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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Fish Promotes Breast Cancer and Heart Disease (Continued) – 31 December 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

This will be my fourth and last Blog concerning the myths fed to the public about the “benefits” of eating fish. I just had to mention a few more facts about the harmful effects of fish consumption.

In his column “Doctor in the House,” Neal Barnard, M.D. mentions the fact that a study published in “The New England Journal of Medicine” shows that “…people who followed a diet emphasizing poultry and fish, called the National Cholesterol Education Program Step II Diet, found that their cholesterol levels changed very little.”

Dr. Barnard also mentions the fact that “Anywhere from 15% to 30% of the fat in fish is plain old saturated (“bad”) fat,” and that “Fish flesh contains plenty of cholesterol too. Ounce for ounce, shrimp and other mobile shellfish have nearly twice the cholesterol of beef.”

Where we live in the Hudson River Valley, there has been a lot of concern about industrial contamination of the river water with PCBs. So I’m glad that Dr. Barnard mentions that “Fish are also often contaminated with PCBs, which have been linked to cancer and birth defects,” and that “Consumer Reports” found PCBs in 43% of salmon, 50% of whitefish, and 25% of swordfish.”

Another interesting fact he mentions is that “About 40% of fish samples have so much bacterial contamination that they have already begun to spoil before they are sold.”

After all these proven facts about the harm to health that fish can cause, why in the world would anyone ever want to eat them? It’s time for the public to be told the truth, even if they don’t care about the cruelty inherent in the killing of fish! Maybe just plain old selfish concern for their own health and the health of their loved ones would motivate them to switch to a vegan diet!

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