued by United States health officials that the regular ingestion of predatory fish, such as barracuda or grouper, could put a person at risk of “ciguatera poisoning” caused by “CTX” toxins.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/avoid-these-poisonous-fish) notes, CTX toxins build up naturally in many coral reef fish, such as surgeonfish, amberjack, and snapper. The problem is that small fish eat microalgae, which might have CTX on their surfaces. As the bigger fish eat the smaller fish, the level of CTX toxins in that fish grows.
As the article “Avoid These Poisonous Fish” reports, when humans eat such fish, the CTX can cause ciguatera poisoning. The toxins can’t be detected by color, smell or taste. They can survive even after a fish is cooked. Experts say up to 90% of people who eat a toxic fish will suffer an “attack,” generally of vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. Other symptoms could include trouble walking, tooth pain, weakness, and the bizarre “reverse temperature sensation” (when something cold feels hot). Symptoms hit six to 48 hours after eating the fish, and can last for months afterward.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says this is a highly underreported illness, with as little as 10% of cases being diagnosed properly. In Florida, where big-game fish is consumed more frequently, 68% of doctors can diagnose this correctly. The more one moves inland, the less a family doctor will recognize this toxic poisoning.
The article reports that between August 2010 and July 2011, the CDC reported a sharp spike in the number of cases of ciguatera poisoning, affecting a total of 28 people. That’s more than the number of ciguatera poisoning cases in the last 10 years combined.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin adds that this illness can disrupt a person’s life: one New York man who was very physically active then had trouble walking for months after suffering from ciguatera poisoning.
The article concludes by noting that it’s hard for consumers to be vigilant because, often, fish is not labeled correctly. The CDC says that up to one-quarter of all seafood products are mislabeled. In retail stores and restaurants in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, over 20% of 190 types of fish were mislabeled, incompletely labeled, or misidentified by employees. Therefore, it may be wise to avoid consuming predatory fish altogether.
(SOURCE: “Ciguatera Fish Poisoning—New York City, 2010-2011,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) February 1, 2013.)
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