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Eat Raw Fish ... Get a 9-Foot Tapeworm
abc news ^ | 6/16/2009 | Lauren Cox

Posted on 06/16/2009 9:59:48 AM PDT by Signalman

One summer day in August 2006, Anthony Franz went to a Chicago area hospital carrying a 9-foot worm.

He did not find it in his garden. Anthony Franz case is one of a growing few in urban cities across the world and in the United States discovering (or rediscovering) that some of the most popular fish can host tape worms.

Franz is one of the few, but growing number of tapeworm victims in cities across the world who are discovering (or rediscovering) that some of the most popular fish can host parasites.

Although still rare, a study this June showed salmon tapeworm infestations tripled from an average of 0.32 cases per 100,000 people each year in Kyoto, Japan, to at least to 1 case in 100,000 people in 2008. As more people adopt sushi and undercooked fish diets around the world so too, has the worm spread.

The article, printed in The Emerging Infectious Diseases, tracked the movement of tapeworm infection for 20 years as reports migrated from rural fishing villages in Japan to urban centers around the world, including France, Switzerland and the United States.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: sushi; tapeworm

1 posted on 06/16/2009 9:59:48 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Bobkk47

Tapeworms are a great diet aid. Cheaper than stomach surgery.

They should be marketed at the “Colon Buddy.”


2 posted on 06/16/2009 10:02:10 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Bobkk47
The Bible addresses this problem:

Proverbs 12:27 A slothful man does not roast his prey, But the precious possession of a man is diligence.

3 posted on 06/16/2009 10:02:17 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MediaMole

He said “Colon Buddy”... lol


4 posted on 06/16/2009 10:05:32 AM PDT by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: MediaMole

“They should be marketed at the “Colon Buddy.” “

Or Colin Pal ... ;)


5 posted on 06/16/2009 10:07:17 AM PDT by mgc1122
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To: Bobkk47

I used to eat sushi and sashimi quite often. I asked a gastroenterologist what he thought of sushi. He said, “Let me put it this way: I wouldn’t eat it.” I figured he was referring to possible medical dangers such as tapeworms.


6 posted on 06/16/2009 10:11:53 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: MediaMole

“Tapeworms are a great diet aid. Cheaper than stomach surgery.

They should be marketed at the “Colon Buddy.””

The reason FDA was created was that a retread snake oil salesman was caught selling tape worm proglottids in pills as diet pills.


7 posted on 06/16/2009 10:13:28 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: mgc1122
Or Colin Pal ... ;)


Yes, quite the worm indeed.


8 posted on 06/16/2009 10:15:02 AM PDT by Yossarian (Everyday, somewhere on the globe, somebody is pushing the frontier of stupidity...)
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To: wideminded

My microbiology teacher said she would never eat raw sushi - that’s all I needed to know. Besides - raw fish doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest.


9 posted on 06/16/2009 10:16:56 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: Bobkk47

I was told my grandmother had a tape worm and the “cure” was starving the person for days then putting warm milk in front of them and they would crawl out of the mouth to eat.

Is that an old wives tale?


10 posted on 06/16/2009 10:26:38 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't have to say much.)
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To: MediaMole
Moe - Burnt toast and a rotten egg?

Curley - Whatta ya want that for?

Moe - I got a tapeworm and that's good enough for him!

11 posted on 06/16/2009 10:30:20 AM PDT by mickey finn
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To: Bluebird Singing

“Besides - raw fish doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest.”

Me neither! But I admit when I was younger I loved to eat raw hamburger, especially raw meatloaf. But I quit that due to all the safety warnings.


12 posted on 06/16/2009 10:31:45 AM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: Bluebird Singing
My microbiology teacher said she would never eat raw sushi - that’s all I needed to know.

The only time people run into trouble with sushi is when they try to do it at home. A real sushi chef can spot wormy fish. If you read the article, it turns out it's undercooked salmon that's the usual culprit, and it's places like Norway, where they eat a lot of salmon and hardly any sushi, that has the largest incidence of tapeworms.

Besides - raw fish doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest.

More for me, then. Seriously, don't knock it if you haven't tried it.

13 posted on 06/16/2009 10:32:58 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Bobkk47

Not for the squeamish: Go to Bing and search for “tapeworm.” Click on images.


14 posted on 06/16/2009 10:34:44 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Bobkk47
Although still rare, a study this June showed salmon tapeworm infestations tripled from an average of 0.32 cases per 100,000 people each year in Kyoto, Japan, to at least to 1 case in 100,000 people in 2008. As more people adopt sushi and undercooked fish diets around the world so too, has the worm spread.

Lox, ceriche, there are all sorts of names for such fish. It's not just sushi.

The trend I don't like is "seared fish". Either cook the tuna all the way through or serve it raw. Don't go half-way.

15 posted on 06/16/2009 10:37:19 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

Any word on smoked salmon? Is that sufficient? Or is it still technically “undercooked”?


16 posted on 06/16/2009 10:38:14 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: MediaMole

LOL!


17 posted on 06/16/2009 10:38:32 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: a fool in paradise

I believe “lox” or “lachs” is smoked salmon, so tape worms should not be a problems there.


18 posted on 06/16/2009 10:41:28 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Who ever thought we would long for the days of the Clinton administration...)
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To: a fool in paradise

The local Indians been air drying salmon since time began; I soak my strips and smoke a little; never heard of anybody getting tapeworms.


19 posted on 06/16/2009 10:42:44 AM PDT by Eska
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

So God doesn’t like me for eating a rare steak and sushi?


20 posted on 06/16/2009 10:52:00 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: a fool in paradise
The trend I don't like is "seared fish". Either cook the tuna all the way through or serve it raw. Don't go half-way.

Are you kidding? I love it raw, but seared is really good, too. It helps release the oils in the herbs and stuff. about 30 seconds a side for a nice thick tuna steak is perfect. Of course you have to know what good tuna is to appreciate it. If you get it at the grocery store, it's not good.

21 posted on 06/16/2009 10:52:00 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

It’s one reason why I’ve gone to getting smoked salmon, the fish oils have released.

Is there any reason for not getting a tuna steak cooked through (but not dried out)?


22 posted on 06/16/2009 10:59:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: a fool in paradise
“Any word on smoked salmon? Is that sufficient? Or is it still technically “undercooked”?”

Depends on the style of smoked salmon. I hard smoke my fish after dry brining in salt and sugar for many hours. My smoker usually reaches temps of about 160 to 170 degrees. It is cured and cooked when done. Grav lox, or lox, is cured in salt and sugar and sometimes cold smoked, meaning the smoke is cooled before entering the smoker so the temps never reach a point that cook the fish. It still appears translucent and pliable.

23 posted on 06/16/2009 11:05:23 AM PDT by mickey finn
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To: Bluebird Singing
My microbiology teacher said she would never eat raw sushi - that’s all I needed to know. Besides - raw fish doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest.

Where I come from, we have another word of "Sushi."

BAIT!

Mark

24 posted on 06/16/2009 11:07:02 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: a fool in paradise
Any word on smoked salmon? Is that sufficient? Or is it still technically “undercooked”?

Depends. Almost all commercially available smoked salmon is brined and/or frozen before smoking. Either of those will kill parasites. Hot smoking will also kill them. The only danger is cold smoked, unbrined, never-frozen salmon, and I'd think you'd have to work pretty hard to find that.

25 posted on 06/16/2009 11:07:45 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Travis T. OJustice
Are you kidding? I love it raw, but seared is really good, too. It helps release the oils in the herbs and stuff. about 30 seconds a side for a nice thick tuna steak is perfect. Of course you have to know what good tuna is to appreciate it. If you get it at the grocery store, it's not good.

I LOVE it raw too, with a bit of diced onion, and a whole lot of Miracle Whip, on sourdough toast, with some lettuce and tomato! YUM!!!!!

Mark

26 posted on 06/16/2009 11:12:31 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Yeah, it sucks in comparison. I like the texture of fresh, raw (or seared) tuna. Flavor isn’t gone, either.


27 posted on 06/16/2009 11:31:40 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

“More for me, then. Seriously, don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it.”

I did try it one time, I knock it. More for you.


28 posted on 06/16/2009 11:37:01 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: Travis T. OJustice

You need to remove the Ramirez cartoons from your profile page - they cannot be posted on FR due to copyright constraints at the request of IBD.


29 posted on 06/16/2009 11:39:52 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Done.


30 posted on 06/16/2009 11:44:19 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: Bobkk47

Lake Michigan traditions

1. First King of the year is slabbed on the boat and everyone feasts on paper thin slices. (I like cucumbers and sea salt with mine, please.)

2. First instance of eggs in a female means a BIG spoonful of em, washed down with an ice cold beer. (I like the “pop” when you bite down on them.)


31 posted on 06/16/2009 12:01:34 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: edcoil

LOL, thats sort of what my old high school biology teacher said, only he said you had to put a juicy piece of steak on a fork and have the patient open his mouth.

Then you wave the steak on the fork in front of the patients open mouth, and when the tapeworm pops out to grab the steak you sieze it with your free hand and pull it out LOL.

LQ


32 posted on 06/16/2009 12:02:52 PM PDT by LizardQueen (The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

tuna comes in a form other than in the can? man, i gotta get outta michigan.


33 posted on 06/16/2009 12:08:05 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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To: absolootezer0

LMAO! I still eat canned tuna, but the good stuff is raw! On the dock, with a couple friends, fresh clams and a 30-pack.


34 posted on 06/16/2009 12:17:21 PM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: edcoil

Oh my God, that is so disgusting.


35 posted on 06/16/2009 12:19:48 PM PDT by dforest (Anyone dumb enough to have voted for him deserves what they get.. No Pity!)
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To: edcoil

My grandmother had a tapeworm no one knew about until she had radiation/chemotherapy for ovarian cancer; then all the bits and pieces started showing up.


36 posted on 06/16/2009 12:44:19 PM PDT by Vor Lady (DC or bust)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

i think i’ve only had tuna once or twice since isabelle was born- assuming that’s what i was eating at the sushi place. isabelle’s allergic, which means we don’t ever have it in the house.


37 posted on 06/16/2009 1:02:55 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

” More for me, then. Seriously, don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it. “

Dittos !!!


38 posted on 06/16/2009 2:23:41 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: absolootezer0

Bummer. I know what it’s like. I’m allergic to shrimp. I LOVE shrimp, but can’t have it anymore. :(


39 posted on 06/16/2009 2:53:16 PM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

a’ight now look what you did. you got me craving.. i had to call some friends to meet me for sushi at lunch today.


40 posted on 06/17/2009 5:22:16 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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To: absolootezer0

Let me know, I’ll fedex you some summer flounder and striped bass “sushi”. I wouldn’t eat it raaw, though. Clams? Heck yeah, those are BEST raw.


41 posted on 06/17/2009 7:12:02 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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