Our article on natural solutions for losing weight led to an important question about salmon, and a reader gives us a chance to clear up a point about our piece on chelation therapy.
Some fascinating information here. I liked it so much I have forwarded your URL to zillions of friends and colleagues. You mention salmon. Do you recommend using wild salmon or farmed? Some favor farmed salmon because it is cheaper. However, I have also read that wild salmon has higher omega-3 content and astaxanthin in it. I live in a remote area so it’s not easy to find decent salmon and I end up ordering it online. But I never know what kind to buy?
Without question, wild-caught salmon are much healthier for you. Due to the feedlot conditions of aquafarming, farm-raised fish are doused with antibiotics and exposed to more concentrated pesticides than their wild kin. Farmed salmon are also given a salmon-colored dye in their feed because the flesh of farmed salmon is an unappetizing gray.
There have also been questions about whether fish fed to the farmed salmon are increasing their heavy metal levels.
Wild salmon have a 20% higher protein content and a 20% lower fat content than farm-raised salmon. The farm-raised variety contains much higher amounts of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fats than wild fish, and their beneficial omega-3 fatty acids are significantly less bioavailable.
Aquafarming also raises a number of environmental concerns, the most important of which may be its negative impact on wild salmon. It has now been established that sea lice from fish farms kill up to 95% of juvenile wild salmon that migrate past them.
Unlike tilapia, salmon don’t do well in the tightly enclosed spaces of fish farms, and they’re seeing a lot of disease among farmed salmon—that is, not only are they not as healthy for you, they’re not as healthy, period. So definitely stick to wild-caught salmon.
Omega-3 fatty acids remain fluid in fish that swim in frigid oceans and rivers, which explains why omega-3 levels are usually highest in salmon that live in the coldest waters. Chinook salmon have the highest omega-3 levels of all salmon species (2.3 grams per 3½ ounce portion) because they favor deeper, colder waters—but any of the wild Pacific salmon will serve you well.
(Name Withheld at Sender’s Request) wrote:
Why is ANH not standing up for people’s right to get chelation products for themselves? Why should they have to go to doctors for it? No one has to go to doctors for NSAIDs. Does going to a doctor magically make something safe? The prescription version of NSAIDs kills over 16,000 people a year, at the properly prescribed dose.
We don’t want to have to go to doctors to get well when there are easy ways to do so without them. We don’t want to have to pay for appointments with them, or ask for something and then deal with their knowing less that their own patients, or being turned down for something we know is safe.
There was a lot of ground to cover in the chelation piece. Sorry if we inadvertently confused our readers.
We do not—repeat, do not—think that chelation can only be done under a doctor’s care. Quite the opposite.
In addition to foods that chelate (some of which we mentioned), there are also excellent natural chelating agents that can be used and should be available to all. What are these natural chelating agents? Frankly, we hesitate to mention them because the FDA might read this and put them on the hit list.
The list of companies and products that the FDA just banned is a ridiculous hodgepodge. It included products whose advertising was being challenged and products whose safety was being challenged without any distinction. It ignorantly included products that weren’t even intended for chelation. Some of the products included natural products only. Some included drugs. In particular, calcium sodium EDTA (for heavy metal chelation) and sodium EDTA (for heart chelation) are both synthetic drugs, albeit very old drugs that have been used for many, many years. Synthetic drugs should be used with care and ideally under a doctor’s supervision.
Unfortunately, as we pointed out, and as you emphasize, finding a doctor interested and skilled in chelation is a challenge. The place to look is integrative medical groups such as the American College for the Advancement in Medicine, the International College of Integrative Medicine, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and the American Holistic Medical Association.