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Don’t feed fish to your cats and dogs!

Last November, I posted a warning about made-in-China chicken jerky treats that are killing our dogs. Now, here’s another word-of-caution.

If you love your cats and dogs, don’t feed them fish — excepting sardines and salmon — because they’re loaded with toxic metals like mercury. In this video, veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker explains why.

Here are the reasons for not feeding fish to our pets:

1. Many types of fish are contaminated with toxic metals like mercury, industrial chemicals like PCBs and dioxins, and pesticides like DDT.

These toxins are absorbed by the smallest ocean plants and animals at the low end of the food chain. As larger ocean dwellers come along and consume these contaminated plants and prey, the toxins accumulate and become more concentrated in the bodies of the bigger fish. This includes tuna, which many people regularly feed their cats and some dogs.

2. Pet food containing fish has a potentially deadly preservative, ethoxyquin.

The fish in pet food is heavily preserved during the manufacturing process using a chemical preservative called ethoxyquin, which is known to be a cancer-causing agent. Ethoxyquin is banned from use in human food except in very small quantities allowed as preservatives in spices.

Dr. Becker had experienced first-hand the heartache of ethoxyquin poisoning with her Rottweiler, Gemini. When Becker was in her sophomore year of vet school, 7-year-old Gemini went into liver failure after consuming food containing ethoxyquin. Becker got the food for free from a major pet food manufacturer who was giving away the stuff to vet students. It was then and there that Becker committed herself not to feed processed pet food ever again and began her quest for clean, healthy, pure foods in the pet food supply chain.

Unfortunately, ethoxyquin is still being used in many pet foods currently available on the market. It is used to preserve the fat in almost all fish meals – fat that is made from waste products.

If the label on the pet food doesn’t list exact ingredients, including the exact meat source, you have absolutely no idea what’s in that food. And because ethoxyquin is added before the raw ingredients are shipped to the pet food manufacturers, it doesn’t get listed or disclosed on the product label. In other words, the pet food company you purchase your cat’s or dog’s food from may not be adding ethoxyquin, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t in the fish meal in that food.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming if the fish meal product label doesn’t list ethoxyquin, it’s not in there. Unless the label specifically states the formula is ethoxyquin-free, or you call the manufacturer’s 1-800 number and are told it’s not in the raw materials they purchase nor added during their own manufacturing process, you should assume the formula contains ethoxyquin.

Fish meal also happens to be one of the main pet food ingredients also contaminated with mycotoxins.

3. Fish is not the natural food of cats.

While our cats seem to love seafood meals, fish was not the natural diet of cats’ ancient ancestors who came from the deserts of Africa. Cats’ natural prey are small furry land dwellers like mice. But even though the natural diet of cats isn’t seafood, they can get addicted to fish. In fact, kitties tend to become addicted to any protein they consume exclusively. Pet food companies are acutely aware of this phenomenon, which is why most cat food formulas are either fish or chicken based. These are the proteins cats most often form addictions to.

4. Fish is one of the most highly allergenic foods for cats.

We need to rotate proteins in our pet’s diet because any food that is over-consumed can create an allergy over time. Alas, it turns out fish is one of the most highly allergenic foods for felines. Allergies cause systemic inflammation. Cats that eat allergenic foods over and over can end up with lung inflammation that can also lead to asthma,  one of the more commonly diagnosed inflammatory conditions in cats. There also appears to be a link between asthma and two contaminants found in fish — mercury and ethoxyquin.

5. Other effects from long-term ingestion of fish

  • Fish fed in high amounts can also lead to thiamine deficiency, which can cause loss of appetite, seizures, and even death.
  • Long-term ingestion of fish in cat food can also deplete vitamin E resources. Vitamin E deficiency can also cause a really painful condition called steatitis, which is yellow fat disease. If left untreated, steatitis can also be life-threatening.
  • Seafood is a very rich source of iodine, but cats aren’t designed to process a lot of iodine. Many animal nutritionists, including me, believe there’s a link between cats consuming too many iodine-rich foods and hyperthyroidism. There’s also been a link established between pop-top cans or canned cat food and hyperthyroidism.
  • The magnesium content in fish has been linked to urinary tract diseases in cats because a diet overloaded with the mineral magnesium can predispose your kitty to magnesium ammonium phosphate crystals, also known as MAP crystals or struvite crystals. Crystals are a big problem for many, many cats.

Is There Any Safe Fish to Feed Pets?

Fish are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to your pet’s well-being. You can supplement your pet’s diet with certain fish:

  • Sardines packed in water. Sardines don’t live long enough to store toxins in their bodies, and they’re a terrific source of omega-3s.
  • Wild caught salmon.

If you choose not to feed any fish to your pet, Dr. Becker recommends adding krill oil or another omega-3 fatty acid to their food.

H/t our beloved Joseph!



Two Doctors Discuss Iodine for Radiation Exposure

This is an interview with Dr. David Brownstein providing important information about iodine supplementation as a vital defense against radiation contamination and damage. Radioactive iodine will plunge in to any and all iodine receptor cites that have no iodine in them due to iodine deficiencies. This is a serious problem because over 90 percent of people in North America, according to Dr. Brownstein, are iodine deficient. This leaves them incredibly vulnerable to radioactive iodine, which is one of the principle forms of radiation given off in nuclear accidents and from nuclear weapons.


Obama in Joker Mode as World Falls Apart

Pathological narcissism is a disorder described by the American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic Statistical Manual IV describes as “A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by 5 or more of the following:

  1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance.
  2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
  3. Believes that he or she is “special” & unique & can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions.
    Requires excessive admiration.
  4. Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with her expectations.
  5. Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his/her own ends.
  6. Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings & needs of others.
  7. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him/her.
  8. Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.”

Even during the 2008 presidential campaign, there were those who tried in vain to warn Americans that the man of many names with whom they’re so besotted, Barack Hussein Steven Dunham Soetoro Obama, is a pathological narcissist.

Examples of Obama’s narcissistic arrogance and sheer grandiosity abound. After he was elected President and his Demonrat Party won control of Congress, Obama dismissed the two-party system, the concept of the loyal opposition, and America’s founding principle of checks and balances when he declared to Republicans upset with the $787 billion stimulus porkulus package: “Deal with it. I won, you lost.”

Then there is what Obama told Rep. Marion Berry about the looming midterm elections in 2010. Increasingly worried about how Democrats would fare on November 2, Berry and others pleaded with the White House not to force Blue Dogs (southern Dems) “off into that swamp” of supporting bills that would be unpopular with voters back home. Berry recounted what happened to Jane Fullerton of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

“I’ve been doing that with this White House, and they just don’t seem to give it any credibility at all. They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’

We all know what happened on November 2 — how empty Obama’s grandiose boast turned out to be.

One of the attributes of pathological narcissism is a lack of empathy.

Empathy is the ability to put ourselves in someone’s shoes and feel the emotions they’re feeling — an ability inherent in human beings. Babies as young as days old already display a primitive type of empathy (called “global empathy”) when they cry in response to hearing another baby cry. Empathy is what makes us human.

But not all humans display empathy. Psychologists have found that sociopaths/psychopaths or those with Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD) lack empathy. I worry about anyone who does not have empathy, especially if this individual is president, commander-in-chief, and the most powerful man in the world.

As the disaster in Japan goes from bad to worse every day — with entire villages demolished by the 9.1 earthquake and the 32-ft tsunami that followed; thousands reported dead, more thousands missing; and half a million made homeless — there is human suffering on a scale unprecedented since World War II.

What is Obama’s reaction? A strangely affect-less statement, read from a prepared script (that someone else wrote for him), displaying not a whiff of emotion, even less of anguished empathy:

But Obama had no problem showing plenty of affect as he yucks it up at the Gridiron dinner. Well, at least he’s being consistent. As oil spewed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico last year, Obama also yucked it up at the White House Correspondents’ dinner. 

And as the situation with the damaged reactors in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant deteriorates by the day — the latest being this morning’s report that those 50 heroic workers who had gone into the plant have retreated because of the radiation rising to a level too dangerous even for them — Americans are more and more worried that a core meltdown will release a radiation cloud that will be carried by the jet stream to the U.S. west coast.

What is Obama doing about all this, as the world falls apart? Party like it’s 1999!

As Keith Koffler of White House Dossier observes in President Obama’s Trivial Pursuits,” March 15, 2011:

[A]s Japan’s nuclear crisis enters a potentially catastrophic phase, we are told that Obama is videotaping his NCAA tournament picks and that we’ll be able to tune into ESPN Wednesday to find out who he likes.

Saturday, he made his 61st outing to the golf course as president, and got back to the White House with just enough time for a quick shower before heading out to party with Washington’s elite journalists at the annual Gridiron Dinner.

With various urgencies swirling about him, Saturday’s weekly videotaped presidential address focusing on “Women’s History Month” seemed bizarrely out of touch.

Obama Friday took time out to honor the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Thursday was a White House conference on bullying – not a bad idea perhaps, but not quite Leader of the Free World stuff either. Obama appeared a little sleepy as he weighed in against the bullies, perhaps because he’d spent the night before partying with lawmakers as they took in a Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats game.

Meanwhile, the president has been studying for weeks whether to establish a No Fly Zone over Libya, delaying action while the point becomes increasingly moot as Qaddafi begins to defeat and slaughter his opponents. And lawmakers from both Parties are wondering why he seems to be AWOL in the deficit reduction debate…..

But the fun stuff won’t end anytime soon. On Thursday, the Taoiseach of Ireland will be in town to help the president celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. And then Friday it’s off to Brazil for the start of a three-country Latin American tour.

I trust the 52.9% of American voters who had voted for this “man” with ice in his heart are happy with what they accomplished.

God help us….