Beware the Escolar!

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   Posted 4/16/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
My two friends recently had a dish called Butterfish (or Escolar).  They loved it and raved on and on about it and said I had to try it.  So I did some research on it to see what it was so I could try it, and learned that its a trendy fish in some upper-class restaurants, gaining popularity.  I also learned that it contains a high level of gempylotoxin, a strong purgative oil similar to castor oil and may lead to intestinal cramping and diarrhea.
My two friends have stomachs like goats.  When I showed thiem this article they both busted up laughing and admitted they had severe gastric problems and that they didnt tell each other because they were embarrassed.  One friend though there was maybe something wrong with his breakfast, the other thought he was coming down with something.  They thought it was hysterical in hindsight...
Do your research if you want to try it.  I have not had it so I cannot say how it would affect a crohnie but if my 2 friends got sick (not CD'ers) I can only assume it would do numbers on me.  I think I'm going to stick to salmon!!!
DX with UC 8 years ago/Re-Diagnosed with Crohn's 6/26/2007
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   Posted 4/16/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Luckily Salmon is my most favorite fish to eat, I'll have cod on occassion, but it's very rare...and that's about it, I'm a salmon lover.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 4/16/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Perch is better! : )
Live for today, for tomorrow you might just get hit by a semi.

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   Posted 4/16/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the warning!
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08, Flagyl 750 mgs started 4/2/08, Humira started 4/4/08

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   Posted 4/16/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
stick with fish sticks! the only fish thats worth eatng!

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   Posted 4/17/2008 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the warning. I might add that there is also one form of Tylenol that has Castor Oil in it!!!
Read your labels peeps! It always counts! Oh...Randy....there is not an ounce of nutritional value in those fish sticks! Do try a fresh fish sprinkled with fresh fennel. YUMMY, and you'll never touch fish sticks again, I promise!
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