Yellow Fat Disease & Wikipedia
I have a love-hate affair with Wikipedia.
Any internet researcher who avoids Wikipedia is working with one arm tied behind their back.
But when it comes to Alternative Medicine, you might as well be doing your research on Quackwatch.
Case in point — Yellow Fat Disease, listed on Wikipedia as Pansteatitis.
According to Wikipedia …
“The condition has been found in cats, fish, herons, terrapins and Nile crocodiles, piscivores such as otters, cormorants, Pel’s fishing-owls and fish eagles. The disorder is also regularly found in captive-bred animals fed on high fish diets, such as mink, pigs and poultry. It shows as a rubber-like hardening of fat reserves which then become unavailable for normal metabolism, resulting in extreme pain, loss of mobility and death.”
Highly-unsaturated fatty acids aren’t mentioned.
Ditto fish and fish oils.
And human beings aren’t on the list of species “the condition has been found in.”
According to Wikipedia (playing dumb just like National Geographic Magazine) …
“Yellow Fat Disease “is thought to be brought about by any or a combination of a number of factors which include …
“Vitamin E deficiency
“Heavy metals and other pollutants such as DDT, PCBs, PCDDs and brominated flame retardants
“Ingestion of affected animals
“Pathogens as yet unidentified”
According to Segen’s Medical Dictionary (2012), Pansteatitis is defined as …
“A vitamin E deficiency syndrome affecting various mammals, in particular cats, who are fed excess omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from fish oils, especially tuna.”
According to the same source, the “clinical findings” include …
“Greasy, dull coat and flaky skin; severe pain when touched; anorexia, fever. In humans, excess fish-oils cause increased bleeding time, especially after aspirin ingestion, which may play a role in cardiac necrosis and increased susceptibility to catecholamine-induced stress.”