Tiburon Essay

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TIBURONESNi sus hileras de dientes cortantes, ni su perfecta forma hidrodinámica les han permitido escapar de los pescadores a lo largo de la historia. Se cree que en México se consume tiburón desde tiempos prehispánicos, y que a finales del siglo pasado ya se exportaba una cierta cantidad de aletas desde La Paz, en Baja California Sur. Sin embargo el tiburón siguió siendo objeto de una pesquería eventual hasta que en 1930 empezó a incrementarse su captura en los estados costeros de Sonora y Sinaloa.El desarrollo de esta pesca tuvo, por supuesto, una finalidad económica. En la década de los cuarenta el aceite del hígado de tiburón, rico en vitamina A, constituía un producto de gran demanda en el mercado mundial. Diez años después la vitamina A sintética les dio una tregua a los tiburones, aunque no por mucho tiempo ya que en los años setenta empezó a despertarse interés en el mundo occidental por el consumo de las aletas, utilizadas desde tiempos remotos por los chinos para preparar platillos exquisitos.Aunque no siempre se aprovecha en su totalidad, el tiburón tiene múltiples usos. Su carne se consume fresca, o salada y seca como un sucedáneo del bacalao; su piel, que ha servido como lija, ahora alcanza un buen precio pues se utiliza para confeccionar artículos de cuero; sus dientes se usan en adornos, armas o rituales; el hígado y las aletas se utilizan con los fines ya mencionados, además de que del hígado también se extrae el 'squalene' (sustancia usada en la industria de los cosméticos y en farmacología); y la córnea se ha usado experimentalmente para trasplantes a humanos. Por último al esqueleto cartilaginoso algunas personas le atribuyen propiedades curativas.Sobre este tema del cartílago de tiburón existen fuertes controversias. Se habla del polvo, cápsulas y pastillas hechas con el cartílago como un remedio contra el cáncer, y también se le conceden propiedades para combatir la artritis reumatoide, el lupus y la osteoporosis. Las opiniones al respecto son divergentes; algunos médicos aseguran haber logrado mejorar la calidad de vida de los pacientes con cáncer administrándoles esos productos, otros dicen estar decepcionados de tales preparados. En cambio, todos los médicos entrevistados coinciden en haber obtenido respuestas muy favorables en la cura de la artritis reumatoide.Al parecer existen pocos estudios publicados acerca de las experiencias clínicas del uso del cartílago en la medicina, por lo que convendría ampliar este campo de investigación, sobre todo en las áreas donde se han obtenido mejores resultados. Sin embargo las píldoras y el polvo ya se producen y consumen en varios países, entre los que...

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