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Dr. Weil-n-Me, Fish Safety and You

By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy.

Hi, so I’m bragging and sharing: Dr. Andrew Weil’s website just reprinted my B’net essay on my deep ambivalence about “The Secret.”

As I was checking out my story there (the sight of my name in print or pixels, surprisingly, never, ever gets old), I realized that his site is an absolute TROVE of great information.


One of the main stories now is on what kinds of fish to eat once you screen for toxins and environmental effects of over-fishing. I’ve been wanting this information boiled down for me for a while because I’m constantly back-and-forthing about whether I should eat fish at all, what kind I should eat if I eat it, and what the effects are of that choice.

I mean, I’ve seen the little Ocean’s Alive chart of red-, yellow-, and green-lit kinds of fish as per eco-impact. And I’ve seen yet other charts of which fish could take your temperature they have so much mercury. I was thrilled that Dr. Andy cross-referenced all that information. Even if the answer is kind of a bummer. Best fish to eat for its environmental impact and toxicity level? Sardines. Sigh. Never been a fan of fish with a face I can see. But I’m going to give it a try.

To check that out and loads, loads more:

And actually, it appears that Ocean’s Alive does cross-list their fish safety list now:

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posted April 11, 2007 at 5:53 pm

Valerie, I absolutely loved your piece on The Secret. Summed up so many of the problems I had with the film. It’s funny — since reading your piece and others which validated my concerns, I was able to accept those concerns and then go back and see that there were some things I really appreciated about The Secret. I no longer feel like I have to line up in either the Love It or Hate It camp, but can hold both the gifts and the troublesome parts at the same time. BTW, I heard a rumor that The Secret, Part II, is in the works and that it may respond to the criticisms of blatant materialism by focusing more on service to others.

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