mental indigestion

Health report and resolutions April 3, 2007

Filed under: Life in general — mel @ 9:57 pm

I am tiring of taking so much medicine the last few weeks. My health has really been not that great,  and it’s about time I take more responsibility for this body I’m in.

So the other day, I decided to do a round of foot reflexology because I do believe the pain inflicted psychologically does make me feel better,  on pretext of my qi being unclogged. The Uncle Foot Reflexologer was this philosophical uncle, who besides telling me to drink more water (they ALL tell you that), told me that he has all the rich expat clients who go to him and have everything they need in life but their body system is all messed up because they are intrinsically very unhappy and insecure. I thought that was worth noting.

I am also attempting to go vegetarian, something I’ve always weakly resolved to do but now know I have to do something about for the long-term, as advised by doctors. So am trying to do the gradual weaning off, by eating a lot more fish these days, and trying to fill up with greens though I’m not too crazy about being a cow. I am telling myself, maybe meaty meals just occasionally, like once a month. Yes, really.

Once I’m back on my feet, I will go back to the gym. I will spend more time with nature. I will write in my diary more often. I will talk to people I trust and not keep everything to myself. I will do a silent retreat this year with Sister Helen.

This is not about a hippy yuppie/alternative lifestyle I’m trying to adopt – but from the latest life lesson learnt – to take care of what has been given to me the best way I can.


One Response to “Health report and resolutions”

  1. Gan Says:

    Green Guide 101 | March/April 2004

    Which Fish, Now?
    by Mindy Pennybacker
    Filed under: Mercury, PCBs (polychlorobiphenyls), Fish, Overfishing, mercury in fish

    This winter, a joint draft fish advisory from the FDA and EPA added tuna—America’s most popular seafood—to its list of mercury-containing fish that should be restricted in the diets of pregnant women and young children, and a new study found unhealthy pollutants in far higher amounts in farmed salmon than in their wild kin.

    Here’s an update on toxins to avoid, fish that contain them and fish that are safer to eat.


    Fetuses, infants and young children are at greatest risk of harm from mercury, which can damage developing brains and nervous systems. Because mercury is stored in our bodies, just as it is in those of fish, women planning to have children should also avoid high-mercury fish well before they become pregnant. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 16 percent of American women of child-bearing age have levels of mercury in their blood high enough to indicate increased chance of harm to their fetuses. Symptoms of mercury poisoning include fatigue, headache, decreased memory and joint pain.

    The FDA and EPA advise that young children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and women of childbearing age not eat more than two or three meals, or 12 ounces total, of fish and shellfish a week. They should limit high-mercury fish to one serving per week.

    To be safest, however, The Green Guide and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommend limiting moderate-mercury fish to one meal a month, and bypassing high-mercury fish completely. In addition, our list of high-mercury fish is longer than the FDA’s, which includes only king mackerel, shark, swordfish and tilefish (see fish lists below).


    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)—neurotoxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals banned in the U.S. since 1977—were found at levels seven times higher in farmed salmon than in wild ones, according to a study published in Science in January 2004. PCBs are persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which accumulate in animal fats. Because most farmed salmon are raised on feed that includes ground-up fish—and sometimes other animals, such as cattle—their bodies collect POPs.

    Fish to Avoid

    High mercury: Atlantic halibut, king mackerel, oysters (Gulf Coast ) pike, sea bass, shark, swordfish, tilefish (golden snapper), tuna (steaks and canned albacore).

    High POPs: Farmed salmon. Limit to once a month if pregnant/nursing. Check for updates on POPs in other farmed fish.

    Fish to Eat

    Moderate mercury (children and pregnant/nursing women can eat one from this list, once a month): Alaskan halibut, black cod, blue (Gulf Coast) crab, cod, dungeness crab, Eastern oysters, mahimahi, blue mussels, pollack, tuna (canned light).

    Low mercury (above groups can safely eat 2-3 times a week, but check fish list at for environmental impacts): anchovies, Arctic char, crawfish, Pacific flounder, herring, king crab, sanddabs, scallops, Pacific sole; tilapia, wild Alaska and Pacific salmon; farmed catfish, clams, striped bass and sturgeon.

    Note: low-mercury but overfished or destructively harvested species, such as Atlantic cod, shrimp, Atlantic flounder, and Atlantic sole should be avoided for the environment’s sake.

    Low POPs: Wild Alaska and California salmon (fresh or canned). Check with your state’s department of health for POP advisories before eating fish from local waters.

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