AR-News: Eastern States 17-Year Cicada Warning
ipan at erols.com
Wed May 19 17:06:45 EDT 2004
> CICADA WARNING.
> Healthy cicadas are not harmful to other animals, including humans,
> who eat them. But I have heard of several dogs who have had diarrhea
> after eating them . Hundreds of cicadas that I have examined have
> developmental defects, many being so deformed that they cannot fly,
> while others who look normal are ether already dead shortly after
> emerging from their chrysalises or are too weak to fly, and some so
> neurologically impaired that they cannot.
> Combine these two facts, and pending analysis of these cicadas for the
> many toxins from our air and rain and from domestic and municipal
> applications of pesticides and herbicides that contaminate the soil
> where they have lived for 17 years, and by the process of
> "bioaccumulation" have concentrated many of these poisons into their
> tissues (especially in the lipid or fat components of their nervous
> and reproductive systems, and the associated damage to their DNA), and
> I would advise that companion animals not be allowed to eat these
> potentially toxic creatures. I hope that birds and other wildlife
> eating these cicadas will not have their immune systems impaired,
> which could increase their susceptibility to the West Nile virus that
> devastated populations in many states last year, and is linked by some
> scientists with global warming/climate and associated population changes.
> A prohibition on companion animals eating cicadas should not go in
> tandem with a negative attitude toward these remarkable creatures.
> They are one of Nature's miracles who can speak to us in a language
> more ancient and universal than ours, from which we may gain a new
> lexicon of understanding and reverence for life .Like canaries taken
> down into the coal mines, their evident sickness and deformities is a
> warning to us all to be more proactive with respect to air quality,
> rain water and soil contamination, for which we are as much
> responsible as for their fate, and ours.
> ---Michael W. Fox D.Sc., Ph.D., B.Vet.Med., M.R.C.V.S.
> Author and syndicated columnist.
> See also www.doctormwfox.org
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