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    Shocking cocktail of toxic chemicals and pesticides found in the global shrimp supply

    Shocking cocktail of toxic chemicals and pesticides found in the global shrimp supply

    Saturday, May 11, 2019
    by: Vicki Batts

    Grilling season is here, but you might want to think twice before skewering up some shrimp this summer — those tasty crustaceans may be toxic. Scientists studying rivers in the United Kingdom say every single sample of shrimp they examined tested positive for cocaine and lidocaine. Other drugs, such as ketamine and opioids, were also found in the shrimp. Many of the shellfish examined also tested positive for pesticides that are banned in the U.K. and other potentially hazardous chemicals.

    But the U.K. is not the only place riddled with drug-infested shrimp. Drugged-up shellfish are becoming an international issue. Crustaceans are clearly not buying their own cocaine, and as scientists explain, the sudden uptick in contaminated sea critters is yet another sign that humans are polluting the environment.

    Cocaine shrimp and pesticide prawns
    Scientists from the U.K. just published research in the journal Environmental Research which shows how badly contaminated local rivers really are. Freshwater shrimp were collected at 15 different sites along five Suffolk County rivers. Suffolk County is a rural area north of London.

    The researchers say the drugs most likely made their way into the ecosystem through human consumption.

    In a press release, study co-author Leon Barron said of the findings, “Such regular occurrence of illicit drugs in wildlife was surprising. We might expect to see these in urban areas such as London, but not in smaller and more rural catchments. The presence of pesticides which have long been banned in the U.K. also poses a particular challenge as the sources of these remain unclear.”

    Study leader Dr. Thomas Miller adds that while the concentrations of contaminants detected were relatively low, they were “able to identify compounds that might be of concern to the environment and crucially, which might pose a risk to wildlife.”

    The scientists say they were not able to come to any conclusions on what effects drug and pesticide pollution will have on shrimp (and the animals which eat them). However, one can surmise that regular exposure to dangerous contaminants such as these, even in small amounts, probably isn’t good. Pesticides can be especially harmful to delicate marine environments — and potent drugs like cocaine, ketamine and opioids probably aren’t going to do wildlife any favors, either.

    Global crustacean contamination
    The presence of all these pollutants in rural waters should be highly concerning — especially given that there has been an increase in contaminated shellfish around the world.

    As Business Insider reports, traces of drugs have been found in shellfish harvested from the U.K., Canada and the U.S. Studies have also shown that exposure to these drugs, even in small amounts, can be harmful to sea life.

    Just last year, scientists found that mussels collected from the Seattle area were riddled with oxycodone, antidepressants, and chemotherapy drugs. Scientists posited that the mussels were feeding on contaminated human waste.

    “You wouldn’t want to collect (and eat) mussels from these urban bays,” study co-author Andy James said in a press release at the time.

    As if marine life didn’t face enough of a threat from toxic pesticides and harmful drugs, plastic is another major issue that threatens oceans and rivers alike.

    While seafood is often lauded for its health benefits, it is growing increasingly clear that much of it really isn’t safe. Thanks to poor environmental practices and escalating drug use, our waterways may never be the same.

    Learn more about environmental hazards at Environ.news.

    Sources for this article include:

    BigLeaguePolitics.com

    BusinessInsider.com

    Newsweek.com
    https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-05-...zen.yandex.com
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    Never thought I'd consider a fruit and nut diet, but yea...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshLowry View Post
    Never thought I'd consider a fruit and nut diet, but yea...
    If you are going to eat fish, only eat fish with scales and fins--just like the Good Book says in Leviticus 11:9 under the Health laws.

    Something tells me that the Supreme Being, who made us all, knows better than us the things we should and shouldn't eat.
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    Panic!! Natural News out to scare people yet again with weak science! Extremely low levels present no risks to humans eating them. At parts per billion (or now parts per trillion) you can find all kinds of things in everything. Amounts found in the shellfish study ranged from six to 56 parts per billion. https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...60412019307160

    To be exposed to a gram of cocaine for example, you would need to eat 166 million grams of them (370 thousand pounds).

    the concentrations of contaminants detected were relatively low,
    much of it really isn’t safe.
    Not true.
    Last edited by Zippyjuan; 05-13-2019 at 11:31 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Panic!! Natural News out to scare people yet again with weak science! Extremely low levels present no risks to humans eating them. At parts per billion (or now parts per trillion) you can find all kinds of things in everything. Amounts found in the shellfish study ranged from six to 56 parts per billion. https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...60412019307160

    To be exposed to a gram of cocaine for example, you would need to eat 166 million of them.





    Not true.
    It wasn't Natural News scaring people, it was:

    BigLeaguePolitics.com

    BusinessInsider.com

    Newsweek.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by donnay View Post
    It wasn't Natural News scaring people, it was:

    BigLeaguePolitics.com

    BusinessInsider.com

    Newsweek.com
    Their conclusions were that the levels were small and not harmful to people. Natural News made it sound like you could die from eating the seafood.

    “As part of our ongoing work, we found that the most frequently detected compounds were illicit drugs, including cocaine and ketamine and a banned pesticide, fenuron. Although for many of these, the potential for any effect is likely to be low,” Dr. Miller added.
    Natural News screaming headline:

    Shocking cocktail of toxic chemicals and pesticides
    While seafood is often lauded for its health benefits, it is growing increasingly clear that much of it really isn’t safe.
    "Much of it is not safe" does not match with the conclusion of any of the studies or the linked articles. Fake fear mongering.
    Last edited by Zippyjuan; 05-13-2019 at 12:22 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Their conclusions were that the levels were small and not harmful to people. Natural News made it sound like you could die from eating the seafood.



    Natural News screaming headline:
    You keep on forgetting that certain toxins bioaccumulate. Also if someone is not real healthy, it certainly can hurt or kill them. These crustations and shell fish are called filters of the waters, one of the reason I do not eat them. You wouldn't think about eating your AC filter would you?

    Oysters play role in improving water quality
    https://www.aquaculturenorthamerica....r-quality-1409

    Stanford research shows value of clams, mussels in cleaning dirty water
    https://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/...er-081214.html

    NATURAL FILTERS: MUSSELS DEPLOYED TO CLEAN UP POLLUTED WATERWAYS
    https://www.resilience.org/stories/2...ted-waterways/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    To be exposed to a gram of cocaine for example, you would need to eat 166 million grams of them (370 thousand pounds).
    "He's talkin' to his gut like it's a person!!" -me
    "dumpster diving isn't professional." - angelatc


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    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    At six parts per billion of cocaine in the seafood, you need to consume 370,000 pounds of it (the seafood) to get one gram of cocaine.

    Not a good source for cocaine (or the other toxins listed).
    Last edited by Zippyjuan; 05-13-2019 at 02:02 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    At six parts per billion of cocaine in the seafood, you need to consume 370,000 pounds of it (the seafood) to get one gram of cocaine.
    "He's talkin' to his gut like it's a person!!" -me
    "dumpster diving isn't professional." - angelatc


    "Each of us must choose which course of action we should take: education, conventional political action, or even peaceful civil disobedience to bring about necessary changes. But let it not be said that we did nothing." - Ron Paul

    "Paul said "the wave of the future" is a coalition of anti-authoritarian progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans in Congress opposed to domestic surveillance, opposed to starting new wars and in favor of ending the so-called War on Drugs."

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    I haven't had a line in decades but even I know this isn't a cost effective way to buy coke....Not to mention cutting perfectly good dope with shrimp liver...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Panic!! Natural News out to scare people yet again with weak science! Extremely low levels present no risks to humans eating them. At parts per billion (or now parts per trillion) you can find all kinds of things in everything. Amounts found in the shellfish study ranged from six to 56 parts per billion. https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...60412019307160

    To be exposed to a gram of cocaine for example, you would need to eat 166 million grams of them (370 thousand pounds).





    Not true.
    What is true is that no matter how many times we patiently and politely point out that Natural News isn't a reliable source of information, it never sinks in.
    *******

    I didn't start out thinking that anti-vax people were fools or impervious to reason, it's from my experience here that I now think that.
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    Mercury poisoning: Symptoms and treatment

    By Jon Johnson

    Mercury poisoning is the result of being exposed to too much mercury, either through the diet or environment. Mercury is a heavy metal that is highly toxic to humans.
    Consuming food that contains mercury is the most common cause of mercury poisoning. Mercury poisoning can cause severe symptoms and put the body at unnecessary risk.

    A person can help prevent mercury poisoning by making changes to their diet and environment that limit exposure to the toxic metal.

    What is mercury poisoning?

    Mercury is a naturally occurring metal that is in many everyday products, albeit in tiny amounts. While this limited exposure is usually considered safe, a buildup of mercury is highly dangerous.

    Mercury is a liquid at room temperature and readily vaporizes into the air around it. It is often a by-product of industrial processes, such as burning coal for power. Vaporized mercury can make its way into the rain, soil, and water, where it poses a risk to plants, animals, and humans.

    Ingesting or coming into contact with too much mercury can cause symptoms of mercury poisoning.

    Symptoms and early signs
    Mercury may affect the nervous system, leading to neurological symptoms such as:

    nervousness or anxiety
    irritability or mood changes
    numbness
    memory problems
    depression
    physical tremors
    As the levels of mercury in the body rise, more symptoms will appear. These symptoms may vary depending on a person's age and exposure levels. Adults with mercury poisoning may experience symptoms such as:

    muscle weakness
    metallic taste in the mouth
    nausea and vomiting
    lack of motor skills or feeling uncoordinated
    inability to feel in the hands, face, or other areas
    changes in vision, hearing, or speech
    difficulty breathing
    difficulty walking or standing straight
    Mercury can also affect a child's early development. Children with mercury poisoning may show symptoms such as:

    impaired motor skills
    problems thinking or problem-solving
    difficulties learning to speak or understanding language
    issues with hand-eye coordination
    being physically unaware of their surroundings
    Mercury poisoning tends to develop slowly over time if a person comes into frequent contact with mercury. However, in some cases, mercury poisoning comes on quickly and is associated with a specific incident.

    Anyone who experiences a sudden onset of mercury poisoning symptoms should call a doctor or poison control.

    Long-term complications
    Exposure to high levels of mercury may also put a person at risk for long-term complications, including:

    Neurological damage

    High levels of mercury in the blood may put a person at risk for long-term neurological damage. These effects may be more pronounced in children who are still developing.

    A study in the Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health noted that many incidents of mercury poisoning have led to long-term nerve damage, which can cause:

    intelligence disorders and low IQ
    slow reflexes
    damaged motor skills
    paralysis
    numbness
    problems with memory and concentration
    symptoms of ADHD
    Reproductive effects
    Mercury poisoning also poses a risk to the reproductive system. It may cause reduced sperm count or decreased fertility and may also cause problems with the fetus.

    Possible effects of mercury poisoning include deformity and a decreased survival rate of the fetus, and reduced growth and size of the newborn at birth.

    Cardiovascular risks
    Mercury helps promote the accumulation of free radicals in the body, which puts the cells at risk for damage. This may lead to an increased risk of heart problems, including heart attack and coronary heart disease.

    Causes
    The most common cause of mercury poisoning is from eating seafood, but people can get mercury poisoning from industrial processing, thermometers and blood pressure machines, dental work, and old paints.

    Mercury poisoning from seafood

    Eating seafood that has been tainted with mercury is one of the most common ways humans accumulate mercury in their bodies. The mercury in seafood is a highly poisonous form of the metal called methylmercury, which forms when mercury dissolves into the water.

    Methylmercury can be absorbed from the water by all sea creatures, but it also continues through the food chain.

    Small sea creatures, such as shrimp, often ingest methylmercury and are then eaten by other fish. These fish will now have more methylmercury in them than the original shrimp.

    This process continues all the way up the food chain, so that a large fish may contain much more mercury than the fish it has eaten. This does not necessarily make it better to eat smaller fish, however. It is always essential for a person to check the source of their seafood to avoid contaminated fish and shellfish.

    People worried about their exposure to mercury may want to limit their seafood intake, particularly of fish that are high on the food chain, such as swordfish, shark, white tuna, pike, walleye, and bass.

    Pregnant or breast-feeding women may want to avoid or restrict their intake of fish and shellfish, as any mercury they contain can pass to the fetus or infant through the umbilical cord or breast milk.

    Dental fillings
    Amalgam fillings, commonly called silver fillings, contain approximately 40 to 50 percent mercury. Amalgam fillings are not often used now, as there are newer and safer alternatives.

    Old fillings may increase a person's risk for mercury exposure. Some people choose to replace their amalgam fillings to reduce their long-term exposure to mercury.

    Other causes
    Mercury poisoning may also be due to direct or environmental exposure. Mercury exposure may come from one or more of the following sources:

    mining for gold
    exposure to some types of jewelry
    exposure to older paints
    some vaccinations
    contact with a broken fever thermometer or older house thermometer
    toxic air in areas near factories that produce mercury as a by-product, such as coal plants
    Some skin care products may also be tainted with mercury, though this is uncommon.

    Diagnosis
    Doctors can usually diagnose mercury poisoning through a physical exam and blood tests. Doctors may ask about any symptoms the person is having, as well as for a general breakdown of their diet.

    They may also ask questions about the environment the person lives or works in, including whether they live near any factories or work in an industrial plant.

    If the doctor suspects mercury poisoning, a blood and or urine mercury test can gauge the levels of mercury in the body.
    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320563.php
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    Eating seafood that has been tainted with mercury is one of the most common ways humans accumulate mercury in their bodies. The mercury in seafood is a highly poisonous form of the metal called methylmercury, which forms when mercury dissolves into the water.
    Mercury does not dissolve in water. Bad science.

    Mercury is a liquid at room temperature and readily vaporizes into the air around it.
    Technically true, but vaporization can take weeks to occur. "readily" is not accurate.

    https://www.quora.com/Does-mercury-g...om-temperature

    If you said that the temperature was 68F/20C, and you had half a gram of mercury, it would completely evaporate in a little over a year
    Last edited by Zippyjuan; 05-13-2019 at 04:04 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Mercury does not dissolve in water. Bad science.

    Mercury poisoning can also result from exposure to water-soluble forms of mercury (such as mercuric chloride or methylmercury), inhalation of mercury vapor, or ingestion of seafood contaminated with mercury.
    https://courses.lumenlearning.com/in...apter/mercury/
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    COKE
    AND
    SHRIMP?

    SURF AND SUUUURRRFF

    why I should worship the state (who apparently is the only party that can possess guns without question).
    The state's only purpose is to kill and control. Why do you worship it? - Sola_Fide

    Baptiste said.
    At which point will Americans realize that creating an unaccountable institution that is able to pass its liability on to tax-payers is immoral and attracts sociopaths?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Natural News made it sound like you could die from eating the seafood.

    They "made" is sound like to who?
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    which one of yall fuckers wrote the "ron paul" racist news letters
    Quote Originally Posted by Dforkus View Post
    Zippy's posts are a great contribution.




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