Ciguatera Poisoning & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Ciguatera Poisoning & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

“Ciguatera Poisoning &
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ” Ciguatera is one of the most
common forms of food poisoning, which occurs after the consumption of
fish contaminated with neurotoxins, produced by certain algae
that build up the food chain. Just a few bites can be sufficient
to induce the condition. Disturbingly, affected fish
looks, smells, and tastes normal, and ciguatoxins are resistant
to all forms of cooking, so there is no straightforward
method to predict whether your tropical culinary dream
will be followed by a ciguatera nightmare. Literally can
cause nightmare. About 1 in 6 may experience signs
of hallucinatory poisoning: lack of coordination, hallucinations,
depression and nightmares. Most suffer some kind of
neurological symptoms- tingling, numbness, and a
burning cold sensation. For example, ciguatera
sufferers have reported that a refreshing dive in the ocean
actually caused burning pain, or that drinking cool beer
felt like too hot coffee. Sometimes a reversal of
temperature sensation occurs, like cold objects feel
hot and vice versa. The toxin itself may also be apparently sexually
transmitted either direction, after fish consumption, or as one of my favorite public health
bloggers put it, when hot sex turns cold and painful,
blame it on dinner. And the symptoms can persist
for months or even years. Ongoing research has shown that
people with chronic fatigue syndrome may actually be suffering the long-term
effects of this fish food poisoning, or a condition
called polymyositis, which causes diffuse muscle aches,
pains, and inflammation. Some individuals intoxicated by
fish consumption 25 years previously can experience a recurrence of
the main neurological disturbances during periods of overwork,
fatigue, or stress. You can still find the toxins stuck
in their body decades later. Recent outbreaks in New York City
have drawn attention to the problem. Man eats grouper at
a Manhattan restaurant and goes from swimming
2 miles a day to all of a sudden having difficulty walking,
that lasts for months. But these aren’t
just rare anecdotes. Ciguatera fish poisoning affects an
estimated 15,000 Americans every year, causing hundreds of hospitalizations
and even a few deaths. And again the toxins are
colorless, odorless, tasteless, and are not destroyed
by cooking. Therefore, CDC scientists suggest
education efforts aimed at the prevention of seafood intoxication by avoidance
of high-risk fish altogether. The AMA put out a similar advisory,
suggesting that the only way to prevent it is to avoid eating fish like
red snapper or grouper, but the problem is that a third of
fish sold in the U.S. is mislabeled, so you don’t know
what you’re getting. Some suggest feeding a large
fish flesh meal to a cat, treating them
like a court tester, and if they’re OK 6 hours
later you can dig in, but this is considered inhumane. But if it’s inhumane to
feed it to your cat, how is not inhumane to feed it
to other members of the family?

30 thoughts on “Ciguatera Poisoning & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  1. I normally look to your videos as a source of honest, scaremongering-free information. However, the title of this video is misleading. I do not doubt that the poisoning you discuss can cause CFS-like symptoms but I feel it is important to point out that it is not a cause of true Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. CFS is a result of amygdala hypersensitivity, something that Ashok Gupta has clearly demonstrated and his findings are becoming increasingly recognised by those researching this condition.

  2. You are supposed to feed it to cats and/or ants if the animal don't touch the food , is contaminated. I'm from a tropical island in the Caribbean, barracuda is the main culprit, saw people die of Ciguatera poisoning, scary stuff

  3. We already took our cat off seafood flavored cat food, let alone actual fish.  Our feline friend almost died from bladder stones.  He did not urinate for 24 hours and was minutes from death when his life was saved.  The vet told us seafood of any kind must be avoided.  Seafood is marketed to our cats and it causes life threatening conditions. Our pets are fellow victims of this poison food industry as much as we are.

  4. As much as I like Dr. Greger, I have to call him on this one. If an estimated measly 16,000 Americans come dome with this poisoning, that's .0054% of the population. Who cares?! Just about everything else in life has a far higher risk then this stupid bug including E.coli on your favorite organic produce. A rather pathetic anecdote to simply further promote 'don't eat meat.' Of coarse there are all those other good reasons. Come on Doc, get out of the office and get some fresh air.

  5. My friend who lived in Indonesia for several years succumbed to ciguatera poisoning.  What complicated things was that she'd also just come back from Australia having had her breast and lymph nodes removed for cancer.  The ciguatera poisoning settled in her arm wound and she spent 6 weeks in hospital, part of it in an induced coma, trying not to lose her life nor her arm.  Thankfully she pulled through this horrible encounter (…sadly 10 years later she is about to lose her life to cancer after all, and no, it did not stop her from eating seafood or meat).

  6. ? Okinawan's eat seaweed and kelp and live long lives so maybe the ciguatera dies when the seaweed is dried – guess I will eat it after thinking about it more – yes I know half their diet is sweet potatoes

  7. Did you hear why we might want to avoid fish like red snapper and grouper to avoid a sexually transmitted neurotoxin?

    Watch below or click the link to watch on

  8. Hi, I got Ciguatera less than 2 months ago in Cuba my home. I feel much better now but still not perfect. Particulary today I been feeling bad that is why I looked for information here in youtube. I wonder if cafeine is bad to take having Ciguatera? can someone help me because I dont see it the answer any where. Thanks so much

  9. I used to be a sailer and caught a barracuda in the Bahamas on the ship.. I am from Jamaica and I know to eat the smaller ones and cut a piece of the fish and test it by putting in an ants nest see it they eat it or so they say.. best way is to offer a piece of the fish to someone but tell them it's a barracuda.. so they knowing what it is wait until the next day after they eat it and call them.. u will know for sure..anyway I gave the cook on the ship he said he would eat it first. Next day he looked fine. It was Sunday so we cut it into stakes and grilled it. That night lucky we were in miami I went to sleep then I remembered the captain waking me up and coming asking me how I feel because the paramedics were here because the rest of the crew looked like they were dying. I felt the worst deiarrea ever… then any muscle I used felt like the bone was broken.. water felt like electricity on my tongue.. i was really weak this lasted for around 3weeks.. one of top ten worst things happen to me.

  10. I now have this. The last 24 hours have been the worst of my life. My joints are still killing me, and I am still lightheaded. Luckily my stomach is back to normal.

  11. This video contains no new information beyond what you can find on open source websites. The narration is painfully labored, almost comically read. Skip this video.

  12. There are a bunch of videos about ciguatera poisoning none of them say what is the treatment.Can somebody help on that please.

  13. New some WWII vets they were in Islands of Guadalcanal etc had very little meat. Anyways, they caught a truck load of barracuda but the officers were the only ones allowed to enjoy the feast.
    Well guess what they all croaked!!! true story,.. if you must eat barracuda it must be the very young small ones. Do not eat the grand pappys or 3-6 ft filled with reef ciguterra .
    Just do yourselves a favor why take the chance just let them go and eat snapper mahi mahi and other tasty fish that you can find at grocery because after all for a 10 buck meal is it worth your life?

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