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We haven’t heard a lot lately about food borne illness, but the fact is, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from contaminated food each year. Most cases aren’t reported, as the person recovers on their own without treatment, but about 130,000 are hospitalized each year, with 3,000 deaths.
Pregnant women and children under the age of 5 are most susceptible. I’ve cared for many pregnant women who thought that soft cheese was safe and developed listeriosis.
When I was growing up, my mother told me that fish was good for your brain. I don’t know where she heard that, but it stuck with me. Until we moved to Alaska, where we ate the salmon, halibut and Dolly Varden trout that we caught, my fish diet was limited to Fish Sticks on Friday and my favorite choice at McDonalds, the Filet-o-Fish sandwich.