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Old 01-20-2004, 07:43 PM   #1
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I have been looking at the Paleo diet with interest. I have been reading some of the articles available on various web sites. I noticed that organ meats (liver and kidneys) make it onto the "what is Paleo" list of food. I wonder though is there is a higher concentration of toxins such as pesticides and other things in these organs? After all, their function is to remove toxins from the animal's blood. Is this a real concern?
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Old 01-20-2004, 08:53 PM   #2
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Welcome! If the source is not grassfed I might be concerned. If one is eating a wide variety of foods it should be safe regardless of source.
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Old 01-21-2004, 09:35 AM   #3
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I actually have more concern than Robb. I grew up eating organ meats (heart, liver, even brains (yuck)) all the time. But that was a LONG time ago, before "modern" farming practices.

I wouldn't eat brains (or nervous system tissue) now under any circumstances, and I wouldn't eat organ meats except under "organic/grassfed" conditions that I could be sure about.

Maybe I'm just paranoid, but it's not a chance I'm willing to take.

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Old 01-21-2004, 12:58 PM   #4
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Robert Inn,

Pardon the quick toxicolgy lesson.. toxins are biological in nature (certain toads secrete toxins from their skin, snakes have venom, plants, etc.). Pesticides would fall into the toxicant category. But that's just nit-picking..

To answer your question... sure, toxicants can hang around the liver, but they can certainly hang around other tissues as well (fat, muscle, other organs, etc.), depending on the characteristics of the toxicant (water/fat solubility, charge, etc.).

I would try to stick to the grass fed critters.

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Old 01-21-2004, 03:53 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies and the welcome.
I'm with you, Dave, not eating central nervous system parts and brains is a no brainer with the mad cow business going on. Now it's time to find a reliable grass-fed meat source.
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Old 01-21-2004, 03:54 PM   #6
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I decided to follow my own advice and look for some grass-fed meat shops around town... man, those goods are expensive.
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Old 01-21-2004, 03:58 PM   #7
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Did you find any? If so, who and where? Thanks.
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Old 01-21-2004, 06:16 PM   #8
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Steve,

In San Diego, the only places I found (keep in mind it was a very quick and sloppy search that I performed) were Whole Foods Market and a few Henry's markets.

Please let me know if you know of more! Thanks!
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Old 01-21-2004, 06:35 PM   #9
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I clicked on the red "pill" after watching the Meatrix and got to this site which has a search engine for finding better quality meats...

http://www.eatwellguide.org/search.cfm
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