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I was recently talking to a close friend of mine who follows a plant-based, whole food diet, and she informed me that after talking to a doctor, she was convinced that she and her children needed to start taking fish oil supplementation. Wanting to provide her with some resources beyond my standard speil about why whole flax seeds are wildly better for you than fish oil (found here, and here, and here), I recommended a book that Jeff Roberti reminded me of after his recent visit to the Hippocrates Institute, written by Brian Clement himself: Killer Fish.

This book is a quick read, and a fabulous resource. It discusses why fish, which is so often touted as super-healthy, is quite the opposite. While I’ve always urged people to eat plant-sources of Omega3 and Omega6 fatty acids, and I stress that any isolated, extracted fat is bad for us, there are other incredibly important reasons to avoid fish and fish oils. It turns out that there’s a great deal we dont know about how fish are contaminated, what you’re eating when you eat fish, and the dangers of both wild and farmed fish. Additionally, overfishing of our oceans is an enormous problem that threatens the health of the planet. Please read my articles above about fats and oils, and then read Killer Fish if you still think fish oil supplementation is a good idea.

From the back of Killer Fish, by Brian Clement: “Powerful evidence of deadly toxins — particularly mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and pharmaceuticals — that travel up the food chain and concentrate in the tissues of both farmed and wild fish challenges widely held beliefs about the safety of eating aquatic creatures. The far-reaching health consequences suffered by people who eat these fish have rocked marine scientists and medical communities around the globe. Modern attempts, such as producing genetically engineered fish, designed to reverse this plight haven’t provided a solution, only a new set of problems.”

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