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Reason Number 73 Not to Eat Fish

Written by PETA | April 13, 2010

As if overfishing, cruelty, and mercury poisoning weren’t enough, here’s yet another reason to leave fish off your plate: ciguatera poisoning. Apparently, one of the many unforeseen effects of climate change is the spread of ciguatera, a toxin produced by an organism that grows on coral reefs. Common in large, predatory fish such as snapper, grouper, and barracuda, ciguatera was once confined mostly to the Caribbean, but it has now spread to the waters off Florida, Texas, and the Carolinas and has become one of the most common causes of fish-related food poisoning in the U.S.

Along with the usual nasty symptoms of food poisoning—nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, fever, and diarrhea—ciguatera also causes bizarre neurological symptoms worthy of a House episode: numbness, tingling, needle-like pain in the hands and feet, a burning sensation in the mouth and throat, and sometimes an irregular heartbeat. Ciguatera probably won’t kill you, but there is no effective treatment and the symptoms can persist for weeks, months, or even years. Call it “barrakarma.”

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • sean says:

    enlighten me pls…are there no toxins (pesticide, etc.) that are found in greens at all?? I am not saying that a vegetarian diet is not good. But i do see a lot of benefits from fish eating (except for what is mentioned in this article). Greens – Most vegetables and fruit are given fertilizers and chemical sprays, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides to protect them from pests, fungus and weeds. And then they are handled, sometimes washed and packed, before we buy them. (quote: Fish – mercury poisoning, ciguatera poisoning Is one better than the other?

  • jamie says:

    Thank goodness I don’t eat fish!!

  • crystal says:

    thank you so much peta i don’t eat meat anymore but i was still eating seafood. ive been trying to find a reason to really not eat seafood anymore. i needed more reasons. i really think this is the reason to help me quit forever. thank you so much for helping me reach my goal towards being a true vegetarian. i’ve been having these symptoms having no idea what was wrong. thanks peta Crystal

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Millions of vegetarian Seventh Day Adventist are very healthy thank’s to their vegan Genesis 129 diets. In 1905 their leader Ellen G. White declared that fish were contaminated by pollutions toxins and even sewage dumped into the seas by man.

  • troller says:

    This is only relevant to the tropics and the waters that can turn into tropics if the oceans warm a little more. It doesn’t apply to the cold waters of the north.

  • Alba says:

    This is very good comment especially for those who think you have to consume fish most of the time. Everything in excess is bad so be careful with fish