I thought about the combination of this title. Whether it should be Lion fish, Prostate Cancer and Jamaican Men. Or the other arrangement Prostate Cancer, Jamaican Men and Lion fish. But what the heck! Anyway you will get it and after reading this, I hope you will suggest how the tittle should have really been.
What a combination though! Fish, Jamaican men, and a disease. What could quirky me with a possible warped mind be cooking up now? So calling all and sundry school’s in again… so take a seat, please.
War Declared on The Lion
The invasive specie of lion fish, recently ambushed Jamaica and almost devastate its indigenous fish population. As a voracious eater with no known predators the fishermen and the fish eating public of Jamaica was caught with their pants down. People were scared of the thing. Not only did it pack a wallop from stinging needle-like projections from its head, it was and is a prolific breeder. Now Jamaica’s fragile economy could be on its knees from this uninvited creature, and seeing that to import fish on an island where you could drop a line almost anywhere and get dinner, could be a ludicrous idea, war was declared on the lion!
Now Jamaicans revere the four legged lion and what it stands for. It was not even amusing then but appropriate that Snoop Dog went to Jamaica and change his name to Snoop Lion a more befitting name! Courage is one of such attribute of the lion and even inferred by the Good Book... So be it many a piece of wood has been skillfully turned in lifelike imagery of the lion. Pendants have been made, pictures have been drawn, and clothes with lion (Of the Tribe of Judah) have been fabricated and worn. Terms have been coined like “yes mi lion” to mean I respect you sir, and other endearments of reverence.
However one quiet Sunday morning (not necessarily) war was declared on the Lion fish. This lion fish would be dead, decimated and chased back to the pacific from whence it originates, if necessary.
A Tasty Fish
I have an uncle who is an ardent fisherman who complained to me that he couldn't “ketch nuh fish” because of this lion. I had told him, that I heard that if you know how to handle it without being stung, that it was a tasty fish. “Dat might be so bwoy, but mi nah eat dat!” for audiences other than Jamaican, he agreed that it might be true but that he would never eat the fish. The fish is not something you would readily thought was edible, and most Jamaicans are very particular about what they put in their mouth.
However I wasn't the only one who had heard about this tasty quality of this ugly fish, and in no time every fisherman with a spear hear how good the thing taste. The writings were then on the wall for Mr. Lion Fish .
Andrew Zimmern and Lion Fish
To me what sealed their coffin was the intervention of the Bizarre Foods man Andrew Zimmern (see link). Indeed! Andrew went to Jamaica and eat lion fish with some Jamaican fishermen, and every man and boy with a spear and a snorkel started hunting them, and the Jamaican people including my uncle can’t get enough of them now to steam, brown- stew, and fry . I heard it even taste better jerked. So thanks again to Andrew Zimmern, one of my favourite food man in the world, lion fish might be on its way back to the pacific and telling his friends don’t venture near them Jamaicans. (See Yahoo News item)
Other Invasions of Jamaica
Mr. Lion fish should not feel bad though. Over the years many invasive species have been tarred and feathered by the ferocity and fight ability of the Jamaican people. The British invasion was one of such. In 1655 they landed in Jamaica, chase the Spaniards away and illuminated themselves as conquerors. “The Redcoats” as their soldiers were called by the native freed slaves of the Spaniards, soon found themselves at the mercy of a well formulated killing machine.
The Maroons as the freed slaves were called became more than a thorn in their sides but a guillotine on their neck backs. Battalions of the Redcoats were lured into traps, trees shoot back with arrows and tree trunks wielded machetes. These Maroons, intrepid as they were, and with working knowledge of the interior topography were the Redcoats’ nemesis, on the island of Jamaica.
Unable to conquer them a truce was called and a treaty enacted to make them a nation within a nation. Today, existing peacefully as a separate entity and culture.
Invasion of Prostate Cancer
Indeed! Many other stories could be told of Jamaica’s resilience and fight-back-ability in dealing with invasive situations. They always seemed to overcome and quickly stand tall as tails are turned and invasive species be it man or fish could be invariably defeated.
There is one invasive specie that seems to be having the upper hand though. That is prostate cancer. Jamaicans head the world in highest incidence of prostate cancer. A lot of men I personally know in Jamaica are dead not from accidents nor old age but from prostate cancer. From the premier Michael Manley to ordinary folks the invasive specie of prostate cancer in not only making inroads but having the upper hand for a fact.
A resilient people a formidable force of men, dying from a disease that was foreign to our ears when we used to live right and eat right. You go figure!
I could be one dead from prostate cancer too, hadn't I stepped out of the norm and gone to the doctor. I had developed this norm, in spite of my upbringing, to go to the doctor once every 12 months. I have since learned how bad, overgrown foods with steroids and growth hormones are for the human body and especially the prostate gland. So I must say to my Jamaican fellowman, relinquish the pseudo life style of Americanism and return to the style of natural living. Plant what you eat and eat what you plant. Raise your own goats, chickens, pigs, cows, and yes catch your own fish. Doing this could well be the antidote for this invasive specie of prostate cancer.
If you desire me to be a speaker at your event, or for one to one counselling on prostate cancer get in touch with me through my contact page.
Until no resident will say “I am sick” Isaiah 33:24 walk good and pack light.