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October 22, 2006

BehindTheMedspeak: One fish, two fish...

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Enough already with stories about how eating fish is a good thing, dangerous, or some combination of the two.

You know things are out of control when the New York Times, as it did this past Thursday, October 19, 2006, headlines an editorial, "Touting the Benefits of Fish."

The concluding sentence: "Better labeling on packages of fish or at the fish counter could make it easier to figure out which fish to eat and which to avoid."

Guess what?

It doesn't matter one iota in terms of your and your future health.

Zero.

Nada.

Zilch.

Why?

Long story short: You'll never hear, much less see, the bullet that's got your name on it.

While you're ever so carefully studying your good fish/bad fish list, a runaway shopping cart manned by some idiotstick kid will crash into you and knock you silly.

Once you wake up — assuming you do — you won't know a fish from a fondue.

Red fish, blue fish... don't sweat it — you'll be swimming with 'em soon enough.

October 22, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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Posted by: David | Oct 23, 2006 9:47:55 AM

I agree with the sentiment completely, Joe, Despite that I have been making a conscious effort to fit fish into my diet at least 3 times a week, it'll probably be for naught on that fateful day when I step off a curb and get clipped by a big truck. But, at least I feel somewhat productive at having made some appreciable efforts to safeguard my health.

It's often the things that you have the least control over that can exert the most control over you.

However, by the end of this brief post, you've taken on a downright somber tone. So, while you're dishing out (very reasonable) advice, hey, try to lighten up a smidge, ok?

Posted by: Rob O'Daniel | Oct 22, 2006 10:13:31 PM

Yes, yes, yes, and to add to the general tone, probably sooner than later!

I have this (otherwise very sane, rational) friend who will go to McDonald's (or is it MacDonald's?) for Chrissakes, and actually ask how the fish is PREPARED and what kind of OIL it's fried in and for how LONG and what kind of SUGAR do they use in their tea and are the EGGS they use from free-range CHICKENS and has the lettuce been WASHED thoroughly and how often do they change the FRENCH FRY grease, and on, and on, and on. And she will eat a tiny something or other with all offending particles removed, THEN she'll go by the Chick-Fil-A and get a large milkshake and a fried pie and some nuggets "for tomorrow."

Yeah, that old runaway shopping cart, it's out their, with somebody's name on it. Or a sinkhole, or a meteorite. Watch the skies, it's coming! Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!

Splat. w00000ooooooooooootttt......

Posted by: Flautist | Oct 22, 2006 5:10:24 PM

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