240 Scientific Papers Prove Eating Dolphin Meat
Can Lead to Human Diabetes
Man-made chemicals ingested and absorbed into the human body through eating high-on-the-food-chain fish and especially marine mammals are contributing to a spike in incidence of diabetes and obesity in many coastal nations. These chemicals, classified as endocrine disruptors and estrogen imitators, are also found in computers, generators, furniture, carpets, buildings, cars and terrestrial food.
This assertion comes from a review of 240 scientific papers compiled by Professor Miguel Porta of Spain and Professor Duk-Hee Lee of South Korea in a paper, Review of the Science Linking Chemical Exposures to the Human Risk of Obesity and Diabetes.
The aggregation of the 240 peer reviewed papers implicates chemicals such as PCBs, PBDEs, (both flame retardants) phthalates used to soften plastics in water bottles, and BPA, a plastic hardener used in food packaging and plastic bottles.
Many of these chemicals can change human hormones, stimulate appetite, increase fat storage and alter the way the body processes sugar. These chemicals are classified as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). POPs are lipophilic; that is to say, attracted to fat and are thus stored in the fat of animals and fish.
POPs are bio-magnified up the food chain so that someone eating an older, larger fish will ingest far more contamination that someone eating younger, smaller fish. Tests BlueVoice and others have conducted on dolphins, feeding at the apex of the oceanic food chain, show high levels of POPs in their tissues virtually worldwide.
This information is particularly important given the rising consumption of dolphins and other marine mammals in poorer countries around the world.
In a coastal village of San Jose, on the north coast of Peru, Dr. Carlos Yaipen Llanos, president of O.R.C.A., Organizacion Scientifica para Soncseracion de Animales Aquaticos, has found a striking correlation between eating dolphin meat and incidence of diabetes. See companion paper for details.
In the Arctic diabetes has been called a ticking “time bomb”. High levels of POPs are found in the meat and blubber of marine mammals, including pilot whales, beluga and narwhal. People who consume the meat and blubber of these animals have a severely elevated incidence of diabetes, according to Philippe Grandjean from the University of Southern Denmark and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Grandjean’s study, reported in the May 2011 edition of the journal Epidemiology, found that elderly residents of the Faroe Islands, who have had a life-long diet high in pilot whale meat and blubber, run a markedly higher risk of developing diabetes.